On December 26, 2019, the BBC in Swahili issued a video featuring Francisco Ouma, an elder from Busia, west of Kenya, who received a message from God to carve a cave. The message came in the form of a map he received in his dreams. Since February 1967, Ouma has followed the divine map he received in dreams. Now, this cave has 24 rooms and they continue to increase.
Throughout history, many have questioned the truthfulness of divine intervention through dreams, and even express doubts about people's mental health and stability. health and stability. But prophets of Islam, Judaism and Christianity have attested messages from God through dreams for millennia.
“God brought me something like a map,” Ouma told the Swahili BBC. “Then, when I was digging, this map was what I followed. It wasn't just that when I was digging, (it wasn't that I said) better keep digging, no. ”
With barely a plow and his hands, Ouma engaged himself in trial and error while stones were falling that prevented him from digging. Finally, he found the right place to manifest the map of God's cave in his mind.
In a room, there is a stone that has written words of Jesus. “Jesus Christ was the one who brought me this new one,” said Ouma, “and then he explained to me, just like it happened with Moses.” Ouma believes that he is bringing back another covenant of God with the world.
“The second stage is coming. This is the first stage of the agreement. The second one is coming. I cannot say with certainty what is happening now because if I announced it, I would be deceiving humanity. Therefore, I will wait for the report to be given, ”Ouma told BBC Swahili.
The story of an old man who dug a cave by order of God.
It is a cave with 24 rooms.
The BBC video in Swahili had almost 50,000 views with over a hundred comments, and they keep coming. Although some have asked about the mental stability of those who claim to receive these messages from God through dreams, including a professor whom they cite in the video, many comments support people of faith who receive messages in dreams.
An Instagram user wrote:
Mimi watu kama hawa huwa nawaamini sana kuliko wanaotujaza Kwenye nyumba za Ibaada na Michango isiyoisha kwa Maneno ya Matumaini, Miaka 52 mtu anachimba tu kama angekuwa hana Akili ndugu zake na Serikali hawakumuona? Hajaomba hata msaada wa greda au pesa ya kuweka vibarua hupaswi kuihukukumu Nafsi yake.
I believe a lot of people like that, much more than those who fill us with houses of worship or make continuous contributions of words of hope, for 52 years a person only digs – if he didn't think so, shouldn't his community or his Government recognize him? He hasn't even asked for bureaucratic help or money for his work. We should not judge this person.
Underground wedding chapels of Ethiopia
In southern Ethiopia, there is a similar testimony of an elder named Mohammed Yiso Banatah, who said in 2012 that Allah visited him 33 years ago in a series of ten dreams. Through dreams, he received explicit instructions from Allah to create wedding chapels in underground caves.
These elaborate chapels are known as Dunbar Caves, and exist on the property of Banatah, on the road halfway between Hawassa and Shashamene.
Banatah said it was in his third dream that the map for these chapels in caves appeared in his consciousness.
You can read my entire account of the sequence of dreams of Banatah and what motivated him to start digging what his life's work would be:
In his final dream, the tenth one in a series back in 1979, a man appeared in his dream who took Mohammed to a small tree on his property and pointed to its roots. The man showed him exactly where to start digging and told him that his life would depend on it. At midnight, he saw visions of gold. Surroundings up close appeared far away and objects farthest away were pulled up close to him. He was told where, when, and how to begin digging and the next day, when he woke up, he began to dig into the earth with his bare hands.
In his final dream, the tenth of a series he had in 1979, a man appeared in his dream who took him to a tree of his property and pointed to his roots. The man showed him exactly where to start digging and told him that his life would depend on that. At midnight, he had visions of gold. The surroundings looked distant and distant objects appeared near him. He told him where, when and how to start digging and the next day when he woke up, he started digging the earth with his hands.
These caves full of sunlight have been a tourist attraction where people stop, pay a modest sum and travel the stillness at least four meters underground. Some couples have even organized wedding ceremonies there.
The architectural genius of these spaces reveals the finery and steadiness of Mohammed's hand – he's spent careful hours carving, smoothing, cutting, digging, and designing an intricate series of archways, cozy nooks and hidden rooms within rooms, some that have been furnished with soft mattresses and simple earth-slab shelves, while others are stark and cool with tiny, rounded windows flooding through with secret rays of sunlight appearing out of nowhere.
The architectural genius of these spaces reveals the fineness and stability of Mohammed's hand – he has spent careful hours digging, smoothing, cutting and designing an intricate series of arches, cozy corners and hidden rooms inside rooms, some provided with soft mattresses and simple ledges of blocks of land, while they are austere and cold with windows through which secret rays of sunlight enter from nowhere.
The caves have had a deep spiritual and metaphorical meaning throughout history.
A whole chapter called “Al Kahf” or “The Cave” appears in the Koran. It highlights a Christian story known as “People of the Caves” in which young people tortured for their beliefs fled the city and found refuge in a cave and fell asleep.
When they woke up and returned, they realized that everyone in the city had become believers.