Why does God give prophetic dreams? Part four.

The bulls gave me three clues to deciphering the dream: the timing and type of spiritual attack which is coming and a reference point to the strength of our enemy.  The words I was shaken awake to hear were, “Leave the month”.  This “sentence” was equally important when attaching meaning to the dream. 
In the days after the dream while I was trying to understand it’s meaning a string of questions began forming in my heart.   What was so important about “Leave the month”?  What connection did these words have with the dream- if any?  And finally, why did God give me something so cryptic?  Why didn’t he just tell me what He wanted to without being so mysterious?
Well, God can be mysterious and this is part of who He is.  He kept the mystery of Jews and Gentiles being united together in Christ hidden for “ages and generations”.(1) He (God) being the creator of everything kept the administration of the Church and the New Covenant a mystery from “ages past”. (2) He is good at keeping secrets!
He is also a revealer of mysteries.  There are many examples of God’s revelation to mankind in the Bible.  For the sake of our study let’s look at Colossians 1:26 (AMP): “…the mystery which was hidden [from angels and mankind] for ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His saints (God’s people).”
As you can see God kept certain mysteries secret from before the creation of all things. He kept things hidden from angels, fallen angels and mankind. But! God has chosen to reveal mysteries to and through His people. 
One of the most interesting examples of dream interpretation comes from Daniel chapter 2.  In this chapter the king had a very, very bad dream and was anxious to know its meaning.  He wanted the truth so badly he decreed all the magicians and wise men would be killed if they could not tell him the dream itself and give an interpretation.  None in the court could do this. No one could tell the king his dream because no one but God searches hearts and knows what is in each man.  The magicians stalled as long as possible but the king knew they had conspired to tell him a lie and was about to put them all to death. 
Somehow Daniel had not been part of these proceedings but found himself being rounded up as a wise man to be put to death.  He petitioned the king to set a deadline giving him time to pray and seek God for the answer. God did tell Daniel the king’s dream and gave the interpretation.  Daniel said, “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.” (3)
Daniel goes on to say, “Regarding the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither the wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor astrologers are able to answer the king,  but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days (end of days).” (4)
God is the only one who can reveal secrets in truth because he is the knower of all things. All through the ages God has kept secrets but has revealed in full or part at the right time.  For example you may have heard the O.T. gives us “types and shadows” of N.T. things. King David was a “type” of Christ.  The types and shadows give us insight into what will come.  God reveals in part in order for us to recognize the whole when it shows up.  
God also reveals the future so we will know He is God.  It is part of His Majesty to be known as the One who holds everything in his hand including past, present and future.  Because He revealed Christ ahead of time with thousands of years of prophetic insight, we must bend our knee to His plan.  His greatness is shown through His Providence whereby his plans succeed and not by the whim or will of man.   
I see the keeping of secrets, concealing mysteries in dreams and visions and the revealing of them like a beautiful dance.  There is a cadence to it, precision, and elegance.  One reason I think God conceals things is because he loves the dance.  He loves his creation.  I’ll say it again; God loves his creation.  He loves you.  He’s standing right next to you with a greater love than you’ve ever known.  His hand is outstretched- won’t you take it and begin the dance?  And as you are dancing, a bride with her Groom, lean in to hear Him whisper, Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.”(5)
Pray to Him; He will receive your prayer.
God Bless You, Anne

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1 Colossians 1:26

2 Ephesians 3:9

3 Daniel 2:22 (AMP)

4 Daniel 2: 27-28 (AMP)

5 Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP)

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