May Day Dream

I had a dream last night.  It was set in and had a function like a video game that I’ve played called “DayZ” — a post-apocalyptic, zombie, survival game.  Stay with me.

I was walking down a narrow path with my wife that was littered with wreckage from cars and other obstacles.  My wife was holding a baby, which I assumed was ours — we don’t currently have children.

All of a sudden, my wife and child were “spirited-way” (I don’t believe this was any sort of rapture), like a relocation, so to speak.  Whether it was spiritual or physical or both, I don’t know.  A few seconds later, I shot at a zombie in front of me, but the noise attracted more.

I began running for shelter as I heard the horde approaching.  At the last moment with a few right behind me, I was able to jump on top of some crates I found along the path.  I then woke up.  It was around 3:30.

I prayed for understanding of the dream.  I understood the relocation of my wife and child as a good, protective thing.  The zombie scenario was pretty clear, I’d say — end-times, earthdwellers, etc.  And Mark 13:14 came to mind as I thought about fleeing to and jumping on the crates — in the game, jumping on top of crates or cars protects you from the zombies.

Dream aside, I felt compelled to pray and read.  I reached for my Bible — and before you think, “wow, he keeps his Bible beside his bed,” it was only there because God reminded me of my need for it to stay close because of some of my recent foolishness.  I opened up to and read Micah 1 & 2.

“The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place. **All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?** Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country, a place for planting vineyards, and I will pour down her stones into the valley and uncover her foundations. All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, all her wages shall be burned with fire, and all her idols I will lay waste, for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return. For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches. For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem. Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah roll yourselves in the dust. Pass on your way, inhabitants of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame; the inhabitants of Zaanan do not come out; the lamentation of Beth-ezel shall take away from you its standing place. For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster has come down from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem. Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for in you were found the transgressions of Israel. Therefore you shall give parting gifts to Moresheth-gath; the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel. I will again bring a conqueror to you, inhabitants of Mareshah; the glory of Israel shall come to Adullam. Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair, for the children of your delight; make yourselves as bald as the eagle, for they shall go from you into exile.

Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the Lord: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster. In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, ‘We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields.’ Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the Lord. ‘Do not preach’—thus they preach— ‘one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.’ Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the Lord grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? **But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war. The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.** Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction. If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, ‘I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,’ he would be the preacher for this people! ***I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob; I will gather the remnant of Israel***; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men. He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.”

Micah 1:1-2:13

The Lord is speaking of bringing judgement and wrath against all the peoples of the earth “for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel.” But at the end of chapter two, he gathers “the remnant of Israel.”

We’re here now.  The house of Israel has heaped up their sins to heaven, making a neo-Babel tower out of the heap.  We’re about to see judgement come to the earth for their sins.  The remnant will be saved.

Entrust your soul to Christ if you haven’t.  And if you have, prune your heart.  Lean into Jesus Christ and prepare for the day of judgement.

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