At 1:30 AM on 28 September 2016, I dreamed I was walking alone along a small river/creek, which had a lot of brush growing along the banks, and some small trees.
Within the brush were shanty-type huts. Some were nothing but tarps spread out among the limbs of the small trees. The creek made a 90-degree bend to the right. As I was walking there, I was joined by someone and was having a conversation with them. We walked in along what seemed to be a “right-of-way.” To the right was the creek and the brush. To the left was a vast dense thicket of palmettos, thorn bushes, and very small trees.
Our conversation was about how to hide; specifically how to hide Christians from persecution. We discussed how it used to be you could walk out in that thicket and hide, and nobody would find you. It was so dense that not even dogs could get through it and a determined man could easily hide in there from authorities and not be found. However, that was not the case these days.
We talked about how today a man hiding in that dense thicket would easily be spotted by our recon aircraft using thermal sensors. I remember the phrase, “They would stick out like a sore thumb.” When an aircraft flew overhead to scan the area, their body would appear as a bright object in a cool background, so you could not hide there today due to the technology.
As we walked, we discussed other hiding options, including the possibility of taking refuge in the shanty shelters along the river bank. These too would not afford any cover because any passing aircraft would easily see you under the tarp using thermal sensors. We decided the best way to hide was in plain sight. One must hide where it would not be unusual to see people.
The scene shifted IMMEDIATELY to a classroom, which was in a shopping mall, or something like it. There were windows and passersby could see into the classroom, but it was not a school. It was an underground church. We were certainly hiding in plain sight of everyone but our actions did not betray who we were. There were desks arranged in a loose circle all facing inward. I was there along with about twenty other brothers in Christ, but I did not recognize any of them.
Then a strange man walked into the room. We were all nervous and I could tell he was nervous. We exchanged pleasantries as we were trying to determine if he was friend or foe. He was trying to do the same. Then he mentioned someone’s name…John? Maybe? He said John had sent him to us. We knew immediately he was a brother. We all began to introduce ourselves and it was like we were family. We embraced this brother in Christ.
I was the last to greet him. I said “Hi, I’m bro. Nelson.”
He replied “Bro Nelson! You’re the one John sent me to see.”
Then it was obvious to me I was the leader of this underground church and was an important leader in the larger underground church movement.
Right after this, another brother, who I recognized (only in my dream). He came into the classroom and saw the new man and confirmed who he was. I then woke up.
The days are coming in which the church of God will be sifted. It will go underground, much like what we see in China, Iran and other persecuted areas.
This is the second dream I have had about Christians meeting in what looked like a classroom.
Often times the Lord will confirm a dream is from Him by revealing confirmation scriptures to me. This confirmation can occur immediately after the dream, as it did today, but many times it is weeks or months later. These confirmation scriptures are never sought after, but are revealed during my pre-planned study of God’s Word. I have found that God will often give me a dream and then the very next day I will read passages that deal with the subject of the dream. This is how God confirms the dream to me; through His Word. When I read them God will immediately remind me of the dream and let me know, “This passage confirms the dream I gave you.”
After I awoke, I got up and wrote it down, which I always do immediately when I feel a dream may be from the Lord. The following scriptures were part of my daily PRE-PLANNED Bible reading, which I read after the dream was received. These scriptures confirm the way God will protect His children from the enemy and hide His children in plain sight. The first passage I read, as I worked my way through the Psalms, was:
“But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah.” (Psalms 3:3-8)
It really didn’t occur to me that this was part of my confirmation of the dream since it rarely happens right after the dream, until I read the next part of my daily reading plan. Once I read this section in Matthew, I knew God was speaking about the dream:
“But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all.” (Matthew 12:14-15)
Our enemies will seek to destroy us, but God will hide us in plain sight, just like He did His Son. We will walk through the crowds unnoticed and towards safety. This does not mean, however, that we will always be safe. Just as they eventually killed Jesus Christ and the prophets, so shall they kill us. However, that timing is determined by God and until that time, we will walk through the midst of the enemy, unseen and without fear.
Author: Nelson Lee
Nelson W. Lee is an author, evangelist, pastor and teacher. He is the founding pastor of Agape Home Fellowship, a network of house churches linked together through common leadership and technology. His ministry focuses on the areas of Church Revitalization and Revival. He has a heart for seeing men and women of faith “Be the Church” and feels this can be best accomplished through the close community of New Testament style house-churches. For over 20 years, he has focused on revitalizing the church and trying to restore it to its New Testament roots and foundations. He is an avid student of Church History and Systematic Theology and has written numerous discipleship courses, church history articles and guides.
He is married with three children and is a member of the United States Air Force. He has served his country for over 29 years and is currently a meteorologist and flight superintendent. When he is not in uniform, ministering or studying, he can be found spending time with his family or working in his garden.
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