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Symbolism of Women in Dream Interpretation – part 1

The Bible is filled with women participants. For the purposes of dream interpretation, these are pictures of various churches and personality types both for good or ill, depending on their history and profile. These three you will recognize – the whore, the prostitute and the harlot.

The whore does it for carnal pleasure.

The prostitute does it for profit.

The harlot promises to do it but never comes through.

Whores and whoremongers are linked together. The “Mongers,” an old-timey term, are the salesmen- the pimps or the Johns in today’s language…that is, sex peddlers.  In the spiritual sense however, it refers to those who use religion to justify their behavior and expand their interests into the occult, like seances, and studying false religions or embracing false religions into either Jewish or Christian religious services. It might be exciting to talk about astrology in church but it is called whoring in the Bible.

The prostitute does it for money; she (or he) brings profit either to themselves or others, the whoremongers. A prostituting church is one that condones sin because the people who are giving substantial tithes are supporting the church and “we con’t want to offend them.” But God is offended.  Keep in mind that the natural is never as offensive to God as the spiritual motive.   He looks on the heart as it says in 1 Samuel 16:7.  That does not mean that churches which ask for money are prostitutes; institutions need money to function. If churches which ask for money annoy you maybe God is reminding you of payments you owe Him!

The Harlot Church is mentioned in Revelation.  This religious system makes a big pretense of being the Truth but never has anything to show for it.  We wonder why 73% of Christians no longer go to church.  This might be the reason – all talk and no do.

A dream about any of these women, or women in the Bible who fit this profile should give you a chance to examine what you are doing religiously or morally and how it reflects something in your life that needs exposure or change. Dreams are God’s subtle way of speaking to us when He knows, if He talks to us directly it will probably scare us to death.

 

 

Some Cracking Ideas for Saturday Night

 

I got to thinking – if tearing down statues will end racism and erase history I should put the theory to the test.  The scientific method consists of applying a basic principle to a variety of similar issues to determine consistent results. And I could think of a number of unpleasant things in my life that needed to end.

For one, there’s my credit card bill.  So I took a match and burned it up in an ashtray.  That should do it. No more debt.  Next week I will check my bank online to see if my balance is zero. I have a car loan that needs the same treatment.

Next there is the owner of my office building.  Not only does he charge too much for my lease, his ugly picture is on my building. Monday I will paint over his face.  I’ll be interested to see who the new owner is when I pay my next installment.

Then there is my weight.  This should be easy.  I dumped the scales into the trash.  No point in leading some other poor fat guy into deception by sending it to Goodwill. With those 40 pounds gone I can rest easier about my blood sugar levels.

And while I’m at it, I took a black marking pen and totally wiped out the calorie count on all the candy bars I have in the house.  I will really enjoy those three Snickers for lunch knowing they are sugar free.

Then my daughter came to the office. “Dad,” she said, “I’ve decided to be a man.”

I couldn’t have been happier with this new method on what to do. “Honey, if you disagree with the words on your birth certificate I have the ashtray right here – we will burn it up too.”

“Dad, they have my certificate in the hall of records!”

Well, I thought, that is a problem.  “That means we need to burn the building down,” I assured her, “and everyone will be happier to see it gone. We can do that next week.”

“But Dad, they have all that stuff in the cloud somewhere?”

Huumm, this method of changing reality may be harder than I thought.

Symbolism in The Wizard of Oz

Some Christian believers who may only look at the surface of this movie have suggested that it is occult-leaning and should be avoided. But I see rather a picture of the search of man for reality. There are many fictional stories which reveal the hidden heart of man and his situation.Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City And they are always the most popular of our culture – in addition to Oz, there is The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast,  and Porgy and Bess all stories of man’s inner struggles.

It is also a broad statement of the hopes that under gird the American Dream. Many people fail to notice that ultimately this is a dream.

Third, it is the reflected political vision of the “tired and poor” of Europe tossed up on the shores of the USA. Several Jews played a major part in the creation of this movie and its music, esp. Somewhere over the Rainbow. Even after a decade of war, flapper-excess, the great depression and the blossoming of the mob thanks to Prohibition these upheavals could not stem the tide from Europe which drove thousands of Jews and many others to America after World War 1.

America is still the land of promises where bluebirds fly. Jews working on the movie expressed their hopes for America where a lost girl, and three other flawed creatures could join forces to locate the person who will realize their personal dreams. The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the top box-office draws of all time because it expresses the individual dream of all people for a happy productive life.

I prefer to see it as Man’s eternal search to answer the basic questions – who am I, where am I going, and what is truth. In this interpretation Dorothy becomes Every Man. Dissatisfied with life, feeling put upon authorities and contested by evil forces (the witchy-woman who wants to dispose of poor little Toto, the dog) she tries to run away when the tornado scoops her up.

Dorothy was a real orphan. Her dreams meant escaping her unhappy life; many people do feel fatherless and unwanted. Psychologists say some people actually believe they are not the real children of their parents. Denial of who and what we are can continue into adult life. Dorothy ends up in a totally improbable world where she accidentally kills an evil witch, is applauded by scores of very small people, treated as an honored guest and sent on her way to find the Utopian Personage known as The Wizard.

And we all want that, to be appreciated, to be sent to someone who can solve all our problems with one sweep of the hand. Christians sing, “Earth is not my home, I’m only passing through.” This is true – we are all temporary, and we all want a life of happiness and fulfillment. On the Yellow Brick road to truth, which is the Kingdom of Oz, Dorothy must deal with the three parts of a human being – the will, the intellect and the emotions, which in theology is known as the soul.

The Tin Man needs a heart, the Scarecrow needs a brain and the Lion needs a spirit consistent with his true nature, i.e. lionhearted. The Emerald City is both a symbol of American money, the greenbacks, but also of heaven for Christian believers, the New Jerusalem built of emeralds.

Christians will notice that Jesus is compared to the King of the Beasts, the ruler of man’s total nature.  Salvation to a believer is the union of those three disparate parts of his nature under the leadership of God. God in this movie is pictured as a Wizard, which we find out later actually is not a god-figure as his clay feet are exposed. Dorothy and her friends (her three part divided soul) have been looking for the wrong thing.

Poor Oz. He knows he’s only human and playing god so when Dorothy chews him out for being a hypocritical control freak he quickly repents and promises to make things right. He tells the four of them they already have their answers.

And that of course is life. The Utopian fix-all God is not available and all the smoke and mirrors of secular life cannot hide it in the end. Yellow is the symbol for holiness, is the road they must take to get to a heavenly home and a true God.

Along the way Dorothy and her friends must deal with a devilish attack as do all humans and they escape with help, some of it otherworldly as when the poppies put them to sleep. Yes, we have angels in attendance.

In fact, Jesus is that kryptonite which handles the enemy’s kingdom for us, as we come to realize that we cannot be as perfect as we would want and that everything we sought for ourselves was really inside all along; The lion had courage, the tin man was a softy, and the scarecrow solved problems. Not one of us is anywhere near as bad off as we think or as powerful as we had hoped. Nor are we as lost as we had assumed. There is a God. Those red shoes, symbol of the blood of Jesus, will take her back home.

And when Dorothy ends up in her own bed, she is surrounded by the same people and the same problems but with a new attitude of gratitude about herself and her family. Salvation for a believer is not an event but a process of coming to reality about life, its limitations and of course, its final goal.

Dorothy makes it – and so can we.

This is a Chapter in my forthcoming book Coming Fall, Dream Interpretation and Biblical Symbolism 

Coming Fall 2018

How to Interpret Scripture – a Prototype Lesson

Please read 1st Samuel 25 in The Message which you can find free at Bible Gateway.com  It is a modern translation and reads easily.

There are at a minimum three ways to interpret scripture.  In this story the 1st, basic way is to recognize that it is a historical piece about David before he became king of Judah, Nabal, a wealthy rancher, and Abigail, his wife.  Anyone who reads a Bible can understand the meaning level of the story.

The second level is the interpretation of the story as a model for good and bad management, several other lessons about human nature, what to do, and what not to do and why.  The third level is the spiritual interpretation which you can read in a piece about Nabal.

Going back to level 2, we learn that Nabal (whose name means “fool” reminding you that you should name your children wisely) owns a huge ranch with thousands of sheep and goats.  Here in Texas you need 25 acres for 100 sheep so Nabal needs 750 acres for his sheep alone plus 10 goats per acre at a very minimum, about 1000 acres including some for the humans.  In Texas there is a privately owned ranch larger than the State of Rhode Island; animals need large amounts of grazing land and supervision is difficult.

David has 600 followers guarding Nabal’s land mass the final stages of growth prior to the sheep shearing when rustlers could steal unguarded animals or even murder the herders.  For this season David’s unseen army has been their protector, so he asks Nabal for proper payment for his services.  Nabal brushes him off, saying since he didn’t see him how does he know he has actually done his job?  Nabal could not possibly have known whether his land was being protected and by whom given its size.

Last year a man brandished a gun against his ex-wife who was hiding out in my building, on my floor.  I knew nothing of it.  You do not have to see a crime in process to acknowledge you are being protected.  That is why we pay our army and the sheriff even though we may never see results with our own eyes.  The very fact that we live in peace means they are minding our business.

David becomes incensed and resolves to slaughter Nabal and his employees.  Abigail, a wife who is no fool, gathers together a meal for David’s men and takes it there to prevent any retribution.  David is properly thankful and his men enjoy their feast.

When Abigail returns home she finds her husband dead drunk after a giant party, but she waits to tell her husband how she paid off David until Nabal is sober.  He goes into a coma – we can project here that perhaps it is the DT’s – and after 10 days dies.  Abigail then becomes wife #2 for David.

Here are the lessons to learn.

  • Just because you don’t see the protection you have does not mean you are not responsible for blessing them.  That is why we pay our taxes.  A workman is worthy of his hire.  The size of the payment was equal to the size of the job they did.
  • The blessing must be equal the task.  Abgail did not show up with 3 sheep and a few loaves of bread, but enough for the entire crowd.  We are to pay what we owe.
  • When the proper authorities fail to do their duty you can step in to compensate.
  • Vengeance is mine says the Lord. David’s hot head reaction was about to do him in which he recognized (verse 30 ff). This could have cost him the throne of Israel.  see post on vengeance
  • Recognize, as David did, that someone was sent by God to prevent his planned revenge.  David was having a testosterone fit and defending his ego.  Don’t do it.  God will make things right.
  • Nabal acted rashly and so did David. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  • Wait until someone is sober before telling them the truth.  I’ve used this on occasion and it works.  The person may not accept what you say but don’t waste good revelation on someone whose mind is damaged by drink or drugs.

Level 2 is where ministers get their sermon material, so you need not wait for them to preach – study it yourself.

The third level of interpretation is the one which looks at some spiritual truth in the story by digging into details.  I’ll cover that in another post on Nabal.

There is also a subsidiary lesson on the judgment of nations, about which  there appears to be little written. Nabal died after 10 days and ten is the number of The Law.  If someone died :under the “Law” that is without mercy or grace of God, the Law must be satisfied.  Jesus’ death satisfied the requirements of the Law, but we have traditionally applied that only to individuals.  But God judges nations too.

There are sheep nations and goat nations. One of my tasks for future study is to sort out what the Law requires for national status before God. We know that Israel is the chosen people and more importantly the chosen piece of real estate; we also know that the USA has special status and continues, in spite of its many sins, because she both protects other nations and is a zealous missionary nation. In 2012 there were 419,000 Christian foreign missionaries and if course many others inside the country.  Per capita South Korea has even more and she will be rewarded by reuniting with North Korea when the time comes.

The Bible states that “the iniquity of the Amorites” (Genesis 15:16) be fulfilled before God will judge them.  We, the readers, are not told how many days, weeks, or months it will take for “sin to be fulfilled” but we can be sure that it will be applied.  I’ve fumed over the fact that Syria has been allowed for so very long to murder its own citizens.  I’ve asked God to judge this nation, but it does not happen, because apparently Syria’s sin is not up to the brim in fulfilling the law.

Hence, 10 more days or periods of time, and 10 could easily be ten more years, or in the case of Syria, 10 more decades. I, as an American, am not told how long we must wait for Syria’s sin to be fulfilled, but if  I were a Syrian I’d ask God and if He revealed that, then I and my believing friends could pray according to the prophecies (1 Timothy 1:18) spoken over us  to bring down our corrupt government.  We do know that God tries to get every one out before He lowers His hammer.  Lot and his daughters got out of Sodom in the nick of time.  In fact he was so pokey the judgment rained down the very same day he left. Luke 17:29.

Abigail became the wife of the King of Israel as a result of her generous and also dangerous act.  Nabal had the authority in that culture, and certainly enough power, to kill his wife for taking family property to provide for David and 600 men.  Nabal’s coma protected Abigail, another blessing from God.

The Lord wants us to dig deep into His word.  We get to know Him, His plans, and Himself.

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Slaughter of Babies – A Sign of a Momentous Change Coming

How do I know this?

After Joseph died as Chief Magistrate of Egypt there came to power a Pharoah who had no regard for the Jews. He commanded

Exodus 1:22 all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.”

Exodus 2:1 -2 And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. 2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child (Moses), she hid him three months.

Moses is saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter and about 40 years later he returned to Egypt where he obeyed God and engineered the salvation of Israel from slavery becoming the revered savior of Israel.

Over a thousand years later Jesus is born in Bethlehem. When the King in Israel hears about another “King” being born, jealous and fearing loss of his power, he kills a large group of babies.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”[c]

I was once told Jews believe this is 6,000 baby boys. We know him 30 later as the Savor of the World.

Now, 200 years have passed and massive numbers of Muslim and Christian babies are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq and in the Kurdish region, by Hamas using children as human shields, and when they can get away with it, even in Israel. What kind of savor is coming now?

The Least Understood Bible Passage & Symbols of Body Parts

It’s taken me four decades to understand this passage in Corinthians in reference to a communion service of believers. But it was walked out in my life in a dramatic manner.

1 Cor 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Sleep means to die in verse 30. To understand what this means, let’s examine what it does not say. It does not say to fail to discern a Christian, or a friend, or a believer, or a baptized person or the devil himself. It says failure to discern, not the Lord Himself, but His Body.

And who is His body? That’s us. But more importantly the “us” is not just Harold, Jenny and Roy, but to recognize the part of Christ’s body where Harold, Jenny and Roy function.

People totally outside the church of Jesus certainly know them in their stores, social groups and offices. But this situation is unique; that is when we as believers take on the garment of being “Christ to the world.”

About 40 years ago my husband walked in the house at supper and said, “The Lord told me that you are a liver in the body of Christ.” I smiled because Jesus had already shown me that. And in case you’re interested the liver is hidden and it does something no one like to see – filter out all the junk that goes through the body. In fact, this little blog has spent three years filtering out false teaching and corrupted understanding in Christian circles.

The liver is corrective. Livers do not add Christians to the Body of Christ; they don’t sing, they don’t run the front office; they just react what is passing through. As you can tell, I am not necessarily a popular figure. “Oh dear – here comes the liver. What kind of crap have I swallowed now!” they worry.

But enough of my complaints. Let’s look at this in a practical manner. To bring up sickness and possible death for some believer-behavior, esp. in the New Testament is quite rare. We must pay attention.

Consider what bodies have: Bones to hold a shape. Bones in scripture are symbols of priests, not Catholic ones, just people who lead and make the body upright. Then there is skin which symbolizes faith. Faith completely surrounds a body because it needs to believe for past, present, future, what is below the feet and above the head.

The lungs take in the word of God. My pal Jack reminded me that God only breathes out, never in. That is our breath too. Breath symbolizes Holy Spirit bringing in required oxygen which allows the body to exercise all its internal and external functions. That air is the immediate word of God, the ruach (Hebrew).

Human beings require air; spiritual man requires God’s present word to survive. We need a mouth, which symbolizes a prophet, eyes which symbolize seers (people who see) and ears symbolizing a group who hear the Lord. Hands and feet bring the gospel; they serve as mercy ministers and take the Body where Holy Spirit wants it to go.

The gall bladder removes bitterness, the kidney filters out water impurities, and the thyroid regulates the body. Have you ever been in a church or Bible study/prayer group where one person takes over? That is an unregulated group. That is a body that has failed to recognize the other parts of Christ’s body. And that is what can lead to sickness and even death.

Six years ago a church leader banished me from the meetings as a false teacher. I’d never been confronted this way. (Most people just avoid me if they have an issue.) A year later she ended up in the hospital three times with strokes. NO – I had not prayed against her.

I was just as surprised as you are. She had failed to recognize a part of His Body. Then later on a man who assumed some spiritual leadership in this same group, heaped contempt on me; I was astonished. Same deal – he did not recognize my place in the Body. After 9 months he was gone! The group rebuked him.

Then some other spiritual leaders started rebuking me for being “unforgiving.” They too had failed to see what was going on. As a 40 year veteran of the mission field, I’d never had any trouble seeing who was whom in a group. It’s part of the job.

God is just as interested in Fiji Islanders as he is Texans, and He is quite able to call and fit them into a Christian body in their home town. But friends in the American church had no experience with diverse people, ministries or God’s calls on individuals. I feel as though I have made a giant leap forward in understanding what God wants for the future of His People.

Clearly Church, we need to start making this part of the New Testament real. Jesus is not coming back for an unruly mob, a quarreling faction or a self-righteous bunch of over-educated, self-absorbed believers. He is coming for a team that knows, like a body, how to work together. That is our future.