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Dolly Parton puts prophetic dream to music

Dolly Parton accepting Liseberg Applause Award in 2010
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With a career spanning over 50 years, Dolly Parton, 77, is a country music legend and also a Christian.

Recently she wrote a song entitled, “Don’t Make Me Have to Come Down There,” which was based on a dream that she described as ‘something special,’ CBN reports.

“I had a dream that God was standing on a mountain and looking down at us saying ‘don’t make Me come down there’,” Parton explained on Instagram. “It woke me up, and I got up and started writing this song over a period of weeks and months.”

This divine warning became the basis of the lyrics for her song:

Last night I had a dream about God/He was standing on a mountain top/
Looking down, around in such dismay,
And in my dream, I heard him say
Don’t make Me have to come down there
My children, you had best beware
If you don’t pay attention, consequences will be dire
Don’t make Me have to come down there.”

In the song, Dolly also speaks about natural phenomena such as earthquakes, erratic weather, and pandemics and as well about politics, war and hate.

I am not suggesting that Dolly’s song is prophetic, but we know of several instances in the Bible where God spoke to people through dreams, such as Jacob and Daniel.

The Bible’s musical prophets

However, you may not be aware that there is evidence that some Old Testament prophets may have actually sung their prophecies or at the very least performed them to music similar to what a modern rapper does today.

Many of the prophecies were lyrical in nature, such as the prophecies of Amos and would certainly have been classified, at the very least, as poetry,

We also know that Moses’ sister Miriam is described as a prophetess in Exodus 15:20-22, when with tambourine in hand, she led the women in dance.

We are told in this passage that Miriam sang to the nation about Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt indicating she had a good singing voice.

In 2 Kings 3:14-16, we read that before giving one prophetic word, the prophet Elijah requested a musician before giving his prophecy and in 1 Samuel 10:5-6, music was an integral part of a group of prophets who used at least three instruments, drums, flutes, and a harp when they gave their prophetic words.

It is not a stretch to think that they sang their prophecies in tune with the music.

And we shouldn’t forget the prophetic nature of King David’s musical ability as it drove away an evil spirit that was plaguing King Saul (1 Samuel 16:14-23).

This musical connection to the prophetic may explain a passage in Ezekiel that suggests the prophet had a good-sounding voice and the ability to play a musical instrument.

31 And they come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them; for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart follows their unlawful gain. 32 And behold, you are to them like a love song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them. 33 So when it comes—as it certainly will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”(Ezekiel 33:30-33 NASV)

Is it possible that God chose Ezekiel because of his musical ability?

This alone would draw people to him, and though they came to be entertained and ignored his words, the people would never be able to claim that God had not warned them.

So a singing prophet is not completely out of the question.

READ: Dolly Parton Shares a Divine Warning in Song Inspired by God-Given Dream

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