July 17, 2020

Dreams and Visions

Passage: Acts 16:9-10, Genesis 20:3, 6; 31:10-11; Numbers 12:6; Deuteronomy 13:5; I Kings 3:5; Job 7:14; Daniel 2:1; Joel 2:28, Daniel 2:4-6; 4:18-19, Genesis 37:5; 40:5; Judges 7:13, Job 33:14-17, Matthew 2:13,19,22; 27:19, Acts 2:17; Jude 1:8

Bible Text: Acts 16:9-10, Genesis 20:3, 6; 31:10-11; Numbers 12:6; Deuteronomy 13:5; I Kings 3:5; Job 7:14; Daniel 2:1; Joel 2:28, Daniel 2:4-6; 4:18-19, Genesis 37:5; 40:5; Judges 7:13, Job 33:14-17, Matthew 2:13,19,22; 27:19, Acts 2:17; Jude 1:8 | Preacher: Prpht. Joseph-Israel | Series: Supernatural Series | Summary – Dreams and Visions – 

I. Dreams
A. Old Testament
1. Chalom: to cause to dream (Genesis 20:3, 6; 31:10-11; Numbers 12:6;
Deuteronomy 13:5; I Kings 3:5; Job 7:14; Daniel 2:1; Joel 2:28).
2. Chalem: dream (Daniel 2:4-6; 4:18-19).
3. Challam: to cause to dream, to recover (Genesis 37:5; 40:5; Judges 7:13).
4. Paam: oftentimes⎯to beat regularly; to move, impel, force to happen (Job 33:29; cf. vv. 14-18).

B. New Testament
1. Onar: a dream (Matthew 2:13,19,22; 27:19).
2. Enupnion: something that occurs during sleep, to dream frequently (Acts 2:17; Jude 1:8).

II. Visions
A. Old Testament
Vision: In the Old Testament, it is basically defined as perception (prophetic, spiritual), awareness, to know or experience (Deuteronomy 11:2).

1. Machezeh: a vision (Genesis 15:1; Numbers 24:4,6,16; Ezekiel 13:7)
2. Chazah: a dream, a revelation, sight, vision (Daniel 4:2,7; 7:20; 2 Chronicles 9:29; Psalm 89:19; Proverbs 29:18; Isaiah 1:1; Ezekiel 12:27; Daniel 8:2)
3. Chizzayown: a revelation especially by a dream (2 Samuel 7:17; Job 4:13; Isaiah 22:1; Joel 2:28; Zechariah 13:4)
4. Mareh/Marah: a seeing, appearance, sight, image (Genesis 2:9; Numbers 12:6; Judges 13:6; 1 Samuel 3:15; Ezekiel 1:1; 8:3-4; 11:24; Daniel 8:26; 10:8)
5. Ra’ah: to see, vision, look upon (2 Chronicles 26:5)
6. Ra’eh: a vision (1 Samuel 9:9; Isaiah 28:7)

B. New Testament
In the New Testament, it refers to seeing or perceiving (note Acts 16:9 the vision seen in a dream); spiritual perception; seeing as a spiritual experience. The vision is understood as revelation given by God (Acts 9:10,12; 2 Corinthians 12:1).7

1. Optasia: an apparition, a sight, vision (Luke 1:22; 24:23; Acts 26:19; 2 Corinthians 12:1)
2. Horama: something gazed at, a sight, a thing seen, vision (Matthew 17:9; Acts 9:10,12; 10:3; 18:9)
3. Horasis: a sight, an appearance, seeing (Acts 2:17; Revelation 9:17)

Some purpose of dreams
• Restrain from evil (Genesis 20:3)
• Reveal God’s will (Genesis 28:11-22)
• Encourage (Judges 7:13-15)
• Reveal the future (Genesis 37:5-10 )
• Instruct (Matthew 1:20)

Some of the characteristics of a vision:
1. Authenticated by divine glory (Ezekiel 8:1-4)
2. Personal and phenomenal (Daniel 10:7-9)
3. Prophetic (Daniel 9:23-27)
4. Causes trembling and dread (Daniel 10:7-17)
5. Proof of Messianic times (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17)

Preparing yourself for lucid dreaming: Do you really want to remember your dream?
A. Ask the Holy Spirit to increase the level, intensity, and clarity of your dreams.
B. Be consistent in going to bed with the intent of receiving informations/instruction/Revelation in dreams.
C. In the early stages, we often wake ourselves up when we recognize we are dreaming.
D. Before you go to sleep, ask the Holy Spirit to help you stay in the dream until you learn and respond properly to His purpose for the dream.
E. Try to form a habit of never going to sleep anxious.
F. Meditate on an attribute of God. Consider one of His names and what it means.
G. Imagine the Holy Spirit hovering over you. Taking the chaos out of your life, and bringing order to it as He brought order to the chaos of the Earth, for you were made of dust.
Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
H. Feel the Holy Spirit breathing over you, blowing all the dust out of your life. Remember, God wants you to walk in the spirit and to live in the spirit.
I. Remind yourself that God wants His Spirit to blanket you and tell you the things hidden deep within His heart.
1 Corinthians 2:10 “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

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