I am sure the book title ‘…And God Chose Dreams’ caught your attention because you have been experience more dreams lately? I have surveyed numerous people and found that I am able to quickly grab their attention by asking the question ‘Have you had any dreams or visions lately?’ Each person was immediately drawn into my question and surprised by my asking them this question. I have been asking this specific question because I realize the timeframe we are living in aligns with scriptural evidence that people will be having more dreams and visions.
The majority of the people I have surveyed have all stated they have recently had very specific, repeatable, and/or vivid dreams. A small percentage of the people I asked could not remember any dreams, but came back to me within days and stated that they had a dream since I asked them. All the people that I asked and/or that came back to me inquired how I knew they were having or going to have a dream. I started sharing with them the scriptural evidence that in the last days of the church-age people would begin to dream more frequently. The next step with these individuals was to share more of the Gospel and what God’s Word stated about dreams. This recent activity has allowed me to share more of God’s word with people who have been drawn into my explanation of scripture; which was personalized for them. I have never witnessed such a great means to begin to personalize the gospel.
After my informal study, I started asking many more people including my wife and children if they have been having dreams on a regular basis. I stand amazed that this simple question has allowed me to experienced some of the greatest talks with my daughters, and others, simply based on their dreams and how personal they were to them. It is as if people are waiting for someone to ask them what is happening inside their heart and mind. Possibly God has a reason for this, and thus He chose dreams!
I have found myself sharing with people that dreams are more normal in our present day than most people can comprehend. I share with them that dreaming has been a powerful activity throughout history and so recorded in scripture. In fact scripture shares the word ‘Dream’ over 165 times. Before I start telling them about the great men and women in scripture who dreamed, I share the following two powerful evidences that help put their mind at ease. 1). Acts 2:17-18 states ‘And in the last days it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.’ And 2) Daniel 12: 4 states ‘But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.’ People generally have responded with one of two replies: 1. That’s right, I forgot that scripture states this. and/or 2) Wow I never knew that, but it makes sense now that you mention it.
The passage in Daniel 12:4 is interesting as Daniel was having dreams and visions prior to God making the statement that he was to seal up the dreams (words) until the end of the time. This indicates that the dreams would be revealed and shared when we reach the end of time. We may not be at the very end of time, but we are closer than ever before; therefore dreams should be expected and anticipated as a sign that we are nearing the end.
I have often wondered if God uses dreams in our present day to help get our attention. We are so busy most of the time; that perhaps God whispers in our ears while we are sleeping. This way we can’t put him off for another day. In fact later on in the book you will learn that dreams are exactly that; God’s way of whispering in our ear to help and guide us. What an amazing God!!
I understand there are many nay-sayers reading this who are worried that dreams are spooky and could be influenced by satan, or last night’s pizza talking. Let me challenge you by reminding you that God’s Word does not lie! Also, you should be more considered with the we