A Prophetic Dream About Young People Who’ve Seen Jesus And The Gospel Misrepresented By Idolotry And Human Traditions Like Tithing
I recently read a dream I wrote down two years ago. Reading it again brought tears to my eyes as I remembered all the young people and unbelievers I’ve talked to who didn’t want to hear the gospel because Jesus had been misrepresented to them. It stirred the drive in my heart to keep praying for the churches and for the young people whose mothers are pleading for someone to tell their kids the truth. I had shared this with my mom and she gave an interpretation.
I don’t often remember my dreams, but this was an especially vivid one that seemed to contain a lot of symbolism. I feel that it’s prophetic and especially relevant as to what’s happening in the church right now. As we shared in the beginning of this book, the weeds are being separated from the wheat and God is dealing with the church concerning a compromised gospel message. I would not be writing this book as a plea to pastors if I did not believe there are many pastors who are “wheat” and sincerely love God’s flock but have gotten their roots entangled with weeds, especially as concerns tithing.
In the dream, I saw a show on the Discovery Channel or History channel about an old house and realized it was in Lancaster country. I was excited and wanted to visit it.
I drove to the place and introduced myself to the owner. He had another guest whom he was talking with and seemed very uncomfortable with my presence. I felt like I wasn’t wanted there. After a while, when I explained to them that I saw the show and wanted to see the house, he said it really wasn’t that house I’d seen, but another house, and it was having work done on it. I asked, but he said it wouldn’t be available for showing even after the work was done. I thanked him for his time.
I knew that this man had been impersonating a young healing minister I know named Art Thomas, but in secret, he was very opposed to Art Thomas and slandering him. As I was leaving his house, I passed through part of it when he was distracted in another place and I saw that he had a shrine to four Hindu gods.
As I was leaving, there was a delivery to the house from Art Thomas. It was three things, like teaching CDs and books or something. The delivery man gave it to me. I offered it to the homeowner, who it was addressed to. He rejected it and said, “You might as well keep it.”
When I went to leave, my car key was on the ground behind the car. I was surprised and wondered how it got there and wasn’t on my keychain. Then I got in the car, and the wife and two (or three) kids of the man who owned the house, were in my car! The wife was fervently preaching the gospel to her children. This really surprised me because her husband, who was impersonating a minister, was so against the gospel. I had wrongly assumed that she was in the same place of cold idolatry as he was.
The kids didn’t want to hear their mom. When I got in the driver’s seat, I started telling the kids (young teens) that what their mom was saying was true, and I started to tell them about what God had done in my life. When I spoke, the kids were convinced. Then I prayed with great passion and they felt God’s presence in my car.
My mom prayed over the dream and responded. Following is her response, with slight edits. I wept when I read her response, as her words rang true!
After reading, praying and processing, this is what I see in your dream:
The old house in Lancaster represents the church of Lancaster, which has historical roots for our whole nation. The owner of the house represents church leaders. The homeowner was uncomfortable with your presence because he was not operating in the Holy Spirit but was of a different spirit. The church has been trying to get the work done; to fix itself up. This has been for the sake of “show;” outward appearance and the glory of man. That minister was not genuine; he had an outward show of religion but denied the power of it.
The leadership was, in fact, worshiping other gods; idolatry; spiritual adultery. The church of Lancaster (representing the American institutional church) has compromised with this world’s belief systems, becoming perverse, tainted and corrupt. Sound doctrine has been offered to the leadership, but they have not embraced it or put it into practice, even if they have preached it. Neither have they (overall) been able to receive you or the unadulterated gospel that you preach and live by.
However, the Lord has given you a vehicle, a ministry, by which to reach people that the institutional church has not been helping. You had temporarily lost this key, but the Lord let you find it again. It has to do with your calling, Jonathan. The sound doctrine, (orthodoxy) that you teach, married to the power of the Holy Spirit is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds; opening blind eyes and releasing people from their prisons. This is the manifest presence of the Spirit of God.
This was why the children in the car were able to receive from you, when they had not been able to receive in the church settings they had known. Women are pleading with and praying for their children, but the children want a man to tell them the truth. The younger generations want to hear the gospel not just from their mothers but also from men”.
I want to clarify again here that I’m not sharing to encourage judgment against certain Christian groups because they are “institutional.” God is doing a mighty work in many different contexts, among people from many different backgrounds. When I go anywhere, I want to have eyes to see what the Holy Spirit is doing and to recognize where there is sincere love regardless of people’s tradition or background. However, the purpose of Christian institutions must be to serve people, who are the true temple of God.
I also don’t want this to be taken as a negative thing about the church in Lancaster overall, or to cast a negative slant on the church in the US. A lot of great things are going on in Lancaster and the United States, with some churches in the United States having a strong positive impact in many other nations. (Lancaster PA is the oldest inland city in the United States and is where I lived before moving to Brazil. It’s well known for strong religious foundations.) But the church, or old house, in Lancaster is symbolic of religion that holds to human traditions at the expense of people. It is self-serving. There is certainly a portion of ministers in the American church who are self-serving and living in idolatry.
Art Thomas represented ministers who are moving in supernatural power and motivated by sincere love. He represented a movement of the Holy Spirit today among many people like him. The owner of the old house was a religious leader who was impersonating Art because it was the trend and it got him followers and popularity if he went along with it. But his true motivation was really self-serving and he really hated Art and spoke against him, because the sincere love that rejected control and manipulation was a threat to what he had built. It was also why he was so uncomfortable with me being in his house.
Although he pretended to be on board with the move of the Holy Spirit, the healing, and the miracles, he actually rejected Art’s teaching (The things in the mail). The four Hindu gods he brought into the house revealed where his heart really was.
The apostle Paul talked about this. Some preached the gospel for wrong motives and were actually hostile to him. He had a hard time finding co-workers in Christ who were genuinely concerned for the churches.
Philippians 1:15-18 “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice.”
Philippians 2:19-22 “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.”
Look for people with sincere love. Look for people who have a heart to serve the church. Some are self-serving and even if they appear to be going along with the move of God, they feel threatened by those who, without control or manipulation, truly give themselves in sincere love for the church. Don’t stay in these people’s house!
We discussed how so many pagans come in to Christianity and are taught to relate to God in the same way they did to their idols. Watch out for those who encourage you to attempt to relate to God like Hindus do! Hindus and other pagans bring sacrifices of money, food, and animals to their idols, but we come to God through Jesus’s torn body which is the only way into the Father’s presence.
Two years after the aforementioned dream I was dumbfounded to learn of four entities which different branches of Hinduism consider their primary deities. I had known that Hinduism had millions of gods, but I hadn’t known there were four most prominent ones when I had the dream showing four Hindu idols in the man’s house.
In that dream, I’d thought the mom was on board with her husband, who impersonated a minister but worshipped Hindu gods. But then I was shocked to find her in my car trying to convince her kids of the gospel. We may have easily misjudged some people because they were in the house of an idolater, but they love Jesus and are yearning for truth.
This is the part of the dream that brought me to tears. Women are pleading with their kids, and pleading for somebody to tell their kids the truth about Christ. I’ve talked to so many young people. I’ve heard and felt their mom’s pleas for someone to convince their kids that Jesus is real. These kids have been sickened by what they’ve seen of religion, but it wasn’t Jesus. Let’s pray for these kids. They will only listen when they sense earnest, sincere love combined with a testimony and demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power.
Read the Apostle Paul’s writings to the churches and what comes through is passionate love for people and sincerity such that his motives could not be questioned. Let us throw off everything that is not the gospel or truth but is the tradition of men and is creating a stumbling block for people to come to Christ. The tithe tradition is one of the major things that has done just that. May we not fight to sustain our religious systems as they are at the cost of truth.
Let’s get the leaven out so that we don’t end up with children who don’t want to hear their moms tell them about Jesus. May there be no question that our motivation is anything but pure love and care for the well-being of God’s flock. We’ve recently seen Benny Hinn’s example of getting rid of the leaven. I was just watching another interview of his speaking and there was such a sincerity in it. He wept as he talked about how precious God’s love is and how he never again wants to grieve the Holy Spirit. He said “I’m done with it!”
I pray that likewise, a wave of repentance will sweep through the Body of Christ and many will say “I’m done with it! No more pagan, works-centred religion mixed in with the gospel! No more teaching people to relate to the Heavenly Father in the same way as pagans sacrifice to the sea goddess!” I pray that the church will be set free to truly give freely, out of communion with the Holy Spirit, and that many whose hearts have been hardened against Christ would be drawn again by the sincerity and purity of our gospel message.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
If the message of this book has moved your heart, please help me to share it with as many people as possible! Help me get it to pastors and leaders.
I’d love to hear how this book has impacted you. You can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org