Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Lion

2:30 AM, 05/23/15 I just awoke from a dream.

I was in a gymnasium walking about and talking to people. The sense I had was that I knew the people. Some were standing and some seated at cafeteria tables. The tables were the long fold up style with the bench seats that can be rolled off to the side for storing. A lion walked in through one of the doors. Everyone seemed to be aware of the lion but not a single person was alarmed by its presence. It was as if everyone, including me, knew him and thought he was friendly.

 

I sat down at a table and looked across the room at the lion. I felt as though I was being eyeballed by him. I turned away and gave it no further thought. I then realized he had circled half the room, staring me down the whole time. The lion leapt up onto the table, opposite the end from which I was seated. He slowly strolled down the table with his gaze fixed upon me. I grew uneasy though not fearful.

I slid across to another table which was perpendicular to the one where I had been seated. The lion jumped the gap to the table and was behind me. I was on the bench with my back to the table, and now to the lion as well. He immediately encased my skull with his jaw. I remember sternly but calmly calling his name, "Leo!" I had the sense that all in the room collectively caught their breath as they looked on with horrific anticipation. They all knew Leo and didn't know what to expect as they were caught by surprise and watched in astonishment.

Leo began walking the length of the table with me in tow as he tightened the vise on my head. I was calling his name the whole way, expecting him to stop. "Leo. Leo. Leo. ..." No one did anything but watch the event unfold. When he reached the end he began swinging me back and forth like a rag doll as a dog would a toy. I felt I was being shredded. He then flung me across the room toward a wall that was some distance away.

My last thought as I awoke was that my skull had been crushed. I immediately began asking God if there was any meaning to this dream. "Lord," I asked, "is there a meaning to this dream? Is there something I need to be aware of?" I wondered if it was a betrayel by someone I knew. Why did all watch, yet do nothing? The sense I had was that all of the people, the surroundings, and even the lion were familiar as if family and friends, both blood and church. All looked on in stunned amazement as Leo steadily and calmly carried out this aggression against me.

I first thought of Jesus's teaching that the tares grew among the wheat. Was I to be cautious of someone around me? If so, who? Discernment is needed, especially in these final days. I then wondered if this was how Christ felt as he was arrested, falsely tried, beaten and crucified. Alone with no one attempting to stop the injustice.

I felt compelled to write the dream as I continue to wonder if there is any more to it that I need to heed.

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The tares are among the wheat. The unbelievers among the believers. This is true in our lives in general and also in our churches. Some may even be enemies to the Kingdom of God that are among us on purpose. Awareness and discernment become more important as the days wind down until the end.

Matthew 10:16-22

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues; But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved."