What is the difference between a dream and a vision? Although, by way of disambiguation, we can take "dreams" to be life-like scenes played out in person's mind while sleeping, and "visions" to be portentous scenes that play out in a person's mind while in a conscious state, the distinction between the two is often blurred - sometimes deliberately - by those with an agenda in mind. As "visions" carry with them a sense of a portent - a foretaste of things to come - the typical motive of most "visionaries is to attempt to convey to another person a sense that God, or badimo (gods), occasionally "speak" to him or her.
Where the naive and gullible are involved, such "powers" often come with awe and prestige - not to mention profit - and many Batswana have been taken to the cleaners by astute con-men who "saw" something in the future of the victim. Is it possible to see into the future? Although this is a topic beyond the intended scope of this column, we can be sure that Africa abounds with "vision-seeing" soothsayers and diviners - and their market will never dry up. They come in many forms, some more subtle than others, and nowadays you may never make too much money in the "vision" (and "healing") business if you don't append the title of "prophet" in front of your name.Because "divining" is officially frowned upon in the Old Testament (Exodus 14:14), many instead resort to the "sure word of prophecy" even though both are two sides of the same coin.
The distinction between them, many will say, is that "divination" (the old, "benighted", traditional method) is generated by the "evil spirit" of Satan, the devil, and "prophecy" (the new, "enlightened", thankfully-imported-through-colonisation method) by the Holy Spirit of God. In our article today, we will take a closer look at this in the context of biblical-historical events. As regards portentous dreams and visions, there are many parallels between the biblical characters of Joseph and Daniel. Both could interpret the dreams of a powerful foreign ruler who apparently held the fate of the Children of Israel in his hands when they were either enslaved or in exile away from their Promised Land. Biblically, Joseph gained the favour of an Egyptian pharaoh by accurately interpreting his dreams, and Daniel gained the favour of a Babylonian King by doing likewise.
However, this is my ninety-fourth article and in the course of unfolding elements of my seamlessly-integrated Truth-Matrix to my readers, I unveiled many layers, or levels, of meaning that most readers of the Old Testament were never meant to understand or see through to. The unseen core, the golden thread that runs through the entire Old Testament (OT) - and even through the New - is the ancient rivalry between two powerful clans of gods, both sons of Anu. The Enlilites were descendants of Anu's son EN.LIL (Sumerian: "Lord of the Gods"; also called Yah-weh-Elohim in Hebrew). The Enkiites were the descendants of another son called EN.KI (Sumerian: "Lord of the Earth", or "Ea-Bel" - Earth-Lord - in Akkadian (Babylonian); "Ea-Belus" in Greek and "Iblis (Arabic) - all later twisted to "D'Ea-Bel" ("Diabolos" in Greek), which became "Diable" in French and "Devil" in English).
As long as this thread remains undetected, even the most dedicated, avid and "knowledgeable" of OT readers will remain scratching the mere surface of the greatest and most audacious scheme ever imagined: the untold story of how the bitter rivalry of ancient gods resulted in one clan (Enlilites) cleverly merging and transforming themselves into "God" and how the rival Enkiites came to be slandered and vilified as the very embodiment of evil while all their positive contributions are usurped by the Enlilites - including exactly who rescued Noah from the Flood. If I had a million Pula I would offer a reward to anyone who can demonstrate from the oldest written texts known to us (in Sum7190erian cuneiform writing, which precedes Hebrew writing by thousands of years - just pause to imagine this), that it was Enlil who rescued Noah the Utnapishtim (the "Ultra-Wise" or "Atra-Hasis") from the Flood, and not Enki. From that point onward, the rest is, well, "history" but anyone who politely points this out risks being labelled a "Satanist" - whatever that is: I like to think of myself as an astute and intuitive scholar, not a "spirit-led" follower of passionately-delivered but badly-processed data, whatever quarter it emanates from. Any strategists will resort to a tried and tested formula in situations where it has worked before.
When the Enlilites managed to infiltrate and regain Enkiite Egypt in the time of Joseph (the historical Yuya the Ewe-Sif, as my Harmonized Timeline uniquely and seamless proves) this was made possible by a well-contrived and executed plan that I outlined for the reader (if you missed it, see my e-book They Came From the Sky at my website http://pitoronet.com for the whole story). The plan included a unique "ability" to recall and interpret the troubling dream of the ruler, which strategy was duly tried out in Nebuchadnezzar's time, but with little success. For that, Nebuchadnezzar paid with his life, as discussed last week. Most readers of Daniel are unaware that it was not Belshazzar who followed Nebuchadnezzar on the throne of Babylonia.
Three kings ruled after Nebuchadnezzar and before Belshazzar: Amel-Marduk, Nergal-shar-usur, and Labashi-Marduk - but they died in quick succession: an unseen Enlilite hand was systematically eliminating them, paving the way for the most well-concealed yet pivotal character in the entire OT - the real last king of Babylon: Nabunaid.