Then He mentioned, “Hear now My phrases; if there’s a prophet amongst you, I, the Lord, make Myself identified to him in a imaginative and prescient; I communicate to him in a dream (Numbers 12:6, emphasis added).
The Holy Spirit shares typically His omniscience with us within the type of visions. Visions are one in all some ways through which the Holy Spirit reveals the need of the Father to us. In revealing His will to us, God purposed to convey us forth into the picture of His Son. A imaginative and prescient is a visible revelation, which the Holy Spirit imparts into our spirits which then filters by to our minds, regarding previous, current or future occasions or circumstances: information and/or knowledge in any other case unknown. Occasional it contains audible communication.
Eagle and the ostrich
Why do I wish to inform you concerning the eagle and the ostrich? It’s the easiest way for me to elucidate to you easy methods to see visions.
This morning I mentioned to the God, “Lord I see the vanity of my flesh.” He mentioned to me, “My Son has nailed that to the cross. Come up here and behold what I behold.” I mentioned Lord, “What do you see?” I may right here Him say, “An army of worshippers marching to war; singing the praises of God. In their mouth is a two-edged sword and in their hearts is a song. Song of triumph; song of victory; song of Jehovah who rules and reigns.” what? I imagine it. All I ever needed to do was to please God. I solely must think about Him to convey Him pleasure and achievement.
With out a imaginative and prescient you’ll perish. The eagle soars within the heavens and with its sharp imaginative and prescient it will probably spot its prey far off. It will possibly soar above the mountains and have horizons vaster then another animal on earth. It’s the hen with the least parasites as a result of parasites don’t survive excessive altitude the place the air is skinny. But, if you happen to caged an eagle it attracts extra parasites then another hen.
The eagle builds its nest on excessive locations. Although you make your nest as excessive because the eagle… (Jeremiah 49 16b). This symbolizes one which dwells within the spirit. That is the place the place the mighty prophets of God and religion heroes dwell.
The eagle is depicted within the Previous Testomony as a hen caring for her younger and as one teaches them easy methods to fly. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its younger, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings (Deuteronomy 32:11). She’s going to take her younger up within the sky and dropped them. That is how she teaches them to fly. Earlier than the younger eagle will hit the bottom she is going to scoop beneath it and catches it. She’s going to repeat this course of till the younger eagle can fly.
I had an eagle once I was a toddler. This eagle solely ate life birds that I gave him. It will not contact any lifeless meet, it didn’t matter how contemporary it was. After I put his cage exterior, he would flip his head to the facet and gaze intently into the blue sky the place he knew he belonged. At some point my father advised me to let him free. I did so and for a while, each day, I may see him, at sure instances of the day, sitting in an enormous acacia tree, about 150 yards from our farm home. At some point he was gone and I by no means noticed him once more. He found his newfound freedom and took off.
The Ostrich is a hen of the earth as a result of it can’t fly. It beholds solely that which is earthy however the eagle beholds the sky, the upper issues of God. The ostrich is depicted within the Previous Testomony as among the many wild desert beast that dwells in desolation of wastelands. Due to this fact the wild desert beasts shall dwell there with the jackals, and the ostriches shall dwell in it. It shall be inhabited no extra without end, nor shall it’s dwelt in from era to era (Jeremiah 50:39).
The ostrich is illustrated as proud, unkind and silly. The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, however are her wings and pinions just like the kindly stork’s? For she leaves her eggs on the bottom, and warms them within the mud; she forgets foot could crush them. She treats her younger harshly, as if they weren’t hers; her labor is in useless, with out concern as a result of God disadvantaged her of knowledge, and didn’t endow her with understanding (Job 39:13-17).
Ostrich chickens are tough to rear as a result of they die simply. Right this moment they might appear tremendous however tomorrow they might die mysteriously seemingly with out motive. In South Africa there are fairly quite a lot of ostrich farmers. They’ve the next normal joke about ostrich chickens: an ostrich hen could rise up one morning look out of the window and say to the remaining, “Hi guys, it is a fine morning to die. Let’s die.” Then mysteriously most of them die.
The Ostrich likes to peck shiny objects and even diamonds had been discovered within the gizzards of a few of these birds. The Ostrich symbolizes those who dwell an earthy life after the dictates of the previous nature. They expertise the desolation of the wasteland they dwell in. They see the cares of this world, getting enthusiastic about facet points (shiny objects) and dwell a life void of religion. They can not please God and they don’t reveal a lot glory of the Son of God. They solely exist as mere males. The love of Christ doesn’t dwell in them however real love belongs to the realm of heaven the place Christ dwells, the place the eagle carries it younger on its wings.
The earthy stage is a stage void of deep notion and revelation of non secular issues. It’s void of the fruit of the Spirit the place mercy, grace and the love of God dwell. The glory of God is to not be discovered within the desolation of wasteland and marshes of non secular flesh. It’s a place the place imaginative and prescient has ceased and the cry for godly understanding and perception is changed with the garlic, unions and leaks of a spot referred to as Spiritual Metropolis. That is the extent the place the pointing of the finger and sitting within the chair of Moses dominates. That is the place the place the clouds of condemnation put on the folks down.
True freedom is to be just like the eagle that dwells on excessive. Though it’s possible you’ll hear the phrase of God preached by a person of God you want to hunt to your personal contemporary revelation. Identical to the eagle that solely catches life prey. It is advisable have your spirit open to God if you wish to see visions. After I pray a lot I noticed visions, nearly on a regular basis. If I’m not praying a lot I don’t see a lot visions. This isn’t a regulation however a part of the fruit of my love unto the Lord. I simply inform you my expertise. It isn’t performing prayers or different works that trigger you to see visions however the focus of your religion and the openness of your spirit in like to God. You’ve got obtained the Spirit by religion and never by works. You see visions additionally by religion. Generally God intervenes however largely you see visions by religion.
When Ezekiel was among the many captives in Babylon, on the River Chebar, he noticed visions of God. The captives weren’t in a body of my thoughts to sing joyful songs as a result of they remembered Jerusalem and Zion. They wished on the time to hold up their harps on willow timber. However Ezekiel was of a distinct spirit, not like them which had been captives of the ostrich spirit. He soared up like an eagle in his spirit and noticed visions of God. Within the imaginative and prescient he was taken into the land of Israel and set on a really excessive mountain. Though he lived with the remainder of the captives as a captive on the River Chebar in Babylon he was free in his spirit as a result of his focus was on God since he served with all of his coronary heart.
John was exiled to Patmos, a small rocky island within the Aegean Sea, as a result of he refused to cease preaching the gospel. So, someday whereas he was with all different exiles on the island Patmos he was within the Spirit and he noticed visions of the Son of God. The place was his physique? His physique was with the remainder of the captives. The place had been his focus and spirit? His spirit was within the presence of God.
When Abraham was referred to as to a spot, which he would obtain as an inheritance he went out however didn’t know the place he was going. He lived, by religion, within the Promised Land, as abroad, residing in tents, with Isaac and Jacob the heirs of the identical promise. He was within the Promised Land, so, what was he truly doing? Abraham was truly searching for a metropolis, which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. As a result of God has positioned eternity in him, one thing deep within him mentioned this might not be all. So he set his deal with God to obtain one thing a lot better and wonderful.
How do you see visions?
Visions are visible revelation that originates within the realm of the Spirit or heaven the place God dwells. Visions may happen within the realm of the soul, as psychics additionally see visions however its supply is the soul energy of man or demonic spirits. These happen within the psychic or soulish realm. I’ll focus on visions which can be visible revelation from the Holy Spirit, which got here from heaven even the center of God.
All non secular revelation, together with non secular goals and divine visions are presents from heaven that’s within the realm of Spirit the place God dwells. If you wish to expertise a sure place on earth, say Greece, you’ll journey to Greece and do because the Greeks do to have the last word Greek expertise. The non secular was not first however the pure. So, if you happen to want to expertise heaven, you as an earth dweller, must dwell along with your spirit in heaven to expertise heaven. Heaven or the realm of Spirit is the place one usually expertise divine visions and revelation and non secular goals. The value to pay is to dwell within the Spirit. I don’t say you’ll by no means see visions if you don’t dwell within the Spirit. God is gracious and his endurance with us is nice.
When do you see visions? John mentioned, “I used to be within the Spirit on the Lord’s Day…” (Revelation 1:10a). John was with the opposite exiles on the island Patmos however his spirit was in heaven seeing visions of God. What about Ezekiel? The phrase of the Lord got here expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, within the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there (Ezekiel 1:three). Ezekiel was together with his kinsmen on the river Chebar however his spirit was in heaven.
You behold the issues the place you dwell along with your coronary heart and spirit. If you happen to dwell just like the ostrich, your dwelling place is the earth. If you happen to dwell along with your thoughts and coronary heart in heaven just like the eagle you see the heavens opened. It isn’t about performing sure actions however the place your coronary heart is there’s your treasure. You’ll not trick God in exhibiting you visions. You both set your coronary heart to like God and to dwell in His presence or you don’t. To dwell within the Spirit is a wholesome behavior of training His presence on a regular basis. It takes a lot dedication, endurance and perseverance. The main focus of your coronary heart will not be about seeing visions however to dwell in His presence and to abide within the shadow of the Almighty. It’s a lot, rather more than lovely phrases; it’s a actuality. It’s a lot, rather more than spiritual workout routines; it’s true godliness. It’s the method of Enoch and Elijah.
You start to current your physique, which is lifeless to God due to sin, as whether it is alive to Him. That’s your cheap service to Him. Your physique is the servant of your thoughts. By religion you current your thoughts that’s enmity in opposition to God a residing sacrifice as whether it is alive to God by bringing each thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, in hope that every one disobedience shall be punished when your obedience is fulfilled. You do it by meditating solely on issues which can be true, noble, simply, pure, beautiful, of fine report, virtues and praiseworthy that you could be be renewed within the spirit of your thoughts. The main focus of your coronary heart is to worship God by realizing Him in all of your methods. It’s possible you’ll say I’m working and should deal with my work. Effectively, it’s a excellent alternative to debate your work with the Lord; make Him the senior companion in all the pieces you do. Don’t dwell an impartial life from Him, which is loss of life; share His life with Him and uncover how simple life actually is. Then your entire life has turn into worship unto the Lord. That is the introduction to see visions. You possibly can solely see the surroundings that you just dwell in.
I’ll train you extra issues of the Spirit within the chapter titled, “Living in the Spirit.” It’s so simple if you happen to imagine God.
Whenever you pray you have to be relaxed and pray with expectation and deal with God. God has positioned eternity in your spirit, so one thing deep in you reaches out to God. When you find yourself tensed you don’t see visions. You need to have a relaxed deal with God. Generally I don’t wish to pray with my understanding however I’ll reasonably pray in tongues. Don’t worry if you happen to fall a sleep. I’ve seen essentially the most superior visions being in a state between being awake and sleeping.
After I wait on the Lord I’ll wait with expectation but in a relaxed method. I’ll pray in tongues as a result of my thoughts is unfruitful however not clean. I’ll maintain my thoughts on God. I at all times see Him as a shiny mild or expertise Him because the wind. Generally I envisage Jesus as I’ve seen Him in a imaginative and prescient or a dream. Discover your personal Biblical examples. You possibly can see Him because the cliff of the rock, chief cornerstone, or lie on His breast like John did or any Biblical factor that works for you. By no means clean out your thoughts, it’s harmful. Generally I see visions and typically not. Visions aren’t necessary to me however to abide in God’s presence is the fervour of my life.
You need to look with expectation with the eyes of your coronary heart. The believing eyes shall see visions of heaven and dream divinely impressed goals. It can take time to situation your spirit. It is not going to occur in a single day so be affected person and persevere in religion. Additionally, remind the Lord on a regular basis that goals and visions is in accordance with His promise in Joel 2, confirmed in Acts 2 to you and your youngsters.
Visions might be skilled at numerous ranges.
Regular visions are these visions that you just see with the eyes of religion. It’s a peaceable visible impression, typically in shade however typically in black and white. I usually expertise this stage of imaginative and prescient when worshipping the Lord or throughout private prayer time.
Generally the Holy Spirit teaches me sure issues. For instance, whereas I used to be praying someday in the past, I noticed a imaginative and prescient of a mature prophetess educating a younger prophetess easy methods to see visions. So the Holy Spirit taught me easy methods to train others to see visions.
There’s a deeper stage of imaginative and prescient, which I name clear-vision which happen usually in shade and sometimes wants no interpretation. I don’t expertise clear-vision fairly often. It will possibly occur anytime however I usually expertise it when I’m praying or ready on the Lord. Then I’m calm, peaceable and simply having fun with the Lord. Someday in the past, one set of our home’s keys, went lacking for about two days and we couldn’t discover it. As I used to be ready on the Lord, I requested Him the place the keys had been. Then I noticed in a clear-vision my son’s trousers in his toilet and I knew that the keys had been within the right-hand pocket of his trousers. And so it was.
The Holy Spirit often imparts revelation by an open-vision expertise. Open-vision happens when the Holy Spirit imparts revelation by a imaginative and prescient whereas one’s eyes are opened and is busy with regular day by day exercise.
An instance of any such imaginative and prescient is the place Saul was on his solution to Damascus after which noticed a light-weight that was so intense that he was blinded. The expertise additionally included a dialog between the Lord and Saul. The Lord requested Saul why he was persecuting Him. After the dialog was concluded the boys that had been with him solely heard the voice with out observing anyone. It isn’t clear from the Scriptures in the event that they noticed the sunshine however from their response it appears uncertain (Acts 9:1-9). I perception this imaginative and prescient was so forceful that a substantial amount of non secular impartation occurred. For instance, he obtained the Spirit of Christ and his coronary heart was additionally instantly modified.
Extra examples embrace, Elisha who prayed to the Lord, to open his servant’s eyes in order that he can also see what he noticed (2 King 6:Eight-17) and Belshazzar, king of Babylon, who noticed part of a person’s hand that wrote a message on the wall of the king’s palace (Daniel 5:5).
I had quite a few open-vision experiences. The one that’s standing out essentially the most was an event when a person visited us. We sat on the kitchen desk and we shared the gospel of Jesus’ saving grace with this fellow. This man began to fake he knew God. I checked out my fridge and noticed a imaginative and prescient of an African Inexperienced parrot in a cage on high of it. When the parrot noticed me it fled away with a definite noise by the bars of the cage and hid behind the fridge. The expertise was so actual that the pure and non secular environment had been blended into the one world of Christ. The pure and non secular environments grew to become one, heaven and earth was one at that second in time. I received as much as search for the parrot behind the fridge. It’s evidently that it was not there. Within the imaginative and prescient I discerned that the person was in bondage (the cage) and that he was simply repeating what he heard prior to now (like a parrot) from his thoughts (shade inexperienced). The Holy Spirit confirmed me that he was pretending.
A trance is a deep stage of receiving visions from God. The Greek phrase ekstasis is translated as trance in some English Bible translations. Ekstasis means amazement, astonishment, and trance. The New Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon (1981, 199) describes a trance as, “A throwing of the mind out of its normal state” or “alienation of the mind” or “A man who by some sudden emotion is transported as it were out of himself, so that in this rapt condition, although he is awake, his mind is so drawn of from all surrounding objects and wholly fixed on things divine that he sees nothing but the forms and images lying within, and thinks he perceives with his bodily eyes and ears realities shown him by God.”
A few of Ezekiel’s visions fell into this class so would John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos. biblical instance of a directive revelation is Peter’s trance the place he noticed in a imaginative and prescient a sheet stuffed with unclean animals (Acts 10). Peter being a Jew had a pure resistance to eat something unclean or to enter into the home of a Gentile. The Holy Spirit imparted this revelation into his spirit to equip him to beat the hindrances of the Regulation and to go to the family of Cornelius who was a Gentile. This imaginative and prescient was additionally given to make it clear that the Lord was given as a covenant to the folks and as a light-weight to the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6). Paul was in a trance when the Lord warned him to get out of Jerusalem (Acts 22:17-21).
Balaam fell right into a trance when he noticed visions regarding his third and fourth prophecies. He hath mentioned, which heard the phrases of God, which noticed the imaginative and prescient of the Almighty, falling right into a trance, however having his eyes open… He hath mentioned, which heard the phrases of God, and knew the information of essentially the most Excessive, which noticed the imaginative and prescient of the Almighty, falling right into a trance, however having his eyes open (Numbers 24:four,16). The Hebrew textual content signifies that it was reasonably a falling to the bottom than falling right into a trance. So we can’t say with certainty that it was trances. That might have been open-vision experiences with him mendacity on the bottom and with open eyes.
On three events in my lifetime I’ve skilled trances. I can describe a trance as being carried away in my acutely aware the place I discover myself as in a dream, seeing an audiovisual imaginative and prescient, not being conscious of my bodily environment just like when I’m asleep. After these experiences I used to be wide-awake and supernaturally refreshed in my entire being. I don’t say that is the one description of a trance. I’ve solely associated to you my private expertise of falling into trances.
When I’ve skilled a trance for the primary time in my life I pulled myself out of the trance at first of the imaginative and prescient as a result of I used to be petrified of what was occurring to me. As I relaxed once more I discovered myself in the identical imaginative and prescient once more. It proved that the spirit of the seer is topic to the seer (1 Corinthians 14:32).
Man may go astray in imaginative and prescient. Have you ever not seen a futile imaginative and prescient, and have you ever not spoken false divination? You say, “The Lord says,” however I’ve not spoken (Ezekiel 13:7). An individual might even see a imaginative and prescient within the church and relates it to the congregation. I might even see a grass inexperienced shade across the individual’s head and I do know that it’s a product of the human creativeness. I could discern the supply of revelation by a phrase of information or I would discern it by indicators in my physique. The Holy Spirit can also select to not reveal it to me. I cannot rise up in entrance of the congregation and make my discovery identified. I cannot even get in secret and inform it to the seer or to someone else. I’ll reasonably speak to the seer about ready on the Lord, prayer or easy methods to see visions. I will even encourage the individual to train his or her reward.
Making a mistake in prophecy or in imaginative and prescient isn’t any catastrophe, as we should all be taught. Studying easy methods to deal with the Lord in a relaxed method will scale back visions from your personal creativeness. To dwell carefully to the Holy Spirit is a certain solution to maintain your spirit open for revelation. He’ll lead and information you in all reality. The Holy Spirit can simply be offended by inconsiderate residing. A relentless deep underlying pleasure and peace of the Holy Spirit is a witness that you’re pleasing to God.
Working towards the presence of the Lord, ready upon the Lord (prayer of listening), meditating on the phrase of God and prayer isn’t any legalism however the fruit of a love relationship with God. Speaking as typically as you possibly can in tongues can also be spiritually useful. That is to have prayer of limitless religion as a result of your thoughts turns into unfruitful when you praying in accordance with the need of God. This should turn into second nature to you. Real love is to like God for who He’s and never what you possibly can acquire from Him. Love positions you to be led by the Spirit of God. A stroll with God requires a lifetime of religion in God. It can trigger battle between spirit and flesh. Nonetheless, the Lord comforts us by saying that His yoke is straightforward and His burden is mild (Matthew 11: 29-30). Simply keep in mind the Lord has supplied all the pieces for you on the cross, even to see visions. So applicable it by religion.
All issues, even visions that you just obtain from God are with the intention to testify and to declare His mighty works within the earth. His mighty works are all finished in Christ. Jesus has fulfilled all issues that pertain to life and godliness. You possibly can by no means behold His works and inform of His superior deeds by not trying on the cross. Jesus Christ is the alpha and omega of our religion, the start and the top of our freedom. For that reason I’m decided to not know something amongst you however Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
For instance the above let me relate the next dream that my sister had: My sister stood exterior of her home not correctly dressed. She noticed youngsters operating and performed on the garden of her backyard. Whereas taking part in and operating these youngsters had been declaring the mighty works and deeds of Almighty God. Near the kids stood a person with a beard. My sister walked nearer to the kids and mentioned to them, “I heard you declared the mighty deeds and wondrous works of God.” Than the person with the beard approached my sister they usually stroll and sit some place exterior the home. He requested her, “Do you know why God often not answering the prayers of the saints the first time.” She mentioned, “No.” He answered and mentioned, “If God would answer prayers the first time people will cease communicating with God after the answering of their prayers.” Then she began to cry uncontrollably due to this damage that individuals trigger God.
Then they stroll into the home and she or he gave the person a Bible. He opened the Bible on a web page with a cross printed throughout the web page. He advised her, “You must always behold the cross.” Then she appeared for the same Bible with a cross inside however couldn’t discover one. Then she awakened. This dream wants little interpretation due to this fact I go away it to your personal judgment.