Night Vision Goggles

Daniel 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

  The above text is one of about 5 texts in the Bible that speak of men having night visions. Questions have been raised about dreams. Not often but occasionally I have been asked about dreams and their significance. Obviously Jacob, Job, Daniel and John were communicated with by God through dreams. Joseph interpreted several dreams as being from God during his ministry. Then there are several instances as to whether men were actually transported somewhere or felt they were in dreams according to the Biblical accounts
  Back in my first year of Bible school, an upperclassman was cleaning out his book collection preparing to depart into the mission field; getting rid of what he felt was un-necessary books. He gave me a 2 inch thick book on the science of dreaming. Because it was my first year and I had no idea of class loads, I began reading the book. It was not a spiritual book from either direction, strictly scientific with quite a bit of documentation. Remember this was in the days before computers.  No, I don't mean the dark ages. Anyway, I was immediately intrigued and because I did have a tidbit of spirituality, I began to look at the Biblical aspects of modern dreams.  Even though I was a first year student at Bible College, I had been well taught and grounded by some leaders of my home Church, (not sure there are that kind there now.) I knew absolutely that God does not give messages or instructions through dreams today. My study at that time verified. But dreams are not something to be ignored, nor or they to become a mind altering religion.
  Keep in mind that I did that study 50 years ago and frankly I have not kept the information fresh, but I have not forgotten what I found regarding dreams and I believe it is of value for this space.
  I repeat that God probably spoke to individuals through dreams or dreamlike visions in the past, but since the Bible has been printed, there have not, nor is, nor will be further information from God through dreams.
  Dreams are a natural activity of an active mind. We are given an amazing brain that can contain much more information than we can find to put in it. But it requires organization similar to a filing cabinet.  Each time we sleep our body has to first be put to rest, after that is done, the brain is ready to begin organizing the information it received from the 6 senses during the wakened hours. Like a secretary who files papers at the end of the day in their appropriate folders, so does the brain thumb through folders and catching glimpses of past related experiences. Meanwhile the dream apparatus takes hold and in weird ways connects the current recordings with past recordings and lo and behold the dreams coagulate into sometimes strange stories. Depending upon the time you are dreaming this you may or may not remember the dream.

  I have said all this to give a brief reason that no one should look to dreams as information from God. There is no substitute for the written Word of God, combined with the internal work of the Holy Spirit.


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