I had this dream years ago, and have not known what to do with it. I have mentioned it to several people—some of whom seemed to dismiss it as unimportant. I don’t blame them for that, as I also don’t blame anyone who reads this for dismissing it. I, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury. I still don’t quite know what to do with it, so I will just leave it here.
I must preface this by saying that I have heard of many visions and "spiritual" dreams people have had over
the past years, and I have not paid much attention to any of them, especially if they spoke of judgments
coming on the earth. My experience and knowledge of God tells me that God is loving and merciful,
and His will is good and not evil. I also know that Jesus bore the "wages of sin" for every one of us,
and has provided freedom for all who by faith receive the grace He has given.
Now, first, to the e-mail I received some time ago from a friend. It was one of those forwards one tends to
briefly peruse and then delete. This one was entitled "An Urgent Message" from Rev. David Wilkerson of The
Cross and the Switchblade fame, well known for his prophetic warnings. As I said, I generally have not paid
much attention to any of them. This one brought the same response, at first. It was about fires coming to
cities in the United States and other countries around the world, and indicated that these horrific
events were judgments of God. I quickly went on to my next email, but then remembered something I had
seen in the first sentence of the message. I went back to check. There it was: He said, "For ten years I have
been talking about fires coming to..." Ten years ago. At that time, ten years previously would be 1999. That's
when I had the dream.
In 1999, several of my friends who were part of an “intercessor group” were invited to take part in a "Train of
Tears" organized by Dr. David Damien, a Christian Egyptian medical doctor from Vancouver. He
invited groups of Canadian Christian intercessors to get on a train and cross Canada, praying daily for God's
mercy on Canada for its treatment of the Jews decades ago when their ship of exiles came to our shores.
Apparently, God had impressed Dr. Damien that a time of judgment was coming, and that Canada would be
judged if the Canadian church didn't repent for our government's refusal to accept them.
I was dubious about this “call”. Then, one night during that time, I had this dream.
It was dusk. I was with a group of about 30 people in a large room on the second floor of a large house. It
had windows all along two adjacent sides of the room and, while everyone was chatting and visiting,
suddenly we all looked out and saw a huge wall of fire burning across the plain and toward us. I could see
flames ahead of and behind soldiers in metal armor bouncing up and down on horses. Their faces were set,
intent on the work ahead of them. I knew the fire had burned everything behind it and that we were in its
path, in danger. No one else in the room seemed to understand that. Their response was more that of
curiosity. I was terrified and woke up.
As I was waking I "heard" a voice, powerful and clear, say twice, "The day of the Lord is at hand!" I looked at
my sleeping husband and wondered that he hadn't heard it because it felt like my whole body had heard it,
from my hair to my toes.
Being one who dreams often, I knew this one was
different. I told several of my friends about it—
friends who pay attention to dreams—hoping
they could interpret it, or at least put my mind at rest
that it was nothing. No one helped, so I chose
to forget about it, deciding it must be some sort
of dream manifestation of my own frame of mind at
that time. Sometime later, I was in a prayer meeting.
During a quiet time, I started thinking about that
dream. Then I had this thought: Look up "the day of
the Lord" in your concordance!
The only reference in my small concordance was in
Joel. Imagine my shock when, there in Joel 2:1-11, I
saw my dream.
There have been several things in recent years that have brought the dream to mind. The first happened in
2004, when I heard of a vision Oral Roberts experienced, a description of which can be seen in Joel 2:28.
The second was in 2007 when I heard Billye Brim, a Bible student/teacher who visits Israel regularly, say that
she had read that the Jewish ancients believed that 1999 would be the "year everything changes". She
asked several of her Rabbi friends to elaborate and they told her that Jewish lore marked 1999 as the
beginning of God's judgment of nations that persecute Israel. In 2008, in a streamed prayer meeting from a
place called Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks, Mrs. Brim spoke by phone to a man who described a prophetic
dream he had recently experienced. As he began telling about being “in a room with a group of people”, I
knew he would talk about “a wall of fire”, and he did. His dream was a much more detailed version of the one
I experienced in 1999.
Does this mean I am affirming the prophecy I wrote about first, or any of the other dreams or visions that
have been mentioned here? To be very honest, I can't say that I am. I am only sure of what I experienced. I
am—perhaps like any of you who haven't already dismissed this as too strange—willing to wait and see.
Those who have read my blogs will be aware that my hope for the blog (except for the occasional and
sometimes regrettable lapse into political commentary) was that it be empowering and encouraging. This
page has been included on this site because I felt compelled to share something that might be
empowering to you in some way—if not now, then maybe in the future. When Jesus told his disciples
of things to come that were disturbing to them, he said that he did so in order that they wouldn't be
frightened when they saw it come to pass. “God so loved the world” he told them ahead of time what
would be taking place. There is no fear in that.
Often, what is called judgment in scripture is actually the natural outcome of a nation’s actions, not
deliberate punishment for wrong-doing. The warnings of such judgment, therefore, should be seen as a
loving act, not a prophecy of what must be. Whichever this dream or other claims of portents might be—
warningsof what will follow present actions, so we can change, or foretelling of what will take place in
order that we might be prepared—the encouragement that comes to me from scripture is this: Mercy and
grace is its purpose, and always follows in its path.