Dream Symbolism: Trouble in a Ministry
NCW 69: August 2000 - January 2001
Q. I dreamed that I was married to a man who was my "wife" though we had no physical relationship of any kind. We were ministering together as evangelists. The man was a bit critical of me and dressed very casually whilst we were preaching. He began by preaching to me and my ministerial team instead of the congregation who were behind him (we were facing the public) until someone came from the congregation and said they could not hear him. Some members of the public were leaving but returned when he turned round to face them. He then talked a short while and then invited people to come to his home to hear the rest of his sermon the following Tuesday. What does this mean?
A. Firstly ,it has nothing to do with homosexuality but is a prophetic symbol. If you are the "husband" that means you are his spiritual head, the "wife" being in the subordinate position. This would be a typical representation of a pastoral rôle where the pastor is the "husband" of his "wives" who are the congregation. This is common Old and New Testamenrt symbolism. In the OT, God is the husband of the congregation of Israel. In the NT, Christ is the allegorical husband of the Church or assembly of believers. If this dream has a revelatory content and is not simply a wish-projection (it could frankly be either) then it means that the man is a part of your ministry team of which you are the head or leader. The fact that he was critical of you suggests that he is not yet properly submitted to you as his ministerial head which is re-emphasised by his mode of dress. There are serious defects in his stewardship which must be rectified and indeed is manifesting a rebellious spirit. He is rebelling against you as his "husband" by inviting people to his home by assuming a mantle of authority he does not have. You need to have a serious talk with him before you resume your public ministry because he will not only undermine your authority but set a bad public example. I fear this man is partly in the ministry for himself and is not 100% submitted to the Lord.
If this dream is prophetic, as it seems to be, then on a "Tuesday" your ministerial partner may very well leave your ministry and try to start out alone. The dream is most certainly a warning to you of some sort. If his criticism of you was valid then you need to address that immediately for he will use that as an excuse to rebell. If it it not, then I fear little will keep him in your team short of divine intervention and major repentance on his part. Either way, you will probably have to confront this man.
Sadly, far too many ministers are in the field for their own glory as well as God's which gives Satan legal ground to pervert the work they are doing. And a common method of perversion is the introduction of false doctrines. There are alot of itching ears (2 Tim.4:3) who will welcome false teaching if it offers them an easier, cheaper gospel requiring less committment and repentance, and especially if it offers them prosperity. Many are called but few are chosen (Mt.22:14) and I'm afraid you must expect alot of this kind of behaviour in the last days as the Lord separates the sheep from the goats not only amongst the laity but amongst ministers too. We are in a sifting our period right now as Yahweh first thrashes His ministers to see who is true and who is not, before turning on the general mass of believers.
"I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on My servants I will pour our My Spirit in those days...before the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (Joel 2:28,31; Ac.2:17, NIV)
Alot of people write in to NCCG for help in understanding their dreams, a high percentage of which have a prophetic content. We have ourselves been blessed with a great deal of these gifts, many of which have already published in the Olive Branch and in this Journal. Accordingly we have started this new section in the Witness as well as on our main homepage at NCCG.ORG to help our readers better understand their prophetic gifts.
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