DREAMS - 2011-05-16
Yesterday I received the following Email: -
Greetings Dear Brother - This morning I was dozing, going in and out of sleep when I experienced a short vision. I was crossing over a bridge and saw, to my right, a group of five vultures attempting to eat a living, wildcat kitten. The kitten was at the edge of the bridge precipice and a sudden move away from her tormentors would be death as she would fatally fall. I immediately awakened and the Lord asked me how I would save the kitten. After pondering that question for a while the answer came to me. I would be interested to know what you would do? Bless you and Marie - Texas.
At my age (87) and time of life, I rarely move into dream and vision interpretation anymore - even my own. I have felt the commission from the Lord to prepare for printing the “Outlined Interlinear Greek NT for Laymen” - and the “Through the Bible in a Year Daily Devotional” takes precedence over this.
I was about to suggest to my friend in Texas that he contact Adrian Beale and Adam Thompson of Australia concerning this. Their book “Dreams - The Divinity Code” - The Keys to Decoding Your Dreams and Visions - <www.thedivinitycode.org> with the help of their “The Metaphor Dictionary” - could bring confirmation.
But I sensed the Holy Spirit saying - “In this case - would you like to ask Me for the interpretation your friend has requested?” Following is in line with the way I go about receiving dream and vision interpretation in which I have moved this way in the past. I use what I call the “TTAQ” formula. For “T” - I find a “Title” for the dream. For the second “T”, I seek its “Theme”. For “A” - I look for the “feeling or emotion or affection” that accompanies the dream. And for “Q” - I ask the Holy Spirit for His Insight on it.
So in line with this 4-fold formula, I asked the Holy Spirit for His Insights. Immediately He reminded me of Joshua chapter 10. The Gibeonites had just tricked Joshua in making a covenant treaty with them. Three days later Israel discovered their trickery - but by then it was too late to reverse the covenant witnessed by God. Shortly afterwards 5 kings of that area turned against their former Gibeonite friends because of the Covenant they now had with Israel. The Gibeonites immediately sent messengers to Joshua - “O great covenant brother - please come and help us. 5 kings - former friends of ours - are about to attack us.”
Israel complained, “Why did you have to make a covenant with those God had set for destruction?” Too late, Joshua said. We failed to consult Urim and Thummim in this case, just as with Ai - and were deceived. But covenant is covenant. We now have no recourse but to rescue the Gibeonites.
Israel swiftly fell on the 5 kings and defeated them and saved the Gibeonites - now their covenant friends. Furthermore - God performed one of the greatest miracles in the Bible - at Joshua's command for the sun to stand still, God heard and honored the voice of man! For almost a day the sun stood still, until Joshua completed the full defeat of these 5 kings!
This is what I heard the Holy Spirit say to me. The Gibeonites are the wildcat kitten. The 5 kings are the 5 vultures. Joshua is the Lord's representative in Israel to save the Gibeonites - the kitten.
We are representatives of the Lord like Joshua, upon covenant basis - and can also deliver all those in covenant relationship with us, even Gibeonites by trickery - or wildcat kittens. Marie and I again and again have seen victory on behalf of covenant friends under attack of Satan, his angels, demons, and human cohorts.
This is the interpretation of the Holy Spirit I believe God gave me for my friend. Whether it confirms what he felt came to him, I do not know.
But in the light of dreams and visions - see Joseph and Daniel on behalf of Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar. Both of their interpretations did not come from them, but from God. Nevertheless, the above 2 empire rulers highly honored Joseph and Daniel, because they were trueinterpreters on behalf of God.
Most dreams and visions are symbolical. Of the 40 or so recorded in Scripture, this is true. The first 5 dreams of Matthew are literal - but this is the exception rather than the rule. Parables and books like Daniel and Revelation, are like dreams and visions, and require Holy Spirit insight for us to understand.
And we must notice that such interpretations from God are heavily laced with Scripture. We need like George Muller to be muchin the Word to be accurate interpreters of the above. I fear that many are too glib and light with dreams, visions, prophecy and scripture interpretation. The Holy Spirit through James said, “Be notmany teachers (or interpreters), my brethren, knowing that we(teachers and interpreters) shall receive greater condemnation” James 3:1 (3:1-12). We will all appear before Christ one day following His return - to answer at His BEma Judgment Seat for deeds like this done in the body! We need the “fear of God” in us as we deal with His Word. Isaiah 66:2b (66:1-4) says, “But to this man will I Jehovah look, even to him that is poorand of a contrite spirit, and that tremblesat my word.” This was Ivan Panin's favorite verse to guide him in his attitude to God and the Bible.
Carefully look at prophecies of OT & NT - dreams and vision interpretations - and in the Bible you won't find a miss! These men walked in Isaiah 66:2b!
God in Jeremiah, became very upset with dreamers and prophets who spoke of the “Burden of the Lord”. God complained that He had not even thoughtof the things they claimed He had revealed to them. God then spoke a severe judgment upon all who spoke of the “Burden of the Lord”, and lightly spoke in His Name what was false.
I believe God is very soon in the Church about to take similar action against those who speak lightly in His Name, and fail to see such words come to pass. I noted down 40 such prophetic words that were accompanied with dates. Not one came to pass! This is promiscuousprophesying and dream interpretation. We are not to fear such! God's judgment upon such will be far more serious.
Back to the dream-vision above from Texas. I witness that this was a true vision. Judge the interpretation I believe the Holy Spirit gave me on this. I invite allmy teachings and interpretations to be judged down here. I would rather have errors pointed out so I can correct them now - than to appear before Christ at His Judgment Seat and answer Him then!
Sorry humanly speaking to give such a sober word. But from God's point of view, I believe such is necessary. And for each of us who teach, prophesy and interpret -betterto hear and adjust and correct now- than to ignorantly and innocently appear before Christ when it will be thentoo late.
My guidance in all of this is - “Let Godsay what Hewants to say - and let the Bible mean what itwants to mean.”
In conclusion - please do not send your dreams and visions to me for interpretation. God has given me a commission to finish and see printed the above two books. I scarcely interpret any of my own dreams in the light of this. Use the TTAQ formula, and the Holy Spirit, who is no respecter of persons, will answer you just as He does me. The Australian “Dream Book” noted above can be a help also.
Your sincere but careful friend - Jim Watt