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Prophecy & Dreams - Merging Imagination & Reality by Jarard K. A. Arnold

Prophecy & Dreams - Merging Imagination & Reality by Jarard K. A. Arnold

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This is my reasearch paper discussing Prophecy and dreams.
This is my reasearch paper discussing Prophecy and dreams.

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Jarard ArnoldFrazer English 1021 December 2009
Prophecy & Dreams: Merging Imagination & RealityIn recent years, there are movies (The Knowing, Matrix, Déjà Vu, etc) discussing theidea of prophecy and dreams coinciding within each other; or saying that either or are to betaken far more serious than being a mere tool of entertaining the mind. Many people can saythis sudden emergence of the concept of prophecy, especially in the United States, is only anexcuse that one can use to explain why particular events are occurring. According to JesusChrist in the book of Matthew 26:4, he states, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of war: seethat ye not be troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (The KingJames Open Bible Expanded Edition)Paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 13: 2 and 14: 1, prophecy is a gift. This “gift” is given by agreater creature than the one receiving it. Thus when one accepts this gift, it merely opens adoor way to an almost awkward view on life in comparison to a “normal individual”. The article“Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy from an Anthropological Perspective” written by Lester L.Grabbe found in “Prophecy in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context in Biblical, And ArabianPerspectives”, speaks about prophets (users or obtainers of the gift of prophecy) living bizarrelives; symbolizing that a divine being selected this person for something specific. (22) Grabbereferences Isaiah 20 when speaking about the prophet Isaiah roaming the city of Jerusalemnaked based on instruction given to him by his God. In agreement with this odd state of behavior, Grabbe also mentions Ngundeng (22) of Nuer, Africa (Language and Communicationa Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia p. xvi) only eating tobacco, mud, grass, and dung. It is alsostated that he has even found sitting on a pointed stake.
 
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To take this idea of prophecy a step further, dreams are also considered to be a methodof prophecy as well. Of course dreams are a different story because not everything is strictlyblack and white. There is an array of various colors and images; some human, non-human, or not even of this very planet. One can read the various book of the Bible as a reference for dreams not able to solely conform to the physical attributes of reality. Dreams are mentalmovies created by things surrounding daily life. These at times, have an alternate meaning thanwhat the object, person, or place actually signifies in reality. The ways in which they arepresented depends on the person who receives it. Majority of these are written down, verballydistributed, acted out, or even placed in artwork. In the end, the concept of prophecy is simplybeing able to obtain enlightenment, instruction, provision, or comfort from a higher being thanoneself. The book of Joel 2: 28, 29 reads, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old menshall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and uponthe handmaids in those days I will pour my spirit.” (The King James Open Bible ExpandedVersion). In order to assure that these scriptures are true and extremely evident in this day andage, consider individuals such as: Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, Irvin Baxter, and Jeanne Dixon.Even within the Bible itself, there are various dreams in the form of prophecy; even today peoplestill utilize prophecy whether they realize it or not.
 
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Based on the examples of the prophet Isaiah and Ngundeng, a visual metaphor (or physical action) is simply one concept in which prophecy is used; as stated earlier, dreams are aform of prophecy. In “The Interpretation of Dreams” by Sigmund Freud, he (Freud) mentions thatwriters after Aristotle did not consider dreams to be associated with that of psychology, butrather to be observed “…as an inspiration of divine origin…” On the other hand, Aristotleactually considered dreams to be nothing other than an ungodly or demonic influence.Nonetheless, the basic concept of dreams appear to be in agreement with the ideas(instructions and predictions) that prophecy are to be used for; which are “warnings, or to tellfutures events;’ according to Freud’s understanding of how ancient civilization learned todecipher was relevant or what could dangerously be detrimental to one receiving a dream (4).In the end, one can still argue that dreams and any other form of prophecy are equal tothat of lucky guesses, or hunches. In the western civilization, many disregard the idea of dreamsas something non-important to one’s daily life. Undoubtedly with the entire “hustle and bustle “of life, one does not have time to consider such trivial things as dreams. The mind has enough toworry about without including dreams and prophecy to the list of complications alreadyassociated with life. One is born, one lives for a certain amount of time, and finally one dies For the most part life happens because of every individual’s contributed decision great or small.With that point in mind, it is not necessary to take heed to instruction of a God that no one cansee or for that matter fact hear except for a select few. For the rest of the world that decides tooccupy their energy in a real and tangible world, dreams and prophecy are non-sense and bestto be deemed as coincidences rather than something “divinely given”. There have been manydreams and prophecies that have not have came true at all. Whenever it is not fulfilled, theperson claiming to have such a gift uses an excuse to cover their mistakes. Perfect examplesare Jeanne Dixon and Nostradamus. One seemed to say things at moment’s notice, resulting“hitting and missing”; meanwhile the other was too poetic for their own good.

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