The great awakening
Dream by Ivan Ho, HK. 12 May 2020
Yesterday morning (12 May) I was lying down on my sofa listening to a message on YouTube. Then I fell asleep and had this dream:
I am in a conference in which Dr Rodney Howard-Browne is speaking. While he is preaching, I see a sister in the Lord whom I met in another church some years ago walking in the auditorium. Her name is Carena.
I see brother Rodney in a black suit preaching next to me about 10 feet away. I am thinking: “Should I go up to him and take a photo with him?”. Then brother Rodney begins to take up an offering and talks about some of his resources that we can purchase. I see sister Carena again filling the form to order the materials as I am pondering about the giving.
Then I turn and look at brother Rodney and to my surprise he is lying down dressed in white and looking much bigger and fatter than normal. I see him rise up from his sleep. Then I see another huge fat woman in white rise up from sleep next to him. Then another big fat man in white rise up from sleep. I am thinking: “May be they are brother Rodney’s family?” At that point, I woke up from my dream.
Insight and interpretation
When I woke up from the dream, I did not understand the meaning of the dream especially the latter part about the weird looking Rodney, and did not feel comfortable sharing it.
Then in the evening after returning from work, I looked up Rodney Howard-Browne’s youtube video and the first one I came across is entitled “What Now, What Next“, and started to watch it.
This morning I listened to his message again and it dawns on me with the following interpretation:
The imagery of the big fat people waking up speaks of “The great awakening” of God’s people. God is calling His people everywhere to arise! God’s people are like sleeping giants who need to arise and let our light shine in the world!
Then I wondered why Carena, whom I have not seen since attending another church, would appear in the dream?
Then I looked up the name “Carena” and found out that it means “Beloved“. meaning of Carena
There are many places in the bible using the word “Beloved“. I would like to highlight some of them as follows:
1. The most important one is when God the Father calling Jesus Christ “My beloved Son“.
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
2. God calling those who are not His people “My Beloved”
Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
The gospel of the kingdom is not just for the Jews but also for the Gentiles (the nations), not just for people in the church but also for those who are in the world. They are beloved people that God loves and wants to bring into His kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom must be preached to the whole world before the end shall come.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
3. “My Beloved” calling his lover to arise and follow him.
Some interpret “My beloved” in Song of Solomons to symbolise our Lord Jesus and the lover as His bride, the church.
My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13