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The Dreamer Dreamed (A Story that Contains Prophetic Words from God) (PART 16) - The Warning -

The Dreamer Dreamed 
- The Visions of Judgment 

(A Story that Contains Prophetic Words from God) (PART 16)

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This is a short story about a young man named Steven who was given dreams 
from God that reveal truth God has shown me (the writer) that His Church needs 
to hear. Though this is written as fiction, the words spoken by Jesus are actual words 
that God showed me. So, this is not just a fictional work. It applies to our current 
world and to the Church. I encourage you to seek God about this to find out what He 
would show you about this story.

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Chapter 13

Messenger to the Youth Group

Steve was translated next to a church building with a large, carpeted room that was filled with table games, such as pool tables, air hockey tables, and foosball tables. Teens were sitting in couches and folding chairs, listening to a man in his forties give a talk. He must be the youth pastor, Steve thought. The youth pastor wore glasses and had a graying goatee, but the rest of his hair was medium brown. He wore a dark T-shirt displaying an image of a rock band.

“Okay, so for our Fall Youth Retreat we were planning with Pastor Ben to take you to see a rock concert, but this concert will be an opportunity to bring your non-Christian friends and get them into your groove, if you know what I mean. They may not want to visit this church until the ice is broken, and what better way to break ice than to take them to a rock concert? So, we--”

“Hey Stan,” a guy nearby called out, raising a hand.

“Yes, Trevor?” Stan said.

“What band is performing?”

“Oh, I was going to get to that. It’s actually called Pyramid Eye. It’s a new band, but its popularity has soared in just the last three months.”

“Hey Pastor Stan,” another guy said with a wry smile, “didn’t its lead singer say he made a pact with the devil? I’m all for seeing a devil-worshiper. Let’s put on our pointy horns and grab our pitch forks.”

“Ha, ha,” Stan said. “That’s very funny, James. You can’t believe everything you hear. Some people say that this country is controlled by a secret society called the Illuminati.”

As he said “Illuminati,” Stan put up finger quotation marks.

What the youth leader just said made Steve begin to think. The Illuminati? Who were they? Steve made a mental note to research that later.

The scene changed to the same room but most of the teens had left. A few guys and girls were playing pool in a corner of the large youth hangout room. A young man approached the youth pastor just as he said goodbye to a teen girl who was being picked up by her mother. The teen guy had dark brown hair that was bushy and less than two inches long, combed back. He was average height for a 17-year-old. A white T-shirt with two words on it caught Steve’s attention. In bold letters it declared: “Jesus Saves.”

“Excuse me, Stan,” the guy said, “may I have a word with you?”

“Sure, Frank. What’s up?” Stan said.

“I’m not so sure about going to this band because --” Frank’s voice trailed off and he gulped, trying to keep his hands from trembling. He knew what he had to do, but he was nervous about how the youth leader would take it.

“I, I believe God was showing me something He wants me to tell you,” Frank said. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply. “God wants me to say that you are needing to seek Him about this event you would like to have the youth group go to. He wants you to know that if you do something like this apart from His will, you will be accountable for all the youth who go with you, if this is not His will.”

Once Frank had spoken, he waited to see what Stan would do. The youth pastor stood still for a few minutes, pondering what the young man had said.

“Well, Frank,” Stan said, “doesn’t God want lost souls to come to our church? I think this concert would be a good way to bring them in. The harvest is ripe, so shouldn’t we go out there and bring them to church?”

“Also,” Frank said, “God showed me that you should seek Him about how you run this youth group. He wants you to know that there are many guys and girls here that don’t actually know His Name. They may say they are Christians, but they don’t know God’s Name, He told me.”

Stan stood there, stunned. He blinked several times, and remained quiet for half a minute. “Frank, I just remembered that my son Jeremy has a test coming up and he often needs my advice on homework. I’m going to have to get back to you on that later.”

Stan patted him on the shoulder and turned to head for his office. Jesus motioned for Steve to follow the man. In the privacy of his office, with the door closed, Stan pulled out his cell phone and called the senior pastor. But, Steve saw the vision or dream play before his eyes.

“Hello, Ben, I’m sorry to bother you,” Stan said. “I need to talk with you about something. It’s about this boy in our group called Frank. He told me some alarming things. I think we should keep an eye on him.”

“Why do you say that about Frank?” the voice in his speaker asked. Somehow, Steve could hear it, as if the telephone were on a speakerphone setting.

“Well, I say that because he was telling me that God showed him that very few of the kids in the youth group actually know Jesus Christ as their Savior. He also said that I should seek God about how to run the youth group and about taking the youth to a rock concert. He seemed very unsure about the concert.”

“That is strange behavior,” Ben, the senior pastor, said.

“Yeah, it is strange. I’ve been a youth pastor here for ten years and I’ve seen kids getting saved. Maybe I should take his advice?”

“Stan,” Ben said, “what we might be facing is an attack of the enemy to cause doubt in our work. You’ve been a good teacher to these kids. I think you’re doing a great job. Don’t let what a boy says get you off your course. I think he might be tapping into the wrong source.”

 “You think so,” Stan said. “I think you’re probably right. It just might be the devil attacking us to doubt our objectives and methods.”

“What I would do is just watch what he does at church, and make sure you don’t let him know you are watching,” Ben said.

“I’ll try to keep tabs on him,” Stan said.


Suddenly, Steve was whisked away from the office where the covert conversation was taking place. He saw Frank sitting before a desk in his bedroom, writing notes down with a pencil, in a notebook. The teen guy seemed more relaxed and peaceful than he had been when he gave the message to the youth pastor. Jesus allowed Steve to read what Frank was writing.

Frank had written: “Today, God had me speak a message to Pastor Stan about the rock concert and about how Stan ran the youth group. Stan seemed evasive and tried to get out of seeking God about the message. I’m sad to see his actions and I wish he would take time to seek God about the message. I had spent some time in prayer and in seeking my Heavenly Father about this message, but Stan passed it off as if it were nothing. I think he needs to be prayed for more than before.”

Jesus touched Frank’s shoulder and said something to Frank. But, Frank couldn’t see Him. However, Steve saw the Lord because it was a vision.

Frank leaned back in his chair and said, “What did you say, Lord Jesus?”

“My son, Frank,” Jesus Christ’s voice said, “I am with you. Do not be afraid. Your youth pastor does need to seek Me. I am working on his heart. I will show you what to do when the time comes, but rest in Me. There will be some persecution for the message I will have you deliver to your youth group, but you will be rewarded for it. I will guide you in speaking the truth to them in love.

“They need to hear the Gospel, and need to repent, and seek Me, and trust in Me to save them from their sins. You will be My witness to them since you desire to know Me better. Now, I will show you what I will have you to do on this coming Wednesday night youth group meeting.”


Steve was instantly transported to the same youth hangout room. Guys and girls were interacting with each other, talking, playing table games, and laughing. A teen guy reached for a volume control on a large speaker and turned up the volume. Steve could not hear any sound coming from the speakers, but he could see some of the teens bobbing their heads with the music.

After a couple minutes had passed, the youth pastor, who had been throwing darts with some guys, motioned to a guy standing nearest to the speaker to turn the music off. Reluctantly, he did.

Clapping his hands to get their attention, Stan said, “Okay, everyone, let’s gather up front.”

The teens chatted with each other while they slowly came forward to some couches and chairs that had been set up in one corner of the room. Once they were seated, Stan pulled out several boxes from behind a couch and said: “Who has never played Apples to Apples?”

Several hands went up.

“Okay, here’s how it works…” Stan explained the game and had the boxes of cards distributed to the group.

Time fast-forwarded before Steve’s eyes. Now, he saw the group, divided into several teams, playing “Pictionary.” A dictionary word was looked up, and one of the team members had to try to draw pictures that would form the dictionary word. Others would try to be the first to guess the word.

Time fast-forwarded again. Now, Steve saw Stan sitting in a folding chair and reading from a Christian book. Setting it down, Stan asked the teens what they thought about what he had just read. A few youths gave their input, while the rest listened. Some texted or played apps on their cell phones. After a little discussion, Stan shared a Bible verse about courage. He then asked if anyone had something to share with the group.

A girl stood up and requested that they pray for her mother who was feeling sick, due to a fever. Stan wrote down a brief note on a slip of paper. Once she was done, he said, “Thanks, Amanda, we’ll pray for your mother. Does anyone else have a prayer request or something they want to share.”

A door opened and Frank walked in. Some looked his way, curious.

“Frank,” Stan said, “have a seat. We were just having a sharing time.”

“I have something to share,” Frank said as he walked up toward the front. Steve could tell that he was a little nervous, but nonetheless, he seemed overall calm and peaceful.

“God has been putting something on my heart to share with you,” Frank said, looking over the group. “I haven’t mustered up the courage to share it earlier, but I felt God telling me to share it with you now. So, here goes. God wants you to know that He loves each and every one of you. He has a purpose for your and my life, and doesn’t want us to waste our lives.

“There is a time which will soon come to our nation that will be very difficult and hard to go through, and judgment will begin to fall on our cities and country. I know this may sound strange, but God wants you to know that judgment is at hand because the sin of this country is great. He wants each one of you to make Jesus Christ truly your Savior and Lord, if you haven’t done it yet, because the time to repent and turn to God is now. Tomorrow may be too late for some.

“If we hold onto sin and bitterness, we cannot continue walking with God. We have to choose who we will serve, whether we will serve God or mammon, which is money and worldly pleasures. I encourage you to seek God about this message and about what He would like you to know. I am just doing what He asked me to do. I give Him all the glory.”

With that, Frank walked over to an empty chair and sat down, feeling his heart beat faster. He took a deep breath to calm his nerves. He didn’t feel like warning the other youth, but he also felt in his spirit the need to warn them and the urge to tell them about judgment to come.

Stan was silent for a few moments, stunned at what he heard. Steve heard some of the teens whispering and giggling quietly. A few of the guys on a couch were whispering to each other and chuckling, casting sideways glances at Frank. Steve felt let to approach them, and Jesus allow him to hear their conversation.

“That loser is turning into a religious nut,” one teen guy whispered to a friend nearby. “What got into Frank? He sounds legalistic.”

“Mr. Too-good is telling us we need to repent. What should I repent from? I’m a Christian. I prayed the prayer of salvation. Why should I need to repent?” another guy said.

“He looks like someone gave him a dare, and he couldn’t say no,” a different guy added.

The first teen to speak said, “Maybe his mommy gave him a dare.”

Several guys and girls chuckled when they heard that.

But, some of the other teens looked serious and thoughtful, as if they had been convicted of sinful living.

The relative silence seemed to last for a couple minutes. Finally, Stan said, swallowing, “Well, let’s pray then.” He uttered a bland prayer, which included a request for Amanda’s mother to be healed, and a mention that the poor people in Africa hear the Gospel and receive the food and medicine they need. He also mentioned a few other prayer requests, including that God would bless the youth group and bring lost souls there so that they could join the church. There was no mention of the message Frank had given just a couple minutes earlier.

A girl prayed for the pastor and for the youth pastor that they would have God’s guidance and blessing. Another girl prayed for her boyfriend to get saved. Once that was over, Stan again mentioned the rock concert and encouraged the youth to bring their friends. Then, the meeting wrapped up.

The teens turned the music back on, which Steve couldn’t hear, and continued playing table games and hanging out, chatting about high school teachers, about movies they wanted to watch or had seen, about video games they had played, and about classmates who had humorous quirks about them, etc.

Steve went around the room, listening to their conversations, but no one mentioned what Frank had said during the sharing time, except to mock him. Steve could tell that some were afraid to speak favorable of Frank, lest they fall out of favor with their peers.

As for Frank, Steve saw him slip out a door, and not return.


The Second Warning

The scene changed and Steve saw a basket-ball court with chairs set up in a half-circle. Some table games had been moved into the court. Dozens of teens were chatting, playing table games, and shooting basketball hoops. Laughter, the squeaking of shoes, and the thumping of basketballs being dribbled echoed through the room. Some speakers had been set up with a music player resting atop one.

Again, Steve couldn’t hear the music, but he could tell that some of the youth were moving to the rhythm. After a minute or so, Stan entered the room and informed them that they were meeting in this basket-ball court because the youth hangout room was being remodeled and expanded.

After a while, Stan had the youth gather to play various group games. After the game time was over, Stand had them sit down in chairs while he read from a Christian book. They had a group discussion after he read four pages. Then, it was sharing time.

A door opened, and Frank walked into the meeting, taking a seat. This time, many people looked his direction, and some tried to be stealthy about their stare. A few were giggling and whispering as they glanced at him.

“Are there any prayer requests or anything to share, other than talk about the world ending?” Stan said, glancing at Frank.

At this, several of the teens snickered.

No one spoke up for over half a minute. Then, Frank stood to his feet. As he did several people rolled their eyes and Stan grimaced.

“I want to let you know that I am not standing before you because I want to do this, but I felt the need to because God was showing me to warn this group about judgment that is soon to befall our land, and this city, and this church.”

Several gasped and others forcefully coughed.

“First Peter 4:17 says that judgment must begin with the house of God,” Frank said, “and 1 Samuel 15:23 says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. God had to warn King Saul several times, but each time, Saul hardened his heart, and refused to repent. Instead of waiting for Samuel the prophet to arrive in Gilgal, like Samuel had told him to do, Saul defiantly offered a sacrifice, which Samuel was supposed to offer.

“Later on, Saul was told by Samuel that God wanted him to destroy the wicked and rebellious Amalekites, and destroy all their livestock. But, Saul saved the king of the Amalekites and spared their livestock, which God had told him to destroy. When confronted by Samuel, Saul told him that the livestock were to be offered up to God. But, this was not what God wanted.

“So, in 1 Samuel 15:22 and 23, God had Samuel the prophet say that ‘to obey is better than sacrifice’ and also that ‘rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.’ God wants us to repent and forsake sin. He wants us to do things His way, and have close fellowship with Him. Doing things our own way, and rejecting God’s ways is rebellion, and it keeps us from having close fellowship with God.

“Later in 1st Samuel, we find Saul seeking to kill David; murdering priests of the Lord; and going to a witch for counsel, after he had put witches out of the land. Saul died as a wicked man, and did not enter Heaven. God had called him to be king because he was humble and was trusting in God at the start of his reign.

“But, soon after receiving power, King Saul turned away from what he knew to be right. In Ezekiel 33:13, God says that if a righteous man trusts in his own righteousness, and commits iniquity, all his righteous actions shall not be remembered. He shall die for his iniquity. That is what happened to King Saul, and that is what happened to Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

“I encourage all of you to seek God about what I am saying. He will show you the truth. He wants all of us to trust in Jesus for salvation, and be born-again through Jesus Christ. Our own works cannot save us. That’s what the books of Romans, Galatians, and the books of the whole New Testament say throughout them.”

Stan stood up from his chair, smiling. “Thank you, Frank for your presentation, but I think now it’s time to give it a rest. I think we all just need to know that God loves us, and just let ourselves relax.”

“God loves us and that is why He is warning us about judgment to come,” Frank said with concern. “If you have a toddler that is wandering in the road, won’t you call out to the child and seek to save him?”

Stan pursed his lips, in thought. A few seconds passed before Stan spoke again.

“Why don’t we all pray now,” Stan said, trying to control the situation and trying to maintain his fake smile.

Many of the teens closed their eyes, but others chanced a peek at Frank. Others just stared at him while Stan prayed a run-of-the-mill prayer.

Once Stan was finished praying, he said, “Remember to invite your friends to the Pyramid Eye rock concert, which will be held at the football stadium on Friday night. Also, we are planning a movie night next Friday. So, mark that on your calendars and bring your friends.”

“What movie is it?” a guy near the front asked.

“We can pick some from a collection but I just purchased the new release of The Legend of the Haunted Vale. I also have Blackbeard and the Curse of the Ghost Ship, which came out last year. We’ll have plenty of snacks and soft drinks.”

“Any beer?” a guy asked.

“You’re too young for that,” the youth pastor retorted, grinning. “But, if you don’t tell your parents, I just might give you a taste of some … just kidding.”


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(Note: All human characters in this story are fictional. But, Jesus Christ is truly real and is the living God. And, the devil is real and seeks to devour whom he may. This is simply a novel with prophetic messages from God. I encourage you to seek God about the words spoken by Jesus to see what He will show you about them.)

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