In a dream on November 30, 2014, I saw end time disciples growing in faith as we encouraged each other and helped train each other to operate in the powers of the age to come. We were being trained to do greater works than Jesus did, just as He said we would. (John 14:12) For training purposes, we were separated into three groups based on our level of spiritual development. In the first group, everyone was sitting. In the second group, everyone was walking, but in the third group, everyone was flying.
The first group had far more people than either of the other two groups. They were all sitting on the side of a grassy hill, relaxing and looking around, like they were waiting for something to happen, so they remained idle. They were all Christians, so they were interested in the things of God, but they weren’t actively seeking to grow or advance because they were content where they were and unwilling to risk losing their most valuable possessions, which were sitting on the ground next to them, just as idle as they were, not being used for anything.
The second group was also a large number of people, but not as large as the first group. They were all walking or at least slowly shuffling along, on their way to a big tall house. Many of them had already entered and were making their way through the many levels of the house. Each level contained different projects and stations where they had to complete tasks before they could move up to the next level. A large crowd of them shuffled through, attempting to complete these various tasks, but their progress was slow because the tasks could only be completed by operating in the powers of the age to come. So, the faster they learned how to do that, the faster they could advance. Everyone was advancing at their own pace, but most were moving slowly because they relied too much on their own understanding, so they weren’t open to receive from the Holy Spirit or follow His leading.
Inside the house, when the walkers saw someone completing their task, they would all ooh and ahh in amazement. So, they were encouraging and motivating each other and causing their faith to grow. Some of them were so encouraged by what they saw others doing, they followed their example and began to step out and operate in it themselves.
The third group was very small, especially in the beginning. Everyone in this group could fly, which included me. I flew over a crowd of walkers as they were walking towards the house and I saw their faces as they looked up at me. Their eyes and their whole face lit up as they gasped with amazement. They could hardly believe what they were seeing, but it caused their faith to soar and some of them believed they could do it too.
I saw some of the flyers flying through all the levels of the house right over the heads of the walkers, easily completing all the tasks required by their stations, flying very fast past each of them, like they only had to zoom by and it was all done without even slowing down. They flew through all the levels within a few seconds and right out of a window at the top level. It was very easy for them because they had learned to be led by the Spirit. The walkers were encouraged when they saw the flyers completing these tasks so easily and it stirred up greater hunger in them to learn more, which caused them to advance faster through the levels.
As I flew over a group of walkers, I saw an old friend of mine who is now the pastor of a church. He was still walking and had not yet learned to fly so I encouraged him to step out and start flying. He was a little slow getting started, but he caught on and started flying very low to the ground. Other flyers were doing the same thing, encouraging the others until eventually there were lots of people flying. All it required was to believe and step out in faith. Later, I saw the whole sky filled with flyers.
I flew over to the first group of people sitting idle on the hill and sat down next to one couple and encouraged them to at least use their money to help others advance God’s kingdom. I only encouraged them and did not try to force them and they agreed. Other flyers were doing the same thing, so the flyers were plundering the wealth of the sitters, not for selfish gain, but for the Kingdom’s purposes.
At every level, we were all learning more and more about how to operate in the powers of the age to come, but the training was also personalized to prepare us and equip us for our own unique assignments. At every level, our biggest challenge was learning to trust more what we heard in our heart than what we saw and heard with our physical eyes and ears, so we had to learn to rely totally on the voice of the Lord leading us in our heart while tuning out any voices speaking words that contradicted His words.
As I continued my personal training, the exercises became progressively more challenging. First, I learned to hear His voice and obey, but then I encountered a challenge in doing it with the right timing, which totally threw me for a loop at first. I made lots of mistakes before I started learning to wait for the Lord’s timing. In some cases, I got frustrated and even angry.
Whenever I successfully completed an exercise, the training advanced to a higher level requiring greater discernment to distinguish more subtle differences between what the Lord was saying and what I was hearing from others. At first, it sounded like the Lord was saying the same thing others were saying, but on closer examination I saw very slight but important differences.
The hardest task I was given was when the word of the Lord seemed to contradict other words from the Lord, but it only seemed that way since He never contradicts Himself. It reminded me of how God promised Abraham He was going to give him descendants through Isaac, as numerous as the stars, but then He told Abraham to offer Isaac as a human sacrifice. Those two words sound contradictory, but Abraham passed the test because he understood God would never break His promise even if He had to raise Isaac from the dead. (Genesis 22:2) Passing this test required a higher level of trusting and obeying because it seemed to make no sense at all, so in all these exercises, we were learning not to rely on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Then the scene changed and I was with a small group of disciples riding in a vehicle that was transporting us from earth to heaven. It resembled a small subway train on the inside, but I never saw it from the outside. Some of the people riding with me came from earth while others had already died and were already residents of heaven. In the same way that God was permitting us to visit heaven, He was permitting them to interact with us as we were all working together to complete our own unique assignments because we were all part of the same mission. Many of us riding this vehicle were interacting with these residents of heaven.
My dad was riding with me on this vehicle. He died in 2009 when he was 76 years old, but in this dream, he looked like he was about 25 years old. I was so excited to share with him the great things God was doing in my life that I forgot to ask him about all he had seen since he had arrived in heaven. Surely he had seen many great things and wanted to share them. The dream ended before we arrived in heaven, but I understood all this going back and forth between heaven and earth was part of our training.
The first group was seated with their possessions beside them, representing all their God-given talents and the financial resources He had supplied them, which were just as idle as they were. Since they were ignoring His commands to draw near to Him, to ask of Him, to seek Him, to hunger and thirst for more of His Kingdom and His righteousness, they weren’t receiving the wisdom and understanding they so desperately needed, so they remained in darkness, confusion and deception, which is why they were complacent and content to wait for God to do something, not realizing He had already done everything and given them everything they needed, including all the truth and power needed to break out of their idle condition. (Matthew 7:7-8, James 4:8) So, they were squandering their life, failing to fulfill His plans and purposes, wasting their time going nowhere and doing nothing of any eternal value. (Matthew 5:6, 6:33)
The walkers consisted of all those who were hungry for more, not content to remain sitting, so they were moving forward in their relationship with God, seeking Him and growing in wisdom. Some were walking faster than others, but all of them were being delayed from flying by their reliance on their own understanding, which made them unwilling to step out in faith, trusting God with childlike faith. The different stations and levels of the house provided them with opportunities to refine their skills and grow in faith, so they were continuing to move forward.
There was nothing special about the flyers. We had only learned to fly because were hungrier for more of God than the sitters and walkers, not content with what we had, so we sought Him more earnestly and learned to hear His voice more clearly than those who were not seeking Him as much. We were not holding tightly to what we had, like the sitters were doing, because we did not regard our lives as anything worth holding onto, like we had already lost everything and had nothing left to lose, which made us more willing to step out in faith, doing what He told us to do, which was the key to flying. Our reliance on the unseen realm of God enabled us to see beyond the natural realm, so we were no longer confined by it, but we still had lots to learn.
The rapid growth in the number of flyers showed the acceleration in spiritual growth coming in our generation. Just as the world is rapidly descending into darkness, the righteous are entering a time of accelerated growth in our faith with large numbers of people learning to soar in the heavenly realm as we come together in unity, helping each other. I did not see any strife, competition, envy, jealousy or division. We were all working together, helping each other to continue advancing in faith, so that by itself was a big step in the right direction.
There were different levels of flyers just as there were different levels of walkers, as shown by my old friend who stepped out and started flying. At first, he stayed close to the ground until he gained more confidence. Even as the flyers were still learning, our faith encouraged both the sitters and walkers to step out in faith, but it was much easier to help the walkers than the sitters because they were already hungry for more. Just a quick fly over was all it took to greatly encourage the walkers, but the sitters required more effort, taking time to sit down with them and talk with them individually to persuade them to at least use their resources for God, but with so many of them, there weren’t enough flyers to reach all of them, so most of them were left on their own where they were content to remain.
Learning to distinguish very subtle differences in what the Lord was saying reminded me of something I said many years ago at a home fellowship group. The leader asked each of us to share the desires of our heart, specifically what we wanted God to do in our life. When it was my turn, I said I wanted to be so close to Him that He wouldn’t even have to tell me what He wanted me to do because if He just looked at me a certain way, I would already know what He meant. I didn’t even know what I was asking, but since He has promised if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart, I believe He started training me to receive the discernment I desired, which only comes by much practice and often includes making mistakes along the way. (Hebrews 5:14) I’ve made lots of them so even after many years I still have a long way to go to get to the level I described, but thank God He continues to bear with us when we don’t catch on right away. He must be grading on the curve because otherwise I would have flunked out a long time ago. That’s what He did with Gideon when he was struggling to believe any of God’s promises. Yet, the angel of the Lord appeared to him saying, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12-13) Might man of valor? Really? Then the Lord told him, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14) This might of yours? What might? Gideon was the least of the least, the most unlikely candidate, but he passed the test and won a great victory because he was willing to follow God’s instructions by faith even when it contradicted his own understanding. (Judges 7:1-8:28)
The vehicles transporting us back and forth from earth to heaven were just another level of training, learning from those who were already residents of heaven. Just as the number of flyers continued increasing until we were filling the sky, so did the number of those riding in the vehicles. I believe this shows more heavenly visits are coming in the days ahead as more and more people will be caught up to receive more advanced training, which they can share with others to encourage them. (Revelation 12:5)
Seeing my dad and the other residents of heaven showed their involvement in what’s happening here on earth, which is something we don’t hear much about, but this dream shows it will become increasingly revealed to us in the days ahead. This kind of interaction is scriptural as shown by Moses and Elijah visiting with Jesus at His transfiguration. Peter, James, and John were also there with Him and they also saw Moses and Elijah. (Matthew 17:1-8) Other examples include the great cloud of heavenly witnesses, cheering us on and the great army riding on white horses and wearing fine linen following the Lord Jesus during heaven’s coming invasion of earth. (Hebrews 12:1, Revelation 19:14) Even after we depart from this life, God still has assignments for His over-comers to complete on earth, as shown by the promise Jesus made, saying, “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron.” (Revelation 2:26-27 NKJV) These assignments will continue long after He returns as we will rule with Him on earth for one thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6)
Will we literally fly? Well, why not? The Prophet Isaiah asked, “Who are these who fly like a cloud and like the doves to their lattices?” (Isaiah 60:8) Some have claimed he was referring to angels, but if so, it would not fit the context of the chapter, which is all about end time disciples. Someone even claimed he was referring to sailboats, but sailboats don’t fly like clouds or doves. Those are both things we see in the sky. So, I believe Isaiah saw end time disciples flying, either in the spirit or perhaps even physically, which is mind-blowing, but maybe we need to have our minds blown since my dream showed we were relying too much on our own understanding.
Jesus said, “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23) I looked up the meaning of the Greek word, “pas”, and sure enough, it means all, so His promise is only limited by our inability to believe what He puts in our heart more than our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6)