In mid November 2007, I lost my cousin Joseph Montez in a tragic fall. Jojo was beloved and valued member of our family. I mourned his death deeply because in his passing I realized I could have done more to encourage him spiritually. After his death, I felt distraught, because I wished for another opportunity. Another chance to connect in sincere, and heartfelt conversation to let him know that I loved him. .
The painful loss of my love one coupled with the complete inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit gave me the strength and power to fast twenty one days for clear direction and salvation for unsaved family members. I desperately wanted God’s attention so my fast consisted of water, fruits and vegetables at day break each day. This was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. On the 18th day of the fast my body began to feel intense starvation which was almost unbearable. I cried out in a still voice as tears streamed down my face. I asked the Lord to please help me.
I said to the Lord, if my family (my brothers) would come to know Him and His love then this difficulty would pale in comparison. To knowing my family would all be together for eternity. I believe the prayers and fast resulted in the Lord himself visiting and encouraging me with His presence on my 41st birthday. (March 8th 2008.)
In the darkness, I opened the back patio door, and the heaven were filled with star’s that sparkled brilliantly. It was still dawn. But there was one star that stood out above the rest because it’s was the most brilliant. It seemed to begin to shine brighter and brighter, then slowly it began to lower it self towards the earth. I was frightened at first yet very excited because I just knew it was the Lord and He was on his way. I hurried inside to prepare for his arrival. I rushed into the restroom to wash my face and hands.
As I opened the door to come out of the restroom, I saw my home divided into two sections. To my left appeared to be ancient Israel. The stone walls now replaced parts of the walls in my home. To my right was my modern home with all of the current amenities and furnishing. To my surprise the Lord Jesus was sitting on my living room floor. He sat quietly with his legs crossed and a peaceful expression. He was wearing a multi-colored shawl. His face was that of a beautiful young man with a warm radiance emanating about him. His light resembled that of a cozy and comfortable camp fire at night . Also nestled closely around him was a variety of different animals. Of all the animals, the chickens seemed to have made more of a significant impression.
I was overjoyed and elated the Lord himself was here. My first thought was to feed him and make him feel welcomed. So I immediately rushed into the kitchen to prepare His meal. I began chopping up some fruit and organized a tray with nuts and sugared dates.
As I was preparing the food at the kitchen counter, I felt the presence of a spiritual being approach me from my left side. I don’t remember what he looked like or if he was invisible. In a gentle, yet masculine voice this being said to me “Do you know why He is here?” I said “No.” He then replied, “He is here because of your prayers.” I replied, “Which ones?” Then I heard him say “The ones for the souls of men.” My heart felt a deep sigh of relief, as this was confirmation that the Lord had in fact heard my incessant and desperate prayers.
The being walk me back over to the living room where the Lord was now sitting on the edge of the couch. I sat on the edge of the adjoining couch. It was now day break and the sun was shinning through the wall of windows. We sat facing each other with our knees touching. I continued to feel the presence of this being standing on my left.
The Lord began to share His heart, by preparing me and revealing things to come. I do not recall literally all He said but do remember His words were very concerning and of alarming nature. [I believe the Lord wanted me to continue praying and encouraging others to pray and fast. I so wanted with all my heart to remember every word He spoke, but I could not. But the most important thing in the entire dream was that He heard my prayers and I believe with all my heart He will answer them.
Rev 22:16 I, Jesus have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David , and the bright Morning Star.
Luke 13: how often I have longed to gather your children together , as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
When I awoke from my dream my heart overflowed with gratitude. It felt so real. That morning my family and friends planned a birthday brunch. They brought gifts and made food. I shared my dream with everyone. It was such an encouraging day. However of all the gifts given, my most cherished was the Lord‘s being the first to arrive that early Saturday morning.