“They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.” Isaiah 61:4
When I was about twenty years old I had a dream that helped shape my life. I was playing soccer on top of a hill and was busy retrieving wild kicks by whoever it was that I was playing with. Eventually the ball was kicked down the hill we were on and I went after it.
The entire hillside was covered with mature pine trees with no undergrowth. As I located the soccer ball, I looked around and noticed bibles everywhere strewn about on the ground. Three Bibles caught my attention each open to three passages of Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4, Jeremiah 23, and Isaiah 48.
I then noticed in this valley an ancient ruin of a stone synagogue. The roof had caved in and there were vines growing up over it. I ventured inside. I walked through a doorway and then through another archway into the sanctuary. As I entered the sanctuary I heard the sound of a camera behind and above me. I looked ahead and saw the Aron Kodesh (<– read more about the place where they keep the scroll known as the Holy Ark). This was how I knew it was a synagogue.
I walked up to and reached for the Aron Kodesh to open it and I heard the loud voice of someone in my life at the time startle me from behind. I turned and awoke… the end.
It was because of this dream I knew to be careful of any future distraction from laying hold of the WORD of God. There was something so significant and wondrous and vitally important about attaining what was inside this Aron Kodesh that NOTHING ought to be allowed to distract you from it. I desperately wanted to know what was inside.
Years later I was shown during a prayer time what was contained in the Holy Ark.
It is so surprising to me that God is ready for us at any time. You don’t have to attain some spiritual degree of awesomeness before you can come to God and be shown marvelous things. It is all just His pure gift to you right now… just as you are. He already took care of the rest. He’ll take you just as you are right now.
Here is what I was shown: In my mind’s eye I visualized the Holy Ark and reached out to open it and it was in fact a portal to another world. To the paradise of God.
Word of caution. Don’t let anyone steal your crown! (That’s straight from Scripture). Don’t let anyone keep you from discovering the truth as I have at long last. It’s your journey. It is your path to walk. It is your portal to paradise to discover. Don’t let fear-mongers cause you to doubt and abandon the pursuit of the truth.
I will leave you with one of the passages given to me which still amazes me at how relevant and pertinent (especially to the current times). Is anyone one else feeling this revival springing up? I can’t be the only one!
1 Thessalonians 4
Live to Please God
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. 2 For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. 6 Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
The Hope of the Resurrection
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.
The Holy Ark is a representative ‘ark of the covenant” found in the synagogue. It makes each local assembly of Jews into a “little temple.’ The ark contains the Torah (five books of Moses) whereas the original one contains the 10 commandments, a distillation of the Law as written by the hand of God.
I am not sure which distraction to which you are referring here. First, you say you saw the revealed Word of God: His will for his people, a warning against false prophets, and a warning against Babylon (the world). Then you saw the Torah, which you later saw as a “portal to … Paradise.” To me, It looks like, having seen the RUINS around the aron kodesh, you have seen that the open Bible is the source for our guidance, not a search for an illusive secret behind the veil.
There is but one door to Paradise, and that is in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word. In dying for our sins, he rent the veil that kept us from the presence of God. As Mediator he takes us by the hand and leads us through that open door. Yes, the written Word shows us the Door, and by reading the Bible as Spirit-led believers we can know that we are on the right path.
What I get from your dream, for what it is worth, is found in the three passages you saw open on the ground: (1) Sanctification, (2) Avoid false prophets, (3) Beware of the draw of the World. Second, do not enter into the fallen ruins – the draw of dead works. That is the message of the books of James and Galatians (taken together).
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