For Dreams to Come True by Francis Frangipane (En Español)
Just because we walk and talk does not mean we are truly awake. Zechariah was not sleeping when an angel roused him “as a man who is awakened from his sleep”
Perhaps we too need to be shaken from our slumber to possess
the promises of God! Amazingly, in spite of all the signs, wonders, and warnings
announcing that we are truly in the last days, Jesus also said there is a mysterious drowsiness that we have to overcome.
Indeed, immediately after highlighting the various evidences of the end (see Matt. 24), He compares the church to
virgins who “all got drowsy and began to sleep” (Matt. 25:5).
Virgins sleeping at the end of the age:
This seems incomprehensible with all the signs in the heavens and wonders upon the earth, not to mention the increasing presence
of Christ. Yet this phenomenon is something we each battle: the tendency to become spiritually drowsy
and lose our focus as we wait for the Lord’s return.
There is a subtle
activity of the enemy that dulls our perception and seduces our zeal. Our vision
takes a backseat to other less important aspects of life. From the beginning, the voice of Satan has had this lulling effect
on mankind. Eve’s excuse for disobedience was, “The serpent hath caused me to forget” (Gen. 3:13 Young’s
This sense of spiritual forgetfulness, of drowsiness,
is the cloud of blindness that we each must discern and overcome. It was in regard to this that the Holy Spirit spoke to my
heart through the following dream:
There was a temple standing in an open field. My view of the temple was from its
side, about 200 yards away. I could not see its front, yet it must have been completely
open because great light flashed out from the inside; it pulsed like lightning, yet was solid like sunlight. The block of
light issued straight out, and I knew this light was the glory of God.
temple was so close that I knew that with a little effort I could enter the glory of God. His
holy presence was clearly within my reach. There were also others directly in front of me that I recognized as people
from church. Everyone seemed very busy. And while the temple and its light were
visible and readily accessible to all, every head was bent
downward and turned away from the light; each was occupied with other things.
I heard one person say, “I
have to do laundry.” Another said, “I have to go to work.” I could see people reading newspapers, watching
televisions, and eating. I was sure everyone could see the light if they wanted to — even more sure that we all knew
His glory was near.
There were even a few people reading the Bible and praying, but everyone maintained the downward
thrust of their gaze; each had a mental barrier of some kind between themselves and
the place of God’s presence. No one, in fact, seemed capable of standing up, turning, and steadfastly walking into the very near glory of God.
As I watched,
suddenly my wife lifted her head and beheld the temple in the field. She stood and walked without pausing toward the open
front. As she drew closer to the light, a garment of glory formed and thickened
around her; the closer she went, the more dense the light surrounding her became until she stepped in front of the temple
and turned completely toward the blazing face of God.
Oh! How jealous I felt. My wife had entered the glory of God
before me! At the same time I realized that there was nothing stopping me from approaching God’s presence — nothing
except the pile of things to do and responsibilities that, in truth, ruled my life more than the voice of God.
Pushing the weight of these pressures from me, I determined to rise and enter the temple
myself. But, to my great regret, in my dream as I rose up, I suddenly woke up!
The longing and disappointment
within me seemed unbearable. I had been so close to entering God’s presence. How I wanted to enter the temple and be
swallowed up in His glory!
I cried, “Lord, why did You let me wake up?”
Instantly, the word of
the Lord responded to my cry. He said, “I will not have My servant’s life
fulfilled by a dream. If you want your dream to come true, you have to wake up.”
Breaking Passivity; Setting Priorities Beloved, today, God
is awakening us to the reality of His presence. The promises the Lord gives us in the Scriptures must become more to us than dream-like realities only reserved for the hereafter. Moses frequented the glory of God! Israel’s seventy elders ate and drank in God’s resplendent glory (see Ex.
24: 9-11). Jesus unveiled God’s glory on the Mount of Transfiguration! Paul says that we all can behold the glory of
God and be transformed by it (see 2 Cor. ).
reason, the Scripture says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and
Christ will shine on you” (Eph. ). If we truly want Christ to “shine” upon us, we must arise from the distractions that entomb us
in lethargy and spiritual darkness.
Right at this moment, the presence of the living God is near enough to hear the
whisper of your heart. But if we want our dream of standing in the presence of God to come true, we must wake up.