The Hidden Treasures (Day 3)
On Monday of this week (11/8/2021), I began sharing a dream given to my friend Dr. Greg Hood. It is the third dream given to him regarding Tennent’s Well. Rather than taking time and space here to summarize the first two dreams, you can read the entire dream at the end of this post. If you have not heard or seen Monday’s and Tuesday’s, please do so before listening to or reading today’s post; they build on each other.
“We arrived back to the Valley of the Streams. Those who had been reenlisted unloaded and made their way to the equipment they were familiar with, then went to work.
“The 3 leaders who had stayed at the work site approached us and said, ‘We have dredged deeper than ever before. We’ve gotten enough of the muck out of the streams to where they won’t pollute each other.’”
The meaning is clear and amazing! Holy Spirit is stating that human nature defiles His movements with “muck” and “pollution.” This happens because we are human, not because we’re evil. Who among us is arrogant enough to contend that our personal preferences, traditions, beliefs, and “new cart” ideas do not leech their way into our movements, denominations, and ministries? Whose stream has no man-made ideals and structures? Whose movement has no religious defilement - methods without power and form without intimacy (2 Timothy 3:5; Revelation 3:1)? This dream implies that all the streams in the body of Christ need some dredging.
“One of the leaders said to us, ‘We got set up and started working. Our pumps have removed the sand from the bottom of the streams and we've found rock. Solid rock! The water is clearer than it has ever been.’”
This is also clear (pun intended). Our unbiblical ways and methods settle into our streams and denominations to the degree that they cover the Rock - Christ Jesus. Some “shallowness” in our movements is created from the build-up of unbiblical sedimentation. The channel is still deep, it just needs the sand to be pumped out. Legalism, hyper-grace, religion, lukewarmness, innovation over anointing, fun and fellowship over the fire of Holy Spirit, cultural relativity over power - these and more equate to building on sand. Some of these things aren’t bad in and of themselves - fun and fellowship, for example - but when they replace Holy Spirit and the Word of God, they become sand and lessen the depth of the water. Holy Spirit is coming to pump them out.
“Another leader said, ‘Dutch, you guys will have to navigate your excavations from the water, not the land. I have the Pentecost Platforms ready. Actually, I had to rewrite the entire manual of operation because it was so cluttered with religion. The platforms will carry your excavators as you and your team remove the land between the streams to create the river. The Pentecost Platforms are ready to board and can handle the weight of your excavators.’”
We had to excavate from the water (a symbol of Holy Spirit), not land. Only He knows what should stay and what must go from each stream. No person has all understanding and insight. NO ONE is completely right about everything they believe - NO ONE. We must have Holy Spirit’s Pentecost Platforms! Only His power and guidance can sustain us in what is coming. He IS our platform! The coming weight of glory will collapse our man-made platforms; only He can sustain us. And notice that the platforms were moving! Ezekiel’s deep, strong river is coming (Ezekiel 47) and anything that has become immovable will be destroyed, swept away by the strength of this river.
Greg continues, “Dutch then began to address the work crews that were on the excavators. We could see that each of them had on work shirts like those bearing company names and the workers’ names on them. The company name on these shirts was ‘Mamlakah,’ a Hebrew word meaning ‘kingdom’ (which Greg did not know), and the name of all the workers was the same on every shirt: ‘Hidden Treasure.’
The coming awakening is not intended to grow a few local churches. God is not pleased with efforts that focus on one congregation without considering His entire Kingdom. Every pastor should ask themself not just, “How will my plans affect this congregation?” They should also ask, “How will my plans affect the kingdom of God in this city? Region?” No “part” is more important than the “whole.” In scripture, God typically addressed the church of a city, not one expression of it.
Does that mean we cannot possess distinctives based on our unique gifts and assignments? Of course not. Does it mean we can’t have specific aspects of a vision that differ from the plans of other members in the body of Christ? Of course not. It does mean, however, that I must not implement my vision or grow my congregation at the expense of other congregations. It means that my competition is with the kingdom of darkness, not my brother or sister down the street. It means that I should desire their success as much as my own, for we are on the same team. It means, in fact, that my success is measured, in part, by theirs. We should be asking ourselves, “How is the church of my city doing? Are the lost being won? Is crime coming down? Is the divorce rate going down? Is the quality of life increasing? Is the kingdom of God advancing in my city?” These are significant signs that darkness is being pushed back and Holy Spirit is moving through His people to make a difference.
And everyone’s name, “Hidden Treasure,” speaks for itself. Some of tomorrow’s prophets are currently living underneath bridges. Future evangelists are shooting up heroin. Pastors and shepherds of many are still looking for their own way back, just like the Prodigal Son. Who knows, perhaps one of the world’s great songwriters is trafficking in slavery. Amazing grace is still amazing. In your search for human treasure, don’t forget much of it is still hidden.
“Dutch and I climbed aboard the first excavator and loaded it on the first Pentecost Platform. The workers, along with other leaders, also boarded excavators and drove them up on Pentecost Platforms. Another leader and a team of workers monitored the Pentecost Platforms. We began to remove the land between the streams. Once we started this portion of the work, it took twelve months to complete it, after which a great river burst forth that had never before been seen in the history of humankind. By the Spirit, I knew that the work was completed in the month of September. End of Dream.”
This dream is so incredible! As the body of Christ became one river, the strength and power of it was unlike anything seen before in history. We are better together.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up! Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NASB)
We need each other, including those whom many have thought were disqualified. God loves it when His kids get along. Even more when they work together. He decrees a blessing when that occurs (Psalm 133). The New Testament word usually translated “working together” is sunergos, from which we get our English word “synergy.” Synergy is the multiplying - not adding - of power that occurs when two or more people work together on the same task. God likes this level of cooperation so much that He decided He would multiply power when He could find it - and He created an inexplicable and undeniable law of science to back it up! It’s the only time one plus one doesn’t equal two.
I am not suggesting that we will all have to agree on everything; this obviously will not occur. Nor will we lose our distinctives. In the dream, each leader and worker had unique abilities and gifts, which is what Ephesians 4 teaches. Nonetheless, we worked together and honored one another.
I don’t know how much of this needs to occur by next September, nor do I know what it will look like when Holy Spirit is finished, but some level of this merging of the streams and working together must take place by then. We must pray for this to occur.
Pray with me:
Thank You, Father, for this amazing dream. We ask You to give us humble hearts that can admit we all in some ways pollute and dilute Your pure river. Help us to get the muck dredged from it, the sand removed. We want to build on You, our Rock, and release a pure flow of Your life. Open Tennent’s Well.
Give us kingdom hearts that love and honor one another, as well as each other’s efforts. Remove from the church the spirit of competition. Make us one.
Help us find the hidden treasures in the earth today. Give us Your heart for the broken, the lost, the confused, the hurting, and the addicted. Indeed, we see dry bones, You see an army. We thank You for the powerful outpouring of Your Spirit that is coming. We pray this in Christ’s name, amen.
We decree that the church is becoming the glorious body Christ promised to have on the earth.
You can learn more about Dr. Greg Hood here.
Operation Hidden Treasures
September 27, 2021
(A dream given to Dr. Greg Hood)
“The dream began with Dutch and I standing in front of a building in which we were to hold a meeting. It was a large, well-known church building. Things seemed odd as we stood there. There were no people and the sign was not lit. I ran up the steps of the church to check the doors and shouted back to Dutch, ‘They are locked. The doors are locked.’
“As I made my way back down the steps to where Dutch was, an angel approached us. He handed Dutch a folded note and said, ‘Go to the Anabaino Cafe. I have written the address on the note.’ We looked at the paper and the address was ‘4 Ephesians Street, Suite 4-7.’
“It was more of a truck stop than a cafe. We went inside and sat at a round table surrounded by five chairs. I can recall in the dream looking out the window and seeing many large flatbed trucks with heavy equipment loaded on them. Dutch commented to me, ‘Isn't that different, not one box truck in the yard. Every truck is carrying heavy equipment. There is going to be a lot of earth moving going on around here.’
“We were served breakfast and as we ate a man walked up to the table and said, ‘I see there are three more that will be joining you. I will go ahead and bring their meal out for them.’
“Dutch said to me, ‘Hood, who are we expecting to join us?’
“I replied, ‘It’s [Greg gave me the names of a Charismatic Baptist leader, a Word of Faith leader, and a prophetic teacher influential in marketplace ministry. I do not have their permission, so I won't share their names.] They are on their way, having received the same instructions we did.’
“The waiter arrived back at the table with our food, along with utensils for all, wrapped in an odd-looking napkin.
“Looking up, we could see the other three men coming through the door of the Anabaino Truck Stop/Cafe. They came to the table, sat down and Dutch said, ‘Good to see you guys. Glad you made it. So, you got the same note we did!’
“One of them said, ‘We did and we are here! The time is here! All I have been prophesying for 50 plus years is upon us. I am as excited and full of fire as I have ever been. Let’s eat! We've got a lot of work before us.’
“The gentleman who brought the food to our table approached again and said, ‘I am glad you all are here. Unwrap your utensils.’ As we did, we could see that the utensils were wrapped in a scroll. Each scroll had words written on it, which I could read.
“Every scroll had written across the top, ‘Operation Hidden Treasures/Convergence of the Streams.’ In addition to this:
On one scroll was written, ‘Dredging Deeper.’
Another held the words, ‘Pentecost Hovering Platforms.’
A third read, ‘Sand to Rock.’
Dutch’s Scroll had written on it, ‘Excavate To the Foundations and Enlist Men.’
And the scroll I held read, ‘Navigate the Water.’
“We then realized that the man serving us at the table was the same angel who had given us the note at the steps of the large church building. He began instructing us regarding this assignment: ‘Each of you has a truck outside in the parking lot. Each truck has equipment on it. Take your truck and equipment and go to the Valley Of the Streams. Dutch, you and Greg will share a truck.’
“I could see that one truck had large pumps on it, another had platforms that hovered and a third had a dredging machine. The one I was in, with Dutch driving, had a large excavator on the trailer. Each of us went to our trucks and left for the streams.”
“We drove onto a very large lot in the Valley of the Streams, which was filled with more dredging machines, large pumps and other kinds of equipment. We were met there by many workers who began complaining about working conditions, having to work overtime and the stressful environment in which they had to work. One of the leaders stepped out from his 18-wheel rig and said to them, ‘You're all fired! We’ve had enough of whining laborers. This job requires backbone. Now, grow one or leave!’
“They all left!
“We looked at him and thought, ‘What are we going to do now? There are no laborers to complete this mission.’
“Dutch said, ‘We have the scroll that says “Enlist Men.” Hang tight, we will be back soon!’
“The charismatic Baptist leader spoke up and said, ‘We will have all the equipment in place by the time you return. We will not miss this outpouring.’
“There was an old bus sitting on the lot we were on which looked like it hadn't been driven in years. Written on the side of the bus, in faded paint was, ‘The Gospel of the Kingdom and on the back of the bus was a bumper sticker that read, ‘Honk if you love Jesus!’
“We boarded the old bus and Dutch said, ‘Which way, Hood?’
“I said, ‘We are going toward Hebron.’ As we made our way down the road we passed many church buildings that were abandoned and/or dilapidated, then came to a city limit sign that read, ‘Hebron: Population Undetermined.’
“Just past the sign I said to Dutch, ‘turn right!’ He made a sharp, quick right turn down a narrow dirt road, which led us to a wooden building. The building’s sign read, Tennent’s Tavern & Well! Dutch and I walked into the building. We could see many men and women sitting at tables in this dimly lit room. All of them had empty cups in front of them.
“Dutch shouted, ‘I NEED YOUR ATTENTION! We are here to enlist people for a new dredging and excavating project. It is the merging of the steams! It’s the Third Great Awakening and it is the opportunity of your lifetime!’
“A man spoke up from the back and said, ‘How can we work if our cups are empty? How can we be enlisted if we have been forsaken?’
“Dutch did not address this man's question. He stepped back and opened the door to let more light into the room, then decreed with a forceful voice, ‘I ACTIVATE THE MANTLE OF TENNENTS’ WELL! I DECREE YOUR CUPS ARE FULL! DRINK THIS NEW WINE AND MEET ME OUTSIDE!’ Dutch went on to say, ‘Bring your work gloves because this is going to be like nothing you have ever worked on in your entire life.’ Their cups filled. They drank.
“Dutch and I walked outside.
“While inside the building, we had not been able to clearly see who these people were. We actually did not know who we had just enlisted. As the people began to emerge from the building, we could see them more clearly and knew they were 5-fold ministers who had fallen or been rejected in their ministry. They were outcasts, driven away from the church for one reason or another. We recognized many of them who once had nationally known ministries. Others had served locally in their communities.
“I said to Dutch, ‘Look at their gloves. Those are not work gloves; they’re boxing gloves.’ As we looked closely we could see that their gloves, like they themselves, were tattered, torn, dry, and cracked from age and weathering. Dutch and I began weeping. Then we saw that each pair of gloves had written on them: ‘evergreen’ and ‘everlast.’ There were hundreds of former leaders standing before us with smiles on their faces and fire in their eyes from the new wine they had just ingested.
“Dutch said to them, ‘LOAD UP, WE ARE GOING TO WORK!’
“We arrived back to the Valley of the Streams. Those who had been reenlisted unloaded and made their way to the equipment they were familiar with, then went to work.
“The 3 leaders who had stayed at the work site approached us and said, ‘We have dredged deeper than ever before. We’ve gotten enough of the muck out of the streams to where they won’t pollute each other.’
“One of the leaders said to us, ‘We got set up and started working. Our pumps have removed the sand from the bottom of the streams and we've found rock. Solid rock! The water is clearer than it has ever been.’
“Another leader said, ‘Dutch, you guys will have to navigate your excavations from the water, not the land. I have the Pentecost Platforms ready. Actually, I had to rewrite the entire manual of operation because it was so cluttered with religion. The platforms will carry your excavators as you and your team remove the land between the streams to create the river. The Pentecost Platforms are ready to board and can handle the weight of your excavators.’
“Dutch then began to address the work crews that were on the excavators. We could see that each of them had on work shirts like those bearing company names and the workers’ names on them. The company name on these shirts was ‘Mamlakah,’ a Hebrew word meaning ‘kingdom’ (which Greg did not know), and the name of all the workers was the same on every shirt: ‘Hidden Treasure.’
“Dutch and I climbed aboard the first excavator and loaded it on the first Pentecost Platform. The workers, along with other leaders, also boarded excavators and drove them up on Pentecost Platforms. Another leader and a team of workers monitored the Pentecost Platforms. We began to remove the land between the streams. Once we started this portion of the work, it took twelve months to complete it, after which a great river burst forth that had never before been seen in the history of humankind. By the Spirit, I knew that the work was completed in the month of September.”
End of Dream.
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