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Information Overload

We have no shortage of information today. Our world is bombarded with too much knowledge - Internet, websites, books, newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, journals, newsletters etc. No human being has all the time to read all of them. Worse still, it is now potentially dangerous to read and access some of these information as there is an unprecedented flooding of misinformation, viruses, hoaxes, fads, gimmicks, quick fixes and mind-benders etc. No one can be sure of who says what, and of whether the "who" really exists or the "what" is true.

But in the midst of these junk and trash, there are some true precious jewels. The problem now is whether we have the wisdom to find and identify them, and also the ability and strength to carry them through.

God has given us His most precious and priceless Pearl: His Son Whose Name is also called The Word Of God! Everything written in the Bible is related to Him – from the beginning to the end! History is His Story. We have been looking everywhere else except The Book.

Tons and volumes of books are written about dreams and visions. Everyday, somebody saw something. Like the eyewitnesses of accidents and crimes etc., our eyes and hearts can deceive us. Did the angel has 4 wings or 6? Was his robe blue or white? Was he coming down or going up? Did he come from the east or the west? I wonder whether we have the right sense of direction in our dreams with no compass at hand. Like all true detectives, every clue and evidence must be checked and verified.

Dreams and visions have this element of guesswork and speculation. The Book of Revelation brings blessings to the readers but also many headaches and heartaches as people begin to misinterpret the visions. Till today, nobody except God is 100% correct. Nobody except God has the full revelation till all is being completely fulfilled.

Jesus spoke to the Father, and the Father spoke to His Son. They did not have to use the language of imagery, dreams and visions. This is this, and that is that. The Word! There is no second-guessing of whether "is this that?" or "is that this?" God’s Word is already inspired and anointed, having full authority. Jesus resisted the temptation of the devil by the precision of the Word! Nothing else.

David had the Word of God in his heart. God spoke to him by His Word and by His Holy Spirit. At times, the Lord sent prophets like Samuel and Nathan to deliver those words to him. David was a psalmist. He saw God everywhere he went from mountains to valleys, and in everything from deer to sheep. David's psalms are loved throughout ages because he used simple words, not jargons and illustrations beyond our comprehension. No mystery.

I did a Concordance study to see whether Abraham had dreams or visions. Abram had one vision in Genesis 15:1. After God renamed him Abraham in Genesis 17, he had none. As he journeyed with God, he could hear Him clearly, whether by spoken words in his heart or by messages sent through God’s messengers.

I am not against dreams and visions. I too have some, and am still bearing and guarding them. I am against the misuse of them. I have heard too many that really make me wonder: "Which one should I follow ? The one yesterday or the one today?"

God’s message to everyone and every church is still: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…." (Rev. 2 - 3) The problem with us is that we do not want to hear. One of the loves of the world is called "the lust of the eyes".

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. I John 2:15-17

Our eyes love to feast on razzle-dazzle – forbidden things and unknown phenomena that fascinate us! That’s the same problem Eve faced. If Eve have heard God and obeyed Him, we would have heaven from the start. No suffering. We therefore need to train our ears more than our eyes. Obedience instead of waywardness.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6:22-23

This eye problem is being fully exploited by our enemy to draw men and women, both young and old, away from the Truth. Pornography, X-files, witchcraft, sorcery, UFOs, angels, demons, monsters, gremlins, ET, etc. arouse curious minds and wandering hearts. We have this haunting pride that boasts, "I know something you do not know." That’s why we have an influx of eastern religions and occults all over the world.

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' Jer. 6:16

It is time to hear Him again. Back to the Book. If He sends us plain words, let’s obey Him and carry out those instructions. Otherwise, we may receive parables.

"Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.' Matthew 13:13-15

Dreams and visions are not profitable without the interpretation and revelation from God. Remember Pharaoh and Joseph, Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel – one dreamed and the other interpreted.

Before dreams and visions come true, there is an awesome lot to do! Ask Joseph about his dreams that activated his journey from Canaan to Egypt. Ask John about his visions at Patmos that launched the journey of Revelation which still continues from then to now till eternity.

Please also read:
Dreams And Visions
A Moment In Time
Revelation Explained
A Vision Of Heaven