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. I can't get into the specifics, but I would venture to guess that the young Arabs are disillusioned with Islam's emptiness and the connection with terrorists.
When folks start thinking about things, especially when it comes to questions about life, death and eternity, they have dreams. Let's face it: these are not materialistic nations. Priority is given to family. So as the Christians travel through these countries, preaching Jesus, they carry it home. 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 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 highly superstitious, Arabs see dreams as portents of the future. If they dream of Jesus (thanks to hearing the Gospel) many see it as a sign to seek out the Christian faith. God doesn't deliberately send dreams to the Arabs, nor to anyone else for that matter. 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 roadmap for humanity to figure out how to get saved and avoid God's 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.