Revelation 4:1-3 (NASB): After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.
Several weeks ago, I wrote the first part about how God can communicate with us through dreams. Here is the link to that first blog in case you want to read it: http://walkwithgodtoday.com/2016/12/30/does-god-still-speak-through-dreams/
“Just as God controls the physical world, so too he controls and influences the spiritual world. One of the most important things we need to learn is to be open to this spiritual world because here we can recognize God’s hand even more clearly than in the physical world that surrounds us.” Morton Kelsey, Dreams: A Way to Listen to God, p. 100.
I have been struggling for over a month now to write this follow up on dreams. Although the Bible speaks often about God communicating with human beings through dreams, we don’t really talk or teach much about dreams in the church. We must be careful when trying to interpret dreams that we believe to actually be from God. As I wrote previously, I have only had two dreams in my 52 years that I believe to be from God. So we must be cautious when we state that God spoke to us in a dream, and we must pray over these dreams in order to allow God to further reveal the dream’s meaning to us. It’s also a good idea to seek out qualified Christian ministers, who can help you unpack the meaning of your dream, and give counsel as to whether or not your dream is from God.
About two months ago, I had what I believe was a second dream from God. It was early in December and I don’t remember there being anything in particular that was weighing on me at that time. God often comes to us unexpectedly, as he did throughout the Bible, to people that he spoke to through dreams. In my dream, I had a compelling sense that I was in heaven, in the presence of God. This is where my dream began; it was not clear to me how I arrived at that place. I remember being surrounded by what appeared to be smoke. After a short time, the smoke began to clear and I was aware of a spiritual being that I can’t describe. What overwhelmed me was the appearance of a powerful emerald color around the spiritual being. It seemed that the emerald color completely surrounded and engulfed me. The emerald color was almost overwhelming, and yet it felt warm and it gave me the feeling of healing and reassurance. I stayed in the presence of this emerald color for several minutes and it gave me the sensation that its power was going through my entire body. And then I woke up feeling at peace but not quite sure of what had just happened.
So I prayed and contemplated over this dream and its meaning for the next two months. I also prayed for God to give me another dream to help explain this dream but that didn’t happen. As I prayed for God to give me further insight into this dream, God led me to two passages in the Bible that helped me to come to some understanding of this particular dream. And both of these passages spoke of two things in my dream that I couldn’t reconcile: the smoke and the emerald color.
The prophet Isaiah is given a vision of God in heaven, and in Isaiah 6:4, he gives this description of what he was seeing: “And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.” This is reminiscent of the smoke on Mt. Sinai, when God’s presence came down from heaven and covered the mountain with smoke. After two months of praying over this and reading the Bible, I believe the presence of smoke gave me the indication that this dream was from God.
And then in Revelation 4:3: “And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.” The emerald is often used to describe a rebirth or to convey a healing. For me, the emerald light was overwhelming and as the light seemed to go through my body, I felt as if it was healing me and strengthening me. It certainly gave me a feeling of contentment and peace that was undeniably from God.
So what was God trying to communicate to me through this dream? For me, this dream served to give me encouragement and to strengthen me for what was ahead. Over the last two months I have had to deal with both personal and work related issues that were very difficult and burdening. With each day that I faced these struggles, my dream served to remind me that God was in control and I didn’t need to worry or fear any of these temporary struggles in my life. God had promised to go ahead of me and prepare the way, and he also gave me the assurance that everything was going to work out, according to God’s perfect plan for my life.
Has life been easy and my struggles few for the last two months? No! However, in each struggle and through every challenging moment in life, God has given me the reassurance that if I will only trust him and obey him, everything will eventually work out according to God’s plan. Because of my faith and trust in God, my dream served to remind me on a daily basis that God is actively at work in my life, carrying my burdens and bringing healing each and every day.
This brings me back to one of my favorite verses of scripture that I recite to myself almost every day: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those who hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)
“God has created the physical world and the spiritual one. God gives us the dream as one way of discovering the nature of that world and our kinship with it.” Morton Kelsey, Dreams: A Way to Listen to God, p. 101.