Topical Index of Scriptures

Dreams and Vision

The first set of verses refer to  "visions" and "dreams" from God

His miraculous revelations to His faithful people.

"As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Daniel 1:17

"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."
Joel 2:28

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams."
Acts 2:17

The vision of Isaiah... which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem...
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken:
'I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;
The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”
Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity." 
Isaiah 1:1-4

 "The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, 'Read this, please.'
And he says, 'I cannot, for it is sealed.'
Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”
And he says, 'I am not literate.'
Therefore the Lord said:
'Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me 'with their lips
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.'"
Isaiah 29:11-14

 "The Lord has  purposed to destroy
The  wall of the daughter of Zion.
 He has stretched out a line;
He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying....
The Law is no more,
And her prophets find no vision from the Lord.
Lamentations 2:8-9

" I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God." Ezekiel 1:1

"Disaster will come upon disaster,
And rumor will be upon rumor.
Then they will seek a vision from a prophet;
But the law will perish from the priest,

And counsel from the elders.
" Ezekiel 7:26

Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me. So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the Lord had shown me." Ezekiel 11:24-25

False Dreams & Visions

"...the Lord said to me, 'The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. " Jeremiah 14:14

"Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions;
They have not uncovered your iniquity....
But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.
" Ezekiel 2:14

 "Thus says the Lord of hosts:
"Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
They continually say to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, 'You shall have peace'’;
And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’
" Jeremiah 23:16-17

"They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.  Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken.'
      "Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,' says the Lord God. 'My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people....
"Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace.” Ezekiel 13:6 -10

"While they see false visions for you,
While they divine a lie to you,
To bring you on the necks of the wicked....
" Ezekiel 21:29

"Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken." Ezekiel 22:28

More Visions from God

"God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” Daniel 1:17

 "...the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.” Daniel 2:19

"...there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these....” Daniel 2:28

"In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
Daniel spoke, saying, 'I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.  And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. ...”
Daniel 7:1-3

“How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?'
      "And he said to me, 'For two thousand three hundred 'days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
Daniel 8:13

"...when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man.” Daniel 8:15

“And the vision of the evenings and mornings, which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future.'....
I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it. "
Daniel 8:26

"In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel. " Daniel 10:1

"I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me." Dan 10:7-8

"...violent men of your people shall exalt themselves in fulfillment of the vision, but they shall fall. " Daniel 11:14

New Testament Visions from God

"Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, 'Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” Matt 17:9

"When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. " Luke 24:23

"'And it shall come to pass in the last days,' says God,
'That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and 'your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.'”
Acts 2:17

"...the Lord said in a vision, 'Ananias.'
And he said, 'Here I am, Lord.'
So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Acts 9:10-11

 "While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” Acts 10:19-20

"...a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' " Acts 16:9

"...the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, 'Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10

"I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,  but  declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.  For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great...” Acts 26:19-22

"I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.... " 2 Corinthians 12:1

"I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed. " Revelation 9:17-18

The world's visions

These come, not from the Bible, but from man's thoughts, desires, goals, dreams, agendas and imagination.

"...cast a vision!"  "I have a vision...."

"Dream big!"   "Achieve your dreams!"

"He is a man of vision!"  "A visionary!"

"I have a vision of greatness for this organization."

God's view of man's futile imagination

"Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5

"And the LORD said, 'Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them."'
Genesis 11:6

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?"
Jeremiah 17:9

"He has shown strength with His arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts." Luke 1:51

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."
Romans 1:21

The Church Growth Movement: Adding vision statements and grandiose dreams to the stated requirements of a successful church is new to the last 50 years. As the new management systems were conceived and fleshed out by leading change agents in behavioral laboratories, progressive universities (such as Harvard and MIT), and large corporation, church leaders followed close behind.