它将使意义，将作为圣洁的天使的能力一样堕落天使的能力，作为上帝最初，他们全部是圣洁的天使，谁是能够开展对上帝的某些任务。 这些任务包括提供的消息，通过梦和异象，或提供的消息，而作为一个男人出现。 虽然他们通常是不可见的，天使保护人们免受伤害（诗91:11-12）。 他们作为神的军队（启十九时19分）：他们摧毁所多玛（创19），带来下降的杰里科（5-6乔什）墙，击打人（1 CH 21）。 上帝创造的天使，可以不喜欢这些东西。
天使可以做的神奇的超自然的东西，不幸的是堕落的天使仍然可以做许多这些同样的事情，因为他们与这些能力创建。 但他们用他们的邪恶和欺骗。 因此，我们将要在圣天使和堕落天使圣经中发现的例子看，要建立什么“圣经”说，是天使一般的能力。
第三年在波斯王居鲁士的事情被揭露但以理，他的名字被称为伯提沙撒的东西是真实的，但指定的时间很长，他理解的东西，并理解的眼光。 在那些日子里，我丹尼尔哀悼三个星期 。 我吃了不愉快的面包，既不在我嘴里的肉也没有酒，也没有我膏自己所有，直到三个星期履行 。 而在四个二十日的第一个月，因为我是一面伟大的河流，这是Hiddekel; 我举起我的眼睛，看了看，不料 一定的男子穿麻布，其腰部被束Uphaz纯金：他的身体也像绿柱石，他的脸闪电的外观，和他的眼睛火灯，和他的武器和喜欢的颜色抛光黄铜他的脚，和他说话的声音像众多的 声音 ， 我和丹尼尔单独看到的视野：为男性，跟我看到的不是视力，但一个伟大的发抖落在他们，让他们逃到隐藏自己，所以我被单独留在家中 ，和。 看到这个伟大的愿景 ，并留在我有没有实力：在我打开我的合宜贪污，我保留了没有实力 。
然而， 我听到他的话的声音：当我听到他的话的声音，当时 我在深睡上我的脸，我的脸朝着地面。 ，不料，手让我感动，这我后，我的膝盖，并经我的手的手掌 。 他对我说，但以理阿，大大心爱的人，明白的话，我向你说话，挺立：为祢我现在发送 。 而当他这个词对我讲了话，我站在颤抖 。 然后说，他告诉我，不要害怕，丹尼尔：从第一天开始，你复活，你的心，理解，和惩戒之前，你的上帝，你自己，你的话，听到的，我对你的话。
从这段话中我们可以观察呢？ 丹尼尔呼吁，他经历了一个“大视野”（但以理书10:8）这是一个天使所致。 虽然这一设想：
丹尼尔的身体仍然是客观现实，河流，景观，和男子逃离他们看不到的东西包围，但感到情绪。 男人们可以看到河流和风景。 不过，丹尼尔的头脑也看到一个设想从覆盖到这一客观现实的天使，和他互动的愿景感到他的身体感官完全真实。 他看来，他听到它，并认为，但他周围没有一个人甚至可以看到，尽管他们感到恐惧。
带来了神的异象，他到我在以色列的土地，并设置后 ，我非常高的山，其中[是]在南部一个城市的框架。 Eze 40:2-4 他把我上去，不料，[有]一个男人，像黄铜的外观，其外观[是]，拿在手里的亚麻线，并测量芦苇;和他站在门[ 天使]的男子对我说，人子阿， 谁知你的眼睛，听到thine耳朵，并呼吁所有，我会指示你设置你的心;的意图，我可能会萧文]祢[[艺术]你带来这儿：申报所有你あ以色列家的Eze 40:2-4。
他然后把我的房子前的北门方式：我看了，和，不料，耶和华的荣光充满耶和华的殿 ： 我和我的脸后下跌。 耶和华对我，人子说，以及商标， 谁知你的眼睛，thine耳朵听到我说祢及其有关的条例耶和华殿，和所有的法律和标记好埃泽44:3-4 进入每圣域来回在房子。
这样的经历，你会被称为当今世界吗？ 今天如果一个人声称看见一个天使，他与他的眼睛看到的，听到他的耳朵，感动，并没有其他人与他能看到... ...今天有很多人会说他必须有一个“幻觉” 。 不仅，也是一种“视觉，音频和触觉幻觉”。 而今天有许多人会说这样的男人，应该看到一个心理学家或心理医生帮助。 这只会更有可能，如果该名男子声称他是先知，和他的经历写下来，因为他认为这些“幻觉”足够重要，神要他们记录与后人共享。 然后，他可能真的被标记为“疯狂”，并锁定了。 但这样做都可以的情况下，在世界许多地方，只是因为今天拒绝上帝的存在，天使的存在，并拒绝天使有超自然的能力，并可以与人类互动。
“感官知觉，不会导致从外部刺激和发生在清醒状态。 它可以发生在任何感官和听觉，味觉，嗅觉，触觉，视觉或相应分类。 它是一种精神行为症状，往往指出，在精神分裂症，以及其他心理或有机的障碍和条件。 “
但对于基督徒，“圣经”是由天使造成视觉的许多例子。 在“圣经”的愿景对他们有相当多种，例如一些清醒时发生，和一些发生，而在精神恍惚状态。 愿景的一个例子，在精神恍惚的行为是10:9-17。
明天，为他们继续他们的旅程，并提请所不欲，城市夜间，彼得上升后第六个小时左右的屋顶祈祷：“他变得非常饿了，会吃，但他们准备好了 ，他下跌进入精神恍惚 ，
， 看见 天开了，并有一定的降他的船只，因为它已经在四个角针织的一个伟大的表，并让地球：其中，所有地球fourfooted野兽的方式，和野兽，昆虫东西，和家禽的空气和有传来一个声音 ， 他的崛起，彼得杀死，吃。 彼得说 ，事实并非如此，主，因为我从来没有吃过任何一点是共同的或不洁的 。 以及对他的声音说话又第二次，是什么神洁净，调用不是你共同的。 这样做三次：。和船只是收到最多进入天堂再次现在，而彼得在自己怀疑什么这其中，他曾看到视力应该意味着，看哪，这是从哥尼流发送的男性西蒙的家中询问，和站前门。
- 彼得在“恍惚”，“远见”，清醒时，并没有睡着。 “恍惚”是不是形容为“梦想”。 它似乎那些准备午餐与彼得看到彼得在这恍惚状态。 然而，这种恍惚状态形容为“梦想”。 彼得清醒，没有睡着，但在精神恍惚状态。
- 彼得观察到，在他的身上 - 这是他能够暗示选择性“的兴起，杀，吃”。 彼得也看到他的眼睛，并与他的耳朵听力。
彼得在这恍惚的经验“圣经”所说的一个“愿景”（“horama”的3705）。 早在使徒行传10:3，科尼利厄斯还收到了“horama”的理念，指定一个天使引起的。 后来，在使徒行传12，彼得是不确定他是否是另一种眼光，当一个天使：“彼得跟着他走出监狱（天使），但他不知道的天使是什么做的是真的行为的发生;他认为，他看到一个愿景 “10:9”为证：
所以，即使强的一致性定义为在头脑中的经验，这是被认为与“身体的眼睛和耳朵”，或者换句话说，是真正的身体感官的这种精神恍惚。 在彼得的情况下，他介绍，他认为他的耳朵听力，看到他的眼睛，并用他的嘴发言。 这表明他视为自己在他的身上，经历的东西，似乎真正的所有身体感官。 但是，它是隐含的，周围彼得的人认为他在恍惚状态。 彼得可能不知道，他精神恍惚，但可能只是以为他已经醒了，如果不是有其他人左右，他在恍惚中看到。
一个设想，这也可能是由圣洁天使的使者（SE REV 1，1:1）发生保罗在使徒行传9（相关行为22）的男子与他的推动下的另一个实例。
他远航了，他来到大马士革附近，突然有照射光从天上一轮关于他的：他下降到地球，并听到一个声音对他说，扫罗，扫罗，为什么persecutest你我？ 他说，你是谁，主？ 耶和华说，我是耶稣的人，你persecutest：很难为你踢对扎伤 。 他颤抖和惊讶的说，主阿，我做什么祢？ 主说，对他出现，进入城市，并应告诉你，你必须做什么。 男子与他的远航站在说不出话来，听到一个声音，但没有人看到 。 扫罗起身从地球上;时，他的眼睛被打开了，他没有看到任何人，但他们带领他的手，并带来了他进入大马士革 。
它来传递，为我做我的旅程，临到大马士革近中午左右，突然从天上照光我一个伟大的一轮 。 我爱上你们在地上，听到一个声音对我说，扫罗，扫罗，为什么persecutest你我？ 我回答说，你是谁，主？ 他对我说，我是耶稣的拿撒勒，其中你persecutest。 他们跟我看到的确是轻，害怕，但他们明白没有他说话的声音，我 。 我说，我该怎么做，主？ 主对我说，出现，并进入大马士革;有应被任命为你做的所有事情告诉你 。 当我看不到的光，他们的手，跟我主导的荣耀，我来到了大马士革。
在这种情况下的愿景是清醒的。 最有趣的是，经历了由保罗的设想是在单程，并在另一个更有限的方式，与他的男人。 这意味着它是一群人可以体验到相同的愿景。 然而，这种情况也表明，一个人可以看到，但其他人可以看到乙，甚至当它们都拥有一个共同的愿景。
彼得在监狱里被关：但没有停止对神的教会，为他祈祷 。 希律将带来他提出，彼得同一天晚上睡觉两名士兵的约束，两条链之间和前车门保持监狱的看守，不料，耶和华的使者来到他，和光照射在监狱 ，他击打彼得侧面，并把他扶起来，说，出现迅速。 和他的锁链从他手中掉了下来。 天使说，告诉他，你自己束，并绑定你的凉鞋 。 事实也的确如此。 就对他说，关于你投下你的服装，跟着我。 而他走了出去，并跟随他; wist不在于它是真实的，这是天使 ;但还以为他看到了一个远景当他们过去的第一和第二的病房，他们来到你们的铁门 ，leadeth你们城市;向他们开放自己和他们出去，并通过一条街;并立即离开他的天使。 而当彼得是自己，他说，
现在我知道一个担保人，耶和华派出他的天使，和祂所交付的希律王的手 ，我和所有犹太人的人民的期望。 时，他考虑的事情，他来到约翰，姓是马克的母亲玛丽的房子，其中许多人聚集在一起祈祷 。 ... ... 现在，只要它是一天，也没有在士兵中小的轰动，成为彼得 。 希律为他寻求，发现他不，他考察了看守，并吩咐他们应该被处死。 ，他从犹太到该撒利亚，有居留权。
在这种情况下发送一个天使是自由彼得从希律王的监狱。 起初，彼得认为他是一个设想，但很快意识到这些事件真正发生。 彼得愿景之前，他的混乱证明了这一点，愿景是真实的身体感官-客观现实的真实-这是为什么彼得不知道，如果发生了什么事情是一个愿景或不。
出现了两个天使到所多瑪，甚至和很多坐在所多玛门：地段看到他们升了起来，以满足他们;他自己与他的脸朝着地面鞠躬;他说，看哪，现在，我的领主， 转，我求你，到你的仆人的房子，和柏油通宵，洗你的脚，你们要早起来，并走在你的方式 。
他们说，不，但我们会遵守在街上整夜。 他压在他们大大;和他们对他打开，并进入他的房子;他使他们的盛宴，并没有烤无酵饼，和他们吃。 但在此之前他们放下，这个城市的男人，甚至所多瑪的男人，包围了房子一轮，既古老而又年轻的，每季度从所有的人：他们叫你们地段，对他说，哪里的男人来到你这一夜？ 带给他们告诉我们，我们知道他们。 许多对他们在门口，并关闭后，他的门，说，我求你了，弟兄们，不要使恶... ...但是，男人们提出他们的手，和他们拉进房子的地段，并关上的门。 他们击打男子，带有盲目性，大带小的房子的门，让他们厌倦自己找上门来。 和男人说，你们的很多，哈氏你在这里的任何除了？ 女婿，和你的儿子，和你的女儿，凡你在城市HAST，给他们带来的这个地方： 对于我们将摧毁这个地方 ，因为他们的呼声，是waxen伟大的， 面对耶和华的前; 耶和华差遣我们摧毁它 ... ...然后，耶和华下雨后所多瑪和蛾摩拉硫磺与火从天公后，他推翻了那些城市，和所有平原，城市的所有居民 ，以及那些长大后的地面。 但他的妻子回头一看，从他身后，她成了盐柱。 亚伯拉罕GAT早起在上午的地方，他站在耶和华面前：他看着对所多玛和蛾摩拉，以及对所有平原的土地，看见，和，罗，该国的烟雾上升一炉烟。
一些意见： 城市的人都可以看到天使，不只是地段。 天使造成所有的男人被骚扰的地段变得盲目。 天使可能罗得的妻子变成了盐柱。 天使还摧毁所多玛和蛾摩拉城，亚伯拉罕是能够观察到从从很远的地方城市的破坏的烟雾。 今天，一些人（见arkdiscovery.com）说，他们已经找到了被摧毁的城市，毫无疑问，这个天使般的事件的一些证据仍然是这一天，在某处。
天使在所多玛和蛾摩拉的情况下被视为由男性，并与他们互动。 这些天使出现寻找人类男性。 然而，天使也可以与客观现实交互而不被发现，其余看不见的，是在作业。
而有是每天当他的儿子和他的女儿是吃和喝他们的长子弟弟的房子酒：而且出现了你们招聘的使者说，牛是犁地，和的驴饲养他们身边：而在萨比教徒下跌后 ， 他们，把他们走;是啊，他们杀剑的边缘的仆人;我只告诉你我独自逃出 。 虽然他还讲，出现了另外一种，并表示，神的火从天上下降，和祂所烧羊，公务员，并消耗他们，我只是告诉你我独自逃出 。 虽然他还讲，出现了另外一种，并说，迦勒底的三个波段，而下跌后，骆驼，并已进行他们离开，雅，和被杀的仆人与剑的边缘;，我只感到逃脱单独告诉你。 虽然他是还讲了另外一种，并说，你的儿子和你的女儿吃，喝他们的长子弟弟的房子酒：而且，看哪，来到一个很大的风从旷野，和击打的四个角房子，落在年轻男子，他们都死了;我只告诉你我独自逃脱。
上帝在这种情况下有效地去除周围作业的“对冲”保护和允许的一切，但约伯的生命把“撒旦的手”（约伯记1:12）。 撒旦然后启发人杀死约伯的仆人，造成火从天上降下来，并杀死他的羊和仆人，并引起了很大的风，拆卸顶部作业的孩子的房子，杀死他们所有。 撒旦在所有这些事件虽然看不见，然而撒旦引起的事件发生在客观现实，并有多个证人所发生的事情对身体的影响。
并呼吁设定一天希律，皇家服装摆着，坐在他的宝座后，并赐给他们一个祭文。 和人民赋予留言说，这是神的声音，而不是一个人 。 并立即主击打他的天使，因为他给了不是神的荣耀：他吃的蠕虫，和死亡 。
耶和华说归撒旦，看哪，他是在你手中，但挽救他的生命 。 因此提出了撒旦从主的面前，从他的脚给他冠的唯一疮疖击打作业 。
圣洁的天使是天使，看起来像男人一样，虽然有时泛着光的使者型。 撒旦谁是一个基路伯（4面孔，动物3，和4个翅膀）可以改变自己看上去像一个神圣的信使型天使，喜欢一个人，光发光出现。 和下降信使型的天使，他们已经看男人一样，当然可以做到这一点，更容易。
到目前为止，我们已经覆盖了圣经的教导，天使可以与人的理想，梦想的方法，并可以与人互动的身体而作为男性的出现，或在剩余的无形。 圣经也教导可以有愿景在有限的物理相互作用，似乎合并或合并与视觉体验本身。 这些有限的物理作用可以离开后的愿景是保持的物理效应。
冯17:3， 所以他带我走在精神到旷野：我看到一个女子坐在一个猩红色的兽后，充满亵渎的名号，有七头十角 。
在这些例子中，约翰说：“他在我的精神了”。 “他”在这里引用的是一个主，耶稣基督的使者天使，这是建立在冯22:8-9我和约翰看到这些东西，并听取了[他们 ]。 而当我听到和看到的，我shewed我这些东西的天使脚前俯伏敬拜。 然后他对我仰，请参阅[你做]未：因为我是你的同胞的仆人，和你的弟兄众先知，和他们保持这本书的说法：神崇拜。
从这些经文，我们知道，约翰在视觉经历的所有事情造成一个神圣的天使。 一位天使“进行有人离开的精神”，但这个词是与别人造成一个天使一个远景的代名词。 我们可以知道这个词是代名词，因为约翰还明确指出，所有这一切是一个远景：
and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity.总之，整个约翰在启示录中记录的图像，是因为主显示在视觉约翰这些东西的天使 。此外，相同的短语使用的Eze 11:24，“之后的精神，我花了，和我带来了一个视觉由神到迦勒底的精神，他们的囚禁 。 所以，我看到的视野了我。“因此，如果一个是”精神“，那么”圣经“表示，一个是有一个愿景 。
约翰经历是真实的，所有的身体感官，甚至还包括味道，和内部的感觉在他的肚子，约翰认为他经历这一切的身体。 John ate a scroll which was part of the vision, tasted it, and it was “bitter to his stomach”. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. Rev 10:10
In this Vision caused by a Holy angel, John was writing down what he saw and heard throughout his entire experience on a piece of paper.
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book , and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea… Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter ; Rev 1:11,19
And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices , I was about to write : and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. Rev 10:4
John did not write down the Vision experience after it had ended, but while it was ongoing. What is astounding is that this paper remained with him after the experience had ended. Whether John was given the paper to write on and the writing instrument during the Vision, or if John carried these things into the experience and out of the experience later, is unknown. But in either case, John took the paper out of the Vision with him, which he had written on during the Vision, and so a greater level of lasting physical effects is shown here than in most Visions.
This example establishes that the Bible teaches an angel can cause a person to have a Vision which leaves minor physical effects or traces, like the scroll John recorded the Vision on, or even bodily effects, even internal bodily effects like his stomach becoming bitter. The Bible also teaches that angels can have physical interactions with people that can include causing people bodily injuries or illness. As Visions can include limited physical interactions with angels that leave physical aftereffects, it makes sense that Visions could possibly include physical aftereffects of injuries or illness as well.
Visions Caused by Angels Can Manipulate a Person's Perception of Time
A Vision also may include elements of a fallen angel manipulating a person's perception of time. Another angelic encounter in a passage with similar terminology to “carried me away” uses the phrase “took him up”. These may be synonymous terms. This experience caused by an angel (Satan) was likely also a Vision experience.
And the devil took him up , to a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time Luke 4:5
(Compare And he carried me away in the spirit, to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God Rev 21:10)
The Greek word here for 'moment' is “stigme” (4743) which literally means a “point” of time. This word is used only once in the New Testament, but is used in the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, in Isaiah 29:5. The word that is translated as “stigme” is “petha`” (6621) in Hebrew. According to Thayer's Lexicon, “petha” means “the opening of the eyes”, hence the meaning “a moment of time”. The amount of time referenced to here is the amount of time it takes to open your eyes. This is no more than the time it would take to blink. It takes a human about 300 to 400 milliseconds to blink; that is 3/10ths to 4/10ths of 1 second.
耶稣如何能看到“世界上所有的王国”在闪烁，所花费的时间呢？ 甚至在一个完整的第二？ 这似乎显示了世界上所有的王国，应采取至少两个小时，如果不是天，如果做一个彻底的游览。 但是，即使连续快速的快照图片会考虑几分钟，这没有任何时间去真正思考之一是看到什么。 所以要显示世界上所有的王国是必要的时间仍然比第二，甚至是一个完整的第二3/10ths更令人难以置信的。
这段话意味着一秒钟的时间过去了，但耶稣主观经验的过程中一秒钟的时间远远长于一秒钟内。 And so it's possible that there can be time perception manipulation in a Vision caused (in particular) by a fallen angel. There is another example in the Bible of something similar on a greater scale, during Joshua's Long Day.
Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. Josh 10:12-14
This passage could be interpreted as to mean that God can pause the progress of time forward, that the clock is paused, but people still can do things while forward-moving time is paused. God seemed to be able to do this to the whole world, a large scale, as the sun stood still in the sky. Because the sun stood still in the sky, if time was being manipulated here (not the earth's rotation), then this was a case of forward-moving time being paused, and not a case of time travel. Yet while forward-moving time was paused, in that moment time in substance still seemed present, and in a way that still allowed people to interact and do things.
The angels are called “sons of God” or “gods” at times, and in this it seems they may be able to cause someone to perceive something similar on a very limited scale. The effect is that of a longer period of time being experienced during a much shorter period of time. But the only Biblical example of an angel doing this seems to be the fallen angel Satan doing this to Jesus alone, during what was very likely a Vision that Satan was causing Jesus to have. As a Vision, this was a spiritual experience that only affected the person having the Vision, and not everyone else in physical reality. The only Biblical example of a fallen angel being able to add time like this, is during a Vision the fallen angel is causing someone to have. But there is no indication or Biblical example that angels can do this on a larger scale like God Himself can do.
This makes sense as God made time (Gen 1:1), and is outside of it eternally. Only He is “the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end” (Rev 21:6, 22:13) and only God knows the end from the beginning (showing that angels cannot time travel):
Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else ; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done , saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isa 46:9-10
Angels and Fallen angels are still only created beings who experience linear time as we do, caught in the flow of time moving forward.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days : but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Dan 10:13
Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Rev 12:12
And so while a fallen angel may be able to cause a person to perceive extra time in a Vision, while linear time seems to be paused, there is no indication that fallen angels can do this on a larger scale like God can. He is God who made time, and angels are just created beings who exist caught in the flow of time. And as this could be confusing, I hope that it has been made clear that this does not have anything to do with the science fiction concept of time travel, which in fact the Bible indicates that fallen angels cannot do, and is not possible.
However, the Bible does seem to indicate that a longer time can be condensed into a shorter time, like time itself has a second aspect or dimension to it.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:8-9
A thousand of our years can seem a short time to God, who is eternal. A thousand years for us doesn't seem like a long time to Him, but rather a thousand of our years seems to Him like a day would for us. But also, just one of our days, as perceived by Him, would seem to us to stretch on and on like it was taking a thousand years, from our perspective. This may be as in a single one of our days, the Lord is so busy and with so much to do, that it would take us a thousand years to get as much done. It might take us a thousand years to get as much done as He does in a day. This may refer to what it is like, that He hears all of our prayers, and intercedes for all of us,
“Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Rom 8:34
All over the world, Jesus Christ intercedes for, and hears the prayers of millions of people, a multi-tasking of an incomprehensible sort. A solution in understanding this may be that a longer period of time can be condensed down into a shorter period. Time itself is a thing that was created by God, and may have been designed in such a way as to allow for this. But again, this is another Biblical example that a longer period of time can seem to be condensed into a shorter period of time. Time perception manipulation caused by the fallen angel Satan followed along these lines in the Vision he seemed to cause Jesus to have in Luke 4:5. And so the only sort of time manipulation that there is any Biblical precedent for is: time perception manipulation of adding time into a paused moment. Fallen angels seem to be able to do this in a limited way, and by the only example of this in the Bible, it seems they only can do this in a Vision they cause a person to experience.
A Vision Caused by an Angel Can Seem So Real As to be Indistinguishable from Reality
Peter couldn't tell if something was real or a Vision, and so in Acts mistook reality for a Vision, because Visions can seem so indistinguishably real.
Peter followed him (an angel) out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision” Acts 10:9
There is a second witness to this by Paul. I believe in this example the Bible speaks on the difficulty of the confusion in telling one from the other, with guidance on how we should handle that difficulty.
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4
The word here for “caught up” is “harpazo”, and the same word is used in Acts 8:39 when “the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more” . And so being “caught up” does happen to be a term that can refer to the Holy Spirit moving someone to a new place, bodily. It is used in reference to Jesus' ascension (Rev 12:5) and to believers being caught up into the air to be with the Lord (1 Thes 4:17). And so this word seems to reference more to people being transported by God bodily.
But on the other hand, Paul also makes it very clear that he cannot tell if the man was caught up 'in his body' to the third heaven, or caught up 'out of his body' to the third heaven. To understand what Paul means here by “out of the body”, we have to look to earlier in this same book, in 2 Cor 5:4-9, where Paul says, “We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” In this case Paul references to one whose body is dead, and so their spirit is with the Lord. Paul defines the term “out of the body” to mean one is “in spirit”.
And so in 2 Cor 12 Paul references back to 2 Cor 5, saying he did not know if the man was “out of his body” which is another way to say “in spirit”. Putting this together what Paul says is that he doesn't know if the man was caught up to the third heaven in his body, or in his spirit.
The word “harpazo” and term “caught up” is rather synonymous with “carried away” or “taken up”, and these are terms which are both used of Visions caused by angels. And indeed, in this passage Paul is referencing to “ visions and revelations of the Lord” .
In 2 Cor 5 Paul is saying that he doesn't know if this man was caught up bodily to the third heaven, or if the man was caught up in the spirit to the third heaven in a Vision caused by a Holy angel. Many people think Paul was referring to himself in this passage, though this also may have been a story he heard in detail from whoever experience it. In any case, Paul couldn't figure out if the experience happened bodily, or was a Vision in the spirit. The reason why Paul couldn't figure out which was the case is because a Vision experience seems so real that it can be indistinguishable from reality.
2 Cor 12 is telling us that it can be impossible to tell by the bodily senses if something was a physical bodily experience, or if it just seemed to be and was a Vision in the spirit. However, as much as Paul admits he does not know if this man was caught up to the third heaven in his body or in his spirit, Paul also makes it very clear that God knows. This means only God has the answers, for instance in His Word, and through His Holy Spirit. We cannot tell with our bodily senses alone whether an experience was in the body, or a Vision, but God can tell. While people sometimes can't figure out whether an experience was real or a Vision, God can reveal the truth about an experience to those who ask Him.
If a person is “carried away in the spirit” while having a vision caused by an angel , does this mean that a person's spirit leaves their body?
No. The Bible indicates that a person who is having a Vision, taken in the spirit, actually never leaves their body. Daniel had “visions of his head upon his bed” and in the middle of the vision “was grieved in my spirit in the midst of [my] body, and the visions of my head troubled me.” (Dan 7:1,15) And so we can see that while Daniel had Visions, in his spirit, that this was all in the midst of his own body (no matter where he seemed to be, or what he saw) and that the Visions he experienced were of his head, which is part of his body. Not only that, but all of these Visions Daniel had took place while he never left his bed . Note that part of this vision included Daniel seeing the “Ancient of Days”, likely on His throne, which would be in the third heaven.
Even though a person may seem to be somewhere else, they actually are only “carried in the spirit” in the “midst of their body. The Visions are of their head, in their spirit, which is in their body. So the Bible indicates their spirit never leaves their body, but they have the Vision experience in their spirit, and their spirit remains inside of their body.
Visions Caused by Angels Can Contain Just About Anything
Visions can include settings or landscapes of just about any place, be about anything, and can include anyone or anything as a character in the Vision, and can include perception of travel.
Daniel had a Vision that occurred where he stood by the River Chaldea. Peter had a Vision while on the housetop where he was, of the housetop, though he was in a trance. So Visions can be of places that are a person's normal surroundings. John had a Vision where he saw heaven, as did Isaiah (Isa 6) and Daniel (Dan 7), and so a Vision could be of Heaven.
Ezekiel saw a Vision of Jerusalem, of the temple, which was a real place. Ezekiel also had a Vision of a valley full of bones, and when the bones came to life into an army, this was not of something taking place in an actual valley somewhere (Eze 37). And so Visions can be of real places or invented places. Even if the valley was a real valley somewhere, what Ezekiel saw was not actually taking place in that valley. Though, what Ezekiel saw in Jerusalem was taking place there. So Visions can be of things that are happening somewhere, or of things that are not actually happening somewhere (but are symbolic, and of truth being taught only in the case of visions from Holy angels).
Ezekiel experienced the perception of travel in a Vision (Eze 8, Eze 40), and Daniel seemed to be near a great sea in his Vision (Dan 7) and so Visions can seem to include travel or being in a different location. But Daniel makes clear he didn't go anywhere during his Visions, but was in his bed while he had them.
Ezekiel saw people in the Vision of the valley of bones. John saw people in his Vision of Revelation, as well as strange looking locust creatures, angels, a dragon, a strange beast with seven heads and the body parts of various animals. The characters in a Vision could be in the forms of people, real or not, angels, animals that exist, and strange creatures that don't exist. But like an artist can draw a cartoon of about anything, or any place, so can an angel cause a Vision to contain just about any landscape or characters.
What is seen in a Vision can vary wildly and be of just about anything. During a Vision a person may see angels, people, entities, living creatures, landscapes of strange places, or of familiar ones, as well as perceiving they experience travel to various places. Yet all of this is just part of the Vision caused by the angel, and the Bible teaches, like Daniel, that people don't actually go anywhere, regardless of what they perceive during a Vision.
The Bible summarily teaches several things about Visions caused by angels:
1。 A Vision can seem totally real to a single bodily sense (like sight) or to all of the bodily senses, and a person's self-perception is usually that they are in their body.
2。 A Vision can affect one person or multiple people, though they may perceive it differently
3。 A Vision can occur in a waking state, or in a trance state
4。 A Vision can be causes by a visible angel, or an invisible angel
5。 A Vision can involve some physical effects that remain afterwards, such as objects that remain with a person, and bodily effects, even internal ones.
6。 A Vision can involve manipulation of a person's perception of time, like an hour in a minute.
7。 A Vision can contain just about any landscape, or any sort of characters, and can seem to involve travel, even though the person doesn't actually go anywhere
8。 A Vision can seem so real to the bodily senses that it is indistinguishable from reality, even in the case of people who are experienced with Visions, though God knows and can reveal the truth
This level of power in the hands of fallen angels is staggering to conceptualize. I thank God that they are limited in what they can do, and who they can do it to, by God's laws of spiritual authority grounds. A fallen angel can only attack someone if they have spiritual authority grounds and rights to do so. God places a “hedge of protection” around people, limiting whom the fallen angels can harass and harm, and limiting the level of harassment and the extent of the harm that they can do to a person. (See Job 1 and 2, also the New Testament is full of this concept. This is covered more in a later chapter on spiritual warfare.) It is also a relief to know that for every fallen angel, there are 2 Holy angels working for God and Jesus; and so the fallen angels are outnumbered two to one. Additionally Jesus Christ assures believers in Him:
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
False Dreams and False Visions caused by Fallen Angels
In this study we have covered Visions that were had by people who were prophets, or those with the gift of the Holy Spirit of prophecy, such as Daniel, John, Ezekiel, Peter and Paul. Even in the case of Joseph having a dream of an angel, telling him to flee to Egypt, this also was a prophetic warning given by a Holy angel. When Holy angels cause people to have a dream or a Vision they are delivering a message, but often these messages are classified by the Bible as “prophecy” and those who have them as “prophets”.
In the Bible, prophecy is heavily associated with a person having dreams or Visions. And as we have established, dreams and Visions can be caused by Holy angels, who are God's messengers.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy , and your young men shall see visions , and your old men shall dream dreams ” Acts 2:17
“And he said, Hear now my words: 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 .” Num 12:6
And so a person who has a dream or a Vision caused by a Holy angel is classified by the Bible as a prophet. And while an angel delivers a message to the prophet, the prophet in turn delivers the message on to other people. The Strong's definition of prophet is a “spokesman, speaker”, and to prophesy is to ” a) be under the influence of a divine spirit” or or to be “b) a false prophet”.
The Bible also mentions false prophets. True prophets have true Visions that are caused by Holy angels sent by God. But the Bible teaches that false prophets have False Visions and Vain Visions.
“Have ye not seen a vain vision , and have ye not spoken a lying divination , whereas ye say, The LORD saith [it]; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I [am] against you, saith the Lord GOD. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity , and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the Lord GOD.” Eze 13:7-9
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination , and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Jer 14:14
False prophets have False Visions, and these are caused by Fallen angels who lie and deceive.
And he saith, `Therefore, hear a word of the Lord; I have seen the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of the heavens [angels] standing by Him, on His right and on His left; and the Lord saith, Who doth entice Ahab, and he doth go up and fall in Ramoth-Gilead? and this one saith thus, and that one is saying thus. `And a spirit came out, and stood before the Lord, and saith, I — I do entice him; and the Lord saith unto him, By what? and he saith, I go out, and have been a spirit of falsehood in the mouth of all his prophets ; and He saith, Thou dost entice, and also thou art able; go out and do so. 1 Kin 22:19-22
In this passage the angels were around God's throne, and an angel admits to having been communicating deception or lies to the false prophets. God permissively allows this deceptive angel to continue to do what the falling angel himself is able to do, and chooses to do. This angel was apparently a falling one, one of the second wave that fell with Satan, though this was before they were kicked out of heaven (see chapter 3). And so the Bible teaches that fallen angels do communicate lies and deception to false prophets. And this is by the method of false dreams and False Visions, which false prophets are reported to have.
Beyond false messages which fallen angels can communicate in False Visions or dreams, they can also use False Visions and dreams to simply harass and frighten people, to a terrible extent. While Job was under a series of attacks caused by Satan, a fallen angel, Job records: When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; Then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones. Job 7:13-15
And so the Bible teaches that fallen angels can victimize people with their ability to cause dreams and Visions, using these to scare and terrify, even to the point of severe traumatization from them. Job here experiences severe depression, longing to die rather than deal with these terrifying dreams and Visions. It seems various other psychological symptoms besides severe depression could result from these experiences as well, as Job's account here shows they can be very traumatic, and different people handle trauma in different ways.
Along with this, fallen angels can also cause False Dreams and False Visions to communicate a lying or deceptive message, false information, to a person with the intent that the person might become a false prophet, who shares the false message as truth.
This is part of why the Bible warns that people must test spirits, not just believe them, as these fallen angels are at war against us,
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 Jn 4:1) and as Jesus said, ″Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many.” (Matt 24:11)
But even in the midst of this war we have God's reassurance,
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers [fallen angels], nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:37-39
(For information on Visions and Modern Physics please see the Appendix: Does Science Allow for the Supernatural and Miracles? )