Understanding Dreams and Visions
Much of what I will share with you came out of spiritual visitations and encounters with the LORD.
This can be difficult for some to understand, however the scriptures are full of such encounters by ordinary men and women.
The prophet Joel prophesied that God would pour out his Spirit in these last days and we would see visions and dream dreams.
Extra-Biblical and Unbiblical
It is important to see the difference between these two positions.
When the LORD reveals Himself in visions and dreams bringing understanding and revelation, it can be classified as extra-biblical, that is not on the same level as Scripture.
We can place the operation of the gift of prophecy on the level of extra-biblical, however that does not mean that these things are unbiblical.
While we adhere to the infallibility of the Scriptures, God can and does reveal Himself in many other ways.
Is God in Control of Everything?
The question is often asked is God in control of everything?
There has been numerous earthquakes over the past twelve months along with countless other tragedies, millions of children have died of starvation.
Many have been killed in accidents and wars which continue to rage across the world.
If God is in control why doesn’t He intervene?
First we need to establish the fact that God is in control and He has never lost control.
A major theme in the Scriptures centres around God’s Throne and the throne implies power, authority, and control.
“The LORD hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all,” Psalms 103:19.
This clearly tells us that God rules over all, generations come and go but God remains in control.
There is only one thing in this world that is constant, which remains stable and unmoved: GOD and HIS throne. That never changes. God’s plans and purposes cannot be defeated.
“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. God said I am the LORD I change not,” Psalm 89:34.
“Thou, o LORD, remainest forever; thy throne from generation to generation,” Lamentations 5:19.
God remains stable and true, He and His throne remain steadfast.
His purposes and plans are not changed or shaken. In times of crisis and change God would have us remember that He is on His throne and He is in control.
The prophet Isaiah lived in difficult and dangerous times, but he was stabilized by the reality – that of God on His throne.
“in the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple,” Isaiah 6:1.
The Apostle John lived in dangerous times. History tells us that he was boiled in oil, and emerged unscathed. His reality was that of God on His throne, he said this:
“and immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne,” Revelation 4:2.
God’s affairs are administered from His throne by an innumerable company of angels, along with His sons and daughters who have risen to a place of real authority in God.
“….. and he said, hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on his left,” 1 Kings 22:19.
“….. and I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,” Revelation 5:11.
You may well ask, well if God is in control why do bad things happen.
Well, it is a matter of free will. God gave mankind free will along with warnings or rules, much of which are contained in the Ten Commandments.
We warn our children not to touch a hot heater because it will hurt, so we tell them not to do it.
How much more would and does our Heavenly Father warn us of that which destroys, hurts, and kills.
To disobey is called sin, and the consequences of sin are very bad.
Many leaders of countries have brought their people to poverty and lawlessness because they ignored God’s rules, thus bringing untold sorrow upon the people of those nations.
Destructive Governmental Decrees
When a government legislates or passes laws that violate God’s laws of righteousness, a door is opened in that nation for demonic powers to invade that nation.
For instance, we have seen over the past decade many nations legalising abortion, legalising the murder of children in the womb.
This has opened a door for murderous demons to invade those nations, resulting in the killing of young people in mass shootings, and suicides.
The frightening thing is that many church leaders have sided with governments in this evil and remained silent.
To remain silent is synonymous with agreeing. This obviously applies to the legalization of homosexuality, which opens the door to unspeakable iniquity.
“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted,” Psalm 107:17.
The Other Factor That we Must Look at is the Law of Sowing and Reaping
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” Galatians 6:7.
This is an indiscriminate universal law, whatever we sow we will reap.
Much of what is happening in the world today is the consequence of seeds that humanity has sown.
The media today, apart from the odd exception, is in the hands of, and controlled by Satan.
They continue to lie and denigrate anyone who stands for righteousness.
The church has been asleep as these agents of Satan continue to lie to us and vilify any who do not agree with them.
However, this has occurred and Daniel lived in a totally anti-God society and lived to a ripe old age protected and blessed by God.
He lived in the heart of Babylon and never once sided or compromised with the evil of that taken hold because the voice of the church has been silent on so many evil issues. Silence equals agreement.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men,” (Ungodly men), Matthew 5:13.
We have seen over the past decades the church falling away from the fundamental truths of holiness, righteousness, and the role of the cross in our lives.
Devoid of salt, this has allowed ungodly men to rule. We are living in a world now where all the pigeons or evil seeds sown are coming home to roost with a vengeance.
Much of the evil in the earth today is the result of this law of sowing and reaping.
God will never override your right to choose what you want to do. But He has clearly warned us of the consequences of disobeying His laws, which are fundamentally based in one thing: LOVE.
“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,” Matthew 22:35-40.
God’s Laws are there to protect us. Remember if you touch the heater you will get burnt.
In the midst of great evil Daniel was blessed and prospered. When your life is committed to God and compromise is not an option, His love will preserve you.
“for He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways,” Psalms 91:11.
“the angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them,” Psalms 34:7.
God has Never Lost Control
His throne rules over all, but the free will of mankind has messed up this planet.
However God is raising up a people in this last generation that will take back this planet from the enemy’s hands and restore it back to its original purpose.
In the Midst of all This Evil God has a Plan
If the true church will pray, God is quite able to bring to pass His perfect will.
How God brought President Trump into power is an example of this. The Bible tells us that God brought a heathen king in the Old Testament into power, in order to liberate the nation of Israel. His name was Cyrus.
“Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut,” Isaiah 45:1.
God requires of us to pray in order for Him to move on our behalf. President Gorbachev was the instrument that God used to trigger a cavalcade of change In Russia.
Mikhail Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931) – On the 15th of March 1990, Gorbachev was elected as the first executive President of the Soviet Union with 59% of the Deputies’ votes.
This event brought a great opportunity to bring the gospel to Russia and brought down the wall between East and West Germany.
The question is, how did God get Gorbachev into this position as president?
First there were two years of Intercession. History records that for the two years preceding this, God laid Russia on the heart of multitudes of people to pray for an opening into that nation.
Multitudes of Christians prayed in West Germany at the wall. This went on for over a two year period.
Gorbachev was at the end of a long line of possibilities for the presidency of Russia. It was virtually impossible for him to be elected. However God had a plan, but it required for His people to pray.
- Alexi Kosygin was at the top of the list: He suddenly dropped dead.
- Next Leonid Brezhnev was next in line: He Suddenly died.
- The next candidate was Nikoli Podgorny: He died 2 months after Brezhnev.
- Then Uri Andropov was appointed: He died suddenly.
- Demetri Ustanov was next, you guessed it: He soon died.
- Konstantin Chenenko was next: He very quickly died.
These possible candidates for the presidency became an “endangered species”.
Well the last on the list was Mikhail Gorbachev, having eliminated all the opposition, God brought Gorbachev to power.
Today a conservative estimate shows that well over 30 million people are born-again in Russia, and the wall came down.
God Gave This Earth to Mankind
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men,” Psalm 115:16.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth,” Genesis 1:26-28.
This is quite a profound and far reaching statement. Dominion over this planet was given to mankind and we are responsible for this earth.
Now because this is an actuality, God will do nothing in this earth unless we ask Him to do it.
The question has been asked, that if God is in control of everything why do we need to pray?
God Gave Adam dominion over this earth and He has not rescinded that dominion. God will not intervene unless we ask Him to.
But He can and does put in our hearts what we need to pray for. How come multitudes were given the same burden to pray at the Berlin wall?
God puts burdens in our hearts to pray for, and then rewards us for doing it. That is what God is like. When our kids were little we would give our kids money so they could buy us a Christmas present. God is like that.
Prayer Changes Things
There have been many moves of God in the past 2 decades. But these were not what we call revivals.
They were moves of God. In what became known as the Toronto Blessing, a true move of God, but it was not a revival in the true sense of the word.
There was a powerful move of God known as the Pensacola Move of God and other moves of God but again these were not revivals.
These were God resuscitating the church. You only need resuscitation when you are dying
True revival impacts whole communities and changes them, and countless multitudes are born again.
The prophet Joel prophesied a profound outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these last days.
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm,” Joel 2:23-25.
While this has ramifications in regard to the Nation of Israel, it has even greater implications for the End Time church.
It speaks of a worldwide revival. That will be seven times greater than that which the early church experienced. Israel has two rain seasons, one early in the New Year and one towards the end of the year, which ushered in the Feast of Tabernacles.
Meteorologists in Israel tell us that the latter rain was at least seven times greater than the former rain.
Can you imagine what a move of God would be like if it were seven times greater than that experienced by the early church?
Joel said that the result of this would be that our floors will be full of wheat, speaking of the harvest.
Countless millions will come to the LORD all over the world.
Now Jesus said this:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father,” John 14:12.
We will see even greater works and miracles than those performed by Jesus, and they will be done by God’s people in these end times.
The true church will become the hope of this world. Note it is not Christ as the only hope, it is Christ in his people that is the only hope for this world.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27.
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory,” Colossians 3:4.
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world,” John 9:5.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid,” Matthew 5:14.
Christ Will Appear in His People Before he Comes for His People
“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began,” Acts 3:21.
The Apostle Paul said that Jesus would not return until everything that the prophets spoke of would be restored. We have a way to go yet.
So what must we do?
Divine Intervention requires something of us. We cannot just passively wait for this to happen we must seek the LORD and ask Him to do it.
We have to become earnest and focused and pursue a walk with the LORD like never before.
We are told to watch, which implies being alert. We are told to give more earnest heed to what the LORD purposes to do, and to give more earnest heed to what He is saying.
We are told to press toward the mark of the high calling and to diligently seek Him.
Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Only then will God move in the affairs of man, and divine intervention will begin. We are told to pray without ceasing.
A few years ago I was caught up to heaven where the LORD spoke to me saying, “The Cherubims and Seraphims are coming.”
I did not understand the significance of this. Cherubim are different to Seraphim.
Cherubims have to do with the Glory of God, and Seraphims have to do with the holiness and fire of God.
“And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the Cherubims on the two ends thereof,” Exodus 25:19.
Here we see Cherubims guarding the glory of God over the mercy seat guarding the Glory
Two Cherubims guarded the glory of God in the Garden of Eden, blocking the way back.
“So He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life,” Genesis 3:24.
They guarded access to the tree of life. However this access will be granted to many in these last days.
Just before the outbreak of the second world war, myriads of demons moved into Europe.
Missionaries in India, China, and other nations reported a dramatic decrease of demonic activity.
Where had all these demons gone? To Europe in order to assist Adolf Hitler.
We see this kind of movement of spiritual forces all throughout the history of the earth. This movement of God’s angels, as well as Satan’s demons, greatly affect the nations of this world.
Notice how the glory of God lifted off the Nation of Israel
“Now the Cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory. And the sound of the Cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh,” Ezekiel 10:3-5.
“Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the Cherubims. And the Cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them,” Ezekiel 10:18-19.
“Then did the Cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain, which is on the east side of the city,” Ezekiel 11:22-23.
Note the Process of the glory leaving:
First from the threshold of the Temple;
Second the Glory Left the Temple;
Third the Glory leaves the city.
The glory of the LORD left with the Cherubims, and not until many years later did they return, see Ezekiel chapter 43.
So we see Cherubims have to do with the Glory and Presence of the LORD.
The LORD said to me – “Tell My People the Cherubims are coming. The Glory of the LORD is returning. The Glory of the LORD will rise upon My People and over large geographical areas.”
On 1st July 2007, I found myself watching the LORD picking up sticks and wood.
He placed the wood into small piles then started another pile.
He looked at me and said will you help me?
I was a little startled but said yes, and I started picking up wood adding to the piles.
The LORD then blew on each pile and as He did they burst into flames.
The scene changed and I was high above America and other nations looking down, as if from a view from a satellite.
Fires were starting all over various countries. Many joined together became much bigger and I noticed that there was no smoke. These were not ordinary fires.
Again I was down where the fires were burning: there were people in the fire.
Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego went through my mind.
I said, “LORD what is happening?” Then people began to emerge from the fire.
They were glowing, their skin was smooth – almost glass-like, not a wrinkle anywhere.
I remember thinking that beauty salons would make a fortune with this.
The LORD looked at me and smiled hearing what I was thinking. These people looked almost molten, glowing with blue, white and red and other colours flashed inside them.
I said, LORD what is this? He said, “You are seeing what I AM about to do. I will purify My People with fire – the Seraphims are coming.”
Then I saw these people healing the sick. The Power of God was flowing through them unhindered.
They were casting out demons, healing the sick in Psychiatric hospitals, healing and restoring. They were stopping plagues and hurricanes. Their words instantly manifested what was spoken.
The LORD spoke and said: “Tell the people they must give themselves to Me. You will not be changed unless in humility and sincerity you come to Me and ask Me to do this.”
The scene changed and I was in heaven looking at these awesome creatures.
They seemed fierce, yet benign. They stood by the throne of God and above it.
I said LORD what are these? He said, “These are My Seraphims,” They made a sound like blow torches, awesome creatures. Then He said this again:
“Tell My People the Seraphims are coming!”
Just one in the midst of a church will start a revival.
They will burn out the darkness in My People, the ingrained hurts and traumas.
They will activate mantles: “Tell My People they are coming.”
I found myself sitting in my chair looking out across the valley to the mountains.
Dawn was breaking and the mountains seemed alight with fire as the sun reflected off them. I thought to myself, did I fall asleep and dream this?
I was reminded of the scripture: “He makes his ministers a flame of fire,” (Hebrews 1:7).
God is Going to Purify His Church
The roots of sin and the effects of sin are so deep in many lives that only God can heal and restore.
Things that many have struggled with for years and haven’t been able to overcome, will be dealt with by God.
The prophet Joel said that God would restore the years that have negatively impacted our lives.
The word Seraphim in the Hebrew means burning or spirit of burning.
“When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. (Seraph).
And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence,” Isaiah 4:4-5.
Isaiah had this experience
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the Seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory,” Isaiah 6:1-3.
Isaiah was a good man but there were areas in his life not dealt with. Isaiah then comes into repentance.
“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged,” Isaiah 6:5-7.
The Seraphim flew with a coal from off the altar and touched his mouth. This transformation is needed as we enter these last days.
“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable,” Luke 3:16-17.
Fire is not for the cleansing of sin. Fire is for purging and refining. It deals with the consequences of sin in one’s life, the pollution that sin causes.
It also deals with the demonic. It deals with emotions that have been soiled, hurt and desecrated.
Dealing with the mind, memories, and spiritual strongholds. It also deals with hereditary problems and broken DNA.
The three Hebrew children in the furnace were not hurt but their bonds were burnt off.
The set time for many things has now come. Some of the most profound changes in the church since the early church period are now in the birthing process.
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD….,” Isaiah 66:9a.
Time and opportunity happens to us all, but not all take advantage of these times.
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all,” Ecclesiastes 9:11.
The Jewish nation in the time of Jesus missed their Kairos time.
“And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation,” Luke 19:44.
Today if You Hear His voice – The Set Time has Come
“But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation,” Psalm 69:13.
“Thus saith the LORD, in an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages,” Isaiah 49:8.
“Now the Cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court,” 8 Ezekiel 10:3.
God will visit the earth and the true church in a way that will astonish the world.
The question is, will you be ready?
Divine Intervention requires something of us.
We cannot just passively wait for this to happen – we must seek The LORD and ask Him to do it.
~ Neville Johnson ©
Neville Johnson – The Academy of Light. Neville has been in full time ministry for over 40 years. During this time he has founded two Bible schools training ministers and missionaries who are now serving the LORD in fifteen nations. He is Director of Living Word Academy of Light in Australia. With great effect he has preached the Gospel and taught the Word of God in over thirty nations and has ministered in countless ministers seminars around the world. He has a burden for the lost and an apostolic calling to the nations.