Date: June 1, 2020
On this day I had a short dream. It came in two parts. It transpired in the afternoon, when I lay down for a nap after lunch.
Here is how it transpired.
Sometime back I’d finished my lunch. It was a lovely lunch, the work of my wife’s hands. But I also knew that now, soon enough, I was going to fall asleep, because I was full. I didn’t want to fall asleep, but I knew that I probably would. Not too long after, I did fall asleep.
As I slept, I saw a black horse being commissioned to ride out, and its rider held a pair of scales in his hand. And I knew that the third seal spoken of in Revelation 6 had been opened (Rev. 6:5–6).
At this point, I woke up, but went back to sleep again, and the dream seemed to pick up from the point where I’d woken up.
Immediately after the black horse and its rider were commissioned to ride out, the whole world seemed to take on a hue of black and gray, as if the whole world had suddenly come under the influence of this black horse and its rider. And I knew that there was a worldwide famine, a severe famine.
Then the scene changed. I was in my residence, and I was alone. My wife was nowhere to be seen. It was as if she wasn’t in the picture anymore. And I was walking about my dwelling trying to digest the fact that she wasn’t around. There was no more food in the house, and I knew my local grocery store had no food either. I also knew I couldn’t go and shop for any food supplies, because food supply lines had been disrupted. There was no point in stepping out of my residence to buy food, because there was nowhere to go to buy it. This was the grim reality, and I was in this grim reality. [On June 2, as I was rereading this dream, I felt I had to include the words “No pretribulation rapture” just here. That is why I also had to add the words “This was the grim reality, and I was in this grim reality.”]
In the natural, the situation did not simply seem but was, truly was, hopeless, and I felt the hopelessness. This was weird to me, because with the Lord, no situation is ever hopeless (Ps. 121:1–2). But in the dream, I felt the hopelessness. I also felt weak and devoid of strength. This too was strange to me, because those who trust in the Lord lack no good thing, and the Lord is their strength (Ps. 23:1, 28:7–8, 34:10). Yet in the dream, I was weak, devoid of strength, and in lack. I looked at my empty food cabinets and simply said to the Lord in prayer, “Father, there isn’t any more food. May your Word sustain me.”
I then read the Word. But after some time, I lay down in sheer exhaustion and went to sleep. Then I saw that as I slept in the dream, a figure of light came toward my sleeping form and touched me with what appeared to be a hand (1 Kings 19:5). Sometime later in the dream, I woke up. And when I woke up, I felt as if I’d eaten. I felt full and satisfied. And my strength returned.
Here the dream ended.
I knew the dream was about famine, and I knew it was from the Lord. So I recorded what I remembered. But I also made up my mind to pray and seek the Lord about this dream.
Date: June 2, 2020
In the midst of my quiet time with the Lord, I remembered the dream I had yesterday. And the following words are what I sensed in my spirit: “Famine…it is coming, it has to come, it will come.” I then reread my dream and added all that I felt impressed to add in.
The scriptures that were most impressed upon me were these:
But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life. (John 4:14)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” (John 7:37–38)
I believe the scriptures in John that I have shared here are the Lord’s way of reassuring his own that He is willing and able to sustain those who abide in Him no matter where they are or what circumstances they are in, provided they continue to abide in Him.
I wasn’t expecting any insights from the Lord concerning this dream nor was I desirous of any confirmations. I thought everything was pretty self-explanatory. But when I prayed to the Lord asking Him if He had anything else for me to include along with this dream or even correct in it, I felt impressed to read the Word of God, as per my usual routine, before I did anything further. So I went and did so.
The first scripture I read was Psalm 119. As I did, I felt some scriptures jump out at me, and they all were relevant to this dream and my feelings and circumstances in the dream.
- My prayer in the dream was not an act of desperation. It was Psalm 119:16b bearing fruit—“I will not forget Your Word.” Because I’d spent time in the Word in times of ease, I didn’t forget the Word in times of calamity. Because I’d sowed life into the Word (spent time in the Word) in times of ease, I reaped life from the Word in times of calamity. All the other insights follow from this one insight.
- With my wife no longer with me, a severe worldwide famine, and empty food cabinets being my reality, my life was down in the dust, but the Lord gave me life through His Word (Ps. 119:25).
- The fact that my wife was no longer around was a depressing reality for me, which I was trying to digest while walking around my dwelling, and I was weary from grief, but the Lord strengthened me through His Word (Ps. 119:28).
- My natural situation in the dream was hopeless, and I felt the hopelessness, but the Lord reminded me, His servant, of His Word, and He gave me hope through it (Ps. 119:49).
- When I lay down in sheer exhaustion and that figure of light came and touched me, His compassion came to me so that I should live (Ps. 119:77).
- I was weak and devoid of strength, as if severely afflicted, but the Lord gave me life through His Word (Ps. 119:107).
- The Lord sustained me as He had promised, and I lived. He did not let me be ashamed of my hope (Ps. 119:116).
It is quite striking to me that the Lord asked me to read the Word, per my usual routine, in order to give me these amazing confirmations, because if He hadn’t pointed them out, I would never have seen them, even if I’d read them a hundred times over!
The second scripture I read was Ezekiel 22. When I read vv. 17–22, I thought there was a connection between these verses and Psalm 119:119. So I asked the Lord about it. The following is what I recorded next.
The famine will be as a fire, a fire in the furnace of My affliction. I will afflict the world with famine, because all the wicked of the earth are as dross before Me, just as the copper, iron, tin, and lead are the dross of silver. And in the furnace of My affliction, I will melt them; I will melt the silver, and I will melt the dross, but I will make a distinction between the silver and the dross. The fire shall refine the silver but shall separate the dross. Am I a God unable to distinguish between the wicked and the godly? Am I not the One who separates the unrighteous from the righteous? In the fire of this famine, in this furnace of My affliction, I shall make a distinction between people. I shall distinguish between those who are mine and those who are not, and the people shall know that I am Yahweh, the One who distinguishes between the godly and the godless, who separates the righteous from the unrighteous, and who judges between the holy and the profane.
Note: Those who have been called to physically prepare, should prepare as the Holy Spirit leads them, but those who are unable to or haven’t been called to needn’t fear or worry, if they’ve made the Lord their shepherd and continually abide in Him, for such shall not be in want.
Author: Sujit Thomas
Sujit was working in Chennai in late 2015 when the Lord began to nudge him to draw closer to Him. That was the beginning of a major spiritual transformation in his life, and he has not looked back since. As someone who has experienced God’s undeserving love, grace, and mercy personally, Sujit would like people to know that the Lord has no pleasure in the death of the unrighteous, but would rather see them repent and live.