The Great Shepherd Is Urgently Calling Many People Right Now


In a dream, I saw myself walking in beautiful country. It was a beautiful day and I felt light and good. I came to a beautiful park filled with many people. I stood at the edge of the park and watched all the people walking around, but I noticed no one was talking to anyone.

They were together, but not like we would expect, which made me wonder. Just then a man was standing at my side. He spoke to me and said, “I want you to enter into the park with the people.”

I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t recognize anyone, but he urged me on so I began walking into this big social gathering. He walked beside me. As I began to walk among them, they acted as if I was not there. They didn’t see us. They didn’t even look at us. In fact, they acted the same way towards the other people too.

Then the man said, “Keep walking. We are not staying, just passing through.”

So we walked through and as we were about to leave the park, he turned into an eagle and instantly we were both in the air.

Somehow he was holding onto me. His wings were strong and we were flying fast and very high. I turned to look at his face and it was the face of an eagle, yet there was another look to it, a look of fierceness and power and great courage. He brought me to another place and set me down on my feet near a powerful raging river rapids. As soon as he put me down, he said, “You must cross that river.” Then he disappeared.

Where he made me stand was at a very high point, so I was looking down at the rapids. The water was crashing over many jagged boulders and huge rocks. I instantly felt afraid and said to myself, “No! I can’t! There’s no way to do it without dying!”


As soon as I said that, I looked up and across the rapids. I saw the Lord Jesus Christ standing on the other side. I immediately knew it was Him without any doubt. He was with a very small company of people whom I knew had crossed this raging, violent river. My heart was pounding within my chest.

He raised his right hand and called out to me, “Joan! You have to cross the river! We will be waiting for you, but you have to do it now, you have to hurry!”

I fully understood time was of the essence and He was not going to wait much longer. Literally, I knew I had only seconds to make up my mind. I looked back down at the violent crashing and tried to think of ways to cross. I looked at this rock and the other rocks beside it and began to mentally see myself stepping on them to make it over.

I felt frozen, I looked back over to the other side and saw the Lord watching me. I also looked over at the people who were tentatively watching me the same way the Lord was. I knew I had to make a decision or they would leave without me, so I thought, “Well, here it goes, if I perish I perish, but I have to try. I have to get to the Lord, the Shepherd who is waiting for me.”

As soon as I stepped my foot down upon a rock, an enormous dragon like serpent came immediately out of the water to contest me. It roared at me as it stood between me and the Lord. It was full of scales and had great big teeth. Its’ eyes were black and had intelligence.


I screamed and looked over at the Lord who just stood there waiting. He was calm, yet I saw in Him a power hard to describe. He was dressed like a simple shepherd, but there was a power about Him. His eyes were piercing as He watched me and kept his eyes on me.

I screamed out to Him, “Lord, I can’t cross! It is too high! The rocks are too jagged! The water is too violent! And Lord this dragon will devour me! I can’t do it! I am too afraid!”

Just then, He cried out, “Yes you can! Just do it! And do it now!”

And without another thought, I jumped and as I did my body became as light as air. My feet “were as swift as a gazelle.” I leaped upon the rocks right past the great dragon who was still roaring right in my face, but he could not harm me. I went right past Him fearlessly and swiftly.

Instantly I reached the other side and was standing right in front of the Lord. He reached out his hand towards me to receive me. He had a look on His face that I could only describe as being pleased with me. He brought me into the little company of people and I was so happy to be among them. He then said to us, “Let’s go!”

He went from behind us to the front of us and led us through the brush and trees. We followed on with Him like little sheep. I then awoke.


At the beginning, as in all my dreams, I was walking, which represents my walk in Christ and constant sojourning here on earth.  The big beautiful park filled with people represented the Church. Their being assembled, but not talking to each other got my attention. Everything in visions has meaning and is meant to get our attention. They were gathered together, but there was no unity. They did not look at me because they were unable to even see me. They did not welcome me or speak to me because they were dead and not alive. They glory in appearance only, not in their heart.

They represent the condition of the Church at large. Like them, we gather, but there is no love, no outward expression of life, just physical appearances. We are like a body that is not joined together, but disconnected and therefore powerless.

The man who appears in all of my dreams is what I deem to be some sort of representative of heaven. He told me to go in among them because he wanted to show me first-hand how divided they are. I did not want to go because I did not know them, nor did I recognize them. I felt like I was nothing more than a stranger to them, like showing up to a party where no one knows you.

The man told me to keep going until we had passed through the park, which was very meaningful to me because I realized he was trying to show me there was no point in staying there with them. He wanted to take me to another place where there was more.

As we departed. I looked back and saw no one had even noticed we left, or that we had even been there. Even though we had been in the same place with them, there was never any connection between us.

When the man turned into an eagle, he was not an ordinary eagle. He was intelligent, powerful, mighty, and strong. He carried me with great speed very high into the sky with ease. I think this represents the Holy Spirit because he has been given to us to help us perform things otherwise impossible for us because we cannot see the things only He can see, or do things that take more courage than we possess. He carries us to places only He has ordained and ordered for us, which was represented by the great rapids.

He did not ask me to cross. He gave me a command, not a suggestion. I wondered why he set me down on the highest point of a cliff overlooking the rapids and not on the ground next to the river. I believe this was meant to show me the full scale of the bravery and courage I would need and the impossibility of crossing on my own.

When I saw the Lord on the other side urgently telling me to hurry up, the intensity increased because I knew I had to act now, which made me even more fearful as I looked back at the violence of the rapids.

The little company of saints represented the others He called just like me. I knew they had crossed over too, which in a sense, gave me a little more courage, thinking that if they had crossed over to Him this way, then somehow I could do it too, even though I was terribly afraid of trying. Seeing all their eyes on me also gave me strength.

When I first stepped out on the rock, the powers of hell rose up against me in full strength to scare me into turning back, to get me to abandon my faith and disobey the Lord’s command. The great dragon that came up out of the rapids was Satan rising up to withstand me by standing between me and the Lord. His rising up out of the violence of the rapids and his roaring at me revealed his resistance to the Lamb of God. He was outraged at those who, like me, were brought to this edge of obedience to the Lord’s call.

I screamed out in fear when I saw this hideous dragon and the rapids because I took my eyes off of the One who was keeping His eyes on me. I considered the danger, the threat of disaster, my own powerlessness, weakness, so I felt fearful, but His presence increased and became more powerful when I saw Him standing in perfect strength and calm despite my unbelief. When He cried out to me in His mighty voice telling me I had to do it and do it now, His words instantly released power that entered my body like lightning, which caused me to jump without another thought about how it could possibly happen.

As soon as I jumped forward, I became as light as a feather and my feet became as swift as a gazelle because the power of God was immediately released to me the instant I obeyed. I jumped without knowing how it could possibly work, which is how He has always performed for those who count Him faithful. My part was to obey His command, while His part was to take action in my behalf.

The devil continued roaring with a mighty roar right in my face, but He was not able to harm me. My fearlessness outraged him because there was nothing he could do about it. Even though he contested me, he had no power to do anything to me.

When my feet finally reached the other side, I was standing in the presence of the Great Shepherd of the sheep. In His presence it was easy and quick. My spirit was full of courage and fearlessness. I felt so strong and alive. What had once seemed impossible was so easy after all.

When He reached His hand out to gather me with the little company of saints, just seeing His pleasing appearance brought great relief to me. I felt so victorious! I couldn’t believe how easy it was after I jumped. A new energy filled my entire being. I was so happy to join the little company of saints and they were also happy to be with me.

I knew time was of the utmost essence. As soon as I joined them we instantly departed from there. The Great Shepherd went from behind us to the forefront leading us onward through the brush and trees. There was not even a path there, which I believe shows He wants us to walk in a way known only to Him and to rely only on His knowledge to lead us through the thick of things. We are to keep our eyes focused on Him and watching His every move as we follow Him closely. As the dream ended, we were all walking right in His footsteps.

Many centuries of great blindness in the church has brought us to where we are today, lacking in courage to obey God. The fear of leaving this powerless, dismembered body has enslaved us to a system, which is largely controlled by Satan. He controls by great fear and will use the utmost means to intimidate anyone who dares to take courage to leave the confines of our post-modern religious activity to enter into a powerful, thriving, living walk in Christ.

Satan uses violence and fear tactics because he is afraid. He is terrified of those that will, in the face of his resistance get out from under his control. He does not want anyone to closely follow the Great Shepherd. So he roars to threaten us with rejection, with being ostracized by our family and friends.

The Lord is calling His people to Himself now. The church is His and He is defining it right now. He will give us the courage to answer His call. He will defend, protect, comfort, and equip us to do what He is calling us to do. Satan fears this because he knows when we obey God, great power enters in a brand new way that has not been in the body for centuries.

I fully believe with all my heart there is a call and a cry going out to many people right now, but not everyone will be attentive to His voice. The main thrust of this entire vision is the Lord Jesus Christ calling us out of the organized church system to Himself, but very few even hear Him calling and those who do will encounter great resistance and great opposition. Many will not obey, but those who do will enjoy a great closeness to the Lord and will go in ways unexpected, but they will go with Him because they know His voice. They will consider the great prize of their calling more than ever before as they, for the first time ever in their lives, walk in the very footsteps of the Son of God. They will be very few in number, but they will be a sign happening all over the world.

God is now beginning to do a new thing, moving in the world like the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters at the beginning of the creation. He is beginning to create a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. And they that know His name will dwell in it rather than in this present evil age.

Jesus wants you to know He is calling you. Wait upon Him. Listen to Him. Go with Him. Trust in His way. The greatest acts of service to Him will be more than those from ages past. He is preparing an army, His glorious army. Consider this as His highest honor. Shalom to you.

Joanie Stahl

Author: Joanie Stahl

As a young Jewish girl, Joanie Sthal received Jesus as her Messiah and soon began receiving dreams and visions of world events. At first these gifts scared her, so she asked for them to cease. Instead, they increased and she surrendered her will to His. By spending much time alone with the Lord she learned how to be guided by Him and to wait on Him for interpretation
Today, Joanie is a wife and mother. She believes the time has come for the “Bride to make herself ready,” which is why she now feels released to share her dreams and visions received during the past 40 years as warnings of things that will soon take place. She is currently a cohost on A Minute to Midnite. You can visit her on the You Tube Channel, or at the website:

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March 25, 2016 10:23 PM

Hi Joanie,

I haven’t seen you post in a while and you were on my mind today. Just wanted you to know that I’m sending prayers out your way. May God bless and keep you.

March 26, 2016 8:25 AM

Yes! God bless Joanie.

Terri Watson
March 5, 2016 8:28 PM

Hello Joanie,
I love to read your posts. I was listening to you recent interview on A Minute to Midnight with Carolyn Hamlett.t. I was very interested in what you were saying about Obama no being the Anit Christ. Have you read or heard anything from Chris White? I recently have and I thought it was fascinating what he teaches concerning the Jewish belief in end time specifically the two anti christ’s they believe will come; Messiah Ben Joseph and Messiah Ben David. This belief they have fits very much with what you were saying about the people being tricked by a first false Messiah then when the second appears everyone will accept him as the “real Messiah”.

Steven Roach
February 10, 2016 6:01 PM

Joanie, The Lord has been awakening those that are ready to be used. I have heard the audible voice, and have been guided by the Spirit, yet the other day when I was taking my rest for work I had the most calming peaceful dream, no words just Christ outstretched waiting to receive and then it was over.

Jennie B
Jennie B
February 9, 2016 7:12 PM
Thank you for sharing . As I read what the Lord has given you I completely identified completely what has unfolded in my own life the past 6 years. I knew the Lord was calling me to a very different place than I had been in the past. At first I resisted but because I knew he knew best I relented because I love and trust him then repented for dragging my feet. Though the crossing seems formidable it is of utmost importance. Jesus said come out from among them and be separate 2Co 6:14-18 Rev chapter 18 -come out of her my people that you not share in her sins. The bride is indeed being prepared to meet the bridegroom. Making herself ready. I hear the Lord often say don’t be afraid when you see all these things happening. Things are moving very fast now and even accelerating to a blinding speed. Look to me the author and finisher of your faith. I have called you out of darkness into the marvelous light. Keep your eyes on me ALWAYS. Be not discouraged for did I not say all these things have to come to pass.? Lo I am with you Always I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. You were bought with a price the price of my shed blood at Calvary. Press in to ME. If you love me you will obey me. My prayer is that I myself and the body of Christ will be awakened and loosed from the bondages that hold us captive from doing God’s will. It is so good to read some of the comments and it is also very encouraging to hear from others.
Bobbi Mercer
February 9, 2016 1:43 PM
CHAPTER 19 The Jonah Principle………….. The Lord has brought the story Jonah, and the sign of Jonah, to me, many times in these past 27 years. It is a multifaceted prophecy AND sign, to us, now. AND a WORD OF WARNING, to each of us. – The “spirit of Jonah” = disobedience and the absence of the Love of God! Matthew 16:4… “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall be no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And He left them and departed.” Jonah 1:6-10… “So the shipmaster came to him (Jonah), and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said everyone to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? 109 what is thy country? and of what people are thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him; Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them…… (We know the story of Jonah and the fish……..) Jonah 4:8-11…”And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted,… Read more »
David Hapenney
February 9, 2016 2:16 PM

Bobbi, there’s so much in what you shared. I’ll definitely be studying Jonah. Imagine how our being awake is meant to positively influence and bring others into and under the reign of Messiah and the sleeping is causing difficulties. Glory to God that we can pray for others to experience healing at the subconscious level. This I believe is where the Lord speaks in answer to our prayers, where he breathes His life into others.

February 9, 2016 12:18 PM

I read this as I brewed coffee, and when I started my quiet time opened my Bible to Ecc. 7.18b. My day yesterday was surrounded with the themes of this dream, we were saved for this. I remember Samuel Kameleson praying, “Lord, never let me sit on my no”; may the first love of all the Lord’s people be stirred up.

February 9, 2016 10:50 AM

We have all lost friends and family because we chose to follow our Lord. But we have gained Jesus.

It would be great if someday we are reunited with those we have lost. But if that never happens, well, we have Jesus! I don’t mean to sound insensitive, I know the hurt loss causes – but I’d rather have Jesus than anyone I’ve lost.

Hope S
Hope S
February 8, 2016 11:19 PM

Thank you everyone who answered my post. You are all very encouraging and are so right, the enemy puts doubt into my mind. I thought it was a bad thing to have any doubt so I never thought of coming to Jesus with it and asking him for help. I have always been hard on myself but I truly have been doing my best to follow The LORD. This message touched my heart.
I have been blessed by everyone’s words and helpful verses and will take them to heart. I feel encouraged!
Thank you Kathy, Mary Jo, Christina, Lisa and Joanie.
I am so grateful for Z3!

David Hapenney
February 9, 2016 12:39 AM

Hope, I think the Lord is much kinder to us than we are to ourselves. We may put demands upon ourselves that the Lord Himself has not put upon us. He is so patient to lead us and teach us. He really does understand what we have been through, our own thinking, any hangups and so forth, and yet He loves us. He still loves us. He never stops loving us. His mercy and grace is infinite and in Him we truly can find shelter. He is our strong tower. We can run in Him and be safe. It’s a wonderful time to be drawing near to God in His word, learning to hear His voice. We can trust Him. Fully trust what He says. It’s the firmest foundation we could ever have. He is gentle and in Him we truly find rest. I have a page on my website where I have quicklinks to about 30 different prayer ministries across the U.S. and some international. I encourage you to share your needs. People will pray. We may feel like we are alone with Jesus but we really are part of the family of God through His Son Jesus Messiah. I pray you’ll receive strong encouragement in just the way you need it.

Hope S
Hope S
February 9, 2016 8:00 PM

Dave- you are so right! Its all about his love for us and he knows me better than I know myself, I forget that he understands. I always heard such an emphasis on the doom and fire and brimstone and if you mess up you are doomed to hell. If you dont measure up, youre a goner but I didnt hear much about his love or mercy at all. I never really thought of him as a kind and loving father that is patient; never knew that his love was so intense and didnt stop. I am trying to understand and really grasp his love along with his grace and mercy. I tell you, this Z3 family has been such a blessing to me. I was feeling so alone in my walk, in persecution and in my pain but I am learning more about his love every day. I will check your website out as well, there is nothing better than prayer!

Thank you.

Rachel Baxter
February 8, 2016 11:02 PM

Thank you Joanie for sharing your dream and interpretation. This blessed me greatly.

Christina January
February 8, 2016 10:18 PM
Joanie, God bless you. Thank you for sharing this dream and the timing is amazing which I believe is a confirmation of a message I received by the Holy Spirit last Friday. I too, believe with all my heart that our Father is calling to His children. Let us pray and surrender our will and plans to our Father. Let us be open and eager to hear what He wants to say to us and what He wants to do in and through us to accomplish His greater purpose. I believe it is vital to allow Him our submission and fully give ourselves unto Him in these days. Let us pray that we may be the Lord’s chosen instrument in His handiwork. Let us pray that He equip us and prepare us for the assignment He has ordained for us. Let us seek Him fervently and wait upon Him. Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Acts 9:10-16: In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to… Read more »