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What does it mean in Acts 2:17 and Joel 2:28 that 'young men will have dreams and old men will have visions?'



      

Joel 2:28

ESV - 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Peter cited this verse in Acts 2:16, during his address to the people at Pentecost (following Jesus' ascension ten days earlier), as a prophecy that was being fulfilled by the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

There is no corresponding specific mention in the book of Acts of the granting of visions and dreams at that time (although the Holy Spirit did provide the apostles with the ability to speak in other languages). But the passage from Joel was referring to the fact that the presence of God (including such gifts as prophecy, visions, and dreams) was no longer to be confined to a priestly class, or to a single chosen nation.

Instead, God's Spirit was now being poured out, or made available, to everyone (all flesh), regardless of such considerations as age or gender, through the preaching of the gospel, and through faith in Christ as the means that God had provided for all humanity to obtain eternal life.

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