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Latter Day Visions & Revelations of Jesus Christ

October 22, 2009

In the Old Testament the prophet Joel prophesied that in the latter days God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:28-29).

There are many stories coming out of Africa and the Middle East about Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior because of having a dream or vision about Jesus. I received an email recently from some missionary friends of mine who shared about some Muslim men who met Jesus in their dreams and how He taught them from the Koran that He was the true way.  According to their reports there are many Muslims who secretly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but they fear to take a stand publicly because the persecution is so great. One of these men had given up everything – his family, livelihood, and personal safety – to follow Jesus publicly. The other believers in Jesus who are still publicly living as Muslims are watching to see what will happen to this man. I’ve heard similar reports from other missionaries and you can also google and find reports on the internet of Muslims coming to Christ because of having a vision or dream of Jesus. Many ministries are encouraging Christians everywhere to pray for Muslims that Jesus will be revealed to them.

If you would like to see an amazing conversion story of one such Muslim who had a vision of Jesus and converted to Christianity I recommend this one here:

The testimony of Afshin Javid

How do we test whether or not visions and revelations are from God? The Bible says we will see false signs and “lying wonders” in the last days too (II Thess. 2:9), but that these will come from Satan. We must examine the fruit.

Anne Catherine Emmerich, a nun of the Augustinian Order in Westphalia, Germany had many visions in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s and she claimed that the Lord told her that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in her visions was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history.  However, in examining the fruit of her visions I do not find that she emphasized the same gospel the apostles preached.  Her visions did not point people to trust in Jesus Christ, but rather to place their trust in the Roman Catholic Church as the one and only true church.

So, in testing the fruit of various visions I consider the end result.  Is the recipient of said vision preaching the same gospel that the apostles preached? (Gal. 1:6-8) Or has the exclusive and central role of the Savior as the object of one’s trust been usurped and replaced by something else?

“Neither is there salvation in any other;

for there is none other name under heaven given among men,

whereby we must be saved”

(Acts. 4:12)

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