Have you ever experienced the seer: visions, dreams, and open heavens?
If you read my last post, you’ll recall that I promised to tell you about the new gift that God has revealed to me. It’s a seer!
A seer is a type of prophet who has visions, dreams, and may experience open heavens. The seer is a particular type of prophet who receives specific prophetic revelation or impartation.
The Bible describes two types of seer’s: The Ra’ah, which means to see, especially in the sense of seeing visions; and the Chozeh, a beholder of vision, or stargazer.
Here’s a Bible verse that includes the two types of seer’s along with a prophet (nabiy’):
Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer (ra’ah), in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet (nabiy’), and in the chronicles of Gad the seer (chozeh). 1 Chronicles 29:29
Are there Seer’s today?
Read around about this, and you will find this isn’t just Old Testament stuff. It’s in the New Testament as well, and the gift of being a seer is alive and available today to those who pursue it.
It appears that I’ve had this gift for some time and didn’t realize it.
You may recall from my last blog post here that I wrote about Ezekiel. Well, he was a seer. When God directed me to Ezek, I started to put two and two together. In Chapter 37, Ezekiel found himself through a vision in the valley of the dry bones. God told him to prophesy to the dry bones. And so he did:
“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.” Ezekiel 37: 7-8
Words from the wise Spurgeon:
“Since, apart from the Spirit, we are powerless, we must value greatly every movement of his power. Notice, in this account of the vision in the valley, how the prophet draws attention to the fact of the shaking and the noises, and the coming of the sinews and the flesh, even before there was any sign of life. I think that, if we want the Spirit of God to bless us, we must be on the watch to notice everything he does.”
Next verses 9-10: Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”‘” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
“In this vision, Ezekiel had already proclaimed God’s word to the dead and dry bones, and had seen a remarkable work done. Yet it was not enough; there also needed to be a work by the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel was commended to pray – to boldly prophesy to the Spirit – calling on the Spirit to come upon those upon whom the word of God has worked.” David Guzik from the blueletterbible.org
First came the preaching (the bones come together), then came the praying (the Holy Spirit fills them with the ruah of life!)
How is the Lord leading me at this time?
I have a lot of dreams. I don’t think they’re all tied to God, but I’m convinced that some of them are. One of the things we have to be careful of in dealing with visions, dreams, and open heavens is to discern their origin.
The Scriptures tell us that spiritual revelation can come from one of three sources:
- The Holy Spirit is the only valid sources of revelation.
- Our human soul or being is capable of its own thoughts, ideas, and inspiration. “out of their own hearts… Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. Ezekiel 13:2-3
- Evil spirits from the father of lies, satan. Get back, Jack!
A lot of my visions are tied to nature. That’s no great surprise as I am a geologist and love to learn more about the earth. Yes, as a geeky scientist I’m into this stuff!
I have never experienced open heavens other than those related to the firmament, or sky. According to James Goll, who wrote a book that I’m reading called The Seer, there are three heavens referred to in the Bible:
- The first is our atmospheric sky; this is the firmament.
- The second is the stellar heaven that we call outer space. It’s the place of the moon, planets, sun, and other stars.
- The third is the center around which all realms revolve. It’s paradise, the abode of the Trinity and the angels and saints.
What’s a seer supposed to do?
So what’s a seer supposed to do? In Jeremiah 23:22, it tells us that we are to announce our gift to God’s people. So, here you go, that’s why I’m writing here again! But it’s not about me at all. The purpose is to produce fruit in the lives of God’s people and to grow in intimacy with Him. This happens by the power of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ, our Lord. And to accomplish God’s will. It’s all about Jesus.
Well, all of this certainly gave me a CRAVING!!
Craving, for what?
For more of Him!! God wooed me in. This is the kind of stuff that will get you drunk… on the Holy Spirit!
Stop by next time, and I will share with you what I believe the double rainbow was all about! It’s an urgent message from the Lord.
The Seer: Visions, Dreams and Open Heavens.
Maybe you’ve had these experiences too? Let me know; I would love to hear about them!