Would you like to be able to see into the things of God? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to gain insight for the future with the help of the Holy Spirit?
For those of you who not be familiar, the idea of “seeing” can mean many things. Not to be confused with a psychic, the “seer”, as many have coined, is guided by the Holy Spirit into seeing things that God wants to reveal. A seer is a person who “sees.” In the Bible, a seer is another name for a prophet (see: 1 Samuel 9:9).
But more specifically, a seer is a prophet who sees visions—pictures or scenes seen in the mind’s eye, in dreams, or even with one’s natural eye. God has spoken to His people through prophets in many different ways, and one of those ways is through visions. Along with the ability to see visions, a seer is also given insight into what God is saying about these visions.
God is communicating
There are a few different Hebrew words translated “seer.” Roeh (1 Samuel 9:11) and chozeh (2 Samuel 24:11) are the two most common. Second Chronicles 9:29 may differ between prophet and seer: “Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?”
The distinction is probably that Nathan was God’s spokesman in the world (whether or not he had visions), while Iddo was specifically associated with “visions.” Another prophet, Jeremiah, also operated as a seer (see Jeremiah 1:11–13). Notice that God doesn’t ask Jeremiah what he “feels” or “thinks,” but rather what he “sees.” After Jeremiah sees the vision, God gives him insight into what the vision meant (Jeremiah 1:14–18).
The term “seer” isn’t used in the New Testament, but there were still prophets who had visions. Paul had a vision of Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2), as did Stephen (Acts 7:55–56) and John (Revelation 1:12–16).
Seers in the Bible had a unique gift in the way that God communicated through them. Their faithfulness in writing down what they saw helped to complete the Word of God as we have it today.
If you’d like to see more of the things of God participate in the Seers Path Teaching Series today with instructor Ana Werner.
Ana and her husband Sam, are the Associate Directors of the Heartland Healing Rooms in Lees Summit, Missouri, and also founders of Acacia Ministries International. She travels and equips people internationally on seeing in the Spirit, moving in the prophetic, and healing ministry. Her transparency as she shares on the realities and experiences she has in Heaven, bring the presence of the Holy Spirit, the love of the Father and the power of God into the room when she speaks. Ana is passionate about leading people into encountering Jesus’ heart.