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Directional Dreams

Dreams are awesome!  I never paid much attention to them until I had a life-changing dream–or night vision?–several years ago.  I saw the phrase “Kindle & Kindness” lit up against a dark background.  The letters were large and outlined in tiny white lights like the  title of a film on the marquee of a theater.  But the letters were not typed.  They were written in cursive.

Wondering what the phrase meant, I “googled” it.   Nothing definitive came up.  A few weeks later, I tried a different search engine and found a Website with the phrase “Kindle & Kindness.”  Up to that point, I don’t think I knew what a Kindle device was.  I had seen the  icon on Amazon off to the side while looking for other items.

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, ...

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, showing the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My unpublished novel was gathering dust.  So I took the dream to mean that I should publish it on Kindle.  I bought a Kindle and consulted Joshua Tallent of e Book Architects.  His group formatted the book for me so that I could upload it on Kindle and Nook.

For a while, I was more focused on the book than the dream or where it came from,  That was a mistake.  The real story is about a closer relationship with God.  My interest in dreams led me to John Paul Jackson’s Website.  John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter.  His insights have given me a deeper, Biblical-based understanding of dreams and visions.

I knew that dreams and visions are in the Bible, but I never thought of them as having significance today.  John Paul Jackson points to Job 33: 14-16.  “Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.  In a dream, a vision of the night when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then He opens the ears of men and seals their instructions” (NASB).

Not every dream comes from God.  That’s for sure.  Dreams fall into different categories and come from different sources: the flesh, the mind, God, and the demonic realm.  While dreams are one of the ways that God speaks to us, He speaks primarily through His Word.  If you think God has spoken to you in a dream, make sure that the dream doesn’t conflict with the Bible.  God will never direct you to something that contradicts His Word.

A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is more important than anything in the world.  Books, inventions, and projects will come and go, but a personal relationship with the God of the universe lasts forever.

What Is a “Modern Gothic Romance?”

Bathsheba Goes to King David

Bathsheba Goes to King David (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is a modern Gothic romance?  Good question.  When I finished writing THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER, I wondered how to describe it.  To me, it was a romantic comedy-drama with a Christian “true-love-waits” theme.  I didn’t want to call it a Christian romance because I wanted to reach a broader audience.

Years ago, when I started writing the story, I sent a few chapters to a Christian publisher.  The publisher responded with a set of guidelines that went something like this:  “no short skirts, no bad (immoral) preachers, no alcohol, no dancing,” and so forth.  Well, I thought, even the Bible can’t meet that criteria!  In fact, the Bible is far more graphic than my book.  Consider the “Song of Solomon,” Lot and his daughters, or the graphic description of Hebrew women lusting after Assyrian men (a metaphor for idolatry).  Think of King David (the peeping Tom) standing on the rooftop eying Bathsheba in the buff, not to mention impregnating her, and planning her husband’s demise.  Compare this to my book, which is somewhere in between ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.  .

When I finished writing the novel, I had a new dilemma.  I wanted to write a query letter to a publisher to interest him or her in publishing the book. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  Well, it’s not simple if you don’t know the book’s genre.  I needed help; so I asked a teacher who taught high school literature to read the book and categorize it.

“It’s a modern Gothic romance,” she replied.  No doubt the look on my face told her that I was clueless.  She listed the elements in a modern Gothic romance and summed it up with one word, REBECCA.  I don’t recall reading Daphne du Maurier‘s book, but I saw the film adaptation several times and loved it.

Despite its tongue-in-cheek humor, THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER, resembles REBECCA in several ways: a big mansion; a brooding, Byronic figure with lots of money and something to hide; and a room that is off-limits.  I don’t think of my novel as “scary,” but a friend, who had a copy, told me that she read it during the daytime because she was too frightened to read it at night.  So, the subtitle “A Modern Gothic Romance” fits.

My book resembles another “genre” that was popular in the early 1960s.  These paperbacks were lovingly–and laughingly–referred to as “young women running away from big houses.”  If you’re old enough to remember these–and liked them, you can’t go wrong with THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER.

For more information or to buy THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER click here.

End-Time Harvest: Matthew 13 and 24

English: Religious Jews prey in the Western Wa...

English: Religious Jews prey in the Western Wall (Wailing Wall, HaKotel HaMaaravi), Jerusalem עברית: יהודים מתפללים בכותל המערבי בירושלים (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Http://jesusprophecies.wordpress.com has a page called “Matthew and the End Times” and graciously invites bloggers to participate in the discussion.  So I did.  Here’s my input, right or wrong, on the meaning of Matthew 24.

“Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”  (Matthew 24: 3b NASB)

Notice that the disciples ask Jesus 3 questions.  Question 1: “When will these things happen?” (Referring to Yeshua’s statement about the temple buildings being torn down–“not one stone left upon another.”   

I believe that the answer to the first question was fulfilled in 70 AD. (My understanding is that the  “Wailing Wall” is a retaining wall, not part of the temple complex.)  However, I believe that this prophecy could be fulfilled AGAIN if (and when) the temple (or even the tent/tabernacle) is rebuilt  In fact, Jesus’ statement about the “ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION” indicates that the anti-christ will stand in the holy place an do what Antiochus IV did (verse 15)–desecrate the temple. In 2 Thess. 2: 1-4, Paul discusses the Second Coming and “our gathering” to Christ.  In verse 4, he explains that Christ will not return until he [“the man of lawlessness”] displays “himself as being God.”   This has not occurred.  As far as I know, Titus did not fulfill this prophecy.

The disciples then asked, “What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Regarding the “sign” of his coming, Jesus said that “after the tribulation” (verse 29), “the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN [Daniel 7: 13, 14] COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY
with power and great glory (verse 30).”

The third question regards the end of the age.  A definition of “the end of the age” is found in Matthew 13: 39b.  “The harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.”  The wheat and the tares grow up together and are harvested at the same time (Matthew 13: 36-49). “So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous.  “From among the righteous” suggests that “the rapture” occurs at the Second Coming of Christ, not before.  (See Revelation 14: 14 also, which ties into Mathew 13: 39b.)

To put everything in context, it is necessary to read Luke 21, especially verse 24: “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”  That prophecy was fulfilled in 1967 when Jerusalem became the capital of Israel. For this reason and others, I believe that WE are “the generation” that Jesus refers to in Matthew 24: 34.

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English: “A symbol that Messianic Jews believe was used to identify the first Messianic congregation, led by Yeshua (Jesus)’s brother Jacob in Jerusalem” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One more thing (the most important thing that is often overlooked).  Jesus said that he would not return until his people [the Jewish people] say, “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”  No doubt, this is why Paul preached the gospel “to the Jew first, then the Gentile.”  Jewish people are beginning to recognize Jesus/Yeshua as their Messiah as never before.  Google “IAMCS” and “MJAA” to see what I mean.

Note:  We could discuss Matthew 24 until the Lord returns and still have questions until we see Him face to face.  The “end-times” is an important subject but not a salvation issue.  The tenets of our faith are best summed up in the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed.  That said, be aware that Christ is coming again–soon.

As the Peter the Apostle said, “Where is the promise of His coming?  The Lord is not slow about His promise, but is patient towards you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3: 4a, 9)