This post will be the first in a series on how to have peace in today’s turbulent world. Because of time restraints I have not been extremely involved social media, I rarely go on Facebook, and beyond that I prefer to stay in the back round. Though I have taught publicly in churches on various occasions, and posted articles online, I have done so only because I felt compelled by God to share His message. This is another one of those occasions. Except this time, I feel a stronger urgency than ever.
On October 1, 2019, I had a prophetic dream. It was a warning to America of something imminent, and included crucial instructions as to how to weather a certain “coming storm”. In this article I will share the dream and the basic insights and instructions given to me therein, immediately upon awakening, and the following day. Because the dream and its instructions are packed with biblical symbolism, so far it has taken me five months for God to unveil much of its meaning. Hence, the coming series of articles under this heading, which I will post periodically. I invite you to join me for the journey.
The dream began with a group of us standing in a vast corn field, admiring the breath-taking landscape of an American farm. The setting was somewhere in the mid west, known as the “heartland of America”. My eyes then turned to the farm’s sprawling, white farmhouse, which looked quite like a mansion. Strangely, a man standing next to me whispered to me, warning me not to be fooled by its owner’s appearance: He was a “Christian” by profession. However, he was part of a legalistic, self-righteous religion, a cult of sorts, which teaches that salvation comes by observing the letter of the law, rather than through faith in Christ’s Finished Work of the Cross. He was exposed as a counterfeit.
Suddenly, we were all inside the farm house. Still, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the beautiful farm land! Fixated on the beautiful landscape of cornfields blowing in the breeze, I stood viewing it from the front picture window, while my children and their spouses were hanging out together in the den. Suddenly, my husband yelled out like a siren, “LOOK OUT THE BACK WINDOW!” I looked, and the sky was pitch black, with the color of blood- red mixed in. It reminded me of the passage that speaks of “wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30) Just then, it dawned on me that these were not clouds…they were massive, super TORNADOES, two or three in number! Moving swiftly toward us SIDE BY SIDE, they were ALMOST UPON US! This was when my husband and I cried out to everyone in the house, “GET TO YOUR BEDS AND PRAY, NOW! THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE!” Somehow, everyone’s bedrooms and beds were in the house, to which we quickly ran! Tightly fastening ourselves to them on bended knee like anchors in a storm, we cried out for mercy! In the midst of this approaching great shaking, our beds– now our ALTARS–were the only place of safety and stability in the house!
I knew this was it. Having just seen what was coming toward us, I braced myself and cried out with all of my heart, honestly expecting to be hit. The devastation came…and then, silence. My husband got up and again peered out the window, then said, “Look! The trees just outside our window are completely stripped, but it didn’t touch US!!!” The dream ended with all of us kneeling, dazed, yet amazed at how protected we were! God had responded to our cries for mercy, causing the tornadoes to “pass over” us!
I awoke from the dream with Psalm 91 upon my heart:
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by dy; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made LORD, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder…Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Instantly, I recognized the front picture window as representing natural sight, and the back window as spiritual sight. It was a warning to not be fooled by, nor focused on, what appears in the natural, indicating the “lust of the eyes”: This lush, American farmland would soon be radically changed. Instead, we were to open the eyes of our heart as to the true reality of this present passing world, and then, higher still, to the Eternal Realities, which will never pass away. We were to set our affections upon things above.
It was obvious that God was warning of at least one imminent catastrophic event in America, represented by the massive super tornadoes. Since prophetic dreams are symbolic, I wasn’t sure if the tornadoes were literal, or something else that would change the landscape of our nation– and ultimately pierce the “heart” of America. I might as well come out with it and confess, as uncomfortable as it is for me to do so, that for the past three years God has been relentlessly warning me of a coming sudden “storm” that would result in mass deaths, great sorrows and mourning for many. I have felt His grave concern in my times of prayer, yearning for many as possible to “come under his wings” before it is too late, and urging me to pray to that end. At this point, I believe that America as a whole, (and probably the world), is well past the tipping point, and that judgments are set. In scripture, God always gives space to repent, sending warning after warning. With no repentance, judgment does indeed come–as an act of Mercy to bring repentance under fire, hopefully to save souls in the end. I believe that at this point, those who are spared, with determined types and degrees of judgments “passing over” them, will come down to the individual.
As well, God had long ago spoken to me of a coming total financial collapse, warning that America would one day be “stripped”. Believers would have to “cling to Him”, and “diligently keep in step with the Holy Spirit” to make it through, explaining it would be “similar to Israel, in the desert”. Was this what was being indicated by the trees that were “stripped” just outside our window? Or would it lead to it?
One thing I knew for sure: Something major was coming, and SOON. The Lord was sounding the alarm, in no small voice, to “wake up from sleep” (complacency and lukewarmness), return to the fervent altar of prayer, and “watch (stay awake spiritually) and pray”. He is urging all to “flee for refuge to take hold of the hope offered to us, which hope we have as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)
But there’s more…
When my husband came home just hours after I had the dream, I told him all about it. I recited how the tornadoes devastated everything, stripping even the trees which were only inches from the house, but that, amazingly, it did “not come nigh [us]”. “No plague [came] nigh our dwelling”! A normally low-key guy who rarely has an emotional experience with God, immediately he looked shocked! When I asked why, he explained that God had mightily moved upon him from Psalm 32:6 regarding that same exact subject, our protection in the midst of something imminent, just that morning– possibly while I was DREAMING! It reads,
“For this shall everyone that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.”
Note that the context found in the preceding verses, which is honesty, transparency and whole- hearted confession and repentance before God, is an important piece of the puzzle.
The following day, more instructions began to flow, coming from the book of Joel. Joel’s audience was facing an unprecedented catastrophe due to their backslidden, apathetic spiritual condition. A plague of locusts, perhaps symbolic rather than literal, was stripping the land:
“He hath …barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare…the branches thereof are made white…The field is wasted, the land mourneth: for the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ashamed ye [farmers]…for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. .. (Joel 1:7,10, 11)
Along with the warning came God’s instructions on how to deal with it:
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God…Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders, and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord. Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Therefore, also now, saith God, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck the breasts, let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord…Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.” (Joel 1:13-15; 2:12-13, 16-18)
“Solemn assemblies”, noted in Joel’s prophecy above, were a regular part of the Jewish feast days, but also in times of crisis. They were to set aside their work loads and employment for a period of time, to focus entirely on God and His Word, while approaching Him in earnest prayer and repentance for themselves and their nation. You see, according to 2 Chronicles chapters 6-7, the Jews recognized catastrophes, such as locust plagues, droughts, pestilence, sickness, and war, as being was a sign of judgment due to their moral decline and spiritual apathy. It was a clear indication that true, heartfelt repentance was needed– a returning to God with all the heart–dedicating one’s life to Him in godly fear and loving obedience. Throughout the Old Testament, we see the Jews coming together in droves to humble themselves, to pray, to seek God’s face, and to turn from their wicked ways, so that healing could occur in their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14). The altar was God’s prescription for disaster.
This is STILL God’s prescription!
Speaking to a New Testament church that was in love with the world instead of Him, James writes under inspiration,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:5b-10)
Perhaps the impending “tornadoes” in my dream represented the Corona Virus, which began in China just weeks later, and the teetering economy we are now watching globally.
Or, perhaps they represented something else that is coming. According to Matthew chapter 24, other shakings are coming. We might as well face the fact that there will be more pestilences, (plagues, diseases), as well as devastating earthquakes, world-wide famine, spiking food prices, war, increasing wickedness, violence, etc.. and deal with it God’s way.
In light of where we are in the world right now, what the Word of God teaches, and the prophetic dream God gave me with my husband’s confirmation, it is evident that God is right now calling every one of us into a place of earnest introspection, fasting and prayer…. to “enter into [our] chambers, and shut the doors about [us], and hide [ourselves], as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast” (Isaiah 26:20) This is an appointed time to “rend our hearts”, exposing our deep, INWARD selves to the transforming Light of the Holy Spirit, and to turn from our wicked ways. In short, He is calling for a solemn assembly, shouting from heaven,
“Let the wicked man forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7.
Even if it requires that we ARE quarantined in our own homes for a period of time to accomplish it, each of us praying and fasting alone to God, it is time to come to our knees and cry out for His mercy. Even if there is no unchecked sin in our life, we will need God’s help to be amply prepared for the dark days ahead, so as not to fall into temptation, and for His light to shine brighter through us to help those around us. Our loved ones, our churches, the complacent and backslidden also need our earnest prayers, and, of course, those trembling hearts who are lost, altogether, who need help finding their weary way underneath God’s sheltering wings.
Speaking of “solemn assemblies”, isn’t it intriguing, considering God’s “no working” policy for the purpose of diligently seeking Him, that masses of people are quarantined at home, right now, restricted from attending their jobs? Is God maybe sending a message here? If so, how many are hearing it? More importantly, how many are responding??
In the midst of whatever shakings are here right now, or are coming in the future, there IS one place of unshakable stability and safety. Psalm 91 calls it the Secret Place of the Most High. Here, we can live at rest, lovingly nestled under His wings. Truly, this is that “place of refuge” held out to us by God, to which we can flee!
The question remains, what, exactly, IS the secret place of the Most High, and how do we get there? How DO we abide under the shadow of the Almighty, and what does it MEAN to be covered under His wings?
Well, I thought I knew… until I dreamed my dream and God began to open it UP to me! I would soon discover that it has everything to do with the Passover in the book of Exodus, the Tabernacle of Moses, Israel’s journey through the wilderness, and the Lord’s Table in the New Testament! It even ties in solemn assemblies and our responsibility to intercede for others! I found it all to be very enlightening, extremely comforting, incredibly empowering, and quite sobering and instructional. These are teachings everyone will need to be grounded in in the days ahead, to make it safely through every storm—and to have peace in these very turbulent times. I will be sharing my scriptural findings at least monthly, for you to save and share as you like, so be looking for my next posts at heavenshopeunveiled.com.