One day, I received a dream from the Creator of the universe. This dream was definitely from the Creator, as you will soon discover, because everything that I was shown came to pass.
In the dream, my dad was in his back room which he loved. This was a room that he had specially constructed to act as a second kitchen. The outer wall of this room was constructed with logs. My dad lived in a log cabin which he himself had built.
In the dream, giant screws were coming up through the floor. They were all over the place.
My dad was cornered. He was immobilized, on account of the giant screws.
In the dream, there was a message. The message said (to my father), “You will not get out of here until you confess Jesus as Lord!”
What was this dream all about?
This dream was about an immobilized state that my father would find himself in, in about 15 years. For in about 15 years, my dad would contract Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS.
The message, “You will not get out of here until you confess Jesus as Lord!” was all about how my dad would finally become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. For, up until that time, my dad did not trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. But that was about to change. In the midst of my dad's life, God was going to “put the screws” on my father.
To “put the screws on” someone is actually an idiomatic expression in the English language, and means “to compel by exerting pressure on” them. And this is exactly what I saw in my dream. I saw these giants screws coming up through the floor, which were cornering my father, and causing him to become immobilized. In real life, the “screws” represented the disease that he was diagnosed with, less than 15 years later.
God is a good God. He does not delight in people getting sick. However, he may still allow sickness for the greater good.
There are times when sickness can be used as a means of chastisement from a loving God who does not want people to “miss out” on the best that God has to offer, meaning eternal life.
In order for a person to receive eternal life, they need to see their need for the Savior, who is Jesus. God can, and does, use disease, sometimes, to speak to a person about their need. It is just as we read in the book of Job:
“He is chastened also with pain on his bed, with continual strife in his bones; So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food. His flesh is so consumed away, that it can't be seen. His bones that were not seen stick out. Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.” (Job 33:19-22)
This does not look good, but sometimes this is the situation that God uses to speak to a person about their need for the Savior, who is Jesus.
There are times when God will restore a person after they have come to see their need, but in my dad's case, he died shortly thereafter. Was this a bad thing? Well, not really, because he went to be with Jesus, and one day he will receive a new body and live on the earth forever. This is what the Bible teaches concerning all those who have faith in Jesus Christ. So while it is hard to lose someone, as long as they know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, that is the main thing. I will see my father again! And we shall live for eternity forever. That will be pretty amazing!
Thus, there it is in a nutshell, and we see that God will allow a person to be subjected to pain, even, for the sake of speaking to them about their need for the Savior. For we all need a Savior — someone who can save us from ourselves and our own ideas. Why might that be a good idea? Because our own ideas often do not include God, who wants to give us life. That life can only be received if we have first developed a trusting relationship with Jesus Christ who came to die for our sins.
So, briefly, in the dream, God our Creator showed me what was going to happen to my father, and why. He was going to permit it so that my father would recognize his need for the Savior, and confess Jesus as Lord. For as it is written,
“And it will be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21, LEB)
The end of the dream (speaking to my father), said, “You will not get out of here until you confess Jesus as Lord!” In other words, my father would not “get out of here” (meaning, leave the earth) until he had confessed Jesus as being his personal Lord and Savior. Well, here is what happened.
About three months before my father died in the year 2000, he asked me to visit him. For he was about five hours away by car. So I went and visited him.
When I went to visit him, he was immobilized from the disease, and wanted a cup of tea. He asked me to get him a cup of tea. So I did.
I went to the stove, and beside the tea pot was a note that he had written sometime before that. I'm not sure if he sent me to get the tea so that I would see the note, or if the note was just there, but, in any event, I saw the note.
On the note, he had written, in his own handwriting, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me.”
Thus, this was the note.
As you can see, in the note, my father actually confessed Jesus as Lord. It was just as had been revealed to me about 15 years earlier in the dream. My father would not leave the earth until he had confessed Jesus as Lord. Well, he did!
This confession of Jesus being the “Son of the Living God,” where does it come from? If you read the Bible, you will find out that this was Simon Peter's confession of Jesus, as well, when Simon Peter said to Jesus,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (See Matthew 16:16, KJV)
This expression is also found in John 6, once again used by Simon Peter, in which he said to Jesus,
“Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (See John 6:68-69)
Thus, this was my father's confession. He not only confessed Jesus as being “Lord,” but also “Son of the Living God.” In response to Simon Peter's confession of Jesus being the Son of the living God, Jesus responded, saying,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (See Matthew 16:17, LEB)
Thus it was that my father confessed the same thing — he confessed that Jesus was the “Son of the living God.”
Where did he confess it? He confessed it on that small piece of paper!
Thus, the Lord knows how to save people, and he will even use disease in order to get the job done!
About five years after my dad died, I had another dream. Thus, between the first dream and the second were about 20 years. In the second dream, I met a man (Jesus) who took me on a walk. At first, we were walking on the “straight and narrow path.” This is the path of salvation. Then, we both temporarily took a “sharp left” down a corridor.
We left the path in order to see someone who was not on the path! Heaven forbid, but it was true! In a room, was my mother and her husband, because when my father was alive, my mother divorced my father and got remarried to another man.
In the dream, I did not speak with my mother or her husband at all. The Lord merely showed them to me. After seeing my mother and her husband, we got back on the straight and narrow path, because that was our path. We had only taken a temporary diversion in order to observe my mother and her husband.
As we kept walking a short distance, all of a sudden, we were outside, and there were no more walls anywhere. We were out in the open. It was day time. It was bright. And there I looked up into the sky, and I saw my dad standing on top of what I first thought was a very high mountain. For it was high up in the air that I saw him standing. Yet I did not see a mountain. I only assumed a mountain must be there, because of how high up it was. In fact, to my naked eye, he was standing in thin air.
Then, the Lord Jesus turned to me, and pointing at me said in a very matter-of-fact voice, “Your mother's remarriage is not the true remarriage. Your father's remarriage is the true remarriage!”
The dream ended.
When I woke up from the dream, I first thought to myself, “This dream cannot be from God, because in real life, my father never got remarried!” But about 10 days later, I finally realized what it was all about. My eyes were suddenly opened! When I saw my dad standing there high up in the air, there was actually no mountain at all! I merely assumed there was a mountain, because of how high he was in the air! In reality, I was looking up into heaven.
What the Lord was showing me was that my dad was in heaven!
When the Lord turned to me and said, “Your mother's remarriage is not the true remarriage. Your father's remarriage is the true remarriage!” he said this because my father was part of the “bride of Christ.” The “bride of Christ” is an expression found in the Bible, which refers to all genuine followers of Jesus Christ. These are the ones who will be “married” (so to speak) to Jesus Christ, who is the bridegroom, for all eternity. Well, that is one way that the Bible describes it! But Jesus does not have a harem! Jesus is married to one bride, which consist of all those who genuinely trust in him! Why this imagery? Because of his eternal love and care for the ones who will trust in him.
Thus, the explanation had been concealed from me at the time I first had the dream, but 10 days later, it all made sense!
Thus, this dream was yet another confirming “sign” of my father's salvation.
But there was more.
Many years later, in 2016, the Creator who is God, gave yet another dream to a man who had never met my father or mother before, and it contained detailed information concerning both my father and my mother. It also contained the fact that my father had been saved from a godless eternity by trusting in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. I have written about this in detail, in my book, “He is Coming.”
1. Are you “saved”? Go back and read Acts 2:21 and find out what it says about being saved.
2. What is there to be saved from? What happens to people who are not saved? Where do they go? To better understand this, please find a Bible and read the following verses: John 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 11:25-26, 20:31, and 1 John 5:10-13 (at the end). What happens to people who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior? What about those who do not?
3. According to the first dream, how did God use the disease in my father's life?
4. According to Job 33:19-22, can God use pain to rescue someone from the Pit? What is “the Pit”?
5. If you were to die tonight, where would you go?
6. If you were to die tonight, and God were to say to you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” what would you say?
7. Please read Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5-7. How does God save us? On the basis of our works, or his grace.
8. According to Isaiah 64:6, all of our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. Therefore, they cannot in any way merit us salvation. Read John 6:29. What is the work that God requires?
9. Read John 1:12. What is the key element in being able to be a child of God? Are all people children of God according to this verse? Who are, and who are not?
10. Read Romans 3:23. How many have sinned? How many people have fallen short of God's glory?
11. Read Romans 6:23. What are the “wages of sin” and what is the “free gift of God” through Jesus Christ?
12. Read Romans 4:1-1, 4:16, and Galatians 3:7-9. On what basis was Abraham saved? Was it by observing the law, or because of his faith?
13. Read Proverbs 20:11, Matthew 7:16, John 8:39, and Titus 1:16. Although our works do not save us, the Bible says we will be known by them. Read James 2:21. In what sense was Abraham justified by his works?
14. Read 1 Samuel 16:7, John 5:28-29, 2 Peter 1:10-11, and Revelation 22:12. Discuss in what respects God looks at the heart, and in what respects God looks at the deeds. What is God's basis for judgment in John 5:28-29? Why?
15. Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. What is the basis for judgment for saved individuals? How is a person saved and what role do our works have? Is this passage talking about saved people, or non-saved people?
16. Read Daniel 12:2. What is the corresponding verse in the New Testament? What is everlasting life and what is everlasting contempt?
Finally, this booklet is called, “73 Years of Wisdom.” Why? The answer is that my dad was 73 years old when he died. Although it took him a while before he was able to fully trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, he finally did it! That is good news. After 73 years of searching for the answer, my dad's collective wisdom —73 years of it— was to make a decision to firmly receive Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. What an awesome decision that was! And if you have not done so already, may you make the same!
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