(Doyle’s age: 90 years)
I enjoyed what we heard about the Promised Land, and I enjoyed hymn 306 in regard to the Promised Land our God is still giving to His people. Hebrews 11:13 says these all died in faith not having received the promises, but having seen them, and were persuaded of them and embraced them, and confessed they were strangers and pilgrims (a stranger has no home, and a pilgrim is going home) and verse 16 is their reward, a heavenly country.
Dreams are a domain of experience having intellectual, ethical, and Spiritual significance. There is quite a bit in the Bible in regard to dreams. Everyone dreams to some extent, but many cannot recall their dreams. In general, dreams are easily forgotten. Dreaming, like all mental processes, is a product of the brain. Whether a person is awake or asleep, the brain continuously gives off electrical waves.
In the Bible, Joseph and Daniel are most noted for their dreams.
However in Genesis 20:3, God spoke to Abimelech, an unsaved man, and told him in a dream not to take Sarah to wife. So we can say this was a most profitable dream, both for Abimelech and for Sarah.
In 1 Kings 3:5, the Lord appeared in a dream to Solomon, so we can conclude this was a very profitable dream for Solomon.
Jeremiah 23:28 says, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream.” In other words, don’t be afraid to tell the dream he had.
But on the other hand, Deuteronomy 13:1-5 says a dreamer by a sign or wonder says, “Let us go after other gods,” then don’t hearken to him, but put him to death.
Jude 8 mentions filthy dreamers who defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
In Genesis 28:12, Jacob dreamed a very significant dream one night out under the stars. He had a stone for a pillow, and in this dream, God showed him a ladder which reached from earth to Heaven; he got a clear revelation of God’s Way. Oh, if more people had a similar revelation in our day.
We read of Joseph’s first dream in Genesis 37, and his brothers hated him for it, and one can understand why. But his father observed the saying– which was wise; he did not disregard the dream, neither did he immediately accept it.
Genesis 42:6 tells the fulfillment of the dream. Yes, the dream was of God, I’m not sure as to how much time elapsed in the fulfilling of that dream, but likely near 13 years – note Gen 41:46.
In Daniel 2:1, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream, but he could not recall it—which is often my case with dreams. His wise men could not help him remember the dream. But there were four young men in his employ who made known the dream, and the interpretation thereof. And the result was that Daniel and his fellows were advanced in the kingdom. However, one very significant thing is in dan2:28 where Daniel made it clear that the interpretation was not given to him because he had more wisdom than others, but simply that there was a God in Heaven that revealed secrets and dreams. Daniel could have taken the credit, but he did not fall into that trap. In regards to this king’s dream, it is important to note that in dan2:16 Daniel asked for time—time to pray about it, and also he included his three companions that they too would desire mercies of the God of Heaven in this dream. I don’t pretend to understand this dream, even after Daniel opened it up, but it’s clear as dan2:44 brings out, all these kingdoms will be destroyed, but there is one Kingdom that will never be destroyed, it will stand forever. And it’s this one Kingdom we’re so thankful to be a part of.
Filthy dreamers in our day have said this Kingdom died out during the dark ages– another infamous lie.
The last chapter shows that even though Daniel had seen marvelous things, he did not see it all. In dan12:8 he asked, “What shall be the end of these things?” And in the next verse, God plainly told him, “The words are closed up and sealed to the time of the end.”
But in dan12:13, God gave him hope; he would be standing in his lot at the end of days, in Eternity! What a comforting promise! And it can be ours also if we keep true to the end.