Many Christians (and even those who are non-Christian or non-religious) may be wondering how Jesus Christ communicates with people, rather or not Jesus Christ ever tries to communicate with non-Christians, and exactly WHAT it is that people mean when they hear someone say “God spoke to me today” or “God told me to do/not do such and such”.
Many people might be wondering the question “did that person actually hear God’s AUDIBLE voice? Are they psychologically CRAZY? What is the DEAL, here?”
And the simple answer is THIS: Jesus Christ communicates in a NUMBER of ways to people. He can speak to people audibly during near-death experiences, for instance. (Although I’ve never personally heard of a case where he AUDIBLY spoke to someone in the MODERN DAY outside of a dream or near-death experience). He can also speak through dreams and visions (as Job 33: 14-18 in the Old Testament and the “dreams” of other Old Testament prophets/certain people attest to). And most importantly, he can speak to someone IN SPIRIT…..either through his divine words in the bible and/or through means of the Holy Spirit. And when he speaks through means of the Holy Spirit, it’s not so much an AUDIBLE out-loud voice so much as it is an “inner voice of reason”.
And you can tell it’s the Holy Spirit of God when what your gut says ALIGNS itself with what the BIBLE says……things such as, “you need to spend more time with your family” (a value that’s highly favored in the bible), “you need to spend more time reading the bible each week”, “you need to re-examine and re-strengthen your faith”, or “you should go witness to your atheist friend about me today” or “you should go donate your last $5 to that homeless man over there so he can buy something to eat today” or the like. It will also tell you things like “Jesus Christ is Lord” or “Yeshua” (Jesus’s Hebrew name).
For example: a person could be struggling with something in their lives (like, forgiving someone who has hurt them, overcoming lust or greed, fixing a broken marriage, dealing with a death in the family, etc.) And then, they will either have a dream or vision where Jesus tells them how to overcome the situation they’re struggling with or they’ll be prompted to look up a certain bible passage or to go read a certain Christian blog or listen to a certain Christian radio or tv program that covers the exact topic in question OR a friend, acquaintance or family member of the person with knowledge of that subject will oftentimes call or email the person out of the blue (as if by a miracle), which then opens the person to asking the friend the best way to deal with said topic/struggle. I’ve had that happen to me MANY times!
And if a person is non-Christian or a follower of ANOTHER religion besides true, biblical-based (Jewish-roots) Christianity, Jesus Christ will try to communicate with that individual in a certain set of ways. He’ll either try to speak to that person through a street preacher, a youtube video, an evangelist, an online message board, a televangelist, a Christian friend or family member, a blog, a news article about a miracle that happened, a near-death experience, a dream, a vision, a miracle, a radio broadcast, a book, a movie, the bible, etc. He has an INFINITE number of ways to try to communicate with the non-believer or with followers of a religion that is not COMPLETELY biblically-based (be it Satanism, atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, etc.)
In fact, MANY non-Christian people and/or followers of other religions have reported having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ. It would seem these days that Jesus Christ Almighty is trying to get through to as many people as possible before the day of reckoning. And once that day comes, it will be too late for people to change their minds. Their eternal fate will be sealed and there will be NO.WAY.OUT. FOREVER. Revelation 20:15 gives a VERY CLEAR description of what happens to ALL those who disregard Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross for mankind’s sins: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
However, there are ALSO cases where Satan will appear to people in visions and dreams DISGUISED as Jesus Christ sometimes, in order to try to fool people. So how can people tell the difference, you may ask? Well, the answer is simple. First of all, how do you FEEL when you very first encounter Jesus Christ in your visions or dreams? Do you feel content, restful, at peace, happy? Or do you feel uneasy, unsure, full of anxiety, etc? Secondly, do the words of “Jesus Christ” in your visions or dreams line up with the bible? Like, if a form of Jesus Christ appears in your dream and tells you “you should spend more time with your family”, it is most likely the good Lord himself speaking since the bible highly values marriage and family.
BUT…….if the “Jesus Christ” in your dream tells you to do something CONTRARY to the bible such as “you don’t have to read the bible every week to have strong faith” or “you really don’t have to try to make up with your friend that you had a falling out with, that’s not important to me right now” or “it’s okay if you don’t celebrate the Sabbath every week or celebrate it on the CORRECT time-frame (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown)”, etc. or makes you feel UNEASY or NERVOUS, then it is most definitely NOT the Jesus of the bible speaking to you in the dream!
But beware…….Satan can get so tricky sometimes as to appear to someone in a vision or dream in the form of Jesus Christ, say something that “SEEMS” to align with the bible, and then quickly add in a little tidbit that goes AGAINST the bible once he has the dreamer convinced that he is Jesus Christ and NOT himself!
As in: “So….I’ve been noticing you’ve been reading the bible alot lately……..good job…….I’m impressed……….now, I’d like you to work on THIS other area in your life……instead of reading the bible from now on, I want you to go out and focus on yourself for awhile……..you’ve been working so hard lately for my great, heavenly name…….and I want and need for you to take a break and relax for awhile, trust me, you need it. And then after a time, you can come back and be all “refreshed” in my “great heavenly name'” [Note: The Lord Jesus Christ Almighty “never takes a vacation” from being God, so why should WE ever “take a vacation” from being his servant? Answer: we shouldn’t!]
So be VERY, VERY careful when trying to interpret/process spiritual visions and dreams!!!!!!!
And this isn’t a GAME, folks! This is FOR REAL! There is a SPIRITUAL WAR going on out there in today’s world, a war for your very SOUL! And believe me, your SOUL is the single most precious thing that you have, more valuable than ANY money, gold, possessions, friends or fame. Cause what you say, do and believe in THIS world will determine where your SOUL (the single most precious possession that you have) will go for ETERNITY!
For our very own thoughts, deeds and actions someday will be judged accordingly. Those who put their faith, love and trust into Jesus Christ and follow all his commandments in the bible to the best of their ability shall enter into eternal life. But those who do NOT put their faith, love and trust into Jesus Christ and follow all his commandments in the bible to the best of their ability shall enter into eternal condemnation.
There is one way and ONLY one way and that way is through Jesus Christ. There are ONLY two paths in the world: the path of light, which leads to truth which is Jesus Christ and the path of darkness (all other religions other than biblically-based Christianity, including atheism) that lead to eternal condemnation. So essentially, the TWO choices are FOR Christ or AGAINST Christ. What side are YOU on?