God Is Leading Muslims To Jesus Through Dreams
I sat in a Sunday school class one morning at a Nazarene church. There was a guest speaker, a missionary who had spent many years in Southwest Asia. He was fluent in conversational Arabic. He revealed to the class that many Muslims were having dreams about Christ, a clear sign that God was leading them to the Cross in this manner.
There are plenty of Christian missionaries in the Arab countries. There are also indigenous Christian evangelists living in these same countries, many of them risking their lives and the lives of their families to spread the Gospel.
Ask any Muslim if they know who Jesus is. They all know Him. Trouble is, they don't believe in Him, not so much out of contempt but for fear of losing job, family, and friends. A Pakistani friend of ours posted an online letter stating that many Muslims are turning to atheism. Like the 1st Century Greeks, the current generation of Arabs are disillusioned with Islam's emptiness and the connection with terrorists. (John 12:20-21)
When folks start pondering the questions of life, death and eternity, they have dreams. The Arabic people are not materialistic, obsessed with “things” like the Western world. Priority is given to family. So as Christian missionaries travel through these countries, preaching Jesus, the indigents carry it home. They think. They ponder. They dream. The nagging issues of religion occupy their thoughts, so it's perfectly reasonable to assume that they would dream about Jesus. This Gospel ministry via dreams sent from God has been getting more and more traction among Christian pastors. The biggest issue is one of partiality—God doesn't favor one group or person over another. (Rom 2:11; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:9; Col 3:25)
Being somewhat superstitious, Arabs see dreams as portents of the future. If they dream of Jesus (thanks to hearing the Gospel) many perhaps see it as a sign to seek out the Christian faith. The Nazarene speaker mentioned told us that he had received many Arabs in this way. I do not doubt they dreamed of Jesus But God doesn't deliberately send dreams to Arabs, nor to anyone else. The reason can be found in the bible.
God, who in various ways and in many ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by the Son. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
In the days of old, God did use dreams, but in very specific circumstances to accomplish His will. He never caused entire nations to dream of His intentions. If so, Israel would not have spiraled down into depravity and idolatry like she did prior to the Babylonian captivity.
The writer of Hebrews clearly says, “in these last days (He has) spoken to us by the Son.” The “last days” refers to everything after Jesus' resurrection, to make things simple. How does God “speak” to us? Through His Son. How, exactly? Through the Bible. Jesus was the Word made flesh. (John 1:1ff) The Bible is a road map for humanity to figure out how to return to God and avoid His wrath.
Can God send dreams to people today? Of course He can. Does He? If your preacher can't back it up with scripture, it's most likely bogus.