A Series of Dreams Over America
Over the last few nights, I have received a dream each night. Each of the dreams all flowed together but they did not make sense to me until I had the last dream. The first night I had a dream that I was standing in a field and I heard the Lord say, "Look up." As I looked up, I saw a gray cloud swirling slowly over America. This cloud looked very similar to a rain cloud that you see right before a storm. The Lord spoke to me and said, "I want My Spirit to move so mightily in America today. I'm looking for men and women of God I can trust a powerful outpouring of My Spirit to."
I remember in the dream my first thought was 2 Chronicles 16:9, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
I believe that the cloud in the dream represented a mighty outpouring coming to America that is beginning to stir up in the heavens. The Lord impressed on my heart that He wants revival and awakening in our land more than we do. I felt a charge from the Lord for the Body of Christ to begin seeking after Him in fasting and prayer to a greater degree than we already are.
The second night, the dream was the complete opposite. I felt the Lord say, "Look down." In this dream, I was standing on a long beach and out in the middle of the beach there was a sinkhole, and all the sand was going into the sinkhole like water in a drain. I felt the Lord say that He wants us to start looking vertical and stop looking horizontal. It is obvious that America seems to be going down the drain. If we look down (horizontally) at America, we could easily think that our nation's moral decline is like the sinkhole in my dream. It is easy to get mad or frustrated with where it looks like America is going.
As our world seems to be heading into a very crucial and Kairos time, it leaves one to ponder what is actually on the horizon. If you watch any of our news outlets and look at recent events in our nation you might think there is no hope and that only perilous times are ahead.
However, there are so many prophetic voices speaking about Revival and Awakening in this hour. We are about see a great move of God in our land! We can choose to either look up (vertical) to where God is preparing our nation for a mighty move of His Spirit, or look down (horizontal) at the natural circumstances of where America appears to be failing.
I'm telling you, my friends, if you look up and fix your eyes on the Lord our God, you will know there is hope for America. God is getting ready to release an outpouring of His Spirit that will flood America and the nations of the earth.
Perilous AND Glorious Times
Like most Believers, I recently looked into the Bible, the infallible Word of God, for answers. Then I ran across two Scriptures that seem completely on opposite ends of the spectrum. Now I know the Word is 100 percent accurate, so I looked closer into these two Scriptures about the last days.
The first Scripture is about perilous times; one translation says "difficult times" while another says "dangerous times" will come in the last days. This is the Scripture a lot of the doom and gloom people choose to pick and believe in. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
Now, let's look at this other Scripture in Acts. I like this definition of the last days a lot more. Acts 2:17 says, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams."
I believe that both of these Scriptures descriptions of the last days are very accurate.However, I believe that the "perilous" or "dangerous" times described in 2 Timothy is the dark backdrop that God will display His radiant glory upon when revival and awakening bursts onto the scene in these last days! I choose to walk in the camp of the people who are contending for revival and awakening in America. I believe we are so close to an outpouring of God's power and presence.
See, my friends the question is not are these two Scriptures both true? The question I have for you: Will you look vertically or horizontally?
The third night I had five separate dreams all rowed into one. In each of the five dreams I saw myself in a situation where the glory of God was poured out in an unmeasurable amount.
The first dream I was sitting in a revival service in a place that was unfamiliar to me with ministers that I do not even know. I can tell you in this service the glory was poured out to the degree no one could stand. The second dream I was hosting a revival service at our Burn Texarkana meeting and the glory of God was poured out and there was no limit to His power.
In the third dream, I was walking in my city, Texarkana, in a poverty-stricken area and started ministering to people on the streets and the glory of God was poured out in that area. In the fourth dream I was at a grocery store and other people were ministering to people that were shopping and the glory of God was poured out.
In the fifth and final dream, there were some people that I knew and others that I did not know, but I could tell that they were hurting and they were broken and they were lost. The Lord impressed on my heart, "Joe, these are the people I want you to reach."
My friends, I am so stirred in my spirit right now after these dreams. Now is the time for revival and awakening to happen in America. If we focus on the horizontal which means the day-to-day natural circumstances of life and all the things going on around us, we will miss out on the mighty outpouring God is stirring up over America. But if we choose to live with our eyes lifted up, vertically looking to our mighty God, then we will see revival and awakening and an outpouring of God's Spirit on this nation!
Joe Joe Dawson is the president of Burn Texarkana Revival center and House of Prayer. Pastor Dawson also serves as staff evangelist for First Assembly of God in Texarkana, Texas, where he also is now the Tribe College/young adult pastor. Burn Texarkana has two revival/awakening services a month at First Assembly and multiple prayer meetings weekly. Joe Joe is married to the love of his life, Autumn, and together they have three kids: Malachi, Judah and Ezra. He also serves on the Apostolic leadership team of New Breed Revival Network with Ryan LeStrange and Jennifer LeClaire.