Jesus Appears to More than 200 Gazan Muslims in Dreams

1 December 2023

2.7 MINS

After Jesus appeared to more than 200 Muslims in dreams, these Gazan men have reportedly asked to follow Jesus.

In a welcome good news story out of Gaza, Dr Michael Licona has shared an update from contacts located within that region.

Licona is a Professor of New Testament Studies at Houston Christian University and the president of Risen Jesus, Inc. He is well-known for defending the historicity of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Miraculous Report from Gaza

In a Facebook post on 11 November, Licona quoted a report he received from “underground Christian ministries”. He wrote that this news should be celebrated by Christians all over the world.

The report from Gaza begins,

“Over the past two days, we have ministered to hundreds of fathers who have lost most, if not all, of their children in the war. As we moved these men to safety, we fed them, washed their clothes, and began to read the Bible to them – sharing the way of peace through Jesus.”

We then read these astonishing words:

“Then, a big miracle happened. Last night, Jesus appeared to more than 200 of them in their dreams! They have come back to us to learn more from God’s Word and are asking how to follow Jesus.”

Licona followed up the report with his own words:

“I side with Israel in this war, not necessarily for theological reasons but because Hamas and those backing it are pure evil.”

“Yet, I know that not all Palestinians support Hamas. In fact, they will be punished severely if even suspected of not supporting Hamas. Let’s pray that this war can be over soon and that Israel can eradicate Hamas so that Palestinians can be free… of Hamas!”

This is not the first time Licona has shared an interest in seeing Muslims come to faith in Jesus.

Michael had a vital role in former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi’s quest for ultimate truth. The late Qureshi, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, wrote the following about Licona’s role in his journey:

“Mike Licona was instrumental in my journey out of Islam to Christ. While I was a Muslim college student, Mike invited me to his home regularly to discuss the historicity of Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. The evidence Mike presented was so compelling it formed the keystone of my conversion.”

Praying for the Muslim World

It is extremely dangerous to be a Christian in Gaza. Despised and persecuted by Islamists, the Christian population has faced a continual decline in Gaza.

Yet as the report from Licona shows, God has not left Himself without a witness. Even in the most trying and desperate of circumstances.

On 20 October, Canberra Declaration issued a call to 21 days of prayer for Israel, including intercession for Gaza.

This critical call requested that people

“pray for dreams, visions, and encounters of Jesus in the Muslim world. Pray for an awakening in the Muslim world and a Church explosion. Pray that Muslims become disillusioned with Islam and find true answers in Jesus.”

Dreams and visions of Jesus are not uncommon in the Muslim world. Dick Brogden, a missionary for the Assemblies of God denomination who ministers to Muslims, has first-hand experience.

As reported by The Western Journal and AG News, God is moving in the Muslim world. Brogden reports, “It would be accurate to say that Muslims are responding to Jesus in levels we have never seen, not in 1,400 years!”

He went on to say,

“So many Muslims reject Islam, but know that to follow Jesus will cost them everything. Dreams of Jesus encourage them along the way and give them the comfort that Jesus will be with them – though it cost them everything to follow Him.”

Continued Need to Pray

While Canberra Declaration’s 21 days of prayer have passed, the continued need for intercession has not.

The war continues between Israel and Hamas. Hamas remains a terrorist governing organisation in Gaza. Hostages remain in Gaza, being used for political fodder. And many Jews and Gentiles have yet to come to faith in Jesus.

May the report from Licona encourage us to continue to pray. And to pray with expectations of answers in even the ‘impossible’ situations (Matt 19:26).

You can access all the prayer points from the critical call to prayer for Israel here.


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  1. Kurt Mahlburg 1 December 2023 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Wow, so encouraging! Thanks for sharing this Sam, I hadn’t heard about it elsewhere.

    • Kim Beazley 6 December 2023 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Not only in Gaza now, but for many years across the Islamic world. Have you read Stuart Robinson’s 2008 book, “Mosques and Miracles”? It contains numerous instances of Christ appearing to Muslims in dreams, sometimes whole communities.

      I also recall going to a meeting several years ago in our area (which has a significant Muslim population), and hearing testimonies of women who had had the same dream where Christ appeared to them. And I believe that dreams hold a particular significance in Islam.

      • Samuel Hartwich 11 December 2023 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        That’s a great book, I read it many years ago but have now misplaced my copy. And yes, absolutely, to the broad spectrum of this happening, which is why it’s so important to keep praying!

  2. Warwick Marsh 5 December 2023 at 9:18 am - Reply

    This is a great articxle by a great man! I am so glad it is number one.

  3. Gail Petherick 12 February 2024 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks Sam for writing on this amazing news. I hadn’t heard the exact number who had received a dream but 200 is just an amazing act of God. I know a number of Christians have prayed for this to happen and I have prayed with them and yet when it really occurs its astonishing- especially given the difficult situation in Gaza and knowing any Muslims who change faith will be persecuted. May God protect and lead them and their families.
    There are still 900 Gaza Christians from former days in 2 churches needing either safe passage out of Gaza or God’s protection and supernatural provision while they are in there. They are very low on food but God has kept them these 4 months and with the new evacuation plan to Rafah nearly every Gaza resident will be escorted out (in the near future.) They all need much prayer as they are further north. May God have mercy on them and use these ones who have withstood great persecution an reached out to Muslims.
    Kim- thanks for mentioning the ‘Mosques and Miracles’ book by Pas Stuart Robinson . I heard Stuart speak in Darwin and went a cross to Qld to hear him again back in 2005 approx. Stuart and a team went to every state to speak in churches and ask Christians to pray for the Muslims to be awakened and to reach out to those who had come to our shores and also support the work as not many had that vision back then for reaching Muslims. He gave striking examples of Muslims being spoken to through dreams e.g. being told to go to a place to collect a book (the gospel) from a man in a car. At that very time when the Muslim obeyed the man’s car broke down and he was carrying bibles. The Muslim said ‘have you got the book?’ At other times the Muslims were able to find a radio or TV station with a message on it.
    Pastor Stuart also warned that if we didn’t pray and work amongst the Muslims then God could allow them to come into the West as a judgement.
    I know of several Melbourne churches who have welcomed the Irani Muslims who have come to Australia and found Christ. They have had mostly Anglican pastors (but Pentecotsal and Blackburn Baptist too) working amongst them and they planted churches. I heard some of the testimonies of the Anglican Iranis who testified dreams had been used to reach them, as well as Christians in Australia.
    May God reach many more in Gaza especially with this final move of all Gaza citizens to Rafah (The IDF are to escort them out to Rafa safely.) They certainly need our prayers.

  4. Derek Thompson 21 May 2024 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Michael Licona said, “Let’s pray that this war can be over soon and that Israel can eradicate Hamas so that Palestinians can be free . . . of Hamas!” Christians should not be praying for anyone to be killed but for peace.

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