An interesting situation arose with Moses and his brother Aaron and his sister Miriam in that Aaron and Miriam thought they knew better than Moses and even started to speak against him. Moses of course was the man in charge back then and God would even speak to Moses mouth to mouth and not in dark speeches and so we read that God says to Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12 verse 8 “With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently (exact) and not in dark speeches (clearly); and the similitude (the same likeness) of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
This was a very very sobering revelation to Aaron and Miriam because we read that “…the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud (a kind of vehicle that God moved around in), and stood in the door of the tabernacle (tent/temple), and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.” And then the Lord also said to them, “…Here 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. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.” So here we can clearly see two different standards and also who is the most reliable when it comes to visions and dreams or those that speak the more absolute words of God. Moses as it says, “him will I speak mouth to mouth and not in dark speeches” whereas Aaron and Miriam who back in verse 2 of the same chapter “…said, Have the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.” You get the impression that the Lord is saying here in verse 6 that yes, He does speak to prophets in visions and dreams and no-doubt also He has spoken to Aaron and Miriam this way, or a least you find yourself thinking this by the way it’s worded here. And so again, by the way it’s worded here you find yourself thinking that dreams and visions are kind of dark speeches or, in other words, God speaking to a prophet in dark speeches or dark visions and dark dreams, dark here of course doesn’t meant that there is anything wrong with those visions and dreams but instead it means that they are not so clear and because they are not so clear then they can be misinterpreted and they are open to interpretation and therefore people can often get them wrong.
So God is not saying that people don’t get visions and dreams from Him but He is saying that these visions and dreams aren’t as clear as the words that were spoken mouth to mouth to people like Moses and better than this, you would say that the words of Jesus were spoken mouth to mouth to His disciples and they also had Jesus sat right in front of them when He spoke so there can be no misunderstanding the words of Jesus, they are clearly spoken and not spoken in dark sentences and not so much spoken in visions and dreams unless of course you are speaking about the book of Revelation, this you would say was spoken to St John in a vision and so you would say that it was spoken darkly. By darkly it also means of course that the visions are open to interpretation and so you also have all these different people telling others what the visions mean and so sad to say, it’s not easy for anyone to one hundred percent accurately interpret what these different visions and dreams mean that the prophets and saints in the Bible had, that’s not to say that different prophets and saints have misinterpreted these dreams but it is to say that people too often get it wrong and so a lot of these prophecies don’t always come true. That’s not to say that people didn’t do their best to interpret these visions and dreams but it is to say that it’s too easy to get them wrong and much much worse than this, it’s too easy for people to deliberately misinterpret the dreams and visions of the prophets and saints and then you have to step it up even further and go on to say that there are too many people out there that are saying they are saints and prophets and that they are having these visions and dreams but the sobering truth is that they haven’t had one dream from God or even one vision from God so God hasn’t spoken to them darkly and so when they interpret these dreams to others then of course this in completely inaccurate too because of course they didn’t have a dream or vision to begin with so who needs an interpretation of a completely dreamed up dream or vision, the whole thing becomes nonsense and not only that, the whole thing becomes dangerous because you have all these people mascaraing around these days and elevating themselves to the position of prophets and saints and this whole thing and even whole congregations of people, all based on their apparent visions and dreams.
So these dreams and visions have gone completely over the head of people like Moses and Jesus and over the head of all the true saints and prophets of God. The absolute words of God were spoken by Moses and Jesus when Jesus Himself said, “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 27:37-40. So if we love the Lord thy God with all of our mind then the same mind that is in Christ should also be in us and so we won’t prophesy a lie or dream up a dream and if we love our neighbour as thyself then we won’t lie to him and again it says, “On these two commandment hang all the law and the prophets.” So the law was given to Moses from God when He spoke to him mouth to mouth and the prophets have always hung after Moses and not before. Simply the prophets came after Moses in rank you would say because Moses’ words and of course Jesus’ words here were the absolute words of God, absolute in that they were spoken more clearly and there was no need for interpreting them, and of course people shouldn’t misinterpret what Jesus said or what Moses has said. Thou shalt not lie of course means “Thou shalt not lie” and interestingly enough, Moses was given a true prophecy from God which evidently did come true when he said…