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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Day of Atonement and the Numbering of Days - Purity 1156

Day of Atonement and the Numbering of Days - Purity 1156

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the dwindling light of day, the headlights of passing late-day commuters, and the shop lights of Monro Muffler on Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer comes to us from your truly as I stood outside in Monro’s parking lot last evening feeling simultaneously victorious, defeated, and content after a long day that contained struggles, triumphs, and an abiding sense of peace.  

Well, It’s Tuesday – praise the Lord -  and to say that yesterday was something of a roller coaster ride of a day would be an understatement as we experienced a few surprises and unexpected expenditures to what a stacked deck of day of responsibilities was already.  In addition to my regular workday, I had the added burden of automobile maintenance to fit in before, checking in with my wife, touching base with someone I am discipling (I think),  doing an assignment for my training with Deeper Walk’s SOM, and attending a national FICM meeting on Zoom. In hindsight, I suppose getting all of those things done in a single day would have been possible, but the Bible tells us that “we suffer for a lack of knowledge” and the reason I was at Monroe Muffler last night was because of something I didn’t know.   

My car needs a state inspection and so after a long day of work that included a 6 hour install pulling a drop wire through the trees of a backyard run, I was thrilled to get to the Jiffy Lube on Columbia Turnpike in time to get the inspection and oil change done. But unbeknownst to me, my best-laid plans weren’t going to work out as the tires of my HRV were down to the steel radials on the inside meaning I needed new tires (yeah it’s been over a year, and I did drive to South Carolina in February), and I wouldn’t pass the inspection.  I immediately began to brainstorm how I could get new tires the next day and came to the conclusion that my lack of knowledge and my busy schedule really put me at a disadvantage as I usually order tires and have them installed at Walmart – a definite best cost option.  But my inspection is up at the end of the week, and I realized that in order to “get ‘er done”, I was going to have to surrender my frugal preferences.   So I contemplated the overpriced options and left the Jiffy Lube wondering if I would have to take a day off from work to get the new tires.   

However, one of the options for tires was Monroe -which was open until 7pm and was just on the street and on the way home. Much to my delight the shop was not busy, and I was able to buy new tires there. Although I spent more than I would have liked as in “OOF”, at least I “got ‘er done” and will have to stop and get the inspection done later today.  While at Monroe, I called my wife who reminded me that her minivan was finally repaired and that was a pretty hefty bill too.  So in a single day, automobile expenses between Jiffy Lube, Monroe, and My wife’s mechanic were in the two thousand dollar range- Lord have mercy!  I realize these are necessary expenses and I am glad that everything is taken care of but oh brother.  Thus, I was feeling the thrill of victory of meeting those responsibilities and the agony of defeat of having to pay for them.

SO when I took today’s photo in Monroe’s parking lot, I had the weight of a challenging day at work and those expenses on me but the reason I was able to see some good in the day that caused me to capture the moment was because – yes – I met my automobile responsibilities, but I also got some news earlier in the day that will mark a major transition in my life.  

In the midst of my busy workday, I received a call from Dennis Wheeler, the real estate agent my ex contracted to sell our joint-owned home in Craryville.  I was officially divorced in 2019 and in the divorce agreement both parties agreed to sell the marital home “as soon as possible”.  Although I moved out in 2020, my ex remained living there. She refused to sell the house causing me to file a contempt complaint against her earlier this year – judgment still pending.  But finally, yesterday, the house in Craryville is on the market – listed to sell – if you would like to buy it I am providing a link to the listing on the blog today!  (

So even though I had “bear” of a day because of the auto expenses, I was able to recall the fact that the last thing that needs to be done in terms of my first marriage being dissolved has finally begun to come to pass and I am not embarrassed to tell you that I have repeatedly gone to the Lord in prayer  - begging him, complaining to Him, at times to MOVE things – and now the writing is on the wall  - the dye has been cast – and sooner or later that house will sell and it will be finished!

So this morning as I thought about how God rescues us from bad situations and “moves all things together for good” I decided to look at the calendar to see if there was anything special about yesterday – September 25, 2023.  

I walk in the Spirit, so I know that in my past there always seemed to be some significance about the times and the seasons when major transitions happen.  Dates, numbers, and seasons have Biblical meanings and sometimes when you look into what “the numbers mean” you see some pretty shocking things.  

Author Jonathan Cahn is known for pointing out how the – Year of Jubilee – and the numbering of the 50th year – has amazing parallels to what has happened in history and is happening in the world today. Check out Cahn’s lasts books – Return of the Gods and The Josiah Manifesto if you want to see how history really is “His Story” – as in something under the control of a sovereign God.   

In my own life, I have seen significant personal events parallel with “good numbers” – For instance the address of River House (1788 = 888 ) and the date I closed on it 6/22/2020 = 8-8-8-8 – highlight the number 8 – or 888 and when I looked that up online I wasn’t surprised to see that it represents “Christ the Redeemer” (,the%20number%20of%20the%20beast.)

So what was yesterday?   It was 9/25… no 8’s – but 2+5= 7 and that is the biblical number of “perfection – or completion” – (,2%3A1%2D2).) that seems right to me!

What about 9?  I am including a link to a site to give you all the ins and outs of 9 – ( but it has a root of 3 which is the trinity, and – represents completeness and get this 9 represents “good versus evil” – sort of appropriate for this contentious situation.  And also in that article the number 9 is associated with the Day of Atonement.   

If you look at the Calendar Yesterday – you will see that “Yom Kippur Ends” – Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.  So on the day that my old house was listed – the day that will forever mark the beginning of the end of the contentions between my ex and I – it just happened to be the Day of the Atonement -  the day that is associated with Christians to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ who died for us on the cross – declaring that “It is finished”.  So on the day that this personal burden will finally begin to be lifted from me – in effect it is finished – it just happened to be the Day of Atonement. 

When I encourage people to walk in the Spirit, I advise them that they will be positively amazed at the things that will come to pass in their lives. While we could easily blow these things off, I believe in a sovereign God that moves all things together for good in the lives of the people who love Him and are called according to His purposes.  

So keep walking and talking with God and keep an eye on the times and seasons of your life and see what the Bible’s interpretations of the numbering of your days reveals.  While I have found it is impossible to predict – what will come to pass – I have discovered that when we look back at our path, we can see that God was walking with us and had our days numbered in advance.



For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. ( )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Anger, Hot Temper.

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NIV2011)
24  Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25  or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Today’s verse falls under the eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Anger, Hot Temper

 8. Do not associate with a hot-tempered man.

Today’s verse is good biblical advice. We are highly impressionable and often take on the habits and characteristics of the people we associate with. So God’s word tells us NOT to be friends with hot-tempered people because not only can their angry outbursts lead to negative consequences and collateral damage- but their angry habits could also rub off on you too!

So try to teach others the pathway of peace that Jesus leaves for us to follow and if they refuse to abandon their angry ways and learn to love and forgive others, forgive them and give them the space that their anger affords them.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 ( 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

26 -The Spirit Interceding


It is indeed striking to observe this alternation between the minor and major keys running all through our passage, for next we are told, “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” This, as we have seen, refers to the inward anguish which the Spirit produces in the believer. Here, then, is further ground for self-abasement: even when a sense of need has been communicated to us, so sottish are we that our poor hearts are overwhelmed, and all we can do is to sigh and groan. Even when the Spirit has convicted us of our corruptions and imparted a deep yearning for Divine grace, we are incapable of articulating our wants or expressing our longings: rather is our case then like the Psalmist’s, “I was dumb with silence” (39:2). If left to ourselves, the distress occasioned by our felt sinfulness would quite disable us to pray.

It may be objected, To what purpose is it that the Spirit should stir up such “groanings,” which the Christian can neither understand nor express? Ah, this brings us to the brighter side again: “He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:27). God knows what those groanings mean, for He discerns the very thoughts and intents of our hearts. How comforting is this: to realize in prayer we are coming to One who thoroughly understands us! How blessed to be assured that God will rightly interpret every motion the Spirit prompts within us. God “knows” the “mind of the Spirit”—His intention in producing our anguish. God is able to distinguish between the moanings of mere nature and the “groanings” of which the Spirit is the Author.

There is a fourfold “spirit” which works in prayer. First, the natural spirit of man, which seeks his own welfare and preservation. This is not sinful, as may be seen from the case of Christ in Gethsemane: the innocent desire of human nature to be delivered from the awful pressure upon Him; and then subjecting His will to the Father’s. Second, a carnal and sinful spirit: “your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified” (Isa. 66:5), but God did not answer them in the way they meant. Third, the new nature in the believer, which has holy aspirations, but is powerless of itself to express them. Fourth, “praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20)—by His prompting and power. Now God discerns between the motions of nature, the lustings of the flesh, the longings of grace, and the desires wrought by the Spirit. This it is which explains “The LORD weigheth the spirits” (Prov. 16:2)—the fourfold “spirit” mentioned above.

None but God is able to thus distinguish and interpret the “groanings” of the Spirit in the saint. A striking proof of this is found in, “Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken” (1 Sam 1:13)—even the high priest of Israel was incapable of discerning the anguish of her heart and what the Spirit had prompted within her. “He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,” (Rom. 8:27), signifies far more than that He understands: God approves and delights in—for this use of the word “know” see Psalm 1:6; Amos 3:2; John 10:14; 1 Corinthians 8:3. And why is it that God thus finds perfect complacency in the mind of our Helper? Because as the Father and the Son are One, so the Father and the Spirit are One—one in nature, in purpose, in glory.

“Because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27). Here is additional ground for our encouragement. The words “the will of” are in italics, which means they are not in the Greek, but have been supplied by our translators. They interpose a needless limitation. That which the Spirit produces in the saint is, first, in accord with God’s nature—spiritual and holy. Second, it is according to God’s Word, for the Spirit ever prompts us to ask for what has been revealed or promised. Third, it is according to God’s purpose, for the Spirit is fully cognizant of all the Divine counsels. Fourth, it is according to God’s glory, for the Spirit teaches us to make that our end in asking. O what encouragement is here: the Spirit creates within us holy desires, the Son presents them, the Father understands and approves them! Then let us “come boldly to the Throne of Grace.”[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Only the Obedient Believe – Lent with Bonhoeffer Day 20– Purity 992

Only the Obedient Believe – Lent with Bonhoeffer Day 20– Purity 992    

Purity 992 03/16/2023 Purity 992 Podcast

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Wow the way YouTube turn this sideways, makes the tree limbs look like 
alien hands reaching for the sun.... 

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun and blue skies breaking through the clouds over the snow covered forest at “end of the road” as tractor emerges with a full load of the white stuff comes to us from yours truly as I captured this scene while out working at Skyline Drive in Melrose NY on the Ides of March.  

 Well, It’s Thursday and I share this “end of the road” pathway photo as an admission that the snow’s beauty can be appreciated even if you would rather not see it and as a reminder to keep walking and talking to God on the path of discipleship even if it seems like something has come to an end and you may have to turn around to find your way.  

How many dead ends have you run into in your journey of faith?  I know for a time in my travels I thought I might have the gift of prophecy because the Lord gave me guidance as I attempted to walk in the Spirit and good and amazing things started to happen.  But after I saw that my expectations of the future did not turn out the way that “I saw” them happening, I realized that predictions (even if I made them just to myself) were best left to weathermen, and we know how successful they can be at times, as the “dreams and visions” that I had concerning where I thought God was sending me was far from a hundred percent.  And unlike the “modern prophets” who stand on the scripture that saws we know in part and prophesy in part (1 Cor 13:9) as license to speak “prophecies” that are some times fulfilled and sometimes not, I know the word of God enough to remember that anyone speaking prophecies that were fulfilled less than 100% of the time were not to be feared and the word indicates that they “shall die” (Deut 18:20-22).  After all even a broken clock is right twice a day but that doesn’t mean we should trust it or seek it’s wisdom. We are to go to God for wisdom.

So  while I believe that the Lord can guide us through listening prayer, through His word, and through the Holy Spirit calling scripture to come to mind, revealing truth and showing us things to come, we have to be careful because I know from experience that because we have our own ideas and agendas about how we would like life to go and because there are spiritual forces of darkness that would love to deceive us. Just because we think a thought we get is coming from God, it may not be the case. We have to discern the spirits and when we don’t we make mistakes and follow false paths or trains of thoughts that lead to dead end disappointments.

But if you find yourself at the “end of the road” of a bad presumption or prediction of what you thought would happen, don’t get discouraged. God is with you and times of disappointment and trials are used by Him to teach us to depend on Him only.    

So in the spirit of trusting God and submitting to Him only, let’s continue our journey into the season of repentance as we enter into Day 20 of Lent and our current series as we continue on the 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

As a reminder, and as we will say each day of this journey, we take this path to mark the season of Lent and to draw closer to God in anticipation of the celebration of Easter, knowing that if we take this journey of repentance seriously, we will not only see the days and seasons change, the Lord will use it to change us too. 

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Day 20

Bonhoeffer writes:

“Only the obedient believe.

A concrete commandment has to be obeyed in order to come to believe.

A first step of obedience has to be taken, so that faith does not become pious self-deception, cheap grace.

The first step is crucial.

It is qualitatively different from all others that follow.

The first step of obedience has to lead Peter away from his nets and out of the boat; it has to lead the young man away from his wealth.

Faith is possible only in this new state of existence created by obedience.”

Biblical Wisdom

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you understand the relationship between obedience and true faith?

M.T. Clark: As Christ said in John 14:15: If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. So my understanding is that true faith is exemplified by obedience. If we believe God’s word is true, we will obey what it says by applying it to our lives.  Now please understand me. I know that we are not perfect people and because of our personal failings and the world, the flesh, and the devil, we may struggle to obey and fall short of God’s perfect will but I believe that God calls us to repentance and sanctification knowing that we can make progress, achieve victories, and experience freedom when we surrender to the Lord and His desire that we be conformed to image of Christ. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress and as we faithfully follow the Lord we will eventually be amazed at how He is transforming us and by the fruit of the Spirit that grows in our lives.

  • How might a “first step of obedience” change your relationship to Jesus?

M.T. Clark: The first step of obedience demonstrates that we actually have faith! The first step of obedience demonstrates to the Lord that we truly do believe and we trust Him. That first step, and every subsequent step along the path of Christian Discipleship, opens the door to a deep and profound relationship with Jesus as the Lord will guide us into sanctification and into our purpose for His kingdom. So take that first step, and keep going, the Lord will not lead you astray and He will guide you in the way you should go.  

  • Why is the first step “qualitatively different from all others that follow”?

M.T. Clark: As I indicated above, the first step is qualitatively different from all others that follow because it demonstrates the authenticity of our faith, experientially.  The classic illustration is “faith in a chair to hold your weight”. We can say we believe the chair will hold us up. But the true “first step” of our faith is shown when we actually sit down in it. Throughout scripture the Lord calls His people to “do something” – to obey what He says. When they obey, they show they believe and that they are His and He then calls them to do more, to walk with Him.

Psalm Fragment

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice! 
Psalm 95:6-7

Journal Reflections

  • Is there a moment when you took a “first step of obedience”? If so, write about it. What was it like? How did it change your life?

M.T. Clark: There are several “first steps” we take when we follow the Lord, like:

·       Praying for someone, in person, out loud, for the first time. 

·       Sharing the gospel

·       Preaching in public

·       Going into the mission field

·       Getting baptized

Some of these steps of faith may have been met with fear and resistance, but when the call to do them was obeyed and taken, they all came with the confirmation that I did what the Lord wanted me to do and they all led to a deeper dimension to my relationship with God.  In every instance, they led to the conviction that I was God’s child, (I really am “A CHRISTIAN”) and that He could be trusted and He would always be faithful and present with me when I faithfully followed and obeyed Him.  

  • Do you need to take a “first step of obedience”? If so, any ideas or intuitions about what form that might take?

M.T. Clark: I sure do! It’s called step into “The Next Thing” that God has for me.  What that is, I don’t completely know but if I abide with Him and follow Him every day, I know that I will be in the perfect position to “take that first step” of  “The Next Thing” when I get there.  This is a walk of faith. The steps don’t stop and God is always doing new things in our lives, so boldly step out when He calls you to.


Pray that you, your family, and your spiritual friends would have the courage to be obedient to whatever God is calling you to.

M.T. Clark:


I pray for myself, my family, and all my spiritual friends, near and far, that we would be bold and courageous and obedient to the call that You put on our lives. We have come to know that You are faithful and trustworthy and we pray for you to guide us into your purposes. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer for Today

Gracious God, grant me the wisdom to see what you need me to do and the courage to do it.

M.T. Clark: In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.


(40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Copyright © 2007 Augsburg Books, imprint of Augsburg Fortress.)

***As we are being provided with Bible verses from the 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, we will are taking a break from sharing a verse of the day from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”. We plan on resuming that normal installment of the blog following Easter.*** 


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.





“Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matt. 11:26).

In the present chapter we shall consider, somewhat briefly, the practical application to ourselves of the great truth which we have pondered in its various ramifications in earlier pages. In chapter twelve we shall deal more in detail with the value of this doctrine but here we would confine ourselves to a definition of what ought to be our attitude toward the sovereignty of God.

Every truth that is revealed to us in God’s Word is there not only for our information but also for our inspiration. The Bible has been given to us not to gratify an idle curiosity but to edify the souls of its readers. The sovereignty of God is something more than an abstract principle which explains the rationale of the Divine government: it is designed as a motive for godly fear, it is made known to us for the promotion of righteous living, it is revealed in order to bring into subjection our rebellious hearts. A true recognition of God’s sovereignty humbles as nothing else does or can humble, and brings the heart into lowly submission before God, causing us to relinquish our own self-will and making us delight in the perception and performance of the Divine will.

When we speak of the sovereignty of God we mean very much more than the exercise of God’s governmental power, though, of course, that is included in the expression. As we have remarked in an earlier chapter, the sovereignty of God means the Godhood of God. In its fullest and deepest meaning the title of this book signifies the Character and Being of the One whose pleasure is performed and whose will is executed. To truly recognize the sovereignty of God is, therefore, to gaze upon the Sovereign Himself. It is to come into the presence of the august “Majesty on high.” It is to have a sight of the thrice holy God in His excellent glory. The effects of such a sight may be learned from those scriptures which describe the experience of different ones who obtained a view of the Lord God.

Mark the experience of Job—the one of whom the Lord Himself said “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). At the close of the book which bears his name we are shown Job in the Divine presence, and how does he carry himself when brought face to face with Jehovah? Hear what he says: “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeeth Thee: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5, 6). Thus, a sight of God, God revealed in awesome majesty, caused Job to abhor himself, and not only so, but to abase himself before the Almighty.

Take note of Isaiah. In the sixth chapter of his prophecy a scene is brought before us which has few equals even in Scripture. The prophet beholds the Lord upon the Throne, a Throne “high and lifted up.” Above this Throne stood the seraphims with veiled faces, crying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts.” What is the effect of this sight upon the prophet? We read “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa. 6:5). A sight of the Divine King humbled Isaiah into the dust, bringing him, as it did, to a realization of his own nothingness.

One more. Look at the prophet Daniel. Toward the close of his life this man of God beheld the Lord in theophanic manifestation. He appeared to His servant in human form “clothed in linen” and with loins “girded with fine gold,” symbolic of holiness and Divine glory. We read that “His body also was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude.” Daniel then tells the effect this vision had upon him and those who were with him: “And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of His words: and when I heard the voice of His words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground” (Dan. 10:6–9). Once more, then, we are shown that to obtain a sight of the Sovereign God is for creature strength to wither up, and results in man being humbled into the dust before his Maker. What then ought to be our attitude toward the Supreme Sovereign? We reply,[1]

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“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 189–191.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Are These Dreams Prophetic or Demonic? – Trump Apocalypse

 Are These Dreams Prophetic or Demonic? – Trump Apocalypse  

Are these Dreams Prophetic of Demonic? - Podcast

Special Edition 07/11/2021

Good morning,  

As I have reported and indicated in the past I have had a mixed bag of results in terms of having dreams that were meaningful in content.   I mostly have reported or indicated my negative experiences with dreams. 

I have had nightmares that seemed to be influenced by the demonic forces of darkness. I would classify the nightmares I had as demonic based on Dr. Neil Anderson’s definition in The Bondage Breaker which says “…when someone has grotesque nightmares with images not previously seen or heard, then I would suspect that the origin of the dream is demonic[1]

Based on Anderson’s definition, I recently had a demonic dream in which a large demonic humanoid beast in medieval dress came storming into a room I was in and started hacking people to death with a large sword. It was terrifying and jolted me awake but as I have had other nightmares in the past the fear dissipated quickly as I cursed the enemy upon waking and even gave him some credit for sieging the opportunity to torment me. 

I normally sleep with worship music, or a Christian audiobook playing in the background and say a prayer for good sleep and God’s protection. These measures have been effective at keeping the enemy at bay. But in this instance I had awoken briefly turned off my alarm and audiobook and decided to get another hour’s sleep without these protective measures and the enemy came storming in like a bat out of hell.  

While Anderson indicates that when the content of our dreams relates to the people we know, things we have seen, or places we have been to are probably not demonically influenced, I have also had dreams in the past that have started with familiar places and characters in my life and as they progressed the dreams took a sinister turn as the people in my dreams would change in their demeanor, and or appearance, becoming grotesque, violent, or  threatening. 

An example of one of these dreams involved a woman I knew in my past that caused me to be sexually tempted initially but as I drew away from her in the dream, she became malevolent in attitude and what was alluring suddenly was revealed to be putrid and rotting flesh.   While I had my difficulties with this particular person in the past, she wasn’t that bad, brother.  I awoke disturbed by the enemy’s temptation and deception and frankly a little relieved that the person in the dream was no longer part of my life. 

I know, wow, MT have you ever had any good dreams?

Of course, in fact, in my past I have also had some instances of dreams with prophetic undertones. While the dream’s content had common place situations they were revealed to be quasi-prophetic when the situations that I experienced in the dream seemed to manifest and come to pass in the real world after the fact.   

I had a few dreams like this but the one that is most memorable one involved myself talking to my pastor and my friend, Garret, about going on the next mission trip. I was asking if our church would be going to India again to work with Bishop Sudheer Mohanty for his Christian Life Centre Ministries as our church hadn’t been to India for a couple of years.  

The next day I was serving at our church as the audiovisual tech for our midweek service and was telling Garret about my dream and my hopes to go to India on a future mission trip as he had been there before.  As I was talking to Garret, our pastor came up to us and informed me that we had a guest speaker for the evening.  When I asked who the guest speaker was.  He told us that the speaker was Sudheer Mohanty!  

I had no previous knowledge that Mohanty was coming, and I told my pastor that I had just had a dream that involved him the previous evening.  While our church wasn’t planning a mission trip to India, Mohanty had come to us.  Mohanty’s message was encouraging but I was more encouraged by the prophetic possibilities of the content of my dreams to reveal or hint at future events.  

Like I said I had other dreams around that time that did the same things, but their memories have faded from my mind over time and have been lost considering my negative experiences of dreams that didn’t come true.   

I have shared about how during and after my marriage ended, that I became infatuated with a woman in our church and envisioned a future with her as my faithful Christian wife.  My obsession was fueled by my desires to live for the Lord, by her attractiveness as a Christian mate, and by several dreams I had that included our courtship, wedding, and serving the Lord together.  

Because of my few quasi-prophetic dream experiences, I believed that all the dreams involving my “dream lover” were messages from the Lord telling me that I was to be married to this woman and that we would serve the Lord in ministry as husband and wife.  

As much as I was convinced that our destinies were tied together, I had a lot of doubt as well. There is a significant age difference between us and while our interactions have been positive they were few and far apart because of the natural separation that exists with people from different age groups.  Add to my doubts the trauma of a somewhat nasty divorce and the facts of my middle age status and its not hard to diagnose my obsession and dreams as the product of a mid-life crisis.  

So as much as I hoped for my dreams to come true, I was perplexed as how I could bridge the gap between friendly acquaintances and courtship.   I honestly talked myself out of any attempts to approach this woman several times but earlier this year I was hit by an impulse to make an overt gesture to indicate my interest on Valentine’s Day, of all days.   My message didn’t reveal the depths of my fondness or hopes, although I guess the cat’s out of the bag now, but while she thanked me for my sentiments she made it clear that she had no interest in a romantic future together.  

I was equally hurt and relieved by the rejection.  I was relieved that I could let the obsession go and I was hurt that the visions of her as my Christian spouse went up in smoke.    I was also hurt and devasted that my supposed prophetic dreams proved to be nothing more than my desires being played out on the sleep canvas of my mind.  

The consequences of this disappointment caused me to become totally disillusioned at the idea of prophetic dreams and my previous experiences of prophetic shadows from other dreams were quickly forgotten, and now hard to recall, because what I thought was the Lord’s leading my destiny turned out to be nothing.

I say that but in total transparency I must admit that I still must stand on the truth of my dream lover’s rejection because my obsessive heart, or the enemy, likes to chime in on occasion that my dreams will come true, just not yet.  Having hopes for certain outcomes can be damaging when the facts of reality assure us that they will not happen. So when I am tempted to hope beyond hope for a relationship that seems likely to never occur, I agree to be open to the possibility of a future fulfillment but firmly take the position that it will never come to pass for my own sanity.      

Now that I have set the stage with my past experiences of dreams being quasi-prophetic, false prophecies, and demonically influenced, the reason I decided to share all this is because I had a whopper of a nightmare dream that promised future devastation for the world at large that involved the former President Donald Trump. 

To set the stage for my political beliefs, I was formerly a registered Democrat with a very liberal attitude on most issues before coming to Christ.  Since being born again and understanding the spiritual implications of moral issues, I have had an almost complete 180 on my political opinions. However, I am now registered as Independent as I have some misgivings about some of the Republican party representatives and quite frankly, Trump himself. 

As for Trump,  I acknowledge and appreciate the positive things He did for our country and religious freedoms as president and am sharing a link that highlights them ( ) but I also have doubts and misgivings about Trump as a person and particularly about him as a “Christian”. The Lord knows the truth and I leave it to Him to deal with Donald.

As for following politics and the news in general, I don’t. My lifestyle as someone on the path of Christian Discipleship has me more focused on the things of God more than the things of this world.   Politics are not anything on my radar.  So to have dreams with any political undertones is not normal.         

Anyway, in a dream I had early this morning, I had visions of an apocalyptic landscape of fire and destruction and out of the rubble a masked figure approached me out of the smoke.   The masked figure was Donald Trump! And He approached me and others on the street to make a prophetic speech of doom.  

He addressed the crowd to tell us that we had been attacked with a nuclear device and that he had actually been killed by the blast but that he had put in automatic measures to unleash an armed response on our enemies that would result in the end of the world, stating that part of it involved dropping our own nukes on the sight of the former World Trade Center, as our country had enemies both foreign and domestic.

Trump stated that he was making this announcement as a final warning to the citizens of the world so that they could make themselves right with the Lord before the lethal response was unleashed.  The Trump -like figure also made an offhanded comment that he was personally pleased to get some personal payback on his enemies.  

I awoke from it feeling a little freaked out and cursing the enemy for this latest nightmare.     

As Dr. Neil Anderson’s definition of a demonic dream seems to apply to this situation, and my prophetic dream record of the past is far from perfect, I would say that this dream is more of the enemy’s imagination than that of a divine prophetic warning for the future.

With that said, as a precautionary measure maybe we should look for new candidates in next presidential election.

Also I would encourage every Christian to be diligent in sharing the gospel because, although I don’t believe the end of the world will come in the form of a nuclear apocalypse, I do know that Christ’s return will be like a thief in the night and that we need to be used by the Lord to share the good news of Jesus Christ to bring others into the safety of His kingdom.  

What dreams may come? I’m not sure but the word of God tells us that Christ will come and that when He does there will be hell to pay for those who reject Him.   Placing our faith in Christ gives a new and eternal life that is protected from God’s wrath. Avoid the nightmare of life with God, by placing your faith in Jesus and working to expand God’s kingdom.  

[1] Anderson, N. T. (2019). The bondage breaker®. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.