Do you know that masses of Muslims are dreaming of Jesus Christ? According to Islam he was just a man like the Old Testament prophets, but millions are learning the truth of his divine identity through direct personal encounters.
This true story recounts my own totally unexpected encounter with Jesus upon the point of apparent death as an ardent anti-Christian deeply involved in occultism and the ‘New Age’!
The essential details were told for my baptismal testimony and recorded for the greater glory of God in 1992 as More Than A Dream. Upon launching this blog it was published as part of a warning about our post-mortem existence – Death or Destiny? Choose Wisely. As a result of the subsequent 20-years gap I included events verifying that truly awesome overnight visit.
During that period I stayed away from digging up my ‘old man’ but I was asked to give my testimony at a ladies’ breakfast. Also, as the fuller story may help those who don’t yet know the depth of God’s love for them personally, I expanded it into seven installments for the encounter’s 24th anniversary in 2013 (see No 7 and My Journey Into Freedom).
The essential parts were extended and re-blogged in April 2017 in response to a visitor who remarked my brief reference to Islam indicated complete ignorance of it, and of deism in particular. So this true story needed to reiterate, augment and clarify such details for the record.
A LIFE-CHANGING DREAM
I appreciate, therefore, your taking the time to read why I believe in Jesus Christ and how invisible chains binding me got broken. These links take you into my journey.:
An Effect of Church Divisions:
A Couple of Divine Appointments:
- False ‘Gospel’ Lured Me To The Devil’s Door
- On a Trapdoor Into Hell – Jesus Swoops To The Rescue
- Triple Validation of the Reality of My Life-changing Visitation
Listening to God and My Freedom:
- The Bible’s Author Opens It To Answer My ‘Newbie’ Questions
- The Bible’s Author Directs Me to ex-New Agers’ Testimonies
- Freedom At Last From satan – My Chains Fell Off!
After those events it was important to demolish every foothold the enemy of our souls had in me. This involved some deliverance ministry and I was mightily blessed with a baptism in the wonderful Holy Spirit, the effect of which lasted 40 days.
Other than the Holy Bible itself, the following are some of the reference works that helped me immensely as a new Christian, born afresh by Holy Spirit’s gracious presence. [Prior to 1990s some books had given me historical background on biblical and Christian history; principally on the legends of Jesus’ disciples visiting the Marseille area of southern France and Roman Britain at Glastonbury, plus The Invisible Hand’s account of ancient seers’ predictions for the modern Middle East, as outlined in my Bio Info.]
- The Books and the Parchments, Professor F.F. Bruce
- The Case for Christ – The Case for a Creator, Lee Strobel
- How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth, Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
- Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus, David Biven & Roy Blizzard
- The Four Faces of God, John Bickersteth & Timothy Paine
- Systematic Theology, Dr Wayne Grudem.
- The Practice of Biblical Meditation, Campbell McAlpine
- Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose! Derek Prince
- Prophecy in the Local Church, David Pytches
- Surprised By The Voice of God, Jack Deere
- Baptised in The Holy Spirit? John Gunstone.
On History of Holy Lands & Early Church:
- The Invisible Hand, Victor Dunstan
- The Coming of the Saints, J.W. Taylor
- The Drama of the Lost Disciples, G.F. Jowett
- Israel – His People, His Land, His Story, ed by Fred Wright
- The Books The Church Suppressed: Fiction & Truth of Da Vinci Code, Dr Michael Green (also see my blog links below).
On New Age & Occultism:
- The Cult Explosion, Dave Hunt
- Confronting The New Age, Douglas Groothuis
- Revealing The New Age Jesus, Douglas Groothuis
- Lightning From Heaven, John Widdas & Peter Mockford
- Riders of the Cosmic Circuit; Gods of the New Age, Tal Brooke
- Close Encounters With The New Age Conspiracy, Kevin Logan
- From Witchcraft to Christ, Doreen Irving autobiography.
On Spiritual & Inner Healing:
- Free Indeed! Tom Marshall.
- Healing The Family Tree, Dr Kenneth McAll
- The Transformation of the Inner Man, John & Paula Sandford
- Delivered or Healed? A Guide to Christian Wholeness, John & Mark Sandford.
On History & Theology of Islam:
- Who Is This Allah? C.J.O. Moshay
- I Dared To Call Him Father, Bilquish Sheikh
- The Jesus Visions; Miracles Among Muslims, Christine Darg
- From Jihad To Jesus; An Ex-miiltant’s Journey of Faith, Jerry Rassamni
- Mosques and Miracles; Revealing Islam & God’s Grace, Dr Stuart Robinson
- Islam and Terrorism, Dr Mark A.Gabriel (former professor of Islamic history at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt)
- A Wind In The House Of Islam – how God is drawing Muslims around the world to faith in Jesus Christ, David Garrison.