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God’s Surprising Solution for Evangelizing Muslims in the Middle East

June 5, 2017 by Sarah Cunningham in

Imagine you meet a couple—former Muslims, Amir* and Rasha*—who fled from Syria after the ISIS takeover.

While you’re talking to them, Rasha claims the couple converted after she had a vision of Jesus Christ. “I was sleeping and all of a sudden, I saw Jesus Christ in white. He said ‘I am Christ. You will have a beautiful daughter.’ I was eight months pregnant, and a month later we received our beautiful daughter.”

Just as she recounts her experience, her husband adds that he, too, had a dream. “I saw Jesus Christ. He was dressed in white. He said to me ‘I am your Savior. You will follow me.’”

If you live in the developed, Western world, such a conversation might seem so out of place it almost sounds like fiction. But to Amir and Rasha, this is real life.

And these experiences are not limited to Amir and Rasha. Many sources have reported the same phenomena—Muslims coming to Christ through dreams and visions. One person said he could feel God wrapping himself around him in a dream. Another said a cross appeared out of the sand.

While to many of us, these dreams seem strange and maybe even hard to believe, Columbia Theological Seminary’s professor emeritus Walter Brueggemann reminds us that dreams were viewed as significant in the ancient world.

“The ancients understood that the unbidden communication in the night opens sleepers to a world different from the one they manage during the day. The ancients dared to imagine, moreover, that this unbidden communication is one venue in which the holy purposes of God, perplexing and unreasonable as they might be, come to us.”

It’s not difficult, of course, to think of examples of biblical dreams that reinforce Brueggemann’s point. God appeared to Abraham in a vision in Genesis 15 in order to reinforce the covenant. And the story of Joseph, of course, contains several dreams: childhood dreams that foretold his future role, the dreams of the cupbearer and baker, and Pharaoh’s dream that predicted famine.

The New Testament, too, is full of dreams—particularly surrounding the birth of Jesus. In Luke 1, Zacharias had a vision that communicated his son—John the Baptist—would play an important role. Joseph had a dream telling him to take Mary as his wife and also two more instructing him to keep his family away from Herod. Later, Peter famously dreamed about clean and unclean animals, which led to the disciples expanding their witness to the Gentiles. In addition to these well-known dreams, Pilate’s wife, Ananias, Cornelius, Paul, and John all had dreams or visions.

We know God uses dreams, as we’ve seen throughout Scripture, but He is not bound to them or always uses them. He is a God of mystery and truth, and focusing on His Word will help guide us in the truth of dreams. These dreams helping Muslims coming to Christ are truly awe-inspiring.

Perhaps as we think about dreams like those of Amir and Rasha, then, we’d be wise to remain open-minded about how God can reveal himself. After all, in Acts 2:17, the Bible clearly foretells that as the world progresses, there will come a time where old men will dream dreams.

As a result, even though many living today have access to the Bible and therefore have more information about God than their ancestors, there is no reason to believe God cannot or does not still use dreams for his purposes.


27 responses to “God’s Surprising Solution for Evangelizing Muslims in the Middle East”

  1. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams, and on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17 18) AND “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions, and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2: 28, 29)

    • I do believe this but I also think this is a different thing. Not to discount this scripture. God uses what these people understand. I have told my Mother about dreams I have had that I still believe had great meaning, maybe not but to ME they did. She would just laugh at me. I believe this will be a GREAT out pouring of the Holy Spirit on people who are already saved.

        • Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

  2. I love this. I have watched accounts on you tube of Muslims who converted. It’s almost always this way. And visions not just dreams. GOD uses what He WANTS to reach ppl.

    • You are right most dreams are from God and need interpretation. Their is a massage that God wants us to hear and they can be found in our dreams and Visions

  3. “In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will say Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made Blessed be Israel, my special possession.” Isaiah 19:23 This prophecy has never been fulfilled. If the boundaries of todays nations is put over a map of the ancient nations of this area we can see that they are all Muslim nations who will convert to serving God. The nations today that would comprise Egypt and Assyria over 700 years ago are: Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and parts of Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Isaiah’s prophecy shows God knew over 700 years ago that Muslims would be coming to Him in faith.

    • AMEN ROBERT MCLEOD! I believe that we are witnessing some of this now and that untold millions of these nations will be saved.

    • I have always thought the scripture you quoted above pertains to the time when Jesus has returned to earth and this particular things is during the 1000 year reign of Jesus in Jerusalem.
      While it is reason to rejoice that Muslims are hearing from Jesus, it does not seem to be in great numbers. I could be mistaken, maybe we don’t hear of it as much as what is happening.

  4. Okay a MBB told me it is around 10%. And dreams are matched with the message of Christ. My friend got interviewed by VOM. He was in a deportation prison prison. His cellmate was a Muslim/atheism. he had a dream of Jesus, where he was told to listen to his cellmate, a Christian worker. The next morning, after listening to my friend he accepted Christ

  5. I have been praying for some years that Jesus would appear in dreams and visions to Muslims! Is anything too hard for the Lord? I also believe that the horror and evil of Islamic terrorists is turning off countless numbers of Muslims who are sick of the violence and war and see the peace and hope Christians have in Jesus! Let’s keep praying that more Muslims will see Jesus and come to faith in Jesus!

  6. My granddaughter married a Muslim man. I have been praying that he will encounter Jesus in a dream or vision and trust Him to save him from his sin.

  7. I’ve known this to happen to Muslims I know. When I was a child, it was something unheard of, and now it happens frequently, it seems. It particularly seems to happen in areas and with people that cannot speak to Christians, where they would never hear the Gospel, or with people who are in situations where they want to believe but are so afraid they are making a wrong choice–they want God aove all and afraid by leaving Islam they might be mistaken. Praying and thanking God for this outpouring of His Spirit!

    • Praise God! I believe more Muslims will come to faith in our Lord than ever before through dreams and visions!

  8. Greetings from Korean Training Center for Muslim Missions(TCMM) in Jesus’ name.
    We are neither a big nor well-known Center. 😉
    We were making a poster for our center’s program hold at Septmber.
    So we were searching for some Pictures for the poster, and we found the photto on this News would be the best for explaining our main subject.
    If you agree, may we use it for our poster?

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