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Muslim family receives a message from God through a vision

Za'atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Photo UNHCR Photo Unit/Flickr/Creative Commons

Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Photo UNHCR Photo Unit/Flickr/Creative Commons

Ekballow Project is a ministry actively involved in sharing Jesus among Muslims.

According to  Ekballow’s Tyler Connel, because of the horrific suffering Muslims are experiencing in the Middle East at the hands of extremists many are becoming disillusioned and are increasingly open to the Gospel.

The organization recently shared a video on the compelling story of how a whole family of Muslims in the Middle East became Christians.

Two years ago, A young man, 24, from Vermont, USA, who they refer to only as “Daniel” to protect his identity, was ministering to Syrians in a refugee camp in an unnamed Muslim country.

With an interpreter at his side, he was going from tent to tent sharing Christ.

When he arrived at one tent, he introduced himself as “Daniel” and told the family he was there to talk about Jesus.

He had barely finished his sentence, when the father started yelling and the family sat stunned looking at him. It was obvious something unusual was taking place.

Daniel asked the interpreter what was going on.

Through the interpreter, the father explained the previous night, as the family was having tea, a man appeared at the door of their tent.

Dressed in white He said to them:

“Hello my name is Jesus, and I am sending a man tomorrow named Daniel to tell you more about me.”

Then He was gone.

With this vision opening the door, Daniel shared Christ and the whole family became Christians that day.  There have been many similar stories coming out of the Middle East how God is using dreams and visions to lead Muslims to Christ.

God promised in the end times that He would speak to people through dreams and visions:

“It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions [Heb. hizzayon]. (Joel 2:28 NASV)

When I read those verses years back, it never occurred to me that God would give them to unsaved people. But Joel does say he will pour His Spirit upon “all mankind” and that would include believers and non-believers.

The Hebrew word for vision (hizzayon) refers to a revelation from God that a person sees. In fact, it is from the same family as the Old Testament word for “seer” that speaks of prophets who saw their prophetic words.

In five of the nine times that the word hizzayon is used in the Old Testament it involves a prophetic telling of events. When the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his adultery with Bathsheba, we are told Nathan received a hizzayon or vision. He actually saw what had happened (2 Samuel 7:17).

Visions and dreams are proving to be a very effective tool among Muslims whose lives are immediately in danger when they become Christians. This Divine intervention gives them the faith and courage to accept Christ.

One of the purposes of dreams and visions is to breakdown barriers and resistance to the Gospel.

In Acts 10, we see how two visions paved the way for the Gospel coming to the gentiles. It involved a Centurion named Cornelius living in Caesarea. I love how Luke even gives the name of Cornelius’ regiment — the Italian Band.

In his vision, an angel appeared to Cornelius telling the centurion to send men to Joppa. And similar to the vision the Syrian Muslims received, Cornelius was given the specific name of the man he was to look for — Simon Peter.

Meanwhile in Joppa, Peter also received a vision in which he saw unclean animals and was told to eat them. When Peter refused saying he had never eaten anything unclean, a voice said, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

The next day, Cornelius’ men showed up asking for Peter who because of his vision was probably for the first time willing to meet with gentiles.

Because of the pharisees, Jews typically avoided gentiles as much as possible. The pharisees had even instituted a ritual cleansing before eating bread (Matthew 15:1-3).  The pharisees set this up to wash off any uncleanness that may have happened when Jews came in contact with gentiles while in the market place buying bread.

Through this vision God broke down this stigma and paved the way for a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the gentiles.

Because visions and dreams break down barriers and resistance to the Gospel, perhaps we should consider asking the Holy Spirit to send them to people we are praying for to accept Christ?


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