Why Won’t People Listen?

Q. In the Bible it speaks of people who will be blessed to receive visions of future events in the end days. How are we to share these visions without someone thinking we have gone crazy? I’ve been having them since the year 2000 and I have tried to talk to a “few” people and no one wants to even listen. I know that the world is full of unbelievers, but these people are in the ministry and none are willing to even believe that this could possibly happen. Why would God give someone like me (no one of any importance whatsoever) this gift only to have people reject me because of it?

A. You’re referring to Acts 2:17-18.

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

Most people don’t like to hear bad news about the future. Also, Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his home town” (Luke 4:24). If that was true of Him how much more would it be so of us. I would advise two things. First check the Bible and make absolutely certain the visions you’ve seen are consistent with what it says. If possible get someone you trust and who knows the Bible to help you.

Second, keep a written record of each vision including when you received it and what it said. Leave room to record any subsequent fulfillment you see so you’ll have a record of it. Doing these things will help both you and others to determine the accuracy of your visions.

And remember, many of the Old Testament prophets were “nobodies” before God called them, and Jesus was the ultimate example. Isaiah 53:2-3 says, He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men.”

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