Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Subject: Dream I had
Hi Pastor Sheila,
Sorry to bother you... but you are much more spiritually discerning than I and I had this disturbing dream last night that I can't make heads or tails of.
My neighbor, xxxxxxx who used to live on the right side of me, passed away this past May from cancer. I was with her at hospice in her last days, came every day to hold her hand and talk to her even though I knew she could not talk back to me, she was basically on straight morphine and a ventilator. Anyway, I was very affected when I heard she died, though I knew it was coming. I haven't thought about it in a while and because it was Christmas, I always remember her coming to our house to bring us something she had made for us for Christmas, whether it be cookies, or candles she bought at the store, etc.
In this dream I see her coming over with a bag of something for us for Christmas and then the dream shifts to her funeral. I am in the room (I did not attend her memorial service... she was cremated) with a bunch of people I do not know, and on the table in front of me is a glass urn with black ashes in it. I was offended by this but then when I turned to look out the window, I see xxxxxx in the sand, just her head sticking out and her face painted and looking towards the ocean. The rest of her body was buried under the sand.
I have had these images all day and can't get it out of my mind. Thought maybe you would have some thoughts about this.
Thank you and God bless,
PASTOR SHEILA: My initial response is this: About 2 months ago I had a powerful spiritual interaction with a Jehovah’s Witness, who I believe the Lord is calling. She left my home very upset, and there were severe negative spiritual manifestations for several days thereafter. At the time, I was convinced that the Lord had bitten her (scriptural way of saying that He latched on to her to graft His seed to her), which is always a frightening an upsetting experience for the person who does not understand what is happening. Guess what her name is? xxxxx and xxxxx, the other JW that had visited my home came to mind today in a powerful way. With this in mind, unless you feel that the dream has personal significance for you, I will say it is for xxxxxx, the JW
xxxxxx told me that she was praying to Jehovah for a healing. I asked her if she had cancer and her response was "not yet." The second JW, xxxx, was also very ill, and was absolutely amazed when I told her that the Lord wanted to heal her. But xxxxxx’s response was hostile.
Did you know that the slow death of being buried in the ground up to the neck was a legitimate form of execution in Czarist Russia? The sea signifies Satan, the unconscious part of the carnal mind. It appears to me that xxxxxx has received the final diagnosis that she has cancer and is facing a slow, painful death, as she looks to Satan’s methods for healing, while rejecting the Lord Jesus, who went out of His way to bring us together to help her. The painted face signifies a Jezebel spirit, which is what attacked me after I tried to help her. I can only guess about the rest of the dream, that the gathering of the people you did not know is the JW meeting place filled with people that Jesus does not know; and that the ashes represent the spirit of death that reigns there, which is offensive to the Lord
I would like to believe that our prayers can help xxxxxx respond to the call of the Lord, who wants to give her a miracle.
If you are wondering why you would have a dream about someone that I have interacted with, this is the answer: the prophetic anointing in dreams rarely addresses the personal issues of the dreamer but, rather, deals with the issues that the Lord Jesus is concerned with. If it turns out that your dream is truly about this xxxxxx, the JW, then you should know that you have received a prophetic anointing, which is a sign of spiritual growth of the Christ within you.
Have you received the alternate translations that you ordered? Perhaps reading them, or reading the AT that I sent to the mailing list stirred up the Christ in you, who has been sleeping for a while now. It is my hope that you will follow His lead towards a deeper spiritual walk. You should be aware, though, that your dream means that Jesus has called you into the battle for xxxxx’s life. Please be sure to break any curses that might be flying, and to cover yourself and your family in the Blood. If you experience any unusual manifestations, please let me know.
Thank you very much for trusting me enough to send me your dream. I am very happy that our spiritual relationship is being renewed.
May I have your permission to put this email on our question and answer page? we will remove all personal names, of course.
Sincerely In Christ,
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 8:02 PM
Subject: Re: Dream I had
Dear Pastor Sheila,
Wow! I don't know what to think except to say Thank you for taking the time to analyze and interpret this dream. Like I said, I have been having powerful images all day long and they really have affected my emotions. I loved the xxxxxx I knew a lot and my sister and my grandmother's names are both xxxxxx. My sister xxxxxx just lost her husband to a heart attack on Dec. 17th. He was 57. I thought maybe it was about someone in my family. My sister was diagnosed with Lupus not too long ago, but that is a blood disease, so don't know if it's cancer or not. I believe this is most likely about the JW you spoke about. Yes, I have started reading again as I did receive the translations last week and have been feeling very keyed up lately.
Thank you again so much and of course you have my permission to put this on the website. I would be blessed to have someone feel open enough to discuss their dreams. I will keep you informed if anything unusual happens since you say I am now in the battle for xxxxx's life. Is there anything I should be doing? I would welcome your spiritual advice.
[Sheila says:] Just cry out for her life, and for the mercy of the Lord, but most important, ask the Lord if there is anything specific that He wants you to pray or do.
God bless you and I appreciate the time it took you to write to me and help me with this. It has been bothering me all day, I can't shake the images from my mind. I find it very interesting, all of it. This is a blessing.