Dreams come from a man’s heart; when you think too much about something (Ecl 5:3; IS 29:7-8). If you keep lusting after a girl, you might end up dreaming that you were married to her. If you like money too much, you may dream that you have become a millionaire. If all dreams came true, there would have been many millionaires (perhaps even with you) on this earth.
Dreams come from the Devil, like nightmares. That is because God does not bring to us the spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7), and nightmares come just to frighten us (Dan 2:1-13) and lead us astray from God (Jer 23:27, 32). Nevertheless, there are big differences between visions and dreams.
C. The Differences.
The difference between God’s dream and nightmare or Man’s dream is that; in the dream from God, the elements of literature: plot, setting, characters, themes and style are very clear to produce a totality of effect, unlike the dream from man that is disjointed and ends up with you not knowing what you dreamt or what you are doing. The dream from man is very confusing. You dream how you are rich, and the money is under your pillow. You get up from sleep and quickly look under the pillow, but it is empty bed. The dream from the devil brings fear; paralyzes you to be hopeless and faithless, so you get up, losing your faith in God or losing your self-confidence, unlike that of God which though may harbor fright, it does not paralyze your reaction.
In Africa, some people get up from nightmares and run straight to the witch-doctor, while their western counterparts run to the psychic. The devil has just helped them because he wanted to draw them away from God. That is why he brought the nightmare in the first place. However, if you run to God, you end up being saved or being victorious because it motivates you to preempt and be proactive. Sometimes, you dream about people trying to eat you up. You wake up, but you totally forget what the dream was all about. Other times, you dream about having sex with a woman you do not even know. At times they paralyze you in your dream, and you start to tremble. Other times, you have sex and even ejaculate with a certain old woman. That is a nightmare, and it is an attack from evildoers to take away your luck. That is from the devil, but you should know that, "no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper!"
ii. Differences between visions and dreams.
Therefore, the difference between a vision and a dream is that a dream happens while you are asleep; whereas, a vision happens while you are awake. You see a dream when unconscious while you see a vision when you are conscious. We could say that you see a vision while semi-unconscious in the sense that you are not in your natural self. You have to enter into some form of trance (Num 24:4, 16). It is usually very brief. In the Bible and even nowadays, mostly young people have seen visions. It was and it is rare for old people to see visions. They saw dreams. The old people have no more strength to do anything, so they see dreams. They dream of what is to be and what it was. Look, go to the nursing home and you will hear the old men whose thing cannot be resurrected, even by a bucket of Viagra, talk about women. They dream and dream for that has become their potion-dream. Meanwhile, the young people have the strength to soar like eagles and to achieve their goals, whether in the sky or in space. They see the visions!
There is a reason why Joel saw that the old men will dream dreams and the young people will see visions. The inability of Africans to make this dichotomy has deprived their young ones from being included into leadership. I do understand that Africa is an octogenarian society, but the elders sat behind as advisers or sages. These old people should sit and advise these grand-kids, rather than mess up the continent. No wonder the continent is going no where because without a vision, the people perish. You will realize that African countries with younger presidents are seeing greater visions and taking the continent to higher leaps and bounds.
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).
"It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk
Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).