In 1990 I had entered the military and was in boot camp. At that time I began praying every night because I felt a need for God's comfort, protection and guidance. Then, one particular night I began praying for a dream of Jesus. I didn't really know where that request even came from. But I felt this desire for the request coming from my heart or the middle of my body (my spirit?). It was different than anything I have ever experienced. That first night, nothing happened. The second night I began praying again to God for comfort, protection and guidance. And for the second night in a row, the prayer for the dream of Jesus again began being pulled from the middle of my body. This time it was a more urgent request than the night before. And the second night, upon going to sleep, I received no dream. The third night, again, I began praying. This time it was even more urgent than the past two nights. This third night the request for the dream was again being pulled from the depths of my heart. That night, I fell asleep, and I started to dream.
“I will boast about such a man, but I will not boast about myself, except in my weaknesses.” ~2 Corinthians 12:5
“... I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.” — 2 Corinthians 12:1b
The dream started with me opening a very large door, and I entered it. Inside I saw that I was in a very large room. I didn't see anything in it, except darkness. But in that same instant, I saw Jesus standing all the way in the back (or the front, depending how you want to look at it). Jesus was glowing white light, but I could make out the outline of His face and frame. He was standing facing to my left, so the left side of His profile was facing me. The first thing I noticed was that He was Jewish. I knew Jewish people my whole life and used to see them walking to Temple or Synagogue on the Sabbath. And He looked somewhat like those Jewish men. Or perhaps He simply opened up my understanding that He was Jewish and I then thought of the Hasidic Jews that lived in my area. The thing is, I never realized Jesus was Jewish until that moment. So in this "dream" (I believe it was a vision), my understanding was being opened up to new understanding (revelations) from the Lord.
As He stood there he looked slightly hunched over forward. And He looked like he was holding something in both hands, like He was holding something very fragile. (I believe my understanding recently may have been opened up about why Jesus appeared to me like that. Several years earlier I went to go play tennis with a friend. When I got to the court I saw a monarch butterfly flying near me and I was appreciating it. Suddenly a younger kid swatted at it with his tennis racket and struck the butterfly and it fell to the ground. I then protectively picked up the butterfly and held it in both my hands.
It appeared to be dead, and I was upset about that. Suddenly the butterfly moved. And within a time period of about 5 minutes; It got on its legs, then slowly moved its wings up and down. It then flew away. I remember being very amazed by the whole thing. Like something incredible had happened. Looking back now I almost wonder. Did Jesus give that butterfly new life? And is that why He was standing there in my dream in the same exact position I was in when I picked up that injured butterfly? Was He showing me that He is the LIFE through this? I'm not quite sure but I believe its a possibility!)
He then slowly turned His head toward me and looked right at me. When He looked at me I instantly remembered a particular sin I had committed in my life. And I realized He knew everything I ever did. I was so overwhelmed with shame that I couldn't bear it. I thought, "He is all the way over there, I'm right by the door. I'm going to just turn around and leave." I remember also thinking that He was just a man and wouldn't be able to stop me. So I turned to leave after rationalizing all this, and when I turned, a very bright light flashed in my eyes and blinded me, in that same second I opened my eyes and saw His feet. I was completely prostrate, flat on my face at His feet. I had been translated across the room in a fraction of a second. My jaw dropped open in shock and I began slowly looked up. I then came face to face with Jesus and He had an incredibly intense and compassionate look on His face and He reached out His right hand to me and my dream ended.
This was in 1990. I am writing this in 2017. Seven years after this dream I was powerfully born again (baptized in the Holy Spirit (1, 2, 3, 4). So over the past 20 years I have often thought of this dream/vision, and after studying God's Word over these 20 years I was able to get a little more understanding of it.
1st. Jesus had me positioned to His left. And at that time, I was indeed a goat.
"And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." ~Matthew 25:33
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" ~Matthew 25:41
2nd. He was a shining white light. Many places tell us that Jesus is the light of the world.
3rd. I realized He was Jewish. I never remember ever learning that. In my dream it was a very surprising revelation. Many verses tell us clearly of Jesus' Jewishness.
4th. He knew everything I ever did. Many verses show us this fact throughout God's Word.
5th. Even though I tried to leave I wound up on my face at His feet. Another very biblical occurrence.
6th. It was my shame that made me want to depart from His presence. But He came to this world to remove that shame from us. We shouldn't hide from God because of sin, but go to Him for forgiveness. It's the whole purpose of Jesus coming to this world.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~1 John 4:10
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." ~Luke 19:10
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." ~Matthew 1:21
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. ~1 Timothy 1:15
The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. ~1 John 3:8
So what does this dream mean to me? That I am highly accountable before God and that I had better do what He says in His Word. What should this dream mean to you? I don't know. Perhaps that Jesus takes a personal interest in us? That He loves us and wants to remove the heavy weight of sin from off our soul and give us peace, joy and happiness. And when Jesus entered my heart in 1997 He did that for me. He instantly and permanently healed me of an acute anxiety condition, and so much more. And He can and will do the same thing for you, if you go to Him and pray to Him and seek Him with your whole heart and never stop seeking Him.
As I said, seven Years after this dream I became a born again Christian. I was gloriously saved by the Lord God who created all things through His Son Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah).
("For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6)
In 1997, He revealed Himself to me through His Word the Bible. What filled me with faith was the fulfillment of prophecies from the Old testament. I knew that the Jews believed in the Old Testament but not the New. So it made it all the more powerful. Because I saw in their own writings who the Messiah would be and what he would do and I saw the fulfillment of these things written in the New Testament.
I'm so thankful to the Lord because he fulfilled His promise through Abraham that through his seed (Abraham's descendants) that all the nations on earth would be blessed.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Gen 12: 1-3
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Also you can see the verses from the prophet Jeremiah stating that there will be a New Covenant (Testament).
Jeremiah 31:31- 34
31 Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith Jehovah.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith Jehovah: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Jehovah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
Yours in the Christos Jesus, Thomas Richards
You can be saved!
if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
Say, "My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"