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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 

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Biblical Visions

Biblical Visions

After the remarkable vision of the Moving Hills, I began to read more about visions in the Bible. There are far too many visions in our Bible to discuss here, since this book is about visions by ordinary people. Those in the Bible are clearly seen and reported by extraordinary people.

Yet, as I moved forward in my visual experiences with God, I began to see some relationships to what I was seeing that helped explain what the ancients saw, and to comment on some of these may help the reader to understand what I saw as well.

. . . he said, “Listen to my words: “When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams.  Num 12:6 (NIV)

Now don’t take me wrong – I am not a prophet in any way, shape, or form.   The purpose of the verse above is to show you how God spoke to the prophets of biblical times.  I do not claim any such abilities or special connection with God.  I am that ordinary person in the title of this piece.

When He shows us things beyond our comprehension, all we can do is describe them in the context of our present knowledge and culture.  To understand what we are seeing today, it may be helpful to look at what the prophets of the Bible have seen and try to draw some comparisons.  

Describing the Indescribable.

God very likely showed visions, such as future events, and heaven (paradise) to the prophets of Biblical times in the same way that He shows them to us today. Like the Moving Hills vision, many of the ancient visions were shrouded in symbolic images. When the visions showed events far into the future, the prophets had a very difficult task telling what they had seen in words that others could understand.

Much like Ezekiel, if we were shown things thousands of years in the future, we would tend to try to describe those things that we did not understand in terms of things we did understand. We would put them in our own terms within the context of our present culture and knowledge.  We would try to describe the indescribable.

Let’s try a test. Look at the passages below as I comment on them and see if you can visualize the cherubim of Ezekiel 10 as an attempt to describe modern helicopters by a man that lived more than 2500 years ago. Consider the following passages.

The rotors of helicopters are moving wings, and if you have ever been near one landing or taking off, you know that they can be very loud.

The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. Ezek. 10:5 (NIV)

The blades of very large helicopters intersect, much like a wheel intersecting a wheel.

As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. Ezek. 10:10 (NIV)

A helicopter can move in any direction without turning.  Also, the twin window panels in the various sides of a helicopter could have looked somewhat like faces on each side of the machine to someone 2500 years ago.

As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went.   The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.   Ezek. 10:11 (NIV)

Ezekiel had no words for rotors, but “whirling wheels” would serve very nicely.

I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.” (Ezek. 10:13 NIV)

Helicopters can rise vertically or hover, and the pilots would be in them.

When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.  Ezek. 10:17 (NIV)

In the following passage, visualize the helicopter’s blades rising as the blades begin lifting the wheels from the ground. Watch as it moves across the landing field to the east gate.

While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance to the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. Ezek. 10:19 (NIV)

The above passages were from a vision that Ezekiel had almost 600 years before Christ was born. If we had seen that vision today, we would likely have thought “helicopters.” We very likely would have actually seen helicopters in our vision, because that would be an easy image to bring to focus for such an unfamiliar object.

The vision was very likely not about helicopters at all, but could have been. Although we do not know what Ezekiel actually saw, the commentary accompanying the scripture tells us that Ezekiel was describing four angels with interlocking wings, and he was depicting God’s glory leaving the temple.

It is our own knowledge and culture that transforms what he described into helicopters when we read it in the context of our own experiences! 

In our own words.

By similar fashion, when we see something in a vision that we have never seen before, we have no choice but to describe them in words that we have at our disposal – words we are familiar with, and images that we are familiar with.

Fortunately my own visions have been of modern structures, hills and of images of people, such as Jesus, so my descriptions are accurate and easily visualized by others. Such was not the case in many Biblical Visions.  On the other hand, my mind might have converted what I saw into the most familiar things I knew.  I’m reporting what I saw and see today when I replay them in my mind.

Symbolic Images.

Biblical visions were often shrouded in symbolic images, perhaps because there were no contemporary scenes that would sufficiently depict the message that God was delivering.

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea.”

“Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.” Dan 7:1-4 (NIV)

Deciphering the indecipherable.

According to commentary, the lion with eagle’s wings represents Babylon because of its swift conquests.

Although my visions are easily described in modern day language, their interpretation is not at all easy, and leaves much room for doubt. I saw them, and I can rerun them as often as I like, but unless I understand the meaning of the symbolic images, no accurate interpretation can be made.

Just Ask.

Sometimes the Biblical prophets had a way around this.  Ancient prophets often were able to ask bystanders how to interpret what they saw:

I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: “The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth.”  Dan 7:16-17 (NIV)

I had not been fortunate enough to hear spoken words in my visions so I had to ask through prayer, or depend on scripture to enlighten me. As you will see in The Eulogy, later in this book, when I received words, they nearly frightened me to death!  (Comment by Oldtimer June 2007 – The Eulogy has already been posted – some of these are out of order)

Cryptic Answers.

Sometimes however, angelic answers were cryptic or had ambiguous meanings, especially relating to time. For example, in the passage below, time, times and half a time can mean almost anything from a few years to millennia.

The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”  Dan 12:7 (NIV)

Sealed unto the end.

Sometimes the answers were deliberately sealed as in this passage:

I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.” Dan 12:8-9 (NIV)

The common theme in visions is that they bring a message directly from God:

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed feasts.  I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.” Hosea 12:9-10 (NIV)

More to come.

God even tells us that as the End Times approach, He will increase the messages in great numbers.

‘And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Joel 2:28-31 (NIV)

The next section describes a dream that I experienced just as I was waking up that, at first, seemed to have no relationship to the Vision of The Moving Hills or to healing. As it turned out, it was clearly in keeping with both.   I call it The Comic Strip Dream – next.

Two Piece Puzzle Explained

The night after the last Two Piece Puzzle dream, I had another vision, a very remarkable one which I plan to tell you about tomorrow.  It gave me some insight about the Two-Piece Puzzle and a possible explanation for that mystery that I’ll mention now.  The short answer – the coming of Christ released the Holy Spirt on the comman man – you and I.  The Holy Spirt in the Old Testament was bestowed only on special men, and was sometimes withdrawn later.  Christ promised a Counselor – Holy Spirt that would dwell in us always.   Without that Yule Door – the birth of Christ, we would not have the Holy Spirit.   

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  John 14:16-17 (NIV) 

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