At the request of one I am adding this topic. I will share some of the visions I have had as well as some dreams. Each one for each of us is a message from God, self, or the devil. We can learn a lot from our dreams even if they are bad, for God wants us to overcome. I won't go into a whole training process, but will say I interpret dreams, I may not get the total meaning, but you'll find that even a little helps us understand what God may be telling you/us. Colors are very important in good dreams as well as negative dreams for they often show the direction we are to go in or that we need to change for whatever the reason may be.
Today I saw a vision that was a living organ or organism. it was pulsing and the color was brown. As I watched it changed shape often, then I was brought where I could see inside and I saw a liquid that was expelled looking like oil. The oil stayed inside what I would call what appeared to be a volcano.
I was informed this is what will happen as worship and prayer are intensified and become corporate in magnitude as in a city. This living organ receives worship and get's excited, which releases the oil inside, when we bring this to a high almost fever pitch, the oil inside will overflow, and be sent down to us, it will come not as oil but as fire to fill those people that have been calling for God to move while loving God/Jesus at the same time. God will move again, when we get together and pray and enter into real worship.
Hi John, good to see you posting again. Anyway, sometimes my sister has dreams that come true, but she hasn't had any lately. One dream I do remember her telling us is of a plane crash. She was walking among the wreckage and saw body bags lying around, then a few days later, there was a near plane accident in our native country Honduras. The run away wasn't long enough for it to complete the landing, so the pilot put the nose down and it went scraping to a halt! No one was injured, thank God. Well, my dreams make absolutely NO SENSE! LOL I don't even remember them by the time I wake up! I wish I did so I could document them just for fun. Oh well.
The dreams you or anyone has do often make sense, especially if God gave them, if so God wants you to know something and dreams are for the most part metaphors, and each symbol means something. If they came from your soul, they may or may not have a message, and if they come from the devil they will be muted black and white, and even then, we can use those as a warning of the devil's plans and pray against them.
Visions are more literal, and have a specific meaning.
If one forgets dreams by the time they wake up (who doesn't), write them down when you get them, then go back to sleep, we can figure out what it meant later, or at least come close to what it meant.
Very interesting about your vision, John; at what age did you start having them? You say you were informed; how? Like in another vision? What is the difference between a dream and a vision and can they reveal the same message?
Martha, did your sister's dream shake her up? I think I would have been a nervous wreck.
For those who may have questions regarding the reality of visions, etc. There are many visions recounted in the Word and they follow a very specific pattern: the reality of the vision, the clearness of the vision and the immediate understanding of the one receiving it. They are very specific and intended for the individual receiving them. It is important that we realize how visions work and realize that they are not hocus pocus.
I’ll stick to the NT because there are too many to do all the ones in the Bible.
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. . . 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. Matt 17:2-8 The vision was of real men and Jesus explained why right then and there.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. . .22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. Luke 1:11-22 Zacharias knew exactly what he saw and what the angel told him.
The women went to Jesus tomb: 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Luke 24:23-24 The vision was specific and proven.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Acts 9 10-13
Notice there are three visions here and there is nothing mysterious in any of them. Paul saw the light and heard the voice of God. He knew exactly what was required of him. Ananias was spoken to in a vision regarding the fact that Paul was coming. He was given specific direction regarding Paul and told Paul would expect him because he’d had a vision of a man named Ananias coming to pray for him. And it happened exactly as the visions declared.
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Here is a vision that has always blessed me because Cornelius had no idea who or what or where, but God laid it all out for him. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, . . 2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, “Cornelius.”4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said unto him, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.” Acts 10: 1-6
Notice how God had this ALL worked out so everything would be clear! When God sends a visionthere is no doubt in any mind, not the receiver or those he might tell about it. It is very clear.
On the morrow. . . Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? Acts 10:14-21
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Acts 10:25-28
Notice how God had this all laid out and it was all very clear. There was nothing mysterious about it. Thee was no explanation or interpretation necessary for either of the key men. They both knew exactly what God had in mind. We must be leery of people who come to us with weird messages from weird visions.
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We have a very clear example here how God uses a very straightforward vision to direct us.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Acts 16:9-10
God spoke his message clearly and Paul followed instructions.
I started receiving visions over 30 years ago, I had no idea God worked in visions still, nor did I realize what happened, and surely if one would get visions it wouldn't have been me.
As for visions being only for the one receiving it, I have to say I have a different opinion. The Book of Revelation clearly shows that visions could have an impact beyond the immediate seers life, region, or community.
For the most part though the vision would be dealing locally, and be a message for a local body. Far too many times people try to extend or apply a vision beyond it's intended purpose and that should be avoided. Often recognition is given to the one receiving the vision, and that too should be avoided, they are only a vessel God used.
In short, don't limit the impact of a vision, nor magnify one beyond it's intended purpose. I offer this because I have seen visions concerning the US, and though not many of the US they have happened, to say they don't limits God and hinders our understanding. Anyone can receive a vision or dream from God, they certainly aren't limited to a select few, and that could very well be a reason for so much confusion concerning things like this from God.
The way I was informed was I was given in the vision the understanding as to what it meant. If I were to bring this before a group of peers, the understanding should come out the same, the wording might be different depending on the individual(s), but the consensus should agree.