I had a dream around August or September of 2002 that has always stayed with me. I’ve shared it with family members and emailed it to a prophetic minister shortly afterward, but have hesitated to share it publicly. In light of the horrific situation in the Middle East right now, I feel compelled to write.
I was on a beach in Iraq and I saw a Muslim military leader come up out of some type of concrete tunnel in the ground. He was wearing a turban and a military uniform and had a wireless microphone and started walking around the beach, speaking to the people there. The manner in which he did this reminded me of a motivational speaker. The details are a little difficult for me to explain, but I can still see much of it so clearly. I remember that I was in the water at this point and there was someone else with me. I knew that things were suddenly very dangerous for Christians and Americans and were going to get much, much worse. There was some type of large pier or dock that went pretty far out over the water. Somehow, I knew that we could escape to safety by swimming around or under it. (I’m having a hard time remembering which.)
At that time in my life, I wasn’t familiar with all of the world leaders and had no idea that the man in the dream was a real person. A couple of weeks later, however, I had the news on and the face of Ayatollah Khamenei came on the screen. I don’t even remember what they were reporting on. In fact, I think it was just on in the background while I was doing something else. I stopped and stared at the television, stunned that this was the man in my dream.
At the time, I had no idea what this dream meant. Over the years, as we went to war in Iraq, things started to become clearer. For awhile, I have believed that the dream meant that Iran was going to take advantage of the chaos in Iraq to move in and seize control. This is still possible, but with the current state of affairs, I now wonder if perhaps the Ayatollah in my dream was representative of the evil of the Islamic world and the brutality that is currently being inflicted on the Syrian and Iraqi people by ISIS.
God knows and ultimately it is all in His hands. One thing is certain, however, and that is that we are living in an increasingly dark world. Biblical prophecies are coming true daily and there has never been a time when it was more important to seek God and turn to Him.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them. (Revelation 6:9-11)
As the Sunnis and Shiites battle to establish an Islamic Caliphate, Christians and Jews, young and old, are being slaughtered, crucified in the streets, beheaded, tortured and sold into human trafficking. Israel is being bombarded by rockets and other forms of terrorism from the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, Hamas, who seeks to annihilate them. Anti-Semitism and hatred of Americans and Christians are on the rise worldwide, with many seeking the ability to devastate Israel and The United States with nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, we in America are living with our heads in the sand. We believe that we are safe and secure, at peace on our own soil. Many praised President Obama for getting our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but now we face an even greater threat than Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden combined. ISIS has vowed to raise the black flag of jihad over the White House and, make no mistake, that is their intention. Their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made an ominous threat as he was released from a U.S. detention camp in Iraq five years ago, telling the Americans that he would see them in New York.
I believe that all of this, along with the threats of North Korea, Iran and, now, Russia, spell trouble for The United States. Grave, serious, and unprecedented trouble. I believe the possibility of one or more nuclear bombs being detonated on American soil is very real. And, I believe, that if we continue to reject God and condemn Israel, we will see jihad in our streets.
What does this mean and how do we prevent these things from happening? The only hope is in returning to God, getting down on our knees in repentance for our personal and national sin, and pleading for His forgiveness and deliverance.
We must stop making excuses for the way we live. We neglect the truth of God’s word in favor of pleasing people and keeping the financial support for our churches going. We say that we love the lost, while refusing to preach the whole Word of God, thus illuminating to them their need for a Savior. We regard sin in our own hearts by embracing idolatry. We worship our American way of life, our comfort, our churches. We find solace in the fact that we do not struggle with the obvious sins, but we forget that the sin of Sodom was “arrogance, abundant food and careless ease” (Ezekiel 16:49, NASB). Another translation says, “comfortable security”. We are, in fact, so comfortable in our imagined security that it has become not just acceptable, but in the eyes of so many, morally necessary, to allow multitudes to come across our borders illegally and without accountability or investigation. We have things so easy in this country that we have become an apathetic people, unconcerned about anything other than maintaining our nice lives. We don’t want to talk about anything controversial on social media or in person because we don’t want to think about it. Instead, we prefer to look at cute pictures of our friends’ children and pets and hear about their good times, averting our eyes from what is really happening in this world. We will watch smut on tv and movies and not bat an eye at the filth that plagues our children through advertisements, magazines and internet. We allow our children to play games and listen to music that glorify violence and immorality, but believe they will be okay because we go to church on Sundays. We profess Christianity, while being too ashamed or cowardly to be a witness for Christ. We are like the wicked servant that Jesus spoke of, hiding the little bit that He has given us, rather than investing and multiplying it for His kingdom.
And, soon, it will be taken away.
Our arrogance, abundant food, careless ease and comfortable security will be gone. It was shaken on 9/11, and there was an appearance of returning to God as our political leaders sang “God Bless America” and people returned to church for a few weeks, but hearts and lives never changed. We drove around with flags and bumper stickers, but our pride and arrogance only increased. God was trying to get our attention, but we refused to listen. Jonathan Cahn wrote a book about this, called “The Harbinger”. Every American and especially every Christian in America should read it.
One of the harbingers the book tells of is the “tree of hope” that was planted at Ground Zero. That tree died and was quietly removed last spring. It is quite a symbol. Our hope is dying. What will it take for God to wake us up?
Seek Him now while there is still time. Pray for Israel and the Jewish people. Pray for the people of Iraq and the Middle East. And pray for America. Just like Israel, we are a nation that was dedicated to and called by God from our foundations and, just like Israel, we have turned away from Him and gone after our own ways. God attempted to turn Israel back to Him, but nothing short of Babylonian captivity and the stripping away of everything they held dear worked. Is that what will happen to America? It is up to us.
Return to God, America. He is our only hope.