Month 10:9, Week 2:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5937:275 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 9 January 2014
The Angry Pastor
A Prophetic Dream About Belgium
Power in Praise: A Vision
Having had a bad night I devoted most of the morning today to prayer, praise, scripture study and resting. Whilst praising inside with song, and caught up in the Ruach (Spirit) singing the hymn, "Holy, holy, holy, Yahweh Almighty!" I saw a vision of demons being smashed violently against a wall by an invisible force that seemed connected to my praising. There is power in praise!
A Prophetic Dream: The Church Service
Still exhasued from the previous night's ordeal I sank into a sleep and dreamed a dream about a church. I don't know where this church was but I walked into it and sat down toward the back as a service was in progress. Interestingly there were long tables in front of the rows of chairs so that once the service was over, the tables served as a place to eat. A large meal was being served and everyone tucked in. I was totally ignored and not offered anything but chose to just observe.
A Church Divided
Now this church building was an old brick one and had once served as the meeting place for an older denomination. Those meeting in it now were of a more modern denomination. The building was split down the middle by a brick wall. The portion to the south was completely empty and dark and was not in use. The other half in the north was the part I had entered.
The Flemmish Half
The people were all Belgians who spoke Flemmish, a Dutch dialect. The pastor went past me to the wall that separated the two halves of the church building where there was a huge notice board. He was having an animated conversation with someone though I didn't see who, and pointing at some paper on the board, but the substance of the conversation was that some of the members wanted to make a door through the brick wall and so unite the two halves. But the pastor was very angry, and was bitterly complaining about the French Walloons, saying how superior the Flems were, and refused to have a door made, though it was in his power to do so. It was then that I left the building to return home on foot before waking up.
Short History of Belgium
Belgium is an artificial country created by Great Britain after the Napoleonic Wars to serve as a buffer between Prussia and France. Before the Treaty of Versailles added a German chunk in the eastern part (Malmedy-Eupen) following Germany's defeat in 1918, Belgium consisted of the Dutch-speaking Flemish north and the French-speaking Wallonian south ruled by a French monarch. The two halves have never got on very well, there has been a lot of animosity between them, with a huge economic disparity between the rich north and the poor south. The capital, Brussels (Brussel, Bruxelles, Brüssel), which lies in the Flesmish half, has a large French-speaking Wallonian population, another source of tension, as it was originally all Flemmish. Orignally modern Belgium and the Netherlands (Holland) had been a single country, the United Netherlands, and before that a Habsburg Spanish colony and part of the Holy Roman Empire. The division between north and south is now so great that recently the Belgium was without a government for nearly a year as no coalition proved workable.
The Creation of Two New States?
The discussion has been whether to create two new states - Flanders (Vlaamland) and Wallonia (Wallonie) or whether to cede the north to the Netherlands (Holland) and the south to France. Since Belgium is in the EU, and Brussels is the EU capital, the greater likelihood is that they would become two separate EU states with Brussels possibly becoming an EU Federal Capital Territory and the German eastern part being returned to Germany.
Interpretation of the Dream
The 'church' in the dream appears to represent Belgium and its two halves, the rich industrial Flemish part with its table rich with food (prosperity) and the empty (poor) southern agricultural Wallonian part. The 'pastor' represents the Flemish leadership who are determined to have separation and independence, and are not willing to make a 'door' to the south (reconciliation) to keep the 'marriage' or union intact. If this is the correct interpretation then we may see Belgium as a nation finally being dissolved. It's an 'old building' ('built' on 21 July 1830, when Belgium was formed) with a modern section, possibly a new Flemish nation-in-the-making, or simply a de facto one separated by a wall so that 'Belgium' exists in name only.
Two Other Interpretations: The European Union Split
There are two other possible interpretations. One might be that the church building represents the European Union as a whole, the north (Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands, Flanders, Austria) remaining prosperous and the south becoming totally bankrupt and economically dead. With Greece and the other Mediterranean countries sliding into economic oblivion because of the ill-conceived €uro, this would well mean the EU itself will split and a new economic 'iron curtain' come into existence between north and south.
A Religious Interpretation
The other interpretation is that this is purely a spiritual representation. However, both sections of Belgium are Catholic unlike the Netherlands which, like Germany, is split between Catholic and Protestant, so I think it unlikely that this dream is about religion in Belgium. The only spiritual content would appear to be the arrogant and divisive attitude of the Flemmish leadership.
The events of 2014 to come may well see a formal split. We shall see