Dreams and Visions


By The Soapbox Orator – Reprinted with permission

Early in 1990 I began attending a small local church in St. Petersburg, Florida, which taught about the tribulation rapture. Some believed it would be just prior to the great tribulation period and others believed it would occur 3-1/2 years after the great tribulation started, but everyone there believed in it with all their hearts, minds and souls. Their hope seemed to be in not having to occupy their flesh through some part or all of the great tribulation. It appeared to be the very foundation that their faith and hope in God was based upon, even though they did also preach Christ dying on the Cross, for us all. I quietly listened and pondered the wonder of it.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, the will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Due to being surrounded by deception and betrayal as a young child growing up, my main prayer has always been “Not to be deceived. Not by anyone, including myself.”

Very soon afterwards I came to the understanding in my walk with The LORD our God to always test the spirits, in all things, so I began my search for the Truth. I looked for The LORD to reveal His Truth concerning this “rapture” doctrine. I studied the Scriptures intensely and saw how this doctrine could possibly be interpreted in such a way, but yet, it just did not digest well within my spirit. So I kept searching determined The LORD would, as according to His Word, give me wisdom liberally with understanding. I then began to break it down into simple math.

I know The LORD our God’s number one concern is the salvation of our souls.

I know Satan’s number one concern is the lust of our flesh.

I could not find where The LORD had ever done such a thing in the past as to remove even one of His Own Apostles out of harms way in connection with the flesh, so why would He do this now?

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” John 17:15

“And you shall be hated of all men for my names sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22

I have personally experienced what I believe John experienced in Rev. 4:1-2 on many occasions, with my spirit being with The LORD and how my flesh, as well as John’s did not leave earth.

“Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit:” Revelations 4:1-2

So what is the purpose of this rapture doctrine being supplanted throughout churches? Satan’s hand surely is at work and has a purpose. A little twisting of Scripture here and there as it was in the Garden of Eden.

Shortly thereafter, this is what I heard and what was seen during my vision.

{All television, radio news reports and local churches telephoning their parishioners, were trumpeting locations throughout all major cities instructing the followers of Christ where to go to be “raptured up to be with The Lord”. The TV showed the drama on every channel with people screaming, “It IS the Rapture, Praise God! Let us go to where God IS waiting for us so we will not be left behind in this unbearable tribulation! Quickly now, run”! Not only from the media was this chant being heard, but it was in the air everywhere, near and far. Thousands upon thousands who previously had not come out of their homes for many days, due to fear of being outside from the foreign military stationed everywhere, in a frenzy flocked to the appointed places where circular aircraft were positioned in the sky between the tallest buildings. The military stood by unusually silent and still as they let the masses pass pressing onward to their predetermined destinations. It did not seem unusual to anyone to see such aircraft and people were not in the least frightened by them being there. Mostly those confessing to be Christian and even those who did not confess to be a Christian believed it to be the army of The LORD our God, i.e. The Rapture. I could see myself making my way quickly to one of the closest locations to warn people, but my screams of “NO! – Don’t Go! It IS NOT The LORD our God” were lost as people disappeared under the faint laser type light beamed down from the whirling circular crafts while the sounds of “Here I am Lord. Save me!” permeated above all else. My heart was heavy with an overwhelming sadness and my eyes streamed down tears as I grievously watched the great deception and feeling the cool wind blow. As I looked up I could somehow hear the horrific screams of those that had been deceptively “beamed up”, but no one else appeared to hear them or their muffled cries of, “Forgive Me, Lord”, over the turmoil below.}

During this vision the following Scripture came forth and is now seared forever upon my mind and heart.

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” Matthew 24:23-26

Clearly, it is as it has always been: deception, destruction and death. It is foolish to think that Satan’s twisting words are not important enough for him to have his descendants and armies follow through on.

It is written that Satan comes before The LORD’s Second Coming and will imitate The LORD our God with signs and wonders. We, as Christians know we will be caught up to meet The LORD our God in the air at His Second Coming. Shall Satan not also imitate this event at his arrival?

“Be clear-headed, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

By the Grace of God, go we.