Facing the Lion 

“And it shall come to pass in the last days that your old men shall dream dreams.” (Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17) 

Sometimes a friend of mine, who chooses to remain anonymous, has graphic dreams that are warnings of future events, and they always come true. Recently he shared his latest with me, and asked me if I had any idea what it could mean.  Then he told the dream.

“I had gone to a wake by myself. The room was packed, and the deceased was lying in a casket at the front of the room. But what was so strange was that empty, open caskets lined the walls. Suddenly, a group of evil people began to grab the mourners and throw them into the caskets. The mourners were screaming as they slammed the lids down and locked them. They made a grab for me, but I was able to fight them off and get almost to the door. Then someone caught me a second time. I fought with all the strength I had until I finally got loose and ran out the door. I ran into the street screaming, “Help!! Something horrible is happening in there!” When I woke up, my wife told me that I was crying, “Please! No! N-o-o-o!” 

I was dumfounded. What could it mean? Then the Holy Spirit began to show me. The dream was a warning referring to Satan. Your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1Peter 5:8) The caskets represent death, and if Satan–our lion– can, he will toss our entire nation in, slam the door and lock it. 

Could it be that God is giving America a warning that we cannot ignore? Let’s consider our walk with God and our position in the body of Christ and our nation. Are we really being salt and light? Have we set our mind on things above instead of below? Are we doing all we can to take the gospel to the world? Have we fasted and prayed for lost souls? Have our churches? Have we sacrificed our resources and plans so others could be saved? Does our church promote a comfortable life and wealth here and now, or are they urging us to die to self so others can live? 

We, in America, are already hearing the screams of war, terrorism, economic crash and every imaginable lion who can throw us into the empty casket, slam the lid and lock it. If Satan and his hoards have their way, there will be no more America as we know it. But remember, the battle for the Christian is on our knees with the Bible open before us. Then we can let the Almighty Power of God fight for and bring us out. It’s our only hope. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) 

–Rebecca Somoskey