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My Encounters with Prophecy and Vision

When I was twenty-two I had both a dream and a vision of Jesus the Christ.   I felt his presence before particularly when I was ten, but my later experiences  were a confirmation of my calling to follow Christ, and the manifestation of the beginning of my gifts including the gift of prophecy.    I don’t remember which came first, but I am starting with the dream where I saw Jesus standing on the sanding shore and water was moving in the background.

Jesus  was just there as if he was waiting for me.  He had a plain robe and wore sandals.  I knew it was Jesus the Christ.  I ran up to him, and I said:  “It is you!  I finally see you!”  I hugged him and my arms appeared to fit around him.  As I embraced him, he grew in size getting bigger and bigger, but I still had my arms around him, still looking him in the face.  I recall a large shout but did not see where it came from.  Jesus began changing in appearance in front of me.

His hair changed to white and it flowed, and he had the most beautiful crystal blue eyes.  I was above Earth and remember going upwards.  The Lord was huge,  and he encompass everything around him.  The most awesome thing happen while looking at him.  All the stars and planets came out of his eyes as I was lifted up from earth and was in space.  Everything that God made I saw in a few seconds or appeared to understand him more.  I was extremely happy at what was happening, but at the same time I could not understand why I was having this dream.  Don’t get me wrong, it felt spectacular that God would come to me, because I did not think of myself as an important person, but I did pray to him.

Then I awoke with such a wonderful feeling that I jumped  up in bed.  Not even gradually but immediately sat up in bed.  My heart was pounding, and I could hear it.   I never experienced  this before.  I had to grasp for breath, but at the same time I was the most happy person on earth    I shouted for my mother who was in another room and told her about the dream.  She was happy for me, but I could not explain to her how great I really felt.  She believed and loved  Jesus.

On June 21, 2016, while praying with my prayer partner, and under the anointing and the gift of tongues, I saw two angels, and Jesus as king in a background setting.    Jesus was sitting on a marble throne. Other images in the background were  not so clear, but they were clear enough to see a brief image.  In this vision I could feel myself holding a palm branch and there were other people next to me and in back of me, but I could only feel their presence.  We  were in my kitchen.  God does not need a church building.  He is everywhere.

Then, in the spirit, I was before the wailing wall in Jerusalem.  I was rejoicing and shouting praises to God.  The walls were like golden stones shining in the sun.  I noticed some leaves and a beautiful aroma permeating through the walls.  Some light smoke appeared.  It was a wonderful feeling of peace and love.

We ended our prayers with singing, speaking in tongues, and thanking God for his love. The Lord revealed to me that he hears all prayers at the same time.  He is that awesome of a creator.  I like everyone to know I have a better understanding, because I had to go through some things.  Now is the time to tell people what I experienced, and it is real.  God has done a lot for me even when I did not realize it.  I thank him for his tremendous caring ways and gifts.

 

Painting By: Stephanie J Mercer-McGowan. 1975.   My rendition of what I saw.  The actual vision did not have the star of David.

Spiritual Bread

When you eat the spiritual bread which comes down from heaven, you illuminate the face of God through your spirit when you agree in truth and receive what God has for you.  When Holy Communion is received, the shew bread or spiritual bread of Jesus Christ is given in the tradition of the Last Supper which has its origins in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament, the Hebraic priest would take shew bread, which is another word for the “bread of face,” then give it to another.  This is what Jesus did at the last supper, but even more so, he became the spiritual sacrifice on the cross.  He is the spiritual bread and is the new and living way in looking at the law.  Jesus became the bread of life.  “My life I give to you.”  His life for eternal life.

God gives us knowledge through the face of Jesus Christ, the anointed one,  or shew bread 2 Corinthians 4:16.  Jesus said “I am the bread of life.”  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”  In John, Chapter 6, Jesus said: “The words that I speak to you; they are spirit and life.”  Reading the word of God helps us understand the spiritual side of God’s plan, and the fulfillment of his plan when he came as Jesus.  Jesus is the sacrifice going beyond animal sacrifice because God’s plan was to redeem man from his sins.

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Dream of my husband Robert with Jesus 02/2014

The Use of The Physical to Explain The Spiritual

Saint Paul wrote  “Faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen.”  You can’t grab faith physically, but you can grab it spiritually.  You grab faith through the power of the Holy Spirit and a willing heart searching for God.  The spiritual aspect of any concept exist and manifest in either physical or spiritual form whether good or bad.

When your heart is opened to have a deeper walk with God, you have the first ingredient, which is a willing spirit to believe.  When we have breakfast in the morning, that syrup bottle was made by someone working with a machine, a mold, and glass.  This bottle did not have any substance until it was formed, but it had all the ingredients to make it.  Take a look at an unborn baby, which has all the ingredients of a human (DNA, form), but even though many don’t consider it a human, because unlike the bottle, it has both the contributory factors from the parents and also the highest potential of the human spirit and soul. It is a living being even inside the mother’s womb.

The temporary or physical vision of the syrup bottle does not have a flavor to it, but when ingredients are added it becomes flavorful.  Once the syrup is consumed it is no more, but becomes a part of another vessel which is you.  You can be reminded of the taste and color of it, and it becomes a part of the memory.  If you do any wrong, you are reminded of it.  This is a temporary or physical vision, but if you take it as spiritual, it will never leave you.  Faith may go through various battles in the mind, but once it conquers these battles, and perfects itself, and it is tested, and tried by fire, it will triumph in you.

There is an unseen hand in all things whether for retribution or blessing.  There was an unseen hand that drained that syrup from the tree, and another created the bottle.  We know it was there at one time.  God works the same way and takes place through God’s word.  There has to be tangibility in the Spirit before there is an effect, and this is where the name Jesus Christ comes into focus.  Christ is the revealing source of his spirit.

You can go to a mountain and hew stones from it.  When you take that stone and break it, it becomes pebbles.  It is similar to the family unit.  A man and a woman, in a relationship, come together in agreement and bear children.  The children are the stones. These little stones sometimes get rejected in abortion or mistreatment, but their spirits are alive and God loves them.  Jesus Christ was rejected.  God operated through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the same way.  Jacob had many stones coming from him which are the twelve tribes of Israel.  Isaac was a promise child and so was Jesus.  Many stones come forth from Jesus, the cornerstone, and we are his living stones.  Peter, the apostle, called those who followed Jesus “living stones.”

Thanks to my friend Ralph for some insight into this concept.  God bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Giving is Jesus

This Christmas it is time to realize the true meaning behind this festival of new life.  It goes beyond giving and really starts with believing  when Jesus was born God gave himself to us ., because He humbled himself by becoming a man.  His deep love and humility was so profound that he was not born in a palace but in a very humble setting;  for,  he was actually homeless.

Taking on our humanity he helps us understand how much he understands us as human beings.  This is why he gave his understanding about us because he wants us to understand that he understands us.  Jesus’ humble birth is a gift., because,  he accepts everyone regardless of class or wealth.  He does not belong to any prestigious social club, to a VIP church organization giving huge amounts of tithing,  or to a fraternal order  achieving scholarly recognition, but he is the recognizable God who is full of spiritual recognition, spiritual wealth, and spiritual wisdom.

Another gift of Jesus’ birth is the fact that he can be found if you seek him.  The stoic pursuit of the Magi who came all the way from the East in search of him is a gift of persistence in seeking Christ.  They discerned that his birth was a great event.   These men had the gift of wisdom and studied nature including the configuration of the stars.  God reveals signs through nature as long as nature itself is not worshipped.  Nature is God’s creation.  Like the early Christians, modern day Christians seek Jesus through prayer and reading scripture.  Finding God starts within oneself.

Jesus had to be hidden by his parents and fled from his birthplace because of King Herod’s decree to kill all of the male children who were two years old and under.  God shows his love by having to survive an extreme danger and also having Mary and Joseph survive the fact that they could have been killed.  Many people go through dangerous situations, but God teaches them how to overcome these situations.  He commands the angels who are a gift to us to watch over us.  He  gives us wisdom about handling our problems.  God himself is present when he intervenes, because he always knows what is going on.  He wants us to accept his gift of knowing him.

Christmas is more than giving and receiving presents.  There is more than the physical.  Recognizing the spiritual is a great gift.  If you seek it , it will be revealed to you.  One way this  happens is to humble yourself enough to see the face of God in  baby Jesus who physically came into the world, was born in a humble manger, and gave the gift of himself.

 

Stephanie McGowan – MAGICAL REALITIES

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The Shadow

We sit alone and watch the world
All different but similar to each other
Not opposed to all our differences
But trying to forget each other
In this waiting room of life

The opposite of each others shadows
Which are so indifferent
Even though we try to see each other
Our truer selves be in that shadow
Disclosed on walls no matter where

We try to be magnificent
Not torn apart
And the shadow shows no emotion
Because life has no spark
And you know that we must ignite it.

We are not soulless, untrue to life
Hiding life’s passions like our shadows
Our life should be transparent and true
Not like a dream which has a smoking view
For we are more than shadow.

Innocence Destroyed

We are not from seed
But from eternal love
Spontaneously born in God’s love
Manifested in human form
The everyday turmoil

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Concept of Time in Bibilical Application of Prophecy — The Return of JESUS THE CHRIST

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Sun Dial by Stephanie J. McGowan

 

God’s concept of time is different from man’s understanding of it, for there is a non- mathematical understanding of time in biblical prophecy which changed from the Garden of Eden.  Scripture contains numbers which are predictive, but should not be taken just in a mathematical context because there is a spiritual application to every phase of prophecy.    The revelations of Daniel and the Book of Revelations are just two books which can be interpreted as outside of man’s understanding of  time as we know it and the predictions of the return of Jesus the Christ.

God is outside of time, but it matters more to us to keep tract of time because we can count time;  whereas, God uses events in human terms in order for us to have a better understanding of our expectations of what should happen and when.  This is why many have misinterpreted scripture because they are looking at numbers; however, God still uses mathematical time in the bible, but it is not always used to predict an event.  There have been accurate predications of time.  The timing of the plagues in Egypt, the timing of the generation that died before reaching the promise land,  and the  timing of the birth of Jesus using the Magi’s calculations of astronomy are all mathematical timing.

In the Garden of Eden there was no concept of time, aging, or death.  It is the concept of time that brings an end because there is a beginning in time; therefore there must be an ending.  Man’s fall initiated the changes in time when he committed an act against God by his disobedience and then the mathematical interpretation of time began because of the finality of events such as the changing in the seasons and death.   Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden brought about the concept of time which brings an ending.  We can travel in space and time is different.  We can not comprehend or reach the speed of light because we have limitations in time and we don’t physically exist outside our time, but we still spiritually exist both in the present time and beyond time because even when our bodies die our spirits still exist.

The rules of time do not apply to God who exist outside our time as we know it.  The incarnation of Christ Jesus resurrected because you can not kill God.  Jesus has the spirit of God and is God.  He is one with the father.  If we have the spirit of God, we are also not bound by time we are only bound to the physical which is bound to time; therefore, spirit never dies.  Our souls are a record of who we are to God and what we have chosen to be.  The spiritual never ceases to exist.

The Prophet Daniel interpreted dreams.  God gave him this prophetic calling because God needed to use him as a sign to others and also to explain and write prophecy.  When Daniel interpreted the King’s dream, he  knew what the angel Gabriel was talking about.  In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 9, he  sees one being that looked like a man.  What was Daniel’s concept in time?  It was two fold.  A mathematical time frame and also a symbolic time frame.   There is a mathematical interpretation in symbolic form In Daniel 9:26, the sixty-two (62) weeks and the last week mentions the anti-Christ.  The Hebrews associate numbers to mean symbolic terms.  Sixty-two weeks is not sixty-two weeks as we know it, but it is a period or season of time as God knows it.  Six (6) means man, and sixty (60) is the height of an image which was Nebuchadnezzar.   Six cubits wide, sixty cubits high, and the six which is Nebuchadnezzar.  Two could mean two more sixes which makes it 666 weeks when Messiah would be cut off and he will not reign.  This is the time of the anti-Christ or 666 .  It is not a time frame, but a symbolic number not an actual number of weeks.

In the book of Revelations the opening of the seven seals exist as a spiritual time frame even though there are similar events in history as well as events to come.  In order to understand Revelations, you have to understand all of the Bible because the books work together to further reveal spiritual thoughts in the Book of Revelations.

We can not determine when Jesus will return because God does not think in terms of our time.  There are still warnings and dreams, but our interpretations sometimes go astray.   It is not meant for man to know the actual date of Jesus’ return.  Acts reads:  “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in his own power.”  No world event or purposeful cause to make war, terrorist attack, or building of a temple will hasten the return of the Christ because all of these actions are man’s terms and conditions not God’s.  God thinks outside the box and outside the times as we know it.

My Dreams About Robert

 

Dream of my husband Robert with Jesus 02/2014
Dream of my husband Robert with Jesus 02/2014

Yes God does allow our love ones to communicate because he is a righteous God who comforts us when we are in pain.  The Lord especially comforted me when I had a dream about my husband Robert.  I was going to ask God to show me a sign, but before I even asked I had this dream.  Since there are many different types of dreams and different reasons why we have them, my personal dream was a revelation  dream which reveals a truth.  In my particular dream God shows me my husband who not only acknowledges me, but also I see our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ.   Dreams also have significance in the Bible, and answers to questions manifest in dreams.   

The prophetic dreams of Daniel focuses on warnings and prophecy. There are also instructional dreams and symbolic dreams.   The apostle John had dream-visions, but his revelations are so profoundly filled with mystery and warnings of the end times.   My particular dream is on a personal level, but it has spiritual significance.

My husband Robert often agreed with me when I  said that  some people will not understand, because some are not capable of understanding.   Since my husband Robert went to live in heaven  on January 24, 2014,  I experienced some dreams about him and had some spiritual encounters.  My children Robert and Charisma also had similar experiences.   We appreciate the Lord giving us this beautiful gift.   

About three days ago on February 16, 2014  in the early morning hours I had a dream of Robert .  Even though it was a wonderful dream, and it was comforting,  I still  miss his physical presence.   My husband was such a spark of energy and love, and everyday he treated me with love and kindness.   

I fell asleep after reading Bible passages and watching a movie. The first thing I remember in the dream is a feeling of transportation to another place.   It felt like I was moving out and then up from where I was physically sleeping on the couch. I was actually someplace else and going somewhere,  but I had no control over this, and I could not see my physical body.  I was not afraid.

The first thing I noticed was a beautiful spiral stone pathway that started with a single stone that gradually got wider.  The path was there but there were clouds around the path which hid most of the background.  The stones were round and smooth which natural shades ranging from brown to white. The path grew bigger as more of it became visible.  There was a sense of clean fragrant air which was sweet and felt healing.   Every where I looked nothing was dirty or unclean.  I heard musical sounds very faintly but could not make them out.

In the background I saw houses of Middle Eastern design.  I saw one doorway to a house  draped  to cover part of the doorway.  The drape had a stripe pattern.  I felt other people around me, but I could not see them. Then I  felt a sense of happiness and there was an air of celebration.   My eyes became focused on the path, and from my field of vision,  I saw someone’s beautiful feet wearing sandals approaching the spiral path. When I saw the sandals I felt a feeling of love from  whoever wore them.

My eyes moved up and then I realized it was Jesus walking towards the spiral path.   He was originally close to me but at that time I only saw his sandals.    He appeared near some clouds and I saw that  Jesus wore a beautiful brown and beige robe.   Some of the colors intersected into the cloth across his chest.   Jesus  turned to receive something from someone who handed him a plate.  I could not see this being.    I saw that the plate contained what looked liked two giant dates.

I heard a kind of sound, and I saw my husband Robert sitting with cross legs on  this beautiful  spiral path.   He was in light which was glowing around his face, yet subtle, and light was glowing from within him.  Robert looked at me very briefly and then he looked at Jesus who handed him a plate.  Robert started to talk to Jesus.  I could not hear any of the conversation, but I know Robert was asking Jesus questions.

Jesus handed out more plates of food and then he sat down next to Robert.  Jesus was very friendly,  and he appeared to already know Robert’s concerns.    I thought at one point that he offered  a plate to me, but I am not sure of this.  Jesus had his full attention on Robert and was listening to his questions.

During this dream, I felt my sense of vision being guided and I was not in control.   It was as if someone was next to me telling me what to look at, but I did not hear or see who it was.  I felt a sense of someone being over me .   Maybe I was not supposed to see everything, but the dream had a calming and beautiful effect.

The meaning of the spiritual food has significance because when Robert had pancreatic cancer he could not eat anything.  Sometimes he went to the emergency room for intravenous fluids and nutrients.  He had a rapid form of cancer.  I prayed and often wondered why he became ill, and I am still asking about this.

By the time Robert should have had chemo, the doctor advised us it was not a good idea, because Robert was too sick to receive it.  I felt they should have given him chemo right away, but they waited sixteen days.  The doctor said she could not believe the cancer spread that quickly.  He suffered from a lot of pain during his sickness; so, they  eventually gave him morphine, and he passed away in his sleep at the hospita on the day that he was scheduled to go to hospice care.

This dream reveals the love of Jesus who is giving Robert spiritual food.   Robert is feasting in heaven and having conversations with Jesus.    I am happy for my husband, but I miss him because he is not physically with me. There is consolation because this dream reveals that Robert is thinking of me and praying for me and our children.   He is asking Jesus to watch over us.

I believe dreams are given to us to communicate with our spirit. This is why it is good to ask the Lord for direction and make sure we are on the right path.  Keep your focus on God even during hard times and God will comfort your soul in many ways.  I thank Jesus the Christ for revealing to me that my husband Robert is in his presence.  I could not have asked for a better man and now God has a great one in heaven.  Until we meet again.