The Spirit Of The Lord
33: He gives visions
[ The Day of the Lord ] “Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions. Joel 2:28
Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.Acts 2:18
‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams. Acts 2:17
God promised to pour out His Spirit on us. His Spirit as promised would enable us to proclaim His message, see visions and have dreams. The ability to see visions is a good gift which helps us personally and helps the church. Where there is no vision, men perish.
The Apostles and messengers of the gospel had visions, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and great grace was upon them. They were given grace to preach the gospel without timidity, fear and shyness,. They were given grace to heal and deliver, grace to see visions about the past, present and future and grace to dream supernatural dreams. The Lord our God was with them and upon them.
And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all (Acts 4:33 NKJV)
The Lord is the one that gives visions and the visions that come from Him are not lies but truth – they come to pass and they explain the past and present with great insight, light and revelation. They also enable us present the gospel accurately because the same Spirit that wrote the Bible through men is the one that was promised and is with us to give us all the insight we need.
He is the perfect interpreter and explainer of the Bible that He wrote. The Scriptures or parts of it can be hidden from us and we can only understand it when the meaning of the words have been given to us and our eyes are opened or enlightened by inner supernatural revelation and wisdom.
But the disciples did not understand any of these things; the meaning of the words was hidden from them, and they did not know what Jesus was talking about. Luke 18:34
He gives meaning to the Scriptures and they come alive. Visions can be used to explain the Bible. God showed Peter a vision that explained to Him that he must not call anyone that God has cleansed, unclean.
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. Acts 10:9-16
The Bible advises us not to despise inspired messages because when we do that, we despise and scorn the giver – the Holy Spirit. We are also advised to desire spiritual gifts. May the Lord who gives visions, be upon us and accompany us to the mountain top of Christian maturity.