Matthew 12:43-45 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings back with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first. Thus it will be with this evil generation.”
Dream: Two nights ago I had a dream that had two themes to it. The first theme had to do with an election. The person I was supporting (he was a priest, but perhaps representing the Christian voters) suddenly came out ahead in the opinion polls. We were so sure he would win, but then on election day he was soundly defeated in another surprise twist. As soon as we found out he had been defeated we realized we had to go into hiding. It had suddenly become dangerous.
The second part of the dream had to do with two groups of young people. One of the groups was a Pentecostal youth group. The other was a rough, acid-rock, gang-type group. The Leader looked like a young Ozzie Osborne–scary. The first group prayed over the second group and they experienced a conversion. It was wonderful and they were all so happy. But then, not long afterwards something happened and they completely changed and went back to being even worse than before. They made up a chant a renouncing their salvation and renouncing Jesus. It was very vivid and very scary. They began to be threatening towards the Pentecostal youth. But when I looked into the car where that group was, they were so joyful and unafraid, they were actually beaming!
Interpretation: I think the first part of the dream has to do with the political instability that is coming, its unpredictability, and the unrest and physical danger that will likely follow.
In the second part of the dream, the Pentecostal youth represent the remnant who are in tune with the Holy Spirit. I feel the conversion of the other group took place after the Illumination. Then, of course the enemy comes along and if the seed is not planted in fertile ground and watered, the seedling withers and dies at the first challenge. (Perhaps the Pentecostal youth did not continue their prayer cover of the converted group.) Then the evil spirit, finding the house empty, comes back with seven more evil spirits and the person is worse than before.
The joy of the Pentecostal youth was, I feel, a call to all of us not to let the circumstances of the coming days destroy our joy and courage in the Lord. We have the victory! The Bride of Christ, and the Immaculate Heart will triumph.
As with all my dreams I feel this is a call to prayer. Let us pray for those who will experience conversion, and let us not forget to continue to pray for them once they have accepted Jesus as their Savior. The work is not over after the Illumination–it is just beginning. In the words of St. Francis of Assisi at the end of his life: “Let us begin again, for up to now we have done nothing.”
(Addendum December 8: Suddenly I see that the two parts of this dream have a single important thread–the unexpected happening that changed everything. I think this predicts how the Church will suddenly be thrust into a global persecution. Those who were for us will suddenly be against us. Let us remember to pray that we will not be put to shame, but will remain joyful and unafraid.
Last night I had another dream that I think ties in. I was foraging with a group of children–I was the only adult. I sent two of the children back to our home over the hill to get something. When they got to the top of the hill, they came running back. The fire that had been burning far away was suddenly threatening us. I woke then. It seems to me that this symbolizes the same theme of spreading persecution. Up to now it has been happening far away, but suddenly it will flare up and threaten Christians everywhere. Jesus Lord have mercy on us and on the whole world.
“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Mt. 21: 28)