The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 37:1-6 NASB
Last night I had a dream. It seemed like more of a nightmare than a dream, but after I woke up and read the verses that came to me, I realized it was more of a message to the body of Christ.
In this dream, I and a small company of people were on a beach of sorts in unknown territory surrounded by an odd looking species, who walked and acted like humans, but didn’t resemble humans. They seemed friendly but curious at first, but soon, they had taken two of our young boys to a hill. Their father had gone up to try to get them back, pleading with them, but they wouldn’t release them.
This soon happened again to another set of sons, but their father marched up the hill and demanded his sons be released to him, soon they handed his sons back and the man returned to us with his sons. That father went back up the hill to tell the other father how to demand, not plead, but there was so much emotion involved that the pleading father just couldn’t understand how to do what the demanding father had asked him to do.
In the mean time, I saw some of these aliens going into what appeared like a valley. I heard the Lord say, follow them and I will show you what is truly going on here. When I came to the clearing, I saw what appeared at one time to be a large village. There was nothing left but the outline of buildings and what appeared to be piles of dust where bodies had fallen all over the ground.
What I observed was small groups, I assumed families, making memorial stones and placing them near the mounds. I asked the Lord what had happened and what I could do? Suddenly the Spirit of the Lord fell and the earth began to split like an earthquake. A light came out of the earth and the Love of God began to pour out over the ground. I opened my mouth and a booming voice began to speak, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON TO DIE SO THAT YOU COULD KNOW HIS LOVE AND HIS LOVE WOULD SET YOU FREE!”
Before my eyes I saw these mounds of dust begin to circle like a tornado and soon the village was filled with living, breathing ‘people’. That’s when I woke up and I heard the Lord ask, “Can these bones live?” Which in turn led me to read Ezekiel 37 again.
As I was typing this, I began to know a few things that I didn’t know when I woke up this morning.
- We must no longer plead with the Lord for things, but rather use our God given authority to place a demand on our covenant rights.
- The revelation Love of God will not only change us and our situations, but the world around us. We must know the Love of God for that to happen. I believe many of us will experience a deep shaking and awakening as God breaks open the hard-hearted and begins to pour His Love upon us, bringing with it resurrection power that will literally transform our world.
- This last great revival will happen through a ‘small company of people’, a remnant. Those who will open themselves up to allow this great breaking to happen so that what broke them, will allow the Love to flow through them.
There is only one reason that God would do this; so that we would know He is Lord. So many people I have spoken to just don’t believe anymore. They’ve lost all hope because they placed their hope in a man, a church, a building, a job or what they learned or thought they knew. But I hear the Lord saying to His remnant, “Put your hope in Me!”
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5
Hoping in God,