BY MICHAEL REYNOLDS
There are countless stories of dreams and visions awakening individuals in the Muslim world to Jesus, the Son of God. Thousands of testimonies have rolled in declaring that God is stirring an interest in Muslim men and women to believe in His Son. We rejoice, for this is an answer to prayer and a demonstration of God’s desire and power. Our team prays for this morning after morning; we meet and we ask for God to break in on the Muslim world with dreams and visions.
Pharaoh dreamed a dream in Genesis 41:8 and Joseph answered the call to unfold its meaning in 41:14-36. God gave that dream to Pharaoh and it supplemented the effectiveness of God’s word. Likewise, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed in Daniel 2:3 and Daniel answered the call in 2.17-45. Daniel doesn’t presume that God will give the rest of the essential information to Nebuchadnezzar, but instead calls his companions to join him in prayer for the answer to the dream in 2:17-19. Dreams and visions supplement the preaching of the Word of God, but dreams cannot replace preaching. Both Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar were tormented by their dreams (Gen 41:8; Dan 2:3) until a preacher explained to them what they had seen. It is cruel and a torment for any people to have visions without preachers.
Acts 10:1-8 opens up in Cornelius’ home and describes him as a devout man who feared God, gave alms generously, and prayed continually to God. We see that he was an honest God-seeker, but as the passage continues we see that he only had enough light to be damned and not enough to be saved. Verses 3-8 describe a vision of an angel that Cornelius had in which the angel affirms to him that his prayers have been heard and tells him to call for Peter.
The next day Peter was praying on the housetop. While praying, he received a vision about God’s acceptance of the Gentiles. Before he could even understand the vision, the men who had been sent by Cornelius arrived at his house asking for him. Acts 10:19-20 says, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.” God’s command was to “accompany them without hesitation” and in 10:29 Peter says, “when I was sent for, I came without objection.” The story continues with Peter in Cornelius’ house. Cornelius says to him in verse 33, “we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” The narrative continues in verse 34 saying, “So Peter opened his mouth and said…”
Cornelius had a vision, Peter came to them without hesitation or objection, and then he opened his mouth and preached to them. May God grant that more who hear of the dreams and visions among Muslim people will pack their bags without hesitation or objection and preach Christ to them.
Dreams and visions are a cog in the wheel of God’s pursuit of the nations, and they are evidence that the Muslim world in particular is ripe for the gospel. When unreached groups are dreaming, we can have great confidence that the time for preaching has come. We must wisely consider that without senders and preachers they will not hear and will not believe. God will not break his word.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” - Romans 10:14-17
Dreams and visions among unreached peoples are excellent supplements to preaching, but they cannot stand on their own. The church must send and workers must go lest the potential fruit of the dreaming Muslim world be lost forever.