When I was sixteen years old, in 1993, I had 4 visitations in form of dreams. I wasn’t born again and though I experienced dreams, which I never bothered about, these particular ones were so extraordinary that they couldn’t escape my notice. I have described the first three in different articles but here I will describe the fourth one.
In the dream,it was twilight and my sisters and I were skipping the rope outside our house. My father and Mr Ndung’u(Not his real name), my primary school deputy, were sitting, reading a newspaper, when my father called me to tell them the meaning of a certain difficult word they had come across. As I went, I suddenly saw the heaven open and a very black face of a man emerge. The man beckoned at me that I go to him. I got deceived that it was Jesus, and felt that is the reason that I should go to him instead of going to my dad because Jesus is greater than my dad. To reach him in the sky, I decided to jump into a maize plantation that was near, but unfortunately I got devoured by a beast that was lurking there. Then the dream ended.
My father calling me to explain the meaning of the word represents how God calls us to a definite purpose that entails solely to solve a problem in the society of God’s kingdom. My calling is particularly to teach the Word of God, like I am doing in the press( Word press), represented by the newspaper that my father and Mr Ndung’u were reading.
Many Christians have a great calling but they can’t hear God’s voice until they humble and accept salvation. Skipping the rope here is a form of child play. Many Christians are playing or engaging in things that are immaterial to the growth of the kingdom of God. They are busy running after wealth and fame( don’t get me wrong; wealth and fame is good when it glorifies God). They are wasting precious time that should rather be spent on investing in the eternal things of God.
Upon receiving Christ, many believers hear and answer to the call of God, but again, the enemy is not asleep. The black face that I thought was Christ in the dream represents the Antichrist, who diverts the destiny and calling of believers; who consequently cannot fulfill the purpose of God upon their lives.
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
.(1 John 2:18 NKJV Bible)
The Antichrist is also described as a beast in the bible. Just like I jumped to reach the person beckoning to me in the sky and ended up being swallowed by some animal in the maize plantation, so do the believers fall prey to the spirit of the Antichrist that entice them towards the wrong direction, therefore they get frustrated and eventually devoured by the world.
And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
(Luke 8:5) NKJV Bible
The Word of God gives us the direction of His calling but the devil snatches the word from us so that we will never know the purpose of God upon our lives.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
(1 Peter 5:8) NKJV Bible
The believer is thus been called upon to be vigilant in reading the Word of God, prayers, fasting, fellow-shipping with the body of Christ, worshiping God, committing to the work of God and engaging the whole armor of God and other spiritual weapons in spiritual warfare, so as to counter the enemy and emerge victorious.
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
(Revelation 12:4 NKJV Bible)
The devil traces our great bright star and destroys it before we can get established and prosper. But I thank God because He is faithful such that if we are committed to dwell in His presence, He is sure to protect us. Read Psalms 91. All things, including the devil and his high demons, the Antichrist and the false prophet, were created by God, who has power above them all.
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmit Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord And their righteousness is from Me, Says the Lord.
( Isaiah 54:16-17). NKJV Bible
These are the last days; evil times when the deceiver, the Antichrist and the false prophet are roaming around the world, with false teaching and prophesy such that a Christian that is not deeply rooted in the Word of God can’t escape them. It is thus important to grow in the Word of God for one to be able to discern any false teaching.
The bible warns of the great apostasy( falling away from the true faith) that would overshadow the world in these last days:
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
( 1 Timothy 4:1-5). NKJV Bible
The Holy Spirit, our helper and companion is faithful to protect us through divine revelations and teaching us the true faith if we care to listen to Him.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
( John 16:13-15)
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
( John 16:33). NKJV Bible
Jesus here encourages us not to fear for we have victory in him who already overcame. Dear brethren, receive victory in Christ Jesus. If you haven’t yet received Jesus as your savior, please do, for these are evil times. God bless you.