SWIRLING LOCUSTS DREAM – April 13, 2013
I was in a house, standing and talking to someone, when something caused me to turn my head towards a window. That’s when I saw an enormous, swirling mass of what appeared to be large, dark locusts and dust, or dirt (notice how a helicopter resembles a locust in appearance). It spun like a whirlwind or funnel, but was flatter or shorter than a typical funnel would be, and it was thick. I said to whoever was there: “Oh my God, look at that!” Then I ran fast to see if any of it was coming inside. I went into another room and saw that some of it was getting in through a window. Although it was shut, as I got closer I saw that its frame was old and partially rotten at the bottom where it met the sill, leaving a small opening or gap, through which some of the dirt and locusts were entering. I tried to stop it by tightening the lock on the window (pushing it all the way back), but it didn’t stop the dirt and locusts from entering. So I decided to get out of that room and shut the door, thinking and hoping that stuff would stay there and not escape into the rest of the house. Next I ran to an outer court (?). It was square-shaped and somewhat large; enclosed with what looked like a high chainlink or lattice fence which was white, not gray. The door on it was open and flapping in the strong wind, so I shut it and locked it with its latch; a hook and eye type. I was thinking: Batten down the hatches!
Then I saw a woman in a crowd getting shot by a man, or group of men. Immediately after that, another woman who was totally innocent, got shot just because she was standing nearby. She had black hair (long) and eyebrows, wearing a sorrowful expression as slumped to the ground. I felt much empathy for her, thinking how unfair for her to get shot when she had done nothing wrong. I felt shocked and wondered why this was happening. Then I saw the word: DEGRADATION (in caps) at the bottom of the scene. “It’s all because of this?” I asked.
I tried hard to see more, but couldn’t. Then I woke up.
Locusts can be literal, or symbolic for destructive or devouring forces such as wicked armies, enemies or demons. (Rev 9 & Joel 2)
Dust: Figuratively – disintegration or decay, the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up, a humble or low condition, anything worthless, disturbance, and turmoil. (Webster’s College Dictionary) Dirt: Heb ‘tiyt’ – dirt to be swept away, mud, clay. Figuratively – ‘calamity.’
House: dwelling. Figuratively – one’s body/temple (Mt 12:44), or one’s life (Mt.7:24)
Rooms are various compartments of a house. Figuratively – mind, soul, & spirit.
Windows let things in or out. They symbolize what one sees through – eyes. When open, good or evil may enter. To “open our eyes” is to become aware/see. Walking around with closed eyes, is metaphorically to be unaware or oblivious. In a figurative sense, we can “shut our eyes” to things we don’t want to see.
Doors are entry ways. Heb ‘deleth’ – swinging; gate.
Strong Winds including whirlwinds, hurricanes, and tornadoes; figuratively – destruction, opposition, trouble, and persecution. The LORD owns and commands the wind – Jer 18:17, Ezek 13:13, Ps 107:25.
Fence: Heb ‘gader’ – ‘inclosure, hedge, wall.’ A fence or wall, serves as a border, boundary, or barrier.
Court or courtyard: Heb ‘chatser’ – “a yard enclosed by a fence, or hamlet surrounded by walls.” Primitive: “to surround with a stockade.”
“Batten down the hatches!” Etymology: From the practice aboard a ship of sealing hatches to prevent water getting below decks in a storm by using covers secured by strips of material, called battens, firmly attached to the frame of the hatch opening. Verb: batten down the hatches (idiomatic) To prepare for trouble!
DEGRADATION 1) the act or process of degrading 2) transition from a higher to a lower level of quality 3) the state of being degraded: Degeneration. DEGRADE 1) To reduce in grade, rank or status, esp to deprive of an office or dignity: DEMOTE 2) To lower in moral or intellectual character: DEBASE 3) To reduce in worth or value 4) To expose to contempt, dishonor, or disgrace.
April 14, Interpretation of the Dream ~
This is what I believe the meaning of this dream to be. God is sending a Judgment upon America that will reduce her status in the world; she will go from a higher to a lower level, be deprived of her dignity, and be exposed to contempt, dishonor, and disgrace. Why I wondered, was this happening and the answer was DEGRADATION. America has turned away from God, and by doing so has essentially degraded herself. Because she refuses to repent of her baseness and immorality, God is going to give her more of what she desires – degradation. He will allow foreign invaders and/or terrorists to invade and degrade her even farther.
My sense is the locusts probably signify a military attack or invasion, an Agricultural (famine) and/or an Economic Crisis, that will reduce America’s status as a Super Power. America has prided herself on being the ‘Queen of nations’ – Rev 18:7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, “I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.” Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.
More Revelation April 15 ~
The Locust is a Middle Eastern insect, and it dawned on me this evening after hearing about the bombing in Boston, that the locust’s in the dream, symbolize terrorists. The bombing today I’ve a feeling, is not going to be the last. That’s why the dream is a warning to prepare for ‘trouble’ symbolized by the whirlwind. The symbolism speaks of an attack that is as ferocious and destructive as strong winds, and locusts are.
The locusts and dust, entering in through the window sounds very much like Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. Some have speculated that the locust army of Joel 2, represents missiles carrying nuclear warheads. See Joel 2:2-11.
The frame symbolizes the Constitution of the United States of America. We’ve often heard the phrase: the framer’s of our Constitution or Founding Fathers. This frame is now partially rotten or decayed, leaving an OPENING for anti-American and anti-Christian elements to infiltrate and change the very fabric of America’s Foundations. Our Constitution has provided a firm foundation which has also served as a wall of protection for us, but this wall has been BREACHED in two ways. One, by men who have passed laws that oppose the Constitution, attempting to strip if of power and authority; and two, by foreign invaders. Locusts strip things bare!
God has somewhat protected America when she’s honored His Laws, but He will lower His protective shield because of her CONTEMPT FOR HIM AND HIS LAW. God is going to allow America to be DEGRADED, DEBASED, and EXPOSED to CONTEMPT and DISGRACE, as she has DONE TO HIM. America has mocked and ridiculed God, and passed laws to remove Him from her courtrooms, her schools, and all public institutions throughout the land. Next will come persecution of His Elect and Chosen. For all of this, God is going to REPAY HER DOUBLE —
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. Thehigh lattice or chainlink fence, is the wall at our southern border, which isn’t being enforced symbolized by the open door flapping in the wind – America’s “open door policy.” America’s other borders (walls or fences), are her East and West coasts which are also not being maintained. Several years ago, most all of our Naval bases were CLOSED – a poor strategy to leave a nation’s borders unprotected.
The first woman who got shot was guilty. I believe she symbolizes the GUILT of America. America’s sins will be visited upon her, hence she is being shot at. Maybe her wound won’t be fatal, but it will certainly, be severe. The black hair of the second woman who had the sorrowful expression on her face — Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. Def of ‘pained’ – Heb. A primitive root; properly to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), that is, (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; ** I find it interesting that the twist or whirl in a circular or spiral manner (what the whirlwind does) is part of the definition of ‘pained.’ As I watched video footage of the bombing, some of the victim’s faces were twisted with pain. The woman in the dream likewise wore a pained expression. The shooting of the black-haired woman (in the dream) who was innocent, I believe, symbolizes the death of America’s innocence. Innocence in the sense that she can no longer live under the DELUSION that she’s invincible or impregnable. No longer under the delusion that she’s “no WIDOW nor will see NO SORROW” (Rev 18:7)
Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Compare Joel 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. Note: the phrase “one day” doesn’t necessarily mean a 24 hr. period but often is a way of saying that something will occur quickly, or suddenly as in — 1 Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. These words of God are not vain nor idle. They are “forever settled in the heavens,” “they are Spirit and they are life,” and they are prophetic.
Therefore America, especially God’s people, ought to “Batten down the hatches; close our borders if necessary, and prepare ourselves for invasion.
Debra Stout, © April 15, 2013