1. Approximately 800 BC, God spoke through the prophet Joel, saying,

It will happen afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
    and your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
    Your old men will dream dreams.
    Your young men will see visions.
    And also on the servants and on the handmaids in those days,
    I will pour out my Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29)

2. On the day of Pentecost (about 800 years later), the apostle Peter quoted Joel’s prophecy, saying,

‘It will be in the last days, says God,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
    Your young men will see visions.
    Your old men will dream dreams.
     Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days,
    I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18)

3. Later, the author of the Hebrews said,

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. (Hebrews 1:1-2, KJV)

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From these three passages, we glean the following.

Joel prophesied concerning a time “afterward” which Peter refers to as the “last days” in which young and old would prophesy, dream dreams, and see visions. Hebrews 1:1-3 follows up by again referring to “these last days” which includes the time period following the ascension of Jesus, because Hebrews was written after Jesus ascended.

Conclusion? We are living in the last days right now. From the standpoint of the Scriptures, it is not a brief period, but a time spanning 2000+ years. From these passages, dreams, visions, and prophecy are for right now.

 

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