One who went to be with the Lord...and one who didn't.
May 28, 2010
As I recall, this was one of the first extended "lucid-state" dreams that I've had (i.e. where I'm consciously aware and cognizant of being in a dream).
Just prior to this occurring, I was experience some kind of struggle within another dream -- and could hear a still, small voice that said to me "Don't give up so easily..."
(I believe this was the Holy Ghost encouraging me).
After this, I came to and appeared on the street of my old neighborhood; with my old house just a bit further down and along my right. In a bit of awe, I started walking...moving...and looking around curiously, as everything was very vivid. It was almost "sparkly", as in a kind of atmospheric demeanor.
As I continued to walk forward, I passed by an old yellow house of one of my neighbor's, off to my left.
Suddenly, I then saw an elderly couple appear in their front yard and kindly waving at me.
I found myself unable to speak, but I began motioning to them with both of my hands: first pointing at both of them, and then pointing upward toward the sky (in effect, asking "Did you go to Heaven?"). The first person over to the left (the elderly woman) smiled and nodded in response -- while the one over on the right (the elderly man) scowled and thrust both his hands out in a pushing-away motion, in disgust.
Still unable to speak, I then turned my attention over to this man, clasping both my hands together and emotionally pleading with him to reconsider.
Suddenly, and as before, I see a third person now standing next to him, looking as if he had a halo & angel wings outfit on (oddly enough, it reminded me of a child's costume). This third person seemed to be trying to talk and plead with him also -- while the man continued to frown and maintain a demeanor of firm rejection.
After seeing this, the entire scene then faded away before my eyes -- as I now saw a momentary vision of pitch-black darkness, save for a dimly visible and rising section resembling a red, lava-like abyss from below.
Accompanying this was a deep, audible roaring sound reverberating (like rushing waterfalls within a cavern) and rapidly growing in volume.
Immediately after this, I awoke screaming.
- Why, in a prior dream, did I hear a small voice saying "Don't give up so easily"?
Corresponding with I Kings 19:12, I believe this was the LORD (God the Holy Spirit) encouraging me to not give up.
- Be Still...For God Speaks in a Still, Small Voice
I Kings 19:11-12
...(11)And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
(12)And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice...
...(8)Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. (9)He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. (10)Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
(11)The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah...
...(35)And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. (36)And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. (37)And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. (38)And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (39)And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
(40)And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?...
- Why was the neighborhood setting in this vision "sparkly"?
Like "Super HD" quality...I tell you, this place was more real than in the natural! I have only had these unique kinds of lucid dreams, maybe, just a handful of times, up to this point.
Might this seem to suggest that the spirit realm, itself, has different "layers" or "levels" to it?
- The Spirit World: Multiple "Layers"?
...(1)Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. (2)In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, (3)The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him...
II Corinthians 12:1-6
...(1)It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
(2)I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. (3)And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) (4)How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (5)Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. (6)For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me...
- Why did an elderly couple suddenly appear to me in front of that house?
In the natural, there really was an elderly couple that lived in this yellow house, while I lived in that neighborhood (the house has been demolished, since then).
Therefore, I really do think that this may have been the actual elderly couple that was living there.
...At this point -- and taking into consideration how the dream played out, I believe that God wanted me not to speak here so that my use of non-verbals would, perhaps, better convey, or narrate, the intended message.
- ...A Time to Keep Silence?
...(1)To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (2)A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (3)A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (4)A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (5)A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (6)A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (7)A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8)A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
(9)What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?...
...(4)Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (5)Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
(6)Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. (7)But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. (8)Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. (9)Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. (10)See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant...
- Why did a third person then suddenly appear next to the old man -- pleading with him?
Still a bit of an anomaly to me...but I believe that he's gotta be an angel of the LORD. Hebrews 1:14 does testify that His angels are "ministering spirits".
- Ministerial Nature of God's Angels
...(1)Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
(2)Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: (3)Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: (4)Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: (5)Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. (6)Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. (7)At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away...
...(9)And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. (10)And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: (11)And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
(12)And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. (13)And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him...
...(1)God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2)Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (3)Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (4)Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
(5)For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (6)And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (7)And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire...
- Why was this third person wearing, what looked to be, a child's angel costume?
Another puzzle to me. Was it direct symbolism that this person was actually an angel? Could it have also been a kind of correlation of the strength of my intercessory prayer for the old man?
- Why did this all end with a momentary vision of darkness, with a rising abyss?
I do not believe that old man accepted the Lord at death. As a result, I believe that this ending portion, sadly, was a small portion of what the Lord permitted to see as this lost old man saw...as he descended down into the pit (ref. Job 8:5-21).
- Fate of Those Whom Reject God in this Life
...(5)Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. (6)The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. (7)The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. (8)For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare. (9)The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. (10)The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way. (11)Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet. (12)His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side. (13)It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
(14)His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. (15)It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. (16)His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
(17)His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
(18)He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. (19)He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. (20)They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
(21)Surely such as the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God...
- Admonishment and Standard for Studying Scripture
...(10)And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. (11)These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (12)Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few...
II Corinthians 13:1
...This the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established...
II Timothy 2:15-16
...(15)Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (16)But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness...
- God Gives Ability to Understand & Interpret Dreams
...(6)And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. (7)And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day? (8)And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you...
...(13)And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. (14)And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. (15)And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. (16)And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. (17)And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do...
...(6)Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: (7)Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego...
...(17)As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams...