In this guest post, Melanie shares her experience about her dreams of the end of the world. It’s a beautiful testimony, yet in the same time, a slap on our face, once again, for not trying hard enough. I hope this can be a blessing for all of us.
Message from Thessalonians regarding the end of the world.
written by Melanie Christine Thio
I got inspired by Jason to share about my dream where I found a meaning in.
A week ago or so, I had a dream about the end of the world.
The sky had hues of red and there was no cloud to be seen.
The ground was cracked as if an earthquake had passed by.
Most buildings were destroyed and structures continued to collapse as each second passed.
I was sitting in a yellow school bus along with other ‘Christians’ whom all I don’t know of.
Everyone seemed to be calm as we rode along the cracked road.
Some girls even sang fun songs like people would when gathering around some campfire.
No one seemed to be terrified by the scene or the situation even though the city was clearly abandoned (or everyone died and got buried by the collapsed brick).
Some girl with curly dark brown hair was sitting next to me in the bus, she wasn’t a Christian.
I was determined and almost desperate to save her spirit, so I decided to teach her about God.
I took out a book which was supposed to be the bible….but it was a comic book.
Apparently I didn’t have a bible (even in a dream) so I borrowed one from some person.
I started to teach her about the 10 commandments, which was also the first thing that I learned in religion. Surprisingly, I opened the book of 1 Thessalonians to search for the commandments, and they were there (The real 10 commandments are in the book of Genesis, not Thessalonians).
The girl didn’t understand them so I re-explained but she stayed confused.
I was trying to explain again but was interrupted as we arrived at our destination.
It was a destroyed church, as big as a Greek temple, in fact, it looked like a Greek temple as the large pillars were the only thing keeping the structure intact.
I stepped out of the bus along with everyone else.
I felt a troublesome feeling, a mixed of worry and fear, as if something would come. The coming of Christ? Or perhaps…the beasts from Revelation?
Out of nowhere and in a split second, the calm atmosphere changed. People started crying, screaming and having talks with such tone, you know everyone is panicking. I was too.
I approached the same girl that was sitting beside me in the bus and re-opened Thessalonians 3 or 13. I told her “Do not steal, do not steal!”. She was having a blank confused look on her face, I started to get frustrated and almost cried. I know that as a human, she’s a sinner. Not knowing Christ, her spirit will not be saved.
Hysteric cries and insane laughter from those who have lost their minds continued to fill the air. The earth trembled and bricks were falling at a faster rate. Suddenly and somehow, I lost my knowledge about the 10 Commandments, I went to some guy (Hansley, Stanley…James?) and asked them to re-explain me the commandments so I could explain it to that girl. He was sweating and couldn’t concentrate in answering me since he too was filled with fear. In terror I started to look around. Chaos was filling the place, with dirty grey dust flying in the air, the trembling ground and falling structure, ‘Christians’ were trying to get the untouched to believe in God. We were so desperate to do a ‘good deed’, we instead forced them to believe, instead of sharing them the good news in a way that would be more suiting. I continued to look at the bible, 1 Thessalonians (3 or 13) and held it to me tightly.
I started to pray.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to be saved or let to burn in hell. I looked at the curled haired girl and felt such grief. The screams and cries, the prayers the fights, the falling bricks the shaking floor, it got so loud. I looked her in the eyes and screamed “Honor your father and mother!! You shall not murder!! You shall not commit adultery!! Believe!! Believe! Believe! Please…please!!”. Screaming it to her as if it was the only thing that matter. Everyone was trying to save lives, but everyone was losing their minds at the same time, frantic cries everywhere. People’s personalities got traded with nothing but fear, fear and fear.
For the last time I looked at the curly-haired girl eyes…it seemed like a tear came out of her frightful eye.
Will that be the same look on her face when she stands in front of God?
I’m sorry that I couldn’t save you…I failed..
And I woke up.
I immediately opened the bible and questioned myself ‘I wonder if 1 Thessalonians actually exists?’
(You know how not every book has 2 parts?) Plus I forgot/never knew that there was a book called Thessalonians. To my astonishment, 1 Thessalonians did exist.
My heart was pounding…”Will this actually make sense? What is this book about? Will it be about something completely unrelated?”
Since in my dream/nightmare, I kept on reading Thessalonians 3 or 13, I looked for chapter 13 first.
I was nervous.
I kept on flipping the page…
“Thessalonians 13…Thessalonians 13…where is Thessalonians 13?”
There is no Thessalonians 13..
So I looked for chapter 3…There should be a chapter 3 right? It’s such a low number…
1 Thessalonians 3
1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.
6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
And I thought…
‘This has nothing to do with my dream.
I knew it…dreams always twists information.
How could the 10 Commandments be in Thessalonians anyways? It should be in Genesis.
Yup, definitely nothing more than a dream.’
As I was about to close the bible, my eyes caught some words in the summary description box in the bible saying:
‘The Lord’s Coming’.
I continued to read
Living to Please God
1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5
1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
That ends the book.
I was… speechless…
This is..sooo coool.
But scary at the same time.
Anyways, the point if this is that:
Paul started a church in Thessalonians, and he went away or something? He was really eager to visit or to come back, to see how the churches were doing. But they couldn’t because according to 1 Thessalonians 2 17-18: 17
But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.
Paul was eager to see how they were doing, he was eager to keep them in Christ. He was glad and thankful for their faith, loving work and firm hope on Jesus Christ. Even though satan kept on blocking their way, they didn’t give up. They kept on trying again and again. Trying so hard. Until at the end they accepted and send Tomothy to deliver the letter.
Now, compare Paul’s personality to everyone’s personality in my dream.
This, my friends, is how one who claim to be a real Christian should be.
Paul has dedicated his life on spreading the gospels, eager to share every second of his life.
But in my dream, no one cared.
Instead, everyone forced themselves to spread the gospels on such last minute.
Did we really expect all those confused people to just BOOM and believe in Christ just like that?
With no proper conversation, no testimony, no verses or proof or anything?
Just…screams in the eye of fright?
Did I really think that that curly haired girl would know God by me screaming to her “Do not steal! Do not steal!”?
As Christians, our duty is to glorify God in whatever we do and to spread the word of God.
Forcing people to believe in God does not glorify God.
And waiting until the last minute of our life to spread the word of God is no use.
It’s like making excuses to get saved.
What exactly was I trying to do in my dream? Why was everyone trying to save people?
Perhaps..it’s because we wanted to LOOK good?
When judgement day comes, we will be standing in front of God, face to face.
I’m sure that the reason I tried to safe curly hair girl was so that I could tell God “I saved that person :) ”.
The more and more I think of it, the more I bash myself for being a Moron.
In my whole entire life, the so many souls I can help…why wait till it’s too late? Can I really stand in front of God proud? Just with 1 soul? How many people do we pass each day? How many people do we know? How many ‘friends’ do we have in facebook? Why safe 1? Just 1?
The message I got out of this is
1. Have a bible. Clearly a comic book would not help in any way.
2. Share the Gospels before it’s too late.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 says: For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
And Jason’s quote that he got during a prayer said “prepare for the worst, and you’ll have no regrets”
I’m taking his quote as… if we prepare for judgment day/end of the world, then we’ll be sharing the word of God. If we do that starting now, then we’ll have no regret not sharing it when the time comes.
So Thessalonians did have something to do with the end of the world… just like my dream.
It’s weird cause I didn’t even know Thessalonians existed.
I’m sure we’re aware that judgement day is near.
But does it cross our mind that that day can be… tomorrow? Three days from now? After a week?
We need to live, like judgement day is tomorrow.
With this I mean that we need to stop procrastinating and taking this lightly.
Start saving lives and do everything according to God’s will.
Read the bible to be able to do this.
Let’s not only worry for ourselves, thinking if we’ll be saved or not.
Let’s start thinking about others.
I know it’s easier said than done.
But… let’s be one of those Christians that God can actually be proud of!