I had two dreams last summer after Anne Graham Lotz called for a week of prayer for the United States. The week of prayer began the end of June and ended July 4th, 2014.
That same July 4th weekend I had two dreams. Both dreams pertained to the church in the last days and God was kind enough to give me a clear picture of at least part of what He expects from us. I will now give you the second dream and its interpretation. If you thought the first one about the revival wave was tough–well, brace yourself.
I had a dream. I was standing in a vestibule of a church, the area where people gather before and after church. There were five or six respected elders, all men, standing in the vestibule. The men were dressed in suits and ties and they told a gathering of women to follow them. The women dressed up as well and were of all ages, 20’s to 80’s, and they were known as strong godly women in the church.
I was a watcher in the dream. I saw the elders lead the group of women out of the vestibule, down a long hallway, up a few stairs, down another hallway, and then down a longer flight of stairs into the church basement. They went into the large basement area which had a gray cement floor and was empty except for the large metal beams that held up the framework. I stood at the doorway and watched.
The elders went into a side room on the left and told the women to wait there. The women naturally fell into line, eager to be a part of whatever God had for them with these trusted elders.
A couple of the elders came out and chose one of the women and directed her to go into the side room. They closed the door behind them. The other women looked at one another–baffled as to why any of them were there.
I jumped a little. I thought, Surely that was a file cabinet that fell down in there.
A few of the elders came out, all dressed in business suits of course, but the woman did not follow them. They approached another woman in line. One of them said, “You’re next.”
The woman looked hesitantly at her friends beside her. She nodded and followed the men into the side room. I watched the reaction of the other women in line. They looked puzzled. I wondered why the elders didn’t just tell them why they were all down there.
It was quiet for a minute.
Shock snaked down my spine. The women in line jumped.
A young woman at the end of the line had broken away by this time and stood in front of me talking. She was sharing her personal trials with me and thanked me repeatedly for truly listening to her. I wanted to listen to her and help her, but I saw that we had a larger problem in hand.
Another dear sister in the Lord to me, Becky, broke away from the line as this young woman talked to me. (Becky was the only person I knew in this dream and I didn’t see her until this moment). I nodded at Becky. I thought she must be a wise sister who is pretending to go to the bathroom. I prayed to God that she would get out of there and I waited a few seconds to give her time to escape.
The men walked out of the side room again. This time they approached a young pretty woman in her 20’s. Three of them gathered around her as if a consensus was needed. One of them said, “Your brother is on our worship team and we like him a lot. We don’t want to upset him. We have decided that you may go.”
The young woman quickly and nervously walked toward a door on the other side of the basement.
The men called another woman to go inside. The young woman in front of me kept talking and I signaled her to stop. I tried to hear God in all the confusion, but it wasn’t easy. I was about to step into the room and stop the massacre. I knew I would be putting my life on the line to try to intervene, but it was right, and I knew God was with me. He allowed me to see this. I started to go inside the room and I woke up.
There are strong, faithful, holy women (and men) of God who’ve contributed in many ways to their local church. Intercessors, Sunday School teachers, worship leaders, secretaries, administrative assistants, and Bible teachers who’ve sweetly invested sacrificial hours upon hours of their time and energy into their local church. As these women become stronger and stronger in the Lord, there are church leaders who’ve become threatened by their successes or even jealous of their rapport with church members or their influence with the pastor of the church. These “elders” would rather eliminate these women so they can “do church” their way.
Now, before you think I’m way out there somewhere, I can tell you that the few women I’ve shared this dream with so far have told me in tears that they knew exactly what this dream meant before I interpreted it. How did David say it?
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (Psalm 41:9)
Both of these dreams came at the end of the strong week of prayer for an awakening in the United States of America. Each dream is a warning. Think of it this way–if you were God and you saw your holy daughters treated in this way, would you keep quiet or would you warn your household?