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May 30, 2012
Growing up in my old house (which I lived in from about 1989-2004), we had a kitchen that was connected by an open doorway into the living room area (the living room is where I would usually spend time in). Inside this kitchen, there was this certain old ceiling fan that scared me much as a child. Being such a smaller kid and peering up at it, the dim lighting (when no lights were on in the kitchen) would cast shadows upon the fan blades and motor, which made it look like an evil face with a pair of slit eyes and sneering teeth staring down at me.
I hated it. So much that I would oftentimes close off the doorway with a blanket, or whatever else, to keep from seeing it. It also became a source of frequent nightmares for me.
(Thankfully, our landlord eventually changed that fan out...)
Back In 2012, I was studying abroad in Turkey and was getting back into reading the Word of God, when I had one more dream involving the "evil ceiling fan". In this one, I was back in my old house in the middle of the living room facing the kitchen, when I heard a woman's voice suddenly yell out to me "It's coming!"
The ceiling fan, now taking the likeness of a 7ft-8ft tall demonic samurai warrior, dressed in black & white garb and dual-wielding katana blades in both hands, appeared in the kitchen and was steadily stalking toward me, sneering! Now normally, this would be the part where I would either run away or freeze in terror and scream until I would wake up.
Not this time!
I was still scared, but I stood my ground and resisted the fear, and just remained there waiting until the monster approached me...trusting the Lord.
Much to my delight and surprise, just as the ceiling fan monster got within a few feet of me, he abruptly stopped, took an expression of horror...cowered backwards, and fled!!
I never felt so relieved waking up from a nightmare.
The Lord had my back on that one!
Dreaming about an old house once lived in (whether from childhood, an old apartment, living with an old roommate, etc.) represents something unresolved from your past in which the enemy is drawing a source of attack from. This can include things such as: a past painful situation in your life, undealt with confession to the Lord in prayer, and so forth.
In the context of my dream, my childhood fan monster was an evil spirit of fear (whom obtained entry due to my past fear of the kitchen ceiling fan) which had been undealt with, up to that point.
- Old Houses: Stuff From the Past Can "Set You Back"
...(17)And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. (18)And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: (19)Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: (20)Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. (21)And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. (22)Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
(23)The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
(24)Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; (25)And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
(26)But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt...
...(4)And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? (5)We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: (6)But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. (7)And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. (8)And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. (9)And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
(10)Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased...
...(31)In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. (32)Remember Lot's wife. (33)Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it...
- Why did this dream occur while I was overseas in Turkey?
I believe the principal lesson here was that demon spirits can remain within the individual person -- no matter where they are on this planet. Dream communication is symbolic (i.e. various symbols are used in order to represent complicated truths pertaining to the spirit realm) and the message being conveyed can stay the same, no matter where you're at.
- 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...
- Why did the demon initially appear in the kitchen?
Kitchen or dining room areas (if your house only had a kitchen) symbolizes a communion which took place; and a communion can be something as simple as a consensual agreement (e.g. submitting to fear).
In this case, I believe that the evil spirit manifesting in the kitchen symbolized the mutual spiritual communion which I had made with it, many years prior.
- Dining Areas Symbolize Communion
...Can two walk together, except they be agreed?...
...(9)And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. (10)And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. (11)And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? (12)But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
(13)But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance...
...(13)And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. (14)And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. (15)And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. (16)And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
(17)When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance...
- Why did the demon, in horror, then flee upon reaching me?
Despite the urge to give in to fear, I was simply obedient here in submitting to God, standing my ground, and resisting this devil. By implication of this spiritual law -- he had no other choice but to flee, afterwards! Amen!
- Submit...Resist...then Satan Will Flee
II Timothy 1:6-7
...(6)Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. (7)For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind...
...(5)Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (6)So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me...
...(7)Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8)Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (9)Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (10)Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up...
- 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 is 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...
- 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...
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...
- 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...