I had a dream this morning of a theater. You had to climb up a steep ramp to enter a stadium-type building. It reminded me of a 360° Imax theater. The seating was very steep. In the front was a stage shaped like a half elliptical and the seating around it was like a horseshoe that wrapped around the sides of the stage. The stage had walls on each side (not the front) and sunk down below the seating, so anyone seated on the sides, though facing the stage, could see only the wall. I got stuck with a side seat in front of the wall, so I couldn’t see what was going on except by a very small screen that was set up for such a situation. The live performance was about the compassion of the church, but I could tell it was more than a performance; it was real. Some people in the dream were not on the stage; they were in the isle and were those the world would consider useless, disabled, or insane. In my dream, I remember such a boy, maybe around eight. He would have been considered insane or at least severely handicapped. He had no clothes on. That really struck me for some reason. He was lying on the floor in front of the stage and the first row of chairs (a somewhat narrow walkway). He was unable to speak, but he seemed perfectly in his right mind, for he dragged his body across the floor on his side toward me with a toy car, and immediately, I heard a bystander (whom I assumed to be one of the Christian workers) say, “He has just prophecied that the church is mobilized.” I was shocked that this person understood the boy with such confidence. I also thought, “Wow, even the most useless in earthly terms have a spiritual function in the church.” The show then abruptly ended. I thought to myself that it was short. I then rapidly left by the opposite exit, which was also a steep ramp, like a great big emergency slide you would see on an airplane, inflated by air. I was wearing a long skirt and feeling encumbered. I started searching for my friends with whom I came but couldn’t find them. Then, after a short while, I realized my feet felt funny. I looked down and realized I was wearing just pantyhose on my feet and no shoes. I rushed back to the theater, realizing I must have left them there. I found them by the seat where I had sat. They were sneakers. I thought that strange. I remembered why I had removed them. During the show, an announcement had been made to recline the seats briefly so that a step stool behind the seat would open up and enable the person behind to set his feet there. I remember a foot rest popped up when I reclined the seat, and I had taken off my shoes because I didn’t want to get it dirty.
The scene changed in my dream, and some policemen came in. They were armed and about to arrest a bunch of the people on stage. Then a boy came (I had this sense that he was same boy as in the first show, but here, he was perfectly whole, walking and talking). He effortlessly bound one of the policemen, took his gun, spoke aloud, “Safety on,” and stashed it in a back pack or waist pack the policeman had on. The policeman seemed like a doll, incapable of resisting. Then the boy sent him down the exit slide. The other policemen were also at the bottom (I didn’t see why), and there was no small commotion as to what happened. Yet strangely, none of the policemen acted angry. It was as if they had been changed to side with the Christians. Next thing I knew, I was at the bottom, and a person came to me, all emotional, and said, “Thank you for saving me.” And I replied, “Thank God.” I had no idea why, since I don’t recall doing anything in the dream. That is all I remember of the dream.
The theater represents the world stage on which the church is laboring. Everything that is happening in the church is in that theater. The spectators are angels and saints in the heavens, as well as members of the church. As dreams go, this did not make much sense (how are the actors also the spectators?), yet that is what I am being shown. I represent the church as a spectator in the dream. For the first scene in which I was seated on the side of the stage, I represent the church in the great majority of the church age. The church feels encumbered, as if facing a wall, unable to see much of what is happening from a heavenly perspective, feeling as if the enemy is winning. However, the church still is given a small glimpse of what is happening from a heavenly perspective. The TV screen represents the Scriptures given to the church to reveal the heavenly perspective. In the dream, as I sat there, what was crystal clear to me in the dream, because of the fact that it happened between the stage and the seating, and therefore right in front of me, was the fact that God was using even the most disabled and uneducated in the church to carry out His work involving spiritual gifts. In fact, these are the ones who are naked in their own ability and rely fully on the covering of Christ. “At that time Jesus declared, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will'” (Matthew 11:25-26). Throughout the entire history of the church, that has been the case. God’s truth has been upheld by the weak and the foolish from the standards of the elite. “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human beingmight boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord'” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). Furthermore, it is noteworthy that the boy in my dream was in the isle between the spectators and the stage. This is because much of the true work that God does by His Spirit is done where no one is looking. While most are looking at the stage, where the official church is at work (by the way, I remembered nothing of what happened on the stage in my dream), much of the true work of Christ is happening in the unnoticed corners of the church–that which is unofficial (the child, the serving housewife, the praying widow, the compassionate mother, the hardworking layman, etc.).
The abrupt ending of the show reveals God’s unexpected entry into this world when the Day of the Lord comes. At that time, we will realize how relatively short our time on earth was since Christ’s ascension into heaven. Compared to eternity, these days are very brief!
At that time, I could not find the friends with whom I came because many true saints will realize that so many of those whom they thought were saved were actually not saved. I was wearing a skirt and feeling encumbered because the process of transition is difficult. God is refining His church, and many of His children are feeling hard pressed and persecuted. They feel encumbered in doing that which God has called of them due to the opposition. We are in a process of transition from the mortal to the immortal. God is purifying His church before He brings them to Himself. There is a time in this transition in which the church will be given a brief period of great power. This is the time of the second show. I was there only because I had lost my shoes, and I was meant to find them. What does that mean? The shoes are representative of the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6). I had lost my shoes due to the great pressure of the Evil One in the time of transition just before God’s wrath falls upon the earth. Many of God’s people will grow weary from the pressure and recline themselves from the task before them, though only for a very brief time. God will not allow His people to go back to sleep! The sneakers are all-purpose shoes enabling great mobility. Contrary to the sense of immobility that I was feeling, the sneakers revealed that God was providing renewed mobility. At this point, many in the church are believing that it’s time to exit, that Jesus is coming to take His people out of the fray of this world. But God is not making that possible yet. A great work of power is about to ensue through the church. This is why the exit ramp in my dream was removed, and why at the same time, I was swept back into the theater suddenly, rapidly, and against even my own will. And not only was I swept back in, but I was called to center stage. God’s church is about to take center stage in world history. She is about to show forth the glory of Christ to the whole world. The wave that swept me into the theater was a wave of God’s power, as the Holy Spirit is poured out upon His people with great fullness. This is the outpouring of the latter rains prophesied by Joel: “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before” (Joel 2:23). I also sense in my spirit that this wave also represents a physical wave of judgment upon the earth. At the same time that a physical wave of judgment is coming, God’s power will be pouring out on His people. The first-hand experience I had in the theater also shows that much of the veil that has kept the mystery of God shrouded throughout church history will be lifting, and God’s people will see spiritual realities with much more clarity.
The entrance of the policemen represents a great onslaught of persecution–the reaction that the world and the beast system gives to the great power and success of the church. Yet, God will overcome this persecution by causing even the persecutors to convert to Christ. That is not to say that there will not be much bloodshed, yet even the very blood of the saints will convict the murderers, as was the case with the centurion when Jesus died on the cross. God’s power will be so overwhelming, that even young children and the weakest of the saints will be used to bring the most powerful in the world into conformity, disarming them through weapons of prayer. Many in the church who are presently disabled emotionally, physically, or spiritually will be healed at this time and will do exploits. This is represented by the boy who in the first scene was disabled, weak, and naked, yet in the second scene was whole and clothed with God’s power and glory.
The policemen who were at the bottom of the exit ramp represented those who were saved and raptured. There were others who were raptured who were also saved during the transition time through the testimony of God’s people. This is why a person came and thanked me, as I represented those of God’s people who gave testimony to the gospel in the time immediately before the rapture. I told the person to thank God, because it is indeed God’s power that saves. I was suddenly there at the bottom of the exit ramp, because I represent all the saints who will be suddenly raptured at this time, immediately after this great harvest of souls and onslaught of persecution.
Hebrews 12:12-13: “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31: “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human beingmight boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'”