Have you ever had a dream in the night?….

1/5/2020 Reposted 8/28/2022

Dreamers will dream….

There is a known fact that the Lord gives dreams in the Bible, and I believe He still can today, and does. 

There are many servants in the Old and New Testament that had dreams and visions: Joseph, Jacob, Joseph, Mary, Daniel, Abimelech, Laban, the cup-bearer in the story of Joseph, the baker in the story of Joseph, Solomon, Magi that came to see Jesus, Pilate’s wife, …..

I remember that these stories surrounding these people are not just stories with a lesson, but actual people with facts foretold. God spoke to some symbolically, literally, with warnings, with annunciations, with information pertaining to the future, etc. 

Joel 2:28 ‘ “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” ‘

Again in Acts 2:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

We see that dreams are found in the Old and New Testaments. Jeremiah speaks of them:

“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream!. I had a dream!” How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds. They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord, “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord,  “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? “Therefore,” declares the Lord, I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who was their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams, declares the LORD. They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:25-32

Notice, Jeremiah states that God doesn’t tell a person to not share their dream at all, but to be honest about it. There are true dreams and false dreams (not a dream at all but a lie, like if you have a nightmare that is demonic), and there is a right way to share a dream and a wrong way to share a dream, as well as a right way to interpret a dream and a wrong way. 

The absolute best place to find the answers to dreams is in the Word of God, the Bible, and there is a man named John introduced me to named Ira Milligan, who really did his homework on symbols as communicated, found, interpreted in the Bible and His experience. I have found and believe that this is one of the best books in the whole world for dreams, LOL (but really though), on symbols for interpreting dreams, visions, and coincidental symbols that may occur and recur in your life.

You can get it sent to you “Used” for less than 5.00 off internet. Just google the title, “Understanding the Dreams you Dream”, with the orange fish on it, and it will be the best $5.00 you ever spent in your life! Whether you have had dreams or not, whether you have had 1 dream or 100 of them, and even if you just would like help with symbols in general…You MUST get this! A great supplement for biblical symbols! There are newer versions of this book, newer editions, but the old orange one with the key on the front, is laid out the easiest and plainest in regards to defining the symbols, so I personally encourage that one. The newer ones are too fancy, my husband says, and I agree.

Please start writing down what you think you have received from God, and especially a dream, and He will give you more, – this I know is true! God likes it when people do that.

I have found, too, that in dreams mostly God will deal with me personally with my sins, my heart, the mysteries of life, ANSWERS TO PRAYER, guidance, direction, and more.

But a person shouldn’t ever be too quick to share a dream with another person; because in the story of Joseph son of Jacob/Israel, Joseph was not guarded, and shared his dream prematurely with his brothers, who got mad, and jealous, and sold him into slavery right away. 

You’re not going crazy, and you’re not always just a victim of “bad pizza” :), but then again, there are dreams that definitely should be discarded, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE DREAM IS NOT ALWAYS FROM God. I hope to post a new post soon about how to tell if “messages” (which would cover dreams, visions, voices, signs, …) are from God or the devil, based on homework my husband did in one of his books. NO doubt, there are mistakes to be made when trying to interpret, implement, or make a decision based on a dream. But I think the worse mistake would be throwing away a precious gift such as a message from God, because you didn’t have enough faith to believe it could happen. If you haven’t had a dream, or many dreams, and would like to have them, pray to receive them. “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to Him who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8). Also, start to write down spiritual messages from God in a journal or write down the last thing you can remember, and He will give dreams to you, too!

“We Will Dance” – David Ruis

Keep holding on, cuz we’re gonna dance!

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Sing a song of celebration
Lift up a shout of praise
For the Bridegroom will come
The glorious one
And oh we will look on His face
We’ll go to a much better place

And dance with all your might
Lift up your hands and clap for joy
The time’s drawing near
When He will appear
And oh we will stand by His side
A strong pure spotless bride

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“Celestial” Copernicus – A Man Among the Stars!

In the last several months, I remembered that I had studied some of the history of mathematics in college. I had a wonderful professor, named J. Colwell, who challenged us to find information on Christian mathematicians and ideas on the foundations of mathematics. During this time, I wish I would have realized how blessed I was to think about such things, in a Christian environment. Since then, from time to time, I take a little time to learn about Christian mathematicians, scientists, inventors, and any contributors to Christian or Christian-culture thought. It can be very inspiring to look into the lives of some of the predecessors of the maths and sciences, and how much more a greater wealth when their consciences were dedicated to Christ, as well as their brains.

So, I wanted to take a look at Copernicus, Nicolaus Copernicus, as I was reintroduced to him a little more in the Spring 2020. This man almost single-handed and completely changed the considerations of the movements planetary bodies, our moon, stars, rotations, and did so experimenting from his own personal observatory, without even the use of telescopes. Why was this important to me? I would say it’s because he was a strong believer that did not consider what was known to be scientific/mathematic fact, without looking into the matters of astronomical theories, for himself. He did not just settle in the thought that everything that had been discovered was limited to what was already discovered, but he hungered for more. And I really liked that about him. In 2020, I learned more on the heliocentric theory and how Copernicus published a work in 1543 that introduced the idea of a sun-centered system with enough backing behind it for it to become “universally accepted” :).

His great magnum opus, the great writing project that changed the program for ages to come was called De Revolutionibus orbeum celestium, which when translated is: “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres”. The Heliocentric Theory supported in this work was a theory that more-or-less placed the sun as the center of the universe with planets surrounding it. Sounds easy enough for us, but the theory that was in place at the time, and accepted for the previous 10+ centuries as valid, placed the earth as the center of everything, with sun, moon, stars, and planets all orbiting it. It could have been of pure ignorance, as the church fathers of the Middle Ages, supported this Ptolemaic Thoery, that supposed the earth was the center of the celestial’s activity. This Ptolemaic System, also considered the geocentric (earth-centered) theory, was the one supposedly well-established since the 2nd century by Ptolemy of Alexandria. The church fathers of the Middle Ages that were the ones noted to have the “truth” on such matters did look for Scriptures that would support this ancient geocentric view, and concluded long ago that Psalms 19:6 and Psalms 93:1 might support this. So here are those verses:

Psalms 19:6 “It (the sun) rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.”

Psalms 93:1 “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.”

Model of GeoCentric System – Established Around Somewhere Between Ad 85 – 165 in Ptolemy’s work entitled The Almagest.

There were some “dissenters” from the Ptolemaic view over the centuries, that found some holes in the theory including an Islamic Maraghma astronomer, named Mu’ayyad al-Din al’Urdi, who defined planetary motion that varied from Ptolemy’s views. Copernicus observed his variations and additionally was spurred on by a more contemporary dissenter, a German scientist named Regiomantanus. Regiomantanus thought that even though translation had been sloppy from translating from different languages, there were faults in the actual Almagest/Ptolemaic view. He published a summary of the Almagest, several years before Copernicus was born. Copernicus gathered some more strength behind his geo-centered aversion from a teacher he had from Bologna, named Dominica Maria Novara, who was another skeptic of Ptolemy’s work. So academically seeking out how to prove new light on a pure heavenly conquest, Copernicus took a lot of notes, gathered from centuries of resources, asked his own questions, consulted other teachers, reviewed skeptic respectable works on the matter, and used mathematical and scientific reasoning to prove his theory that demanded recognition, and the results proved their worth, the work became known as a “major event in the history of science” (Wikipedia quote).

I have a feeling that Copernicus got some of the insight by way of personal revelation, but that is my own theory. My husband is a firm believer that if you think enough on a subject, you can be in a good position to receive enlightenment on it, and I think that is precisely what Copernicus did. Truly he “set his mind things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2). I’ve been amazed at the thought of searching the Scriptures for insight on the proving of the heliocentric idea. In this day of easily-accessed resources like google on the internet, or youtube videos, or books found at the library, or previous knowledge of the Bible, its easy for me to search “heavens”, “earth”, “stars” or “sun” in the Bible. Or other accessible articles to learn what happened in this story of Copernicus’ discovery. And I did do a very little of that. What I found was from the first verse in Genesis 1:1 it was read “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”, and it hadn’t struck me before, but that God did not say earth and then heavens, as in a geo-centric concept. (I know this is a stretch, the Hebrew does say heavens first). But God made “heavens first, and then earth” (and Moses must have heard God say) …. created the “Heavens and the earth” in that order, in Genesis 1:1. And then I discovered that all of these verses, in the following list*, listed below as references, every time they are noted as saying heavens and then the earth, heavens proceeding earth, or possibly could mean a host of heavens considered by God, versus the thought of earth considered as the center of universe. [Could that be another argument for helio-centrism?]: If nothing else, it does show me that God’s ways are higher, and so much higher, that He keeps saying heavens first and then earth. Just a thought to ponder.

All verses noted that say or mention the idea of heavens created, or considered, or ordered before the earth.

*Verses: Ps 124:8; Matt. 24:35; Ps. 108:5; Ps. 73:25; Is. 55:9; Ps. 121:1-2: Lk. 2:14; Phil. 2:9-10; Jer. 23:24; Deut. 4:39; Jer. 32:17; Ps. 19:1-2; 2 Peter 3:7

The website creation.com is very encouraging in considering many Creation articles on information and studies, but their article for Copernicus also attested that there is not one clear verse that defines it for us.

But how it must have been encouraging to him, to bring forth a mostly-brand new theory – written, organized, with him having “done the math” – for others to come alongside him and ask him to publish the work. His manuscript was first called Commentariolus, and he dispersed it among several good friends. Somewhere from start date 1510 and 1530, the entire publishable work was completed.

The work had subjects divided up by chapters, and information in covered on the theory, the history of the topic, on mathematics and these major axioms (with some room for amendment):

(Copernicus’ Axioms on the Right Side)

What I have gathered from Copernicus life in addition to his contributions to the “On The Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres” work, is that he was a mathematician, a polyglot (linguist), a physician, a governor, helped his uncle with administrative church duties but was not overfond or happy about taking orders from the Catholic church. He gained a doctorate in canon law, was an astronomer, also was an economist that is known for creating an accepted Economic theory known as “Gresham’s Law”, and I wonder if there’s anything he couldn’t have done.

He did not have a wife and children, although he did care for his relatives, their children, and served his uncle and professional community faithfully.

I hope that I can remember what potential a life has that is devoted to God in terms of seeking truth, aiming for perfection, and overcoming persecution against an idea that is so engrained but incorrect. An idea that even if it seems unreasonable, having the same patience to see through a conviction that may take decades, a lifetime, or centuries before the idea is recognized. I believe he proved it, and it truly shows, that he did just that.

Sources:

Wikipedia – Nicolaus Copernicus

Wikipedia – De revoltuionibus orbium celestium

Wikipedia – Mu’ayyad al-Din al-Urdi

Creation.com – Article ‘Nevertheless, it moves!’: Copernicus, Galileo, and the theory of evolution

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Google search “7 Axioms of Copernicus”

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“Creation Calls” by Brownsville Worship Volume 2

I love this song! This week, I have delved into an old worship CD that John had from years ago. #1 on the album list from the Brownsville Revival, is this song called “Creation Calls”. It so ministers to me because I have not been in nature like I would like to. Our backyard got demolished with mud because of getting a much-needed new septic tank – so that’s good, but it’s so sad to see the backyard compared to what it was. And I realized God ministers to us about nature and the revealing of the Son’s creative glory, even if we can’t go outside as much and enjoy nature. So please enjoy this song “Creation Calls”, and if you want, consider these verses from Romans 1.

“19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20)

Romans 1:19-20

Song Video – Click on Video to hear/view song “Creation Calls”

Lyrics:

Verse:

I have felt the wind blow
Whispering Your name
I have seen Your tears fall
When I watch the rain

Chorus:

How could I say there is no God
When all around creation calls
A singing bird, a mighty tree
The vast expanse of open sea

Verse:

Gazing at a bird in flight
Soaring through the air
Lying down beneath the stars
I feel Your presence there

Verse/Chorus 2:

I love to stand at the ocean’s shore
And feel the thundering breakers roar
To walk through golden fields of grain
‘Neath endless blue horizon’s frame

Listening to a river run, watering the earth
Fragrance of a rose in bloom, a newborn’s cry at birth

Bridge:

I believe, I believe, I believe

By Brian Doerksen and used from the website Genius.com:

Infant Baptism Doesn’t Legitimize Salvation – John MacArthur’s Youtube Video, and the Anabaptists Movie: The Radicals

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My husband found a video after research done on infant baptism. The video by John MacArthur is: “Is Infant Baptism Biblical”? Please follow link for video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybuuCLJwQwY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR37SnfQBLI-Q3hAyfiAa_X2Wcd4MULj0NnLz_D4DsdX3XwUu38TwnZglms

The issue, as taught about by John MacArthur is one that has had tumultuous controversy throughout church history. Currently, many professing Christians in all kinds of fellowship groups, Catholic and Orthodox groups, and Protestant and Reformed churches like Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Methodists, United Protestants, etc, practice this infant baptism as a means of a symbol of their baptism guaranteeing salvation. I don’t think that implies that those groups do not have any genuinely born-again believers, but that if they are relying on baptism as a baby as their symbol, then they are mistaken as to the idea of salvation, altogether. Furthermore, not addressing the topic itself can be very dangerous, in my opinion, as much of this practice is based on man’s traditions and not God’s pattern in the New Testament.

” ‘They worship me in vain, their teachings are rules taught by men.’ (Jesus was quoting Isaiah who prophesied the same.) You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men” (Mark 7:7-8).

So what does legitimize salvation: The Blood of Jesus. There’s much more to say among those lines, of belief, repentance, baptism by water immersion, baptism by those who make a public declaration for Christ, assumed to be in a state of ability to choose to do so by their free will. Nothing about sprinkling on infants, from what I’ve gathered and remembered – that is not seen in Scripture at all!

Along this line of thinking, is a great movie called the Radicals. When John and I got married, we had a copy and watched it several times. It is about the Anabaptists who spoke against the wrong practice of infant baptism and paid for it with their lives, feeling so strongly against it. Very inspiring and challenging to watch at the end, but if you think you could watch it, you should! Michael and Margaretha Sattler’s story, the pioneers of the Anabaptists’ movement. You can find it on Amazon to rent to watch.

Mary’s Now Baptized To A New Life! – May 29th, 2022

  • (John wrote on Mary’s baptism this summer): God gave me a birthday present today on my 37th (bday): my daughter Mary asked to be baptized of her own free will, without any pressure. It was while we were watching “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” After giving a talk on Biblical baptism, I had my wife baptize my daughter in a creek at the local park, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. –Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:12. I’m sorry the video link embedded does not work, please let me know if you want to see the video. I will send it to you in Facebook, or find another way to get it to you. I AM SO PROUD OF HER!

Babette’s Feast – A Must See! – Rent on Amazon Prime

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This film is phenomenal. It is about 2 Protestant sisters that live their whole lives single to help their minister father and his preaching to a localized church group. Both sisters have men call of them to get married, but both sisters decide to stay with their father. Because of war troubles in France, they take in a impoverished cook who comes to live with them that pleads with them to let her stay for free, since they are poor and cannot pay her a fee. She used to be a royal cook, and they are not really too aware of this. After she had been with the 2 sisters for about 14 years, she wins the Lottery of France! Then she decides to make a giant (10,000 francs), expensive, lavish meal to treat and spoil a community that has only ever seen simplicity and meagerness. What a tremendous story! Then the Christian Community that belonged to the two sisters, is brought together to enjoy a holy meal. They eat quail, sea turtle, indulge in the most coveted wines, have fruit, salad, and what looks like a 5 course meal. So sweet! It is a sacred movie to me, and an unforgettable story. I would encourage everyone to watch, but it is all in French (so,if you can bear it), so you will need subtitles! Wonderful!

Video “The Burning Hell”

A church put on this depiction of hell, and they did not have a large budget, but they did a pretty good job with what they had. Definitely worth the watch, and I felts its a good overall depiction of the gospel, but wish there was more on repentance, not just believing the good news.