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    ANCIENT PROPHETS

    Another mode of communication was by prophets, through visions and dreams. Of these the Lord said, “If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” Numbers 12:6.PGGC 6.1

    Of the visions given to God’s servants the prophets, there seem to have been two kinds-one called “open visions,” or those given where the individual could be seen while in the vision, and the other called “night visions.” Reference is made to the former visions in 1 Samuel 3:1, where is found the experience of the child Samuel in these words: “The word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” There were prophets in those days who had instructions from the Lord, but their visions were not given to them openly before the people. In the previous chapter, at the same date of Samuel’s vision—1165 B.C.—there came “a man of God”—a prophet—to Eli, and told him of his wrongs, and predicted the fate of his two sons, that they should both die in one day, etc. 1 Samuel 2:27, 30, 33. In the same chapter where it is said, “There was no open vision,” is the record of the vision given to Samuel. It was not an open vision. Not even did Eli see Samuel in the vision. The Lord taught him the tidings he was to bear to Eli. The record of the following morning says, “And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.” 1 Samuel 3:15. Samuel at this time had a vision from God, although it was not an open vision. His vision then must have been of the same character as that called in other portions of the Scripture aPGGC 6.2

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