For the past 20 years, I’ve been maintaining a journal of dreams, prophecies, and visions that God has given to me. As they were most private and close to my heart. I never had ANY intentions of making these articles public. God had other plans. So here they are on this blog.
NOTE: The “postdate” will be the actual date of the dream, prophecy and/or vision and NOT the date it was posted to this blog.
There are four types of vision – five actually if you count what could be called a “false” vision. The first type is referred to as an “open” vision. During this vision, a person’s human senses are not suspended, but rather they see directly into the supernatural world; God has literally opened their eyes and ears to the world of the spirit. An example of this is found in Revelation 4:1-2, where John has his vision on the Island of Patmos:
After this, I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. [NIV]
Different from the open vision is the “trance” vision. In this type of vision, the human senses are suspended, but the person does see into the supernatural world. The apostle Peter experienced this when he had a vision while praying on a roof, in Acts 10:9-10:
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. [NIV]
Peter then saw Heaven opened up and what appeared to be a large sheet lowered to earth, filled with all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. He heard a voice tell him to eat what was in there. Peter, an observant Jew, replied that he had never eaten anything impure or unclean. The voice told him never to call impure what God has made clean. This trance vision was repeated two more times. Ultimately, Peter realized that salvation through Jesus Christ was not merely for the Jew (who could be considered “clean” before God because of their covenant with Him), but it was also for the Gentiles, who had always been considered “unclean.
A third type of vision is the “inward” vision. This vision is often compared to a dream. The person experiencing it does not see into the supernatural world, but receives revelation within himself, in his mind. In Daniel 2:28, the prophet Daniel refers to this and he replies to King Nebuchadnezzar about the king’s disturbing dream:
…There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these. [NIV]
A final type of vision is frequently referred to as a “night” vision or a dream. This is mentioned in the story of Mary and Joseph in Matthew 1:20. Joseph had been pledged to Mary, but she was now to have a child, Joseph planned to separate from her privately to spare her disgrace, when,
After he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her if from the Holy Spirit.” [NIV]
These night visions are not just human dreams – they are sent from God and have a supernatural component to them. They don’t deal with simple earthly events or human desires, but with God’s great plans that He wishes to reveal. Indeed, visions, dreams, and signs that are from God always point to Jesus and what He did to redeem mankind. They make His name great rather than lifting up a person. They never offer a “different” path to God, but rather direct men to Jesus, whom John 14:6 tells us is “the way, the truth, and the life.” They are filled with what is pure, good, true and holy, and they never instruct us to violate the commandments and laws of God.