So for those who are just getting to know me–the Lord has given me the gift of dreams and interpretations of dreams along with a command on my personal life to “say in the light what I tell you in the dark” (Matthew 10:27). This is scary (because of what people may think), but it’s not as weird as it may seem. For the skeptics or just the curious, I put some notes in a different post linked at the bottom of this post just for you, but I want to get to the point–the dream itself.
I do believe this dream is for the church now. It is potentially time sensitive so I want to get it out there for people. In late September, I had two dreams that went together-I’ve been taking time to weigh them out but it’s time to release them now:
September 22, 2020
In a dream last night I saw a man breaking something that looked like a sheet of dark, hard rock, or metal. I asked God what he was breaking. “The church,” He said with a really serious voice. I asked Him what this meant and God said, “he is breaking the false power and methods of the institutionalized church and waking up and preparing my bride.”
Sitting outside today, the Spirit also said that this ministry of preparing and waking the bride is also time-sensitive. “A little while longer the leaves stay on the trees and then they fall.” Discern the times (Matthew 16:33, Matthew 24:32-33). Soon our actions will be visible and open to attack like when the ground is exposed as the leaves fall. We won’t be able to work as freely without persecution. We have to work quickly over the next few months while it’s still possible. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit. Without me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Wake the Bride. Disciple everyone (Matthew 28:19-20)
Then I got very sleepy and went to take a nap. As I slept, I dreamed and saw a bed with gossamer curtains around it. I was standing with Jesus dressed in golden king’s robes. He pulled the curtains aside. I saw a sleeping woman on the bed. She was His bride. He looked at her and said with eyes still fixed on her, “See, my bride sleeps.” (Isaiah 56:10; Matthew 25:5; Revelation 3:1-3) I asked Him if she was His bride, then who was I (I asked Him this because I have always seen myself as part of the bride). He said I was His friend (John 3:29-30).
Then, I saw Jesus go in and kiss the woman on the lips. He woke her with a kiss. The interpretation of this is that first, it is time for the Church, the Bride, to awaken (Romans 13:11); and second, the Church will be woken through intimacy with Jesus, knowing Him experientially (Philippians 3:10:11, Ephesians 3:14-19, Hebrews 8:11 quoting Jeremiah 31:34) by the seal of the Holy Spirit. (Song of Solomon 2:10, 8:6; Isaiah 50:4)
Then I can’t see Jesus anymore. He’s gone.
The woman tried to get up but the covers had become hard and heavy, like iron. Pressing down on her every time she tried to wake up (Isaiah 58:6). A voice explained to me that this weighted blanket was what was being broken earlier in my previous dream. The corrupt church powers and other false authorities will be broken through the true prophets of God who speak what He is saying to the church (Isaiah 58-59). These words of correction will come from the word of the prophets both now and the discerning of the “fullness of time” that the writers of the New Testament wrote about in scripture discerning prophecy (Mark 1:15, Galatians 4:4, Hebrews 9:26, Revelation 3). We will need to be comfortable again with the corrective word of the prophets (2 Peter 1:19-21). We must not resist the Holy Spirit (Psalm 106:33, Acts 7:51, Zechariah 7:12, 1 Corinthians 2:14). Some will. They will perish in the fire (Revelation 21:8). We are not of those who shrink back (Hebrews 10:39).
When the woman finally breaks free she is wildly excited, looking for her groom. She runs to every window in the room and everything she sees she says,
“Is that Him?!” “Is that Him?!”
“No,” I tell her. “You will know Him when you see Him.”
The interpretation of this is that she will be susceptible to false winds of doctrine when she wakes up (Matthew 24, 2 Peter 2). Gentle correction and reliance on the Holy Spirit will be the key to her safety and purity. There is a naivety to her because she does not know what her groom looks like. She doesn’t know Him (Matthew 24:26-27).
Our job as a friend of the groom is to teach the newly awakened bride how she can know the groom through intimacy with the Holy Spirit (John 14-17, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 1 John 2:27), who reminds us what Jesus said, leads us into all truth (which aligns with scripture), and tells us what is to come. Teach her to hear His voice (John 10:27-30) and rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The leadership of the Spirit will be made possible through training of the bride to understand scripture and use it as a sword (Ephesians 6:17) to separate truth from lie, pierce the hearts of people, surgically heal the spiritually wounded, identify false teaching, and fight the enemy. The leadership of the Spirit will also enable and correct corporate worship, through gifts given to the body of Christ through the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5, 1 Corinthians 3, 1 Corinthians 12), and the Word of God. Preparing the bride will be done by those who know the groom. It will be a quiet but powerful ministry, hidden and underground—amid extreme persecution (1 Peter 4, 2 Timothy 3:12). This particular ministry to the church will not happen in stadiums or conferences. Not this particular ministry. It’s a quiet, Spirit-led ministry of building a temple of God with living stones (Zechariah 4:6) hearts opening and washing of the bride through the water of the Word—baptism in water and fire (Matthew 3:11, Acts 2)—it is purification. It is the genuine, love-driven, righteous acts adorning the bride (Revelation 19).
For notes about dreams and visions click here