On the morning of 7th January 2021, as I woke a condensed image flashed through my mind. I saw a long and narrow vista opened up in front of me like an opened scroll, that was intensely detailed, full of people, places and events. The startling thing was that it was all dyed blood red.
I have pondered it since. One interpretation that came to my mind, was that it spoke of conflict and/or war. A brother I shared this with thought it could also speak of redemption. Perhaps various layers of inference could be drawn.
Since then, I’ve not done anything with it because the application was uncertain. When would such a word bring value? There is foretelling involved in prophecy but its heart is forthtelling.
With current events though it seems apropos. There are perhaps two things to gather from this.
Firstly, nothing happens without Gods full foreknowledge. That isn’t to say what will happen is going to be good. A cursory reading of the Bible prophets can assure us of that. However, it does tell us He is in complete sovereign control. We do not live in a random cruel world where things happen by chance and there is no meaning. We live in a world that is in active rebellion against its maker, the results of which we see every day. And we live in a world amidst principalities and powers that have been defeated by the blood of the Lamb.
Which leads to the second point. On praying about the scroll vision, I received the well known passage:
Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth-pains.Matthew 24 v4-8
The emphasis in my spirit was – do not be alarmed! These things will come, and much trouble and suffering in its wake – but do not be alarmed! Rather, recognise the sovereignty of God and trust in Him regardless of your situation. There is nothing happening that He has not foreknown and if you will trust in Him, little faith though you may have, He will bear you through the storms and the shakings. He was, is and ever will be, unshakeable. In His mercy, love and grace, you can find refuge for your soul.