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“For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he opens the ears of men and seals their instruction.”    Job 33: 14-16

The Risen Lord Jesus is visiting the Muslims through dreams and visions in fulfillment of Joel Chapter 2, which proclaims that in the Last Days the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all peoples, and young and old alike will experience dreams and visions.

 At the same time, on a number of occasions over the past 20 years, the Lord has been directing me to nations through the divine agencies of dreams and visions to preach Revivals among the Muslims, specifically in the Holy Land, on the Arabian Peninsula, in Egypt, in the Philippines, and more recently in Iraq and Pakistan.

 Since the first edition of “The Jesus Visions,” the phenomena of dreams and visions outpoured in the Middle East have increased—I would almost dare to say--exponentially.

 We can hardly keep pace with reports of dreams and visions of our Lord Jesus! An article published in “Mission Frontiers” magazine reported the following, based on questionnaires completed by over 600 Muslims who had placed their faith in Jesus:

 “Though dreams may play an insignificant role in the conversion decisions of most Westerners, over one-fourth of those surveyed stated quite emphatically that dreams and visions were key in drawing them to Christ and sustained them through difficult times.”

 According to the dictionary, a dream is defined as “a sequence of images, passing through a sleeping person’s mind,” whereas a vision is simply a “mental image.”

 A typical “Jesus dream or vision” with innumerable variations is usually described by Muslims as a peaceful face that they somehow recognize as Jesus. Often they encounter a compassionate figure in a white robe, calling them to come to Him. Sometimes His hands and arms are extended wide, or Jesus reaches toward them in love and invitation. Many dreams are preparatory experiences to encourage Muslims with the possibility of following Jesus. Other visions or dreams are “epic” experiences of such magnitude that the person knows unquestioningly that he or she is destined to walk the lonely path of faith, even martyrdom, with Jesus.


 Some, but not all, of the names of the persons in this volume have been changed to protect their identities.

 Why is the Lord favoring Muslims with an extraordinary move of the Holy Spirit, often preceding traditional methods of Gospel activity, and aiming straight at their hearts through dreams and visions?

 Although Muslim lands have been closed to traditional Gospel preaching, it is time for the Lord to fulfill his promise to the patriarch Abraham to bless the descendants of Ishmael. While it is also the set time for the Lord to favor the descendants of Isaac and Jacob with the restoration of their homeland, he is concurrently remembering his faithful promise to the other side of Abraham’s family, the Arabs.

 It is difficult to keep pace with the move of the Holy Spirit in Iraq, despite news reports that paint a bleak picture. Behind the scenes, the Lord is moving into the vacuum since Saddam’s topple with dramatic power conversions and the planting of many new churches. Iraqis are experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus!
 As it is written, “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.” (Isaiah 65: 1) Truly the Lord Jesus is pleading with the Arabs in the night watches, “Behold me! Behold me!”


 Recently in Jerusalem a young man stopped me in the market to thank me for preaching the Gospel in our open air banquets at “The Fountain.” He said, “I can trust you. I want to show you something.” He took a team member and me to a shelf where he was carefully hiding a Bible, which he stroked lovingly and kissed before hiding again. With joy shining from his face, he told us that Jesus now lives in his heart. He had read the entire Bible, including the New Testament, and could not put it down because of the power of its words. But he was tormented by fears of what would happen if he openly declared faith in Yesua al Fadi (Jesus the Savior). One night after praying fervently for three hours, he said the Holy Spirit had given him a dream. He saw a beautiful olive tree, solitary, thriving in the middle of a vast desert. The olive tree pulsated with a heart full of the brightest light he’d ever seen. Upon awakening, the man said, “I am so proud of my dream that God gave me, because it confirmed to my heart that my experience with Jesus is true.

” I said, “Can I offer an interpretation of your dream?”

 “Yes, please I am waiting to hear!” the young Arab man beamed.

 “I believe the olive tree, a great symbol in the Bible, represents yourself in this instance. You are alone in the desert, meaning that you are a pioneer among many isolated believers who are standing alone for Jesus in Islam. But your roots go down deep to receive sustenance from the hidden resources of the Water of life, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Word. The heart you saw on this tree is your own heart, which is filled with the blazing light and glory of Jesus, THE Light of the World!” I added, “Many others will take refuge under your branches as you trust and grow in the Lord. You have not chosen Him, but he has chosen you that you should bear much fruit for His glory!”

 The young man was greatly encouraged. Tears filled his eyes. Part of every believer’s ministry in these days of Holy Spirit outpouring should be to interpret the dreams of Muslims and seekers. Many religious persons are indeed zealous for God, but they often need a believer with understanding to explain the Way more adequately. When dreams are granted to divinely chosen persons, the revelations usually begin when their knowledge of God is sketchy. It was so with Abraham, Jacob and Joseph in the Book of Genesis and with Solomon in 1 Kings 3: 5. Thus many seekers are given major clues about the Lord in their dreams.

 More mature believers must be willing and able to teach them with compassion and understanding. A good example of the teaching ministry in the New Testament was a husband-and-wife team, Acquila and Priscilla, who expounded the Gospel to a zealous man more accurately:

 “Apollos was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.” (Acts 18: 24-26)

 A dear friend of our ministry, a former Muslim from Rajasthan in India, envisioned a Cross moving toward him and growing brighter and brighter in a dream. But he came to personal faith in Jesus because a street evangelist also witnessed to him.

 We all need an evangelist in our lives. Although one of my earliest childhood memories was a vision of the Lord Jesus, who gloriously healed me, I did not repent of my sins and receive Jesus as Savior until my Father explained the Gospel to me several years later. Under great conviction, I pushed forward in one of Daddy’s Sunday services to make a public profession of Jesus as Lord and Savior when I was five years old.

 A Muslim man from Pakistan wrote to me saying, “On 30 May, I again saw Jesus in my dreams. In the beginning, I was not able to come near to him, but this time I could touch him. He gave me a box that I could not open after he vanished. Please send me some information on what this dream means.”

 Even though the Pakistani man was in contact with Jesus through dreams, he still needed an evangelist. I wrote to him explaining that the box in his dream represented the treasure trove of Christ—“in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3) Without revelation of the Holy Spirit, the Pakistani could not open the box. We sent him a Bible and Gospel literature including the first edition of “The Jesus Visions,” whereupon he answered with a second letter:

 “I dreamed that a man was standing at a distance with a book in his hand calling to me with open arms. But I was afraid to go near to him. This dream has happened to me twice this year. I inquired with a dream reader about this dream, but he did not answer me. But, when I studied your book, ‘The Jesus Visions,’ I thought to myself, ‘He must be Jesus Christ!’”

 Reportedly there have also been a number of dramatic signs in the skies over Muslim nations. From the West African nation of Mali, the following news report was sent to my husband, European and West African Director for The 700 Club television program.




“Face in the ‘Meteor”



 “Life in Mali begins to stir before daybreak. By sunrise, the motorbikes, carts and cars are crowding the two narrow bridges to cross the muddy Niger River from one side of the capital city, Bamako, to the other. One recent morning, those who were awake at 5 a.m. stared at the still-dark sky and the last remaining stars. Vast sections of Bamako have no electricity in the suburbs and the population is accustomed to finding its way in the gloomy, dusty nights of living on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. But on this occasion, there was an unusual light in the heavens.

 “As the sky grew lighter, suddenly over the horizon, people could see a large white light moving south to north. It was surely not a comet or meteor, because it seemed too large, too close and it was moving at a speed that was easy to follow. Was this some kind of UFO apparition, or an aircraft with searchlight? Nobody could remember seeing anything like it in his or her lifetime. By daybreak, the light in the sky was the talking point of every conversation in the marketplace, the offices and schools.

 “A Malian evangelist began to hear from neighbors who had seen the light that it held another puzzle. More than one eyewitness confirmed that in the light they had clearly discerned the features of a human face. But whose face?

 “One eyewitness had just watched the Campus Crusade film, ‘Jesus’. For him, the face had the same features - the kind, compassionate expression; the beard; and the countenance of the person in the film. It was, without a doubt, he said, the face of Jesus in that mysterious, inexplicable light streaking across the Muslim nation of Mali.”

 Mali contains Timbuktu, the legendary “ends of the earth” city. We must wake up and realize that the Gospel is being preached in the uttermost part of the earth, and so soon the Lord Jesus will return to Jerusalem!

 When I share the Gospel, I usually start by asking Muslims if they have ever experienced a dream about Jesus. It is almost inevitable that they have seen Jesus—amazingly—and so this makes proclaiming the Gospel that much easier.

 You can argue doctrine all day with Muslims about the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection and make little progress. But when Jesus reveals Himself directly to the souls of people, they are easy to convince that He is alive -- and that He is not just a prophet, but Lord!

 I am the evangelist of the Empty Tomb! I have looked inside the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth, and I have Good News-- it is empty! Religion boasts many prophets, but they are all entombed in their graves. Only the tomb of Jesus is empty, because He is alive and very active in the Muslim world especially.

 So Jesus is calling many Muslims to Himself in dreams and visions exactly as the prophet Joel predicted would happen in the Last Days. He beckons, “Behold Me,” in the night watches. Some are afraid. Some try to ignore Him. But He pursues them relentlessly and mercifully in their dreams and also in open visions.

 In remarkable ways and on a seemingly unprecedented scale in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the Lord is showing Himself alive! (Acts 1: 3)

Christine Darg
Jerusalem


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