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Welcome to "Vision, of Visions"

 “Visions are Visual Experiences of any Kind”

Visions are visual experiences of any kind. In the Bible, visions usually refer to times when God revealed things to the prophets. In early parts of the Old Testament, there are examples of extraordinary sight.

People in the Old Testament believed these visions gave prophets special powers.

For instance, Samuel was a “seer” or a person who had visions and he was able to “see” where Saul’s lost donkeys were (1 Samuel 9:19-20). In the same way, the prophet Elisha was able to follow Gehazi’s wrongful actions “in spirit” and confront him when he returned  (2 Kings 5:26).

The ability to see things in this way was only given to the prophets.

Visions also allowed the prophets to see future events. Sometimes God communicated these visions through dreams. Both types of visions are examples of God’s divine revelation. There are different types of visions about the future.

At one end of the spectrum is the ecstatic vision of Ezekiel. He experienced a psychic trance that could transport him to other places (Ezekiel 8:3 and 40:2).

Daniel’s vision (Daniel 8) and Jeremiah’s experience (Jeremiah 13:4-7) were probably like Ezekiel’s vision. At the other end of the spectrum is what has been called symbolical perception. In these types of experiences, a prophet sees an ordinary object that is part of the natural world, but sees it in a more important light.

For instance, the basket of summer fruit that God “caused” Amos “to see” (Amos 8:1-2) seems to fall into this type of vision, and so probably do Jeremiah’s visions of the almond branch and the tilting pot (Jeremiah 1:11-13).

Another type of vision includes the heavenly visions that Isaiah received (1 Kings 22:19)

19 Then Micaiah continued, “Listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left.

20 And the Lord said, ‘Who can entice Ahab to go into battle against Ramoth-gilead so that he can be killed there?’ There were many suggestions,

21 until finally a spirit approached the Lord and said, ‘I can do it!’

22 ‘How will you do this?’ the Lord asked.

Visions the apostle John saw when he wrote the book of:

Revelation 1:1-3

This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God’s servant John so that John could share the revelation with God’s other servants.

John faithfully reported the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ—everything he saw.
God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen.

Isaiah 6:1-4
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.

Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew.

In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.

Actually, prophecy could come either by a visual or an audio experience. Usually, a verbal message was communicated during the vision, so that seeing and hearing took place at the same time. This happened with Isaiah’s vision when he both “saw the Lord” and heard his voice.

However, prophets could also just hear a divine revelation from God. Sometimes it is difficult to know whether to call these experiences “visions” because this word is apparently used simply as a technical term for a verbal message from God. When God called Samuel, it is called a “vision”

1 Samuel 3:15-18 Samuel stayed in bed until morning, then got up and opened the doors of the Tabernacle as usual. He was afraid to tell Eli what the Lord had said to him.

16 But Eli called out to him, “Samuel, my son.” “Here I am,” Samuel replied.

17 “What did the Lord say to you? Tell me everything. And may God punish you if you hide anything from me!”

18 So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn’t hold anything back. “It is the Lord’s will,” Eli replied. “Let him do what he thinks best.”

Several of the prophetic books have the word “vision” in their headings

Isaiah 1:1 These visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem came to Isaiah son of Amoz during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah—all kings of Judah.

Obadiah 1:1 This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom.

Nahum 1:1 This message concerning Nineveh came as a vision to Nahum, who lived in Elkosh. Nathan’s prophecy of God’s covenant with David is described as a vision

2 Samuel 7:17

1 Chronicles 17:15 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the Lord had said.

Psalm 89:19 You once spoke in a vision to your prophet and said, “I have given help to a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king.

In Daniel 9:24-25 “to seal both vision and prophet” means to authenticate the prophecy of Jeremiah referred to in verse 2.

Daniel 9:24-25 A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to put down rebellion, to bring an end to sin, to atone for guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.

In the famous proverb traditionally translated as “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), the term “vision” refers to prophetic revelation, which was the divine gift of prophecy that was intended to be a guiding influence in the life of Israel’s people.

(Proverbs 29:18) When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy.

 
 

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