Today I dreamed America was under attack. It was during football season and everyone was totally distracted by either attending the games or watching them on television. Suddenly, our nation came under attack as we were invaded right here in our land.
In this dream my family and I were living in a house located in a neighborhood in a coastal city. I don’t know what city it was because we actually live far from the coast. When the news of the invasion was announced everyone panicked. There was total hysteria and chaos. Fear gripped the whole nation. Everyone in our city was getting out of there as fast as they could, grabbing what they could and fleeing inland. I went out to my driveway and spoke with one of my neighbors. He told me he was getting his family together and fleeing. He said he thought they would be much safer getting away from the coast.
No one had any information about where the foreign armies had landed or what cities were under attack, but everyone just assumed they would be safer by getting away from the coast.
At my house several families came together. I asked them if we could all pray together so we formed a big circle with all of the adults and kids. We joined hands and started praying. There were several other fathers there and they each prayed short prayers. Their prayers were way off the mark because they seemed to be so full of themselves.
Then I started praying and something rose up from deep inside of me as my heart cried out to God saying, “Oh God, you alone are our God! We look to you and only you! We put all of our hope and trust in you. We are not going anywhere without you. We are going to stay right here until you tell us to go somewhere else. Wherever you are is where we want to be!”
As I prayed everyone including the kids joined in agreement with me. By the time we were done we were all in agreement, in one accord. Immediately we were given insights into what was happening and saw what we needed to do. We saw the enemy was able to monitor our movements through their satellite surveillance. They were watching everything going on in America. Since everyone else had fled the enemy would assume we had fled with them. We understood we could not go outside during the daylight hours, but needed to stay in the house. At night we could go outside without being detected. If we stayed inside after dark we had to keep our lights turned off except perhaps a flashlight or a candle.
So we came up with a plan to send everyone out into the neighborhood at night to gather as much water and food as we could find. We became nocturnal, sleeping during most of the day and eating breakfast just before it got dark. Then at night we went into the abandoned homes looking for things we needed. Although we still had electrical power, we did not expect it to last much longer so we looked for items that we could use without power. We knew the neighbors were not coming back so they would not need these things. Then we would all return back to our house before sunrise. After sunrise we would have our dinner before going to bed.
We saw that everyone who fled in panic had not taken time to realize what they were doing. The freeways would be jammed like a parking lot. The gas stations would be closed or out of gas so their cars would soon run out of gas. Then they would be stranded a long ways from their homes. They would not be able to find water or food. Besides that they had no idea where the enemy was going to strike next. For all they knew they could have been driving into an area where a nuclear bomb was going to drop. They were racing to their own destruction because they did not trust the Lord or take the time to seek Him about what they should do. They were in great danger because He was not a part of their lives.
Meanwhile, we were safe and had everything we needed because we sought the Lord first and followed His leading. We seemed to have an endless supply of everything we needed.
Then the scene changed and I was at a hospital. At the front desk I saw two ladies working there. I recognized one of them as a Christian lady I knew who just recently died. Yet she was very actively involved in helping people during this time trouble. I thought about how the people in heaven were working together with the believers on earth to do the will of God. Those who have died in the Lord are very much alive with Him. They are not just floating on clouds playing harps either. They are busy doing His will, which means they are tending to the important matters that are on His heart. What is on His heart is the people who are now living on the earth because He knows they are in the heat of the battle. They are in the valley of decision where they must choose between eternal life and eternal death. The Bible tells us they are able to see what is happening here (Hebrews 12:1), but I believe the Lord allows them to be involved in other ways too. Heaven and earth join together as one in doing the will of the Father!
There are two main points to this dream.
- First an invasion of America is coming. I was not shown what year it will happen, but it will be during football season. I don’t believe that is a coincidence. I believe God is purposely allowing it to happen at that time to smash our idols. Americans are the most entertained people in the world and football is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. We have turned to all kinds of entertainment to comfort us and in doing so we have turned away from God. Although there is nothing wrong with watching football games, for many it has become an idol that they have substituted for God. It becomes a big problem when we have time for football, but no time for God.
- The second point is Americans have become so engrossed in their entertainment that they have forgotten God. When the crisis comes many will be controlled by fear rather than faith. They will make foolish choices driven by fear because they do not seek the Lord. For this reason, many will perish. Those who seek the Lord will be given insights into whatever situation they find themselves in. He might direct them to stay where they are or He might direct them to go somewhere else. Either way, those who seek Him first will find His protection and provision. There will be a remnant that survives, by the grace of God.
The tighter we hold onto our life the faster it slips away from us. By holding onto our life we actually open the door to fear, which brings confusion and wrong choices. On the other hand, the one who has surrendered their life to the Lord has nothing to fear because they have already lost everything when they put it in His hands.
We get so focused on our daily lives, so distracted by all that we see around us that it is easy to forget we are just mortals living here for a few short years before we go into eternity. Eternity looms ahead of us yet few seem to be preparing for it. It is wise to prepare for eternity. Doing so will bring not only eternal rewards, but also helps us here in this life to have greater peace, joy, and success.
How do we prepare for eternity? We prepare by pursuing things now that have eternal value and setting aside things that have no eternal value. The number one most valuable thing in eternity is the knowledge of God. Here is what the Lord Jesus told us:
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
The more we know Him the more life we have. Without Him we actually have no life at all. Anyone who thinks they have life without Him is deceived. All they have is an illusion, here today and gone tomorrow. Anyone who rejects Him rejects life and therefore chooses death, eternal death.
On the other hand, those who know the Lord have received the gift of eternal life. They have nothing to fear because their life is safe and secure in His hands. Death holds no power over them because they know something that the rest of the world does not know. They know death was defeated by Jesus Christ when He rose from the grave. They know death is just a doorway into the presence of God where they will be united with Him forever. So even when the whole world is gripped with the fear of losing their life those who know the Lord will be able to stand against fear and take comfort in knowing their lives are in His hands and their eternal future is secure.
The knowledge of God is the key to having confidence, comfort, and courage in the days ahead. Now is the time to build up your faith and draw closer to the Lord than ever before. When trouble comes we need to know how to resist fear and walk in faith. We need to know how to hear His voice so we can follow Him. If we do that we will not only help ourselves, but we can help our family and friends too. If you don’t know the Lord yet click here to find out how you can know Him.