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Re: Illusions of Light

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself
transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great
thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of
righteousness, whose end will be according to their works."

"How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!"

A little object lesson this time:

I have tended to lag behind the very latest computer technologies. Why,
I've even still got a couple of 286's at the store. My main 'fast'
computer is only a Pentium 233. A couple weeks ago I finally bit the
bullet and installed Windows 98 on the main home computer. 'Been very
happy with 95 up until this point. [Ed: as it turns out, 98 also seems
to help make the bulk mailing program work a little better/faster.]

As I was reinstalling many of my applications, and rebooting the 
computer numerous times in this process, at one point I was suddenly
'captivated' by how "bright" the new Windows 98 bootup splash screen
looks; you know, the one with the sky/clouds and the big "Windows" logo
in the middle.  As I was fussing with some notes at my desk, even out
of the corner of my eye, I was noticing this "brightness" to the
screen, compared to 95.

So, I started looking and analyzing why this should be the case. Where 
the clouds in 95 look more 'natural', the clouds in 98 have been 
modified to give the appearance that the Windows logo 'radiates'. The 
clouds have been made to emanate from all around the Windows logo, to
give the illusion that the logo is "bright" and radiant. If you notice
this, the logo, itself, hasn't changed. But they are playing "light
tricks" -behind- the logo, to make it 'seem' that the logo radiates.

As I was noticing this, I was immediately reminded of that one dream I
had about 10 years ago. I've shared it with the subscribers in the
past, but it's been a few years. These truths we need reminders of
periodically. In these days many people are seeing dreams and visions, 
thinking they are receiving special new revelations from God and Jesus.  
They pretty much -always- include bright lights, shining and radiance.  
And as we were reminded of in Tuesday's Q/A, God used dreams a lot to 
speak to people in the O.T. In fact, Elihu reminds Job that that was 
how God spoke to people, "For the Mighty God may speak once or twice, 
yet no one regards it.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep 
sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the 
ears of men, and seals their instruction.  In order to turn man from 
his deed, and conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the 
Pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. (Job 33:14-18) 

Trouble is, just because it is a dream, does not guarantee that the
source is -always- God.

Let me illustrate from this dream I had: During this period of time I
was having many dreams. I had just experienced the most traumatic
series of events in my life, and was reeling from it all, both
emotionally and physically. I believe many of the dreams were from God,
to give me insight into the true nature of the events I was
experiencing and the people involved. I believe it is even quite
possible (likely) that at least one of those dreams was prophetic, of
what is yet to take place. (As of this writing, it is beginning to be
about a similar number of years that Joseph experienced between his
dreams of his family bowing to him, and their actual fulfillment when
he was ruler in Egypt) I'm still waiting on the Lord to know the truth
of it all.

But in the midst of these various dreams, there was one notable one: In
this dream there was a very bright light source, and a taaaall
individual speaking to me. So tall that I did not even look up to see
the 'face'...the face would have been way up in the heavens. But the 
speaking of this 'messenger' was soothing and peaceful to me. Yes, I 
felt 'loved'. The message was of such a nature that I almost felt I 
should get immediately out of bed to go to the door to greet the person 
who was supposed to be arriving. But, for some reason, I did not...but 
settled back to a sound sleep...peacefully.

As events unfolded, and I learned some truths, it turned out to be the 
case that 'part' of this messenger's words were true. But also, part
were not. In following days and weeks, I found myself 'evaluating' this
dream...as I had been doing with all the dreams. You see... I wanted to
know God's Truth.

Yes, in this dream, there was a very bright light. But upon evaluation
in hindsight, the light source was -BEHIND- the tall figure. The tall
figure was quite reminiscent of the tall figure depicted on the Led
Zeppelin album "Stairway to Heaven". The actual messenger in my dream
had been dark/black, just like on that album cover. But the light
source behind the messenger gave the -ILLUSION- of what many people
report from their dreams, the "bright lights". Yes... just like the
Windows 98 bootup screen.

In all those other dreams, there were no bright lights. When Joseph saw 
the sheaves and stars bowing to him, it is not recorded that he saw 
bright lights. (Gen37) Pharaoh only saw stalks of grain and cows.  
(Gen41) Nebuchadnezzar saw a statue and tree. (Dan2,4)  Daniel saw 
animals. (Dan7) Peter saw a sheet with animals in it. (Acts10) None of 
these saw "bright lights", nor did they come away from the experiences 
with -feelings- of "being loved", with messages to be proclaimed to 
others of, "live life to the fullest", and "love one another", etc. In 
most cases the dreams were cause for anxiety, sleeplessness and being 
sold into slavery; or at the least, uneasiness in the contemplation of
God's will.

On the other hand, when Moses had been in God's presence, he came down
from the mountain, and his -own- face shown. (Ex34) The angels that
announced Jesus' resurrection were -wearing- "shining garments".
(Lk24:4) These did not have some -other- light source either shining on
them, or behind them radiating out from behind them, giving mere
'illusions' of light.

According to the dictionary, "illusion" indicates, "an erroneous
perception of reality, erroneous concept or belief, condition of being
deceived by a false perception or belief", etc.

Isn't it interesting how today's "[c]hristian" entertainment and
'worship' industry makes use of spotlights, fireworks and light shows
in their stage acts/performances. Who is called the "angel of light"?
Satan. (2Cor11:14) And his ministers are called "false apostles and
deceitful workers.." (vs13)  His ministers have even given him a 'name'
which God only speaks of him descriptively. God calls him the "shining
one" (Is14:12), but his servant have honored him in their translations
with the Roman/Latin-derived name of "Lucifer".

But this follows his avowed purpose, to be "like the Most High".
(Is14:14) But his light is not -in- himself.

So, who -is- Light?  "This is the message which we have heard from Him
and declare to you, that GOD -IS- LIGHT and in Him is no darkness at
all." (1Jn1:5) All satan can do is appear as his 'dark' self, while
using spotlights, light trickery and illusions of light.

If you experience them, or hear of people who have visions and dreams 
of light and brightness, do not believe the messengers of those 
illusions. Analyze them, like I did, and understand the truth of the 
trickery. There is nothing intrinsically 'bad' about Windows 98; we're
just using it as an object lesson; but next time your computer boots
up, and you look at that 'dazzle' behind the Windows logo, remember
that that is just how satan deceives.

If you are seeing some bright lights, it is not from God, because no
sinful man can see nor approach His light. He says, "for no man shall
see Me and live" (Ex33:20) The very fact that these visions have man
approaching and rushing through these lights is self-evident proof that
they are -not- of God.

God's light is within Himself. Jesus Christ is the "..blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has
immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or 
can see, to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen." (1Tim6:15-16)
Jesus said, I am the Light of the World