Dream a Little Dream
God has always delighted greatly in communicating with His children through out history. Typically our main source of communication comes through prayer and reading the Word, yet God can and will use other ways to speak and direct people. Another source in which God speaks is through the avenue of dreams. Yes that’s right, even in sleep our spirit can encounter the supernatural and receive direction from the throne of God. Throughout the chapters of the Bible we see many accounts where people were visited by God through the medium of dreams. In both the Old and New Testament dreams are mentioned over a hundred times as a source and means by which God speaks to men. In fact, the book of Acts clearly states that in the last days there will be an outpouring of dreams, so it is evident that God has more to say to us concerning our destinies in this day and age and He wants to use dreams to articulate His message to us. “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction” (Job 33:14-16)
Websters dictionary defines a dream as a series of thoughts, images, or emotions that appear in our mind during sleep. There are four main purposes that I have seen through scripture in which God uses dreams to communicate:
- To reveal revelation to those standing in a Prophetic Office. (Num. 12:6)
- To reveal divine purpose and destiny for our lives. (Gen. 37:5-8)
- To counsel and advise leaders, kings, and presidents of certain coming world circumstances. (Gen. 41:1-8)
- To release impartation to step into a greater dimension of power and authority. (1 Kings 3:5-15)
Personally, I am not one who dreams very often, but on the rare occasion that I do, God seems to send me a message either for my personal life or for the corporate body of Christ. Recently while spending some time with my family in the mountains God visited me in a dream that I know will bear witness with many. It carries great significance for where we are heading in the coming days as God is awakening this generation to a fresh outpouring of the Spirit.
On Friday, June 28, early in the morning hours I was taken into a dream. In this dream I found myself in an old church lobby that I recognized from my childhood. It was an Assembly of God church where, as a youth, I had first experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. As I stood there remembering what God had done for me so many years ago, in walked two sharply dressed preachers in black suits. I immediately recognized them as prominent healing revivalists from the past that God had used mightily in America.
Looking around as though they were searching for someone or something they turned to see me standing there. With eager excitement on both of their faces they approached me to engage in what I believed was going to be a conversation. To my utter astonishment, standing before me was the late great R.W. Schambach, and his predecessor the man of faith and power, A.A. Allen. Without a word spoken between us they embraced me in a hug and immediately began to pray with great fervency.
Their prayer was that of sanctification, consecration, and impartation not for me alone, but for the Church and this generation of preachers. A prayer that our faith would not fail in these difficult times and that God would once again grant to us a sweeping revival across this great nation. As they prayed, such surges of power swept through my body, that I began to cry and shake violently. I felt as though I could take no more. So much revelation was being conveyed during these moments, and yet I was still able to hear every word as it released power and impartation into my spirit man.
Even as I write this I can hear their voices resound inside me, as though they were praying once again. Every point of the prayer was articulated with Holy Spirit precision, perfection, and power. Suddenly I was awakened in my bed with the tangible power and presence of the Holy Spirit all over my body. While there is much symbolism that I could touch on, after much prayer I have concluded that the Lord would have me share four significant points of interest within the prayer and dream that have prophetic instruction and edification for us as we come into what I believe is a season of fresh visitation for us both individually as well as corporately.
A Voice of Healing Returns
During the prayer both Brother Allen and Brother Schambach prayed that God would release great faith and boldness for miracles to this generation. They prayed that we would stand on their shoulders and push into greater realms of supernatural power and see things they never saw during their lifetimes. One of the greatest points that I believe God was trying to get across through this dream is that we are on the verge of a fresh move of the Spirit across this country. In this hour God is releasing mantles of faith from previous generations to all those who will receive them.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)
One thing is very clear; these two men represent not only the faith of a past generation, but also one of the greatest times of revival to ever take place in this nation. A revival that not only touched one special location within our country, but spread across this great land to many of our wonderful towns and cities. There is a reemergence of what I call the revival road. Along this road are cities where God will move in the coming days with great campaigns of revival and healing as He did in the past.
“Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35:3-8)
Here is a list of seven cities that were deposited within my spirit as cities of revival and healing during the dream:
- Detroit, MI
- Dallas, TX
- St. Louis, MO
- Birmingham, AL
- Chicago, IL
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Philadelphia, PA
The Miracle Is In The Valley
During the life of A.A. Allen, God blessed him with a wonderful ministry center in Arizona which he named Miracle Valley. Over the years this place has seen great devastation, but I believe God is going to restore that land to its former glory and it will stand as a memorial and monument of what He did in our nation. Likewise, some that are reading this have experienced devastation over the past few years in their personal life both spiritually and physically. A place of bareness. A time of living in the valley. This is what many have been feeling. As if their spiritual warfare will not end. While in the dream, God conveyed this message of hope and strength to those who are weary in well doing:There is a miracle in your valley!
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)
Some have felt like they have dug themselves into a hole of despair that they can't get out of. Depression has come in and left some hopeless in this season. I want to tell you that what seems to be a valley of dry bones and death will, in this next six months, become a valley of miracles. The miracles that are coming your way will catch your enemies by surprise! Get ready for God to fill your ditch!
“And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.” (2 Kings 3:16-18)
The Hearts Of The Fathers Turn To The Sons
It is well known that during Brother Schambach's life he was mentored and imparted to by Brother Allen. As a young man R.W. worked so closely with Allen that many believe that he received Allan's miracle mantle after he went to be with the Lord in 1970. Much like Elijah passed his mantle to his younger apprentice Elisha right before he was caught away into heaven. R.W. received something special from A.A. Allen. As previously mentioned, I believe there is once again a passing of the mantle to this generation, but I also believe something else is taking place in this hour. In the dream R.W. appeared to be a young man who was working with Brother Allen. There was a love and friendship you could feel that they had for one another as they prayed and prophesied in the dream. You could feel that they truly honored each other even though you could see that A.A. Allen was older and seemed to be training R.W. for the ministry. The Bible says in Malachi,
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
The anointing of Elijah is one that connects Fathers and Sons in the unity of the faith. There is a real blessing coming to ministries and Spiritual Fathers who will honor and work with their sons in this season. The Bible says that one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand. You will see in the coming days more revivals that have older, seasoned Ministers working with younger Evangelists. The harvest that is coming is mighty and we need the passion of the young mixed with experience of the mature to bring it in. Heaven is certainly counting on our generation to see this come to pass!
Unity In The Assembly Of The Saints
One of A.A. Allen's greatest accomplishments in ministry was breaking down racial barriers and segregation by allowing all races and colors to worship God under the same tent. In fact, he was one of the first Caucasian ministers to have an all African-American choir during his tent revivals. In an hour where there was great tension in America over race, he broke through and pioneered a multicultural church and made it normal for all colors and cultures to worship and praise God under one roof. He would even address racial issues during his preaching, calling for the preachers to stand up for the truth of God's Word that all people are equal in the sight of our Creator.
While we have come far in the breakdown of racial barriers. One of A.A. Allen's prayers in my dream was that we would become even more united in the Church. That God would indeed break down every wall of segregation in our hearts. While I know in part he was addressing the issue of race I believe he meant more then just the color of our skin. I believe he was praying for unity across denominational lines as well; that the church would be united as a whole with one sole purpose and that Jesus Christ would be glorified in the earth. I believe God is emphasizing this point of unity right now to take us beyond where we have been. In the coming days look for more churches to be crossing denominational lines and cross pollinating as God shatters the walls of separation that have held us in for too long, keeping us ineffective for His Kingdom.
Pointing to the Future
In closing, I believe this dream communicates to us God's intentions to bless us in the near future with a fresh move of God. Heaven has a divine plan and purpose for this country and I know we are heading in the right direction. Many have been prophesying and declaring a coming Third Great Awakening here in the United States. My prayer is that this would be more confirmation to those who have been praying for this great nation and that what we have been proclaiming will come to pass. Let us have faith that our prophetic declarations and dreams are becoming reality in this season, in Jesus name.