Happy National Day of Prayer!
On this special day, I’d like to share with you a dream I had concerning imminent mobilization in the Body of Christ.
In the dream, everyone in a college-level class is about to graduate and move. All are preparing to leave in groups of 5 -6 people each. Any unnecessary clothing or personal effects are packed and stored away to ready these groups for their respective missions. Only a few items of clothing for each person are needed.
Up to this point, hundreds of “students” (believers) had been in training inside a massive “greenhouse” that protected them as they worked. This glass-paneled greenhouse was the size of a large aircraft hangar.
The students were gathered into small groups around wooden picnic tables inside the hangar. The tables were clustered very closely together. Sounds of hopeful students collaborating together filled the hangar like a noisy cafeteria. This was a crowded place where all the students were following an ordered training from an invisible instructor.
The environment outside the greenhouse, however, was cloudy and stormy; it was dusk. To the left of the protective greenhouse was a large football stadium. This stadium was surrounded on all sides by a vast ocean.
I knew that the football field represented “next level” team-sport, high-contact ministry for some groups of trainees on either a local or national level. The ocean represented an even broader ministry with international reach. New assignments would soon be given for one or the other, depending on the teams.
I believe this portion of the dream concerns what many believers have been experiencing recently. God has been connecting, training, and preparing teams of people for joint missions in new, more challenging territories.
The greenhouse speaks of a nurturing environment for growth, sheltered from environmental hazards. Yet the greenhouse is not the final destination! “Fields” of ministry await teams of people who have been trained with the discipline of the Holy Spirit.
I believe ‘graduation day’ is imminent for many of you who have completed this portion of your training. It will require you to leave the nurturing comfort of the place you’ve recently been in. Yet you will not be sent out alone; God has always intended for you to partner with teams who are like-minded!
As I looked more closely at what the teams were doing, I saw that each group had someone who was attempting to FLY inside the room - but using a PARACHUTE!
The word “para-chute” technically means “against the fall.”
It speaks of protection in descent. Yet in the dream, these parachutes were actually being used to ascend and soar, as you would soar on a hang glider. These supernatural chutes could be used either to protect (in a fall or descent) OR to catch the wind and soar (in ascent).
The fabric “sails” (airfoils) of each parachute, when opened, were all a transparent, milky-white color; they looked like standard-issue, ‘Mach V’ square military parachutes.
Each parachute had strings by which a person was dangled underneath as they soared. There didn’t seem to be a “seat” or bar beneath the sails to hold onto; only strings from the chute’s sides that helped direct the movements of one’s flight.
I saw a table near where I stood sending a member of their team up. They hoped to catch one of the drafts of wind that wafted through this hangar.
Unfortunately, there was not enough wind inside the greenhouse. Their “ascent” lifted them only a few feet above their picnic table!
I mentioned to my husband that the football field, where a game was taking place, would be a far better place for this type of activity. He agreed, mentioning that this type of parachuting was ideally done over the ocean, but either location would work.
I looked and saw someone soaring in the stadium, where the winds were much better. Yet I knew that someone who “flew” here could also be picked up by a gust of wind at any point and lifted out of the stadium so that they were over the ocean. It was not without its risks!
The Lord is highlighting to me once again the truth that He wants His Body to be able to regularly ascend and descend to and from heaven, accessing all the riches that we have in Christ. He is calling many of you into supernatural encounters that allow you to soar with Him in heavenly places!
To do this, you need to leave behind what is comfortable and familiar to you. You need to be willing to take risks to expand His Kingdom!
God is looking for trained “eagle” believers whose consistent life in the Spirit enables them to ascend above the stormy chaos of the world. Are you one of them? Can you allow your spirit to ascend and soar toward the Son when you hear Him call you? Are you bringing heaven to earth on divinely-ordained “rescue missions?”
To walk in the Spirit is to catch the winds of God’s voice and His Presence, soaring with Him above the “games” people play and the “noise” the enemy creates on the ground to distract you. I see many believers being deployed together in teams to soar in new territories, locally and internationally.
There are risks, yes, but the ability to truly soar is only possible as you entrust your fears to God. He will reposition you so that you can catch the strong winds of the Spirit and function in the work for which you’ve been trained!
The type of parachute you’ve been given to use is also significant.
If you have ever seen a Mach V parachute, you know that this type of airfoil is specifically designed for oversea use. In the dream, the airfoils are square instead of rectangular when opened, which speaks of balance and equality in Kingdom design.
As I sought the Lord for the interpretation of this dream, He reminded me of a prophetic word I’d released at the beginning of the year: “Governing in Glory.”
During a personal prayer retreat last September, God spoke to me about supersonic speed in aircraft; speed that breaks the sound barrier. Speeds faster than Mach 1 cause thunderous, supersonic “boom” sounds of over 200 decibels.
We know that hearing and decreeing the Word, praying in the Spirit, and worshiping all produce supernatural acceleration. I believe the Lord wants to INCREASE this acceleration for many of you once again!
“Mach V” is the threshold between supersonic and hypersonic flight (>3836.35 mph). It is the point at which an engine is hot enough to melt or “temper” metal (1800 degrees Fahrenheit). In aircraft design, special aerodynamic heating protection would be required at this speed or greater.
The dream indicates to me that we have come to another transition point in the Body of Christ.
A threshold or ‘graduation point’ has been reached where we will see greater spiritual speeds, efficacy, and altitudes in teamwork. Deuteronomy 32:30 is the “hypersonic” principle in action; Jesus confirms this in Matthew 18:20.
Some of you may be feeling called to local missions (the football “field,” which can represent the harvest field); others may feel a call to partner on a global level. Regardless of where you are sent to serve, you will share in the harvest and spoils (1 Samuel 30:24).
In the final scene of the dream, I saw the Bride of Christ embracing a man named David (meaning “Beloved”), who represents Christ our Bridegroom. As she embraced Him, before she left, she needed to learn two short new dance steps. The David I saw in the dream was a man we had known in a previous church years ago.
When I asked my husband the next day to tell me what he remembered about our old friend David, he said that his occupation had been as a “high-voltage electrical engineer.” There couldn’t be a more obvious indicator of the Lord’s desire to bless His Body with accelerated power and speed in the Spirit right now!
I pray that the Lord’s Spirit will add understanding to you as you ponder this dream, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.
May you receive the anointing of grace being released right now to embrace both unity with your Beloved and collaboration with the specific members of His Body to whom you have been called (Ephesians 4:7). May the Lord accelerate your giftings to hypersonic speeds, and may your teamwork put thousands to flight!
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.