Confident Faith in God Stories

STORY #10--Visions of Jesus for Salvation

    Posted by Klaus Issler on May 4, 2010

JESUS:     “'Have faith in God,' Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours'”    (Mark 11:22-24)

      In the last ten years, more Muslims have come to Christ than in the previous thousand years.  And reports from numerous missions agency say that many conversions come from the Lord Jesus himself or an angel directly appearing in the extramental world or in a vision or dream to individuals or entire villages.  In a recent newsletter from Campus Crusade’s Jesus Film Project, Jim Green—a highly respected Crusade staffer for forty years—reports that if you were to gather a typical group of one hundred new converts from Islam and asked them how they first learned of Jesus, ninety-nine of them would say, “I saw Him in a vision.  He appeared in brilliant while light and told me that He was the Way and that I was to seek Him out.”[12]  When missionaries find such people, they have the joy of explaining more fully the gospel of the Lord Jesus.  One of several incidents reported by Green is worth noting:
The next report comes from a traveling “JESUS” film team that was working in one of these countries.  The team was driving through a remote, dangerous region that had hardly been touched by the good news.  A policeman flagged down the team’s car which was filled with 16mm projection equipment and gospel literature.  The policeman asked the team to give a ride to an Islamic teacher who immediately got in.  You can imagine their anxiety when this highly respected teacher asked, “Tell me, are you the ones planning to tell people about God?”  Entrusting themselves to the Lord, they responded, “Yes, we are.”  Astonishment followed.  Bouncing along the dusty road the teacher told the team how he had experienced a vision, an unique dream.  “I was told to come to this spot in the road, at this time, that I would encounter someone who would tell me about God.  It must be you.”[13]
      Eyewitness accounts like this could be multiplied over and over again.  A few months ago a friend of ours was talking with a missionary with Missionary Aviation Fellowship, who worked with Muslims in Indonesia.  Our friend asked the missionary about whether he had ever seen such manifestations of Jesus and angels.  With a grin on his face, he reported that, indeed, several such occurrences had happened to those to whom he had ministered.  In fact, just two weeks earlier he had worn a blue sports jacket to the marketplace to get vegetables and a Muslim stranger approached him.  In a dream the previous night, he was instructed by an angel to go to the market place, approach a man wearing a blue sports jacket and ask him about God.  In the dream he had actually seen the missionary’s face, so he was certain about what to do.  The missionary lead the man to Jesus Christ right on the spot!
      Supernatural events like these are happening all over the world, but they also happen quite regularly in this country, and they are not always connected to evangelism.   In fact, most of the time when God speaks through impressions; a still, small voice; a dream or vision; or through a word from a person, the purpose is guidance, encouragement, edification, the softening of a hard heart, assurance that God does indeed know about one’s trials and is near in the midst of them, and the strengthening of God-confidence.

Jim Green, The Jesus Film Project, November 2005, p. 1.
[13] Ibid., p. 2.

© J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, 2008.
In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity), pp. 151-53.

“True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectations.
The man who believes the promise of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation there is no faith.” 

A. W. Tozer

God Tells the Man Who Cares
(Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1970), 37.
Dr. Klaus Issler