Visions & Dreams

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

The prophet Joel said in the last days all God’s people would have visions and dreams. Have you had a vision or dream from God? If so, this sermon may help.

Speakers notes follow –

Visions & Dreams

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams (Acts 2.17 / Joel 2:28-32)

instead of just prophets, Spirit on all: male, female, young, old

Seer – prophet that’s known for visions & dreams –

As for the other events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat?(2 Chron 9. 29)

in church days, all see from God – visions & dreams

DifferenceVisions when awake – Dreams when asleep

Who thinks they had a vision/dream from God? Share it at tea time – testify to what Joel said – overcome by word of their testimony

Visions & Dreams of God – are not reality, they represent reality – like parables – a vision of Jesus is not an appearance of Jesus – a vision is in your mind – won’t eat your fish – John Rev a vision, John Gospel appearance

Visions – can be snapshots or movies – flash or stay long –

The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.” The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord (Jer 1.11-15)

Pictures/snapshot – usually symbolic – Lord gives interpretation – sometimes to different personvision interpretation safer than tongue interp – eg. short tongue with long interp creates doubt – vision interp must fit picture

Movies – also highly symbolic

On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, …” I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man … When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last… (Rev 1.10-17)

I never had a full feature movie – maybe a GIF of one or two frames – Macedonia man begging – many snaps – often faces – pray for them – this week a word + face close together – face had white light – vision

Signsnatural sight but timely – ‘Should I leave sales job and take manager offer?’ Matatu pulls in front – sticker says ‘manager

Paul Robinson – ‘I saw this cup‘ – anyone thirsty – It starts small

Dreams are when asleep

Most dreams not God

Worries, desiresA dream comes when there are many cares, … ( Ecc 5.3)

Stimulant – drug, TV, illness, reading, some conversation

Satanic dreams – nightmares – despair/absence of God – clostraphobic till saved – call on Christ – surrender – command to go – worship

God’s dreams – his character – presence – vivid/memorable – his purposes

Tell future – Josephs / Calling or Directional – Samuel + Gideon’s enemy / Expose Sin – Abimelek + Sarah a wife / Warning – Pharoah / Strengthen

Chapecoense Neto dream – told wife – night, rain, engine shut; fell, could stand up, mountain in dark – comfort in incident – testimony to others

Regular dreams of death can be fear, conversation, satanic – often happen in communities that focus on dead ancestors

Wimber dream – compelled to pray – presence – personal word

Visions & Dreams are not interpreted by a spiritual dictionary – Biblical symbols like snake obvious, but elephant could mean about to be crushed, or strengthened

Prayer concerning people visions and dreams

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