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6. Visions and Dreams

Visions & Dreams

Two types of Visions:

 

1.      Optical Vision

Ø  2 Kings 6:17: And Elisha prayed, �O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.� Then the Lord opened the servant�s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

 

2.      Inner Vision (Inner Perception)

ؠ ��On the screen of imagination.�

Ø  John saw into the heavens and saw God sitting on the throne.

Ø  Jeremiah 9:13, 14: �And the Lord says, Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not listened and obeyed My voice or walked in accordance with it, But have walked stubbornly after their own heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.�

 

3.      Examples of Visions:

Old Testament:

Ø  Isaiah:  

Valley of Vision                                 Isaiah 22

Vision of the Lord                            Isaiah 6

Ø  Jeremiah: 

Vision of two baskets with figs   Jeremiah 24:1

Ø  Ezekiel:  

Vision of the Glory                                          Ezekiel 1

Vision of the dry bones                 Ezekiel 37

Vision of waters                                               Ezekiel 47

Ø  Daniel: 

Vision of Angels                                Daniel 10

Vision of four beasts                      Daniel 7

Vision of world rulers                     Daniel 11

Ø  Amos:  

Vision of Fire                                      Amos 7:4

Vision of the temple                       Amos 9:1

 

New Testament

Ø  Stephen:  

Vision of God�s Glory                     Acts 7:55

Ø  Paul:  

Vision of Christ                                  Acts 9:3

                Vision of Macedonia                       Acts 16:9

Ø  Ananias:  

Vision of Saul                                     Acts 9:10

Ø  Cornelius:  

Vision of the Angel of the Lord   Acts 10

 

Ø  �And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophecy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. � - Joel 2:28 

 

 

 

 

4.       Dreams:

Ø  God spoke to Abraham: �As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Then the Lord said to him, �Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.� Genesis 15:12-14  

 

Ø  God spoke to Jacob: He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12

  

Ø  God spoke to Joseph in the New Testament: �But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit.� - Matthew 1:20  

�Now after they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Get up! [Tenderly] take unto you the young Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you [otherwise]; for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.� -  Matthew 2:13  

 

Ø  God spoke to Pilate�s wife: �Also, while he was seated on the judgment bench, his wife sent him a message, saying, Have nothing to do with that just and upright Man, for I have had a painful experience because of Him today in a dream.� - Matthew 27:19  

 

5.      Dreams are the vehicle whereby we receive Revelation

�For God [does reveal His will; He] speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard it [including you, Job].   [One may hear God�s voice] in a dream, in a Vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while slumbering upon the bed;   Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction- terrifying them with warnings.� - Job 33:14-16

   

6.      Dreams come from the following:

Ø  Our own imagination: �I shall even be as when a hungry man dreams, and behold, he eats; but he wakens with his craving not satisfied; or as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he wakens and is faint, and his thirst is not quenched. So shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion.� - Isaiah 29:8

   

Ø  From God: But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, �You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.� - Genesis 20:3   

 

Ø  From the demonic world: �Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the (unobtrusive) humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth. This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal). For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition) there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned- free from doubts, wavering and insincerity.� - James 3: 13-17  

 

7.      The Difference between Dreams & Visions:

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy and strong. To restore health.

 

Visions

God reveals Himself to you

Literally

     Khaw-zone�

A Vision in sleep, To see

     Khiz-zaw-yone

Revelation through Supernatural communication

 

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

Dreams

God speaks to you

Symbolic

     Khal-ome�, khal-ome�

A dream with a prophetic meaning

     Khaw-lam�

To be healthy, strong. To restore health

 

 

 

 

 

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