(big "red flag" example: if you're having frequent dreams involving interaction with family or loved ones...those probably aren't your family and loved ones. Ask them, in Jesus' name, if they're demons. They'll give an honest answer)
And while it's very important to "know thine enemy", it's also important to be aware of your allies.
This dream encounter illustrates a case where an angel of the Lord correctly identified himself to me, according to I John 4:1. His subtle manner of glowing appearance also lines up with various passages in Scripture. A masquerading familiar spirit appeared shortly thereafter and attempted to disguise himself as this very angel; leading to an additional lesson on the more finer points in exercising discernment.
May this testimony be a help for you fellow spiritual warriors out there.
We're all going to be much, much needed in the short days ahead.
As I recall at one point in this dream, I was outside in the front yard of my old house, staring up at a thick gray, storming sky. Prior, I was being attacked by demons inside, which took the forms of odd, inanimate-shaped objects.
Now further out on the neighborhood street and with the rain steadily falling upon me, I stared up toward the stormy sky and yelled, "God! I need Your help! What do I do?!"
Immediately, a giant rainbow then appeared directly above my head in the clearing portion of the sky, spanning outwards in both directions. I began deeply gazing into this rainbow...and was taken into another lucid dream.
...I came to submerged within a body of water, located within the setting of the northern area of my town (a business district).
After swimming forward for a brief time, I was then across the highway and had entered into this very long, enclosed entryway (which reminded me of a water slide) alongside -- as I began to hear a large storm rumbling from the outside. As I recall, more oddly-formed demons eventually appeared in this water slide and began harassing me. Some were also taking human forms.
At one point within all of this activity, I somehow had entered into a certain wide-open room (still within this apparent water slide-like area) where a man with short blonde hair and wearing a white t-shirt and jeans was in. His white shirt seemed to have a subtle glow about it.
I asked him "Did Jesus Christ come in the flesh?". (I John 4:1)
He, without hesitation, straightforwardly answered me "Yes."
At that moment...and after so many encounters with masquerading demons (at this time of my collective dream experiences), I was so relieved to hear a "yes" answer for once that I almost cried! It distracted me though -- after which, more demons appeared and continued with their harassment.
Unfortunately during this very brief distraction on my part, I had lost sight of the man and had actually asked a similar looking man...in a darker t-shirt...if Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This one, though, hesitated and began giving an answer which was not an emphatic "yes".
I knew to then turn immediately away...
- Man, in glowing white t-shirt, affirmatively answering "yes" to I John 4:1
Two big things stuck out regarding this spirit being: his glowing white t-shirt (a detail affirmed in Scripture), and his non-hesitant, affirmative "yes" answer to I John 4:1.
Therefore, I believe that he was a legitimate angel of the Lord -- and not a masquerade.
- Similar looking being to the angel appearing...wearing a darker t-shirt
I believe this was a direct, yet more subtle, clue as to this other spirit's true identity. As I recall, he looked just about the same as the first spirit -- with the only notable differences being the color of his shirt, and his hesitant answer to I John 4:1.
- Admonishment to study the Scriptures
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...
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...
...(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...
- Realities of spiritual warfare
...(10)Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11)Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12)For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(13)Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14)Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15)And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16)Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17)And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18)Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (19)And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20)For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak...
II Corinthians 10:3-6
...(3)For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4)(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6)And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled...
- One's body (soul/spirit) described as a "house"
...(43)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. (44)Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45)Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation...
...(24)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. (25)And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. (26)Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first...
- God's angels dressed in white/bright/shining clothing
...(1)In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
(2)And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. (3)His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: (4)And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. (5)And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. (6)He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (7)And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you...
...(4)And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
(5)And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. (6)And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. (7)But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you...
...(3)And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
(4)And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: (5)And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? (6)He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, (7)Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (8)And they remembered his words, (9)And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest...
...(30)And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, (31)And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. (32)Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. (33)Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God...
- Testing the spirits
I John 4:1-3
...(1)Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
(2)Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: (3)And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world...
II Corinthians 14:12-15
...(12)But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. (13)For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. (14)And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (15)Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works...
- Occurrences of rainbows
...(12)And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: (13)I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (14)And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: (15)And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
(16)And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (17)And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth...
...(1)After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
(2)And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (3)And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (4)And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold...
...(1)And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: (2)And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, (3)And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices...