NIGHTMARES! … Scary things!!! They usually seem to happen early in the morning, just before you should be getting up. At the time they seem so real! You wake up with a start, sweating, realize it’s a nightmare, breathe a sigh of relief, and probably get up and face the day. Perhaps somewhere during the day you’ll admit to someone, “I had this dream – this nightmare – last night… it was so real! …”
Sometimes dreams though – even scary ones – leave you with the feeling they came from God! Some dreams (even “visions”) that patriarchs, prophets, and apostles had are significant enough that they’re recorded in the Bible. This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read about one that Daniel had (Daniel 7) … It was VERY significant and certainly DID come from God!
The nightmares we have usually don’t end up good… They’re just scary and “end up!”
The nightmare Daniel had that came from God, however – though scary (read Daniel 7:1-8, 19-25) – turned out good! The scary part involved human governments, kingdoms, and leaders that would be a part of human history [first Babylon; then Media/Persia, Greece with Alexander the Great, and finally the Roman empire – ending up with two terrifying world leaders: Antiochus IV Epiphanes and ultimately the Antichrist]!
But this nightmare turns out good – it comes from God! … Here’s the good part – give it a read! …
“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a Son of Man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed!
“The four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever!
“And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; His kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him!” (From Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, 17-18, 27)
HEY, A “NIGHTMARE” THAT TURNS OUT GOOD! The rest of the story – the ultimate fulfillment is found in your Bible in Revelation 20-22! Take it from me – a worthy read – AND IT WILL BE FULLFILLED!