In this dream I saw a very large glass window covering most of the outside wall of a building. On it I had taped up many sheets of paper with a message typed or written on them. In the middle, I had taped up a picture I had drawn of Christ crucified. When done I left all of it and went to another place; home or work I’m not sure.
The next time I looked at the window, the picture of Christ had been removed and in it’s place was a Notice that stated: “You may not put up pictures of Christ crucified, without permission.” I was at work or some place where I couldn’t leave immediately, but felt quite anxious to leave so I could go talk with whomever to get the required permission.
Then I saw my picture of Christ lying in the street in front of the bldg. somewhat crumpled up. I felt shocked and alarmed at the same time and thought, “How could they just take it down like that?” Right away I called a Christian woman and told her what happened. She asked me what I thought we should do. I answered that we should fight for our religious rights, and that we couldn’t just let those people do that to us.
Later when I went inside the bldg. where I had posted my message & picture, I saw a room filled with school age children sitting at a long table. The children were writing on sheets of paper, and one had drawn a picture of Christ, I believe in response to my message. I thought: “Isn’t it odd they’ll allow these children to put up pictures of Christ, but not me?” (My sense was that they were opposed to my message.)
Then I went to speak to a man in authority inside the building, but don’t recall what we spoke about, or if I actually spoke with him or not.
I feel the dream indicates that a time of intensified religious persecution and opposition to the Gospel message has begun. ‘Christ Crucified’, is removed from public spaces and trampled in the streets – ‘streets’ symbolize major public arena’s like business, educational systems, courts & legal systems, and news media. The public school system is teaching children to oppose Christ and the Gospel. Freedom to speak or write about Christ and the Gospel is not allowed now, without ‘permission.’ Even among some Christians the message of the Cross, which is to live a life of self-denial, has become abhorrent! Together, we need to confront the forces and systems arrayed against us and the Gospel without delay, and fight for our right to practice our faith freely, or else it will be taken away from us.
*After the dream a scripture verse came to mind, Col 1:24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and do fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly, (Young’s Literal Translation)
Debra R. Stout © December 26, 2011
Add to this the fact that thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters are being routinely murdered and tortured all across the globe, but especially in well armed terrorists nations of the Middle East like Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Without a sitting president and congress who cares what happens to Christians, our brethren have no support but the prayers of those of us who are yet free (and that may not be much longer the way the Jihadists are going) and any money we can send to aid them in their time of tribulation. Christians in America and Europe have yet to suffer the horrific torture, persecution, and mass murder our brethren have suffered for centuries and are NOW suffering by the hands of militant, cruel, hateful, terrorists who believe in Jihad. Jihad is the doctrine which Muslims believe gives them the right to slaughter all who don’t believe in Alah and the writings of the Koran. It is also a movement to set up a Calliphate and Shariah Law to rule the world.
In light of 911 and every hateful, deranged terrorist killing of innocent people since 911 around the world, why are our leaders nearly silent on this issue? Why doesn’t the yet free Church speak out loud and strong in defense of their persecuted brethren? Who has muzzled their mouths? I think it’s a spirit of FEAR; fear someone might accuse them of being bigots, arrest them for speaking out against terrorists, and/or fear that they might end up tortured or even dead if they do.
While some or all of those things may indeed happen, should that stop us from speaking up for our brethren and for our religious freedoms? If we claim that we ‘follow’ Christ, shouldn’t we be willing and ready to suffer persecution for His sake and for the sake of the Gospel, as others have done?
If we don’t begin to speak up for our religious rights and freedoms, and those of our brothers and sisters, we’ll loose them. Muslims in America have been loudly protesting the practice of the Christian faith wherever they find it. The time may come when the universal Body of Christ will have to go ‘underground’ due to extensive persecution and dissolution of religious rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, but unenforced. The stark reality which can no longer be ignored, for it’s on our very doorstep, is that Jihad has already come to America, disguised and for the most part hidden, yet very real and very dangerous. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this century. “The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.” http://www. pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/23/why-muslims-are-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religious-group/
Many Americans seem oblivious, and or have a cavalier attitude towards real threats to its survival. America and it’s former glory has all but become a distant memory. Those of you too young to recall the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and everyone who has stood for open and honest government since; probably doesn’t relate to much of this, but the history is available online at least. Go search the Internet for news reports of the past and present slaying of Christians around the world, there are plenty available. Then DO something about it, don’t just blithely say, “How sad” then forget what you saw and read! All of us can pray for the nations and for persecuted Christians. Here’s a website that has a lot of resources to make it easy for anyone to pray for the nations http://www.operationworld.org/join-prayer-movement
All of us will be held accountable by God for what we do and leave undone —
Mat 25:31 But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats;
Mat 25:33 and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
Mat 25:36 naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:42 for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink;
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.