As a christian do you believe in vision, dreams , prophesies ?
Or just bible ?, modern pastors / priests , are they really prophets ?
- 5 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes, in the apostles' day and before, but not today.
No, there are no prophets today (which would include those who have visions and dreams from God).
That all ended around the end of the first century. After Jesus’ death, the apostles were given the ability to bestow “gifts of the Holy Spirit” through the laying on of their hands (Ac 8:18). One of those gifts was the ability to prophesy (Ac 19:6; 1Cor 12:10).
Since those prophets were giving new revelations from God, as has always been done, God gave them the ability to do miraculous signs to confirm to listeners that they spoke on his behalf (Ex 4:1-9; Mk 16:20; Jn 3:2; Heb 2:3-4). For instance, they could read the secrets of people’s hearts (1Cor 14:24-25). Once his word was confirmed, there was no need for the miraculous signs. Correspondingly, as the apostles died out, the gift of prophecy died out with them as predicted by the Apostle Paul (1Cor 13:8-10).
Anyone claiming to be a prophet today is lying, and just because they claim to be a prophet does not mean they are good with the Lord (Mt 7:21-23). Such evil people will forever burn in hell (Rev 20:10).
Examples of recent (in)famous false prophets include Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts and John Osteen (Joel’s father). All these men claim that God directly spoke to them.
- Bulky_BobLv 75 years ago
Regarding visions: This has always been true but, for today, more so under excruciating or special circumstances. All that any believer needs for spiritual growth is found in the Bible, God's Word. There is no more "truth" that needs to be revealed via visions and dreams (such as what the prophets Isaiah and Daniel and the Apostles Paul and Peter experienced). However, God does use visions and dreams in dire circumstances - such as in very (spiritually) dark and remote locations, like the jungles and in the Middle East. A prime example of this is that Muslims throughout the world are having "Jesus dreams" (usually seven dreams) where they are told that someone will show them the way to faith in Christ. This is going on right now.
Regarding "prophecies": The term "prophecy" in the New Testament is not always properly understood. While it could mean "foretelling", it really means "expositing divine truth". All Christians who let the Holy Spirit work in them are able to "discern the truth" (as revealed in God's Word). The ability to "exposit" (expose, expound) on truth is tempered by the Holy Spirit. For example, great Bible expositors of the 18th and 19th centuries failed to see Israel being "re-gathered" as a nation - even though there is extensive treatment of that in the Bible. And we might say today, "why did they not see that coming?" Jesus told His disciples three times that He was going to be killed and then resurrected. Each time they failed to understand. Once again, the Holy Spirit was holding back their understanding. In the case of "foretelling", there is no new scripture to be revealed as John the Apostle indicated that nothing was to be added (Revelation 22:18). Thus, prophecy today is not foretelling but it is expositing only.Source(s): Bible; Book, "Killing Christians", by Tom Doyle
- Anonymous5 years ago
"As a christian do you believe in vision, dreams , prophesies ?"
Hallucinations, daydreams, delusions...?
- ~~Birdy~~Lv 75 years ago
yes, but they all point to the same thing - God's Word
there is no new prophesy
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- PubliusLv 75 years ago
1. Yes, I do.
2. No, they're not. The apostles and prophets are all in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Anonymous5 years ago
A person can better know the meanings of dreams that have meanings if he or she says the angelic psalter of Mary daily and with care.
- MackeyLv 75 years ago
No at all. I do not even believe in the Bible.
- anonLv 75 years ago
bible and bible prophecies