Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Cor 1:21-22 (NIV)
It was early Sunday, May 18, 1997. It was shortly after midnight when I finished my goodnight prayer. Later today would be our church=s day which we celebrate as Pentecost Sunday.
I was praying for the healing service and for several people on my prayer list. I had started down our church=s prayer covenant which covers the objectives of the church, the pastors, other leaders and their families. It was a prayer covenant that we had developed for the church. A member in our healing group had suggested that we needed one to combat spiritual warfare. He was concerned that our rapid growth would draw the attention of Satan and we would begin to be harassed by him. The vision started with Jesus.
Jesus had been standing there, but now He reached forward with both hands with his arms outstretched and with palms down but with the fingers tipped upward so that I could see his palms. There were two people kneeling before him with their backs to me.
He placed his hands on the two heads. I could only see their heads from the back and slightly from their right side. His fingers were together as he rested them on the heads, but cupped slightly over the heads.
I then began to see several other people, one at a time, but only from just below the mouth downward, and only as low as the lower part of the neck. I don’t know who they were or why I only saw part of them, but I have the remembrance of more detail and also of flesh tones so this portion was in color.
One was a woman, who appeared to be older, and another I decided was a man. I decided these were people that were being healed. The vision ended after several people came forward for healing.
I took this vision as a very positive sign. Now we were going into a healing service with the very power of Jesus blessing us!
Tongues from the Holy Spirit
The vision was very short and I began to pray again. Suddenly, I began to pray out loud and I no longer knew what I was saying! It started as only a new syllable and then a word, and a few seconds later there was a stream of words that were in an unknown language!
As I continued to pray, I noticed a slightly blue silhouette of a figure clearly outlined in front of me, facing the same way that I was. This figure was like a representation you see in a medical encyclopedia – a depiction of the nervous system. No clothes, no hair, no apparent skin, but a man anyway outlined by ribbons of blue fire along the lines of the nervous system.
He was on his knees with arms stretched up to the Heavens, as if pleading to God. Could the Holy Spirit in me be the very wiring of my nervous system? A vast array of electrical networks that fire up my body? I suspect that it was not; this was simply how the Holy Spirit chose to show Himself to me.
I don=t know any more about this figure, as I never saw Him again, but my guess was that I was speaking in tongues with the help of the Holy Spirit. I never spoke in tounges again, and I’ve never seen the Holy Spirit represented to me again.
As I prepare this text for this Extraordianary Visions article, I’ve decided to begin a small series on the Holy Spirit as depicted in God’s word, the Bible. Maybe we can find out a little more about Him. As the third person of God, He deserves more respect than most of us have given to date.