1978 Dream About to Come True? by Tricia Tillin

First Posted Feb 2011, Updated August 2013

(NOTE: Today is August 6th 2013. I am adding this file back onto my website because of the recent flurry of activity about Yemen being the stronghold of Al-Queda and the dangers of an escalation of their terrorist activity. Please read the previous report which was posted in February 2011 at the height of the "Arab Spring".)

I chanced across this CNN report, from which I show the photo detailing the spreading "flood" of unrest gripping the Middle East. This can be compared to the picture I sketched from my dream below. Obviously there is not EXACT correlation between them, given that I was trying to remember a dream from the 70's but there is sufficient comparison to alert me to the thought that it may finally be happening. Notice that this map included Morocco.

Also, keep an eye on the YEMEN! At present Saudia Arabia is not included in the unrest, but for how long?

middle east conflict

Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. NKJV

I have kept this dream to myself for many years, and even today I do not KNOW if it's time to share it. However, I don't want to take the risk of keeping silent if maybe there is something people should be told. I'm not offering an interpretation, but simply giving the facts so you can read them and make up your own mind.

March 10th 1978

I will report this exactly as I wrote it the day after in my diary.

On the day we went to York, March 10th, I had a dream, on waking up.

It started with the words "It began in the Lebanon" spoken to me by a male voice. I saw a flood [seemingly spreading out either side of the Red Sea] covering and erasing the whole of Saudi Arabia and Egypt and the top part of Africa, but there was a line along the top that wasn't affected (was it the other side of the Mediterranean or the top of Africa? I can't exactly remember...)

This was a place that, I thought at the time, began with the letter S, and I was thinking perhaps Sudan, but I wasn't sure.

Anyway, I thought to myself, there is no water in the Lebanon that could overflow and flood in this way. [Comment added - the flood spread out from the River Nile as I thought at the time, but could not have been a water flood from there. And checking on a map, the water course was not the Nile but the Red Sea between Africa and Saudi Arabia.] But then I felt as I thought, "this is not a WATER flood, but an ENEMY flood, like other flood dreams I had had.

The visual part of the dream began when I saw a map of the Middle East and Africa, and it began with a kind of explosion that I saw on the map at the bottom of Saudia Arabia. It was right on the border between the two small states there.

At the end of this dream, the voice spoke again: "If you want freedom, you must use your freedom to fight for it" I don't know what that means, except the obvious.

I also drew a little diagram in my diary that showed what I had seen. It was similar to this:

map of flood area

I looked to see if there were in fact two states in that region of Saudia Arabia [being ignorant of the geography at the time], and indeed there were - Oman and Yemen. At the time there was nothing special, violent or troublesome about either of them. There was no major conflict that I knew of in 1978 that could account for a world-shaking explosion.

I could not possibly know that a man who has becoming notorious for terrorism, OSAMA BIN LADEN had family and supporters here and currently it is believed his base of operations is in this area. (2013: Today we know that it is now the base of the notorious Al-Quaeda.]

The bin Laden family traces its origins to a Kendah tribesman from the village of Al Rubat, in the Wadi Doan in the Tarim Valley, Hadramout Province, Yemen. He died 1919. His son was Sheikh Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (died 1967). Mohammed bin Laden was a native of the Shafi`i (Sunni) Hadhramaut coast in southern Yemen.

The VERY Next Day!

On March 11th 1978, the day after my dream, something happened in the Lebanon that sparked off events that continue to this day:

Operation Litani (1978)

The Coastal Road Massacre

The catalyst for the operation is believed to be a Palestinian terror attack which took place on Saturday, March 11, 1978: The day saw an 11-man terror cell infiltrate Israel via the sea, coming up on the shores of Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael. The cell proceeded take control of a bus traveling on Highway 1, connecting Tel Aviv and Haifa, and hold its passengers hostage.  

The terrorists made the bus driver turn towards Tel Aviv, while they began handcuffing all the male passengers, shooting and hurling grenades at passing cars. Four drivers were killed. While en route to Tel Aviv, the hijackers were able to seize a second bus, forcing its passengers to board their bus.

Litani Terror Bus

Israeli security forces were finally able to stop the bus near Herzliya and a gun fight immediately ensued. Some of the terrorists burst out of the bus, firing at the Israeli forces, while others remained on it, shooting the passengers who were trying to escape. The terrorists eventually blow up the bus, killing 35 people and injuring 71. 


The Coastal Road massacre prompted then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to order the Israeli Defense Forces to mount an attack on the terror groups hiding in south Lebanon. Operation Litani began on March 15, 1978, with what was considered to be an unprecedented air strike on terror hubs in the area. March 16 saw IDF ground troops venture deep into Lebanon, taking over the area between the international borderline and the Litani River, stopping just short of the Lebanese city of Tyre.  

The forces speared across four sectors in Lebanon, wishing to create territorial continuity between the three Christian enclaves in Lebanon's south, and thereby creating a military "belt" between Israel and Lebanon. The area would later be known as the Israeli Security Zone. 

The Rise of Lebanon Conflict and Hezbollah

Hezbollah, a Shi'a Islamist political and paramilitary organisation based in Lebanon, first emerged as a militia in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its main goals as "putting an end to any colonialist entity" in Lebanon, and the establishment of an Islamic regime in Lebanon. Hezbollah leaders have also made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel

Hezbollah, which started with only a small militia, has grown to an organization with seats in the Lebanese government, a radio and a satellite television-station, and programs for social development. From the inception of Hezbollah to the present, the elimination of the State of Israel has been one of Hezbollah's primary goals.

It has also been directly involved or implicated in acts of terrorism across the world.

Oman and Yemen

The two little states that figured in my dream are both insignificant, yet a powder-keg of conflict. Oman today is a moderate Muslim country sympathetic to the West. It was not always so. In 1964 a separatist revolt began in Dhofar province. Aided by Communist and leftist governments such as the former South Yemen (People's Democratic Republic of Yemen), the rebels formed the Dhofar Liberation Front, which later merged with the Marxist-dominated Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman and the Arab Gulf (PFLOAG).

The PFLOAG's declared intention was to overthrow all traditional Persian Gulf régimes.

In 1970, Qaboos bin Said Al Said ousted his father, Sa'id bin Taymur, and has ruled as sultan ever since. The new sultan confronted the insurgency, abolished many of his father's harsh restrictions, and offered amnesty to opponents of the previous régime, many of whom returned to Oman. He also established a modern government structure and launched a major development programme to upgrade educational and health facilities, build a modern infrastructure, and develop the country's natural resources.

The PFLO threat diminished further with the establishment of diplomatic relations in October 1983 between South Yemen and Oman, and South Yemen subsequently lessened propaganda and subversive activities against Oman. In late 1987 Oman opened an embassy in Aden, South Yemen, and appointed its first resident ambassador to the country.

Oman occupies a strategic location at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, 35 miles (56 km) directly opposite Iran. Oman maintained its diplomatic relations with Iraq throughout the Gulf War while supporting the United Nations allies by sending a contingent of troops to join coalition forces and by opening up to pre-positioning of weapons and supplies.

Al Said's extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and has preserved a long-standing political and military relationship with the United Kingdom, the United States, and others. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.

However, his reign will not last for ever. Not only is Oman - as a Western ally - sitting in a very strategic position in the Middle East, and placed next door to Yemen, home to many radical Muslims not to speak of Al Queda terrorists, the present Sultan has no heir and when he dies or is overthrown a power vacuum will arise that could destabilise the entire region.


Southern and Northern Yemen have been in bloody conflict for many years. South Yemen was formed in 1967 comprising Aden and the former Protectorate of South Arabia. By 1971 thousands had fled to the north following a crackdown on dissidents. Armed groups formed in a bid to overthrow the government. After much fighting, north and south Yemen united in 1990 and in 1993 a coalition government formed, made up of ruling parties of former north and south.

The conflict, however, did not go away. In the 90's fighting broke out again and forces from the North took control of Aden. Most familiar to readers will be the October 2000 attack on the US naval vessel USS Cole which was damaged in a suicide attack in Aden. This attack was subsequently blamed on al-Qaeda. Seventeen US personnel were killed. Also in 2000 a bomb exploded at the British embassy. Four Yemenis who are jailed say they carried out attack in solidarity with Palestinians.

Throughout the years since there have been numerous clashes between the factions, with many deaths on both sides. Despite a supposed crackdown on Islamic militancy the fighting continues.

in October 2009 there were clashes between the northern rebels and Saudi security forces along the two countries' common border. The rebels accuse Saudi Arabia of supporting the Yemeni government in attacks against them. The Saudi government denies this. In December 2009 the Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda claims it was behind the failed attack on a US airliner by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

ABC News reported that Abdulmutallab told FBI agents that other operatives are being trained in Yemen and would soon attack. Abdulmutallab, 23, claims he was trained by Al Qaeda operatives in lawless Yemen, an emerging hotbed of violence.

.The Yemeni government have begun calling on the West for more support to help it combat the Al-Qaeda threat.

As we enter this year 2010, we have the potential for another war on the scale of the Irag Conflict as Barack Obama considers the possibilities of using his ties with Oman to launch an all-out offensive against Bin Laden's followers and organisation. The kudos in bringing Bin Laden to book finally, and the prospect of revenge for the bombing attempt on a US civilian aircraft, must be focussing his mind.

*** This article asks IS THE YEMEN NEXT?? ***

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obama may be inching the U.S. into a new war

The administration of President Barack Obama seems to be easing the United States into another Middle East war -- this time in Yemen. It would come on top of the war in Iraq, where the United States maintains 120,000 troops, and Afghanistan, where Mr. Obama has ordered a troop escalation of 30,000, to around 100,000.

The Yemen conflict is ostensibly a civil war. It involves a Sunni Muslim government facing a rebellion by a Shiite Muslim force. The fighting is one major skirmish in a long-running series of internal Yemeni wars involving northern and southern parts of the country and the clans and sects that comprise the population.

This round of the conflict is complicated by the involvement of neighboring states -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- on the government/Sunni side. That side, which is seeking to draw in the United States, says that Iran is providing support to the rebel/Shiite side, a claim that Iran vehemently denies.

The Obama administration is getting involved in Yemen after links have surfaced between that country and acts of violence in the United States. The Nigerian who was charged with trying to set off an explosive Friday on a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit said al-Qaida leaders in Yemen trained and equipped him. Yesterday al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for U.S. efforts against the group in Yemen.

In addition, a radical cleric in Yemen was linked to the Army major who was charged with murder in the shootings of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, last month. And a Muslim man who was charged with killing a soldier at a recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark., in June had visited Yemen.

The government/Sunni side in Yemen has received U.S. military support on the basis of claims that al-Qaida backs the rebel/Shiite side, although al-Qaida is almost entirely Sunni in its membership, wherever it is found. The Yemeni government also has U.S. support due to America's alliance with Saudi Arabia, as well as its claim that Iran supports the rebels.

The Obama administration has been providing weapons, intelligence, equipment and training to government forces, including support of air strikes. Yemen will receive $70 million in U.S. aid in the next 18 months, plus a number of U.S. forces and CIA officers that is being kept a secret by the Obama administration.

It's one thing to go after terrorist cells that would harm the United States, but Mr. Obama's effort in Yemen looks long-standing and warrants a detailed explanation to the public.


According to informed Afghan, Iranian, and U.S. government sources, Osama bin Laden managed to escape to the eastern Hadhramaut region of Yemen around the time of the first major snowfalls in Afghanistan in mid-November. Bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, apparently managed to slip out of Afghanistan through the porous border with Pakistan. With the help of local loyal Pashtun tribesmen and allies within the Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence agency, Bin Laden is said to have boarded a boat in the vicinity of Gwader, Pakistan and made his way to Yemen, possibly via Oman where the Wahhabi sect commands a majority of Islamic adherents and Bin Laden enjoys some support. The U.S. Navy claims its ships in the Arabian Sea have been conducting thorough searches of vessels in the hunt for Bin Laden.

If the reports on Bin Laden's whereabouts are true, he now resides in an area that is his birthplace and the ancestral home of his family. Some of the eastern Yemeni tribesmen are fiercely loyal to Bin Laden and the area is not easily penetrated by Yemeni security forces. Although a recent videotape of Bin Laden shown on Al Jazeera TV purportedly placed him in a cave fortress in Afghanistan around December 9, there is no confirmation that Bin Laden actually taped the video from Afghanistan. Recently, CIA, U.S. Special Forces, and Marine Corps units, along with Yemeni security patrols, have been involved in sorties resulting in occasional firefights with tribesmen in Yemen's remote mountainous provinces, an indication that U.S. and Yemeni intelligence believe that the armed tribal units in Yemen might now include Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda associates.


Gwader remained an Omani possession as part of the sultanate until September 1958. Gwader today belongs to the jurisdiction of the Government of Baluchistan - Home and Tribal Affairs Department - within the Makran Division. A number of Baluchis support Bin Laden. The African Muslim element is still very evident in this ex-Omani enclave and there are ties between the more militant of them and Bin Laden allies along the Kenyan, Somali, and Tanzanian coasts. Within the old Arab-African bazaar, there are a number of Bin Laden loyalists who can make things happen quickly and discretely (like a boat trip to Arabia).

Bin Laden's New Protectors

If Bin Laden has escaped to the Hadhramaut of Eastern Yemen, he would be surrounded by Sayyid tribesmen who are allied with members of the Saudi elite. In what could be bad news for those trying to pry Bin Laden out of the area, the Sayyids of the Hadhramaut are said to be direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed through a tribe led by Ahmed bin Isa al Muhajir, who arrived from Iraq around 951 AD. The people who would be protecting Bin Laden are semi-nomadic Sayyids who live among other mountain tribes between the Wadi Masila and the coast of the Arabian Sea. Bin Laden has publicly commented that the Hadhramaut is one area where he might want to seek sanctuary.

Hadhramautis are believed to have been behind the attack on the USS Cole in Aden harbor in Oct. 2000. At the time, Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul-Karim al-Iryani reported that one of the men who steered the small boat of plastic explosives into the ship was born in the Hadramaut. The second man was also believed to be from Hadhramaut. The FBI's investigation of the Hadhramautis was shut down by the CIA Station in Sanaa when the investigation began linking the Hadhramautis and Bin Laden to members of the Saudi royal elite.

The Saudis are major backers of the tribes of the Hadhramaut who have been waging an intermittent civil war with the Yemeni central government in Sanaa. The primary FBI agent in that investigation, John P. O'Neill, was called back to New York after pressure was exerted on US ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine to spike O'Neill's potentially embarrassing investigation. O'Neill was among those killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Harramawat Region of Yemen

To Conclude

I really do not know what to say about this dream and its consequences. The words spoken by the Lord or an angel were clear enough, and I have often remembered them: "If you want freedom, you must USE your freedom to fight for it." At present we still have a measure of freedom, but will that be taken from us if we do not oppose the forces of evil? Does that mean I would support another major war against terrorism - I'm undecided. All I know is, a flood is coming!

Note: That statement at least turned out to be authentic, as the "Arab Spring" created a "flood" of Muslim activism right throughout the region, and the struggle continues to this day.


With the ongoing riots in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and other North Africa states I feel it's time to add another portion to the article below. In August 1994, I sealed an evelope which was not to be opened until I began to see the things the Lord said come to pass. Inside was just a short note, saying this:

"On the evening of 20th August 1994, the Lord said "In the Eastern states of Morocco
there will be a shaking, and at that time I will act."

Now I'm NOT claiming infallibility. I'm not saying this word must be genuine, nor that it's come to pass but like the dream below it's worth keeping under consideration. IF something spreads to Morocco from the present flood, and there really is a "shaking" there, then we can assume the Lord will begin to intervene. A line has been crossed.

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