Where evangelists can’t go, God’s Spirit can, but God is also reaching Muslims by dreams. Read about some of these accounts.
One of the most well know prophecies in the Bible is found in Joel 2 where Joel the Prophet wrote that “it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). Of course, God has not yet poured out His “Spirit on all flesh” yet, but He is apparently drawing some to the Lord Jesus Christ by means of dreams. Many who are Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and even Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses report that they’ve had dreams where they’ve encountered Jesus Christ. There’s a place on one of our websites where people can click on “Contact Us,” and in the last couple of years, dozens and dozens of men and women have reached out to us to ask what their dreams might mean. Recently, many of these have been Muslims who dreamt about Jesus, and now they want to know more about Him, so God may be calling many Muslims by means of dreams. In some places, you can lose your life for having a Bible or witnessing for Christ, so in some places, God sends His Spirit and implants dreams in some to draw them to Himself (John 6:44). It should be noted that some of this was fulfilled in the New Testament church where the several people had visions that were sent by God, so it’s nothing new if someone who is not a believer has a dream about Jesus, and then comes to faith by means of it. And, from my experience, it is happening with increasing frequency. Not all of Joel 2 has been fulfilled yet because God has not yet poured out His Spirit on everyone, but that day is coming, but there seems to be a pattern: They have a dream or several dreams…some have had visions; then they contact someone to find out more about Jesus; and finally, they hear from Scripture about Christ. As we see in the New Testament church, it takes the Spirit of God, with the Word of God, given by a person of God, to birth a child of God.
Dreams and Visions
Over the last 2 years, we’ve recieved dozens and dozens of reports and recieved messages where Muslims have had dreams or visions of Jesus. Here are a couple of actual messages recieved this year, but I have changed their names to protect their identity for obvious reasons. One message came from Abdullah who lives in Iran, which is one of the most closed nations in the world, and perhaps one of the most hostile toward Christianity. Abdullah wrote:
“Greetings, I’m a Qurani Muslim, in Iran. I respect Christianity, I read the Old Testament before many years…however, I had dream last night and it’s really strange, I dreamt of me in desert alone and I was starving. A long walking alone and I found someone with plenty of food and drinks but I couldn’t reach him because he was surrounded by many people. But they let me pass and called me “lucky” I didn’t understand but they were pointing at my chest , when I take a look at what they were pointing at, I found a very huge cross tattoo in my chest. And I felt so happy and warm inside , and I had this feeling like I wasn’t Muslim in that dream So my question is, “can someone in Christianity feels like that in his sleep? And what does it mean?”
I am no interpreter of dreams. That is a God-given ability because “interpretations belong to God” (Gen 40:8, 41:16; Dan 2:28), but this man’s dream sounded like Jesus was calling Abdullah to Himself, with the cross on his chest, and a special feeling inside. Possibly the food and drinks were sources about the Bread of Life and the Living Water that made him into a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), and why he didn’t feel like a Muslim in the dream. The tattooed cross on his chest…and over his heart, may represent that new birth (John 3:3-7), or God’s given him a new heart…not a heart of stone, but of flesh (Ezk 11:19, 36:26; Jer 31:33; Heb8:10). Again, I am no interpreter of dreams and don’t have that God-given gift, but some of the things in this dream seem to point to Jesus Christ.
Jesus is Calling
One of the most fascinating experiences in dealing with people who contact us is former atheists and Muslims who hated everything there is about Christianity, so how could God reach such people? It is by dreams and sometimes by dreams. The Apostle Paul went from being the destroyer of the church to a missionary, planting churches along the way, so God can change any human heart He desires (Prov 21:1). Even the most unlikely (in our eyes), but God may use dreams when no human witness is available or bold enough to witness for Christ, and so we received a message from Muhammad (not real name). He wrote, “My name is Muhammad. I live in Qatar. I wanted to know why I was having a dream about Jesus. He stood in a boat and waved to me to come to Him. I looked for dreams and visions on the Internet and found one. Then, I asked a man on a website (WCWTK) what this dream of Jesus means. He told me it could be from God and that he is calling me to Jesus. I wanted to believe but had fear, but after knowing why Jesus came, I wanted Him and He is my Savior now. He loves me so I do not practice Islam any more. Now, I want Jesus alone. I know this dream was from Him, so thank you to your website, I know Jesus more and why He called me…and why the cross.” This man put his trust in Christ after contacting us several times, but even though we may have helped him discover Who Jesus is, it was God Who saved this man. Just like Saul who tried to destroy and kill Christians, he became a believer and was willing to risk his life for the church.
Witness for Christ
What is a martyr? You are! If you are a witness for Christ, then you are a martyr. Not everyone who’s a martyr has to die. The word martyr comes from the Greek word “martur,” which simply means “witness,” so if you are a witness for Christ, you are a martyr. In most cases, people will ridicule you, scorn you, and make fun of you, but that persecution brings a blessing (Matt 5:10-12). You can be a martyr and live for Christ, while dying to self. We need be bold in proclaiming Christ and not fear what man can do or say to us. As long as someone is drawing breath, they still can be saved, no matter who they are. Are you willing to tell people that? God is looking for men and women who will unashamedly proclaim that Jesus is the one and only way into the kingdom (Acts 4:12).
God is still using dreams and visions to reach those who cannot otherwise be reached. I’ve only included two examples of these dreams today, but these are very much like the rest of them. In fact, there are some things that show up in almost every one of these dreams…Jesus of course, a desire to know more about Him, the cross, and a feeling of peace, warmth, and love. God will move heaven and earth to ensure that anyone who is seeking Him, can find Him. Jesus is calling people from every tongue, tribe, nation, and people…and calling them to Himself to be a people who were not once a people, but now are the children of God (1 Pet 2:10). Like Abdullah respected Christianity, we need to respect other people’s religions, and respect the people themselves. These are among those whom God is calling…a veritable multi-colored patchwork quilt. If God is calling someone to Christ, then nothing can stop this call…not hostile nations or people, not time or distances, and in some cases, not even a lack of a witness. God is God and He can do as He pleases, and nothing is too hard for the God-of-the-impossible.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is an ordained elder of the Brethren Church and a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas, but also a writer at Christian Quotes and What Christians Want to Know which address questions about the Bible. He also plants ministries like nursing home ministries, Outreach for the poor, and other evangelistic activities, and check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.