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Visions or dreams about storms are most likely alleghories, perhaps Biblically related to 'whirlwinds' or other Biblical symbols regarding storms.  I have noticed that most of the dreams/visions about tornadoes mirror the principle of 1 Corinth 3:10-15 and Matt. 7:24-27.

-Teri Lee Earl

The following dream or visions span the years 1993-2004. There are only a few of them posted here, even though there were many reports during those years of dreams or visions using this symbolism.

The first report posted below was posted to an e-mail list in 1996.  It has remained posted on this website since that time.  In retrospect, the event that was being represented in these visions could have been the very dramatic and sudden terrorist attacks on 9/11.  Of course, we would have to ask the person who received these visions if our conjecture is correct, but it seems an obvious one.  Considering his comments in his e-mail, God was telling him that no one would know this event was coming. That was certainly true.  His sense of judgment and ominousness in the visions do match such the emotions of the dreadful event. The churches as a symbol of refuge could indicate the spirituality that most Christians clung to shortly after the attacks.

Date sent: Fri, 20 Dec 1996
From: rnkholmes

Dear Friends

I hope the following inspires you to pray and seek the Lord Christ. Many false prophets are prophesying 'peace peace' when war is rolling across the plains. Many are saying 'God bless you' when judgment is rising like a storm. On that note seek God, for the coming revival will bring both!


Back in 1993 I was in prayer, when I had an open vision. That is, my eyes were open, but all I could see was a storm. I was looking out west and over the mountains came dark and ominous clouds- the rain grew so thick so quickly that I was almost blinded as I watched.

Then bolts of lightning began to strike the ground, but rather than retreating they pierced the ground and cut swaths of destruction through the city. I knew thousands were dying in the city, and the destruction was terrible. However I could see that none of the lightning bolts had struck or torn through churches. They were not destroyed but rather provided a place of protection.

Then in 1994 I saw this storm again in a vision. The storm this time came so fast that it was completely unheralded by the meteorologists. The Spirit expressly said "In the same way they did not see this coming, neither will the church at large discern the judgement I am preparing. It will come, it will come quickly, it will strike suddenly, warn my people to repent, to pray that in judgement, mercy shall triumph".

The following vision was once posted at Chavda Ministries Webpage (Prophetic Perspective Vol 5Part V):

Subject: Bonnie Chavda's Vision "It Will Be Very Violent"

Recently, Bonnie received a vision in which the Lord showed her things concerning imminent visitation in this nation.

In the vision, I was standing on a landmap of the U.S.A. The states stretched out from me in front and behind. I was facing west and above me, from horizon to horizon, was a ceiling of very thick, black, angry clouds. Their appearance was that of an approaching, terrible storm. In one place, there was an opening in the clouds. There, rays of very bright sunlight shown through. Seeing this, I understood that a spiritual storm was imminent, and that in the wake of this storm, hope, peace, and joy would shine from heaven. I heard a voice say, "This is the refreshing. IT WILL BE VERY VIOLENT."

Suddenly, I was standing on the flat wheat fields of the midwest. In the distance, approaching at tremendous speed, was a terrible cyclone funnel cloud. The earth all around this appraoching cyclone was kicked up in a tremendous frenzy. As I watched, a series of scenes from the movie adaptation of the American classic by L Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz, passed before me. With each picture, a voice describes things that will take place as this coming "wind" moved accross the land. I understood that It will not be sinners, false religions, or even political institutions, including the media, that will most vehemently question and oppose the coming "wind". It will be institutions of Christian Tradition and influence, including those who claim the "fullness of the Spirit".

I saw the girl Dorothy, in her humility, purity, and faith, as a type of the Bride of Christ. She was running home as the storm approached. Seeking shelter, she ran into her bedroom and climbed into her bed. But I knew this place that had seemed, in the past, able to bring consolation and sheild from every terror, would not keep out this storm. The comfort she had found in the familiar things in the past would not uphold her in what was coming. As the wind surrounded Dorothy's whole house, the screens, doors, windows, and shutters were caught up in the power of the wind and began flying off.. God said, Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Everything in which you have found safety or comfort but not from Me will be exposed and uprooted."

I found myself standing in the swirling house as it was lifted by the cyclone. Looking out, I saw every kind of debris, both worthless and formerly valuable, flying around before my eyes. This "wind" tested the true strength of things formerly trusted in and exposed many things formerly covered. With all the dirt, debris, cows, and farmers swirling before me, the Lord said, "There will be those who will call this wind demonic because of what it will make manifest. Demons will be stirred up, the flesh will be made obvious, things formerly hidden will be exposed and seen as they are in relation to My Spirit: BUT THIS WIND IS FROM ME!" I realized how human logic and tradition, not being subject to the spirit, will misread the appearance of what is to come, and will deny that Jesus is driving the wind. But Jesus said, "I have come not to bring peace, but a sword," and again, "Anything spoken against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." I trembled at these words, for I had expected that the visitation we had so long sought would come as welcome delight for all. Now I was being warned that it will not be so. But God will refresh and empower everyone who gladly receives Him in fullness.

Then passing before me was Myra Gulch, the school teacher who hated Dorothy's little dog, Toto, because he constantly stirred up her chickens! She was peddling by on her bicycle with a bitter and determined look on her face. Trapped in the basket on the back of her bicycle was Toto. Miss Gluch had tried to imprison Dorothy's protector and companion, but Toto escaped to accompany Dorothy on her journey. The schoolteacher changed and became the wicked witch. The witch was intent on killing Toto, destroying Dorothy, and enslaving the inhabitants of the land of Oz. The Holy Spirit said, "Do you know who I am in this picture?" Though this would certainly offend the religious, and surprised me, the Lord said, "I am 'Toto" -just like Toto is Dorothy's constant comforter, friend, protector, and guide, I am with you! Witchcraft wants to control the Holy Spirit and put God in a box! Miss Gulch is a picture of the spirit of witchcraft working through the arm of the flesh and legalism to "manage", define, and ultimately resist God through religious tradition and control.This spirit hates the anointing and God's anointed ones because they are like the "wind". You don't know where it comes from or where it goes; you cannot trap the wind! The Holy Spirit, who is God Almighty and resident Lord of the church, but who, in utter humility will never exalt or impose himself, will come only where He is recognized, welcomed, and loved. He will be resisted and spurned by those who have not known him intimately but have only known of him or by theological definition.

Then the Lord showed me who will respond as God makes up his army in this hour. On her way to the Emerald city to see the Great Wizard, Dorothy encounters and is joined by a little band of other unlikely seekers. They are unified, not because they are alike, nor because any one of them is great in themselves, but because they have one common goal, to see the Great Oz. There are three who take up with Dorothy: Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Scarecrow illustrates people whose childlike faith and simplicity of heart make them appear to be foolish to the world and to the carnal minded. His prayer is, "If I only had a brain!" Of the scarecrows, God said, "I have chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. In weakness I will be shown strong." There is Tin Man, whose rusted joints have put him out of action until Dorothy comes along. He longs for a real heart and when she finds him, Dorothy oils his rusted joints and returns him to his former vigor. Of Tin Man, God said, "These are my 'Caleb' people, those who have been 'put out to pasture.'" Silver haired, retired in the natural, who would be passed over by another army, but who have in them that "different spirit" and a heart that fully follows the Lord. They will receive fresh oil and be recommissioned for use in this hour! At 80 years old, Caleb declared, "We can take the land!" And there is Cowardly Lion, afraid of his own shadow, but loyal to his friends even in the face of death. He is a type of many who, tho born of the Lion of Judah, have been Intimidated by the spirit of witchcraft, which hates the anointing. Though once depressed by their own weakness, they will ROAR in the day of His army as the anointing of the Holy Spirit comes upon them. They see a cause and a King for whom they can fight! Of this army, God says, "It is not by might nor by power but by My Spirit!" (Zec 4:6)

This little army approaches the Emerald City and rings the bell. The high, beautiful fortress illustrates the kingdom of our "inheritance with the saints in light" (Col 1:12). It is also the place of visitation and revelation. Hidden in its towers and recesses are all spiritual riches, miracles, and power, for all manner of healing and signs. Al little door within the gate slides open and out pops the agitated face of the doorkeeper. "GO AWAY!" he croaks at Dorothy and slams the opening. The Lord said, "The spirit of religion will refuse my army and resist their entrance to and possession of the resources of their kingdom." Many who have held power in religious settings will be threatened by this army and will resist it. In spite of them, the army will gain entrance to the Kingdom. Once inside, Dorothy and her friends approach the hall where the Great Oz gives audience to his seekers. I could feel intense power and heat as thunderings and fire came forth when Oz spoke. The little band trembled terribly as they neared the One who would fill all their requests and transform them. Suddenly, Toto jumps from Dorothy's arms and runs to a curtain which conceals a small room at one side of the altar that reflects the awesome face of Oz. Pulling it back, Toto reveals a delightful, wise, and loving old gentleman. It is the image of this man, mixed with fire and thunderings, that shows forth the Great and Terrible Oz. The Great Oz, before whom the inhabitants of the land tremble, is also a gentle grandfather! The Lord says, "This visitation will bring My church into intimate revelation and personal knowledge of Me as I AM THAT I AM, the consuming fire who removes My enemies, and as your ABBA, DADDY, your loving Father who has reconciled you to Myself through the Blood of My own dear Son!"

As the vision ended, I was shaken with all that I had seen concerning God's refreshing coming to America. Indeed, IT WILL BE VERY VIOLENT. THe Biblical definition of VIOLENT is "make bare, shake off, violate, do violence, take away" (Hebrew) and "to force, crowd oneself into, to be seized, press, suffer violence, a forcer" (Greek) "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matt 11:12). Many individuals will receive this outpouring, be transformed, and commissioned to active duty in the harvest. Others will be offended and oppose the things about to be revealed. In some circumstances, it will be possible for confusion to reign. The works of the flesh, anger, pride, selfish ambition, and all sorts of demons, will be manifest as everything around us is stirred up. But those who receive this outpouring will find themselves in a river of the Holy Spirit like the river Ezekiel experiences flowing out from the very throne of God. This river flowed out from His Presence with such force that an angel carrying Ezekiel away from the source could not out distance the rising waters! The river came first over Ezekiel's ankles, then up to his knees, his waist, and ultimately forced him to swim of be overcome. This outpouring will be a river that cannot be crossed! This river of the water of life poured out by teh Holy Spirit will cause us to "learn to swim". God intends His people to be a habitation of His Presence, a people of His Spirit. Where we have depended on getting from one point to the next by "walking", depending on the strength of our "legs" (natural ability) to carry us, we will no longer be able to manuever in this river rising around us. God says, "Cursed is the man who trusts in the arm of the flesh" (Jer 17:5). We will have to become dependent on Him and His power to understand and do His will in this hour. The river Ezekiel experienced "caused everything to live wherever it flowed" (Eze 47:9), except where it flowed into the "swamps and marshes". There it turned to salt (a picture of stagnation and death). The key to this visitation bringing us life is taking in and giving out. Receiving and giving it away! Those who would only want this river out of personal interest will ultimately stagnate. Those who refuse the river will wither and die. Those who try to bring this river into unholy places will find that it turns bitter. It is said of these places, "They will not be healed" (Eze 47:11). But those who welcome the river to wash through, refresh, and cleanse, and make an outlet that the river may also flow to others will be revived and become like the trees beside Ezekiel's river bearing continual fruit and whose "Leaves are for the healing of the nations" (Eze 47:1-12). In another place the Lord speaks concerning His river and says, "In as much as these people refused the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and rejoice in the Rezin and in Remaliah's som (arm of the flesh); now therefore behold the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty. He will go up over all His channels and go over all His banls. He will pass through Judah, He wil overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; and the stretching our of His wings will fill the breadth of your land O Immanuel. Be shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Give ear all you from far countries. Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak the word, but it will not stand for God is with us." (Isaiah 8:6-10). Then God tells the prophet, ("With a strong hand, He intructed me that I should not walk in the way of the people saying:) 'Do not say, "A conspiracy," concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to teh inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken, snared and be taken. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples, whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of Hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion." (Isaiah 8:11-18). This word what the voice of Jesus speaking by the Holy Spirit through Isaiah concerning His time to come. Jesus is the same today aas inthe time of His earthly ministry and in the time of Moses. Simeon the prophet spoke concerning Him, "Behold, this Child is destined for the rising and falling of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against, yes a sword will pierce through your own soul also and the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed" (Luke 2:34-35). He has not changed. The Rock on which we stand is a Person, both I AM THAT I AM, and ABBA, our Daddy, who knows our innermost thoughts and loves us steadfastly. He desires only our good, and He is also a consuming fire! Let us fear lest our generation be like those who died in the wilderness because they did not mix the word delivered to them with faith! We must let God be God and strive as far as possible to live at peace with all. Determine to walk in humility and at the same time resolve not to compromise this invasion of the Holy Spirit. "IT WILL BE VERY VIOLENT!" It would behoove everyone who hears of the work of the Lord in this hour to remember it was religious leaders, and those to whom the promises had been delivered in former generations, who rejected the appearing of the One for whom they waited! When he came into their midst, they rejected Him because He did not come keeping their interpretation of the traditions they stewarded. Jesus said, "Surely I am coming suddenly. Let him who thirsts take the water of life freely." (Rev 22:20). As God visits us, if you find yourself in the circumstance of Dorothy, longing for more than what you have experienced in the past, thirsty for more of God, welcome that wind! Don't be offended if He shakes everything in your life. Don't be surprised in He joins you to an unlikely army of people who simply want more of Him. Don't focus on their weaknesses. Focus on your strength together to accomplish His purpose in our generation. Remember that He is always with us. He desires to give us the kingdom and reveal Himself to us more intimately as Redeemer, Bridegroom, Companion, and Father! It was Dorothy's longing for more than she had experienced that launched her on her great adventure. Her request to go "Back to Kansas" symbolizes our return to our First Love, Jesus. She learned true love, the true value of the things in her life, the power of faith, the importance of true friends, and of persistence. It took passing through the storm. Jesus longs for true worshippers, "the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'" (Rev 22:17). May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all! Amen!

Subject:         Doyle H. Millington - Judgement Upon the Church 10/13/04
Date sent:       Thu, 14 Oct 2004 22:39:46 -0500

From: ANZAC Prophetic List []
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 12:36 PM
Date sent:      Wed, 13 Oct 2004 16:09:25 -0500
From:           "Millington, Doyle H" <>

Recently, I had a very strange dream, and prayed for interpretation, this is what I received:

I was in two story house, on the ground floor in an easy chair reading a newspaper.  I heard on the radio that a tornado warning was in effect, and several tornadoes had been sighted in the area.  I thought to myself, "There are always tornado warnings and sightings in these parts, but I've never actually seen one myself..." and ignored it.

Suddenly, the wind outside whipped up, and I went to the front porch. The house was on a great plain, and I could that several miles away an enormous tornado was devastating the town.  There was a small boy about six years old in the house (odd as I don't have any children) and I shouted to him, "Get in the basement, NOW!  It's the only place that is safe!"  Instead, he immediately ranout in the front yard shouting, "You can't tell me what to do, you can't tell me what to do, I am going to do what I want!"  He ran off, and as I about to give chase, a tornado came directly into the front yard and the thought came to me, "If I chase him, we will both die!"  Suddenly realizing the child had disappeared from sight, I ran to the basement.

For a great while the storm lashed the house and several times the noise was so great I was sure the house would collapse and I would perish.  Suddenly, there was a great calm.  When the calm came, I looked out a window, and saw an automobile high in a tree.  There was a man behind the wheel frantically gesturing, and all I could think was that if the vehicle fell, he'd fall with it and be seriously injured.  As I wondered how I could help him, I realized that he had no choice but to abandon the car to reach safety.

Suddenly the wind roared again, and the automobile and it's driver were swept away.  To my amazement, the tree the car had been in was completely unharmed; not a twig broken.  All I could think was that the man's refusal to abandon the car cost him his life.

Again the winds raged, and again I retired to the basement, again worried the entire house would collapse, and I would perish in the end  Eventually, the storm was over.  Several family members and I spent days cleaning up fallen branches and debris strewn in the yard.  The house's fascia was damaged, but the house suffered nothing serious.

The police came to investigate the disappearance of the boy, and his body was discovered in a rain drain.  Several days had passed, and the corpse was quite decomposed, but the police identified the boy by his teeth.

Investigators concluded he suffered a severe blow to the left side of the head, then ran immediately to the drain, curled into a fetal position, then died.

Lastly, I saw myself before a judge, being investigated for the boy's death. I began by telling the judge the boy was incorrigible, and utterly refused to listen.  I greatly feared she would prosecute me for not doing more to save the child, but to my amazement, she just nodded her head and listened.  No charges were filed.

This is the interpretation:

God's judgment is falling upon the land (the church in America in particular). The warnings on the radio were the decades of warnings God has sent America through prophets and Bible teachers. I ignored them thinking there have always been warnings because it is written, "In the last days many will say, Where is the sign of Christ's appearing?  All things continue the same since our forefather's day."  America has been hearing warnings for so long, we just don't take them seriously anymore.  We yawn and go about our business thinking, "I've heard this all before, but nothing comes of it..."

The tornadoes represent God's judgments, they have come to America, and they will come again (see the part about the sudden stillness, and then the winds begin to rage a second time...)

The house represented being found in Christ.  If the boy had stayed in the house, he would have been unharmed as the house suffered only superficial damage.  The boy represented the average American Christian (I am persuaded this dream was for America, and American Christians in particular.)  Their attitude is quite plain, "No one is going to tell us what to do; we shall do as we please!" Open defiance against an authoritative word is their normal behavior.  I am persuaded the word to "get in the basement" represents prophets and teachers God has sent into churches, and they've been wholly mocked, scorned, and ignored.  The days are coming that people who ignore the prophets will suffer great hardships, even losing their lives.  God speaks to us to show us how to avoid disaster, not to lord or dictate over us ruthlessly.

The blow to the left side of the head was significant, it occurred to me that the born-again believer sits on His RIGHT hand, thus the left side of the head is facing Christ (see Ephesians chapters 1 and 3).  It also occurred to me that portion of the skull is where the speech centers are, and I was impressed judgment does indeed fall from God when we won't listen to His Words.

The man in the car represented those that attempt to flee the wrath to come in their own strength.  I was impressed the car represented religious works, churches, church organization, and religious institutions.  Many people believe regular church attendance and religious observation will save them.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  They believe the church (organized religion) has the power to save them.  Remember, I could only think that the man would have been saved had he just forsaken the car!  But he was determined he would not!  I am impressed organized religion in America is a "sinking ship" and those that won't abandon ship are going down with her!  Depart from her (don't trust in her to save you, she won't, and can't, ***even if she wanted to) for only Christ's blood shed at Calvary can save!  Trust in Him and Him alone.

The final part was a personal message to me.  I often fear that I will stand before Him and be blamed for not doing more to help such persons, but God knows that NO ONE can help the disobedient and rebellious.  Only they can choose to repent, and that is a matter of free will.

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These below are a few outside links to other people/ministries's websites:
The Only Hope in the Coming Storm by David Wilkerson
See also our America Prophecies page

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM! by Pat Gregory, year 2000

Perilous Times Ahead - given to a home meeting, year 2003

Walking in the Light


For examples of my own dreams/visions, see  MY VISIONS OR DREAMS DEPICTING STORMS/FLOODS/TORNADOS posted in my 'Diary of Dreams' series.

-Teri Lee Earl