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Prophetic Dreams, Experiences & Mark Driscoll

I am currently reading Mark Driscoll’s book, Confessions of a reformission rev. where he shares his success and hardship in setting up the church Mars Hill. I came across an interesting story where Mark experiences a prophetic dream.  I’ve cut bits out so its not heaps long.

“A few weeks before we launched our little church plant in the fall of 1996, I was perplexed by an older man who had become something of a mentor to me. He was pushing some theological ideas that i did not agree with, such as ministers in skirts. So since it was ultimately Jesus’ church, we began praying that God would reveal to us what we should do about this man who wanted to be a pastor in the church and oversee our discipleship process.

The first clue that something was funky was when i let him preach his first sermen in our church. He brought his wife up to team teach with him, something I had not agreed with. As they were teaching, he told the story of Jesus’ triumph entry into Jerusalem on the back of an ass in fulfillment Old Testament prophecy. He actually pulled me up onto stage in front of the church and asked me to get on my hands and knees to play the part of an ass. The move seemed like an overt power play and was at least mildly disrepectful. I remembered Paul’s command to to rebuke an older man harshly and quietly wondered if that included punching one in the mouth.

The 2nd clue came in the form of a prophetic dream. I had never had a prophetic dream. I was not sure  that such miraculous things still happened and was skeptical of prophetic dreams altogether. But while sleeping one night, the Holy Spirit gave me a dream in which i was standing in the foyer of our rented church on the opening night of our church plant. As i turned around in my dream, the older man walked in by himself, carrying a Bible in a brown leather case and wearing a blue shirt, green shorts, sandals, and a homemade cross around his neck. He informed me that he wanted to pastor the church and i should step aside and let him. God then spoke Acts 20:28-31 and then 1 Peter 5:1-4. (look them up)

I then woke up to tell my wife that God has revealed to me that the older man was a wolf sent by Satan and that Jesus wanted me to protect and lead the small flock he had given me. We prayed together.

On the opening night of our church plant in October of 1996, the service was just getting started when my wife realized that she had forgotten her Bible in the foyer. I jumped up to get it and as I turned around, I found myself standing alone in the foyer, just as I had been in my dream. I was so stunned that I was momentarily speechless. When i collected my thoughts, I told him to leave our church and never come back.

A few months later, another pastor contacted me and said that the man God warned me about had been kicked out of his denomination of suspicion of undermining young pastors and taking money from young churches.”

What do you think of Prophetic Dreams? Have you ever had one or know someone who has? Please comment below.

  • Interesting story.
    I’ve never had a dream like that, but on one occasion God did speak to me non-verbally.


    January 25, 2009

  • Want to elaborate?


    January 25, 2009

  • I only had nightmares…
    Hope they aren’t prophetic dreams… T_T


    January 25, 2009

  • My pastor and some of my church members had prophetic dreams.
    In fact when I pray sometimes I “get to see things”…..
    And those prophetic acts are true coz it’s in the bible.


    March 19, 2009

  • “And those prophetic acts are true coz it’s in the bible.”

    And therein lies the problem. Just because it is in the Bible doesn’t mean that you should expect to experience it nor that it is normative for believers today. With so few people actually knowing what the Bible teaches, too many of them are expecting extra-biblical revelation to guide them. Yet Scripture teaches that Christ is the ultimate intent of all Biblical revelation.

    Heb 1:1-2
    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

    God ~has spoken~ to us by Christ and by His apostles through the only God-breathed Word, holy scripture.

    Now, I realize a lot of folks will have trouble with this line of thinking, but I beg you to read the Bible and search to see if the kinds of claims made by those with so-called prophetic dreams match the experiences and specifics of Biblical prophecy. Keep in mind that God doesn’t do anything for no reason, prophecy and the other sign gifts had specific purposes in a pre-Canon age, before people had access to the written word and before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

    M Burke

    M Burke

    January 12, 2010

  • The only thing I see in all you said is your failure to recognize that this older man needed love as never before. He needed prayer and fasting possibly for his deliverance.
    But to kick someone out of church a precious soul for whom Christ died is not of God.
    Maybe some may believe that this came from God to tell someone to never come back to the house of God but the Bible says it is wrong.
    Jesus said that whoever comes to him he will in no wise cast out. So what happened to you?
    We are to heal the sick and cast our demons and to love the unlovable.
    One of the greatest problems in the world today is people who profess Christ but do not have his love for all people in their lives.You are the wolf in sheep’s clothing and the poor man was a lost sheep.
    He was Lazarus and you are the rich man.
    Jesus warned of hirelings and there are many out there.
    I pray God blesses this man wherever he is. He needs help not to be cast away.


    October 30, 2010

  • This is a very interesting story. I can believe that you were led by the spirit in this. @Susana I can also see were you come from but God does not always use us to correct the wrongs of the lost. We had a situation at our church a few years ago. My wife knew that some thing was going to happen and we had a prophetic warning about it in advance. The outcome was that the pastor was in a relationship with the leader of the ladies prayer group.

    He was dismissed and we had to take a decision. Are we going to make sure he is OK or send him on his way. We waited on God and prayed and majority felt we had to part ways with him and send him into the world. Many felt that we were not doing the right thing as for the same argument that Susana mentioned.

    Now a few years later the same people look back and realize that the congregation was not ready and fit enough for the task. In our sending him away we actually forced him to move and this caused him to get into contact with a elderly pastor couple who took them under their wings and after about 4 years he was preaching again and now even stronger as a shepherd than before. We sometimes need to throw the Jonah over board for him to end up in the fish to learn his lesson and to end up in the place God intended.

    From then many time we had to take a decision on someones future and we would look at it from this Jonah point of view. Are we to rescue or are we to allow a Jonah experience to allow God to work. We cannot judge a situation as to being right or wrong if we are not in the middle of it or being part of it. Lets use it as an instrument of learning and pray that the difficult decisions we have to make sometimes are guided by God. Even if we choose wrong then God will make a way to get His way.


    April 17, 2011

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