Do You Dream in Technicolor?

English: An image of Daniel interpreting Nebuc...
English: An image of Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as described in the Second Chapter of Daniel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I often ask people if they dream in Technicolor.  So far, everyone has said “yes.”  This amazes me because I can only recall dreaming in Technicolor once.  The dream, which featured a sunset,  lasted only a second.

I often dream in sepia or black and white.  Sometimes an object is highlighted in red or green or some other color.   It’s fair to say that I dream about color rather than in color.

What does the Bible have to say about the significance of color in dreams and/or visions?  Daniel 2: 1-45 records King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an image with a head of gold, breasts and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet and toes of iron mixed with clay.  Each section represents a kingdom, beginning with Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold).

Colors can be symbolic as the Bible demonstrates.    John Paul Jackson discusses the meaning of color in his 6-CD set  “Understanding Dreams & Visions.”  Even without additional helps, you can sometimes figure out what a color means within the context of your dream.  Red, for example, can have a positive or a negative connotation.

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God Speaks in Dreams

English: Jacob at Bethel, as in Genesis 28:10-...
English: Jacob at Bethel, as in Genesis 28:10-22, illustration from a Bible card published 1900 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does God Speak to People in Dreams? 

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, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man (Job 33: 14-17).

And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth, And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house, With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? (Numbers 12: 5-8).

Below are some examples of God speaking directly to men in dreams:

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken: for she is a man’s wife.  But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?  Said he [Abraham] not unto me, She is my sister and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.  And God said unto him in a dream, Ye I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine (Genesis 20: 3-7).

And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.  And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.  And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.  And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven (Genesis 28: 10-17).

And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.  And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.  I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred (Genesis 31: 11-13).

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee, And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.  And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.  And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.  And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream (I Kings 3: 5-15a).

NOTE:  All scripture quoted in this post is from the King James Version.

All Nations Will Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles

Did you know that one day ALL the nations will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?  The first time I read this and it actually sunk it, I was taken aback.  Then the survivors of all the
nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  If any of the peoples of the earth do no go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.  If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part,they will have no rain.  The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  This will be the punishment of Egypt and the  punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles
(Zechariah 14: 16-19 NIV).  To put these verses in context, read Zechariah 14: 1-21 and Zechariah 12: 10.  (See Matthew 16: 27, 24: 30
and 25: 31; Daniel 7: 13-14; and Revelation 21: 23-25 also.)

The Feast of Tabernacles (a.k.a. Feast of Booths, Succoth, Sukkot, Feast of Ingathering) follows Yom Kippur, the most holy day on the Hebrew calendar. Whereas Yom Kippur is a fast, the Feast of Tabernacles is a feast that may have inspired Thanksgiving. The Feast of Tabernacles reflects the fact the Hebrews lived in temporary booths during their forty years in the Wilderness. Like all of the feasts outlined in Leviticus 23, the Feast of Tabernacles is also prophetic, a dress rehearsal foreshadowing a future event.  Many believe that the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows the Millennial reign of Christ and the Wedding Banquet of Christ and His “Bride” (His followers).  In fact, the sukkah (booth) resembles the chuppah (cuppa) in a Jewish wedding.  The following verses in the Old and New Testaments refer to the Feast of Tabernacles.

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is a closing assembly; do not regular work” (Leviticus 23: 33-36 NIV).

“So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of rest, and the eighth day also is a day of rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. Celebrate this as a festival to the LORD for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in booths for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 23: 39-43, NIV).

“Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field” (Exodus 23: 16b NIV).

Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress.  Be joyful at your Feast–you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.  For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.  Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.  No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.  Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you (Deuteronomy 16: 13-17 NIV).

On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the scribe to give attention to the words of the Law, which the LORD had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in booths during the feast of the seventh month and that they should  proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make booths”–as it is written.  So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves booths on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim.  The whole company that had returned from exile built booths and lived in them.   From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this.  And their joy was very great.  Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God.  They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly (Nehemiah 8: 13-18 NIV).

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.  But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.  No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret.  Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”  For even his own brothers did not believe in him.  Therefore, Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.  The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.  You go to the Feast.  I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”  Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.  However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret (John 7: 1-10 NIV).

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

The LORD said to Moses, “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.  Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire.  Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.  Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people.  I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day.  You shall do no work at all.  This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.  It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the  ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath” (Leviticus 23: 26-32 NIV).  (See Exodus 30: 10 and Numbers 29: 7-11 also.)

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast [Day of Atonement] (Acts 27: 9 NIV).

The Day of Atonement is considered most holy among God’s Appointed Times.  It is a day of fasting, prayer, and assembly.  Some equate the Day of Atonement (also known as the Day of Purging) to the Judgment.

Salvation is through the blood of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah). our Passover Lamb.  Good works do not produce salvation; rather, salvation produces good works.  During the Fall Feasts, I am acutely aware of how I have “missed the mark” by what I have done or left undone.  For me, the Fall Feasts are a time of reflection, repentance, and spiritual renewal–an opportunity to have a closer relationship with the Lord.

As I study God’s Appointed Times, I am beginning to participate in them. Since His feasts are holy convocations (dress rehearsals), I want to be ready for the events they foreshadow.  Just as the Spring Feasts foreshadowed Christ first advent, the Fall Feasts foreshadow His second coming.  One day ALL nations will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14: 16).

Yom Kippur begins at sundown tonight (9/13/2013).

Do the following verses relate to the Day of Atonement?  I don’t know.  What do you think?“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25: 31-3 NIV).  “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels'” (Matthew 25: 41 NIV).

But I tell you that all men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12: 36-37).

Yom Terauh: A Night of Miracles (9/4/13)!

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Yom Terauh, Feasts of Trumpets, is one of God’s Appointed Times.  (See Leviticus 23: 23-25.)  Like the other feasts listed in Leviticus 23, it is prophetic in nature–a dress rehearsal for a future event.  Paul is referring to Yom Terauh in I Thessalonians 4: 16-17 when he says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (NIV).

Resurrection in the Old and New Testaments

And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.  Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes shall see and not another.  My heart faints within me (Job 19: 25-27 NASB).

But your dead will live; their bodies will rise.  You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy.  You dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.  Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.  See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of earth for their sins (Isaiah 26: 19-21a NIV).

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am (John 14: 1-3 NIV).

(*Notice the reference to “rooms” in both Isaiah 26 and John 14.  Norm Franz of Ascension Ministries reflects on this in his sermon dated 9/7/2013 concerning the Fall Feasts.)

And at that time shall Micheal stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12: 1-3 KJV).

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall all be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4: 13-17 NASB).

The Bible verses here and in my previous post, Feast of Trumpets, relate to the first resurrection in Revelation 20: 6.  I plan to post more verses about the first resurrection in future posts.

 

Feast of Trumpets

English: Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of t...
English: Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of the New Moon, illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the first of the Fall Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23.  It is followed by Yom Kippur and the Feasts of Tabernacles.  The feasts (including the Sabbath) are known as God’s Appointed Times. They are  “holy convocations”–dress rehearsals,shadows of things to come.

The Spring Feasts–Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost–foreshadowed Christ’s First Coming.  The Fall Feasts foreshadow His Second Coming.

Many beleive that Jesus will return during the Feast of Trumpets, a.k.a. the Day of the Awakening Blast.  Consider the following verses:

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation (Leviticus 23: 23-24 KJV).

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (I Corinthians 15: 51-52 KJV).

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise: 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 (I Thessalonians 4: 15-17 KJV).

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15 NIV).

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24: 36 KJV) .  “No man knows the day or hour” is a Jewish idiom that refers to the Feast of Trumpets and the sighting of the New Moon, which could appear on Tishri 1 or 2.

The Hebrew calendar is lunar.  Tishri is the 7th month on the sacred Hebrew calendar and the 1st month on the secular Hebrew calendar. This year the Feast of Trumpets begins September 4 (Wednesday) at sundown.  It is a “no work” day (Leviticus 23: 24).

Note: Tishri 1 is also known as Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year” on the secular calendar.

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