What is a Vision? Is it the Same as a Dream?

In our ongoing journey to learn about dreams and visions (from the Holy Spirit), let’s talk for a moment about the difference between a vision and dream.

You all know what a dream is: while you sleep, you experience a sort of virtual (or really, spiritual) reality apart from the real world. You either watch scenes play out as an observer, or you get to dwell in them and participate. Then, often, the memory of them dissolves soon upon waking.

A vision is both similar and different from a dream, distinguished mainly by when it happens. Dreams happen while we sleep. Visions happen when we are awake!

What a Vision is NOT

A vision is not just an instinct or inspiration that comes to you, as in something you imagine in your own mind.

A vision is basically a dream in the day, literally a snapshot or moving scene you see flash or play out in front of your eyes while you are awake. Usually, you will have your eyes closed, but not necessarily. The real world fades out of sight momentarily while you watch another reality with spiritual eyes.

The Bible sometimes calls a dream a night vision, so you see the similarity, but again, visions happen while conscious and awake.

From personal experience, the times I have visions are usually when I am just waking up, or just before falling asleep. Also, sometimes they happen while laying awake in the darkness of night. While my eyes are closed, but my mind and body are awake, I’ll suddenly see a very vivid scene play out in front of me like a scene from a movie, except visions feel more real than a movie!

Let me give you an example from this past weekend of a mistake I would make, which the Holy Spirit had prepared me to recognize in advance through a vision.

Vision of the Insect

Late on Friday, possibly in the wee hours of Saturday morning, I was laying in bed trying to get to sleep when I had the sudden vision of an insect (like a small cockroach) crawling toward me. Being a typical woman, I was creeped out, and prayed about it. Beyond that, I didn’t know what to make of it.

The next day, on Saturday evening, my husband and I were searching for something different to watch on TV. We were tired of news and the usual fare.

After scrolling a bit through the guide, I noticed airing on one of the cable networks was the movie, Constantine, with Keanu Reaves. Years ago, we had seen the movie, and though it was pretty dark, we were intrigued and enjoyed it. Basically, the main character battles demons and sees into hell on his own journey for redemption.

I know, not exactly family friendly, and definitely containing both demonic and pagan imagery. But, I rationalized since we’d seen it before maybe there would be no harm.

Soon into the movie, the main character was battling a demon who took the form of… you guessed it, a swarm of insects! As he destroyed it, the bugs scattered out everywhere.

Instantly, I reconnected to the vision from the night before of the insect crawling toward me! The Holy Spirit had prepared me to recognize an inappropriate entertainment choice quickly.

Since the Holy Spirit had gone to so much trouble to forewarn me, I heeded His guidance and changed the channel, then prayed against unwelcome visitors in the name of Jesus!

You see, at times we literally put a candle in the window for the supernatural, sometimes an entire spotlight beacon that inevitably serves as an invitation and welcome mat to unseen enemies. We have the power to put those lights out, so they roll on by without noticing us, by keeping our homes (and personal lives) pure and free of pagan symbols and entertainments.

Do you see the incredible tool in the vision the Holy Spirit used, to warn and prepare me to recognize the problem and remove us from it? Powerful!

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow Me. John 10:27

He is a shield to those who walk uprightly. Proverbs 2:7

In the last season of humanity before the return of Christ, Joel 2 and Acts 2 prophesied His Spirit would be poured upon the entire body, family of God, and all of us, old men, young men, His servants and handmaidens… would be experiencing dreams and visions.

I pray today you are blessed, and that He increases your knowledge and understanding of His mysterious and wonderful ways!

 

Revelation – Rapture Revealed

A few years ago, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the very moment in the book of Revelation where the Rapture event is revealed, where it takes place in John’s book. This knowledge came to me a couple years before I began Faith and Fasting in 2016.

This was during a season of intense renewal in my life, I had begun daily surrendering myself and asking the Holy Spirit to fill me completely. We purified our home and were learning spiritual warfare and the power of fasting. It was an amazing time of growth in the Lord that continues unfolding His ways and voice in our home.

After a while, I’d forgotten the Rapture revelation, set it on the shelf by the time this blog began. However, night before last, the Lord gave me a dream about the Rapture (which I blogged yesterday), and with it He prompted me to write and proclaim to you what He had previously revealed.

Let’s pray together before we continue:

Lord, we surrender ourselves to You right now. Fill us, Holy Spirit, make us completely Yours. Open the eyes of our minds, hearts and spirits, and show us great and wonderful things from Your word.

Comfort, purify and guide us for the years to come, that we may be found ready, like the bridesmaids with their oil lamps full, instead of like the unprepared who missed the wedding celebration (Matthew 25)!

You ARE the oil, Holy Spirit. We love you! Jesus, we adore You. Father, we’ll be home soon, and we can’t wait! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.

For years now, there has been controversy about the event called the Rapture. Some say it does not exist. Some say it will happen in the middle of the end time chaos called the tribulation, and some say it could happen at any moment!

I am not sure exactly where I fit into those categories, but I do know there is a Rapture. Hopefully, you will see that my approach is linked to what has already been revealed in God’s word. I’ll leave it up to you to determine with the Lord if this word is from the Holy Spirit.

To begin a Rapture teaching study, we must begin with the two places in Paul’s letters where he refers to the people of God being instantly changed, or transformed. We find the first passage in I Corinthians 15. Let’s read:

I Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I show you a mystery (secret, hidden thing): We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed (transformed), In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (an instant), at the last trump (sound a trumpet makes): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

In two parallel passages, Paul writes to the Thessalonians about the same event:

I Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice (tone, noise, sound) of the archangel, and with the trump (trumpet, reverberation) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

To comfort his readers, Paul goes on to say in the next chapter that this end time season will seem sudden to most, but they who are soberly watching and waiting for it will not be shocked:

I Thessalonians 5:2-4

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (birth pains) upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren (fellow believers), are not in darkness (blindness, obscurity), that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Let’s talk about these passages. The Corinthian passage is a huge key to the moment of “rapture”. What are the clues?

Clue #1: Paul says he is revealing a mystery, which as you see in the parentheses is defined in the Greek Bible dictionary as a secret or hidden thing being unveiled. And Paul reveals the mystery is this: we in Christ will suddenly all, dead or alive, be changed!

Clue #2: Immediately following, in the middle of 1 Corinthians 15:52, he plainly says WHEN it will take place: At the last Heavenly trumpet blast.

So, basically, in this one short passage, he unfolded the mystery of God’s people, dead and alive, being instantaneously changed happens at the last sound of God’s divine trumpets.

Well, all we have to do is find that last trumpet in Scripture. So, when is it?

This brings us to two passages in Revelation, written by John the apostle while he was exiled on the island of Patmos.

In the first, we see the same two clues as Paul did in Corinthians. 1) A hidden mystery about to be revealed, and 2) in the moment of the last trumpet.

Let’s take a look:

Revelation 10:7

But in the days of the voice (tone, sound) of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (trumpet, sound a blast), the mystery (secret, hidden thing) of God should be finished (complete, performed), as he has declared to his servants the prophets.

The clues in this passage of John’s match those of Paul! The mystery revealed, performed by the last divine trumpet blast. And Paul already told us what would happen in that moment: we will be transformed in the blink of an eye.

We have nothing left but to unearth which trumpet is the last! In Revelation, there are seven trumpets which come out of the seventh seal.

There are NO trumpets mentioned again after the seventh trumpet. The seventh trumpet of Revelation is the last.

We find it in Revelation 11:15. Here it is:

Revelation 11:15

And the seventh angel sounded (trumpet, sound a blast); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

Friends, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to this passage which I’d read in years past, but had never really seen before. Filled, and seeing with the eyes of the Spirit, I finally saw: this verse reveals the very moment we join the Lord in Heaven!

Notice after that seventh and last trumpet blast, the verse says suddenly, “there were great voices in Heaven”. Sort of sounds as if Heaven had just added millions of new voices, doesn’t it?

Guys, that’s the moment. We will be gone, caught up with the Lord and transformed, whether we are dead or still alive at that time.

And we will rejoice, declare together with all voices in Heaven, the kingdoms of this world are now His, because we will come from every kingdom, every tribe and tongue, over whom He shall reign forever!

Last Days Timeline – Final Thoughts

So, you say, if Revelation 11:15 is the moment we are taken up, where is this in the tribulation timeline? What will we go through before we are taken? And what will we escape? Great questions!

If you continue reading Revelation after that verse, you will see we will have been taken up before the end time world leader “beast” who demands everyone take the mark on their hand or forehead. Thank God!

If you think about it, this makes sense. Scripture has warned those who take the mark of the beast will be damned forever. The beast cannot force the people of God to take the mark, because it is impossible for them to be damned. So, of course, God makes sure we are not here for that most evil time.

However, a lot will have happened before the moment of our Rapture in Revelation 11:15. Six of the seven seals will have been opened. Six of the seven trumpets will have sounded, followed by all of the destruction and woes they announce.

At this point, understand Revelation is an ongoing study for me. I will not begin in this post to attempt the whole of it. However, I will comment broadly on its content, and then on one specific thing that is timely and pertinent.

We need to all remember that Revelation is a series of visions given to John. We must treat them as we treat all dreams and visions, as heavily symbolic, not necessarily literal.

Too many scholars have tried to force fit this symbolic book into a series of literal events. I believe it is a mixture of some literal language mixed with a larger amount of symbolism. And in my honest opinion, those not surrendered and filled with the Holy Spirit, and additionally, those not skilled in the interpretation of dreams and visions should not attempt to interpret it.

Now, as to the one specific thing I do want to comment on:

In the sixth trumpet, the next to last, notice that plagues are mentioned. Revelation 9:20 says, “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands…”

Two things. One, most people will not connect the destruction happening around them as a sign from God of the need to repent and change. And two, we will be in the midst of plagues, plural.

Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking, about COVID-19? It is a plague upon mankind, possibly one of many more to come. Or, could it possibly be the last of many in history?

Either way, we are in the last decades, friends. There has never been a better time to purify our lives before Him, sober our minds and be watchful, to surrender ourselves to His Holy Spirit daily. He will comfort, companion and guide us every day to come.

There has also never been a better time for us to pray for and witness to our unsaved friends and family. Realize, it will become harder for them to hear if the culture continues to deny God and continues choosing self-serving idols over our loving Creator.

But, family, what a Revelation! The day of Christ coming for us is inches away on the human history timeline. What a day of reunion and rejoicing that will be, for those of us who have entrusted our hearts to Him!

Stay in Him, our wonderful Savior. He is our refuge and strength, as He has always been for His people.

I pray you are focused, strengthened and encouraged by this word today. Church, bride of Christ, Israel of God… we are in this together.

Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6).

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

I had a dream about the Rapture

I had a dream yesterday in which I witnessed the Rapture. The Rapture is that teaching that Jesus will take up His family, His followers, before (or some say during) the end time tribulation when all hell breaks out on the planet.

I’m going to tell you something I’ve not mentioned before, but the Holy Spirit showed me the moment of the Rapture in Revelation a few years ago. And I’m going to share it with you, hopefully as soon as tomorrow. I’ve already started gathering all of the pertinent verses and writing.

But, first, the dream:

April 3, 2020

I was watching children walk down the middle aisle in church while an audience looked on. It was a joyous celebration, everyone seemed happy to be there, like at a wedding. The children were walking toward the stage wearing wreaths of flowers. Flowers were on the pews.

I found particularly odd that there was snow everywhere, all over the pews, the floor, inside the building. Then, even odder, as the children were walking down the aisle, they suddenly disappeared. As soon as I was thinking, ‘how did they do that?’, I noticed the audience was gone also. And the snow was gone. The place had literally emptied in the blink of an eye.

Next thing I knew, I was choosing a pretty seashell from one of two display tables at the front of the church. It was a very unique one, unlike any I’d seen. It was small, very rounded, like a small ball. But on one side some of the shell was curved up and doubled back over itself to the halfway point on top. I loved it, and in the dream I planned to give it to my friend, Pat.

When I awoke, I prayed for interpretation and very soon realized I’d witnessed everyone in the church suddenly disappear: it was the Rapture!

That morning, I began studying all the passages I knew that hinted of this event. I couldn’t find my old notes from a few years back, so I started over.

Within an hour or two, Pat, the very friend I’d thought to give the shell in the dream, called me! This is not a frequent thing, we typically talk every few weeks at best. We chatted about a dream she’d had, and then my dream came up.

I told her I believed the Holy Spirit had revealed the moment of the rapture to me in Scripture and shared it with her. This was a fulfillment of the dream prophecy! Just as in the dream, I planned to share a unique gift with her, I did it that very day in real life.

In the dream, the shape of the seashell was the shape of the world! The part that gracefully curved up and back over itself to the top reminded me of two things: a truth partially covered, and the literal motion of people ‘rapturing!’ Up, over and out! Note, the shell had been left on a table at the front of the church, like on a gift table during a wedding. It was a gift for the bride with a partially hidden message!

More symbolism. The snow can mean two things: White means purity. This was the bride of Christ, the holy people of God celebrating Him. Second, white means winter, which signals the last season of the year, or the last season of this portion of human history.

I share the dreams, the symbols and interpretation in order to help you learn and perhaps grow in interpreting your own dreams, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Please see recent posts about dreams that will give you resources to begin learning this very biblical skill and gift from God.

Be encouraged! The rapture is real. Give me maybe a day to compile all of the Scripture and pull my post together which will reveal what the Holy Spirit showed me about the moment of Rapture in Revelation.

It was there all along… just partially ‘hidden’, like the gift of the little world-shaped seashell. It is waiting to be discovered. Let’s do it together!

Back soon!

Coming Clean: Dreams and Visions about COVID-19

Friends of Faith and Fasting, I come to you today with regret. I feel I’ve let you down.

You see, over a year ago, I began having dreams and visions that led me to a year-long journey to learn how to properly and biblically interpret them. I grew up mainstream Protestant, so this experience was out of the box for me. I’ve read several books and have improved in interpretation, but am still a novice. So, I’ve only talked about it a couple of times on Faith and Fasting. I haven’t trusted it enough to share.

As early as January 2, I began having dreams I now understand were warnings of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crises we are experiencing now. Yet, I failed to share them, dropping God’s assignment to any with whom He shares prophecy – we are to speak! I will share all of them just below and resolve to not hold back in the future.

Before I get to the dreams, let me say I believe Joel 2 and Acts 2 are coming alive today, that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon the people of God, the body of Christ, that we should EXPECT to hear from Him through dreams, visions, and every other way He speaks to us.

Why? Because we are in the last years, perhaps decades, definitely in the last portion of this phase of human history before Christ returns. We may not always have the guarantee of having the written word of God with us. But He will NOT be stopped speaking to His children!

However, it requires a new education. Learning dream and vision language like prophets Daniel, Joseph, like apostles Paul, John, and more. For me, it has been like going to the movies. He uses actors and symbols to represent real life situations, and it takes some work and prayer to decipher the meaning.

Believe me, I understand the skepticism many of you feel. I fought against this when it began in me, ran from it. But with research, reading and studying Scripture on the topic, while continuing to experience it, I realized it is REAL. And it isn’t going away.

God has spoken to His family through dreams from the beginning. From Genesis to Revelation, He never stopped talking to His own in dreams and visions. Joel 2 and Acts 2 promise in the end times He would be communicating with us through these means. We have to be ready. Now is the time.

A year ago when dreams and visions began flowing more consistently for me, and after praying for trustworthy and biblically-based guidance to learn interpretation, the Lord led me to books by James W. Goll: Dream Language and Seer, and a book by Dr. Mark Virkler and Charity Virkler-Kayembe: Hearing God Through Your Dreams. I discovered so much Biblical truth in these primers. Upon this foundation, the Holy Spirit will take you and teach you His personal dream language for you. I urge every believer to seek these resources out and prepare yourself for the future.

As part of my learning journey, I write down my dreams, and I go back over them at least once a month to continue unwinding truth and observe patterns. I frequently catch things I missed, which brings me to today. I failed to warn you because in addition to being timid about it, I also missed many of the messages at the time they were given to me.

As I’ve been able to put more pieces together in retrospect, I’m now going to share my dreams from the past many weeks that I believe had to do with coronavirus. Bear with me as I’m still new to this journey. God has been giving me prophecies for His people, and I’ve learned in Scripture that a prophet MUST share the word with others. He is perfect in giving the messages, but I’m not perfect yet in understanding them. I’ll do my best, and leave the rest up to Him.

On January 2, 2020, I had a dream I was walking outside and saw formerly wild animals being groomed: a bear having its toenails filed, a lion its teeth brushed. An untrustworthy person hugged me. The whole scene smacked of untrustworthy surroundings. Of beasts being groomed that could attack without warning.

This dream still rocks me and while I didn’t (still don’t) want to connect it to Revelation 13, I have to admit honestly, I was reminded of this verse: REV 13.2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Taken together with the next dream and another subsequent one further down (Feb 10), this verse does closely mirror these dream symbols. Coincidence?

January 19, an ominous dream of a storm approaching quickly on the seashore, so a couple people and I got on jet skis and road the waves near shore to hurry to our destination ahead of the storm. It began to rain while we were still on the water. Ahead of us some distance, I saw a leopard riding a wave headed to shore. It looked at us, but was too far from us to bother us. We passed it after it had disappeared on the shore. After passing a couple shady looking areas, found a safe and clean place to land where other decent looking people were in a glass enclosed waiting area. The storm calmed after.

I believe that dream prophesied the arrival of coronavirus to American shores. But, note, if so, there will be a calming after the storm.

On January 29, I had a short dream in which I saw the ground outside heavily shot up from above, as if there had been a sudden, heavy attack from an unknown source.

Could this have been another perspective on our nation getting attacked by COVID?

On February 7, I dreamed a glimpse of a seemingly dystopian future which also somehow appeared old-fashioned like from the 1940s or 50s in America. Giant machines were forcing vaccinations upon everyone. This may be a prophecy, that after this COVID-19 crisis is over, vaccinations will be mandated, to prevent such a thing from happening again.

February 8, the Lord showed me in a dream that death was coming. And that it would be a big number. I remember a specific message in the dream said, “how many is too many, 240, 250?” At the time, I misinterpreted the symbols in that dream and didn’t fully glean the meaning. Now I believe it was about coronavirus. And the 240-250 numbers may be connected to the projected death toll in America: up to 240,000 people. We will see.

Perhaps we can pray against it! I believe dreams are not just prophecies, but can also be warnings. That if we don’t change or face the warning in spiritual battle, it will happen. But, our prayers can change things! Remember the story of Jonah and Ninevah posted on this blog a while back. Prayer and fasting changed the warning and the destruction did not happen!

February 10, another dream showed me professionals in an underground lab environment had a large man-sized ‘dragon’ in what they thought was a contained cage. When I saw the beast in the dream, I knew it was not going to be contained long, that it would kill as it grew and got loose.

I now believe this was another warning about coronavirus, that perhaps our medical leaders thought we could contain it, but it had other ideas and was growing more powerful every day.

Soberingly, I had now dreamed all four of the symbolic animals in the Revelation 13:2 verse quoted in the first dream above from January 2. Leopard, bear, lion, and dragon. I cannot begin to draw final conclusions on this, it seems too big and I don’t want to get it wrong and mislead the people of God.

I want to let you know that there are biblical scholars who believe prophecy in scripture can have multiple fulfillments, and I agree with them. If so, a passage can apply to more than one time period in history. Consider in prayer, and remember, we do not live in a spirit of fear, but out of love, power and of a sound mind. Greater is He in us than he who is in the world.

March 6, while awake in the middle of the night, a strange smell hit me, like something rank on fire. My husband could not smell it, but it persisted for me. After finally going to sleep, when I awoke hours later, I instantly smelled an aroma like sweet perfume that quickly dissolved once I was fully awake.

That day I would discover the new song, Refiner with Steffany Gretzinger on youtube! It is about the Refiner’s fire, the Lord putting His people through a spiritual cleansing, in order to make us pure and holy before Him. Our purity is a sweet smell like perfume to Him! I believe He has brought us to a period of refining, but the end result will be something lovely to Him, a more pure bride for His perfect Bridegroom.

March 8, in a dream I saw a giant tornado come upon us. The past year, I had dreamed many times a storm was on the horizon, or coming closer.

On March 12, a dream took me inside a large home, where outside one window to my left I saw a helicopter being tested, flying away from the building. But then, out of nowhere, on the opposite side of the house, a helicopter pilot lost control and accidentally flew directly into the building, crashing through a window and wall. The people inside, including me, ran for their lives.

However, in the next dream scene, I was looking out the same window where the helicopter had crashed into the house, and only some cracking on the outer pane remained. The interior pane was solid, and the house had been put back together.

I believe that dream was a flash of three scenes connected to COVID. That it really was an accident that crashed into us, and that there is hope it will pass. That when this is all over, we will have scars, but our ‘house’ will have been restored. Praise God, say yes and Amen to this!

On March 19, I had an odd dream about being in a setting like a state fair. I was inside one exhibit with many others watching a giant hog, a sow, on stage. She was so big, she nearly filled the stage. While we watched, she gave birth to 11 baby piglets. I found it very odd that when they came out, they already had white tags or collars around their necks, as if they’d been identified before even being born. After the birth, the sow transformed into a normal sized woman named Rebel, only slightly large, but cleaned up, modern looking and attractive.

It took my husband to interpret this last dream. When I told it to him, he said, did you know several viral diseases in China went through the hog population before coming to humans? So, in interpretation of this dream, I believe the giant sow was China, a bit of a rebel on the world stage. I didn’t understand the number 11 piglets until I did research and learned, in world history China has been the starting point of many epidemics of varying proportions starting all the way back to the centuries before Christ. Wait for it…

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is number 11.

Regarding the end of the dream, perhaps China will modernize, work to improve their health policies so a crisis of this nature does not repeat. Understand, we love the Chinese people, but wish their government would relax on political/social controls and pertaining to competitive economic aggression on the world stage.

Any nation that big and influential has an opportunity to influence the world for good or evil. Pray for the nation of China, that they become an instrument of God’s grace, instead of a weapon of selfishness or worse. We should pray that for every nation, including our own. At the same time, we must also be realistic about Biblical prophecy and the parts that will be played by the nations of the world.

My friends, I have felt so embarrassed and regretful that I didn’t know originally what these dreams were referring to, so I did not warn or share with anyone. I apologize! I will make a better effort from now on to share what comes to me in dreams or visions. I will be faithful to proclaim His voice and perhaps together we will grow in understanding.

We need to seriously be in prayer and fasting. This virus is an attack on humanity, not just on America, but on the world. It is a wicked one, a destructive, viral beast.

A man I respect greatly, Jonathan Cahn, warned the people of God in recent years that a ‘shaking’ was coming for the family of God. I believe that time is now. Hold on, it will end, but we will not be unchanged by it.

As Pastor/Rabbi Cahn has taught, know that the safest place to be is in Christ, in Yeshua! Draw near to Him, take the time to cleanse your life of any impurity, anything that hinders the presence and power of God in your home. Surrender daily to Him, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you every day. Remember Paul taught us to “be being filled…” in other words, constantly nurture your personal temple and keep the Holy Spirit filling you.

Pursue daily worship with music. His presence dwells, blooms where your soil is lovingly and carefully tended. He is good, but He desires holiness (purity and truth) in us.

Finally, I want to comfort all of you reading this who feel anxious and afraid. Isaiah 11 also contains most of the symbols from my dreams, and gives us a beautiful picture of the beasts of the earth dwelling together in peace. The nations of the earth CAN become better neighbors to each other, and perhaps there will be many more years of reprieve before the final end time chaos strikes the earth.

ISA 11.6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. ISA 11.7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. ISA 11.8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. ISA 11.9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

With the Lord, anything is possible! This may also be a glimpse of His millennial reign, but I believe we may still have years ahead of cooperation between nations. Pray for it!

Stay a hopeful people, our God is an awesome God. He is a delivering God!

Let’s pray together:

Father in Heaven, praise Your holy name! You are good no matter what is happening around us. Thank you for giving us Your Son, Yourself in flesh, because You love us and desire fellowship with us! Thank you for dying for us, Jesus, and we celebrate Your unparalleled power in rising again, forever conquering death and hell! Hallelujah!

Lord, we need you today. You knew this time was coming for us, and we wish to lean fully into You during this crisis. We WANT it to change us, for the good, sobering and drawing us wholly into Your presence and will. We know it will not be the only challenge, there will be more in the future. Make us ready, purer and stronger to face whatever comes.

Lord, if this attack can be curbed or stopped by our prayers and fasting, please STOP it! Please bring Your people to full focus and devotion to You, and prevent this disaster from wreaking anymore havoc on our shores.

God, teach us Your ways! Draw those who need to know Jesus and fully convince them of Your existence, love, and Your plan for their lives. Bring them to love You, to accept Jesus is the only, perfect way to the Father who loves us so completely.

Lord, as You promised in Joel and Acts, pour Yourself out now upon everyone reading this, give them dreams and visions from You. Teach them how to interpret the symbols, that they may be encouraged, comforted, refined, and guided by Your trustworthy voice in this world of confusion and so much false teaching.

Ground them in Your Word! May they soak in it, absorb it, remember it, and love every word of it.

We trust You not to forget the hurting, the suffering, whether because of loss or sickness. Reach them with comfort and help. Use us, Your people, to outpour the love of Christ into this hurting world, to buffer the sorrow and pain of this crisis everywhere we live.

As You always do, change what Satan meant for evil into something good for Your people!

God, please guide the medical professionals and national leaders to most effectively mitigate this crisis.

God I ask specifically, that You would guide our nation and her leaders NOT to turn this crisis into an opportunity for tyranny. When it is over, I ask You guide them to return to the principles that have made this country great above all others: FREEDOM.

Thank you for President Trump, VP Pence, the task force and every Governor and official working far and wide to bring hope and healing to Your people and land. Protect them, Father, keep them and their families safe and give them Your wisdom to speed recovery to our people and beyond.

Thank You for showing us the goodness of so many, through the cooperation in public and private sectors working together to meet needs and bring comfort. Thank you that when people choose to do good, instead of being forced to do it, their character grows and leads by example to others. Principles our founding fathers understood that have kept us strong to this day.

Oh, Lord, thank you for the vision of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and so many who knew You and who poured Your wisdom into this nation. Don’t allow us to let them down in the future. Keep us Your nation!

When this is over, Jesus, restore financially what the locusts have eaten to our nation and her people! Make us better, stronger, and purer before You. You are our EVERYTHING. Keep us faithful to glorify Your holy name, Your power and love for Your family and all people. In Your name, Amen.

May the Lord bless everyone joining us in prayer today. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture! He is such a good Shepherd. Stay in prayer. Fast as able. The blessing and favor of the Father be upon you, deliver you and give you peace! (Numbers 6:24-26)

[For those needing recommendations for dynamic and powerfully encouraging worship songs today, check out The Blessing with Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes on youtube. I also love Yeshua by Jesus Image with Meredith Mauldin on youtube. Be blessed!]

God’s Coronavirus Task Force: A Call to Prayer and Fasting

Friends, in the midst of coronavirus (COVID-19) fear and panic rippling round the world, let’s activate God’s Task Force: the prayer warriors!

Many are already uniting together in spirit to pray for the people in their communities and countries. We want to take this opportunity to join them here on Faith and Fasting. Speaking of fasting, if anyone is able to fast during this time, please do so. One meal, two meals, or longer… Fasting carries with it maximum spiritual power in God’s Kingdom!

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Without any further comment, let’s pray:

Our Great God and Father in Heaven, we stop in this moment to praise Your Holy name! You are in control no matter what circumstances surround us.

You are our Creator, Provider, our all-in-all. You are the one who loves us so much, You sent Your Son to die for us that we might have eternal life if we just trust You.

Forgive us for failing to recognize our need for You every day, every hour. Jesus, we DO need You, in good and bad times, for better or for worse. Forgive us for the sin and selfishness we have allowed to penetrate our lives. We confess and repent now.

Holy Spirit, we surrender to Your wonderful presence! Please fill us now completely as we yield to You. Give us Your wisdom and comfort. Come between us and every foe, seen or unseen.

While nothing surprises You, we acknowledge our nation is gripped by fear and suffering due to COVID-19 spreading sneakily and rapidly. Please intervene on behalf of Your people and the land we love.

Please give wisdom to us, to medical professionals, and to our leaders as to the best way possible to end this crisis.

God, please cover and guide the President, the VP, the COVID-19 Task Force, the Governors, and all across the nation working to help and inform people.

We ask You free up supply chains for all needed medicines and supplies. Speed the process of developing vaccines and treatments that would bring aid and comfort to hurting people.

Please guard us against those who seek to abuse this crisis for personal or political gain.

Guard our children, our elderly, the vulnerable. Bring communities together to make sure everyone has enough supplies and food, and show us how to be smart in protecting ourselves against further spread and infection.

Lord, prepare our leaders and us to work together when it is over to return our economy to full health, in such a way as to show Your glorious hand. Please bring good out of this, as You always do. Put wise, protective measures in place against future crises that are better for Your people, for the good of Your nation.

Bless Your land, Father, and remind us every blessing is from You! Use us to bless the world, to first and foremost spread the good news of Your love to all who will hear.

Thank you, Father, we trust You! We know You will speed healing and calm, peace and recovery, and keep us faithful to give You glory! 

In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus, we pray all these things. Amen!

Precious friends of Faith and Fasting, be lights and beacons of hope in your communities, and encourage all of the people of God to trust and pray, to fast if able. We will get through this, our great God is able.

Be still and know that I am God…’ Psalm 46:10

Peace to you today and always.

Should Women Be Silent In Church?

In recent months I’ve seen teaching online telling the people of God that Paul wanted women silent in church, and were not permitted to teach. Today, I want to reexamine scripture, dig a little deeper, and together discern what it really means in relation to this controversial subject.

In truth, some versions of the Bible make it appear this is actually Paul’s mandate. However, my challenge to everyone reading is this: those who would teach the word of God need to be smarter than to simply trust one version of the Bible without going any further.

Teachers must 1) have access to original languages and, 2) have at least basic knowledge of how to research those languages in order to more fully comprehend the meaning of passages in Scripture.

I’m going to demonstrate for you today how two passages in the New Testament have been used to silence women in the church erroneously.

First, a wee bit of Biblical history.

In ancient Israel, there were two female prophets to the nation of Israel: Deborah (wife of Lapidoth, Judges 4:4) and Anna (daughter of Phanuel, tribe of Asher, according to Luke 2:36). As did the male prophets to God’s nation, they spoke God’s direct word to His people.

In the New Testament, Peter records in Acts 21:9 that Phillip of Caesarea, a member of Paul’s missionary team, had four daughters with the gift of prophecy. Wow!

Between you and me, I’m not sure I would want to live in a household with not just one, but four insightful and outspoken women, but God bless Phillip of Caesarea for raising and nurturing such godly women in early church leadership!

Let’s get to the heart of it. If God gave a woman the gift of prophecy, and by Biblical record we know He did, is she to use it differently than a man? Perhaps only for her personal edification, while men are permitted to speak it everywhere?

According to Paul, the purpose of prophecy given by the Holy Spirit is for proclamation, for teaching, comfort, and edification, to name a few.

1 Corinthians 14:3 says, “But he that prophesies speaks for edification, and exhortation…” But what about, she?

1 Corinthians 14:29-38
29-30 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other discern their words. If anything be revealed to another nearby, let the first hold his peace.
31 For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32-33 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? Did the word of God come out from you? Or did it come to you only?
37-38 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

In the 1 Corinthians 14 passage above, Paul laid out the rules for prophecy in the church, and declared blatantly in verse 31, “ALL may prophesy, that ALL may learn, and ALL may be comforted.”

You can then practically hear his air quotes around verses 34-35, “let a woman keep silent, it is a shame for a woman to speak,” because in the verse immediately following, he challenges, “What? Did the word of God come out from you? Or did it come to you only?”

The obvious answer to these rhetorical questions was, “No!”

Think for a minute. How did gospel writer, John, identify “the word” from the very start of his book? “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.”

Readers, the word of God is Jesus! So, when Paul was asking his audience, “Did the word of God come out from you?”, he was reminding them a woman literally ushered the word into the world when Mary birthed Jesus. And, the gift of Jesus, i.e., the Word, was given for all people, not just men! And all who receive Him/the Word are called to proclaim it!

Therefore, ALL prophets may speak, so long as it is done in an orderly fashion. In other words, be gentlemen and ladies… no shouting down everyone else around you just to be heard.

To recap, all prophets, male and female, are to speak what the Holy Spirit reveals to them for the benefit of the family of God.

We’ve just been reminded of at least six women in the Bible who had the gift of prophecy. Six women who SPOKE what the Spirit told them in order to edify the people of God.

These two verses, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, which some have erroneously used to silence women in church, are within the context of a passage where Paul is saying the opposite! He is actually saying this thinking is preposterous…

Note that when Paul spoke in verse 34, “Let a women keep silent…” he also reminded his audience this thinking was connected to old law: “as also says the law.”

The very thing Paul hit so hard in Galatians, Hebrews, and more, is the fact we are no longer under the law. See verses here on this very subject which hit the ball out of the park!

The Law
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13)

If you are led of the Spirit, you are not under law. (Galatians 5:18)

The law is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect. (Hebrews 7:18-19)

God has found fault with (the law) and created a better covenant, enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:7-8)

(The law) is obsolete. (Hebrews 8:13)

So, again, did Paul contradict himself in basically saying, we are not under the law and all can prophesy, however women given the gift of prophecy cannot prophesy and are under the law?

No, of course not, to even suggest it sounds crazy. He does not contradict himself. Therefore, it is those misunderstood verses which are the contradiction to the rest of Scriptural teaching on prophecy and speaking, and we must correct our interpretation of them.

Paul was quoting the old thinking about women in silence in order to challenge it with the truth that ALL may prophesy! Men. Women. Children! Whoever receives the word of the Lord is expected to proclaim it!

Sadly, this teaching will continue to be used erroneously by a few, and Paul ends in verse 38 by saying, “If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

But, we do not have to continue in ignorance, so I pray all reading today who have previously used or taught this passage wrongly will receive the truth.

1 Timothy 2:11-12

In 1 Timothy 2, we find another controversial passage many have used to prevent women from ever teaching in church. But, with closer examination, the real truth of the passage comes out.

First, let’s read the King James, since that is one of the main versions causing confusion:

1 Timothy 2:11-12 “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

The King James Version clouds this Pauline address heavily, but a closer review and deep dive into original language reveals Paul was actually addressing wives and husbands and their home relationship. And it isn’t quite as harsh as the KJV makes it sound. Let’s take a look.

Read with me the same passage in a more literal version (Young’s):

1 Timothy 2:11-12 “Let a woman in quietness learn in all subjection, and a woman I do not suffer to teach, nor to rule a husband, but to be in quietness.”

When you study the original language (Strong’s Bible dictionaries allow easy deep-diving into nearly every word of Scripture), Paul was literally saying, the wife is not to take a posture of issuing orders to her husband and take away his God-given authority in the home. Rather, she is to have a spirit of gentleness and respect in her marriage, the kind of behavior that does not bustle about, meddle with everything he (or anyone else) does and boss people around.

Paul admonishes in 1 Corinthians 11:3, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

When a wife steals her husband’s ‘headship’, she is symbolically and spiritually cutting off the head of Christ over her home! Wives, spouses, must learn to live together with respect, and take comfort, we are in the best company: Christ demonstrated this very attitude in relationship with His Father!

Wives, it is our calling to live in peace within the God-designed structure of our marriage, neither as a bossy tyrant nor as an obedient doormat. But rather as a mature woman of God who tenderly nurtures respect in her marriage.

And a wise husband will lean on his wife’s wisdom, her prayers and counsel, and not ‘lord it over her’ in a spirit of harshness either.

Ephesians 5:21 instructs that all in the family of God are to be ‘subject to one another in the fear of God’. This is not exempt in the home. Husbands and wives are also to subject themselves one to another. It is a position of respect and gentleness.

However, reading further in the Ephesians 5 passage, there is a special respect required of wives in the home to their husbands, and an extra charge to the husbands to love their wives sacrificially.

I am admittedly reading between the lines in saying that perhaps the Ephesian women were extra strong-minded (aka, bossy and controlling), and Paul felt the need to call this out in his letter. As we all understand, in the presence of controlling people, we often find ourselves struggling to love instead of react. So, the Ephesian men would have needed that extra push to remember to love sacrificially, as Christ did for all of us!

The bottom line for the home, in proper authority (him under Christ and her under her husband AND Christ), showing gentleness and respect to each other, husbands and wives make a formidable team to raise healthy and stable children and impact their world for the kingdom of God.

To wrap, and returning to women in the church once more, women were clearly given the gift of prophecy in the Bible, and per Paul, all prophets are to speak! Even in the old covenant, they still had female prophets who were anointed, entrusted with great spiritual authority in God’s family!

No need to silence or shun ladies from teaching, just do things in order as expected of everyone, and ladies, take care not to ‘lord’ it over your husbands. Respect and humility are always the best path to a healthy and loving relationship. And, in truth, that goes both ways.

May God bless and transform His people with truth.

The Importance of Fasting – A Comparison of Mark 9:29 in English Bible Translations

MAR 9.17-18 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought to You my son, who has a dumb spirit; And wherever it overtakes him, it tears at him: and he foams, and gnashes with his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to Your disciples that they should cast it out; and they could not.

MAR 9.28 And when He came into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could we not cast it out?

Mark 9:29 And He said to them, this kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting.

Many versions of the Bible leave out “and fasting”. Yet, it is in the original language and is vitally important for the people of God today.

As some communities in our nation grow in unbelief and welcome paganism within our borders, spiritual warfare also grows. God’s people are feeling this impact, even at times in their own homes.

I can personally attest to an attempted spiritual infiltration in my home, brought in by a guest on more than one occasion who had an unseen attachment. Sometimes those ‘attachments’ attempt to cling unless godly homeowners know how to detach them! Fasting with prayer cleared the air for us very quickly on every occasion needed.

People of God, we must be ready to go the distance, to apply all of the Lord’s teaching to stand strong against the enemy.

Because teaching on fasting is scarce in some halls of faith and is missing from Mark 9:29 in many versions of Scripture, I want to show the reader the difference between English translations below on just that verse.

My resource is BibleGateway.com. It is easy there to compare ALL English versions against each other in one click.

Please know I do not wish to disparage versions that don’t include the reference to fasting, just to make the reader aware that differences do exist among translations which occasionally lose significant meaning in Scripture. Know the tools you have free at your fingertips that can help ensure you understand a verse more completely.

By the way, my personal favorite is Young’s Literal Translation. It is not for everyone as it is written in old English, but it has a reputation for being one of the closest, if not the closest to the original Hebrew and Greek. Another powerful tool I use for research is a Kindle version of the King James which includes links to Strong’s Bible dictionaries. There are few better ways to see original language than to have those links at your fingertips. I wish publishers would come out with more Kindle versions with links to Strong’s. Having those links to original language helps make us more bullet-proof against misinterpretations.

Mark 9:29 in all English Translations from BibleGateway.com: https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Mark%209:29

All translations including ‘fasting’ in bold. Translation references at bottom.

KJ21
And He said unto them, “This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.”
ASV
And he said unto them, This kind can come out by nothing, save by prayer.
AMP
He replied to them, “This kind [of unclean spirit] cannot come out by anything but prayer [to the Father].”
AMPC
And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.
BRG
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
CSB
And he told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer.”
CEB
Jesus answered, “Throwing this kind of spirit out requires prayer.”
CJB
He said to them “This is the kind of spirit that can be driven out only by prayer.”
CEV
Jesus answered, “Only prayer can force out that kind of demon.”
DARBY
And he said to them, This kind can go out by nothing but by prayer and fasting.
DLNT
And He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer”.
DRA
And departing from thence, they passed through Galilee, and he would not that any man should know it.
ERV
Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can be forced out only with prayer.”
EHV
He said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out, except by prayer and fasting.”
ESV
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
ESVUK
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
EXB
Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer.”
GNV
And he said unto them, This kind can by no other means come forth, but by prayer and fasting.
GW
He told them, “This kind of spirit can be forced out only by prayer.”
GNT
“Only prayer can drive this kind out,” answered Jesus; “nothing else can.”
HCSB
And He told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer [and fasting].”
ICB
Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer.”
ISV
He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.”
PHILLIPS
“Nothing can drive out this kind of thing except prayer,” replied Jesus.
JUB
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
KJV
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
AKJV
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
LEB
And he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer.”
TLB
Jesus replied, “Cases like this require prayer.”
MSG
He answered, “There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer.”
MEV
He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer and fasting.”
MOUNCE
And he said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer.”
NOG
He told them, “This kind of spirit can be forced out only by prayer.”
NABRE
He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”
NASB
And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”
NCV
Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer.”
NET
He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
NIRV
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
NIV
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
NIVUK
He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’
NKJV
So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
NLV
He said to them, “The only way this kind of demon is put out is by prayer and by going without food so you can pray better.”
NLT
Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.”
NMB
And he said to them, This kind can come out no other way but by prayer and fasting.
NRSV
He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”
NRSVA
He said to them, ‘This kind can come out only through prayer.’
NRSVACE
He said to them, ‘This kind can come out only through prayer.’
NRSVCE
He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”
NTE
‘This sort’, replied Jesus, ‘can only be cast out by prayer.’
OJB
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach (Jesus) said to them, This kind of gerush shedim (spirit) is accomplished only by davening (prayer) with tzomot (fasting).
TPT
He answered them, “This type of powerful spirit can only be cast out by fasting and prayer.”
RGT
And He said to them, “This kind can come forth by no other means but prayer and fasting.”
RSV
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
RSVCE
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
TLV
And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer.”
VOICE
Jesus: That sort of powerful spirit can only be conquered with much prayer [and fasting].
WEB
He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting.”
WE
Jesus said to them, `This kind of bad spirit does not come out unless people talk to God and fast.’
WYC
And he said to them, This kind in nothing may go out [This kind may not go out in any thing], but in prayer and fasting.
YLT
And he said to them, `This kind is able to come forth with nothing except with prayer and fasting.’

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