We ended last week by discussing that dreams and visions can be a form of divine communication God uses to speak to us, and the terms “vision” and “dream,” and their plural forms, are referenced in the King James Version of the Bible in 179. Of the 179, 152 of those references where in the Old Testament and 25 where in the New Testament.
We also looked at the scripture found in Acts 2:17, a repeat of what the prophet Joel said in Joel 2:28, which says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days , saith God , I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” That led to the question behind this study. With so few references to dreams and visions in the New Testament are we still hearing from God like the early Christians did?
We have to understand that from the Day of Pentecost until now is still the same time frame when it comes to the “Church Age.” It is the time of the church and this will continue until Jesus comes back and raptures the church.
God said in the last days He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh and there would be visions and dreams. Are we paying attention to them? I believe God is still speaking to us, but are we hearing Him? Where are the dreams and the visions? When is the last time you had a divine dream? When is the last time God gave you a prophetic vision? I have not read anywhere in the Word where visions and dreams should stop. Rather the opposite, it seems to me they should increase in the last days. Where have the dreams gone? Has our spiritual vision grown dim? Are we not seeking God like we should? Do we not desire to hear from Him like the early Christians?
The reason our vision has grown dim is because we rely too much on our other senses. To illustrate what I am talking about I want us to look at what happens to Isaac in Genesis chapter 27. In verse 1 it says, “And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.” Right off we see time is an enemy to our spiritual vision, or God’s Truth to us. It says Isaac was old, his eyes were dim, and he could no longer see. As Isaac got older and older, his eyesight became weaker and weaker until he could no longer see. We understand this to be a course of nature, but many of us operate like this in our spiritual life as well. When God first tells us something we are on fire about it. We can’t wait for it to come to pass. We are eagerly looking forward to it, but when it doesn’t happen in a fair amount of time we start to doubt and our faith begins to waiver. We begin to lose sight of the vision.
Next week we will look at what we start to do when this happens and the consequences. Until then be blessed and be a blessing.