Dreams

Apr 3, 2014
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Another of my favorite definitions from the Bible Dictionary.

Dreams: One of the means by which God communicates with men (link).

Peter quoted Joel in this respect:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17)

President Hinckley quoted Joel too:

The era in which we live is the fulness of times spoken of in the scriptures, when God has brought together all of the elements of previous dispensations. From the day that He and His Beloved Son manifested themselves to the boy Joseph, there has been a tremendous cascade of enlightenment poured out upon the world. The hearts of men have turned to their fathers in fulfillment of the words of Malachi. The vision of Joel has been fulfilled wherein he declared:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon 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.

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call” (Joel 2:28–32). (Living in the Fulness of Times, Oct 2001)

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JS
JS
6 years ago

I don’t believe the prophecy you cited, and quoted Pres. HInckley as saying, of Joel’s,l has come to pass. That verse about dreams and visions keeps being taken out of context of surrounding scriptures which show that those gifts are only evidenced after great tribulations and wars In my understanding, those gifts are going to be evidenced after the remnant have proven their faithfulness through tribulations. Joel says after he removes the Northern army who has devastated the earth, and has restored “the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army… Read more »

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
6 years ago
Reply to  oneclimbs

Regarding what we in the LDS Church speak of as the “First Vision” was in reality a visitation from Deity. There was indeed a theophany – a literal manifestation of God to man.

Yes, Joseph Smith calls it a “vision” repeatedly in many sources, but I think it is interesting that if you look up the word, “vision” in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, it defines the word as “an appearance.”

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
6 years ago

LOL, *1828 Dictionary. You probably won’t find anything in the Webster’s dictionary except a picture of me next to the word, “dunce.”

BB
BB
6 years ago

But Joseph was specific when stating he was visited by Moroni (not a vision of Moroni)

Bb
Bb
6 years ago
Reply to  oneclimbs

The communication Joseph received pairs into comparison of what he learned. What he learned about the Godhead I think is even more important. He saw that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were two separate beings. He saw that they were in resurrected celestial bodies with flesh and bone. Didn’t a modern-day prophet say that Joseph Smith learned more about the nature of God in the Sacred Grove than anyone on the planet had learned since the death and resurrection Jesus Christ? It is important to me that the first vision (I hate even saying the word) really truly happened in… Read more »

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
6 years ago
Reply to  Bb

We have so very little information on the “First Vision.” We maybe know .00001 of what happened there that day. We just don’t know. Who did Joseph Smith see? We know that he saw God the Father and “(His) Beloved Son,” as well as other angelic beings. Looking at all four written accounts of the “First Vision” that are published, there is an infinite amount of information that perhaps is withheld from the natural man. We are all probably most familiar with the account given in the Pearl of Great Price. Notice Joseph says, “and many other things did he… Read more »

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
6 years ago

Joseph Smith, The First Vision – that’s all it was.. a vision. Not visitation. But Mormons speak of it as a physical event when it really was only a vision. Mormon faith that Heavenly Father and Jesus are 2 separate beings is based on a dream? But I guess it all depends on what version of the vision you’re reading.

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