Kaile Hamilton - 02/03/2008
In my dream last night, I went to church with some of my friends from the past and various family members because they invited me to go along with them and I had not been to a physical church in a long time.
The first thing that I noticed when I walked into the foyer of the church was how big the foyer was and then I noticed that it was filled with various concession stands and coffee shops. I really felt like I had just arrived at a movie theater but it was a church. At that point in my dream The Lord reminded me of the passage in John 2:13-22:
"And the passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:and he made a scourge of cords, and cast all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their tables; and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. His disciples remembered that it was written, Zeal for thy house shall eat me up. The Jews therefore answered and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou raise it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he spake this; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said."
Many of the people and things that I saw that day reminded me of the two churches that I had felt a part of before The Lord brought me out of the physical church.
Well, after talking to some of my friends and family, it was time to go into the church auditorium so I walked in and I was astonished at what I saw. The church auditorium resembled a movie theater with the high rise seating, the dimmed lights, a huge stage with an enormous red curtain behind it, spotlights, and a microphone in the center of the stage. My friends and I were handed a manila folder of something from the usher which seemed to be a normal occurrence -- like the folder was the church bulletin -- and then we sat towards the back of the theater. As I looked around the theater at all the people filing in to get a seat with their coffee and snacks, my heart was deeply saddened. Then, the senior pastor came on stage and introduced himself and told us all to open our folders and get ready for the first speaker. I didn't quite understand what the papers meant because there were questions about how well the speaker did and if they were entertaining with a rating system.
When the first speaker got on stage he started cracking jokes one right after the other, mostly about Christ, walking with Christ and being a part of the body. I noticed how amused everyone in the auditorium was and none of them seemed to be offended by the awful statements the guy was making. When the speaker was done a loud voice came on the microphone saying, "Now is the time to rate speaker number one!" After about five minutes the second speaker was introduced and the cycle of joking and rating happened until the last of the five speakers finished their stand-up routines. The more and more I heard from these "men of God" the more grieved my spirit was; at one point I was so sad I felt like I was going to be sick. The Lord then brought the passage of Scripture in Ephesians 5:1-21 to my attention on how we are supposed to conduct ourselves as followers of Christ:
"Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them; For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them; for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of. But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee. Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ."
After the last speaker I handed my folder to one of the ushers who then looked at me strangely, like he was confused that I had already handed him my folder. Finally, the senior pastor got back on stage and I felt relieved that now it would be time to get into the Word but I was mistaken, and this grieved me even more. He then told the congregation to push the number of the speaker they found the most entertaining. That was when the dream ended.
After I woke up:
The Lord revealed to me that He was showing me the state of the modern/apostate church and how it too has become a business venture. He also made it very clear to me that the apostate church has become a place for people to find entertainment, the worldly joy that is fleeting and the bread of man that does not satisfy. He brought to my remembrance a passage in John 6:33-40 that He showed me earlier this week:
"For the bread of God is that which cometh down out of heaven, and giveth life unto the world. They said therefore unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. Jesus said unto them. I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that ye have seen me, and yet believe not. All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the will of him that sent me, that of all that which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one that beholdeth the Son, and believeth on him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
I was struck by the incredible grief and sorrow that I felt while I was having the dream; I can't even describe it adequately. The only thing that I can say is I felt like I could feel the Spirit groaning in me while I was witnessing the state of the apostasy. It still stirs up many emotions for me.
May the children of The Lord hear His cries for them to return to Him in the Name of Jesus!
It was also brought to my attention that the four girls to my left were my friends that have had children out of wedlock; and the one girl to my right had a child in wedlock and the other is not married yet. I'm not quite sure right now what the significance of The Lord showing me that. The only thing that comes to mind is the goats go to the left and the sheep go to the right.