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Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream

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1default Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:10 am

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Genesis 28:10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Last night, as I was about to fall asleep, and I was praying for the LORD to guide us all and protect us, the words, Jacob's ladder, was brought to my remembrance. I really haven't thought too much on this passage of scripture in a long time. As a child, I remember vaguely being taught about this Biblical dream, but, fondly remember the game with a string, where we made a ladder. It was called Jacob's ladder, and it was a fingering skill type game.

Why now? I think the importance of this dream is related to our belief that the LORD is watching over us and taking care of us, but most importantly, the rest that Jacob had, sleeping in the pillows of the LORD (Stones), which he set up as a Pillar of the LORD, and called the place Bethel, because it was the House of God and the Gates of Heaven! These scriptures, reveal the LORD'S intention to keep the promise to Abraham, Issac and now to Jacob, that their children will be a blessed nation. It is confirmation, that his people would be returned from all direction into the land the LORD promised. It solidifies the blessing of Issac to Jacob, found in the beginning of this chapter:

Genesis 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

There is something else within this chapter that is relevant. Notice the actions of Esau:

Genesis 28:6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan; 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram; 8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

Here we have twin brothers, who are both struggling with position and blessing from their earthly father...and also taking this one step backwards, the issue of the first born's ligitimate rights to the inheritance of the father, through Issac, and Ishmael. We see that the LORD was solidifying a promise of Abraham to his firstborn son, and the promise the LORD gave to Haggar. The marriage within the family, keeps both promises alive.

Today, we can see the battle for ownership of the first born and the promise that was given to the second born child...the battle for laying claim to Israel is still brewing. At this time the LORD is calling his chidren back to the land promised.

These are just some thoughts, to think about.

Why do you think the LORD revealed in the dream, to Jacob, the ladder with angels assending and desending?

2default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:10 am

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Interesting thoughts Susan...

It could be a "prepare" revelation...how did they prepare.....


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3default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:54 am

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Pamela wrote:Interesting thoughts Susan...

It could be a "prepare" revelation...how did they prepare.....
I started to answer you a couple times...I have been praying about my answer. When this revelation came to me, I was praying about how we are to proceed in this forum, and as a ministry of our LORD...the LORD reminded me of Jacob's Ladder. My first thoughts were the Rapture, and what it will be like...because I recalled the angels going up and down the ladder....As I read over the Chapter, I was drawn back into what the ministry must be built upon. Yes, this is a WORD on how to prepare a place of ministry. It must be built upon JESUS...and the gospel...

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

4default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:43 am

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This is truth...I will add these scriptures as well...

1 Cor. 3:11 11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Luke 6:47-48 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.


Psalm 127:1 1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.


Psalm 62:2 2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

Psalm 61:2 2From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

These are the Truths that build a sure foundation, and no confusion can destroy this understanding (house).


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5default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:54 am

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Yes, just as the LORD kept the promises to Abraham, Issac and Jacob...he will help us in building this ministry too. I was also reminded, that Ishmael wasalso granted a promise...and the LORD does not go back on his WORD...even when the first born was overlloked for the promised child, we should always be aware that all things work for the glory of the LORD. Esau sold his brithright to Jacob, for a bowl of pottage...in Genesis 25.

6default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:59 pm

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But I can't help think that Ishmael is a shadow of a "theif."

7default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:14 am

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The angels that ascend and decend the latter in Jacob's dream shows how common and prevailent do the angels interact with this world.

They are the finger tips of God

8default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:20 am

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Bob wrote:The angels that ascend and decend the latter in Jacob's dream shows how common and prevailent do the angels interact with this world.

They are the finger tips of God
Now that is a neat thought...we never know when we are entertaining angels. flower

9default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:29 pm

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Susan wrote:
Bob wrote:The angels that ascend and decend the latter in Jacob's dream shows how common and prevailent do the angels interact with this world.

They are the finger tips of God
Now that is a neat thought...we never know when we are entertaining angels. flower

We most certainly are entertaining to them. The angels of God praised the Lord when he made the Universe and the earth; it gives them something to do :D

10default Re: Jacob's Ladder- Biblical Dream on Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:04 pm

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Yeah, or they would just be sitting around playing cards...Smile


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