You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 He shall fly away [`uwph] as a dream [chalowm], and
shall not be found [matsa']: yea, he shall be
chased away [nadad] as a vision [chizzayown] of the night [layil]. KJV-Interlinear
8 'He flies away like a dream,
and they cannot find him; Even like a
vision of the night he is chased away. NASB
Dreams and visions here a similar.
Dreams are images we have in our sleep, or often times
when we are awake, such as in daydreams.
They slip through our minds quickly and often times have no continuity
or flow to them.
Visions are dreams with greater continuity, sequence,
and detail. In visions, colors are more
vivid, objects or people seem more real and detailed. Visions, or we could call them more in depth
dreams, can overflow into physical reactions or responses. We can experience moments of pleasure or
moments of terror as our unconscious minds take us for a ride through the sights,
and sounds, and smells which are totally developed from within our mind.
But whether dreams or visions, both are experiences
detached from reality. They are not real,
and they occur during a state or semi-consciousness or total unconsciousness.
When we snap out of them, when we resume our
consciousness, when we wake up or when we redirect our waking attentions back
to what is before us, both dreams and visions vanish into nothingness.
They were nothing before and return to nothing when
Such is the person who ignores their spiritual
life. Zophar call such a person,
wicked. But remember that wickedness is
not reserved exclusively for really bad tyrants of criminal types.
Anyone who lives their life out of fellowship, is by
definition, wicked. This applies to you
when you do not confess your sins in order to resume your fellowship
status. This certainly includes all
But whether an unbeliever or a negative believer,
where ones life is established in the pattern of an everyday out of fellowship
state, makes no difference in this life.
There is a big difference between believers and
unbelievers after death, but in this life, they are very similar.
The wicked person is as though they were nothing at
all. They are dreams. They are visions. They exist as empty images in ones mind for a
short time, and then they are gone.
Their life, as that of a dream, is empty, with no
substance, no beginning and no real end, no accomplishments, no achievements,
no meaning, no purpose, and no direction.
They come and go on a whim, and are sooner or later, forgotten.
Bible doctrine is the only, repeat, the only thing,
which brings meaning and purpose into ones life. And that means Bible doctrine that is
transferred into ones soul through the daily learning and utilization process of
the spiritual life.
Without your spiritual life, you are nothing.
Pursuing other philosophies, or cults, or religions,
all of which have been invented by someone else, does not, and will never,
improve your life. I included a list of
philosophies in yesterdays study, but if we added the lists of cults and
religions to that list, then the length of the study would expand probably
another twenty pages, there are so many of them.
Bible doctrine gives man all that he would ever need
in order to see and understand the realities of life, and orient to life. But when man rejects truth, then the
imagination runs wild and the alternate beliefs start coming out of the
woodwork. People invent beliefs that
have no basis in fact.
Such is the foolishness of man while rejecting truth
which is given by God, freely to all, but is rejected in favor of beliefs so
numerous that your head should be spinning at all of the alternate ideas out
And, as go the dreams and visions when one wakes up,
and here death is the ultimate waking up or separation from those dreams and
visions, then so too the life of the spiritually negative person comes to his
swift destruction, to his utter and total destruction, and to his final
When dreams stop, they are gone, and so too is the
meaning and purpose of the life of the wicked.
You don't want to include yourself within this category of people who
will end up with utterly wasted lives.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.