Barabbas, the robber, was set at liberty.The ultimatum of all human decrees and wisdom is to gratifythe passions of the flesh at the expense of the spirit.The prophets and those who have stood nearest the fountainof universal knowledge used dreams with more frequency thanany other mode of divination.Profane, as well as sacred, history is threaded with incidentsof dream prophecy. Ancient history relates that Gennadiuswas convinced of the immortality of his soul by conversingwith an apparition in his dream.Through the dream of Cecilia Metella, the wife of a Consul, the Roman Senatewas induced to order the temple of Juno Sospita rebuilt.The Emperor Marcian dreamed he saw the bow of the Hunnish conquerorbreak on the same night that Attila died.Plutarch relates how Augustus, while ill, through the dreamof a friend, was persuaded to leave his tent, which a few hoursafter was captured by the enemy, and the bed whereon he had lainwas pierced with the enemies' swords.If Julius Caesar had been less incredulous about dreams he wouldhave listened to the warning which Calpurnia, his wife,received in a dream.Croesus saw his son killed in a dream.Petrarch saw his beloved Laura, in a dream, on the day she died,after which he wrote his beautiful poem, ``The Triumph of Death.''Cicero relates the story of two traveling Arcadians who went todifferent lodgings--one to an inn, and the other to a private house.During the night the latter dreamed that his friend was begging for help.The dreamer awoke; but, thinking the matter unworthy of notice, went tosleep again. The second time he dreamed his friend appeared, saying it wouldbe too late, for he had already been murdered and his body hid in a cart,under manure. The cart was afterward sought for and the body found.Cicero also wrote, ``If the gods love men they will certainly disclosetheir purposes to them in sleep.''