Matthew 7:13-14 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
A guy told me he had a dream. In his dream he saw everybody going into this warehouse. Crowds of people kept going into the warehouse but nobody was coming out. He wondered why so many people were going into this place. So he curiously followed the crowds and walked in. Once he got inside an elevator door opened. So he stepped inside. Then the elevator door closed and started going down. After descending suddenly a trap door opened beneath his feet. He looked down and saw nothing but a sea of firey flames. Somehow he was able to hold on to the elevator walls with his hands and feet extended to keep from falling into the flames. He said he didn’t know where he got the strength to do that. The next thing he remembered in his dream was running out of that warehouse scared out of his wits.
I listened to the man tell his dream to others. Some immediately understood God’s warning of Judgment in the firey flames:
Hebrews 10:26-27 NLT “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.  There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the RAGING FIRE that will consume his enemies.”
I also heard the man say something else prior to telling his dream and wondered could there be a connection. Right before telling his dream he was talking about something he was in the process of doing that had him very excited. This thing he was doing is something that so MANY others are doing, or have done. It reminded me of his dream, the part where he was following the crowd and went into the warehouse just because everyone else was doing it. I wondered could there be a connection.
Anyways, I prayed to God for understanding of this man’s dream to be used to encourage him. Aside from the obvious warning to avoid the lake of fire I felt the need to encourage him not to follow the crowd as well. That’s what he did in his dream that got him into such a terrible situation. In his dream he was doing something popular just because everyone else was doing it. But it lead to death in the lake of fire. And this is why anyone who went inside that warehouse in his dream never came out. Because the Bible says that those who are consigned to the lake of fire spend eternity there and never leave. There they are tormented forever. (Revelation 14:10-11 21:8) This man’s dream was definitely a warning from God.
And something else God showed me: though he said no one came out of that warehouse someone did come out, he did, after being frightened out of his mind. He was snatched from the flames as it were. And that reminded me of this passage:
Jude 1:22-23 KJV “And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Job 33:14-18 KJV “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;  Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,  That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.  He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”
Before I was about to speak to the man regarding his dream I asked him his name. He said, “I’m the stoned one.” I asked him what does that mean. He said in a condescending tone, “You need to up your learning. The Bible says, with all thy getting get understanding.” He continued, “You need to become like a Berean. You know who the Bereans are? I said, “Yeah, at Acts chapter 17 verse 11.” He looked at me, and then just walked away.
I didn’t get to encourage him. But who knows maybe I’ll see him again later. It appears the man assumed I didn’t know about God or the Bible because I couldn’t answer his riddle; “The Stoned One.” Later I thought about what he said, “The stoned one,” and Stephen came to mind. Stephen was a devout servant of the Lord who was stoned for his faith. (Acts 6:8-7:60) Maybe he meant that or something else. Who knows?
Anyways, though I didn’t get to speak in depth with this guy about his dream he was used by God to encourage me. His dream was a reminder for me not to follow the crowd. Not to jump on the bandwagon and do stuff just because it’s popular. Not to accept everything people offer you, especially when they say, “It’s free.” Not to walk through every door just because it’s open to you, like he did in his dream when he went inside the elevator because the door was opened.
As Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14, the way to destruction is wide, it looks easy, and MANY enter in that way. But the real way to life is sometimes hard, that path is narrow and cramped, and only a FEW ever find it. Based on that I believe that nine out of ten times when we follow the crowd we’re going down the wrong path. And I heard a wise man say, “There’s always free cheese in a mouse trap.”
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