Prophetic dream to mark new season

The time of the Jewish New Year marks a shift in season. In shifts we anticipate revelation but God does not reveal everything to any one person, so I submit what is below into the mix of what is coming.

The location – place, situation and time a dream takes place is often significant so I start with that:

I recently had a dream in a locality where there is much potential for the breakout of something new. It is a place of interpretation but where words can be interpreted to reinforce what is already taking place. Rather than become transformative in power they become captive to simply confirming things as they are.

Revelation is coming but we have to watch out for interpretation of the revelation that simply confirms what is already here. Transformation through shaking is what I believe God is bringing.

Margins are becoming very important. The God of the desert is rising, the glory has to be seen rising in and from the desert. Going slow with respect to interpretation is vital so that old conclusions do not become the default interpretive grid.

So I woke meditating on this dream, got up and began to record it at (looking up at the computer clock) 4.44. This is one of the prophetic times of the moment. I have encountered this time in recent weeks. It is the time of alignments but alignments for disruption that we did not expect, and disruptions that will have a widespread effect. The disruptions will reveal underlying situations. We will have to be ready.

Disruptions in specifics but they will affect the whole. A family situation that will affect the whole family. A city that will affect a nation. A nation that will affect nations [another economic ‘run’ is forthcoming].

Because of the type of place, and the timing of God in that place, there were discussions, dialogue and tension in the air (within the dream).

The buildings were strong and they represented what had been built and established. The structures that shape, which included the church, were visible and shaped the scenario, At a specific moment the whole front (facade) of those buildings swung out and up. They acted like a cuckoo clock might, where the bird comes out on the hour, but this was not something coming out from the building but the whole facade of the buildings themselves. This totally destabilised the buildings. I thought they might even fall right over, wondering if the foundations could support this. Then some familiar worship songs bbegan and, having ‘marked time’ the facades swung back in again and then returned to ‘normal’. [I realised in the dream they marked time – but rather they were to be marked by time.]

Immediately I heard ‘it is the familiar that has the tendency to restore the status quo and cause things to swing back’.

In the moment when there could be a wholesale shift the response was to quickly put in place what was familiar, to resort to the known.

There are buildings to come down in this season.

The shock in the dream was that it was worship (as we know it) that caused everything to swing back to the status quo.

Worshipping God is of course our call, but I realised that the singing of familiar songs can become totally dangerous. It touches the memory, not opening up the future, but reactivating a former experience, and in finality causing things to return to status quo (I hesitate to call it ‘normal’ because the status quo is not normal).

My mistake in the dream was to try and insist that I should be heard. I began to say ‘it is the familiar that has the tendency to…’ when I was mocked. I tried to push on but the person / spirit who mocked me finished the sentence with ‘restore things to normal’.

What we call normal I have called the status quo, and it seems to me that God is calling those things to come to an end. A 4-44 season is here.

Here are some bullet points:

  • The time is now of disruptions to reveal foundational weaknesses and faulty foundations.
  • Specific disruptions are coming that will affect much more than what is disrupted.
  • Facades will swing ‘open’. This will potentially destabilise.
  • The response of quickly the familiar will be destructive. We must watch that we do not even run to the ‘good’ that simply reactivates a memory. Many experiences are reactivated memories. Reactivating memories lock us in a holding pattern of forever learning but not coming to the truth. I feel this season right here is calling for some sober responses from the worship (song) leaders – from those operating in that framework.
  • Don’t try and convince. Even when facades swing wide, the belief in the structure is strong. It is not a time to convince but to stand. The issue is not ‘winning the argument’ but of standing against the status quo returning.

I hear the sound of 2012 in the air.

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26 thoughts on “Prophetic dream to mark new season

  1. Thanks Martin for this stirring word! Can resonate with a lot, maybe not by understanding… N.Ireland faces a number of centenary ‘celebrations’: ulster covenant/easter rising/war of independence/partitioning of ireland (1912-1922).
    How will this be interpreted to not fall into old patterns? God, help!
    Could you explain about ‘this is the 4.44 season, please? Again, thanks.

  2. Thanks Martin. This seems to touch on issues of sung worship especially, though not exclusively. It is interesting going through Scripture and realising that in terms of human experience, I believe most worship was non-musical until the time of David. There are examples of celebrations such as Miriam’s song, but the most common ‘means’ of worship from Abraham until David was the context of a meal. We gladly hear preached that worship is much more than just songs, but every part of life, so when will our walked-out experience match our words, I wonder? Much as I love love songs sung by truly grateful hearts, there came a point a few years ago when I had to move away from this whole genre in order to draw closer to Christ. The story I have heard of Soul Survivor who for a time laid down their instruments completely (that must have been a huge sacrifice given Matt Redman’s prominence at that time) is perhaps a foreshadowing of the laying down of sung worship we are being invited to make. Only when we lay down our instruments can we learn to sing the new song.

    1. interesting comment. I experienced something similar. I love to sing. My first career choice was voice and I had a lovely voice so singing was natural, normal and a huge part of my life (though I went on to do other things). And I love worship. But after awhile I found the worship was feeling less and less real and somehow stale and dead. The musicians worked at it, I was willing, as a member of the ‘audience’ to engage but it never felt right. I was bored. Occasionally, the pastor would tell us that any staleness was our fault for not arriving all ‘prayed’ up and ready to go. That didn’t feel right to me either. I think God has moved on and we, as usual, have got caught in something that used to feel good and now provides a security blanket of nostalgia. Its tough following God – He appears to always be on the move. But since He keeps bringing good things along I expect something even more wonderful to be next in our lives.

  3. Yep, ready to re-enter the structure and stand, a disruption just ‘is’ whether vocal or unsaid. The discomfort of returning to the old cycles must be made room for by those that carry that provoking gift which is a stance, not a set of words. The ‘song’ is key and singers with a heart for intimacy will draw a desparate yearning for Jesus beyond/despite the structures. The ‘worship leader’ is not always the person at the front!

    1. Yep, just standing is important if we carry a provoking gift…how we stand, position ourselves and are therefore perceived is a crucial factor in opening mindsets that would seek to return to the status quo…you’re right – the worship leader is not always the minstrel!

  4. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl. Here’s a thought: maybe sung worship has become snug worship (security blanket as you mentioned)!?!

    1. or perhaps we are all looking to wear that ridiculous American consumer product I became aware of last year – a snuggy, a blanket with sleeves for lounging on the couch in front of the TV. I suspect that might be the next trend in church worship – video screens with the worship and preaching that are watched by avid spectators sitting in comfortable seats wrapped in their snuggies. All you then need are some refreshments. . . c.

      1. I won’t hear a word against snuggies! For a chemo patient I am married to, they are great for keeping control of your temperature! Although the wearer does look a bit of a dork when they stand up and are seen to be dressed in what looks like a fluffy hospital gown, without the benefit of a tie at the back! It’s just good to see that America can still do good things.

        1. And I am very happy to be able to give such a heavyweight response on this feather-light thread of Martin’s. Happy to be relevant as always

        2. Actually they do sound kind of lovely to, well, snuggle into. Considering the real cold temperatures of my apartment here in the winter perhaps I need to get one. c.

      2. These comments are really getting a little too profound. Almost deserves a whole post in themselves. But just in case anyone feels tempted I did say almost

        1. I take my share of responsibility and repent for introducing the word ‘snug’ into the conversation.

          (Now, where can I buy one of those blanket things with arms?)

  5. This weekend, I had a conversation with someone who has been out of ‘church’ for 13 years. We talked of how the longing for the familiar/status quo can make us dewy-eyed and try to draw us back – no; we talked of how long it can take for structures to come down – yes; we talked of the need to know we shouldn’t try and convince a mindset that can only be broken by revelation and then wisdom to interpret it – no; we talked of ‘not speaking’ – that is, not insisting we be heard because we won’t be – yes; so often, it is the minstrels who lead and sometimes they lead us astray – perhaps not meaning to – but feeling they must reflect what’s happening instead of leading out – hmmm.

    I have just spent the weekend listening to someone else who doesn’t know me but who seems to have read my journals over the last five years followed by a prophetic validation of everything I’ve done for the last ten. It marked a finishing time for me. Something new is happening. 2012 – here I come.

  6. I hope you will give us some insighting into understanding number alignments. I awoke a couple of years ago seeing the time at 4.44. That was the start of a crazy season of seeing number alignments everywhere. During this time my world view was completely turned upside down, nearly went bankrupt, had to sell our house and a few other things for good measure. I was so interested by this number alignment that I couldn’t give up on the dream I had so i kept going. During this time I started to see God in a new amazing light. Can he really align things like this and be this good? But I have to say I still don’t really understand it. A few weeks back I had this reacuring thought of being in a church building and the whole structure colapsed around me. I had the desire to try to rebuild the rubble but really felt that I was to leave all the rubble behind and go and follow the Spirit without a structure. With all the shaking I realised that the safe church worldview that I used to have has falling down but my faith is stronger that ever.

  7. What is worship is a thread in itself, but on the subject of singing/music… I think we gather together to sing celebrity songs from CD’s without thinking about the superior ‘connection’ that we could have with more home-grown songs. A simple example: would a community connect more with a general song about God healing us, or a song that tells the story of someone in our community who God healed of cancer after much prayer and asking God for mercy?

    I have grown up in an environment (church) where writing (songs) was not encouraged – not discouraged, just not encouraged. I wrote because, well, I supposedI needed to. I tried to write songs that reflected where I thought we were as a church community.

    Today, we enjoy the latest worship song from the latest celebrity worship leader – and there are some excellent songs to choose from! – but are we encouraging our community writers to listen to God and the people, look at what is happening in our communities and our world, and work hard to write about that – real earthy stuff – pain, disappointment, sickness, abuse, violence, poverty, unemployment, feeling lost, financial meltdown, war, etc. etc. are just some of the many community/local/national/global subjects that we could explore in a psalm-like manner in worship. (Not at worship has to be depressing, just real… if there is hope and healing, then let’s sing about it).

    It requires a great deal of encouragement and grace for writers (it is not easy to break out in this way) and a great deal of patience (we may get it wrong), and a great deal of humility on the part of writers, working with wise and trusted advisers/leaders, to see what works and what doesn’t.

    Perhaps, if we all decided to stop using other people’s songs, poems, art, thoughts, etc. in our worship and decided to experiment with only using our own for a while, would be interesting to see what we could encourage out of each other! 🙂

    Just my humble thoughts

    Ian.

  8. …And I’ll add that if we haven’t got any stories to tell (in song, or otherwise) then that’ll be revealing when it comes to home-grown worship material!

  9. I find myself wrestling with the puzzle that worship and preaching tend to remove time for testimony. Worship is kind of hollow without testimony. If you sing “God is Good” ad nauseum and no testimonies are given, then that worship can become theoretical. As the testimonies of God’s goodness flow, then the worship and faith naturally rises up, and God is given the true honour that belongs to His name.

  10. Will we forever define worship as singing? The charismatics introduced freedom of worship but ended up providing even more liturgy. Liturgy has a place, but never at the expense of people participation and story. Everyone comes with something to give. Now we all go where we can get. Something went wrong somewhere.
    Fought with the pull back to congregational Christianity for a while, there does seem to be a magnet that keeps trying to pull back. The known often brings comfort. Now the known scares me to death, and I thrive on the unknown places of life.
    Martin I love what you have shared here. Enough to feed on for weeks/months/years.

    1. Paul, your thoughts on this ROCK.

      This past Sunday morning my husband, myself, and our three sons were leaving our house (and taking our dog along too) to take a walk on the GLORIOUSLY cool morning to the park. As we were leaving, our neighbors came out of their house with their bibles, said hello to us, and packed into their minivan on their way to church. When they’d driven by us I turned to my husband and said, “I’m glad they feel good about going to worship at the baptist church, but I have to tell you that I feel so close to God out here in this beautiful, new fall weather with our family and our dog, sipping our lattes and walking. I feel closer to God out here than I would feel to him in a church this Sunday morning.”

      I had been enjoying the fact that I was running into Jesus – worshiping and enjoying Him – with every one of my five senses before my neighbors leaving for church even brought those words out of me.

      And yet… AND YET… when I read of Martin’s dream and the worshiping/singing, I didn’t bat an eye – why? Because it’s so familiar and normal to me. SO built-in that that’s what it is.

      SWEET to read this stuff from you guys – loving it!!!

  11. Speaking as a “worship leader” who has yet to find my own consistent creative spark in song writing, I’ve got a great deal of appreciation for those who do…and who have made them available for use in corporate worship experiences.

    BUT…and I rarely hear this expressed…I think it’s quite important to understand the power that God has placed into the specific creative expression called music, and at a more fundamental level, sound. Music, with the specific ways in which it uses sound (in contrast with speaking, for example), has the capability to unlock something at the heart level. If you understand this, then you can take the next step and understand that a “song” is simply a tool (not THE tool, but certainly a tool of VERY unique capabilities) useful in the process of touching the heart.

    Touching the heart is, of course, fundamental in our communion with God, with each other and with the world.

    Some tools are quite specific in their usage, but others are very broad…reaching far beyond even what the tool designer intended. This is where I think it’s good to realize that though a song or a style may have a familiar aspect to it, if that song or style stops becoming the END in itself, but the MEANS, then we have liberty to take that tool and change it and use it differently, creatively.

    For me, a list of songs for a gathering is simply setting up a blank canvas and gathering brushes and paint. If I make the songs, or the service or the structure or the liturgy the END, then I’ll still have a blank canvas when it’s said and done. But if I let the Spirit create, using the tools I know how to manipulate, then there is new creation that comes that wasn’t there before and which speaks.

    I appreciate this call from this dream to avoid the danger of the familiar. I think this ends up being more an issue of approach than specific musical literature or age of songs in the sector of worship.
    ———-
    Martin, speaking of 2012, as you often do, you might be interested in this 2-part video teaching by Craig Hill on what he sees in this economic season as a “Jubilee Cycle”. He also sees something “peaking” (trough-ing) in 2012. http://www.familyfoundations.com/index.php/free/154-jubilee-free

    1. Hey David

      Thanks for the comments… routine, familiar – all been there!!! Will check out the videos. Genuinely feel pretty ignorant on much but the twin themes of 2012 and economics just keep on coming up.

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