Desire Of My Soul

Flashes of Lightning: Standing Watch [1 John 5:5]


A divine spark. A flash image. A scripture suspended before me. This series shares soul-to-soul watchwords that I believe the Lord has impressed on me for this season, hour, moment that we’re in.


This time, it was a dream that fused end times with a double-digit scripture.


“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me.” —Habakkuk 2:1


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dream with three parts. I saw a scripture up ahead. I kept looking at numbers and knew I had to remember them.


The double 5s seemed odd at first, but I knew that’s what I saw. So in the morning, I checked my Bible and read the fire-flash word:


Who then overcomes the world?
Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
—1 John 5:5


Later in the dream, I was hurrying to get dressed, then heard someone knock on my door. The person said, “The King is coming.”


That jarred me, excited me. But as I rushed to finish getting ready, another knock sounded on the door. Again the voice said, “The King is coming.”


A tremendous feeling of urgency flooded my soul and body.


The doubled 5, the double knock, the double announcement. The doubling underscores the clarion message . . . and reveals a division: We’re either on one side or the other. With Him or not. We’re either ready for the call, our oil lamp (spiritual image of the soul infused with His Holy Spirit) filled and prepped for His coming—or not.


It comes out of nowhere. Seemingly.

Like the quiet. The hidden, subtle cracking beneath the earth’s surface.

Sensed by some—maybe.

But only with ears rightly tuned, down to the ground,

can you hear the tearing . . . the pulling . . .

the eruption about to be birthed.





The quintessential scripture that furthers the alarm is from the Book of Matthew (Chapter 25)—Jesus taught about the end times and the soul condition of those calling themselves His followers. The parable is about wise believers and the foolish so-called believers.


But note that in verse 5 of that chapter, He says that they all got drowsy and slept. The wise and the foolish.


This is a shofar-heralding moment for believers in modern times. We’ve been asleep, drowsy, spiritually lazy, distracted, double-minded, earthly focused.


Time to wake up, sleepy heads! (And I’m definitely talking to myself as well.)


Then the Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins (bridesmaids),
who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.


Five were foolish, and five were wise.
When the foolish took their lamps,
they didn’t take extra oil with them;
but the wise ones took oil in flasks with their lamps.


Now while the groom was delaying,
they all became drowsy and began to sleep.


But at midnight there finally was a shout:
‘Behold, the groom! Come out to meet him.’


Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones,
‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’


However, the wise ones answered,
‘No, there most certainly would not be enough for us and you too;
go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’


But while they were on their way to buy the oil,
the groom came, and those who were ready went with him
to the wedding feast—and the door was shut.


Yet later, the other bridesmaids also came, saying,
‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’


But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I don’t know you.’


Be on the alert then,
because you don’t know the day nor the hour.
Matthew 25:1-13


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