In this dream, I went to Japan with a man who helped me find lodging. Then I was brought into a hotel which looked like a downtown luxury hotel. I asked him, “isn’t this very expensive?” He replied, “it is okay.” Once I was in the hotel, I found myself being led to the basement of the hotel. There were already some people there serving us some tea and biscuits which looked like Japanese style refreshments to me. I saw many Chinese people there and I noticed an older woman. I found myself lying on a bed and the old lady held me up like holding a baby, and she said, “It is how a grandma is holding her grandson”. Then she told me she had supported Sun Yat-sen who founded the first republic of China and that she has been fighting in many wars. She smiled when she was saying this and looked very happy. For those who may not be aware, Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese exile in Japan before he led the revolution to overturn the Qing Dynasty which was the last monarchy in China.
That same night I had another dream where I was on a boat and met several Japanese young people there. They were discussing China with me. I told them China is rich and China is also poor. There are very rich people and also very poor people. The rich people are so rich that they can buy a Japanese city. But there are poor people as well. In this dream the technology in China was also so advanced, for example, they built a website about cat with a special technology, where you can find anything related to cats.
Many who have prophetic dreams, including those who have dreams because of the prophetic gift, express that they often don’t understand what these dreams mean. Similarly, I often have strange dreams, and I don’t know what they mean.
There may be three sources of dreams. The first is from God. There are at least two types of dreams from God. The first is a dream about something that did not really happen. In this type of dream, God uses pictorial languages to speak to you. For example, God warns you of a danger you’ll face in the future. You dreamed that an aggressive dog jumped at you and you were startled. God gave you this dream so you would be able to avoid a mistake or disaster. This is the first type of dream from God.
The second type of dream from God depicts a real experience that takes place in the spiritual world. You are taken to different places in your spirit to do different things. But your dreams are just fragments of your soul’s memory of these things. I often have prophetic dreams like this. I was taken to different places to do many different things in prophetic dreams. But only fragments remain in my memory.
The second source of prophetic dreams is our soul. These natural dreams often stem from our thoughts during the day. When I had these prophetic dreams, some of my relatives thought I was having natural dreams. They said, “You’re only having prophetic dreams because of your daytime thoughts which led to your dreams at night”. But I during the day, I never read news on Japan, paid attention to Japan, or visited Japan. It is hard to say that they come from my soul.
Further, they are not just occasional dreams. I have several different prophetic dreams almost every night. Each dream has many details, so it’s hard to say that they come from my soul. Having been a Christian for more than twenty years, I have never had such an experience before in the first 13 years of my Christian experience. I only started to have these prophetic dreams after the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The third source of dreams is evil spirits. The evil spirit not only shoots arrows at us during the day, but also shoots all kinds of thoughts into our minds like arrows during the night (Ephesians 6:16). Therefore, our minds can not only be attacked by evil spirits during the day, but our dreams at night can also be disturbed by evil spirits. In addition, evil spirits will take us to fake heaven, and even disguise as angels of light to deceive many people who desire to have miraculous experiences. I was saved in the Local Church Movement (LCM). LCM doesn’t teach or encourage spiritual gifts. Rather it focuses on spiritual growth and Bible reading. Naturally, I was helped by the Local Church Movement, and I was very much on guard against the deception of evil spirits.
Let me tell you about one particular situation I’ve observed. After I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and after God activated my prophetic gift, I was not only sensitive to the positive experiences in the spiritual world, but also to negative ones. I not only visited heaven, saw the Lord, and met angels in my dreams, but I also became sensitive to the attacks and moves of evil spirits.
After I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 2015, I began to experience prophetic dreams. One night, I had a dream that felt so realistic. A spirit sat on the side of my bed and said that he wanted to take me to heaven. This was the first time I had encountered such a situation. The precautionary measure written in textbooks is to ask him whether he admits that Jesus came in the flesh. But in my dream, I just instinctively asked him whether he was an angel or an evil spirit. Then he was silent. Naturally, I felt something was wrong. He started to pull me. I rejected him and pulled back. He became so angry that he had me by the throat. I almost suffocated. I had no choice but to call out, “Lord Jesus”, because I knew that the Bible says that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But because he had me by the throat and I was almost suffocating, I couldn’t shout. I continued to try to shout. After some time, I could finally shout softly. Then I woke up.
This kind of experience will be terrifying to those who have never experienced it before. But after studying the experience of many people with prophetic gifts, I found that they all have had many similar experiences. Once I talked to my wife about someone who was deceived by evil spirits in the Pentecostal Movement. She commented, “Yes, people in the Pentecostal Movement are often deceived by evil spirits. But evil spirits can also deceive the minds of many evangelical brothers and sisters by using wrong teachings and concepts.”
This comment was very much to the point. We may be deceived by the evil spirits in our minds or in our spiritual experiences. Through the leading of God’s sovereignty and my ten-year infertility, I began to study the Pentecostal Movement. I did not actively pursue these experiences; rather, God led me to learn the prophetic gift and spiritual warfare. I am grateful that I was trained for more than ten years in the LCM, which played a conservative role in my later experience of spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare.
Before I was baptized in the Spirit, I rarely felt the presence and attack of evil spirits. But I often have such experiences after being baptized in the Holy Spirit. For example, when I returned to China to visit my family in 2018, I slept in the same room with my mother at night. There are only two rooms in the house; my mother snores, and my father has insomnia problems, so my mother and I slept in the same room. I fell asleep as soon as I lay down, and found myself fighting fiercely with evil spirits all night. My mother worships Bodhisattva. Because of my miraculous baby’s testimony, she experienced internal freedom and was willing to accept the Lord. But she still feels hesitant. Evil spirits have raised a lot of obstacles. After a night of spiritual warfare, there were obvious changes in my mother the next day. She was willing to let me tear down the Bodhisattva tablet at home. I also was able to baptize her and my father on the same day. My body was fast asleep that night, but my soul was dreaming and my spirit was fighting the forces of evil. I rarely experienced these things before I was baptized in the Spirit and before my prophetic gift was activated.
Here is another example. After I was saved in 2002, I lived in Los Angeles for four years. I often went to Hollywood for work. Nothing special happened when I went there. But in October 2017, when I went to Los Angeles for work reasons, I visited Hollywood to attend a prophetic conference for the weekend. I rented a car, and there was a bit of a traffic jam. Suddenly, I had an urge to swear. I basically have never had a strong tendency to swear in my entire life, but this time I felt an urge to swear. It felt so weird. I couldn’t help but pray.
Later, I suddenly remembered what some prophets said when I was learning about prophetic gifts: “Sometimes, people with prophetic gifts feel a spiritual atmosphere in the air and are controlled by this atmosphere. They think it is their own feelings. But actually it’s not. It’s just that they can feel the spiritual atmosphere around them.” For example, sometimes when people use their prophetic gifts to carry out inner healing through a deliverance ministry, they will feel very depressed. Experienced people will be able to separate this feeling from their own feelings. They will ask the person being ministered to if he/she is trapped by depression. They are able to sense the spiritual atmosphere of those around them.
When I understood this, I knew it was the evil spirits in the air that made me feel like cursing in Hollywood. No wonder many Hollywood actors swear a lot. People are actually influenced by the evil spirits. Once I understood that what I felt was not my own feeling, but rather evil spirits in the air, I rejected this feeling and overcame it. This perception of evil spirits in the spiritual world was something I had never experienced before receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 2015.
Above, I have analyzed several different prophetic dreams. Whether positive or negative, they may be real experiences in the spiritual world. In this case, our dreams are nothing but fragments of our soul’s memory of what we experienced in the spirit. Sometimes, God does not allow us to remember what happened. But sometimes, God allows us to remember what happened. It’s just that often we don’t remember all the details.
The same goes for my prophetic dream of going to Japan. There is often a mysterious person taking me somewhere in my dreams. I am not sure if he is the Holy Spirit or an angel. (Let’s suppose that the possibility of evil spirits is excluded.)
The latter part of this dream is fragmented, and I don’t know its meaning. But the first scene left a deep impression on me. There was a mysterious man who took me to a basement of a hotel in Japan. It was like a large conference hall and I saw many people there. There were Chinese and Japanese people, and they were very close together. An old lady told me that she had supported Sun Yat-sen’s revolution. He is the founder of the first Republic of China. My guess is that this may be a gathering of the saints in glory, or a prayer meeting for the gospel in Japan. A prophet I heard speaking said that he has often been taken to heaven to attend such meetings. People who do not have such experiences may think that he is talking nonsense. But I also have had this experience many times. I gradually realized that this was a real experience.
We preach the gospel in the material realm, but there are still many activities going on in the spiritual realm. These activities include the work of God, the angels, the saints in glory, and even the evil spirits. If God didn’t open my spiritual eyes, I would be ignorant of these things. But they do exist.
After God opened my spiritual eyes, I could often perceive what was happening in the spiritual world through prophetic visions and dreams. This is crucial at this point in history. During the last days, we are fighting against the evil forces of the spiritual world. Think about it. They can see us. If we can’t see them, how can we win the battle? The prophetic gift is like the intelligence work of the church in battle. There are many real and fake things in intelligence work, but this is not a reason to neglect intelligence work. We should instead learn how to obtain real intel from it. The church’s neglect of the prophetic gift is one of the enemy’s tricks to deceive the church. Many traditional churches hold a negative attitude towards the Charismatics, gifts, and prophets, rather than an attitude of learning and understanding. This is a deception from the enemy. This is the reason why I write and share these dreams and my own inspiration. I hope that through my shallow understanding and my experience and knowledge about prophetic gifts, I will be able to provide a window for some people who are interested in learning about prophetic gifts. Perhaps a new generation of prophets will be raised up. We must be humble and not rashly condemn Charismatics who pursue prophetic gifts as from the evil spirits and counterfeit. The correct attitude is what Paul said, “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (ESV, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22). One of the main purposes of these dreams is to instill in me a burden for Japan. In my other dreams about Japan, the Lord Jesus has even appeared to me. Perhaps this is one of the ways God speaks to me. Perhaps he is telling me that in the future, He will lead me to preach the gospel in Japan. Or perhaps He wants me to prepare myself to go to Japan and preach the gospel. I think you will understand this after reading my other prophetic dreams about Japan.
Note: I started having prophetic dreams more often beginning in 2015 and a number of these dreams were about Japan. I remember some of these dreams clearly and I wrote them down immediately when I woke up. However, some of them were a little vague so I omitted a few dreams I had about Japan. I am not sure if they are really from the Lord. But some of these dreams are wild enough for a Chinese person to be dreaming about at all. For those who may not be aware, there is still much tension between Chinese and Japanese people because of Japan previously invading China.
I’m still new to prophetic dreams so I may not understand all of them currently. However, I still felt I should write and share them to encourage those who have a burden to preach the Gospel to the Japanese people. If you understand the meaning behind any of these dreams, you are welcome to contact us to share your thoughts.
Let’s continue to pray for Japan and the Japanese people. God loves them enough to die for them, so they can receive Jesus Christ as their Lord. I do believe one thing from these dreams and that is the coming of a great revival in Japan and this revival will come to China later. I personally feel this revival in Japan is a sign of the coming great revival in China and the latter will spread all over the world. The reason I believe this revival in Japan will come to China is also based on one of dreams below. These are my personal convictions as I am not sure if my interpretation is correct.
Jairus, written on June 25th, 2018 in Washington DC