Received on October 7th, 2000 - 5:30AM Last Updated: February 1st, 2007 - 4:43PM
I had this dream the morning after prayer. It being the Sabbath, I had the concept of being set apart (holy) in my mind. Before going to sleep, I decided I was going to tell my "flesh" what to do. I commanded it to stop desiring some things, and told it that I (my spirit) had control over it. I determined to put it under subjection and use it solely for righteousness. I then prayed in the HolySpirit until I fell asleep. Then, early the next morning I had this dream.
I was in a room doing something I knew I shouldn't be doing. Someone came to the door and told me it was time to go, which startled me. So I quickly got ready to leave, and as I left the room, I remembered where I was. It was a large temple-like place, with amazing, colorful tapestries, with many gold-overlaid decorations. This was an ancient place, yet it housed many people. I realized that I had conjured this place up for me to live in. I thought about how closely it resembled the old eastern temples (perhaps Buddhist), and felt the great amount of spiritual darkness in this building. Knowing that I was dreaming, or doing something similar, I decided to close my eyes and make it go away. But, it didn't work. I couldn't make it disappear, because it would be too unrealistic. So, I said to myself,
"This place is so fallen and inherently sinful, that I'm never going to be able to rededicate it to God. There's no way I can start over with this place. I'm going to have to leave it and destroy it from the outside."
At this, I walked to the entrance, which was two wooden double doors. Oddly, they weren't decorated nor adorned in the same way as the rest of the temple, but were simply like two wooden barn doors. I opened them inwards, and the scene before me astounded me!
I stepped outside, greeted by the cool breeze of morning. I was high in the mountains on a plain, surrounded by mountains in the distance, lovely haze, and tall pine trees. It was like another world. I looked to the distance, and everywhere I could see there was beauty. I looked to my right and I noticed I had walked out of a large mansion. Hanging on the outside walls were framed pictures of the beautiful scenery I was looking at. The ground was neatly manicured, with walkways, grass, and small trees. I looked to the left, and fountains sprayed water into the air, coming back down in an arc, with the glistening light of the sun pouring through. The gentle, cool breeze was so crisp and refreshing, as though this air had never been polluted by man.
I could not take in all of this perfect beauty without bursting. I began to cry, and yelled out,
"O Yahweh, thank You so much! I cannot believe this! Thank You for this, I love You so much!"
I ended up seeing my grandma, my mother, and my dad. It ended with me talking to him, and finding out that soon we were moving. This was the place, even though we hadn't moved in reality yet. It was as though I was getting a glimpse of where we would be soon going. After my dad spoke some more personal things to me, the dream ended.
Praise God for such a gift! I wish that words could describe the beauty of this dream and the feeling of joy, peace, and thanksgiving I had from Yahweh. I could only cry to show my gratitude. Imagine a place of untouched beauty, where it was as though your eyes were "feasting" on the beautiful scenery, which had been prepared solely for you—that will give you the feeling of the dream.
As I thought about the dream, and even now think after prayer in the Spirit, several things come to my mind.
The large temple that I had been in likely represented my flesh and/or works of the flesh. In the dream, I was doing something I knew I shouldn't be, even though I really didn't want to do it—it was sin "in me" working (Romans 7:14-20).
Someone woke me up out of the stupor, telling me it was time to go (the HolySpirit).
As I left the room, I realized that I had "conjured" the whole place up on my own, and in the dream was astounded at how eye-pleasing it was (Hebrews 11:25). Yet, there was nothing good about it, even in all of its "beauty." Sin was always deceptive and murderous at the end. It was a pagan place, which felt so very spiritually "dirty"—I knew I could never redeem that place, because it had been "built" for the wrong master (sin).
Closing my eyes wouldn't make it go away either. To me this says, ignoring the evil inventions of our flesh won't make them go away. We can't just wish them away after closing our eyes. We have to make a decision to leave them and destroy them from the outside! We need help from the outside!
Now here is where the dream can take on a dual meaning.
As I finally left the temple (evil works), through ordinary doors (no doubt to make me want to stay inside where it was pretty), all memory of the place was lost. The "old man" had passed away and all of its memories (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now before me was the life of the Spirit (Romans 8:2-10)! Joy, peace, and righteousness in Him (Romans 14:17)! This is the place that Yahweh has prepared for me. I could not even have imagined it before, though I loved Him so much (1 Corinthians 2:9). Such things I was made for, to enjoy and to give thanks for. It was all I wanted to do. To explore this beautiful place and to thank my Father for bringing me here. At the end of the dream, my family was waiting for me outside. Perhaps symbolic of my spiritual family, the Body of Christ. They welcome anyone coming out of sin into the life of the Spirit.
After leaving the temple, I realized that it was now a large mansion where I would be living. It was no longer a pagan place. I had not changed it, however, even though I had decided to before. It was the Lord who had transformed it for me. To me, this pictures the Second Coming, when our vile bodies will be changed into a glorious one like unto His, by His HolySpirit (Philippians 3:21)! And the place I was now walking in was likely the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 21:1). The old things had passed away! All things had become new! Even the memory of the old was gone (Revelation 21:4)! Finally, "this is the place we're going to soon," as my dad said in the dream. Whatever the place may represent, it was glorious to behold, and I promise you, your joy will be overflowing as well once you arrive! We all rejoice at the new work of the hands of Yahweh! We see the great beauty and place of delight He has prepared for His children, and we all rejoice in seeing this place we will soon be moving to.
So, let me exhort you: do not ignore that you have sin in your life; closing your eyes won't make it go away. You must consciously decide to leave those works, and destroy them from the outside.
Once taken outside, you will be greeted by the life of the Spirit, where joy, peace and righteousness will be your portion. You will forget the former things, as they have passed away. Yahweh has taken care of them, and He has done that which you could not do on your own.
You can now live in the life of the Spirit. And in reality, now your flesh has a future of being transformed into a righteous body! Love your Father and cling to Him! Thank Him for the glorious future He has prepared for you!
Walk out your reason for living, because in doing so, you will find the true peace of life. Know that Yahweh loves you greatly, and that Jesus has made this possible through giving Himself up on the cross for you.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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8Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, (Colossians 2:8-9)