April, 5, 2005:
I have been in a wondrous season of the Lord answering me quickly when I call out to him. Even from my innermost thoughts that I never verbalize, He hears me and gives me a very specific answer. Many times, the answer has come immediately. The Lord is GOOD.
Last night I prayed silently. I asked specifically to be given a prophetic dream. And last night I had a very stirring and gripping dream. It wasn't until later this morning when I realized what I had gone to bed asking. It was from the passage below, from Jeremiah, specifically verse 3.
The Dream: I was one of many friends, strangers, and families occupying living spaces in a very tall skyscraper. I say occupying because it was very clear that this place was not my home, but I was only a visitor. There was a lot of activity going on all around me. Children were carrying about in a parade through the halls. Business people were working, nose to the grindstone. College-age adults were milling about, going from room to room in search of parties (that they never seemed to find.) It was a expanse of ages and walks of life, together, going about their daily lives.
The skyscraper was a tower with a winding staircase straight down the middle of it, that was open to all floors. Looking down from the floor I was on, the stairs seemed to spin around and around into eternity - further and further down they went. The large airy atrium surrounding the stairs on each floor was the main place of activity for all the floors. It was like controlled chaos. On the floor that I was on, there was a huge arched window that faced a city in the distance. Other tall skyscrapers loomed in that city. It was a bustling city. I could see the car lights on the intertwined highways like blurs of orange and red and blue.
I remember feeling totally out of place in this building. I followed the college kids around for a while, trying to make friends, but they ignored me. I tried to catch the attention of the children in the parade, but they acted like I was invisible. Only my 8 year old daughter, who was spinning a little pink umbrella in the parade ran to me. I held her tightly.
Looking out into the city through the huge window I saw a black, violently spinning tornado. It was engulfing the city, but the city was not breaking apart. This tornado was massive, and it seemed to move within a short distance of the building that I was in, but then at next glance it was back again within the city. I began running frantically through the halls, calling to everyone to take cover and find safety. But nobody would listen to me. They didn't believe me, even when I pointed them to the window. They looked, but they could not see. The businessmen kept on with their jobs. The children never stopped their parade. The college kids were laughing and running around. My husband appeared, riding a very large motorcycle. I hopped on the back, and grabbed my daughter. We were struggling to get to the basement of the building on that motorcyle, but the wheels didn't seem to be working right. Somehow we made it to the basement on foot. We huddled down, clinging to each other. I remember feeling like the tornado has passed over, but we did not feel winds, nor see any damage around us. But in the air I saw large planks of wood swirling, as if caught up in some kind of gel in another layer of the air. I was trying desperately to see where everyone else was, to see if they survived.
And then I woke up.
Clearly, the eyes of many are closed. The Lord is availing truth and light to those who seek. Many, many will perish in their blindness and apathy. Lord, how sinful and full of selfishness we are! Lord, thank you for your grace and mercies upon our lives!
Jeremiah 33 - Promise of Restoration
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1 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time: 2 "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: 3 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.' 4 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword 5 in the fight with the Babylonians [a] : 'They will be filled with the dead bodies of the men I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.
6 " 'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity [b] and will rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.'
10 "This is what the LORD says: 'You say about this place, "It is a desolate waste, without men or animals." Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, there will be heard once more 11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever." For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the LORD.
12 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In this place, desolate and without men or animals—in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks. 13 In the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,' says the LORD.
14 " 'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 " 'In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.This is the name by which it [c] will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.'
17 For this is what the LORD says: 'David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, 18 nor will the priests, who are Levites, ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.' "
19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 "This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.' "
23 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 24 "Have you not noticed that these people are saying, 'The LORD has rejected the two kingdoms [d] he chose'? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. 25 This is what the LORD says: 'If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, 26 then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes [e] and have compassion on them.' "
Update, May 2011 - I wrote a song based upon this dream, called "Forgive Us". Look for it on a future album.