Visions and Dreams
By David J. Stewart
One of the infamous false prophets of our generation is Bill Wise, who falsely claims that God gave him a dream and vision of what Hell is like to warn others:
“This one (demons) had scales all over its body, giant jaws with huge teeth, and claws sticking out, along with sunken-in eyes. They were just enormous. And the other one didn't looked like this at all, but it had razor sharp fins all over with one long arm and out of proportion feet. Everything was deformed and twisted and out of proportion, out of symmetry, no symmetry, one arm longer and one shorter and just odd looking creatures, horrible, horrible looking things ...They began to crush my skull. One demon grabbed me and tried to crush my head. I was screaming and begging for mercy, but no mercy! About this time they each grabbed an arm and a leg and were about to tear off my legs and my arms. ...”
SOURCE: Bill Wiese 23 minutes in Hell
We are living in a faithless generation when people aren't willing to take God at His Word; but rather, rely upon feelings and experiences, dreams and visions, and other things, which is how Satan deceives them.
Here is an excellent quote from Dr. Max D. Younce's helpful book, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!...
Can Satan Deceive Us With Visions and Dreams?
Question: I am a Christian and my friends tells me that God gives him dreams and visions. Could this be Satan trying to deceive him?
Answer: Yes, Satan is a master at counterfeiting the Lord. One of his masterpieces of counterfeiting God was in the dream or vision he gave to Eliphaz to instruct Job concerning his trials. In the dream Satan posed as God; but, the deception was that the advice and false accusations did not apply to Job.
Follow with me Eliphaz's dream (See Job 4:12,12, and 16.),
“Now a thing was secretly brought to me... In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still...an image was before mine eyes, and I heard a voice saying.”
The following is the advice to Job from the dream.
“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:” (5:8).
“He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the forward is carried headlong.” (5:13)
“To him (Job) that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend...My brethren have dealt deceitfully...” (6:14,15).
Eliphaz to Job:
“For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee:”
Job answers Eliphaz:
“But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.” (23:10,11).
Now God rebukes Eliphaz for applying Satan's dream to Job in Chapter 42, Verses 7,8,
“...the Lord said unto Eliphaz, the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee,... for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. (7) “Therefore...go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering: and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.” (8)
You should read the whole account for yourself. Satan deceived Eliphaz into thinking he (Satan) was God, applying his (Satan's) words to Job, which scenario God had nothing to do with. God harshly rebuked Eliphaz for being deceived by Satan and perpetrating his lie to Job.
Visions and dreams and deceptive; but, God's Word is always true. In John 14:6,
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me (Christ).”
SOURCE: Dr. Max D. Younce, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, Volume 2, pg. 221-222; ISBN-13-978-0-9815225-8-6; Morris Publishing.
Are Dreams and Visions for Today?
No. Bill Wiese attempts to justify his bizarre claims with Job 7:14, “Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions.” However, the Bible makes very clear that God no longer speaks to men with dreams and visions as He sometimes did in the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:1-2, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, HATH IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON.” Jesus plainly tells us in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Also, notice that Hebrews 1:1 says God spoke “by the prophets” in the Old Testament. God did not speak through dreams and visions to the average person. Since they didn't have the completed Bible in the Old Testament as we do today, God communicated directly with the men of God who preached to the people. Jeremiah 23:28, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully...” Some prophets were liars, as evidenced in Jeremiah 23:32, “Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.” There were false prophets back then just as there still are today; but God sent and commanded the true prophets with His Word to lead the people. When the Bible was completed, there was no longer any need for God to speak through visions and dreams, nor through the prophets of old. We have the Word of God ourselves in the Bible. What a precious blessing from God!
In Genesis 15:1 the Lord came to Abram in a vision. In Genesis 28:12 and 31:10 God came to Jacob in a dream. God came to Laban in a dream in Genesis 31:24. God came to Joseph in a dream in Genesis 37:5,9. The butler and baker dreamed dreams foretelling their death in 40:5, which God enabled Joseph to interpret (Genesis 40:8). Pharaoh received a dream warning of coming famine (Genesis 41:1,5-7), and then God gave Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh's dream (Genesis 41:15). These are but some of the dreams and visions mentioned in the Old Testament book of Genesis. There are many more throughout the Old Testament. The Bible had not yet been written, not even the Law under Moses. So there was a NEED for dreams and visions at that time in history.
In the New Testament, God warned the three wise men from Babylon in a dream not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12). Cornelius received a vision from God in Acts 10:3. God also gave a vision to the Apostle Peter in Acts 10:10-19. These visions in Acts 10 were for the purpose of getting souls saved. Today, God directs us by His Holy Spirit (John 16:13), in harmony with the Word of God. Whereas God has previously confirmed (Mark 16:20) the preaching of the gospel message with signs, wonders, and miracles; today all of those sign gifts have ceased. They ceased by the completion of the Bible in A.D. 96 with the book of Revelation.
When a person claims that it is God's will to sin, the Holy Spirit did not lead them to do it. The famous singer, Beyonce Knowles, has publicly stated that God gives her permission to dress sexy and strip. She is a liar. Many apostate churches today have jumped-on-the-bandwagon to support “gay rights” and “feminist rights” and “abortion rights”; but no one has a right to do wrong. Liberty gives us the freedom to BE wrong, not to DO wrong. Immorality is not a right! Liberty is the freedom to make our own choices; but freedom is a reward for making the right choices. That is why Americans are losing their freedoms today. Those who will not be controlled by God will be ruled by tyrants.
Drugs and Alcohol: Opening the Door to Demons!
Satan is able to deceive people with dreams and visions, which are commonly associated with substance abuse. The word “sorceries” in Revelation 18:24 is the Greek word “pharmakeia” from which the words “pharmaceutical” and “pharmacy” are also derived. That is very interesting. One of the ways in which Rock 'N' Roll addicts, occult practitioners, magicians, and sorcerers make contact with the demonic spiritual world is through the use of drugs such as LSD. They see things and hear voices, et cetera.
As the world continues to slide downhill into a wicked and decadent state, it cannot be denied that drugs are contributing on a large scale to the degradation of society. Pharmacies are fueling Walgreens, Kmart and other chain stores across America. Prescription and non-prescription drugs alike have been commonly linked with violent crimes. (Study Reveals Top Ten Violence-inducing Prescription Drugs)
Alcohol is the most prevalent and dangerous drug of all, contributing to more deaths and bizarre behavior than any other substance. Alcohol is a narcotic. One man while drunk beat his wife and cut his son's head off with a kitchen knife. When he sobered up in jail the next day, he refused to believe what he had done. That is so sad and tragic! Hear about that man, and others, whose lives were destroyed by LIQUID DEVIL in the red-hot sermon, ALCOHOL PUBLIC ENEMY # 1...
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Certainly Satan can use dreams and visions to deceive people today without the use of drugs or alcohol, but substance abuse invites the Devil right into one's life, leaving the front door wide-open.
We have the Revealed Will of God in the Word of God
We simply don't need dreams nor visions today. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be PERFECT, THROUGHLY FURNISHED unto all good works.” The word “perfect” here means “complete”; and the words “throughly furnished” means “fully equipped.” Thus, God is saying that the Bible is all we need in every matter of faith, sound doctrine, and spiritual guidance.
So many people today are seeking for answers on TV, from talk shows, the latest New York Times Best-Seller (which includes Bill Wiese's 23 MINUTES IN HELL book). Others are seeking for comfort and spiritual guidance from demonic psychics and mediums like Jonathan Edward, James Van Praagh, and Miss Cleo.
The public went hog-wild over Youree Dell Harris (better know as “Miss Cleo”). According to Consumer Affairs, “In three years, it's estimated her service billed $1 billion through 900 numbers and credit cards and collected about half of it.” The Federal Trade Commission charged Miss Harris in 2002 with “deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices.” In the October 2006 issue of The Advocate magazine, Harris announced that she is a lesbian. She lives today is South Florida, filthy rich from bilking millions of gullible Americans.
Miss Cleo only gained ill-gotten filthy lucre because few Americans believes the Bible anymore. They'd rather turn to demonic witches, psychics, and necromancers (mediums who communicate with the dead, like John Edward), than seek God's revealed will in the Bible. It is a sin to consult with anyone who has a familiar spirit (a familiar spirit is any spirit that is not the Holy Spirit).
Numerous women preachers have claimed that God told them in a vision to become a pastor. We know that is not true for at least 2 Biblical reasons:
Hebrews 1:1-2 plainly tells us that God speaks to us today “BY HIS SON,” the Word of God (John 1:1-13,14; Revelation 19:13). God doesn't speak through dreams nor visions anymore.
The Bible plainly forbids women from usurping authority over men (1st Timothy 2:12). The phrase “usurp authority over” is the Greek word “authenteo” and means to “act of oneself” (i.e., dominate). When Eve acted on her own, eating the fruit without first consulting with her husband, she got into trouble. Hence, women are not to take on the role of leadership over men. The heathen world promotes women over men, and look at the mess we're in today as a nation. When women take charge, wickedness flourishes in society.
God's Holy Spirit NEVER leads anyone contrary to the revealed will of God in the printed Word of God. This is our safeguard against heresies and false prophets who claim to have received private revelations from God. 2nd Peter 1:20, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” No one can claim special revelation from God. Everyone has the same Bible, and the same Commandments, and the same Word of God to live by.
The Bible says in 2nd Peter 3:2:3 that their “judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” In other words, greedy men and women preachers are already under the judgment and damnation of a holy God, it's just a matter of when payday is going to arrive. PAYDAY SOMEDAY!!!
Conclusion of the Matter
How does God speak to us? Through His Son, who is THE WORD OF GOD (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13). Jesus is the Living Word which came down amongst men in the flesh (John 1:14; 1st Timothy 3:16). If you want to find God today, and hear from God, then you MUST look to the Scriptures. This is the key to truth, for the Word of God is truth (John 17:17). Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). Jesus Christ and the Word of God are inseparable! BEWARE of modernists who teach about spirituality and appear to be Christian, but they don't teach and promote the Word of God.
It's sad that people don't have any interest in the Word of God—until some nut claims that there's a secret computer code in the Bible, or that he saw 13 feet demons in a vision with claws and giant teeth. There are multitudes of deceivers in the world today, who claim to have received visions and dreams from God; but we know Biblically that they are lying. If indeed they have received dreams or visions, they didn't come from God. Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are REVEALED belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Everything revealed is for all to benefit from in the Lord.
God doesn't speak to any individuals today through private revelations, as He did in the Old Testament. The Word of God is complete! Such false prophets as Ellen G. White of the Seventh-Day Adventists, and Joseph Smith of the Mormons were demonically inspired. They both made claims of having received “divine revelations” from God, but they are both LIARS! There are no dreams nor visions today from God according to Hebrews 1:1-2, which plainly states that God speaks to us today ONLY through THE WORD OF GOD.
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