I had a funny dream a while ago in which I managed to lose my shoes! In the dream, I was passing through a shopping precinct on my way to a meeting when I stopped to browse in a large charity shop. When it came time to continue to the meeting, I left the shop but as I was walking along, I noticed that my shoes were missing!
I thought – I can’t go to the meeting without shoes! So I returned to the charity shop in case I had taken them off there without realising it – I didn’t want someone to find them and think they were for sale. I searched the shop for my shoes but couldn’t find them. Time was getting on, so I decided to quickly buy myself another pair of shoes. I looked first for a cheap shoe shop, but couldn’t find one, and was then looking for any shoe shop when I woke up.
It was only a dream, but it felt like one of those “trojan horse” dreams – carrying a hidden message from the Lord. As I puzzled over what had happened to my shoes, I thought of Moses and the day his life was radically changed after he lost his shoes (Exodus 3:1-5).
I think Jesus is returning soon. Sooner than we think. Heard it all before, I hear you say. Let me assure you that I’m not accustomed to hiding under the stairs with tinfoil on my head or walking round Leicester Square with a sandwich board proclaiming, “The End is Nigh”. And I realise too that it’s one of the most predictably silly things to do, trying to pinpoint when the 2nd Coming will finally happen. Many have tried and ended up with egg - complete with mayonnaise and cress - on their faces.
No, I think the Lord’s return is close because of a significant and exciting “sign” that is unfolding as we speak. Often, when we talk of “signs of the times” in relation to the 2nd Coming of Christ – the prophecies that must be fulfilled before He can return – we focus on the negative and “terrible” ones: wars and rumours of wars, nations against nations; a tsunami of earthquakes, famines and pestilences; family breakdown, and the rise of lawlessness, greed, arrogance, violence and disobedience (see Luke 21:8-11, 2 Tim 3:1-5).
Rarely do we mention the single most important and positive sign of His approaching return – that the church, His Bride, should awaken, arise and enter into a new, passionate, stratospheric level of intimacy with her Lord; that individual believers will begin to hear and answer the call to enter the cloud-filled chamber of His presence (Song of Songs 1:4 The Passion Translation); the secret place of His abiding (Psalm 27:5-6, 32:, 91:9-10 TPT); the higher ground on which we may stand next to Him and be enveloped by His glory (Exodus 33:21).
A blog by Pastor Brendan munro
Welcome to my blog - thank you for stopping by! I’ve never done this before and I’m only doing it now after friends encouraged me to share more widely of the life-changing journey I’ve been on with God over the past couple of years.