Dear Praying Friends,
While praying for the situation between Russia and Ukraine
sometime last week, as most of us have been doing, the Lord drew
my attention to a startling prophetic dream that he gave me just
over 20 years ago. In fact it was just a few days before the
U.S.-led coalition began intensive military action in Afghanistan.
And now we find ourselves plunged into the next and potentially
more dangerous chapter.
Early that October morning the latter portion of a very intense
and complicated dream faded into a waking vision that impressed me
strongly. In the dream itself I was aware that the world was in
the grip of some kind of war and I had an unexpected meeting with
the head of a military encampment.
Suddenly everything changed, and I was looking down at the world
itself as one looks at it from high enough above where the
curvature is very obvious. As I looked on from my breathtaking
vantage point, I could see the surface very clearly. But rather
than seeing the geographical details I found myself watching an
incredible turbulence before me, as if the world were a huge
When one boils water with leaves to make tea, there is a
marvellous roiling, swirling movement as the leaves rise to the
surface with the bubbles of steam and then are quickly pushed
outward and down again towards the bottom as the boiling forces
more leaves in the center to the surface in an endless rolling and
saw happening on the world was the same type of movement, but
rather than leaves, there were countless images—pieces of
history—as if newspaper clippings and video clips and photographs
of historic events were all being stirred and churned about by a
great boiling force.
By this time I was now quite awake, and still the vision
persisted very clearly as countless events swirled to the surface
only to be overlapped and covered up by other images. As I watched
and wondered, the feeling I had was a sort of dizziness, not
unlike what a person experiences first trying to walk after
getting off a spinning swing or carnival ride. But rather than
just a physical dizziness, it was one of orientation in time and
While many of the events and places and pieces of human
experience I was able to recognize, the rest were unfamiliar to
me. I was overwhelmed by everything I was seeing. It was all so
confused and jumbled together that I couldn't find any continuous
thread to it. I found myself very disoriented and really didn’t
know just where I was, or even in what period of time I was.
As I continued watching all this go on
and on before me, I became a bit apprehensive about my inability
to make sense of anything, or to control things at all. Aware of
the Lord’s presence, I asked Him to help me regain my proper sense
of self-control and peace. After several more moments of watching
the churning of world events, the vision began to fade. So then I
asked Him to help me understand what I was seeing.
Immediately the scripture came to mind, “….
the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain.” from Hebrews
Lord clearly reminded me that my only security was in Him, to hold
onto Him with all my strength. In the long run, the only thing
stable in our lives that will remain is Jesus, and our lives are
hidden in Him along with Christ. Anything and everything else is
fleeting and deceptive.
As I latched onto that fact, I soon began to feel more at ease
and held harder onto the truth He was showing me. I began to see
more and more clearly the depth of the simple fact that “In Him we
live, move and have our being.” from Acts 18:28. Everything else
is just temporary.
I began to
reflect on all the things happening around the world as a result
of the terrorist attacks on American soil on September 11th.
Surely a military response by the United States was imminent, and
the consequences of that action could become more complicated than
what anyone might imagine… (In light of today’s situation with the
Russian invasion of Ukraine, the intervening 20 years have proved
this out in startling ways!)
When I woke up
very early on October 7th, 2001 to finish preparing my Sunday
message, I was astonished to learn that my dream/vision had
intersected with our world and that history was being made. The
Lord began to download many more scriptures besides Hebrews
12:26-27, “...whose voice then shook the
earth; but now He has
promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but
also heaven...’” Romans 13: 12 says, "The night is advanced, and
the day is approaching. Let us therefore cast off the work of
darkness, and put on the weapons of light."
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole
armor of God, so that you
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age…”
and in verse 18, “Pray in the Spirit at all
times in every prayer
and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in
supplication for all the saints.”
Please let us remember in prayer all those whose lives have been
turned upside down, as well as those yet to be adversely affected.
And especially we should pray that our Christian brother and
sisters receive the grace and strength needed to put on the
weapons of light and so shine the light of hope of the Gospel into
the desperate situations of so many innocent people around them.
There is a new reality today in 2022. And we are not in a
position to just carry on trying to recover from the pandemic and
politics, even if we wanted to. The world around us is suddenly in
a very precarious position, and very much in our face. How then
should we live? Ephesians 5:15-16 makes it very clear. “See that
you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the
time, because the days are evil.”
May the Lord grant us all grace and wisdom to let His light shine
into a darkened world, and His words in John 16:33 be our
"These things I have spoken to you, that in
Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I
have overcome the world."
We are so thankful to be standing with you on Our Solid Rock in a
Dick & Gladys
Friends & Prayers:
Some photos are just too interesting to not pass along! Proverbs 30:28 says,
"The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’
palaces." This scaffolding pipe may not be quite so luxurious, but
it certainly provides a "mighty fortress" in which this spider can
wait for its dinner! And I'm sure there is a spiritual truth highlighted here
I've been reading through Ezekiel lately, and this morning at the chapel I
was reading about God's judgment against Israel for all the abominations they
committed. Then in chapter 9 what struck a deep chord in me is in verses 3-4
where it says, "And He called to the man clothed
with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said
to him, 'Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and
put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations
that are done within it.'"
In the next verses the fierce judgment is carried out but God says, "...but
do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary."
So in the midst of all the abominations and worldliness that had crept into
the temple and the city, there are those that had been set apart to "sigh
and cry" and who were then spared from the judgment. They were as safe
is this little spider in his iron fortress!
I believe the invasion of the church in recent generations by worldiness and
comfort has made its influence in today's media-mandated society largely ineffective.
However I also see the role of intercessory prayer as able to make a huge difference.
It is not just for a few "special" people, but we are ALL called to
walk as Jesus walked, following Him daily. He withdrew frequently to spend time
alone in prayer with His heavenly Father. Shouldn't we do likewise? Must not
our need be far greater than His?
Hebrews 7:24-25 says, "But He, because He continues
forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to
the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make
intercession for them."
This is Jesus - our Savior, our teacher and our prayer-partner! There is no
matter to small or too great that we can't come to Him with boldness and make
our petitions known. We can lay our claims as far as the ends of the earth,
that people everywhere will repent, turn from their sins and their worldy
idolatries, and find that His mercies are new every morning!
May He keep each one of us in awe of His lovingkindness,
Dick & Gladys
(This is re-posted from September, 2010, and it seems even more timely now than then!)
Dear Friends and Praying Saints,
Last week I heard Dutch Sheets mention
the idea of "intersection" in his Give Him 15 post for February
1st entitled, "From a Siege to a
Suddenly." It struck a vaguely familiar chord with me and so
I began to dig around to find out why. As a result I found an
email update I sent out 15 years ago, and am
re-publishing a slightly modified version here.
In March of 2007, Gladys and I attended a prayer meeting at
Moriah Chapel. It was a monthly gathering to pray specifically for
the first Celebration for the Nations that was to take place that
year in July.
During a time of prayer when we had all stood to our feet, the
Lord repeatedly impressed the word "intersection" into my spirit.
So at an opportune moment I shared that word, and how the Lord is
bringing the church into a time when we can no longer live a
parallel life style, "in the world but not of the world."
But rather how He is bringing us to a juncture where His Kingdom
is going to be intersecting the natural world, causing lives to be
directly affected—confronted, overturned and redeemed. First the
church, and then the world around us, will be impacted with the
supernatural interventions of Almighty God. I saw what was like a
mighty volley of arrows coming down from heaven and piercing the
human plane with God events—thousands of individual lives being
touched and changed, healed, and set free.
Please continue to pray about and for this concept of
intersection. Especially in the context of what's going on aound
the world today in 2022, we need it more than ever. A dictionary
defines it as: "An act of intersecting : his course is on a
direct intersection with ours." Even the example they use
seems quite prophetic. And so we can boldly pray that God's ways
will come into direct contact with man's ways, and He will be
glorified in the nations of the earth. "For
our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth
should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should
be partaker of his hope." 1 Cor. 9:10
Holding fast to the plow with you,
Dick & Gladys