Hello, brothers and sisters in the Lord. After a long time, I had a dream, just before waking up in the morning on March 11, 2018. And I got an interpretation too. I wish to share this dream with you all.
In the dream, I was attending a church service, and I was impeccably dressed. Sometime during the service, the priest who was standing as an assistant to the main priest who was conducting the service turned; he looked directly at me and spoke into the microphone. [I don’t remember his exact words, but they were along the following lines.]
Mr. Sujit Thomas, this kind of behavior is not acceptable within the church. What you are doing is not right.
I wasn’t aware of what I was doing wrong until I looked at my shoes and saw drops of urine dripping down my left shoe. [Either the drops were making a noise that was disturbing the service or they had formed a puddle around my feet, which was probably noticed by someone who alerted the priest. I don’t know how the priest knew, and I don’t think it is important.] Only then did I realize that I’d wet my pants, but it was puzzling to me as to how this could have happened because I didn’t have the urge to go to the restroom nor did I know that I was actually wetting my pants until the priest spoke.
I should have been embarrassed and should have sought to leave the scene quickly and quietly. Instead, I stepped forward to the priest and spoke to him.
“And perhaps you should also announce to the congregation that if they feel compelled to leave in the middle of a service due to an emergency like this, they should do so without feeling guilty or condemned for it.”
The priest did not say anything in return, and I then woke up.
Personal thoughts: I got the interpretation for this dream as I began recording it. And I was praying in the Spirit as I recorded it. The interpretation came—more in bits and pieces than altogether. I asked the Lord if the dream and the interpretation were from him. I believe he said yes, so the interpretation follows. Please pray over what I share.
The church service I was attending represented the modern traditional religious system. And the priests conducting the service represented its ministers. I represented the members of the system.
I was impeccably dressed. In spiritual terms, I believe this means that I had a form of godliness. The fact that I wet my pants in the dream without knowledge of it points to the fact that I was suffering from urinary incontinence and was unaware of it. Basically, my body was internally damaged, and I had no knowledge of it. I believe, in spiritual terms, this means that though I had a form of godliness, it was not true godliness because my spiritual man or inner man was damaged.
Why was I unaware of the problem?
I believe the church I was attending in the dream prohibited or frowned upon leaving a service in the middle of it even if my body were screaming “Emergency!” And because I’d become so accustomed to disregarding the voice of my body and listening instead to the prohibitions of the man-made religious system, I’d effectively dulled my senses and had become incapable of discerning when my body was in trouble.
Spiritually, I believe, this means that if I attend a man-made traditional religious system contrary to the voice of the Holy Spirit and allow the traditions and rules of that system to drown out any warnings from the Holy Spirit, I will end up damaging my inner man, so much so that all my spiritual senses will be dulled, and therefore, I will be rendered incapable of recognizing any spiritual danger.
Apparently after the symptoms of my urinary incontinence manifested, I’d become aware that I was in trouble and perhaps also of the reason why I hadn’t acted to correct the problem earlier: that I’d allowed the voices of the man-made religious system to drown out the voice of my body (i.e., in spiritual terms, the Holy Spirit). My speech to the priest effectively meant that the religious leaders of this day should tell the congregation to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit when he tells them to leave and that they should allow people to leave the institutionalized religious system without burdening them with guilt and condemnation for doing so.
Spiritually, it also seems that in the dream neither the religious system nor its leaders nor the members within realized that my urinary incontinence was because my following the system had damaged my body. They couldn’t discern that my urinary incontinence was a sign of internal damage and judged it only as “bad behavior.” So I was rebuked for “bad behavior” by the priest.
But the truth according to Scripture is that if we are clean on the inside, we will be clean on the outside also (Matt. 23:26). If we are damaged and dirty on the inside, then we may look good on the outside, but our hypocrisy will be evident to those who are spiritually awake (Matt. 23:27–28). And many people may not realize how damaged they are within unless that damage manifests on the outside.
The scriptural parallel came after I received the interpretation as I continued to pray in the Spirit. I did not have any scripture for my dream when I woke up, but then as I prayed in the Spirit, I felt that this dream paralleled the Israelites in Egypt along the following lines:
The traditional religious church system is a symbol of Egypt.
The priests of this church system symbolize Pharaoh.
I am representative of modern-day believers in bondage to this church system like the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt.
Just like me in the dream and the Israelites in Egypt, the modern-day believers in the traditional religious system are broken from within (Exod. 6:9).
Just like the Lord told the Egyptian pharaoh to let his people go (Exod. 6:10), He is telling the modern-day religious leaders to let His people go.
The Egyptian pharaoh felt the Israelites were slacking off from making bricks (Exod. 5:8) or indulging in “bad behavior,” and he rebuked them (Exod. 5:17) without realizing or admitting that it was his cruel system of slavery that had broken their spirits, similar to how the priest in the dream rebuked me. So is the case with modern-day believers being rebuked by religious leaders for their spiritual brokenness without realizing that it is the perpetuation of a man-made religious system instead of a Spirit-led life that has precipitated their spiritual brokenness.
So I believe the Lord is telling the religious leaders of this day, “Let my people go.”
And I believe He is telling His people, “Come out of Egypt, and follow Me to the Promised Land.”
A personal note of caution (to myself as well as everybody else): Take care to not perish in the wilderness because of unbelief.
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.