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PROPHETIC DREAMS, VISIONS AND WORDS
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Isaiah 61
The Lord has sent me to preach Good News to the Poor, to
bind up the broken hearted, to preach liberty to the captives,
and to them that are bound, the opening of prison.
 
SHINING LIGHT 7 MINISTRIES
Our desire, purpose and objective in sharing these prophetic dreams, visions and words with you is for sole
purpose of edifying Christ's body by showing the great diversities of God in relating and communicating with
His people.  Dreams especially, are a common but supernatural way that God speaks to His people.  
Throughout the Scriptures, God often spoke to His people through dreams and visions to communicate His
Divine messages, revelation, and His plans to man.  Jacob's life, for example, was radically impacted by a
series of dreams.  God revealed Joseph's destiny through dreams.  Jesus' stepfather, whose name was Joseph,
was instructed through dreams at least four times concerning events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, Our
precious Lord.   Apostles, Peter, Paul and John were given dreams and visions inspired by the Holy Spirit of
God.  

There is inner desire of man to want to hear from God. God has placed this longing and hunger in each and
every human heart at the time of creating His special and prized masterpiece.  There is great push and vast
array of interest today in psychic readings, horoscopes, eastern religions, mysticism, new age and various
others attempts to "contact the supernatural realm".  But the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is desirous to
expose the counterfeits and reveal the one and only way to communicate with Himself and His Son, Jesus
Christ, the One and only True Eternal God!   Many of these deceived people do not realize what or whom they
are seeking, but those of us who have had this need met by the Holy Spirit, realize that it is The Lord God
Almighty Himself that we seek and are truly hungering for in this God quest of communicating with Him!   
There is truly a vast difference between the holy and the profane!  
Today it seems as though many of God's children are having dreams, visions and receiving prophetic words.
The Word of God tells us in the last days God will pour His Spirit out upon all flesh, so this should not be a
surprise to those who are familiar with His word and His timing.  
"And it shall come to pass in the last days,
saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your
young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on my servants and on my
handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy".  
Acts 2:17-18  

But for those who are receiving dreams and visions and are bewildered by them should first of all, understand
that not all dreams and visions are from the Lord!  We have all had dreams which seem to make no sense at
all, and seemingly come from out of nowhere.  But we also need to keep in mind that the enemy will send us
dreams as well as visions, because remember, he is the great deceiver!  When we do have a dream that seems
so real, how do we know that it is of God or not?  And what about visions, how do we really know if it means
anything or not?  There are those who believe that all dreams and visions are inspired by God.  Others believe
that dreams are strictly soulish in their origination and are produced out of the subconscious mind.  
But God's Word supports the fact that there are three different types of dreams and visions, and each can be
traced to different scriptural sources.

1.  There are dreams and visions that are spiritual in nature and inspired by the Spirit of God.
2.  There are dreams that are fleshly (soulish) in nature and produced by the
natural processes of a person's mind, will and emotions.
3.  There are demonic dreams and visions, which are inspired by demons or are
deceitfully crafted by evil men and women with impure motives.

Spiritual dreams and visions which are of God are the ones that are motivated and inspired by the Holy Spirit  
and bypass the mind and speak directly to your spirit man.  The purpose of God in all of this is to communicate
something that He wants you to know.  This message can be either personal revelation or insight into a natural
situation that you are presently dealing with.  It can also be a foretelling of future events that He wants to make
known to you.  God is so loving and kind that He only wants the best for each one His children.  He will go to
extreme measures to get your attention, so that you will hear Him and turn completely to Him so that He may
own all of your heart and that you may fulfill the purpose and reason for your existence.  

God will even give us dreams or visions of the night to teach us that sin will invoke His righteous justice!  This
shows us as well the fact that God says, that he commonly speaks through these ways to keep his people from
perishing.   
"In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While they slumber in their
beds, And seals their instruction. That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride, He
keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword".  
Job 33:15-18

This is why it is important that you as a believer IN Jesus Christ, understand and grow in the Word of God, not
only for your own personal growth and edification as a believer, but also for basic understanding of some of the
symbols used by the Biblical writers.  Jesus spoke much in the language of parables, and consequently, his
teachings are rich with symbolism.  God's word, the Holy Scripture, is rich with symbolism and imagery and
therefore it is important that we grow in our understanding and comprehension of the symbolic nature of  
scripture.

May we encourage you to start a log or
journal which would help you to identify your
personal language of symbols that appear in
your dreams.  This is important in learning to
understand your personal dream language in
terms of these symbols.  Remember that
almost all symbols can have both positive
(good) and negative (bad) meanings. It is very
important to remember when interpreting
symbolism in a dream, that you be very open
minded because symbols like words, are very
flexible.

We should pray that God will give us the ability to interpret our dreams.  All things are possible for those who
trust in God. As you learn the various meanings and symbols in dreams and as you yield to the Holy Spirit, He
will help by giving you understanding and interpretation of what He so graciously gives and reveals to you.

There are different kinds of spiritual dreams through which this awesome communication with God and His Son,
Jesus Christ, occurs.  The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals and discloses what is on the mind, heart and will of
God.  
These three kinds of spiritual dreams are:


1.  The Living and Almighty God Speaks To Your Spirit
2.  Your Spirit Speaks and Expresses Back To God
3.  God Intercedes And Cries Out Through Your Spirit

1.  An example of "God Speaking To Your Spirit" in a dream, is actually a prophetic dream that was given to me
nearly 19 years ago.  I call it a "Holy Spirit Encounter".  The dream is simple but yet shows the heart, will and
mind of God to draw His beloved unto Himself for a deep, intimate and abiding fellowship.

THE DREAM: Scene One: The dream starts out with finding myself in a large crowd of people.  A nice man came
up to me and started a conversation.  We ended up visiting for a long time and he gave me hug and as we
hugged, I could actually feel the anointing of God flowing through me in the dream.  It was awesome and I
knew that I was having a divine encounter.  As we continued to hug, we both said, "Hummmmm, and kept
exchanging back and forth the "Hummmm's".  As we were doing this, we started to go around in a circle and
soon He fell down and I fell on top of him and we both started laughing and laughing.! (There is saying that
says, "I fell for him or her")

Scene Two:  The nice man was escorting me to my car and he opened the door for me to sit on the passenger
side of the car.  He leaves me there and I wait for him.  I wait and wait and I realize a lot of time went by.  I
realize as well, that I have the keys to the car in my purse.  I could have taken off any time, but I decided to wait
for him.  I could see him coming towards me and saw that he was carrying what looked like gun.  The dream
ends.

This dream of course, was showing me that I must learn to wait upon the Holy Spirit and develop intimate
fellowship with Him.  As you learn to wait upon Him, he places the keys of authority (car keys) and power (gun)
of ministry in your hands and eventually gives the release for ministry and the anointing to do what it is that He
has ordain for you to fulfill in putting your spiritual gifts to work in the Body of Christ.  
1 Corinthians 12:1

God was definitely speaking to my spirit in this dream!  He was teaching and also exhorting me to go through
"the necessary process of growth in fellowship with His Holy Spirit"!  The nice man in the dream was of course
representative of the Holy Spirit.  The "hummmm's in the dream represent fellowship and enjoyment of one
another's company.  This would be something that the Lord would have me learn personally and then minister
one day to the corporate body of Christ in teaching and encouraging them to learn to wait upon Him while He
does His wonderful, good and pleasing work in them, so that He can then work through them to touch others.

2.  The second type of spiritual dream from God is, "Your Spirit Speaking To God".  This is where your
spirit or soul cries out to God because of need of some kind or another.  In a dream of this type, the redeemed
spirit (or an unredeemed spirit, in the case of an unbeliever), may be calling for needed assistance, or may
simply be expressing the inner thoughts of the soul!

These dreams usually originate in the spirit as a cry for God's intervention in our lives, whether through need of
direction, correction or instruction.  An example of this type of prophetic dream took place almost twenty years
ago.  This was during a time when I was passionately pursuing the Holy Spirit in fellowship.  It was also a time
in our walk where great changes and transition were coming about very quickly and I had been earnestly
seeking the Lord for His direction.  The dream is short, but very powerful and rich!

THE DREAM: Only one Scene: The dream began with seeing an open Bible.  I could see a finger pointing to the
word "seek" on one place of the page and then moved to another scripture where I could again see the finger
pointing to another word "seek".  This happened a total of four times.  Then the dream was over.  

I knew that God had spoken to me through this dream and was giving and showing me direction for transition in
our lives through this particular Word!  I looked in the Bible Concordance for the word "seek" in scripture where
it would be shown or found for four consecutive times.  The word "seek" is found only four times in one place in
the Bible, and that is found in
Psalms 27.  Isn't God awesome!!  It is in this chapter that King David was faced
with confidence and conflict at the same time.  David had learned that the person who lives his life daily in the
pursuit and presence of God by gazing upon His beauty, has no need to fear or dread the future or the
unknown.  
The "four seeks" in the scripture, is where David was daily seeking (1) the Lord's continual presence,
(2) his favor,  (3) his divine guidance and (4) divine protection.  David's hearts cry was "Oh God, Never take your
Holy Spirit from me"!     

The Lord was truly answering the cry of my heart.  My spirit was crying out to Him and He answered with David's
appeal to God for these four main areas of God sustaining and keeping him.  David in return assures God that
He will be most willing to obey His commandments!  He knew these were covenant promises of God to His
people and that God would not fail him in anyone of them!  What Godly confidence David exemplifies in these
verses and what examples for us to learn and live by as journey on our Christian path.

3.  The third area in the different kinds of spiritual dreams through which communication between God and man
take place is, "God's Spirit Interceding Through Your Spirit"
.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit will use dreams to alert
us to needs for intercession.

Romans 8:26 declares that the Spirit of God intercedes through us with groanings which cannot be uttered".
Both Lee and I have had important prophetic dreams, in the sense of intercession for the Church, for the lost, for
family members, for our government and especially for Church leadership.  We know that prayer changes
things!  God will give prophetic dreams and then we must be obedient to pray and come into agreement with
God's purposes for the individual or the situation involved.  Many dreams are not so literal in their interpretation
but are highly symbolic!  

For instance, in a prophetic dream about the Church that I was given around 16 years ago about the Church
went like this:
THE DREAM: Again, there was only one scene:  I was in a very large house.  This house I
understood in the dream was my father's house.  As I was sitting across the room I could see a number of
demonic children, who were dismantling my mother's sewing machine.  They were "impish" in their behavior
and after observing their evil behavior, I stood up and pointed at them with righteous anger and demanded that
they stop what they were doing in this destructive and devastating act!

The interpretation is:  The large house is the Church.  It is my Heavenly Father's house.  The sewing machine is
symbolic for sewing and fashioning the beautiful wedding garment of the Bride of Christ.  The demonic children
(dwarfed in spiritual maturity) represent the unrighteous leaders in the Church who rather than building up the
Church of Jesus Christ in equipping and edifying the saints of God, are doing quite the opposite by what they
are doing for God's Kingdom.  They actually tear apart (dismantle) what the Father desires in the building up of
His Church and preparing the Bride for the return of Her Bridegroom.  They use God as a means to their horrible
end!  
Jude 11-13 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's
error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion. 12 These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating
with you without the slightest qualm — shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain,
blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted — twice dead . 13 They are wild waves of
the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

This dream is calling for intercession for righteous leadership to take their place in the body of Christ and impact
the Kingdom of God by sounding the trumpet and alerting the people of God to "wake up", to stop sinning and
be careful of the way that they are presently living, for the days in which we live are evil!  
Ephesians 5:11-16  
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to
mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for it is
light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:  "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ
will shine on you." 15 Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of
every opportunity, because the days are evil .  17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but
understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

This prophetic dream is a cry from the very heart of God for His people!  He desires that His people walk in
purity, sincerity, honesty and integrity, because it is these who will ultimately make up His Bride Church!  And
finally this dream is also a prayer of intercession and appeal for the ungodly and deceitful leaders (wolves) to be
exposed, revealed and removed from their places of standing within the Church.  

Remember to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for interpretation for your dreams.  This is the beginning place for
your spiritual eyes to be opened.  It begins with faith.  Believing that you will receive what you have asked for in
prayer.  Keep on asking and you will receive!

It is not our intention to necessarily teach on dreams or the symbolic nature of dreams on this site,  but it is
important to lay a foundation to better understand this awesome way and method that will God speak to His
children.  You must always remember that God's Word, the Holy Bible, is the basis for which we compare truth
in our dreams and visions.  Not only are symbols important in dreams such as, color, numbers, objects such as
cars, houses, clothing, money, water, roads, highways, signs, people, animals and etc, but also emotion is very
important.  The key here for emotions in dreams to remember, is the way you "feel" in the dream, not upon
awakening.

As you learn to discern the voice of the Lord in dreams and visions, you will reap the benefits of a closer and
more intimate walk with Him.
 Hebrews 5:14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those
who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
 God does give divine ability to
some for the interpreting of dreams.  Daniel and Joseph were prophets who were supernaturally gifted to
interpret dreams.  Many times some of those with a strong prophetic anointing will often times demonstrate a
divine ability to discern the meaning of dreams.  There are many as well, with a Gift of Prophecy who have been
given the ability to interpret dreams.  Never should major change occur in anyone's life by following
interpretation of their own dreams without consulting someone in leadership in their lives to verify their own
interpretations before they would ever uproot to make any major transition. And one last word of caution, do  
not try to attempt interpreting the dreams of others until you have established a well grounded knowledge of
your own language and dream symbolism.

The dreams, visions and prophetic words listed below are meant to bring revelation and insight to the body of
Christ.  They are some of the means and methods by which God Almighty will speak to man to convey His heart,
will and plans to in order to fulfill what it is that He has for us to do.  
Larry K Martin used with permission by the artist
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