Dreams. Visions. The words have a mystical quality, hinting at things mysterious, wondrous and prophetic. Dreams and visions indicate that there is more going on here than meets the eye.
In the Book of Joel, God declared that He would pour out His Holy Spirit in a mighty way, making prophets of ordinary people. God promised dreams and visions to people of all walks of life. Sons and daughters. Old men, young men and women. In that future time, a prophet would not be a wild man crying out in the wilderness, but someone as common as your next door neighbor.
I believe we’re living in the most exciting era in history. The time written of in the Bible by Joel and many other ancient prophets. The Day of the Lord. The End of the Age. The Glorious Return of Jesus Christ.
Sound too melodramatic? Perhaps, but it’s difficult to overplay the culmination of human history.
I’m one of the ordinary people Joel wrote about almost three thousand years ago. I’m a lawyer in a rural parish in Northeast Louisiana. I have a beautiful wife, two kids, a cat and a mortgage. By nature and training I’m skeptical. I like proof, something I can put my hands on. And I’m certainly not a doomsday watcher, but beginning on December 20, 1995, I experienced Joel’s prophecy firsthand. I went to sleep that night never realizing a dream would change my life forever. God’s promise of dreams became a reality for me.
The dream began in an ordinary way. I stood outside my home in the front yard, raking leaves near a tall magnolia tree. Dark gray clouds packed the sky. Suddenly a transparent red cloud appeared, huge and circular, like a gigantic pillar. It was positioned past a grove of trees directly over the local cemetery. Thousands of lights glowed inside the reddish cloud, swirling upward like a swarm of fireflies. As I looked closer, I realized that it wasn’t fireflies. People were rising up into the clouds!
“Oh, my God! Jesus is coming,” I said.
As soon as I had spoken these words, I shot upwards into the sky, and the clouds parted, the heavens opening up above me, like something out of a Stephen Spielberg movie. Bright white light enveloped me. Joy radiated through me as if I were caught in the torrent of a mighty river of bliss. It was the greatest feeling of my life.
Think of your happiest moment. Perhaps it’s the birth of a child, your wedding day, a thrilling victory in sports, a spiritual experience, or just a sunny day when you felt completely alive. Multiply that by a hundredfold, and it’ll give you a tiny idea of the delight I had. For the briefest second, I experienced pure joy.
Just as quickly, I was awake, my heart pounding in my chest as if it were going to explode. I felt electrified, every nerve tingled with excitement. I tried to catch my breath.
What in the world had just happened to me?
As I lay in bed, a myriad of emotions flooded my senses. Joy at what I had experienced. Anger that it had not been real. The experience was so vivid it was hard to believe that it had only been a dream. Surprise at how quickly it had all happened. I was just raking leaves. Then the red cloud, the white light and the absolutely incredible feeling of love and peace.
I also felt fear. What did this dream mean? What was God saying to me? Was I supposed to become some type of modern-day prophet? I didn’t want to be one. I liked my life and didn’t want it to change. Then I became afraid. Had this really just happened to me?
As these thoughts raced through my head, a Bible verse echoed in my mind:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” (Luke 2:10)
For those who believe, the Return of Christ isn’t something to be feared. It is something that should bring us joy.
BEHOLD MY FRIENDS, THE KING IS COMING!
Author: David Doughty
David Doughty is an attorney and former Assistant District Attorney from Rayville, Louisiana. He has written five books published by Joy Publishing. The LORD has given him revelations to help prepare the way for the return of Jesus Christ. He believes he is a Watchman to give warning to our people. His website is DavidpDoughty.com
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