Some years ago, I was traveling through the night by train from the Frankfurt, Germany region to Rossenheim in southern Bavaria. I was in one of the sleeping cars but, unable to sleep, I spent much of my time praying in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit kept speaking to me over and over, “Where are My Daniels? Where are My Esthers? Where are My Josephs, and where are My Deborahs?”
After many years of pondering on this word, I believe that the Holy Spirit is on a quest to find believers He can work with – Believers who will dream God‘s dreams at any cost – who have a discerning spirit to properly interpret the times, and learn to intercede out of a posture of revelation.
Daniel, Esther, Joseph, and Deborah were godly people who possessed the Spirit of Revelation and who altered destinies and changed history through the revelation that was bestowed on them. They trusted the Lord for wisdom and insight and served His purposes in their generation. Today the Spirit of God is looking for like-minded and like-hearted individuals who will be the Daniels, the Esthers, the Josephs, and the Deborahs for their day.
Like the Biblical heroes before them, these modern-day trailblazers will study to show themselves approved as workmen for God, rightly dividing the word of truth (revelation) that is given to them (see 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). And, like their Old Testament counterparts, they will learn to speak the language of that revelation in a manner that is relevant to their contemporaries.
What Language Do You Speak?
Before you can interpret your dreams and visions properly or intercede effectively from the posture of revelation, you must understand the language of that revelation.
What language do you speak? Have you learned your spiritual alphabet? Your spiritual alphabet will be unique to you. God will speak revelation to you according to the language you speak.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals have a language all their own, a technical vocabulary that untrained lay people cannot understand. Music has a written language that is incomprehensible to anyone who has never been taught to read the symbols. Pastors have their own language, too. This can cause problems when their language does not match that of their congregations!
What language do you speak? Whatever your language is, the Holy Spirit will speak to you in that language. Of course, I am not talking so much about languages like English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, as I am the “language” with which we interpret life. Because each of us have different life experiences, the language by which we receive and impart revelation will be distinct to each of us. We each have a personal walk and, in a sense, a personal talk. Our spiritual alphabet, though similar, is unique to each individual.
Regardless of how our individual spiritual alphabets differ, our basic approach to interpretation should be the same. Proper interpretation can occur on many different levels. Here are three simple steps for interpreting your dream revelation:
1. Study the interpretation of words and symbols by researching their meanings as recorded in Scripture and other historical literature. Find out how Biblical characters and other figures from the past interpreted these words and symbols in a dream context. This is an excellent (and probably the easiest) way to begin.
2. Develop the habit of journaling. Effective interpretation is a skill that is learned over time and with experience. Your spiritual alphabet is unique to you. Journaling will help you capture your distinct pictures, grant understanding over time, and give wisdom for your journey.
3. Welcome the anointing, gifting, and presence of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into truth, keeping things safe yet adventurous and pure yet unreligious.
In your eagerness to reach step three, don’t bypass steps one and two. Always begin with the Scriptures. Let the Bible be its own best commentary. God will never contradict His Word. Let His written Word give you insight into the meaning of His visionary revelation. Study it thoroughly. Pray over it. Lay a solid foundation of the Word in your life to give the Holy Spirit something to breathe upon.
Interpreting dreams is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle with thousands of tiny pieces that must be fitted together in exactly the right order. The quickest way to complete a jigsaw puzzle is to start with the border—the framework—and the same is true with dream interpretation.
Once you have the framework in place it becomes easier to see where the rest of the pieces go. Before long, the big picture begins to take shape. At least, that’s the way it usually works for me. I ask the Holy Spirit to give me a thought or a word. He sheds His light on one thing, which leads me to another, and another, and then everything just starts to click.
Interpretations Belong to God
The cardinal rule to keep in mind when properly interpreting dreams and visions is that “interpretations belong to God.” He who gives you the Spirit of Revelation is also the One who gives you the capacity to interpret that revelation. Here are some Biblical examples:
From the life of Joseph:
Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please” (Genesis 40:8).
Imagine being in the place where you are so sure that interpretations belong to God and so absolutely confident in His anointing that, like Joseph, you could say to someone, “Tell it [your dream] to me,” and know that God would give you the interpretation!
From the life of Daniel:
As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams. … As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them 10 times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm (Daniel 1:17, 20).
Daniel was even given the ability to interpret the handwriting on the wall that King Belshazzar saw, which foretold the king’s death under God’s judgment (see Daniel 5:1-31).
Journal your dreams
Although it may not come out in Aramaic or Hebrew or Greek or English or Spanish, God writes in signs to His people and He wants to give us the capacity to interpret the signs of the times.
We need to pray for the Lord to release in our own day godly people of wisdom who can interpret the handwriting on the wall for our generation.
From the life of Issachar:
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Two hundred chiefs “who understood the times” held an entire tribe under their command. How? People will follow a person who has revelation. People will be drawn to anyone who walks with integrity in the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
The more you learn how to listen and recognize the voice of the Spirit of God, the more He will enable you to operate on multiple levels of insight. God is the master multi-tasker and He can enable you to be a multi-tasker as well.
You can listen on more than one level. You can listen to the heart of a person, you can listen to the realm of the soul, and you can listen to the Holy Spirit. It requires a fair measure of grace and the ability to block out the noise of friction, static, and distractions, but all things are possible.
What God did before, He wants to do again! Right here, right now!
Dr. James W. Goll is the President of Encounters Network, Director of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is Director of God Encounters Training – an e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in Franklin, Tenn.
Should Christians Be Concerned About A Secret Global Society?
The Illuminati conspiracy theory claims a super-secret society has penetrated governments, finance, science, business, and the entertainment industry with one goal in mind: world domination.For Christians, this seemingly far-fetched idea may hold a grain of truth from the book of 1 John. John mentions the coming of theAntichrist, a charismatic leader who will take control of the world’s governments and rule for 42 months.Many who study Bible prophecy say the Illuminati are laying the groundwork for the Antichrist. Conspiracy theories abound. Some of the wildest speculation links everything from wars to depressions, rap music to TV commercials to the Illuminati’s overall plan to pacify people for the gradual takeover.
Truth About the Illuminati Conspiracy
The secret Illuminati society was started in 1776 in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt, a professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt. Weishaupt patterned his organization on the Freemasons, and some say Illuminati infiltrated that group.It wasn’t long before members began fighting each other for control. In 1785 Duke Karl Theodor of Bavaria banned secret societies, fearing some might be a threat to the government. Weishaupt fled to Germany, where he began expanding his philosophies of a one world government.
Illuminati conspiracy theorists suggest that the organization started the French revolution to further its goals of a society ruled by reason, but most historians say that claim is highly improbable.
As a free thinking organization, the Illuminati spread throughout Europe, picking up 2,000 members across Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Italy.
Weishaupt died in 1830. Because of the connection between the Illuminati and Freemasonry, many speculate that Illuminati played a part in the early history of the United States. Many of the founding fathers were Freemasons. Mysterious symbols on paper money and even monuments in Washington, DC have been attributed to Masonic influence.
Over the years, the Illuminati have become a popular topic for movies, novels, websites, and even video games. Theorists blame the Illuminati for everything from the Great Depression to world wars. In many people’s minds, the Illuminati idea ties in with conspiracy theories about the New World Order, a current political idea about a one-world government, religion, and financial system.Some conspiracy theorists say the New World Order is the outward goal and the Illuminati are the secret power working behind the scenes to achieve it. Many entertainers are obviously aware of Illuminati legends and work those symbols and myths into their acts to fuel further speculation.
Supporters of this idea say organizations like the United Nations, European Union, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, G-20 Economic Group, the World Court, NATO, Council on Foreign Relations, World Council of Churches and various multinational corporations are pawns of the New World Order, nudging the world closer and closer to this socialist, one-economy, one-religion future.
Application for Christians
Whether there is any reality behind all this is a moot point for believers in Jesus Christ, who hold to the truth that God is sovereign. He alone controls planet Earth and his will can never be thwarted by man.Even if there is a grand plan to merge all the countries into a one-world government, it cannot succeed without God’s permission. God’s plan of salvation could not be stopped by the high priests or Romans, nor will his plan for humanity be pushed aside by any human conspiracies.
“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-9, NIV)
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Frankfurtprosecutors on Tuesday said they are investigating two companies based in Hamburg and Frankfurt on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million euro investor fraud scheme.
Around 1,200 investigators searched premises in the federal states of Hesse, Bavaria and Hamburg and six suspects were arrested, the prosecutor said in a statement. Around 50 people are under investigation, the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor’s office declined to name the companies or the people involved.
A person close to the investigation said one of the companies was real estate group Deutsche S&K Sachwert AG in Frankfurt and the other was Hamburg-based United Investors Treuhand.
S&K did not respond to requests for comment. United Investors Treuhand also did not respond to requests for comment.
The scheme involved the fraudulent acquisition of investor funds as part of a so-called “snowball investment scheme,” the Frankfurt prosecutor said, using the German term for a pyramid scheme.
The mismanaged funds served to support an “extremely excessive lifestyle” on the part of the accused, the prosecutor said. Investor funds were transferred to companies controlled by the accused managers and to their family members.
(Reporting By Edward Taylor, Arno Schuetze and Jonathan Gould; Editing by Martin Zwiebelberg and Jane Merriman)
Two German producers have bought the film rights to an upcoming biography of Pope Benedict by the Bavarian author of three best-selling interview books with the pontiff.
The Odeon Film company said producers Marcus Mende and Peter Weckert planned a film for international release based on a biography by journalist Peter Seewald due to be published in early 2014.
Seewald’s book-length interviews with Benedict–“Salt of the Earth” and “God and the World” as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and “Light of the World” as pope–have given readers many insights into the life and thoughts of the shy theologian who now heads the Roman Catholic Church.
Seewald has signed on as a consultant to the scriptwriter, Odeon Film said in a statement. It gave no information about the schedule for the film or who might play the main role.
“The producers plan an international film that illustrates all aspects of the extraordinary life and work of Joseph Ratzinger from his birth on Easter night in 1927 in Marktl am Inn in Bavaria to his pontificate today,” it said.
Benedict’s predecessor Pope John Paul was the subject of a dozen documentary films around the world and two major television movies in the United States.
MUNICH (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have convinced the toughest audience in her political camp that Greece should be given the benefit of the doubt, and possibly more time to meet its painful savings targets.
Venturing south to talk to her Bavarian conservative allies can be like a trip into the lion’s den for Merkel. The Christian Social Union’s (CSU) approach to the euro zone crisis is often one of bruising euro-skepticism.
But at the CSU’s annual congress in Munich on Friday and Saturday, the Bavarians joked they were behaving like “purring kittens” instead, sounding a more conciliatory tone towards twice bailed-out Greece than as recently as a month ago.
“If we turned a blind eye when Greece adopted the euro, it’s now time to turn another blind eye,” said Hannelore Gabor, mayor of Garching, a town of 16,000 inhabitants north of Munich.
“The costs would be much higher if we didn’t,” said the local politician, sporting a traditional Bavarian dirndl dress.
The CSU had played hardball on Greece for months, posing a threat to Merkel who needed to send a single, strong message abroad and to financial markets to get the crisis under control.
Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder had called for Greece to leave the euro. Party general secretary Alexander Dobrindt even urged Athens to start paying half of pensions and state salaries in drachmas to ease a gradual exit.
But party members, clad in traditional outfits, eating pretzels and swigging beer, gave Merkel an enthusiastic welcome this weekend, greeting her entrance with music and applause.
Merkel largely skated around the subject of Greece in Munich, opting to attack the opposition Social Democrats instead.
But she won a minute-long ovation when she said the Greek protesters who took to the streets during her visit to Athens had, by exercising their right to demonstrate, displayed the freedoms and virtues that made Europe great.
“I waited for 34 years to protest. Who am I to complain about people protesting?” said Merkel, alluding to her origins in the former Communist East Germany.
Bavarians consider themselves passionate Europeans and readily admit they have benefited hugely from Europe, with 70 percent of their affluent state’s goods and services exported to Europe. But they are also proud of their balanced budget and have little time for those who overspend.
The CSU has adopted a policy directive calling for a mechanism whereby countries can leave the euro, a step Merkel’s Christian Democrats have shied away from, and for greater powers for Germany’s Bundesbank within the European Central Bank.
Despite such differences, the two leaders appear to have formed an alliance that will help both with a year to go until regional elections in Bavaria and a federal German election.
Merkel needs the CSU to stay in line so her coalition government can appear unified.
Horst Seehofer‘s party has been in power in Bavaria for 55 years and, according to a poll this week, enjoys popularity rankings of 48 percent.
Seehofer also needs Merkel, who is more popular in Bavaria than he is himself, because she is perceived as a leader who can solve the crisis, and he willingly played second fiddle on Friday.
“Media are reporting today that the CSU has become a purring kitten, a companionable pet, and I don’t want to disturb that impression now,” Seehofer said.
Earlier he indicated Greece could get extra time to implement the reforms demanded of it in return for aid.
Many expect a new report by the “troika” of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission will show that Greece’s financial shortfall is larger than expected and that it will need more time to deliver.
“If the troika report contains a proposal for more time, we will talk about it,” Seehofer said on the meeting’s sidelines.
Grassroots members appeared to feel the CSU had played the Greek issue right.
“The CSU’s line has paid off. Sometimes things need to be put into harsh words or the message gets lost,” said Max Boeltl, a 29-year-old businessman.
“What the CSU has said so far has made a key contribution. The Greeks now know they can’t just make demands. Of course now we will show solidarity to see if the Greeks deliver.”
(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt; editing by Andrew Roche)
The ur-text of Nazism had been out of print in Germany since the Fuhrer died in 1945, and its resurrection is a landmark event in the country’s struggle with the past.
Bavaria is printing an annotated, contextual version of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” before the copyright expires in 2015, when anyone will be able to publish the manifesto. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
In 1924, nine years before he came to power, Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) in a Munich prison cell, where he was serving time for attempting to overthrow Germany’s parliamentary government. Part memoir, part manifesto, and part anti-Semitic screed, Mein Kampf was published a year later, and went on to become the foundational text for the Nazi party, eventually selling more than 10 million copies in Germany. The book outlines Hitler’s warped worldview, encompassing his hatred of Jews, his belief in the superiority of the Aryan race, and his plans to expand the German empire eastward at the expense of the Slavs. Mein Kampf hasn’t been printed in Germany since the Nazi leader died in the final days of World War II, over concerns that it could incite Neo-Nazis and revive Hitler’s abominable legacy. But now, the German state of Bavaria, which owns the copyright to Mein Kampf, is planning to republish the book for the first time in nearly 70 years. Here, a guide to this historic development:
Was Mein Kampf banned in Germany? No. Unlike the swastika and the “Heil Hitler” salute, it is technically legal to publish and read Mein Kampf. However, Bavaria has used its copyright claim to effectively bar reprintings of the book. As recently as January, Bavaria succeeded in preventing a British publisher from reprinting annotated passages of Mein Kampf in Germany.
Why is Bavaria publishing it now? The copyright is set to expire in 2015, when anyone will be allowed to reprint the material, and Bavaria wants to preempt irresponsible publishers who might fail to underscore the book’s vileness. Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder says the state version will be annotated by historians so that readers will understand “the global catastrophe that this dangerous way of thinking led to.” Bavaria seeks to demystifyMein Kampf, point out the nonsense behind Hitler’s thinking, and make the book as “commercially unattractive” as possible. The state’s version of Mein Kampf will also be distributed in schools.
How are Jewish groups responding? The reactions are mixed. Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, tells Agence France Presse that Bavaria has made a responsible decision. “If it is going to be released, then I prefer seeing a competent annotated version from the Bavarian state than profit-seekers trying to make money with Nazis.” However, some Jewish groups are uneasy. Deirdre Berger, an official with the American Jewish Committee, says no one should “underestimate the potential danger to this day of this book.”
Is modern Germany ready for Mein Kampf? Some say Mein Kampf‘s re-publication is long overdue. “Germany is democratic and mature enough to form its own picture of Hitler’s book,” says Rafel Seligmann, publisher of the Jewish Voice From Germany newspaper. However, its republication is coming at a time when “right-wing groups have grown emboldened” throughout Europe, says Alexander Nazaryan at the New York Daily News. “Time will tell whether its decision to publish Mein Kampf is the right one.”