My Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

If I be lifted up from the earth……………..

John 12:32 NIV84 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

In the above verse Jesus laid the ground work for evangelism.  The apostle Paul got this when he speaks to the church  at Corinth where he told them,  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV842 If there was anyone who could have used his knowledge to impress and wow people it was Paul. Paul further states in the same chapter , My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power ,1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NIV844, . Again Paul says , 1 Corinthians 1:17 NIV8417 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power,1 Corinthians 1:17 NIV8417. Look at what Paul says about all his knowledge he obtained at the feet of Gamaliel, Israel’s foremost rabbinical scholar of that time.

though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith Philippians 3:4-9 NIV84.

Can you imagine going to college, amassing a wealth of knowledge, being regarded as a brilliant scholar by your peers and others  only to get knocked off your high horse as Paul was and get such a revelation of the risen Christ that you would count all your training and education as rubbish?

Let’s look at another example from the book of Acts when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin for healing a lame man and preaching about Jesus.  When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13. Here lies the credentials for ministry, if people can tell that you have been with Jesus, that is worth more than all the theological degrees one could possibly amass in a lifetime in fact you can had all the degrees you want but if you don’t have the “heat” of the Holy Spirit they don’t amount to much. With that said, I want to share 2 visions that the Lord gave me.

A Vision of Preachers and the Cross of Christ

I had a very tragic vision on 07/25/2010. In the vision I could see many preachers, their pulpits
were lined up next to each other,they were very learned men, some were in suits and some were in robes,and they were preaching to a
very large …congregation . The eyes of everyone in the congregation and their attention were on these preachers. In back of these preachers I could see Jesus on the cross. Not one of the preachers ever mentioned the cross in his preaching and no one in the congregation ever looked at the cross, their eyes were on the preachers and they were attentive to the “wisdom” that was being taught by them.

People tend to worship and be attracted to man’s wisdom. I am not by any means saying that pursing knowledge is a bad thing. However, when knowledge takes the place of the cross of Christ, then it becomes another god because it is detracting away from Jesus. In fact, the word, “Antichrist”, literally an opposer of Christ or one who usurps the place of Christ. How many Christians go to hear a preacher because of his wisdom, his charisma, the size of his following, the worship band, the church programs, and maybe lastly because he’s been with Jesus.

This is from an excerpt of the book, The Pastor Has No Clothes.
I met an expressive woman the other day
Whose passion blew me away.
Tears filled her eyes as she praised;
By Her admiration and Love, I sat amazed.
She Proclaimed a solid faith and undying trust.
With so much love I thought she would combust.
She had a great passion I’d never seen before,
But when she said,”my pastor”, I nearly fell on the floor.
The whole time her heart outpoured
I thought she was speaking of Jesus Christ our Lord
If we want to see the gospel of the kingdom reach the lost, then we need to preach the cross. It seems to have become old school to preach the cross but any other gospel is just that, an other gospel. You can’t separate the cross from the gospel for to do so makes it no gospel at all.   If the cross was preached and Jesus lifted up  you could do away with all the church programs, the fancy worship band, and other things that have replaced the cross of Christ to attract and retain people because when Jesus is lifted up and not an individual, or a denomination , He promises to draw all men to himself. And, when His word is preached, He promises to confirm it by showing up and showing off. The disciples spread the Good News everywhere. The Lord worked with them. He confirmed His word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it. (Mar 16:20)
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3 thoughts on “If I be lifted up from the earth……………..

  1. Marsha on said:

    Hi Tony,

    It was all done on the cross. The Lord did what we can not do, pay for our sins on the cross. The problem we have today with preachers, is they water down the message from Bible Words. I am not their judge, the Lord is. All these people that flood to the churches just to hear a man preach, have a evil religionist spirit, and that is how that Satan is deceiving them. By men that do not preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus, and talks only about things to possess, if we live right. How many so called evangelist preach just prosperity, and not what He did for us.
    The only way to really grasp what He wants us to know, is to read the Bible daily, His Word is living and health to us. We both read it for 2-3 hours first thing in the morning, and pray.

    My husband has taught a bible class now for 35 years at our church. Where people use to love to learn, now they just want the milk and not the meat. But when some younger couples (25 to 36 years old) came and ask us to come and teach them, we have. So far we have taught them about the body, soul and spirit, how we all have these three, and how they relate to one another in a saved person, and also how the relate in a lost person. The next class I taught was on Spiritual Warfare. I have been in the spiritual deliverance ministry for 30 years. They now know what is out there and that it is a spiritual battle everyday to keep ourselves away from sin and closer to the Lord of our Life. They learned to ask for wisdom and understanding from the Lord Jesus, and how to discern what is good and bad. Their spiritual eyes and ears have been open to the things of God. Now we are teaching the book of Romans, and next the book of Daniel.

    We by all the spiritual signs are coming to the end of the church age. There right now is a apostasy going on in many churches. One because they to not hear the Word as written, they get nothing but opinions about what it says. It says what it means and nothing else. They try to put their own interruption on it and that is not what it is about. So many little stories, that do not pertain to the gospel message.

    My husband and I have had the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We are not Pentecostal, we are Christians first, and we go to a Baptist Church. The Lord has us there as a remnant to let the people know the truth, because it will set you free. Most of the people that call me for help, are Christian’s, that have fallen into sin and have allowed evil spirits to enter, and sometimes controlling spirits. It is not I that delivers them, it is the power of the Holy Spirit of God that does it. I do not ask in my name, only in the Lord Jesus Christ to come and set them free. I have not seen any unanswered yet. He is so good, and so many people fall away from the church, because the cross, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are not being taught.

    I have had end time dreams, because I asked God a question. “What will the end be like?” He answered me this way, first I set up in the middle of the night for no reason in bed, and I had the vision of the Words, Ezekiel 38. I had not look at those verses yet. But I did the next day. Many people confuse Ezekiel 38 as a separate war, for the end time. But it is not, it is the description of Armageddon at the end of the tribulation. This dream happened 30 years ago.

    When He gave me a dream: I was standing in the middle of a large city on the street. There were no cars anywhere, and no people anywhere, and the sky looked like it was on fire, but I did not feel the heat from it. Then all at once, this women came up to me and grabbed my arm and said, “come with me we have a job for you,” then a man came and grabbed my other arm and said, ” no she is coming to work for me”. They pulling on both my arms, and I said, NO. I am not suppose to be here. Both of them were sweating like they were hot, but I was cool as could, be.
    What He showed me was this, when so many people die from pestilence, war, and the wrath of God, that there will be absolutely not many left here. Jobs will be everywhere, because the rapture has occurred and all that believed in Christ will be already gone. He allowed me to see into the future, and it made quite an impression. Like I said, the sky was on fire, and no one could be found around the streets, it was desolate, and looked like it would explode anytime.

    Well I have other events to tell you but later.
    Marsha

  2. I too have had end time dreams and they are scary dreams of war famine.

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