Vision is translated from various Hebrew words of the Old Testament, including those pronounced mar-eh, makh-az-eh and khaw-zone, and Greek words of the New Testament, pronounced hor-ah-ma and optasia - all of which carry the meaning of seeing. In The Bible, visions were usually "wide-awake" experiences (unlike dreams), given to chosen individuals at pivotal times in Bible History. Examples -
- "After this, the word of The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram [see Abraham, Man Of Faith]. I am your shield, your very great reward." But Abram said, "O Sovereign Lord, what can You give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." Then the word of The Lord came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir." [see Isaac] He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." [see A Picture Of Heaven] Then He said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Abram believed The Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness." (Genesis 15:1-6)
- "So Israel [see Children of Jacob] set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba [see also Bible Places], he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied. "I am God, The God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's [see Coat Of Many Colors] own hand will close your eyes." (Genesis 46:1-4)
- "I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you." And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them." (Daniel 10:7-12)
- "As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting," He replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus." (Acts 9:3-8) (see On The Road To Damascus)
- "The horses and riders I saw in my vision [see The Seven Seals] looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons [see That Old Serpent and Why Demons Are Afraid Of You], and Idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood - idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts [see Witches And Sorcerers], their sexual immorality or their thefts." (Revelation 9:17-21)
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