About a month ago, I had a dream in which I was standing in a high place looking down at the earth. I was amazed at what I saw. It was as if all the soil of the earth was removed so that I could see what laid underneath; and there in the middle of the earth, there were these giant pillars.
The pillars or columns that I saw were much like the columns used in Roman and Greek architecture, or what you might see at the White House. They were huge and imposing. They were greater in size than any skyscraper I had ever seen. Entire towns and cities could rest upon the top of them. There wasn’t just one of these columns but there were many. Each together were holding the earth in its place.
When I saw this, I really had no idea what it was that I was seeing. I knew that it was significant but didn’t have the interpretation of my dream yet. What I love about the body of Christ is that we are knitted together; because God wishes that we depend on each other. When I don’t have understanding of my dreams, I usually call people to help me interpret them. In this case, I called my mother. My mother is an amazing woman of God who has a great way of interpreting dreams, but in this instance she had very little understanding of the dream.
As I was talking to my mother on my phone my wife was sitting at the kitchen table. She was trying to get my attention as she was pointing at her own phone. I knew she had something that she wanted to say but I was concentrating on the call with my mother. I know that I just got in a lot of trouble with wives everywhere. If I could insert a smiley face here – laughing at myself - I would. My wife had the interpretation of the dream! I wasn’t use to my wife getting the interpretation of my dreams, but she indeed had it. She looked at me and said, “Your dream is much like this scripture that I am reading in 1 Samuel 2:8,” which states,
He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.
“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He has set the world upon them
This scripture is really a prophetic picture of you and me, in Christ. Not many of us were nobles, or rich when Christ found us. Perhaps you were like me. When Christ found me, I was in the middle of a suicide attempt. I was an atheist who didn’t believe that God could speak to me. I was also very sinful. I was both relieved and filled with terror when I heard God speak to me that day. I did not believe there was an afterlife. I thought that if I killed myself I would sink back into the black abyss from which I imagined I came; but now that God was speaking to me, I began to fathom eternity much differently than what I had conjured in my own mind. Perhaps there were consequences I would have to deal with if I killed myself after all! He literally rescued me from the “ash heap.”
In other interpretations of this scripture you will see the word “Dung Hill.” I think we can all agree that this is not a good place for us to exist. It is a place where you find people in the worse possible conditions. They are broken and filled with every sordid sin, and yet God takes them and places them in seats of honor. God doesn’t need our permission to do this either!
You and I in Christ can become these pillars. We can become strength for many others. A person who is established and rooted in Christ has the ability to shed abroad the love of Jesus to many hearts. The key is to remain inside God’s voice and to be washed in his presence. You must allow Jesus to transform your life from the inside out.
Hebrews 11:8 says that “by faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” This act of faith separated Abraham from his generation and helped him to enter into the promises that God had for him. Not many people would do what he did but those that will obey God will become strength for many generations to come.
When I think of Pillars, I think of my grandparents. They believed in God and followed him fearlessly. They use to tell me when I was young that they prayed for me every day, and I know that they did. In their generation, they were faithful and as a result they strengthened the generations to come. My desire is to also become the same strength to my family for generations to come. My prayer is that my offspring will be found faithful because I have been faithful.
The Pillars are men and women of God that stand up in hours of great darkness; and they become great lights in their times. I think of John Wesley who brought great revival to England and America. The times that he lived in were as dark as the times in which we live. In fact, when he started to minister, they say there were only four or five members of British Parliament who were actually Christian. Yet this man of God was faithful in his generation and effected great change in the culture of his time.
Wesley had to resort to preaching in open fields, because the Anglican Church would not receive him. When I was in Sheffield England, I learned that 15,000 people (or one third of the city) showed up to hear Wesley preach in an open field. He was ridiculed, ignored and even persecuted by many; and yet today there are over thirty million people that still associate themselves to the Wesleyan or Methodist Church worldwide. I don’t imagine that in his lifetime he would have thought this would ever happen, and yet it did. He became a Pillar of the Earth in his generation, and in the generations to come.
I believe that God is raising up people like Wesley in this generation. There is a call and an invitation to be faithful. I believe that God showed me these pillars in my dream to declare that our generation will also be faithful in Christ, and we will become known as a generation that put God above all things.
In your heart today determine that you will become that pillar, and I believe you will. I pray that God strengthens you and empowers you to become the light of Christ to those around you, and to inspire them to great faithfulness.
Damian is a minister in New York State. He was from the Caribbean originally but lived most of his life in Queen’s. He told me his story and it was a wonderful one; how he came out of a life of money and women and now was serving the Lord with many signs and wonders following his ministry.
Damian is a prophet and had prophesied a lot over me before we met in person on this day. But now we were sharing the Lord together in communion and the fellowship was sweet. Damian was one of the first to prophesy over me that I would write a book and now I have written – at the time of this writing – seven books. He said to me one of the books will make a big impact in the Kingdom. I am still waiting for that to come to pass, but I know that it will.
We had a lovely meal together. Kieffer made the most wonderfully flavoured mac and cheese and chicken meal. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I don’t know why I spoke about it, but I mentioned to Damian that I had my mantel in the car with me. I probably just freaked a few of you out. You see when I came to the Lord he told me that I had a mantel as a prophet, similar to Elijah. Now I realise that this mantel is a spiritual one but in those days I am not sure I realised this. I have this fancy overcoat that I wear to my job in government. When the Lord said I had a mantel I just assumed it was this coat.
Damian got all excited about this and asked to see it. I told him that it was out in my van. He said, “let’s go out and see it.” So we got our shoes on and walked out into the parking lot and I pulled out my mantel. Damian grabbed it and put it on. In my heart I was thinking, “Dude, that’s my mantel … what are you doing with it on? It was like he was so hungry for more of God he thought he would put this jacket on take whatever was on it. It was amusing but what happened next was wildly God. As we walked back into the house all of a sudden glory dust burst all over the jacket. There were green, red, yellow, purple and any other number of colors mixed together and there was so much of it. I had never seen this kind of manifestation in my life before. I had only heard about it through the internet. I had seen it on Joshua Mills when he was on a Sid Roth show but that was about it.
Here I was, in the middle of something I didn’t look or ask for, and yet it was strangely wonderful.
God’s presence came on thick. I never expected such a manifestation to be followed by the most wonderful sense of the presence of God. In the next moment Damian grabbed me by the hand
and the miracle dust burst out all over my clothing, but especially my shirt. I had recently bought the shirt that I was wearing when visiting my sister in Virginia. I was shocked as I saw the dust everywhere and all over me. Needless to say, this miracle occurring before me gave Damian great authority to speak into my life. We spent the next 6 or 7 hours just talking about the deep things of the spirit. Damian told me about angels ministering with him and how to see and to hear them. He brought me onto websites that showed angels appearing in meetings.
Later I would actually begin to see and hear angels in my own meetings, but on this day it was all brand new to me. Damian showed me a bag in his closet that contained his clothes for dry cleaning. He pulled out garment after garment that was covered in the same gold dust that was on me now. I went into a vision that evening and the Lord showed me this man of God in front of me as he was in the spirit. I saw him sitting on a cloud in the sky that was on fire and everywhere he went, he went with great authority spreading the fire. I didn’t want that evening to end. I felt I had met a great ambassador of the Lord’s army and wanted to get as much from him as I could before I left him again. He spoke deeply into my life and gave me some wonderful music that I listened to over and over again on my ride home.
My world was small before I met Damian. I didn’t realise the Kingdom was so diverse and interesting. He was the first of many wonderful people that I began to meet in the Lord’s army. On my drive home I had a much deeper longing for God than I ever had in my life before. I was so hungry for the manifestation of the glory of God. I was a little nervous that I would not see these signs and wonders I had encountered with Damian again, and to be honest some doubt rose inside of me as I considered that short visit with him. Was that really God and if so, would these manifestations ever appear again?
When I got home that day my mother was at my house. I started to tell my family about the things that I had witnessed on my journey and as I was telling the story the same dust burst out on my hands again. Then it burst out on my mother’s hands. I remember saying, “Get the boys.” Lydia brought Joseph over to me and when I touched his hands the same dust burst all over him. I felt great relief seeing these signs again so soon. I knew in my heart that I would see this stuff again and again, and truly through the last four years I have seen these things hundreds of times. God is good and is faithful.
I don’t seek these signs but I have come to expect them to appear, and when they do appear, I give glory to God and point the signs out to the people I am ministering to. Time and time again I have seen great faith build inside of people as they witness these things. I have seen spirits of unbelief leave and people begin to praise God as these signs begin to manifest. And the greatest thing is the presence of God that comes when such things occur. It is His presence that I long for most and where the signs are, His presence is there as well.
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