Last night I dreamed that my mother (again, representing the church) was driving on very dark and dangerous (extraordinarily steep and curvy) roads. We noticed she was not driving well and kept coming close to wrecking. When we looked at her to see what was going on, we realized she was asleep at the wheel. We began to call out to her, “MOM (CHURCH), WAKE UP!” But she asleep at the wheelwas in such a deep sleep that this didn’t wake her. We began shaking her, continuing to cry out “MOM (CHURCH), YOU’RE SLEEPING! WAKE UP!” She finally awakened and began watching the road again, but soon afterward we discovered she had fallen into another deep sleep. This process occurred over and over of having to SHAKE HER with increased intensity, while crying out to her to “WAKE UP!” in order to prevent a wreck. Eventually, she could no longer see the road clearly marked before her and had to pull over to the side to try to regain her bearings.

Cars/driving represent vehicles to destiny. The church is driving through dark and dangerous territory. Yet she has not remained awake, alert, aware of the dangerous territory, cautious, vigilant, and focused on the road ahead; she has fallen into a deep sleep at the wheel (asleep to the things of God, distracted and occupied with self interests and the cares and pleasures of the world). The Lord has sent people as a voice crying out to her to “WAKE UP!” Yet, her sleep has been so deep that this has not been sufficient. When we do not wake up through words of warning alone, the Lord sends SHAKING. This has awakened the church temporarily, but very soon afterward, she has fallen back asleep. It is the love and grace of God to continue crying out to the church and shaking her with increased intensity as much as is necessary to awaken her in order to prevent her from wrecking. The road may eventually become so dark and uncertain before us that we can no longer keep pressing forward until we stop and come aside with the Lord to once again find the way.

I believe the following powerful Scriptures, which convey the Lord’s cry to WAKE UP and STAY AWAKE, are extremely important for this time! Praying for us all!

“Then He (Jesus) said to them, My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me. And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire. And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, What! Are you so utterly unable to stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? All of you must KEEP AWAKE (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and WATCH AND PRAY, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, using the same words. Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of especially wicked sinners whose way or nature it is to act in opposition to God]. Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!” Matthew 26:38-41, 44-46 AMP

Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning, And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are those servants whom the master finds AWAKE and ALERT and watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them! If he comes in the second watch (before midnight) or the third watch (after midnight), and finds them so, blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are those servants! But of this be assured: if the householder had known at what time the burglar was coming, he would have been AWAKE and ALERT and WATCHING and would not have permitted his house to be dug through and broken into. You also must BE READY, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour and a moment when you do not anticipate it. Peter said, Lord, are You telling this parable for us, or for all alike? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful steward, the wise man whom his master will set over those in his household service to supply them their allowance of food at the appointed time? Blessed (happy and to be envied) is that servant whom his master finds so doing when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will set him in charge over all his possessions. But if that servant says in his heart, My master is late in coming, and begins to strike the menservants and the maids and to eat and drink and get drunk, The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he does not know, and will punish him and cut him off and assign his lot with the unfaithful {unbelievers}. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes]. But he who did not know and did things worthy of a beating shall be beaten with few [lashes]. For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.” Luke 12:35-48 AMP

“But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea {dissipation} of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose; For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. KEEP AWAKE then and WATCH AT ALL TIMES [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things [taken together] that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.Luke 21:34-36 AMP

“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. AWAKE [from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame.” I Corinthians 15:33-34 AMP

“For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night. When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. But you are not in [given up to the power of] darkness, brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness. Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us KEEP WIDE AWAKE (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect). For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, get drunk at night. But we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” I Thessalonians 5:2-9 AMP

“And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead. Rouse yourselves and KEEP AWAKE, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying; for I have not found a thing that you have done [any work of yours] meeting the requirements of My God or perfect in His sight {for I have not found your works perfect/complete before God.}. So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come. Yet you still have a few [persons’] names in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes, and they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy and deserving. Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him [as Mine] and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).” Revelation 3:1-6 AMP

“Behold, I am going to come like a thief! Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who STAYS AWAKE (alert) and who guards his clothes, so that he may not be naked and [have the shame of being] seen exposed!” Revelation 16:15 AMP


“Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit [erect in a dignified place], O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.” Isaiah 52:1-2


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