What is the blessed vision from God

Keyword: vision

Visions are revelations from God. This means special perceptions that God gives only to certain people and that he lets them see in the spirit. In the visions of the Old Testament, only pictures are never looked at. They are always connected with hearing a word (audition). Visions are often received at night (Micah 3,6), but they are clearly differentiated from dreams by the state of consciousness of their recipient. Prophets especially know how to deal with visions. Isaiah sees the veiled throne of God in the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple (Isaiah 6), Ezekiel sees God's throne chariot in a storm wind from the north (Ezekiel 1), Amos learns in a series of visions that the judgment against Israel has become inevitable (Amos 7.1-9 Amos 8.1-3 Amos 9.1-4). Likewise, through the spectacle of a heavenly council, the prophet Micah ben Jimla is revealed to the resolution that the king of Israel will be killed in battle (1 Kings 22).

The headings of the books of the prophets also refer to visions. This makes it clear that their message was not invented, but comes from God himself (Isaiah 1,1; Amos 1,1; Micha 1,1; Nahum 1,1). Occasionally, however, the prophets have to defend themselves against others who presume to have received visions from God (Jeremiah 14:14, Jeremiah 23:16). Israel experiences particularly depressing times when God no longer communicates himself to his prophets through visions (Lamentations 2: 9; Psalm 74: 9).

Visions play a prominent role in the scriptures of the Bible, which deal with the portrayal of the end times. The Zechariah book depicts the dawn of the dispensation in a night vision (Zechariah 1–6), while in Daniel the coming events of the end times are revealed through visions and then interpreted by an angel (Daniel 7–8, Daniel 10–12).

Visions are also reported in the New Testament: At his baptism Jesus experienced a vision, which in turn was connected with the communication of a divine word (Mark 1: 9-11). Various visions are described in the Acts of the Apostles: When Stephen is stoned, he looks up to heaven and sees God in his glory and Jesus standing on his right side (Acts 7: 55-56). Peter is prepared in a vision to baptize the Roman centurion Cornelius, a Gentile (Acts 10: 9-11). A vision calls Paul to Europe (Acts 16: 9), a vision encourages him to fearlessly proclaim the Good News in Corinth (Acts 18: 9-10), and a vision calls on him to leave Jerusalem immediately ( Acts 22: 17-21). In his letters Paul himself reports that he was called an apostle by Jesus in a vision (1 Corinthians 9: 1; Galatians 1:16).

A great series of visions then forms the main part of Revelation (4.1–22.5), which is opened by the seer John looking into the heavenly throne room (Revelation 4–5). The events of the end times are then described in several cycles. At the end there is the vision of the heavenly Jerusalem, the place of the final and unclouded communion of God with his church, where suffering and pain come to an end (Revelation 21-22).