At the same time, on a number of occasions over the past 20 years, the Lord has been directing me to nations through the divine agencies of dreams and visions to preach Revivals among the Muslims, specifically in the Holy Land, on the Arabian Peninsula, in Egypt, in the Philippines, and more recently in Iraq and Pakistan.
Since the first edition of “The Jesus Visions,” the phenomena of dreams and visions outpoured in the Middle East have increased—I would almost dare to say–exponentially.
We can hardly keep pace with reports of dreams and visions of our Lord Jesus! An article published in “Mission Frontiers” magazine reported the following, based on questionnaires completed by over 600 Muslims who had placed their faith in Jesus:
“Though dreams may play an insignificant role in the conversion decisions of most Westerners, over one-fourth of those surveyed stated quite emphatically that dreams and visions were key in drawing them to Christ and sustained them through difficult times.”
According to the dictionary, a dream is defined as “a sequence of images, passing through a sleeping person’s mind,” whereas a vision is simply a “mental image.”
A typical “Jesus dream or vision” with innumerable variations is usually described by Muslims as a peaceful face that they somehow recognize as Jesus. Often they encounter a compassionate figure in a white robe, calling them to come to Him. Sometimes His hands and arms are extended wide, or Jesus reaches toward them in love and invitation. Many dreams are preparatory experiences to encourage Muslims with the possibility of following Jesus. Other visions or dreams are “epic” experiences of such magnitude that the person knows unquestioningly that he or she is destined to walk the lonely path of faith, even martyrdom, with Jesus.
Some, but not all, of the names of the persons in this volume have been changed to protect their identities.
Why is the Lord favoring Muslims with an extraordinary move of the Holy Spirit, often preceding traditional methods of Gospel activity, and aiming straight at their hearts through dreams and visions?
Although Muslim lands have been closed to traditional Gospel preaching, it is time for the Lord to fulfill his promise to the patriarch Abraham to bless the descendants of Ishmael. While it is also the set time for the Lord to favor the descendants of Isaac and Jacob with the restoration of their homeland, he is concurrently remembering his faithful promise to the other side of Abraham’s family, the Arabs.
It is difficult to keep pace with the move of the Holy Spirit in Iraq, despite news reports that paint a bleak picture. Behind the scenes, the Lord is moving into the vacuum since Saddam’s topple with dramatic power conversions and the planting of many new churches. Iraqis are experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus!
As it is written, “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.” (Isaiah 65: 1) Truly the Lord Jesus is pleading with the Arabs in the night watches, “Behold me! Behold me!”
Recently in Jerusalem a young man stopped me in the market to thank me for preaching the Gospel in our open air banquets at “The Fountain.” He said, “I can trust you. I want to show you something.” He took a team member and me to a shelf where he was carefully hiding a Bible, which he stroked lovingly and kissed before hiding again. With joy shining from his face, he told us that Jesus now lives in his heart. He had read the entire Bible, including the New Testament, and could not put it down because of the power of its words. But he was tormented by fears of what would happen if he openly declared faith in Yesua al Fadi (Jesus the Savior). One night after praying fervently for three hours, he said the Holy Spirit had given him a dream. He saw a beautiful olive tree, solitary, thriving in the middle of a vast desert. The olive tree pulsated with a heart full of the brightest light he’d ever seen. Upon awakening, the man said, “I am so proud of my dream that God gave me, because it confirmed to my heart that my experience with Jesus is true.
” I said, “Can I offer an interpretation of your dream?”
“Yes, please I am waiting to hear!” the young Arab man beamed.