I shuttered at the dream I had on June 10, 2015. It contained a theme of warning and strategic instruction from the Lord, regarding terror plots ISIS has for American soil. I cannot say how literal you should take the dream, but it’s filled with meaningful symbols which speak much. I’ve spent an entire year on this writing trying to discern its meaning. However, please discern for yourselves.
There are three parts to this writing. Parts I and II include the dream. Most of the interpretive focus is on Part II. Part III includes Spirit-led take-home points and a prophetic vision.
Job 33:15-18 (Complete Jewish Bible)
15 “In a dream, in a vision at night, when slumber falls upon people, as they sleep in their beds, 16 he opens people’s ears and seals the matter with a warning, 17 to turn a person away from his action and protect a man from pride, 18 so that he will keep himself away from the pit and from perishing by the sword.”
The Dream—PART I:
The dream takes place on a US college campus–I’m with friend and fellow student, Meaghan. We sit at the top portion of our classroom. Class ends; it’s about 11PM. Before descending the stairs to exit, we linger to chat about her helping me find my parked white car. As we leave, the next class starts. A different professor begins his lecture. He reads a scripture from the New Testament. He shames us publically because he thinks we’re walking out on his class. He says something like, “That’s EXACTLY what this scripture is talking about.”
It has to do with people hearing the Word (God’s truth), shutting their ears and walking away.
Meaghan addresses the accusation matter-of-fact, “This ISN’T our class.” She’s absolutely right. We completed our class; there’s no need for us to be here.
Realizing the professor is in error, some students in his class begin to support us. “Yeah! The teacher’s missing the entire point!” they yell.
The scholar quickly defends himself. He says something like, “Well, we’re going to address ALL religions (in my class.)” He naively thinks this to be a good thing, for he believes all religions lead to one God. He begins to name many well-known religions.
(John 14:8– ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’ AMP)
(*Note: I asked Meaghan for an interpretation. She writes, “I remember when you told us about your dream, we prayed afterward and I remember feeling emboldened to speak God’s truth, which is victory over evil! As I read it now, Part I seems to be about the school of Christ that we are disciples of. I think this discipleship speaks of others as well. It is a discipleship that is sealed with His blood. There is no need to be “schooled” by anything or anyone else for we have the Holy Spirit who is always teaching us.
There are false prophets who demand our attention and even belittle us as we ignore their teaching, wanting us to believe we are in the wrong or doubt the school of Christ that we already belong to. The only task we have in this scenario is to continue to “walk out of their classes.”)
The Dream—PART II:
Meaghan and I exit. Outside sits a small wooden stand. It’s enclosed on all sides, except for the front. I walk in and see an upright map of the United States of America posted on a board. Christian friend, Jeff, is staring at the map; he’s horrified at what he sees. ISIS has come in the night and left their mark! With their own fingers they smeared human blood on certain areas of the map. Texas is outlined in blood. Also, a diagonal smear starting in the D.C. area and runs south-west; it stops, maybe halfway to Texas.
(*Note: Now that I’ve looked at an actual map in my awakened state, it seems like the smear STARTS in the Maine region, NOT D.C., and ends closer to D.C. So, I’m not certain which locations to go with as far as interpretation, if indeed it’s to be taken literally. However, my SENSE is to go with what I believed to be the starting point of the bloodstain in the dream—D.C.)
Instinctively, I know these are ISIS’s targeted areas. How brazen of them to come to a public place and flaunt their plans. This move reveals they are haughty, unafraid and blood-thirsty. They want to incite terror.
Jeff panics. He feels a weighty responsibility because he’s the FIRST to discover the threatening plans. He has no idea what to do.
(*Note: I believe Jeff represents the devoted followers of Jesus Christ—“the Church.” God may be revealing the devil’s desires to carry out evil through ISIS. God is giving the Church a “head’s up” so preventive action may be taken. In the dream scenario, the Church initially responds with fear and is largely unprepared to take action.)
Suddenly, wise friend, Judy, stands with us.
(*Note: I believe Judy represents the Holy Spirit who will counsel, console and advise Jeff (the Church.) John 14:16-17)
Judy (Holy Spirit) counsels, consoles and advises Jeff (the Church) regarding his (our) role in confronting ISIS.
Suddenly, just left of the map, a compartment in the wall opens. A US soldier in head-to-toe battle garb (he’s even wearing a gas mask) JUMPS out and runs STRONG into battle. He’s ready to address the enemy; he’s focused and fearless. I’m inspired! Immediately after him a SECOND soldier in the same battle gear emerges; it’s Jeff (the Church). He’s done whatever necessary to prepare himself. Now he’s bold and brave, too, and ready to fight FULL OUT, as God leads him in the power of Jesus.
PART III: Understanding the Dream
The dream concerned me. I prayed with a few friends about it. During prayer, the Spirit made me realize I had a HUGE fear of ISIS—I believed the terrorizing group to be insurmountable. But a second thought hit me: I had it all backward! Against our Mighty God, there is no contest. The dark spiritual forces BEHIND ISIS are terrified of Him, His Son, Jesus, and the Spirit-empowered soldiers of Jesus. Oh, now I see!
I confessed and repented of worshipping fear; I put God back on His throne. Anyone relate?
Also, the Spirit revealed I entertained a VICTIM MINDSET. What I mean is this—instead of remembering that in Christ I’m a VICTOR, I believe I’ll be decimated if I (we) come against the murderous force, ISIS (whether with direct physical confrontation or through prayer.) The victim mindset is crippling and causes me to bury my head in the sand. Therefore, I end up taking zero action; I don’t even ask God if I have a part in the fight (See Ephesians 6:10-20 below). This losing mindset hinders me (us) from engaging my (our) victorious identity in Christ, as His strong, brave fully-equipped soldier(s). I miss an opportunity to partner with God in thwarting the plans of the enemy! It could save lives!
I believe God is speaking a strong message to many. We are not civilians; we are not reservists; we are on ACTIVE spiritual military duty. We’re being CALLED UP! We’re being called to WAKE UP! We’re being called to the WINNING TEAM! It is an EXCITING THING! (See 2 Tim 2:3-4 below) What a revelation!
I’m reawakened to the reality of Christ’s power BLAZING in and through little ol’ me. I am not helpless. I am FILLED with His power. WE are filled with His power! And we have full permission to appropriate that power for His great purposes. (See Luke 10:17-20 below.)
As my friends and I prayed, a sense of victory overcame me. I was amazed our contribution to the fight could be so simple. Our “grenades” were our quiet, yet powerful prayers! We didn’t have to stress or strain. We even had JOY!
Nehemiah 8:10, “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
As I further contemplated the dream, a vision came to me. It was mighty and powerful. The crimson blood of Jesus—it swiped OVER the blood left on the map by the terrorists. Jesus’ holy blood “cancelled out” or blotted out the murderous blood. It signified to me that indeed, through prayer, among other things, enemy plans against the U.S. can be uncovered, dismantled and wiped out. They can be stopped.
© 2016 Cynthia Yagi, All rights reserved, use only with permission
Ephesians 6:10-20 (CJB)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Luke 10:17-20 (CJB)
17 The seventy came back jubilant. “Lord,” they said, “with your power, even the demons submit to us!” 18 Yeshua(Jesus) said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Remember, I have given you authority; so you can trample down snakes and scorpions, indeed, all the Enemy’s forces; and you will remain completely unharmed. 20 Nevertheless, don’t be glad that the spirits submit to you; be glad that your names have been recorded in heaven.”
2 Tim 2:3-4 (CJB)
3 Accept your share in suffering disgrace as a good soldier of the Messiah Yeshua. 4 No soldier on duty gets involved with civilian affairs, since he has to please his commanding officer.