“After all these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not Abram, I am thy shield and exceeding great reward” (Gen. 15:1).
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams” (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)
Dear Intercessors for Israel:
For the past few weeks, I have been meditating on the word “vision,” as well as the LORD’s great promise to Abram as found in Genesis 15:1. Vision in Hebrew is hazon, and means not just the ability to see with your natural eyes but the type of vision that comes from God, which is revealed by Him and His word. The first time the word vision appears in the Bible is in this verse, along with the first mention of the words “Fear not.” The Hebrew word used for vision here is machazeh: a derivative of hazon and means “an apparition or sight.”
A heavenly vision has been described simply as being “an encounter with God.” Abram had an “encounter.” One might say visions are divine portals into the supernatural. There are over one hundred references to persons experiencing visions in the Bible, including 86 instances in the Old Testament and 17 times in the New. Visions are a channel that God uses to communicate His will in natural or supernatural settings, then and now. A divine vision doesn’t have to be “movie length” to be from God. I have received many “micro-visions” which are like “photographic snapshots” especially while praying for people. Prophetic seers see pictures and then speak them. Believe God for an increase in your giftings.
Visions may bring with them heavenly guidance. Many revelations are given by God to warn, direct, encourage you, or make His will plain. They may be visual, symbolic or even affect a trance upon the person seeing them. If God chooses to speak to you or to another through a vision, be assured the message you receive will not contradict the teachings of the Bible.
God, in giving you guidance through visions, may allow you to be translated “in the spirit” so you can intercede in prayer for a people, or for events yet to happen. Perhaps they can be averted or as a “watchman” you need to alert others. Guidance in visions may be coupled with prophesy, and words of knowledge. The king of Syria was “sore troubled” because Elisha was supernaturally able to hear the words he spoke in his own bedchamber, and then warn the king of Israel about what he was planning.
I believe we are in the “last days” that both Joel and Peter prophesied. A time yes, when this world is currently beset with a terrible pandemic and the nations are troubled. I believe that as Christ’s disciples, we are at the very brink of a great harvest of souls, a worldwide spiritual awakening. I believe that before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes, “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” ( Hab, 2:14, Is.40:5, Ps. 72:19) This prophesied world harvest of souls isn’t something to take for granted though, it must be prayed in with words of intercession and fastings.
I believe this is an hour to see the fulfillment of Peter’s and Joel’s words when “old men (and women) shall dream dreams, and young men (and women) shall see visions.” It is an hour to ask God for dreams and visions so that He may direct you and encourage you. Abram in his vision was told to look at the stars in the sky and try and count them, for as many as they were so would be his descendants. Abram “believed in the LORD and counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Spiros Zodhiates, the author of the Key Word Study Bible, calls this passage, the central verse of the Old Testament. We too must in faith, believe and step out to “run with the vision” (Hab. 2:2).
Five Points to Remember
When you pray for spiritual visions and dreams expect to receive them. Here are five points to remember:
Daniel who God had given all understanding in “visions and dreams” found himself at times “troubled” or even “astonished” by the “visions in his head” (Dan. 7:15, 8:27). The prophet did not understand the meaning of what he saw, so he pressed into the Lord with prayer and fasting” (Dan. 9:3). In one instance, he heard a voice which called out and said: “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision” (Dan. 8:16.)
Daniel’s actions serve as a example for everyone seeking a greater understanding of your visions. If you find yourself confused, troubled or not understanding what God is trying to show you through a vision, be like Daniel: pray and fast for an answer.
- Record the Vision
There is a classic Chinese proverb which declares: “The palest blue ink is far superior to the best memory.” You may think you can easily remember a vision that God has given you, but time dims the best of memories. Write your vision down, journal it, place it on your computer, or record it on your smart phone. Habakkuk was told by the LORD to “write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads its.” John was commanded by the Lord to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Rev. 1:19). Perhaps the vision you receive is for another or for an “appointed time.” (Hab. 2:2-3)
- Confirm it
A vision you receive from heaven will not contradict scripture. Ask God to confirm what you have seen either through His scripture, an inward witness within your spirit, or through the counsel of others.
Scripture is clear that not all visions are from God. Some come from the vain imaginings of individuals and others are clearly demonic. False visions lead people away from God’s will and pull you into idolatry. Matthew, in his Gospel, records Satan showing Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory: Satan then said “All this I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” (Mt. 4:8) ” Jesus dismissed these temptations with the words: “Be gone Satan, for it is written Thou shall worship the LORD thy God, and him only shall thou serve” (Mt.4:10). The devil had no choice but to leave. Godly visions speak the truth and encourage holiness; false visions speak lies, divinations, and idolatry, and lead to sin and judgment.
- Move in Faith
Paul said he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19). Luke records in Acts that Paul immediately after receiving his sight straight away “preached Christ in the synagogues, and declared to all that he was the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). A vision from God may require you to move in faith to see its fulfillment come to pass. If Paul had not acted quickly on his Macedonian vision, then the open door to preach the gospel there may have closed. (Acts 17).
Wait for it
Hand in hand with receiving a vision and, moving in faith, is also “waiting for it.” I know of people who have received visions or words that they would “preach in the nations” but had to wait a period of years before those visions and words came to pass. Our God who knows “the end from the beginning” sometimes sends you a vision or a prophetic word concerning your future to encourage you or give you an incentive to prepare, such as to learn another language. I always tell believers who feel they are called to the nations but haven’t gone, to first get a passport, then lift it up to the LORD every day and say: “Here am I Lord, use me.” It’s a prayer, He cannot refuse! Pack your bags!
God’s words to Abram of “Fear not” are found throughout the Bible. Our God is a God of love and encouragement. We are secure in His holy presence. I think though, that if I found myself in the Holy Presence of God, I probably would be like John, who, seeing the glorified Jesus, “fell as his feet as dead” (Rev. 1:17). Jesus touched John and said “Fear not, I am the first and the last.” I love the greetings our God gives when He or His angels interrupt our lives: “Fear not!” Abram received the promise: “I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.” I feel we as Abraham’s seed can also claim this word. “Our God is our shield and exceeding great reward.” It is a great word to declare and decree for all of 2022.
News from Israel:
Israel announced this week that the nation will be re-opening Ben Gurion airport to foreign arrivals. The nation has been on “lock-down” since November with air travel not permitted in or out of the country. The decision to re-open the nation comes at a time when omicron COVID levels are soaring. The past two days have brought record levels of over 16,000 people testing positive, along with some 300 hospitalized and 41 on ventilators. Israel’s Health Ministry stated that a continued lockdown on travelers would not prevent the further spread of the Omicron virus. Thus the government relented and opened the airport.
Travelers wishing to visit Israel though must be fully vaccinated, under Israel’s Health’s ministry criteria, which includes either being inoculated twice in the previous six months, or vaccinated with a booster, or recovered from COVID with one shot, or recovered from COVID within six months as demonstrated by an electronic recovery certificate. Inbound travelers must still present a COVID test before boarding a flight and take a PCR test upon landing in Israel (jpost.com )
Building Up Jerusalem
Marylois and I want to say thank you for your support of Global Outpouring/End-Time Handmaidens and Servants House of Peace in Jerusalem since 1998. We are so blessed to see in the last two years, when we have not been able to be in Israel, how supportive you have been to maintain our ministry center and our staff in Jerusalem! We are so deeply grateful to the Lord and to everyone!
We want to share with you our needs for 2022. They start out quickly this January with House of Peace property taxes for approximately $6000.00, due the end of the month. These are taxes for the City of Jerusalem and we just have to make a decree that we are “building up Jerusalem” when we pay this bill. If you would like to give to this area of need, please call the office or go online to www.globaloutpouring.org and click on the donate button. Just mark that you are giving for: “HOP Building Up Jerusalem” Our new phone number for Global Outpouring/ETH Inc. is (870) 716-2821.
Marylois and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2022
Gene and Marylois
House of Peace, Jerusalem.