Sid: This one new man functions the way the Bible says we’re supposed to, for instance, everyone that is born again should move in prophecy, dreams and visions. And the thing that intrigues me so much is how God communicates with us; how God’s heart is to communicate with His people through dreams to show us problem areas that are coming. I have on the telephone Rabbi Kirt Schneider and he’s a Messianic Jewish Rabbi at Adat Adonai Messianic Jewish Congregation in Toledo, Ohio. Kirt I was listening to your series called Prophesies, Dreams and Visions and I must say that it’s so simple. But you have keys not from theory from firsthand experience, but you were sharing in that series about a medical doctor Dr. Ben Carson would you tell that story for us.
Kirt: That is a great story and one of things that I love about this story Sid is he is such a respected, high quality individual. He is one of the leading physicians, he’s actually a surgeon in the entire world. He’ s appeared on I don’t know if it’s 60 Minutes or 20/20 one of those but I saw him and he performs some of the most complex surgeries that have ever been done. Separating Siamese twins etcetera so this guy is no flake; Dr. Ben Carson is a strong believer in Jesus. And his book called “Gifted Hands” he tells this story he was going to medical school and he was working at the same timed to put himself through medical school. And because of the heavy demands of medical school plus his work he fell behind in his studies and it got to the place that he was so far behind that he needed to take the next day planning to come home and study for the exam when he got home from work. But when he got home from work and he began to study he realized that he was so far behind that he became so overwhelmed that there was no way in the world that he was going to catch up he just went to sleep. That night Sid he had a dream and in the dream he saw a medical exam and he saw the questions on the exam; not only did he see the questions in this dream, but he saw the answers, the next day when he went to take his test low and behold the same test that he saw in the dream the night before was what was lying before him that the prof had distributed to the class and what did he do. He wrote down the answers that he saw the night before in his dream and obviously he graduated from medical school. He tells the story himself once again in his book called “Gifted hands.” But there are so many examples like that dreams as we indicated they are for every single person that has received the Holy Spirit…
Sid: Your know everyone that is a believer their greatest heart’s desire if they are a true believer is to hear God’s voice and be obedient. And one of the greater frustrations for most believers that I meet is they say “I feel like I don’t hear God’s voice.” But as you’ve been explaining in your teaching dreams are a great way to hear God’s voice explain that.
Kirt: Well, I personally in my own walk with Him have been led more through dreams than any other revelation in my life. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying; let me clarify that. I’m always looking to hear the voice of God but in terms of specific important issues in my life that God has addressed the revelation has more often come in a dream of the night than any other vehicle. This is consistent with scripture; the Lord said in the Torah “Is there a prophet among you I will speak to him in a vision or in a dream.” Do you see we go to sleep but God is not sleeping and all we have to do is look in the concordance the word dreams up and we’ll be amazed to see how often. Think about Yeshua’s father Joseph. How did Joseph know to take Yeshua out of Israel because the King was going to kill all the Jewish children. God revealed Himself to Joseph in a dream, right? So he brought Yeshua to Egypt. How did Joseph know that he was to bring Jesus back to Israel? Once again God appeared to him in a dream and said “Take your child back to Israel now.” Over and over again we see God speaking through dreams because when we’re awake it’s difficult to hear the voice of God because of all the clutter of the world. But when we’re asleep our soul is loosed from that and it’s in that state of looseness that God often times will speak to us.
Sid: You know that’s such a profound thought. What would you say to the person that’s been listening to us all week and they say “I just don’t know if God’s going to talk to me that way.” What would you say to them?
Kirt: Well, I would say that first of all that some people say that they don’t dream and the reality is everybody dreams. But some people are recall their dreams more than others. Number one you do dream and number 2 God has said that He speaks to His people in dream.
Sid: What if you only recall a tiny bit of the dream; is that helpful?
Kirt: Well, I think that it’s helpful but if people make this a practice and a focus in their life that they will grow in their ability to recall their dreams. A person may start out and say “You know what I didn’t dream anything last night.” But if you will every single morning and try to remember your dreams and persist in it I believe that by the grace of God that God is going to help you begin, slowly at first but more clearly as times go on, He’s going to help that person that says they don’t dream that they’ll begin to remember. And if they’ll just say God I want to hear your voice, I’m going to pay attention I believe God will reward that person and they’re going to begin to see the Lord leading them in the night. Some of the major decisions that I’ve made in my life have been based simply upon a dream. But I would say this Sid I believe that dreams are for every single child of God; I don’t have any question about that. But I would also say this if God knows that we’re not going to listen because we’re trapped in some religious system and we’re more concerned about staying within our system and being accepted by man than listening to Him. You know maybe He won’t speak to us but if we’re more hungry for God and to hear his voice and to obey him like Abraham than anything else in life then he’s going to speak.
Sid: You know Kirt something that I have found is that I’ve been doing what you’re teaching is that it’s like the more I ponder these dreams the more supernatural revelation that I get. The less I ponder the less I get, and I’m at a point now where I’m almost overwhelmed at how I understand for the first time. Now I’ve had literal dreams, now you don’t have to be a mental giant to understand them, but since God’s speaks to us in this dream language which is literally different for each one of us that’s why some else can’t interpret someone else can’t interpret someone else’s dream. I am finding more that I move in this direction the better understanding I’m getting.
Kirt: It’s absolutely right, seek and you shall find that’s the same reason Yeshua spoke in parables he wanted people to seek for the answer and involve them in the art of discovery and through that to become more intimate with Him. I just believe Sid and I really want to encourage our listeners that God is speaking to you…I’m not saying that all things are from God…but I’m saying if you pay attention that you’ll find that some of your dreams are from the Lord. I remember Sid candidating a Messianic synagogue in New York City one time and before I had gone to minister in the synagogue on Shabbat that night before I was staying in the elders house the the Lord revealed to me in the dream that this is not for you. I’m going to tell you one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me in my ministry, I had a dream about a woman in my congregation; she is a dear woman she is just a beautiful saint she loves the Lord I mean a worshiper of God she loves the Lord I mean a worshiper of God just a real hungry passionate woman. And in this dream I saw this woman Sid she was in a basement, it was dark in the basement and when I walked down the basement and when I walked down the basement she was canning fruit down there but there was an evil presence in the basement. And I said to this woman I said “Come on,” I said “We need to get out of here I just sense that there was a presence something evil in that basement that was going to destroy her.” I said we need to get out of here and I appealed to her two times and she wouldn’t come and I left the basement. I wrote the dream down and I pondered that dream because everything that I knew about this woman she was a godly woman and it wasn’t like she was doing something blatantly sinful in that basement but there was something evil down there and she wouldn’t come out from it. Listen to this months later I had forgotten about the dream, I wrote it down, but months later this woman’s husband comes to me he’s in the congregation and he says “Listen, we’re having some marriage problems,” I’m just going to be very frank right now with your listeners. He said “My wife just doesn’t want to be intimate with me.” I said “Listen I said we need to talk this is not biblical” and he was to the point and he was about to do something rash. And I said “Talk to her and see if she’ll come in for some counseling.” So she came in and they both came in together, we sat down and I began to address the issue I said “Listen,” I said “You know this isn’t right, every time I would say to her why it wasn’t right she would make an excuse and instantly after about the third time of me saying something to her about making an excuse God brought back to me the dream. And I said “You know what I had a dream about you, I said “Here’s the dream. And what it was she was making excuses because she wouldn’t come out from this dark place of refusing to be intimate with her husband and that was going to destroy her and her marriage. I explained the dream to her Sid I want to tell you it was one of the highlights of my ministry, she was INSTANTLY delivered. I’m telling you brother she was delivered in an instant and she had been to counselors for years, for years they had been to counselors to try to get this problem solved. And you know what this was a year ago and I still see these people once, twice, a week and their marriage is like it was never before.