Was It Just a Dream?
You have had a remarkably vivid experience that you think might be a vision, but wait… what if it was just a dream? How do you tell the difference?
For me it was straight-forward. Over the first 60 years of my life I have had countless dreams. Some nightmares, some daydreams, even lucid dreams. But I knew they were dreams. You could use the analogy of a duck … if it looks like a …. well, you know that story. Everyone has had dreams and maybe a few have been frightening and some have been beautiful and rewarding, but you knew it was a dream.
When I had my first vision, it was instantly recognized as a vision, even while it was in progress. Lots of things were different.
Observer not participant
I have been an active participant in all the dreams and nightmares I can recall. In my visions, with only a couple of exceptions, I was only an observer. I watched things happen, but I did take part in what was going on. The visions that were exceptions were so remarkable that no one that had one could ever mistake it for a dream. God shows you things, teaches you things, tells you things. Most of the time, there is nothing He expects you to do but watch and learn.
Awake not asleep
I was awake and aware of my surroundings during the visions. I heard the air conditioner or the heating system come on, I was aware that I was awake and watching something important. I had independent thoughts about what I saw and was trying to be careful not to “lose” and was keenly interested in what I was seeing.
Visions don’t fade, dreams do
Of the perhaps thousands of dreams I’ve had over the 70 years I’ve been alive, I can recall only a few nightmares. Most of my dreams were faded out and gone by the time I was fully awake. Seldom does any detail of a dream last more than a few hours. The visions don’t fade, apparently never. Every detail of the visions can be replayed in color in exact sequence, in slow or fast motion every time I think of it. The only exceptions are where I said “no” once and lost the details of part of that vision and where I heard the song of the 4 horsemen and could not learn it. Apparently I was not qualified to learn it.
Apparently when God gives you a vision, it is intended to stick with you. Forever.
Visions have basis in God’s Word – the Bible
I’ve been able to locate bible verses to support each vision that I’ve had. I’ve quoted them as part of each of the visions I’ve recorded here. I doubt that many dreams are biblically related.
Visions teach, dreams don’t
I’ve discovered something new in each new vision. Often there is a different interpretation from what I had thought was true, or some new knowledge that is biblically supported, but still different from what I had understood in my internal interpretation. If the visions were self-induced from my predisposition in belief of God, you would think the vision would support what I already thought I knew. Instead, I’ve been very surprised at some of the things I’ve learned. Unexpected interpretations come forward that make perfect sense in hindsight.
Thoughts pop into your head
Many times explanitory or declaritive thoughts just popped into my head. I saw something and then an explanitory thought of a word or two just rolled through my head. “This is God” “God is in me” “We are living in God” These were always in my own voice except for the time of the euolgy.
Visions are “Super Vivid”
Visions are crystal clear. Most of mine have been in vivid color, but even the black and white ones are super vivid as I play them over again and again in my mind. God has a way of getting your attention, make no mistake about it.
You “keep your cool” during visions
In summary, let me say that anyone that has had a vision will know it instantly, from the very beginning and most certainly will take it calmly. I could be sitting in my chair one instant and standing outside looking at the stars the next, yet not be the least surprised. Just watching transfixed at the events taking place. Never mind that I’m soaring into Heaven or standing over the earth or being observed by dark people. There were two notable exceptions. One was when I was discovered not having a 666 on my forehead as the bibles were being purged by Satan’s followers, and the other when the words of prophesy were being shouted at me about the deaths of missionaries.
You will know you have had a vision when you have one.