Isa Dreams appear in different forms. Many dreams are preparatory – inviting the individual into a relationship with Jesus. Other dreams are empowering – strengthening the person for a task or persecution. Muslims who convert to Christ often face retaliation from family and friends; therefore Muslims who dream about Jesus, must consider very carefully whom they tell about their dreams.
The Holy Spirit seems to be carrying out Luke 4:18, where Jesus claimed Isaiah 61 as his own: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” NIV
Dr. Dudley Woodberry is one of the key figures in modern missions to the Muslim world. He headed up the Muslim Studies department at Fuller Seminary in California. After reading an article that referred to Dr. Woodberry doing some research in this area, we interviewed him and found out he is also fascinated with Isa Dreams. The article indicated that around 40% of Muslim converts to Christianity mention a dream as being instrumental to that decision. He said that a graduate student had recently put all his data into a database and that he was way off in his reckoning – it is really more like 70%! He mentioned something that stuck with me. He said, “In the West, we don’t dream – we’ve been taught not to. Middle Easterners and Easterners expect God to speak to them in dreams.”