Adventures Through Dreams
In some cultures, the dream world is believed to be a place where a person’s soul travels at night. In a sense, dreams confirm the soul’s existence and the reality of another world. The Chinese believed that the soul leaves the body to visit this world, and if they should be suddenly awakened, their soul may fail to return to the body. For this reason, according to dream researchers, some Chinese today are wary of alarm clocks! Native American tribes and Mexican civilizations also share the notion of a dream dimension. In the early 19th century, dreams were dismissed as stemming merely from anxiety or indigestion. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud revived and revolutionized the study and interpretation of dreams as significant signals of the subconscious mind. The Bible, on the other hand, refers hundreds of times to the importance of dreaming as one of God’s most consistent methods of communicating to our spirits.
Sleep researchers categorize the following types of dreams:
Daydreams. Studies show that everybody has a tendency to daydream an average of 70 to 120 minutes a day. Daydreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness when our imaginations arise. Daydreams can degenerate into undisciplined, ungodly thoughts, or God can use them to inspire us to achieve great things as we meditate on his Word. It is wise to present the eyes of our hearts to the Lord and to ask Him to fill our mind with godly thoughts.
Vivid “epic” dreams. According to the Association for the Study of Dreams, laboratory studies reveal that we experience our most vivid dreams during a type of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement (REM).
During REM sleep, the brain is very active, the eyes move back and forth rapidly under the lids, and the body’s large muscles are unusually relaxed. REM sleep occurs every 90 to 100 minutes three to four times a night and lasts longer as the night progresses. The final REM period may span 45 minutes, according to research. This explains why vivid and memorable dreams seem to occur in the early morning hours. Since the Bible declares in Job 33:15 that the Lord speaks to us during “deep sleep,” this would correspond to REM sleep. Moussa’s testimony, for example, in Chapter 5, pointed out that God spoke to him during “deep sleep” when he reached a crisis of faith.
Some persons claim that they never dream, but according to scientists, they simply do not remember their dreams. Ask the Lord to help you retrieve important dreams from your memory banks!
A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes the dreamer to awaken abruptly feeling anxious, distressed and frightened. According to the Association for the Study of Dreams, nightmares are common among children between the ages of four and eight and fairly common among adults. Typical sources of nightmares are traumatic experiences, such as surgery or military combat, the loss of a loved one, a severe accident, an assault, medication or illness. Upon awakening from a jolting nightmare, prayer should be administered to one’s soul immediately. Any attack deemed to be demonic should be rebuked instantly in the Name of Jesus. Satanically inspired dreams are condemned in the Scriptures. (Deuteronomy 13: 1-5) Diabolical dreaming is typical in pagan cultures where Satan greatly influences unconscious moments.
Common anxiety dreams that occur across all cultures are chase scenes, sitting for an examination and falling. Researchers unanimously agree that it is superstitious to believe that a person will die if he falls and hits bottom in a dream. Many people have dreamed that they died or hit bottom in a fall, and they have lived to tell the tale! The important thing is to pray after such a dream and take authority over any spirit of death.
“Lucid dreams” occur when you realize you are dreaming in the middle of a dream! Most dreamers awaken themselves once they realize they are only dreaming. Other dreamers have cultivated the skill to remain in the lucid state of dreaming. According to the Association for the Study of Dreams, “lucid dreamers” become an active participant in their dreams, make decisions in their dreams and influence the dream’s outcome without awakening.
Therefore believers who are ruled by their spirits and not by their emotions should often dream lucid dreams. For example, if you are sexually violated or physically attacked in a defiling dream, the truly spiritual person will take authority over the attack within the dream and will remain lucid, because the spirit man never sleeps. There have been instances, when the author was embroiled in spiritual warfare, that I have dreamed of being physically attacked. But within the dream I have taken authority in the Name of Jesus against the perpetrator, and I have spoken a strong command within the dream for the attack to terminate. This control and awareness within “lucid dreams” can be likened to the operation of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets—“ (1 Corinthians 14: 32) even when we are dreaming! Our spirits never sleep although our bodies do!
Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, dreams can become a great adventure. When we sanctify our dreams before retiring to bed, calling upon the Lord to minister to us and binding Satan from interfering, we can expect peaceful and revelatory rest.
Recurring Dreams. God is visiting the Muslim people in supernatural recurring dreams, no doubt because of his mercy and because of his faithfulness to Abraham’s seed. There have been many documented cases of Jesus personally appearing to Muslims, identifying Himself, and telling them they must believe and trust only in Him.
For example, Jesus appeared to an entire classroom of Muslim students where the author subsequently visited the Arabian Peninsula under divine orders. The author has personally met two former Muslim Iranian girls, now Christian workers in their country, whose mother saw the Lord in a vision. The author met a Muslim man during a Gospel event in Kano, Nigeria, who was also introduced to Jesus in a dream. Jesus took him by the hand and led him down a new road. The dream parable was a sign that the Nigerian must become a Christian.
Because of these verified instances and many others, we give credence to the following story.
Shi’ite Muslim Dreams about Rapture!
Ali, a former Shi’ite Muslim from Iran, was shaken by a supernatural experience. He was living on the West coast of the United States. Ali experienced a night vision, or dream, during which Jesus spoke to him, and he has subsequently become a Spirit-filled believer.
A few months later, Ali experienced another vivid night vision, this time concerning the pre-tribulation Rapture, when the Lord will appear in the clouds to remove all believers who are watching for His return. Ali had never studied the doctrine of the Second Coming. He had also never heard of the Rapture, the soon-coming event described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [raptured, from the Vulgate Latin version] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Ali envisioned the Rapture in the night vision without any prior theological knowledge of the “catching away” of believers by Jesus into the clouds. Ali also claims that the Lord revealed to him the city where he will reside when the Rapture occurs. In the second dream, Ali was raptured from a certain Midwestern city of the United States. His Muslim uncle was left behind in tears, because the uncle suddenly realized that everything Ali had shared about Jesus was true, and the Tribulation Period was therefore about to start.
Ali waited, not understanding how everything will come to pass. But two years later, he surprisingly received a telephone call from this uncle, who asked him to move to the Midwestern city of the Rapture dream. Ali now manages his uncle’s shop and resides in the city where it was shown that he would be snatched to Heaven. Ali believes the Rapture is imminent, although he will not speculate exactly when. He is saddened that few pastors teach about the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus.
Ali’s story is another “wake-up call” that Jesus is coming soon— but how fascinating that the preacher is a former Shi’ite Muslim and not an American television evangelist!
Dreams Can Validate the Messenger
"Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it." (Mark 16:20)
The Lord often prepares his chosen ones to receive his messengers. In the early part of this century, "Shaheeda," a Russian nurse, traveled throughout central Asia and Arabia as a Bible colporteur. She was welcomed into an Arab home for many seasons. The family accepted her teachings because the patriarch had previously seen her in a dream before she had ever entered his village. This phenomenon has also occurred in our ministry. Not only is it a great encouragement that I am in the right place at the right time, but validation in dreams also confirms the Gospel message that we preach!
Once when the author entered an Arab village, a family opened their home for a Gospel meeting because their son had dreamed that I would visit. Likewise, a hajj (a pilgrim to Mecca) prayed with me for salvation and healing because he had seen me in a dream.
When I preached in eastern Bulgaria after the fall of Communism, two women testified that they had previously seen me in a dream. In a theater where we preached in Varna on the Black Sea, one of these women rushed forward at my Gospel invitation to receive Jesus. Just the night before, she had seen me in a vision: I caught her arm and saved her from falling into a deep pit! When she saw me preaching the following evening, she easily believed my message and came forward to repent and to receive Jesus publicly.
Minaret Summons Muslims to Gospel!
Two Bulgarian evangelists told me that the leader of a mosque in a village near Turkey’s border had actually called the people to a Gospel meeting from the minaret! When I heard that staggering news, I jumped for joy and exclaimed, “Hallelujah! Truly these are the End Times when Muslims call their people from the minaret to hear the Gospel! Every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord—even the tongues of those who cry from the minarets five times a day!”
I was so overjoyed that the Bulgarian evangelists decided on the spot to organize an open-air campaign for me in the same region. With the help of a sound system, I preached to five thousand Muslim gypsies from a rooftop! That night many were saved and healed to the glory of God! A vision was fulfilled that I would preach to multitudes.
Iraqi Adventure Confirmed in Dream
Divine dreams also operate through my husband and myself as protective measures. Prior to different ministry trips into Turkey, the author received warnings in night visions and dreams to change our team’s strategies and itineraries. In one of the dreams, an intercessor who is a watchman for our ministry met me in an underground tunnel to alert me to change our itinerary. The message of the dream was clear and the interpretation of the underground tunnel meant to keep our plans hidden.
When we were called by the Lord to Iraq before the topple of Saddam’s regime, it was potentially a dangerous Gospel assignment. Who were we to obey—God or man? We sought the counsel of the trustees of our ministry and solicited much prayer from our ministry partners. The Lord confirmed the assignment in a dream to my husband! Peter saw me in a waiting room in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. Saddam opened the door in a friendly manner and welcomed me into the country. This was a “Macedonian” call, such as the Apostle Paul experienced, when in a dream he was led to a specific place. My husband Peter gave his blessing and felt assured my team would be safe. Although I had applied as “clergy” for an Iraqi visa, somehow the authorities listed me as “Minister of Religion!” We were entertained as VIPs! The favor of the Lord followed us continually, and there was nothing concerning the Gospel assignment that we were prevented from accomplishing!
The Apostle Paul received a call to Macedonia in a night vision (Acts 16: 9). A man asked him “to come over and help,” but upon arrival, Paul didn’t meet the man! Instead, Paul preached to a group of women at a river, then at Lydia's house. Next he delivered a demon-possessed woman, resulting in flogging and imprisonment. It seemed he was only reaching women! It wasn't until later that the Macedonian jailer from Philippi and his household were saved. Do you see that Paul fulfilled the vision progressively?
Continue Through a dream we also received a dramatic “Macedonian call” to the Philippines to stir Revival to the Muslims. It was a vivid dream in which a man in a long Filipino robe and Muslim-style hat was addressing a large audience. He yelled through the microphone, “Where are Christine and Peter Darg?” In the dream, we were sitting in the mid-section of a large congregation.
I slid down in my seat. But he called a second time very insistently, “Where are Christine and Peter Darg?” Slowly, I raised my hand. The man pointed dramatically to me and commanded very forcefully, “You must come to the North Philippines!” When I awakened, I knew assuredly that God was definitely calling us to the North Philippines!
When we booked the air tickets, we had no preaching engagements. Contacts that previously had been eager for us to visit were now strangely indifferent. Just a few days before we were to fly to Asia, no ministry engagements were confirmed.
What do you do in a situation like that? You must go on “Go!” It’s enough that God is calling. Suppose we had not obeyed! What tremendous divine appointments would have been forfeited!
Almost at the last minute, a wonderful sister at CBN Asia coordinated a full ministry schedule including media interviews. As we ministered, the Lord granted visions and prophetic words for the Philippines, and these revelations were broadcast on the national television news! My interview was included on a toprated secular TV show—and an actor was hired to dramatize my dream!
Heart Cry of the Muslims
What was the dream’s meaning? On the northern Philippine island where we landed, there were no people dressed like the man in the dream. But as I preached in the churches and asked questions, I learned that his style of clothing was typical garb of a southern Filipino Muslim, such as those who live on Mindanao. The man’s demanding call was simply the heart cry of the Muslims for the Gospel! He commanded us to come to the North Island, because that’s where the majority of the Christian workers live. The Holy Spirit led me to preach altar calls for evangelists to go to the Muslims, not only to their own countrymen, but also to the nations of the world.
I was told that nobody would respond to the altar calls because of fear of the Muslims. Nevertheless, many dedicated believers rushed forward in every meeting, and some with travail and weeping, to offer their lives on the Gospel altar for the Muslims. A radio station began broadcasting to the Muslims as a result of one of those altar calls.
My husband Peter noted that the Philippine Islands were named after King Philip of Spain, whose namesake was Philip, the (flying!) Evangelist of the New Testament. We prophesied: Because of the Filipinos’ knowledge of English and their ability to work “tent-making” jobs all over the globe, the mantle of world evangelism is falling upon that nation of islands.
I also saw the Gospel spreading like a fire in the Islamic south Philippines and a domino-like effect from East to West. Faithful Muslims in the Philippines have recently been experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus after Ramadan, the 30-day fasting month. These revelations were disclosed by a devout follower of “Isa” (Jesus) who works among the Tausugs, one of the biggest Muslim tribes in the islands. He relayed accounts of Muslims who met Jesus in their dreams. Reportedly they fasted extra days after Ramadan to receive special revelations from God concerning truth, according to the isaalmasih.net website.
One resident of a remote village near Sinunuc could hardly believe that he had seen Isa (Jesus) defeating a giant dragon in sequential dreams! Another Muslim in the same district dreamed of Jesus healing many people. The following day, as he shared his dream, he told other Muslims that Jesus is the Healer; he prayed for many, and they were all healed! The faith healer continues to profess that he is a Muslim, but he credits healing power to Jesus. The man reportedly says, “No one can save you but Jesus” when he prays for the sick.
No Border is Closed to Jesus
There are numerous reports of Jesus appearing in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca whose borders are closed to the Gospel-- but not closed to the Holy Spirit! The Lord Jesus holds the keys to every city on earth. By the supernatural intervention of dreams and visions, the Lord is having mercy on whom He will have mercy.
A pilgrim Muslim was circling the Ka’aba Stone, Mecca’s holiest site, when Jesus appeared to him in a white robe. Many such accounts exist! Jesus said to the pilgrim, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Resurrection Life. Believe on Me.” Then Jesus disappeared in the throng.
The Mystery of the Saudi
Bus Driver A similar incident is recounted in Jane Rumph’s book, “Stories from the Front Lines” (Xulon Press). A Malaysian imam, mosque leader, from the island of Sumatra, made the hajj (pilgrimage) to Saudi Arabia. The journey was truly the spiritual turning point of his life, but not in the way he had expected! While on a bus tour of outlying holy sites, the Malaysian imam was sitting up front and listened for hours to a bus driver preach to him about Jesus! The imam’s heart burned within him as he listened to the bus driver. To his surprise, the driver disappeared after one of the excursions, and was replaced by another. Upon return to Malaysia, the imam visited a Chinese Christian neighbor. He was shocked to discover a picture of the Saudi bus driver on the wall of his Chinese friend’s home—it was an artist’s depiction of Jesus!
While preaching in Florida, the author experienced an awesome apocalyptic dream. God's cry for evangelism was at stake. I saw a Middle-Eastern person under divine judgment, heavily chained, fearful and ready to be executed. A molten monolith of gold falling from heaven, symbolic of God’s judgment, would soon obliterate this forlorn soul. But the gigantic bar fell short with a terrible crash, and the execution was mercifully stayed. As I awakened, the Holy Spirit said, "There is yet time to win the lost."
My Arabian Night
When the Holy Spirit imparts a message in a dream, we must be careful to discover and interpret all He has in mind. One night when I was visiting California, I experienced a dream in which I saw the map of the Arabian Peninsula. A shaft of light pointed straight as an arrow to a certain city named on the map, and I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit exclaim, "Go!" In my mind, when I awakened, I did not think that particular city was in Arabia, because I had mistakenly confused its name with Djibouti, a nation on the horn of East Africa.
The following day, I flew to minister at a conference in Nashville, Tennessee, where I asked the Lord for a confirmation of the previous night's dream. At an intercessor’s house, a group of us began to pray, and a woman began to prophesy. Instantly, I sensed a knowing in my spirit that her prophecy would be a confirmation of my call to Arabia!
She said, "I see a beautiful boot, but it is inappropriately bound with old shoelaces." Somebody in the group added a spontaneous word of knowledge, "This boot is not Italy, but Arabia! And it is inappropriately bound! God is sending you to loose the boot."
The intercessor owned a large world map that she kept in her bedroom for frequent prayers. We rushed to the room and found the map. We were stunned to see that the Arabian Peninsula is indeed shaped like a boot! And the place where the bindings should be prophetically untied was positioned exactly where the Holy Spirit had commanded me to go in the dream! Indeed, the city I had seen in the dream was exactly where it was supposed to be on the map on the Arabian Peninsula!
In a second dream, I saw the Arabian “boot” arise from the map and dance a jig on North Africa with a joy and liberty that comes from knowing the way of salvation. This dream told me that Arabia will be set free to serve the living Savior! Joy shall come to Islamic North Africa as well!
The Holy Spirit is returning to that which was in the beginning as the program of evangelization amongst the Gentile nations is coming full circle and to a conclusion.
Oh, how our Lord answers prayer! We would be far more diligent to pray and to prophesy if only we could see through the veil the eternal answers that are wrought by our prayers!
At the beginning of the Muslim fast of Ramadan, in Jerusalem on February 19, 1994, we began to intercede fervently in the Spirit for that Arabian city where the Holy Spirit had commanded me to “Go,” and for a release of finances to travel there.
Simultaneously, on February 19, 1994, the same day that we were praying fervently in Jerusalem, Jesus appeared in the city of the prayer target. Yes, He appeared in the city that I had seen on the map! He manifested His Glory not just to one person, but also to an entire classroom of 10-year-old Muslim boys! It is wonderful when Jesus manifests his Presence to just one person, but when He appears to an entire group, to 21 young boys at once, that is an outstanding and undeniable miracle! For the Bible says, out of “the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” (Deuteronomy19: 15)
In the Providence of God, we met the students, their lovely Principal and the teachers--all for whom we had apparently been interceding!
They testified that a bright light had entered the schoolroom, and the Lord Jesus appeared in a white Arabic-style robe with a green mantle. The children were surprised that He carried the Holy Bible, since they were familiar only with the Koran. As He blessed each of the boys, He appeared to be One person and yet Three Persons.
Revival fire fell in the school as a result of this open vision! The Revival atmosphere resembled accounts of some of the world’s best-known Revivals. For example, in the Scottish Hebridean Revival, people fell down in the streets under the power of God— not just in church buildings. It was the same in this Arabian Revival. When some Muslims walked onto the school compound, they fell down under the power of God. They were pinned down by the “kavod” weight of the Holy Spirit for 45 minutes. They had no knowledge or intention of attending a Revival! They unknowingly ventured into the vicinity, and they were struck down by the power of God. And when they were finally able to stand, they requested Bibles!