In Bible days God spoke to the patriarchs through the Hebrew prophets in many different parts of the Land and in many diverse ways (see Hebrews 1:1). On occasion, the God of Israel shared His heart with Gentiles like Pharaoh Neco (2 Chronicles 35:20-22), King Cyrus (2 Chronicles 36:22-23) and King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:34-37).
YHVH wants to speak to us too: “Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it. In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds. Then He opens the ears of men and seals their instruction, that He may turn man aside from his conduct, and keep man from pride. He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing over into Sheol” (Job 33:14-18).
It was a dream given by God to Babylon’s king that rocketed Daniel the prophet into public ministry.
- Now in Year Two of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams. And his spirit was moved/stirred/troubled/thrust through and his sleep departed from him. Then the king commanded to call for the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to explain to the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. The king said to them, “I dreamed a dream and my spirit is stirred to understand the dream” (Daniel 2:1-3)
The God of the Exodus shared secret intelligence from Heaven’s courts with Daniel. The prophet promptly declared that YHVH speaks directly to the hearts of men, even to Gentiles. Jacob’s God also reveals divine strategies about what He’s planning to do on the earth:
- Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever . . . It is He who changes the times and the epochs. He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things. He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise . . . for You have made known to us the king’s matter” (Daniel 2:19-23)
Never underestimate the power of a dream.
God still gives dreams
The Bible is Israel’s history book. It inerrantly shows us that God gives dreams to people. From Abimelech (Genesis 20:3) to Jacob (Genesis 31:10), from Laban (Genesis 31:24) to Egypt’s cupbearer and baker (Genesis 34), from Pharaoh (Genesis 41:25, 32) to the unknown Midianite soldier (Judges 7:13-15), from Joseph (Genesis 37:9-11) to Job (Job 7:14) – dreams are part of the currency of God. And He spends that currency freely on the sons and daughters of Adam.
Last Days dreams are part of God’s upcoming prophetic scenario. Joel tells us on high authority that the day is coming when YHVH will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. In that day the sons and daughters of Israel will prophesy, old Jewish men will dream dreams, and young Hebrew men will see visions (see Joel 2:28). Peter in Acts 2:15-18 declares that there is a correspondence between the promise of Joel and the power-wave of the Holy Spirit on the original Day of Shavuot (Pentecost). The God of Isaac guided Joseph (Yeshua’s step-father) by giving him five different dreams (see Matthew 1, 2). In our day YHVH continues to speak to His people through dreams. Dreams are a healthy part of our biblical and spiritual inheritance.
The three riddles
Over thirty years ago a friend of ours had an unusual dream. It came in the form of three riddles/dark sayings/prophetic parables (see Ezekiel 17:2, Numbers 12:8, Proverbs 1:6, Psalm 78:2 where riddles, prophetic parables, dark sayings, wise words and proverbs are used in similar or parallel contexts). Each of these three riddles will be explained here.
The first riddle was, “Bush went hunting for quail, but the quail was found hiding behind the bush.”
The year was 1988, and President George H.W. Bush was US President. His hobby was fishing.
Since the President was a fisherman, the meaning of the phrase ‘hunting for quail’ was puzzling. But our friend had been told that the fulfilment of each riddle would be the key to the fulfilment of the next one. Then, on August 16, 1988, at the Republican Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, George H. W. Bush announced his choice of Dan Quayle as running mate in the 1988 United States presidential election. The ‘Bush’ had indeed been hunting for ‘Quayle’ all along (see the same word play in www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1993/06/18/quayle-under-glass-indiana-home-town-boasts-veep-museum/81db7e74-822b-4d43-a808-28778bac37d6/).
Within a short time, however, political attacks were leveled against certain aspects of Quayle’s military record:
Bush’s choice of Dan Quayle had been a surprise to many. The resulting media pounding caused Bush to come out strongly in defense of Quayle (hence the interpretation of the last part of this first riddle – ‘the Quayle was found hiding behind the Bush’).
The second riddle
The second riddle/prophetic parable our friend was given was this: Within a year of the first riddle coming to pass, Communism would become ‘Commu-wasm.’ This play on words indicates that Communism would soon become ‘a thing of the past.’
This prophetic parable was also hard to understand.
The first riddle came to pass in August 1988. Exactly one year later in August 1989, as many as 300,000 East Germans crossed the border into Hungary, fleeing the Communist oppression of the German Democratic Republic (DDR), according to Stasi (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit) official reports of August 31, 1989 (MfS, ZAIG B/215, Berlin). On September 10, these refugees were permitted to pour into West Germany. On October 4, nearly 6,000 East Germans refugees holed up in the West German embassies of Prague and Warsaw were permitted to board one-way trains to West Germany. At Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche huge ‘Prayers for Peace’ (Friedensgebete) gatherings had been taking place on Monday nights. Finally on November 9, 1989, on the 51st anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Nazi pogrom against German Jews), East Berliners flowed through the open gates of the Berlin Wall into West Berlin. Communism in East Germany had become ‘Commu-wasm.’
But even the West’s top intelligence minds were caught off guard.
During the 1980s, the CIA’s top brass discussed the outlook for the Soviet Union at a special meeting. The Deputy Director of the CIA Robert M. Gates declared at that meeting that there was no way the Soviet Union was going to break up – not in his lifetime, not in his children’s lifetime. Gates later became Director of Central Intelligence (DCI – head of the CIA) under President George H. W. Bush (1991-1993) and then US Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).
Former CIA DCI Stansfield Turner (1977-1981) wrote in the American journal Foreign Affairs (Fall, 1991), “We should not gloss over the enormity of this failure to forecast the magnitude of the Soviet crisis . . . I never heard a suggestion from the CIA, or the intelligence arms of the departments of Defense or State, that numerous Soviets recognized a growing, systemic economic problem . . . The corporate view missed by a mile” (Milo L. Jones, Milo; Philippe Silberzahn (2013). Constructing Cassandra, Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947–2001. Stanford University Press, p. 108).
Communism’s collapse into ‘Commu-wasm’ took the U.S. Intelligence community by complete surprise. But not so with the God of Israel! YHVH is the One “who changes the times and the epochs. He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things.”
The God of Jacob had other hidden purposes here connected to the collapse of world Communism. Some of them were certainly connected to the release of Soviet Jews, imprisoned for just over 70 years in a hostile country. Now they would be free to come home to Israel, in a foreshadowing of Jeremiah 16:14-15.
There are other divine purposes in the collapse of Communism. And one of the reasons is seen in why the God of Jacob gave these three riddles to our friend: He wants to share some of His specific upcoming strategies with followers of Yeshua – across the entire planet – in our day. That strategy will be more clearly seen when the third ‘riddle’ is explained.
The collapse of Communism in the Russian and East European spheres has created international shock waves which continue to ripple across the globe. The USSR has been officially dissolved, but Communist China (the People’s Republic of China – PRC) still carries the torch of hoped-for world Communist domination.
The third riddle
Last but not least comes the third riddle. It was emphasized to our friend that no specific time frame would be given to accompany the fulfillment of this third riddle. He was told that the first two prophetic parables helped to validate the accuracy of the third riddle. The purpose of the third riddle was to focus people’s attention on what’s coming and so to be on the lookout. In other words, the third riddle is a prophetic warning. It will only be of benefit for those who take that warning seriously. Yeshua’s parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-3 makes use of a similar dynamic in its approach.
This third riddle is more properly a prophetic declaration: Communism will resuscitated. It will return as an active and powerful force on the earth. Our friend was told that the process could be compared poetically to the healed ‘mortal wound’ in Revelation 13:3 – a temporary resuscitation from what seemed to be undeniable death. He was told that this return of Communism wouldn’t be a prophetic fulfillment of Revelation 13:3, but at the same time it would definitely not be a positive development.
The concluding declaration that he was given was this: a reborn Communism would join up with the jihadi Islamist movement, with the Islamist part being the stronger of the two. This blended movement would be horrendously evil, he was informed.
Counterfeit life from the dead
I’ve been meditating on these prophetic parables for more than thirty years. I and my family live in the Middle East, and I was once raised in a Communist home, so I have more than a passing interest in this matter.
I had assumed for a long time that the center for such a resurgent Communism would be Russia. And indeed, the rise of former KGB Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Putin
to Director of FSB (the successor to the KGB), Prime Minister and President of Russia, shows some real shades of ‘life from the dead’ in his professional achievements. But without question, the renaissance of Russia’s global political ambitions is a real threat and one worthy of sober consideration.
There seem to be three quickly developing centers of gravity in the approaching ‘Commu-wasm’ / ‘Communism’ bloc:
- The first is Russia, rapidly moving toward a re-embrace of the Communist spirit
- The second is China, beginning to flex its muscles in the Pacific and across the planet
- The third is America, manifesting a growing rise in street-fighting radicals and Marxist strategic political influence
The rise of Communism in the West would once have been inconceivable – twenty years ago. Today it is the elephant in the living room and the shadow on our collective doorstep.
The red-green show
In this newsletter, the color red represents the resurgence of Communism, while the green refers to a mighty jihadi wave. The joining of these two forces would geographically be located across the Eurasian Belt, where both movements have had historic strongholds.
Communism has solid roots in China and in the Asiatic formerly-Communist ‘Stans’ – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan. Islam also has deep roots in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan as well as in most of the ‘Stans.’
Jihadi Islam is active in all of the above countries (either above ground or underground), as well as in all the countries/territories surrounding Israel. From full-blown Salafi and ISIS movements to zealous Muslim Brotherhood revolutionary terror groups – the entire Middle East is a quivering and jumping jambalaya of Islamist ferment. Sunni targets include the Christian and post-Christian West, the Jewish people and their Israeli state, Arab military dictatorships deemed not sufficiently jihadi or religious, and Shi’ite countries. Shi’ite targets include all of the above, but also actively oppose all Sunni expressions of Islam.
The prophetic descriptions in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39, Psalm 137, etc., describe a broad swath of Middle Eastern countries including the ‘Stans’ – and all of them are coming against Israel to destroy her. Zechariah 12 and 14, and Joel 3 add a comprehensive international dimension to other battles and campaigns.
This Communist and Islamist consortium will home in on the Jewish people and attempt to plunder their state. But this is what YHVH of armies says, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). The graphic visuals and computer-generated imagery in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings movies offer some sense of the world-shaking events coming down the pike. This horrendously evil force is going to run face first into YHVH, the Lord of the armies of Israel. God’s army of Ezekiel 37:9-10 will have its finest hour (see Zechariah 12:5-9; Psalm 110:1-3).
- “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around . . . It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In that day, declares YHVH, I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness” (Zechariah 12:2-5)
The intertwining of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Black Lives Matter movement
There are developments underway in the USA to cultivate a solidarity between revolutionary strategies from Marxist leadership in the Black Lives Matter movement (on the one hand) and Muslim Brotherhood-related movements (on the other hand).
The joining of Communist/Marxist activists and Islamist activists is an American manifestation of the ‘third riddle’ mentioned earlier in this newsletter. This is a trumpet blast for those who have an intercessory burden for these issues.
Be prepared, always faithful
In Mark 13, Yeshua exhorts His disciples five times in a row: “But be on your guard . . . Take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance . . . Take heed, keep on the alert . . . Therefore, be on the alert . . . What I say to you I say to all, Be on the alert!” (Mark 13:9, 23, 33, 35, 37). God in His goodness lets us listen in to the strategies of His heart – in advance of what is about to happen.
Our calling is to be prepared, like good Boy Scouts. Our goal is to be like the U.S. Marines – to always be found faithful (‘Semper Fi’) to our Messiah, to His ways and to His plans.
- “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,fixing our eyes on Yeshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
How should we then pray?
- Pray for God to awaken believers regarding the resurgence of Communism-Marxism and its binding to radical Islam
- Pray for God to pour out strategic dreams on all flesh, and especially on followers of Yeshua
- Pray for the raising up of the Ezekiel 37 prophetic army among the Jewish people
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
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