Throughout the Bible God used dreams to communicate messages with people. The Pharaoh of Egypt received a dream warning of a coming drought, that Joseph successfully interpreted.
Pontius Pilate’s wife received a dream warning her husband about his treatment of Jesus at the Lord’s trial. God used dreams in both the Old and New Testament to communicate with people, so should we be surprised that God might warn Christians today through dreams.
If so maybe we need to take heed of a dream received by American Pastor Andrew Brunson while imprisoned in a Turkish prison after being accused of terrorism by the government. Andrew and his wife had served for 25 years prior as missionaries in Turkey working largely among the Kurds along the Syrian Turkish border. Brunson was eventually released from prison in October 2018 and returned to the US.
Brunson received this dream in December 2016 while in prison. In an interview with Fox News, Brunson said:
Brunson’s dream is recorded in a book about his imprisonment that he wrote shortly after his return to the US. The book, entitled “God’s Hostage: A true story of Persecution, Imprisonment and Perseverance,” is being released today.
Is it just a coincidence that Brunson’s book is coming out just days after the removal of American troops from Syria resulting in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launching an attack on Syria.
According to Brunson, the dream was so intense he was sweating when he woke the next morning. In some ways, it is similar to what happened to Pilate’s wife who warned her husband as he was contemplating what to do with Christ:
Brunson went on to suggest that the dream is concerning because there was no hint of an alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran. In fact, for decades Iran and Turkey have been bitter enemies.
And after his release, when he told embassy officials about his dream of Russian and Turkey coming together, the officials laughed it off stating that there was no way that could happen because Turkey wants to be aligned with the West, not Russia.
But Brunson believes the recent invasion of Northern Syria after Trump removed US troops indicates that Turkey is no longer interested in maintaining any Western alliances. Recent Turkish moves have resulted in condemnation and sanctions from the West.
But oddly Russia and Iran have not condemned the invasion.
Writing for the think tank, Katehon, Andrew Korybiko believes that Russia and Iran’s failure to condemn the invasion, when they should be outraged, indicates some type of complicit support.
He urged people to watch what Iran and Russia do next in light of Turkey’s invasion.
If Brunson’s dream does prove to be true, there may even be a reference to this unholy alliance in the Bible. The Biblical prophets warned of an end times attack on Israel by a group of nations referred to as Gog and Magog.
The prophet Ezekiel describes Magog as being from the “remotes part of the far north” (Ezekiel 38:15) and even describes one of the three countries as being Rosh an unusual name only used once in the Bible (Ezekiel 38:1-2). Could this fit the description of Russia?
The prophet Daniel in his description of this great end times battle, uses a different analogy describing this nation as “resembling a bear” (Daniel 7:5)
Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but the Russians have used the bear to symbolize their country and the party representing Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin includes a bear as part of its logo.
But in the midst of this warning, Brunson also believes there will be good news. He says the Turkish people are becoming increasingly fed up with their megalomaniac leader, and he believes this will pave the way for a Christian revival in that country.