During the night before I woke up to March 25th, 2001 (my birthday), the Lord gave me a dream. I was in Michigan at an old house my family used to rent. It felt like the world was going to end. Everyone knew that a great earthquake was coming to the whole earth. Everyone was preparing for the worst. People were running around frantically, preparing. The world was full of fear. I had an awesome sense of great destruction coming to the earth but my heart had such great, sweet peace.
While everyone was running frantically around my house this six-year-old black child came into the house. I began to talk to him about Jesus and his eyes began to fill with tears. Right there, while the world seemed to be coming to an end, I led a little child to Jesus.
I have always felt like God gave me this dream as a picture of the church in the last days. When the world is shaking in fear, we will have peace, and we will be reaching out to others with the love of Christ.
The Scripture speaks of a time when men’s hearts will fail them because of fear “and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” But then it says, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:25-28, NKJV)
Despite great tribulation, Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Yes, it may be the worst of times in the world, but it will be the best of times for the church! I believe we need to shift our focus to the kingdom of God. The earth and everything in it is going to pass away, but God’s kingdom is going to endure forever. His kingdom is what really matters, and gathering in His harvest is the priority of His kingdom.