“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28).

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Brescia, Italy – May 23, 2016: Brescia – The painting of Apocalyptic vision The courtesan Babylon sitting on the dragon in church Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista by Grazio Cossali.

I shared a vision and a word in Babylon the Great, and as the title suggests, this post is a continuation. As I wrote previously, the first account was a vision I received several years ago, and the second, for a lack of a better explanation, was a word I received recently. If I am not mistaking, I had been walking around with that vision for going on eight years now, and it was wonderful to finally be able to make it public, because I have always found it to be so encouraging. I recognize that the vision would have been incomplete without the accompanying word. All the pieces finally fell into place! God’s timing is perfect!

Please read Babylon the Great, if you haven’t already, and in the meantime, I thought I would take this opportunity to share a little background information.

A few years ago, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to pray with a friend and surrender to the Lord’s will for my life, and at that time, my friend shared a word of warning he received concerning me. If I pursued this course, then I would experience some of the greatest joys of my life, while also experiencing some of the greatest pain, and to date, his warning has held true. I often find myself mystified by the fact that one can experience the very peace of God, hear His voice, and to be given the faith to even drive out demons, while, other times, go to such dark and lonesome places that it takes all my faith just to hold on, but all the while, realizing the Lord has actually been holding on to me. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28). This night was a critical point in my walk.

After some time passed, I dreamt that I was standing in a dark place and saw a Bible sitting on a pedestal in front of me. I opened the Bible, and the brightest light shined from within its pages, yet it didn’t hurt to look. I began to rip out pages, one after the other, as someone starved, and ate them. The pages tasted sweet and satisfied my hunger. I was filled, and then the dream ended. To the best of my recollection, this dream was a precursor; the first of many dreams and visions and other spiritual encounters to come. I have not yet received the words to adequately share most of them, while others may not have been meant to be shared at all, but I have been able to record and write about many in this blog. Because of the nature of the spiritual realm, it would be easy to embellish, and interject my own interpretations and biases; therefore, I proceed cautiously and prayerfully; I devote time to scripture (1 John 4:1-6). My observation has been that the Holy Spirit does not necessarily move in chronological order while weaving a tapestry over time. What I see are glimpses much like blurred reflections in a mirror; images that my puny brain can comprehend.

For those who are skeptical of things like words and visions and dreams, within a prophetic context, I agree that you’re wise to be skeptical. There are ministries and ministers popping up like weeds, with people claiming to be prophets and apostles and whatever other title one can bestow. God promises to pour out His Spirit in the last days (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17), indeed, but Jesus also warned that the enemy would be sending emissaries as well (Matthew 7:15). I praise God that He sometimes speaks to me through visions, dreams, and by various words, and I keep saying that nothing I have ever received is new; the Bible is already written, and God has always spoken to me through, and according to, His Word. I look forward to sharing more as the Holy Spirit permits.

I often ask to question, “Why me?” I’m neither a preacher, nor a teacher. I’m really nothing special. But God reminds me that it isn’t about me; it’s about Him and His plan. He reminds me of Abraham, of David, of Peter and Paul, then He reminds me that I am the man I am in Jesus Christ, not the man I am in the flesh. I gotta remember that! I am grateful God is transforming me everyday; conforming me into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). God literally turned my world upside down one evening (An account not yet shared), and nothing has been the same ever since. “What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness” (Romans 4:3-5).

I had wanted to record my spiritual journey in the Lord for some time, and although it hasn’t always been easy, my heart delights in the undertaking God has set before me. Back when I set out writing, I just assumed that my readership would consist primarily of relatives, church family, and friends, but as it turned out, very few people I know have probably ever read a single word; instead, most of my readers hail from across the United States and the world. How cool it is to connect with people about Jesus who live all over the world! What a gift! The Great Commission!

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