It is important for the Church itself to be on, “Bible End Times Watch.” Jesus said, “Watch and Pray to be accounted worthy to escape all these things”, in Luke 21:36…
When I was a young boy, I had three main hobbies. I played with the same giant tub of Legos that I had from the time I was 6. I still play Legos with my 9 year old son. Around the same time I let my imagination use legos to create all the toys I would play with, I started night sky star gazing, along with a joy for drawing.
My parents both worked hard to provide and take care of my needs — But that didn’t equate to getting the latest toys from the toy store.
Lego became my means to make those things, for which I wanted to play.
One night I learned the difference between playing with toys and playing with the details of Heaven found in Revelation. One is OK to do, and the other is not.
At that time my imagination was my biggest toy. It opened up worlds. It still is my biggest toy
I remember being 6 years old in Mt. Laurel New Jersey. My parents shared a family cleaning business with my grandparents, while my dad worked at a car parts manufacture in the quality control department.
Many nights he would work late. We would have to wait for the weekend to spend time together. Soccer in the back yard was our favorite sport and past time.
One night I am glad that he worked late. But, I wasn’t up late star gazing, or drawing even though my imagination was getting the best of me.
After that night… I started to link star gazing with a Bible End Times Watch
I had a series of weird and scary occurrences. That night I had come down with a 101 degree fever that was only getting more and more hot as I fell prey to:
Tossing and turning, hearing things, and weird hallucinations
… Not to mention that in 1986 the media I was exposed to was a blend of Christian “Psalty” & “Gerbert”-google it, and…
“Annie Lennox” from “Eurythmics” singing the “Illuminati weird” music video for “Sweet Dreams”… who kind of looked like “Baltimora” of Tarzan Boy fame.
I was still confused more to see the music videos my older sister would watch on MTV with a dude named “Prince”, who “was” as brilliant as Mozart, and as limber as James Brown. She would dance around singing “Little Red Corvette”, or “When Doves Cry”, but the lyrics that got to me were the ones she sang for 1999:
I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin’
Could have sworn it was Judgment DayThe sky was all purple
There were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from the destruction
You know I didn’t even careThey say two thousand zero, zero
Oops, out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999″
As an aside, it is sad that Prince did not steer clear of becoming a Jehovah’s witness, instead of believing in Jesus, who is the second person in the Trinity.
All this made that vibrant imagination take me away to an Apocalyptic place in my dreams that was very weird indeed.
It was my singing of “I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you…” song that brought me back to the comfort of my faith.
I felt the awe and amazing consuming fire that is God. I didn’t yet know of Hebrews 12:28, which as I read it now as an adult reminds me of that terrifying dream that night.
Here it is from the strongs:
Wherefore G1352 we receiving G3880 a kingdom G932 which cannot be moved, G761 let us have G2192 grace, G5485 whereby G1223 G3739 we may serve G3000 God G2316 acceptably G2102 with G3326 reverence G127 and G2532 godly fear: G2124
Somehow reading it in the original Greek just makes it that much more ominous for me. I don’t know about you when it comes to hearing the word of God in the original tongue and language–It’s intense.
The thing is. I cannot say “definitively” that I had a vision in the night hours.
My intensely growing 103 degree fever I was fighting off was combined with the fact that earlier that week I had overheard a young man from our church (he was only 17 at the oldest) reading over Revelations 4-6 with my folks.
They also discussed the Cherubim class angels. The grandmother and church youth group Bible Scholar described both Isaiah’s encounter with God and the Cherubim at the throne room of heaven in Isaiah 6… And, they described Ezekiel’s encounter at the River Kybar. Michael Landon from the “Highway to Heaven” show didn’t have 4 different faces, six wings, covered in eyes!
They talked about Jesus wearing his Priestly garb, fulfilling Isaiah 11, having the government on his shoulders as the twelve precious stones of the ephod. They talked about Lucifer in Ezekiel 28 having only 9 of the same precious stones and that the gentiles (Ephraim, Mannasah, and Benjamin who later produced Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles) were hidden from Satan in the plan of God.
As a 6 year old finding out that there are multiple types of strange looking angels in Heaven and that God has lightning, fire, a glowing rainbow about his throne and a sea of glass around him was too much for my active imagination.
My Hypocondria Would Keep Me Awake, But turn into Prayer and End Times Watch
Add to all these factors the fact that I had recently made friends with a new kid in class who had a severe case of adolescent jaundice and you have the recipe for paranoid delusions.
I thought that I was going to die from the fever caused by jaundice that I had “caught” from the new kid. Having a high fever already made me delirious and you have the makings of a scary dream about God.
In my dream I kept on trying to take control and build a wall of safety around me using my legos. No matter what I tried to do the wall would melt faster than I could build it and the scary creatures in heaven looked very hungry to me.
I wanted to be creative and use my imagination and lego building skills to save me from the fire blasts from God’s throne.
The thing that saved me in the end was the broken bloody lamb that turned into Jesus in my dream. Jesus covered me and protected me.
He said, “My Father and I love you. Because you have me to put on you will never have to fear Heaven ever again.”
I woke up to my earthly father checking on me after a long night of overtime at work. He comforted me and hugged me just like Jesus did in my dream. I love my father, on earth and especially in Heaven!
This was a dream. I do not know if Jesus actually talked to me in my dream or not.
My imagination runs wild with the idea.
A determination to grow in a Bible End Times Watch allows your ability to imagine do the same thing, except you have to follow the directions, step by step.
The Lego Movie
In the Lego movie, the hero follows directions, but with the excitement of a child you can put the drama and the return of Christ play in your reading of the prophecy in the Bible as long as you follow the directions of proper Bible hermeneutics.
At your next Bible Study where Bible Prophecy is the topic, should you have a big tub of Legos there for the study? I am not saying don’t do it. Just be mindful of the patience of the church member’s, while the “build” is in progress. Just kidding.