In the morning of September 7, 2020 between 3am and 4:30am, I dreamt that a man was standing in my open front doorway who was about 9 feet tall. He filled the doorframe and was covered head to foot in black and cobalt blue armor. I couldn’t see his face because it was completely covered by his helmet.
He seemed restrained by my presence in the living room. The house and front patio were brightly lit by the lights in the house and everyone inside was having a pleasant time. He stood fast in the doorway but did not enter the room. There was a sense of intensity about him to enter the house, like he was under orders and was urgently looking for his opportunity to enter the house. No one else in the room- my husband and a few nondescript friends- saw him.
I went into my bedroom. The lights were off and a middle aged woman I know was lying in my bed. The man in armor was standing at my back door, again waiting for an opportunity to enter. She and I mentioned him to each other casually without fear or alarm.
My family and friends and I went out for the evening. Our time out and the gathering in my living room were both in a pleasant and lit environment. When my husband and I came back, we were back in my room, which had the lights off. I felt that the armored man had come into my house and I became afraid.
I saw that my jewelry box was at the head of my bed and its lid was torn off its hinges. The armored man had taken all of my jewelry- the top tray was wiped clean— except for my wedding rings that were kind of grimy and dusty.
In the bottom drawer of the jewelry box, my two watches were stopped and turned upside down. That they were stopped didn’t surprise me because they are stopped in reality, but that they were turned upside down did alarm me. Piled up next to my two watches were a mound of antique gold timepieces. They were piled up like they were in a treasure chest. I didn’t count them but the one on the top was the style nurses used to wear like a broach hanging on their uniforms.
Filling multiple compartments of the bottom tray were many, many stones. There was an array of all sizes of polished granite* intermixed with two large pieces of jade, and a small number of wooden baubles; one of the baubles was definitely red but I do not think the others were.
I was distraught that the armored man had entered the house. I was distraught that he had taken my jewelry, particularly an antique cameo ring with a woman’s profile that in reality I bought for myself on my birthday in 2019.
In the dream, my husband derided me saying that none of it had happened. He said there was no armored man, I made it up in my head. This was even though he was sitting with me on my bed with the torn open, empty jewelry box and saw the replacement items of timepieces and stones. I told him to look outside, the man was still there! He was climbing up a rope toward our upstairs neighbor’s house, a senior sister in Christ.
In the next scene, the environment shifted from every detail of the dream being exactly our home and exactly our possessions to our “yard” looking like a golf course with roped off partitions. My husband saw that the armored man had taken his grill, which in reality we don’t own, and a few other things from the yard. He was raging mad about it. I was furious that he didn’t believe me and completely contradicted me before he saw that some of his own things had been taken. I swore at him and flipped him off.
Then, my dog woke me up. I had this dream between 3am and 4:30am, which I know because it was between times that our little puppy needed to go out.
Interpretation and Applications:
Initially, when I woke I had felt the armored man was an enemy and was restrained from entering the house by my personal authority in Christ. I felt this way because I was so upset that he took my jewelry. In my first communication to my prayer partners, I called him “the strongman” in reference to Jesus saying that you cannot plunder a strongman’s house unless someone stronger restrains him first.
Yet, I knew what he had left in my jewelry box was good treasure. Also, his armor resembled what is talked about in Revelation when the riders are sent out by God– they are wearing armor that is red, dark blue, and yellow (Revelation 9:17). Mind you, those angels in Revelation are dispatched for judgment. The nature of the rider’s assignment in Revelation is less what I’m talking about, and more I’m wondering what the appearance of the armor could say about where the armored man came from and why. It is possible that the armor’s similarity to Revelation 9 makes this a warning dream, which I feel is very much the case.
Over the course of the day, I began to wonder if the armored man was an angelic being not a spirit. In dreams, I have seen unclean spirits, familiar spirits and demons multiple times before, and this was nothing like what I’ve dreamt before. I wondered if this angelic being was sent to take my own “treasure” and replace it with treasures that God had for me.
Even when I immediately woke-up, before I realized this armored man could be angelic, I knew that he had left valuable timing in place of my carnal timing. I also knew that the stones represented nations: the granite representing many Arab nations, the two large pieces of jade were two large Asian countries, and the few wooden baubles were African countries.
As I contemplated how valuable what the armored man left was and how trivial what he took was, I really felt that calling him a “strongman” was inappropriate and that he must be an angelic being.
It is interesting that in the dream, I had a conflict over discerning the presence of the armored man with my husband. In reality, I have struggled with my husband being historically skeptical of my spiritual discernment until he sees it and experiences it himself. Ironically, in reality, it was my husband who confirmed that the armored man was angelic.
When I told him the dream the next day, he immediately referred to the armored man as a “messenger” and said he felt that “the message was more important than the messenger.”
He said that the message was to let go of certain things from my past– past attachments– and focus on our marriage as what matters.
I feel there is a personal and global message in this dream.
To me personally, I hear the Lord is saying that my covenant of marriage needs to be dusted off and re-prioritized as a God-given assignment.
In March, right as the COVID lockdowns were beginning, I had a profound experience with my wedding ring. I had lost the smallest diamond in the band about a month before. I found it. I found this teeny tiny diamond, the size of a pencil tip on my dining room table after a month of resting on the busiest surface in our house. This felt like a promise similar to the Parable of the Missing Talent— that something so small and very valuable to me would be found. And that the something being found was in order to restore a thing to its former glory and completion.
I have always been flustered and frustrated by trying to balance the time requirements of my household and motherhood against the timing of my “work”– or contribution to the world. According to the dream, God has given me many, many valuable assignments with many, many measures of timeliness. It reminds me of Ephesians saying “you are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works prepared for you ahead of time.”
The cameo ring being taken seems significant to me personally as the messenger removing from my possession a position and “work” I have chosen for myself. In reality I bought myself that ring for my birthday. It has a woman’s profile on it and is actually a style of art that originated with the Ancient Romans. I loved how unique it was. I had never seen one before. I wear it on my first finger like a signet ring. I feel that this cameo ring that was taken by the armored man in the dream is symbolic of both: my self-willed attempts to make “a place” for myself in the world, which I try to do through meaningful work, and my own attempts to find a place of service in the church, particularly on a worship team considering my talents and gifts. I think this ring is also symbolic of my complying with the spirit of Jezebel, and what that spirit dictates to us about being a woman.
Jezebel– and in the same vein, her daughter, Athaliah– is an inheritance thief. As women, we have to remember specifically that our children are called “an inheritance from the Lord.” And as women, we often feel seated at the foot of the table. Remember you just need a “seat” not a “place” because God has a habit of turning tables!
Some of the treasure that I need to let God take from me was revealed yesterday:
- being right,
- being intelligent and contributing my intelligence to works of man,
- being gifted with insight and understanding, and contributing that to works of man,
- being talented and using my talents “in the front” at church,
- being recognized,
- finding “a place” for myself in the worldly realm even when that worldly realm is just the worldliness within the church.
God has not just prepared good works ahead of time, I am His masterpiece and His heir to an inheritance of nations. This work of inheriting nations, as said in a recent prophecy, is a work in the secret place. I have to recognize and glorify the Lord because He has actually taken me up into His secret place and allowed me to partake in His timeliness and purposes for the Middle East/Arab nations three times this year.
The stones left in my jewelry box remind me that Jesus said we inherit the earth, and Abraham was promised to inherit the nations.
Again, this year, God has been moving me in the spirit toward engaging spiritually with Middle Eastern/Arab/Muslim nations. This year I have had three other events in the spirit regarding spiritual-political events in the Middle East (a prayer, a dream and a word of knowledge).
This is actually not surprising, once I think about it, as I was raised a Christian Zionist and my family always fellowshipped in Sacred Name/Hebrew Roots/Feast Observant ministries regardless of where we went to church. I did my senior thesis on Israeli-Evangelical relations, and have visited Israel, Turkey and Eastern Europe. The Middle East has been uncommonly embedded in my upbringing and education. Yet, I have never considered it a commission. I never even thought about it. To me, it was just part of my upbringing.
Please pray for me about what God is speaking to me and preparing for me/preparing me for.
Globally, I think that some applications from this dream are to be aware of God’s timing in two ways— His timing for Israel, and His timing for the Second Coming.
We have our cherished beliefs about these things, but in this day, we need to let God speak. The two older women in my dream, knowing them personally, represent the poles of American bipartisan politics.
According to prophetic words, this year 5781, is the year of God’s mouth not ours. We need to allow the Lord to amaze us by working in ways that confound and astound all of our political beliefs and schemas and theologies. We have to let Him speak past our deeply held presuppositions to show us His time and His treasure.
I am reminded in this dream of how Matthew 13 records Jesus saying the kingdom of heaven is like a scribe who brings from his storehouse old jewels and new. I have always read that passage as referring to a believing Jew bringing forth the treasures of the Old and New Covenants. This year has also been said to be a year of covenant. A year of God honoring His covenants.* We have to see the Old Covenant and the New.
The Torah portion for the year is about Hagar and Ishmael’s covenant with the Angel of the Lord, and also about Abraham and Abimelech’s treaty— these portions both concern covenants with Arab Nations including specifically Palestine (Abimelech).
Many treaties in the natural are being brokered right now at break neck speed coming up to the American election. Secretary Pompeo is trying to broker multiple peace deals and normalization agreements between Israel and Muslim nations. So far Muslim nations in Africa (Sudan), the Middle East (United Arab Emirates and Bahrain), and Eastern Europe (Kosovo and Serbia) have been involved in this shift. A big part of this push is to create proxy relationships through which Israel can make agreements with Saudi Arabia without the Saudis upsetting Palestinians and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council who are anti-Israel.
It is tempting as Zionists to think these peace deals are a wonderful thing as it pushes the eschatalogical time clock ahead massively. Yet, my spirit was startled and grieved when I read that Pompeo is doing this. Particularly because America has made concessions to the Muslim nations involved that could gravely jeopardize Israel if the treaties are not honored. Such as stealth jets to UAE and removing Sudan from the terrorist list.
Historically, the Roman General Pompey (who led the Roman Republic with Julius Caesar as part of the first Triumvirate), went on a peacekeeping mission to Judea when the Hasmonean dynasty (descendants of the Maccabees) were in a war of succession between two brothers. Pompey entered the city siding with one brother and then changed his allegiance to side with the other. Pompey took it upon himself to crown his favored brother as both king and high priest, and he defiled the Temple accidentally by entering the Holy of Holies.
In ancient history, the end result of General Pompey’s well-intentioned actions was that Judea lost the independence it had for over 100 years under the Maccabees’ descendants, and became a vassal state of Rome. A state in which it remained at the time of Jesus and the destruction of the Second Temple; the Second Temple also being destroyed during a civil war between competing Jewish ideologies.
I have a check in my spirit that says, Secretary Pompeo might be acting in the same manner today. It is important to be discerning about this because it is widely thought that regardless of Trump’s reelection, that Mike Pompeo will run in 2024. Be aware of the time and of who we might dismiss from inheritance because of our own perspective. Beware how that affects your vision. And be aware of well-intentioned carnal actions that we might justifiably assume to be spiritual.
Remember that we are coming up to the Fall Feasts beginning with Feast of Trumpets September 19. “On this day ritual trumpet blasts signify the issuance of revelation and a call for Israel to gather for God’s word of redemption,” according to a surprisingly great quote from Wikipedia. Rosh Hashanah is one of four Jewish New Years– it is used to count the age of the world since Creation.
If you are an intercessor on assignment, please be praying about these things in this season.
*See Perry Stone’s prophetic word for the Jewish New Year.
*Update upon reflection: The main cache of stones, those representing Arab nations, were granite-like not necessarily granite. Granite river rock is my closest comparison. But some were raw and more gray and “pixelated.” While other were small, polished and totally black like some my daughter has in her rock collection. I think it is actually possible that the stones were onyx, which is mined in the Middle East and is mentioned in the Bible 11 times. Onyx was also a stone the Romans used to carve cameos. (10/21/2020)