Dream received October 21, 2015
It was a warm, sunny day. I was with a group of 30 or 40 people in a grassy field, enjoying a picnic near our town. The children were playing games while the older folks were busy chatting and laying out food on picnic blankets.
Without warning, lightning began to flash across the clear blue sky about five miles in the distance. One after another, fiery bolts hit the ground. Faster and faster the lightning came until the whole sky was a sheet of flames. The intense brightness of the fire nearly blinded us.
Then one of my friends noticed that the fire was moving toward us. “Run!” he screamed.
Parents grabbed their children by the hand and ran toward the town, afraid of being consumed by the fire.
The fire begins to move across the field, devouring everything in its path, but I am rooted to the ground. I cannot run with the others. Although I see the town in the distance, it looks very far away. And is it really a safe place?
The heat of the approaching fire grows more intense and thick smoke burns my eyes and lungs. Suddenly I see a lake in front of me and plunge into the cool, clear water. The Water of Life is my safe place.
Horrified, I watch the hungry flames engulf the town and then completely consume it in one blazing flash of light.
I wake up, distraught.
Thick clouds still cover the sky; yet the sun now and then breaks through, appearing like the avenging eye of Jehovah. Fierce lightnings leap from the heavens, enveloping the earth in a sheet of flame. White, Great Controversy, p. 638.
“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.” The bright rays of the morning seemed to speak only prosperity and peace to the cities of the plain. The stir of active life began in the streets; men were going their various ways, intent on the business or the pleasures of the day. The sons-in-law of Lot were making merry at the fears and warnings of the weak-minded old man. Suddenly and unexpectedly as would be a thunder peal from an unclouded sky, the tempest broke. The Lord rained brimstone and fire out of heaven upon the cities and the fruitful plain; its palaces and temples, costly dwellings, gardens and vineyards, and the gay, pleasure-seeking throngs that only the night before had insulted the messengers of heaven–all were consumed. The smoke of the conflagration went up like the smoke of a great furnace. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 164.
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it also shall be in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all. So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day he who shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, he who is in the field, let him not return to the things behind. Luke 17:26-31, NKJV