Our Father wants to bring people into the Messianic Movement, not by the dozens nor by the hundreds, nor even by the thousands, but by the millions! This is a dream James Noble had. It also is in agreement with a prophecy that Moses gave.
Moses speaking to some two and a half million Israelites as they prepared to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land, said, “The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you” (Deuteronomy 1:10-11).
Is fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy in our generation just a dream? Or could it be a possibility?
By James Noble
The evening of January 22, 2011, I completed a message entitled, “Preparing to Receive from God,” taken from the Torah Parasha “Yitro”, using scripture from Exodus 19:10-14. The gist of this message was that we need to come to our meetings prepared and expecting to receive from YHVH. A dream woke me up at 2:30 AM the next morning. I don’t usually put a lot of stock in dreams, but this one seemed to come from YHVH. Here is the dream:
My family and I had gone to Macomb, Illinois, where we were visiting a local body of Messianic believers. There were about seven people in attendance. As soon as someone said that it was time to begin, just like they had materialized out of thin air, the building was packed with a large crowd of people! All three stories of the building were full. The doors were open and there were people out on the streets. We all got up to look outside and as far as we could see in all directions, on both sides of the street, people were lined up waiting to get in to the meeting. They reminded me of people lining the sides of the streets to watch a parade. As I was moving around the area, I started noticing the people. About seven of them had on filthy green welding jackets like the ones from the factory in Iowa where I work. I recognized two of the guys – I work with them! One of them was standing in the building smoking a cigarette. I saw another group of people in a parking lot practicing a dance routine, preparing a presentation dance. Later I saw another group rehearsing for a dance, but this group was very skimpily dressed in Playboy Bunny outfits, complete with fuzzy bunny tails! I was running around trying to find the leadership of the group but I couldn’t find them because the number of people was so overwhelming! Then I woke up.
As I lay there contemplating the meaning of this dream, the Lord seemed to impress upon me that He was showing me how He wants to bless His people. He wants to bring people into the Messianic Movement, not by the dozens nor by the hundreds, nor even by the thousands, but by the millions! But the problem is that His people are not ready to receive this many people because their expectations are too low. They do not expect YHVH to do anything so large. They are satisfied picturing the Father patting them on the back and saying, “Well done,” instead of expecting Him to move miraculously in their lives. YHVH seemed to be telling me that His people had better be preparing NOW for the great influx of people that He is going to bring in! If we fail to prepare, we will be overwhelmed and will lose most of them!
I also asked YHVH what it meant for the guy to be smoking, and what was up with the Playboy Bunny costumes. He seemed to reply that the vast majority of these people are not coming out of the church world; they are going to be people who haven’t ever been to church, and we had better be prepared to accept them as they are! Since we do not want to leave them as they are, it would then become our duty to disciple them as they are transformed into true followers of Yeshua!
Are we preparing for what our Father is about to do? Are we prepared to accept people as the Father brings them in, and love them and fellowship with them as the Holy Spirit purifies them and brings about true change in their lives? If we are preparing for these things, then I believe we have captured the very heart of YHVH! May Abba make us worthy and ready for the coming move of the Holy Spirit!
James Noble and his wife, Juanita, lead Beit Hallel Messianic Fellowship which currently meets at their home in Hamilton, Illinois. James earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, and has been an ordained minister and pastor with the Free Methodist Church of North America. The Nobles were introduced to the Hebrew Roots of their faith about 9 years ago, and have been following the Lord’s leading in the Messianic Movement for over 8 years. They enjoy traveling locally and using their gifts to strengthen other small fellowships in their area.
Interesting, the week that James Noble had his dream is the same week in which we began to ship Who Is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer. To date we have shipped over 7000 copies. Undoubtedly a random coincident?
It is quite a dream! Do we ignore it, feeling it is impossible, or do we take the attitude that nothing is impossible with YHVH, and do everything we can to do to make it a reality?
Undoubtedly the best attitude is be led by the Spirit and to take advantage of all the opportunities we are given to bring Israel’s lost sheep back into the fold. Just think what could happen if you gave out ten copies of Who Is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer, or similar information, and encouraged just two of the ten people to do the same. If they did follow in your footsteps they would reach 20 additional people, and if 4 of these 20 did the same they would reached 80 additional people, and if 16 of these 80 did the same they we would reach an additional 160 people, and so on. By the tenth generation this network which you had started by giving out information to ten people, and assuming they followed in your footsteps would reach 10,240 people.
Far fetched? Yes.
Unlikely that we could encourage people to do it? Yes.
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