Joel the Prophet gives a vivid picture of the happenings that shall characterize the end time Church. By the Spirit he says there shall be a mighty outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh, such that our sons and daughters shall prophesy, our old men shall dream dreams, and our young men shall see visions. He outlined these happenings as such: A mighty outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh, prophesying, dreaming dreams, and seeing visions. Prophesying, dreaming, and seeing visions are all products or effects of the mighty outpouring of the Spirit of God. Therefore, when the Spirit is poured out, there is a manifestation of prophecies, dreams, and visions. Prophet Joel’s prophecy came to pass on the day of Pentecost when the disciples gathered in the upper room, and there was a sound like that of a rushing mighty wind and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. That was the beginning of the end time. God has shed abroad His Spirit, and God’s children all over the world are getting filled with the Spirit as they so desire, because it is time in God’s time to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. Note that prophecies, dreams, and visions are evident characteristics of this outpouring. Hence the New Testament Church ought to be that of prophecies, dreams, and visions. We ought to prophesy; we ought to speak the Word of God by inspired utterance. Therefore, it is scripturally correct to expect and desire to prophesy because this is the era or dispensation of the outpouring of the Spirit. Hallelujah!
In the Church of Jesus Christ today, we are to let the Spirit move us to prophesy, dream dreams and see visions of the Lord. These phenomena ought to define us as the end time, New Testament Church. We ought not to be ashamed of prophesying; we ought not to despise prophesying. We must not become so sophisticated that we have outgrown prophesying, dreams, and visions of the Spirit in the Church. Yes, we must subject these manifestations of the Spirit to the Word, but we must not be afraid of them so much so that we begin to let them slip by unconsciously. There are tremendous blessings of comfort, exhortation, edification, and guidance of the Spirit reserved for us in them. We must embrace every gift and blessing that the Lord has packaged for us in the Word by His Spirit. How? By desire and through practice. We must learn to use the gifts of God that we might gain mastery of them.
My Solid Front (Confession):
Heavenly Father, I thank You for I am a partaker of the blessings of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter days; therefore, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I flow in the prophetic, in visions and revelations, without bumps. Amen.
Further Meditation: 1 Corinthians 14:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-20.