The last parts of Stars of thr Lid the refinement of their decline.
The Magnificent Tree
What follows is the most extraordinary dream I have ever had. On Sunday July 10th of this year (2011), I was at Asbury Church sunday service and Pastor Dave caught my attention by telling people about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and asking how many had received this gift. This caught my attention as I had long felt that our congregation needed to be more Spirit filled. He was mainly if not exclusively talking about the gift of speaking in tongues. He talked about people being too scholastic in their beliefs and not experiential versus someone who is too mystic and not grounded in knowledge. He preached about the importance of both scholastic knowledge of God's word and mystic experience of the Holy Spirit.
At the end of the service he told everyone who wanted to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to come forward and to pray at the altar. I did so but only 5 or six other people also came up. I happened to be the first to arrive at the altar. Until now I had never had this gift and had always wondered if something was wrong with me. I prayed for this as honestly as I could but nothing happened that I could tell.
The next day I woke up with such a phenomenal improvement in my lower back that I wondered if I had been miraculously healed. The work I did that day on masonry was extremely brutal and involved holding a gas-
That night at home, I thanked God for watching over me perhaps more so than I normally do and went to sleep. It was a quiet and moonlit night.
Then, sometime during the night-
As I got closer to this immense and majestic tree, I could see that the entire tree was made up of people all linked together in three dimensions by their hands holding on to one anothers forearms, hands and limbs. They weren't
Everybody in this scene was bathed in a beautiful glow of golden-
This was beyond what most would be prepared to comprehend-
Everywhere on this majestic scene, everyone in the whole world was doing exactly the same thing. They were all working to improve their position in the tree and their grip on their little part of it (I could see this as people physically struggling), and then relaxing and enjoying themselves. They did not turn towards God -
I saw it in all its vast and detailed spectacle-
Some places seemed brighter and more lavishly blessed than others. I could see Lansing and a man in the heart of Lansing who was in his early 40's perhaps wearing a shirt and tie and I could see him working to improve his position, and then I could see him relaxing and smiling and looking up and chatting with others around him. They were all obviously enjoying themselves and visiting. I could see that he was bright, amiable, sociable and he and those around him presented such a pleasant scene. I could see that there was a generous amount of golden substance-
I could see some people who looked like people I know in church who are very upright members and I understood that they seemed to represent to me the best Christians in this area. I could see a man who looked like Pastor Dave and his area was well lit by blessings. He seemed to be linked to more people in a somewhat more hub-
But no matter where I looked-
Yet in retrospect everything God showed me is accurate. If you have ever visited any of those squalidly poor countries -
I'm going to tell you something even more odd. Do you think the Lord admires this? Or admires what even people who don't believe in him do? Remarkably, I sensed that he does delight in our good traits, including these poor people who were a delightful scene at the edges of this whole panorama.
The whole scene was all so beautiful and intricate, finely wrought, and crafted with so much care devoted to all these people, yet it was as if they were all autistic without any interaction with or awareness of their father hovering right over them just waiting for some tiny bit of their attention. I realized then that God's forbearance is huge. I could see the magnitude of the thing and its seriousness and its irrefutable truth. I began to feel a sorrow for it all.
It was the most amazing and profound spectacle that I have ever witnessed. It was the most timeless and awesome scene that a human eye could imagine. The greatest earthly treasure like King Tut's tomb and its contents that were first beheld by Howard Carter's eyes, or Macchu Pichu when discovered high in the Andes mountains by Roger Bingham-
As I hovered over this whole scene, I began to see something quite unusual. The glorious silvery stream of life had a very sharp bend in it coming immediately ahead. The distance to this abrupt change of direction seemed very short and looming. The whole scene at that juncture was bathed in sunset glow. At that point it went at approximately 90 degrees to its course which I understood meant such a profound change as to mean an entirely new life. For a brief moment I could see the stream well beyond this point into a brightly lit great distance, but no details could I see other than it was profoundly beautiful, and the light and color fairly glowed with sheer majestic glory. I mainly didn't look too long because of what I could see was about to happen immediately in front of me and below. The tree I could tell would not make it through the bend. It was just too vast and spreading. The bend had a narrow oxbow at this point. I confess its difficult to describe to a listener how this could be but I could sense its certainty nonetheless. It was as if even the sky and space itself were too closed-
My attention and concern now increased at a rapid rate. I came very close to the trees upper limbs and people and I looked down over at the 'leading edge' of the tree, then back across its other branches sensing something serious and searching for an answer of some kind. The tree was now at the bend itself and I looked at the leading edge with some urgency to see what would happen-
I didn't see where it occurred first precisely or from what direction it came. But it spread incredibly fast -
While more people burned up faster than I could see, I had time to look down at one woman in particular, and she looked directly up for help in that brief horrible moment before she was drawn down to nothing into a dwindling flame from below. She had suddenly looked to God I believe, but far too late. The very last thing I saw of her was her face only, completely ringed by the furiously burning flames, her eyes wide open and her mouth also, the most desperate hollow look of terror mingled with an unspoken cry for help I ever saw. And then, she was gone.
I could in those brief moments -
I could see briefly, people towards what I understood to be the east burning in vast numbers. These were possibly people in our country, or possibly foreign countries. But they were all gone before I could see even a fraction of them.
The speed of my horror and concern could not keep up with the events that I had just witnessed and I found my emotions quickly rising after it was all over and of no use. The sheer magnitude of what had happened and the enormity of the loss was so great, and the sorrow filling me mingled with the sense of rising urgency in me that I could not control fast enough now that it was too late. This produced in me disbelief and awful sorrow. That all these precious souls were gone so suddenly and irretrievably was too much for me to bear. It was like watching your children suddenly being incinerated in front of you before you had time to react.
If these feelings were what the Lord experienced, then it was terrible from beginning to end. Terrible that we all pay no attention to him though he loves us so much. Even worse that we do this to the point of our own destruction, throwing our lives away when all we needed to do was the simplest change for the better.
The very last thing I saw was a shockingly small number of Christians saved from all this, looking around completely stunned and as absolutely aware of what had just happened around them as I was. It seemed as if only a small minority of even Christians had been saved. I could easily tell this at a glance. Not even the majority of people who were Christians remained.
The tree was no longer too big to fit through the bend. I could feel myself withdrawing upward and away from the scene at a high rate of speed propelled as if by the power of my sorrow. And I awoke and immediately sat up in bed where I was stunned and sat there realizing that it had been a dream. But I knew almost immediately that it was from the Lord. I had known I believe, since I first began to look across the glorious tree itself. And I sat there in the silent darkness staring down in reveille still able to see in my mind the last scenes of awful burning and the disbelieving, darting, shaken-
What was it do you suppose that made King Nebuchadnezzar ask for help in interpreting his dream of the awesome statue? What about Pharaoh's dream of seven sleek cows being eaten by seven lean cows? We all have odd or surreal dreams and even nightmares all the time. We dismiss them as just that when we wake up and rarely remember them for long, almost never feeling the need to tell others much less ask for an interpretation, or ponder their meaning imagining they're in any way prophetic. So why did King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh become so emotionally disturbed by theirs and go to extreme lengths to get others to tell them these dreams' meanings-
Think about it. We read the Bible's various stories rather blandly most of the time and assign little accurate meaning or forensic thought to the circumstances the people were in at the time. We aren't hungry or cold out in the desert night or thirsty and exhausted watching Egyptian armies come after us as we reach a dead end at the sea. Instead we say "Cluck cluck! Those Israelites of such little faith!", like a bunch of fat comfy hens. But its different if you recently experienced something similar. A lot different.
So I will tell you the reason. Actually its two reasons-
There is one big difference however. Although these men knew their dream was important, in fact very important, they did not know the meaning. They urgently needed someone to tell them. But
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.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
(see also Acts 2, v 17 which repeats it)
What we have is whole churches of Pastors and churchgoers who believe this passage superficially to be true because the Bible says so, they just merely deny these events every time they're confronted with an example of it-
Clearly we can all agree that uttermost means far or remote. So I ask you-
"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2nd Timothy 4:3)
So when I tell you that the same One who gave a dream to Peter to kill and eat the animals and not call them unclean, the same One who gave Joseph his dreams and his interpretations of others, and Daniel his dreams and interpretations, gave me a dream on that night. And I am not the only one. The number of people who have recently been given dreams of the second coming is considerable, and nearly all have talked about an urgency. I also felt a sense of great looming monumentalism and a shortness of time-
The dream foretold the great and terrible Day of the Lord. I realized that the sunset backdrop of the scene was telling of the end of day. The Day of the Lord is spoken of in scriptures as the End of Days. The burning is precisely the final judgement's dominant geophysical characteristic, as 2 Peter 3:10 tells:
"The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare"
The day of the Lord comprises not just fire but clouds of darkness covering the globe from its smoke blotting out the sun, stars, and moon which will be blood red from it and what appears to be the stars falling from the sky due in my opinion to ejecta from the falling star which causes the global fires. (Revelation 8:7-
"they will say to the mountains "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"
After I had this dream, I was reading the bible and came across an astonishing passage which was:
"The axe is already at the root of the trees and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:10) See also Matthew 7:17
Reading more I came across others. I did not realize how remarkably many references there were in the bible to people or humanity symbolized as a tree or how many times as a plant which may be burned. Here are a sampling of them.
The Lord once called you ‘a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.’ But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed. (Jeremiah 11:16)
"The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches" (Luke 13:19)
"A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down. Why should it use up the soil?'
'Sir,' the man replied, 'Leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' (Luke 13:6)
Clearly the tree represents people like us and the fertilizer is knowledge of God's word and preaching.
The Light of Israel will become a fire,
their Holy One a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns and his briers.
The splendor of his forests and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,
as when a sick person wastes away.
And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few
that a child could write them down. (A prophecy of Isaiah 10:17-
as when an olive tree is beaten,
leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
four or five on the fruitful boughs,”
declares the LORD, the God of Israel. (Isaiah 17:6)
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
This next one is particularly relevant:
"The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
“I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my abundance, by which gods and men are honored, and go hold sway over the trees?’ And the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us.’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go hold sway over the trees?’ And the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’ But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men and go hold sway over the trees?’ Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘You come and reign over us.’ And the thornbush said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade, but if not, let fire come out of the thornbush and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, (the Jews)neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
There were also a number of passages which warned of people destined for fire.
"His winnowing fork is in his hand and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire". (Matthew 3:12 & Luke 3:17)
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ (Matthew 25:40-
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them." (Malachi 4:1-
But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. (Hebrews 6:8)
But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns,
which are not gathered with the hand.
7 Whoever touches thorns
uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear;
they are burned up where they lie.” (2 Samuel 23:7)
While no plant metaphor is used, this next one also from Hebrews:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10:26-
This prophecy of the Day of the Lord given to Isaiah is one of many:
See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth
and devastate it;
he will ruin its face
and scatter its inhabitants—
2 it will be the same
for priest as for people,
for the master as for his servant,
for the mistress as for her servant,
for seller as for buyer,
for borrower as for lender,
for debtor as for creditor.
3 The earth will be completely laid waste
and totally plundered.
The LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth.
5 The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,
and very few are left. (Isaiah 24: 1-
He concludes it in verse 13:
13 So will it be on the earth
and among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
Jesus told a parable of the weeds and when asked its meaning He answered,
“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear." (Matthew 13:37-
The Day of the Lord comes at the end of the age, a time that is very near for all. What is the remedy to this circumstance shown in this dream? How can we all live for God first and ourselves second? This passage in my view says it better than all the others and it was spoken by Jesus himself:
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
own. (Matthew 6: 24-
"Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened". (Matthew 24:33-
"For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. " (Matthew 24: 5-
So much for those who claim some great end-
What do you think? Are there false Messiahs today? Wikipedia lists 24 from the dawn of the 20th century alone, not counting those who claimed in the late 19th century into the 20th, all those who are claimed to be the Messiah by others, or 3 Islamic claimants to be the Messiah (Mahdi) and a Rabbi now deceased who is claimed by followers as the Messiah. This is versus only 13 listed from the 1st century AD all the way up to the end of the 19th century.
As to the increase in wars, how many wars are there today? According to a Wikipedia list of wars, the 19th century-
How about famines? According to Wikipedia lists, all the famines from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the 20th century is about 100. Just since then it lists over 52. Even if you doubled or even tripled the number of pre-
What about earthquakes? According to the Advanced Nation Seismic Survey, there were 109 earthquakes worldwide over magnitude 6 on the Richter scale in 1976-
There is a time before the Day of the Lord called the Great Tribulation. This "
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near"
This time of tribulation is 3-
Immediately after the tribulation of those days
the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies will
Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming
on the clouds of Heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call , and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Despite all the long description I gave of the vision and the detailed Bible quotes, I want to say that the Lord wasn't giving me Bible quotes or long visions. The whole thing lasted only a short while-
One thing that the vision gave me was a surprising sense of how we should pray-
Many of you will question my dream asking "Why isn't the whole church saved?" I tell you that Jesus was very clear about this:
"But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell." (Mathew 5:22-
Are you forgiving of people who offend you? He further said:
"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
Are you innocent of this? Or do you confess it when it happens and ask God for forgiveness? Do you constantly guard against it? Are you lying without asking God for forgiveness and not repenting? The bible says "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
There are many who think they can get a pass in these and other areas if they are devout otherwise. But Jesus said, "Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’" (Matthew 7:22-
Even those doing such things as Jesus did must obey God. Is the whole church doing that today? Few are even performing any miracles in Jesus' name.
Do you watch countless hours of secular television? If so, you're the same as the rest of the world. Would Jesus sit down and watch all this stuff? Why would you who claim he is in you? Jesus even warned: 'For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Perhaps you are like many who attend church and feel you are fulfilling some duty to God, but in Ezekiel it says that people say to each other ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.’ 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for gain. (Ezekiel 33:30-
Jesus knew that few would listen well enough or guard their hearts enough to be saved. He told us, "..For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Mathew 7:13-
By the way, I believe that the narrowness of the bend in the stream which did not admit passage of the whole tree was this same 'small gate and narrow road' that Jesus supernaturally knew about and warned of.
Even if you are repenting, James 2:14 asks: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? I think we all know the obvious answer.
I say don't work for yourself and tithe 10% to God but work for God and spare what is needed for yourself. How do you live for God? There must be big ideas you once had or ideals for doing something for God that you have forgotten about. Or there are things which you wish you could do but gave up on or hold little hope for. I say, do those things. If you think like us all about your own needs first, this will never end. But if you would focus on the sufferings of another, it will be easier to forget your own. Flee from the wrath that is to come by fleeing from yourself. Pray for your enemies. This by far is one of the most glaring deficiencies in the church today. Jesus said:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mathew 5:44-
God sending sunshine and rain on everybody shows he loves everybody -
If you also see no difference between those who fear the lord and those who don't or you see unbelieving people grow rich or people who who even challenge God prospering, this complaint also occurred in Malachi's time. "....Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. “On the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-
And now for a strange postscript to this story. Do you remember my description of how I had a healed back , followed by a flat tire rescue, followed by the prophetic dream all in the same day? In my life I had one earlier prophetic dream. Except I was an atheist at the time so forget about theories that God only gives them to righteous men! In it I saw a strange black metal building interior with a carnival inside its lower level, and my best friend's two young sons in there without him. I was filled with an overpowering sense that there was something very wrong and that I had to get them out of there. I tried to do this, had difficulty finding the one boy, and more difficulty trying to find the way out. I could not find the doorway and filled with a sense of fate, I awoke.
This disturbed me so much that I phoned my friend, but discovered all was well. Months later I was with the boys at Niagara Falls, Ontario (their Dad was too busy and stayed home), and the big tourist tower/Imax theater had a lower level with a carnival in it. We saw this as we left the theater having gone the wrong way to exit. I saw the identical stairs, window, no obvious way out, and immediately knew what it was and where I had seen it before. The boys rushed to the door of the carnival and I stopped them and tried to find a way out of that place while trying to herd two boys who wanted to run in and look. ( I must admit that I too was extremely curious but the overpowering sense of dread from the dream prevailed.) Filled with a sense of fate, I finally succeeded in getting outdoors by an obscure back door. The rest of the day went very well. But this later caused me to question how on earth all this could have occurred.
The future doesn't exist, and even if it does, it can't send signals back through time into the present. Even if it could, it couldn't know the meaning of events to send them to a specific person concerned. And even if it somehow could, I have no way to receive such signals.... its all so astronomically beyond plausibility in the extreme. There was no practical answer anywhere that I could imagine to this event within the bounds of logic. But I took a crack at it anyways.
The only thing that could possibly answer it was that there was an intelligence involved... one that is somehow outside of time itself.... an intelligence that cared about my future personally.... which had the means to communicate directly to my mind's innermost thoughts while I slept.....
(I must tell you that this began to demolish my carefully constructed house of cards atheist philosophy.)
Later on, I had changed jobs and was low on money at that time. My truck had a bald tire and I knew I would not get paid for 2 weeks. So I tested God to see if he was real. I simply said regarding my tire each day, 'Stand by me, God'. One day on the way home it blew in the middle of nowhere and two young boys immediately came up to me and said their father up the road had a tire he could sell me. Except that my tire was the old split rim type which few could change anymore. Plus I had no jack or wrench. Plus I had only $40. ....Hopeless. But off I went on foot with them. I arrived at their house and out of the piles of junk on his shelves so bad that you could not even see it, he pulled down a tire on its own rim. But it would have to be an 8 hole 16" Chevy rim. .....It was. But I had no jack or wrench.' He had those too and the boys would help me change it. '
"How much would you like?", I asked. "Thirty", he said like he was driving some hard bargain. I gave him $35 and was on my way faster than if I had broke down in front of a tire repair shop which I could not afford. Plus I now had a spare rim.
I thanked God that afternoon for the first time in memory. Maybe God did exist but I wasn't sure about Jesus. Then a Christian friend at my new workplace invited me to a night service at Agape Church to hear a traveling evangelist from Australia. I must have been really bored to accept an invite like that but ok, off I went thinking maybe they would at least have some good food! When I got there the evangelist, Doug Stanton insisted on healing every last person in the whole place. He supernaturally knew I had back problems and after I laid on the floor, I felt a great painless tension in my back and the feeling of being pressed to the floor. Afterward, I had no back pain for as long as I could remember.
These three events, the dream, the flat tire rescue and the back healing had stood out in my mind for years. But they returned to my mind like a thunderstroke when it occurred to me that these same three events had happened to me again 12 years later-
I also immediately understood the meaning of the one day duration of the most recent trio of events versus those mirroring it years ago. This was also symbolized in the age of the messengers sent to rescue me during the flat tire episode-
Lastly, you may recall that I mentioned that I had thought something was wrong with me as I never had had the gift of tongues. At that time (July 2011), I was engaged in reading through the bible in one year. I had not yet come upon these verses:
Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:30-
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. (1 Corinthians 14:1-
The last thing that I can tell you in closing is to deeply consider this sobering warning by Jesus who said,
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed." (Luke 17:26-
I tell you with all my heart that this is true and actually happened to me July 10-