They Are ALIVE, They Are DEAD

It was a cold winter morning in February of 2015. As dawn began to break, I woke up remembering an unusual dream. This strange dream was so vivid and appeared to be so lifelike that it felt like I was standing in the dark cave watching.


The events of this unusual dream took place underground in a dark cave. In the center of this dark cave, I could see a hole in the ground, and the hole was built up with bricks. The bricks were built up around the hole about four in height, and it appeared to look like the opening of an old well in the ground.

To the right of this hole was a tall, dark figure standing in the shadows, and to the left was a brick wall that stood about 3 or 4 feet in height. I was standing directly in front of the hole in the ground a short distance away and was looking at it, and the tall, dark figure in the shadows.

I began seeing what looked like people rising and climbing out of the hole in the ground. I noticed they appeared to be people, but you could see right through them as if they were transparent.

In my mind at that moment, I remember thinking these people have no soul, yet their bodies are alive.


They are alive, but they are spiritually DEAD.

As they continued to climb out of the hole they walked straight through the 3 or 4 ft high brick wall that was to the left, and they proceeded to walk into the darkness that was beyond the wall.

The dream ended with the last person climbing out of the hole in the ground and walking through the brick wall. The tall, dark figure never spoke a word to anyone. It just stood there watching and waiting until everyone was out of the hole.

I woke up remembering the dream and quickly wrote it down before it faded away.

At the time, I didn’t know what to make of this unusual dream. I wondered if the strange dream had a particular meaning or significance. In the days following, I wrote a blog post that described the strange dream in detail. I didn’t give it much thought after that until several months later.


Living in the Darkness

Before having this strange dream, my life was in complete disarray. I was living in a state of mental confusion having come from a dysfunctional family. I grew up enduring child abuse and child sexual abuse and had a dysfunctional mindset. As a young woman, I suffered domestic violence, lost custody of children and ran in fear for my life.

Over the years, I was always fearful that my husband would find, and then kill me. I felt unloved by my mother and unwanted men. I carried the heavy burdens of guilt and shame of losing our children around for twenty plus years.

I had been saved several years prior, however; I was not walking in the light of Christ on a continuous basis. I was wandering in the world of darkness with sinful conditions.


Things began to turn around after leaving a twenty plus year relationship.

I couldn’t take the weight of carrying our dysfunctional relationship alone anymore. I gave him one year to show me the love and respect that I deserved, or I was leaving. He didn’t heed that warning and one year later I moved out with my youngest child. There was no going back this time.


That next summer the Lord gave me a message that changed everything.

“Come into the full light the Lord speaks to me. Let the inner beauty and strength shine through. Use the gifts given unto thee; show them off for the world to see. Do not hide away or be dismayed. I have created you in our image, after our likeness and blessed you. I love you just the way you are, flaws and all.”

In this message, the Lord was calling me to come out of the darkness with fear. He was calling me to walk in the full light of Christ by faith. He was reminding me that he loved me, flaws and all.


I thought I was ALIVE in Christ for many years.

However, I was spiritually DEAD because I was not walking in the light of Christ on a continuous basis. I still had a dysfunctional mindset and was bound to the darkness by the chains of sin and disobedience.

I continued to walk in the darkness with fear. I didn’t “trust” God enough to “obey” his word every day, and the consequences of these personal choices were devastating. I continuously made unhealthy choices and decision in life and continued to suffer unnecessarily.

I was living a lie and not walking in the light, as he is the light.


This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1: 1-5 KJV  

Understanding the Unusual Dream

I began to comprehend the Unusual Dream after working with Lisa Bloom’s content to craft my story and testimony of faith. My story and testimony of faith represent the transformation from the darkness with sinful conditions into the light of Christ.

The powerful message in my story and testimony of faith is to declare the grace of God to transform a sinner like me.

The people coming out of the hole in the ground represent individuals, like me that have become lost in the world of darkness with sinful conditions.


They think they’re ALIVE, but they’re spiritually DEAD inside.

Their eyes have become blinded to the truth; their mindset is dysfunctional with evil imaginations. They live in fear and with pain and anguish. To come out of the darkness, they need to walk past the evil that is in this world and towards the light of Christ.

The only way to walk out of the darkness is to put your faith or trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

You must walk out of the darkness by faith. 

That is the only way out!

The Lord is calling those who remain lost in the darkness, with fear, pain, and mental anguish and suffering to come to him.


The world has become darkened, and evil abounds.

The devil or Satan will have a short time to rule the earth. The devil lies and imposes fear upon his victims, and death and destruction follow him where ever he goes.

The devil or Satan is standing near watching and waiting to devour you and your testimony of faith. He seeks to keep you from a loving God who can rescue you from this darkness.

If you choose to disbelieve in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins, you will continue to walk forward into the darkness. You will perhaps unknowingly, follow the devil or Satan, and the results will always be death and destruction.

The eternal pain and mental anguish of being separated from God, who is love, will be far greater than anything we have seen here on earth. This torment will last for eternity!

The Lord is calling you to trust in him.

The question is, will you trust in him?

Will you walk in the light of Christ by faith?

The Lord is Calling, what choice will you make?


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Linda M Carleton

Linda M Carleton

Linda is an abuse survivor, passionate writer, and blogger who shares her testimony of God’s saving grace and transforming love with others. Linda helps oppressed individuals find the way to an abundant life.


  1. Linda, Thank you for sharing what the Lord revealed to you.
    One day I might be able to share a similar vision.
    The Lord bless you as you continue to walk in His light. ~ Fran

    1. Fran, Thank you for visiting and for the comment.

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