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Visions and Dreams

Was It Just a Dream? 

 You have had a remarkably vivid experience that you think might be a vision, but wait… what if it was just a dream?  How do you tell the difference?

For me it was straight-forward.  Over the first 60 years of my life I have had countless dreams.  Some nightmares, some daydreams, even lucid dreams.   But I knew they were dreams.   You could use the analogy of a duck … if it looks like a …. well, you know that story.   Everyone has had dreams and maybe a few have been frightening and some have been beautiful and rewarding, but you knew it was a dream.  

When I had my first vision, it was instantly recognized as a vision, even while it was in progress.  Lots of things were different.   

Observer not participant  

I have been an active participant in all the dreams and nightmares I can recall.   In my visions, with only a couple of exceptions, I was only an observer.   I watched things happen, but I did take part in what was going on.   The visions that were exceptions were so remarkable that no one that had one could ever mistake it for a dream.  God shows you things, teaches you things, tells you things.   Most of the time, there is nothing He expects you to do but watch and learn.

Awake not asleep 

 I was awake and aware of my surroundings during the visions.  I heard the air conditioner or the heating system come on, I was aware that I was awake and watching something important.   I had independent thoughts about what I saw and was trying to be careful not to “lose” and was keenly interested in what I was seeing.

Visions don’t fade, dreams do 

Of the perhaps thousands of dreams I’ve had over the 70 years I’ve been alive, I can recall only a few nightmares.  Most of my dreams were faded out and gone by the time I was fully awake.  Seldom does any detail of a dream last more than a few hours.   The visions don’t fade, apparently never.   Every detail of the visions can be replayed in color in exact sequence, in slow or fast motion every time I think of it.    The only exceptions are where I said “no” once and lost the details of part of that vision and where I heard the song of the 4 horsemen and could not learn it.  Apparently I was not qualified to learn it.

Apparently when God gives you a vision, it is intended to stick with you.  Forever.

Visions have basis in God’s Word – the Bible 

I’ve been able to locate bible verses to support each vision that I’ve had.  I’ve quoted them as part of each of the visions I’ve recorded here.  I doubt that many dreams are biblically related.

Visions teach, dreams don’t

I’ve discovered something new in each new vision.   Often there is a different interpretation from what I had thought was true, or some new knowledge that is biblically supported, but still different from what I had understood in my internal interpretation.   If the visions were self-induced from my predisposition in belief of God, you would think the vision would support what I already thought I knew.   Instead, I’ve been very surprised at some of the things I’ve learned.  Unexpected interpretations come forward that make perfect sense in hindsight.

Thoughts pop into your head

Many times explanitory or declaritive thoughts just popped into my head.   I saw something and then an explanitory thought of a word or two just rolled through my head.  “This is God”  “God is in me”  “We are living in God”  These were always in my own voice except for the time of the euolgy.

Visions are “Super Vivid”

Visions are crystal clear.   Most of mine have been in vivid color, but even the black and white ones are super vivid as I play them over again and again in my mind.   God has a way of getting your attention, make no mistake about it.

You “keep your cool” during visions  

In summary, let me say that anyone that has had a vision will know it instantly, from the very beginning and most certainly will take it calmly.   I could be sitting in my chair one instant and standing outside looking at the stars the next, yet not be the least surprised.   Just watching transfixed at the events taking place.   Never mind that I’m soaring into Heaven or standing over the earth or being observed by dark people.   There were two notable exceptions.  One was when I was discovered not having a 666 on my forehead as the bibles were being purged by Satan’s followers, and the other when the words of prophesy were being shouted at me about the deaths of missionaries.  

You will know you have had a vision when you have one.

 Oldtimer

The Comic Strip Dream

The Comic Strip Dream

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Num 11:1 (NIV)

I classify the following as a dream, although it had many of the characteristics of a vision, and could be claimed as such. In particular, it had no spoken words, and I did not interact with it in any way.

Like the Moving Hills vision, I was strictly an observer. In this case, I had definitely been asleep, and it apparently occurred just before I woke up. If it was a vision, it occurred as I was still half asleep as I was beginning to wake up from a good night’s sleep.

Like a vision, the scenes in the event are still with me today, and I can recall it in detail at any time. It is reported because of its unusual connection with scripture and the healing message it imparted to me.

When the dream started, I was standing about 40 or 50 feet from a group of about 10 men that were lined up loosely left to right. All but two of the men were facing a house, which was more like a one room hut.

The hut had a grass or reed-topped roof which had been clearly on fire. It was still smoldering. It was night, and I could see stars shining above the horizon. The two men on the right were facing each other and also turned partially toward me. It was dark and I couldn’t see their faces, but I could make out how they were dressed, and the colors of their clothes.

The men which were facing the house were agitated and moving around excitedly. All the characters in the dream were dressed like biblical characters, with cloaks, and/or furs, and one man had on a turban like headdress.

As I looked at each one, left to right, a bubble with words appeared over their head, like in a comic strip. As I finished reading each bubble, the bubble disappeared, and as I moved to the next one, a new bubble appeared.

The words were clearly readable as if I had perfect vision or as if I was reading a regular comic strip. However, the people were moving about and waving their arms throughout. The third man from the left was clearly the owner of the house and he was exclaiming that he had barely escaped.

I don’t remember the exact words in any of the bubbles, except for the last two, those that were facing me. Their words are as clear today as when the dream/vision occurred.

The question.

Of these two men, the man to the left was wearing the turban and robes, and the man to the right was wearing a shaggy animal-skin coat. They spoke in the bubble, not out loud.

The man with the turban spoke first: “How can I get through to them Lord?”

The man in the animal skin answered: “I don’t know Hobab, they are too busy talking!”

At that moment I woke up. I told my wife that I had just been told a joke in a dream, but it didn’t seem funny. I know that I didn’t laugh in the dream.

She didn’t think it was funny either, and I wondered if there was a deeper meaning, since it was not a funny joke.

The answer.

After breakfast I looked in the Bible to see if there was a Hobab listed in the Bible. His name was not in the index of my Life Application Bible (Tyndale) which is a New International Version (NIV) but I found the name “Heber.”

I looked up Heber in Judges 4:11 thinking that I might have misread the bubble. As it turned out, I had not misread it.

Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law, and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.
Judg. 4:11 (NIV)

If that was just a coincidence, it was a remarkable one. The only reasonably short name anywhere close to the one that I was searching for in my index led me to the word I was actually looking for!

The side notes in this verse led me to Numbers 10:29, and the verses that I found are exerted here:

Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel.” He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.”

But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the desert, and you can be our eyes. If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the LORD gives us.” So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest. Num. 10:29-33 (NIV)

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.

When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the LORD and the fire died down. So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the LORD had burned among them.
Num. 11:1-3 (NIV
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I found that Hobab was the brother-in-law of Moses in Numbers 10:29. In verses 10:30-32, he first refused to go with Moses to the promised land, but Moses persisted, and he decided to go. Moses told Hobab that he would help find campsites and “you can be our eyes.” Moses would also share all good things the Lord gives to them with Hobab.

In verse 10:33, they set out from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days with the arc of the covenant before them, and the cloud of the Lord was over them by day.

In verse 11:1-3, the people began to complain about their hardships and when the Lord heard them he became angry and sent fire which destroyed some of the outskirts of the camp.

When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down.  Moses named that place Taberah, because of the fire. The name means “burning” and in this case, God’s “burning anger” because of the complaining Israelites.

The solution to Hobab’s question was in Moses’ prayer. Prayer is the answer for getting through to them.  Prayer!

There could possibly be a cross-link to the Moving Hills vision in this dream and the passages from scripture, but any such link is tenuous at best. In the Moving Hills vision, I was looking out from a mountain when I was seeing a clear path across the plains and through the hills ahead.

In the scripture, Hobab was to have the eyes that looked out from the mountain of the Lord across the plains of the desert for campsites. Did I see with Hobab’s eyes? Was he talking to Moses?

God’s burning message.

In any event, I began to deliver God’s burning message as the Holy Spirit began to move me.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” John 16:13-14 (NIV)

What I have found is that the Holy Spirit will have you say what He wants you to say whether you want to or not. He is not too embarrassed or too shy to put words in your mouth to defend what He wants defended. He is never sleeping.

“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  Rom. 13:12 (NIV)

NEXT:  the End Times Hymn 

Vision of The Monk and The Dark Men

The Monk and The Dark Men

Monk and the dark menThis vision is the very first vision I received.  It occurred soon after my Clear Warning, and the night before I was to meet my pastor to tell him about my experience on the road and to find out if he had any insight into what it all meant.  This vision seems to be an examination of sorts at the request of a monk.  

This and the next several visions are out of order by date from the ones I previously posted here.  I have no excuse for that except I did not want to scare you off too soon.   Like the others, this is a true recounting of something that will be with me forever – if you have a vision, it is not like a dream, it is permanent and can be recalled in detail at any time.  Dreams fade, but the word of God does not.

Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.  Ps. 17:3 (NIV) 

Wednesday,  January 8, 1997

Early in the morning of my appointment with my pastor to discuss my “Clear Warning” and my promise to God, I had my first vision. 

I had begun to pray daily.  In fact, I had begun to pray in almost any situation, and I had developed a desire to never go to bed without praying first.

I was still nervous about praying where my wife could see me and I had tried to find various chairs, couches, and corners of the house where I could be comfortable and not be discovered in my newfound pleasure of talking to God through prayer.

I finally settled in on the upstairs bedroom that once had been our youngest daughter’s bedroom.  She is now married and away from home, so it sits empty and unused unless we have guests. 

The bed is comfortable and familiar since it was the bed Connie and I shared for many years before we moved into this house and bought a new one.  Susan had inherited our old one which was moved to her upstairs bedroom.

The monk.

It was just after midnight, about 12:30 A.M.   I was sitting on the side of that spare bed that I had begun to use as a regular prayer station.   I had been praying for at least 30 minutes, mostly praising God for His various creations and for what He had given us in our lives. 

As was my new custom, when I finished praying, I just sat on the side of the bed and meditated, waiting for Him, in case He would want to speak or give me inspiration.  God had become very real and personal to me, and I prayed with the expectation that He was always listening, and I should pause at least occasionally, and give Him a chance to speak.

I suddenly noticed a Monk standing to my left.  He was well illuminated, and in living color, standing against a completely black background, as if in a spotlight.

He was the classic Monk you see in the movies ‑ neat brown robe, wide belt-like sash, sandals, a white man with rounded face, and big brows.  He was partially bald, with hair all around the bald spot.  He didn’t speak.

Initially, he was facing me, but he soon turned his upper body to his own left, away from me, and at the same time, he reached down further to the left, as if to touch someone or something with his partially open, outstretched hand, or possibly pointing to something below him to his left. 

I didn’t see whatever he touched or pointed to, but it was very low, or on the ground behind him.

The examination.

Just as he reached back, and while he was still poised in that downward pointing turn, I noticed a number of dark‑robed figures, with hooded heads, standing more to the center of my view.  There were several of them, lined up single file, and all facing the Monk to my left.  About that time, the Monk disappeared, but my attention was now on the dark figures.  I was trying to see who or what they were, so I did not see him leave. 

The first dark‑robed man turned in my direction and approached me.  He stopped just in front of me, very close to my chest.  I recall that I was not afraid, just fascinated, and I recall that I was concerned that I would lose what I was seeing if I did not pay attention.  The first dark man bent very close to my face as if looking into my eyes. 

After a few moments, he turned and walked out of my sight to my right.  As he did so, the next figure advanced toward where the Monk had been, and turned in my direction as he came in front of me.  He also leaned in to peer into my eyes.  

One by one, each figure advanced, turned, moved in my direction and stopped to lean forward.  Then each figure turned again and walked out of sight to my right. 

I could not see their faces, but when they were closest, looking into my eyes, they appeared slightly bigger than  a normal human.   When they stopped within inches of my face, their hoods were clearly outlined.   

One by one they turned, approached me, looked at me intently in the eyes, then turned again and disappeared to my right.  After four or five had looked into my face, the vision ended.

I had no idea what the significance of the Monk is in my vision, but I did have the impression, at the time, that the dark figures were examining my inner thoughts, my true beliefs, possibly my very soul to see if I was sincere.  I think that I passed the test, because they have not been back!

At the time I thought it was a dream, because I didn’t believe in visions.  When I started a journal a few days later, I recorded it in my journal as a dream.  I have since learned the difference between dreams and visions and I now accept this as my first vision. 

Dreams and Visions.

Dreams occur when you are asleep and those few that are remembered usually fade very quickly.  Visions occur when you are awake, and never fade. 

Unlike my dreams, my visions have always been silent, but I often registered clear thoughts of understanding.   (Comment:  This later changed as a few visions opened up the sound effects!)

Others that I have talked to report that they have sound in their visions, even spoken words, but I have not.  Most of the visions recorded in the Bible have spoken words as well, so I cannot say that visions never have sound.  With one brief exception, mine have always been silent.

One common denominator with everyone that I have talked to is that visions never fade.  When God gives you a message, He means for you to remember it forever!  This first encounter with a vision is as real today as it was that night.  I can see it as clearly right now as when it happened, and replay it in my mind at any time!  Everyone that I have talked to report the same thing – visions simply do not fade away like dreams do. 

This first vision was followed soon after by a vision I call “The Vision of the Moving Hills,” coming Next.  It was to have one of the most dramatic openings for a vision that I have had to date.  It was also the beginning of a series of scriptural based and prophetic visions that began to come true.  

The Two-Piece Puzzle

  The Two-Piece Puzzle

In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, . . . Eph 3:4 (NIV) 

This is about a recurring dream about a puzzle that was very frustrating.  Because it was only a dream, I originally decided not to put it in my journal, but after first occurring on a Thursday, the dream reoccurred each of the next three nights.  I decided that it must have some significance and added it.

I was totally confused about the meaning of this dream from the start, even while it was happening, and I was still puzzled after trying to analyze it in the light of day.  The fifth night provided what seemed to be the answer, in an actual vision that I call Jesus – Moments In Time” that I will post here soon.

Everybody dreams and it is a natural occurrence in all of us.  Most have no religious meaning and to try to interpret the greatest majority of them would be not scriptural.   Yet many of the biblical prophets had dreams or interpreted those of others, so I do give some dreams credence.

This dream involved a puzzle frame about 12 inches tall and maybe 18 inches wide.  I’m given the words “Yule Door” and “Holy Spirit.” 

I immediately put the words Holy Spirit in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame.  There is no outline of the puzzle pieces, it is more like I’m moving the words by hand.  

Each time I put the words “Yule Door” in the puzzle, I put it in the lower left hand corner, then decide, “That isn’t right”, and there is frustration because it doesn’t fit anywhere else. 

I kept thinking “This is Easter, why am I given a Christmas puzzle piece” and “What is a Yule Door?”   I would then start over again, placing Holy Spirit in the bottom right, Yule Door in the lower left and knowing something was not right, because the Holy Spirit piece clearly went into the right side of the puzzle. 

This dream occurred over and over and over during the first night, occupying what seemed like all night long.  The dream reoccurred each of the next three nights, with no resolution.  The word Yule does not occur in the Bible. My dictionary lists yule, yuletide and yule log, all associated with Christmas, but no yule door.

The following Monday, I mentioned the Two-Piece Puzzle dream to my pastor.  The only thing he could come up with is that ‘We have to go through the door of Christmas to get to Easter.”   I was not satisfied with that as the answer. 

My next post will be “Two Piece Puzzle Explained.”   It is explained by my next vision, but I’ll try to explain what that vision revealed about the Two Piece Puzzle first.  Then I’ll post the actual vision.  It is extraordinary!