The Bible provides other descriptions of visions for us. Having had a previous vision that was like true life, Peter thought this real life encounter might be a vision of how he would escape from prison. If real life can’t be distinguished from a Godly vision, how real can a Godly vision appear? Having a vision, John was in the spirit when he received his revelation. Few who think the transfiguration was a real physical event, believe the vision John had actually took place in reality. It is commonly understood that John saw a vision others would not have seen had they been beside him. Flooding his senses with its reality, John could even taste his vision and it upset his stomach. How real do you think a vision can be? Can God’s visions appear as reality?
Acts 12:5-11 International Children’s Bible
5 So Peter was kept in jail. But the church kept on praying to God for him.
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping. He was between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Other soldiers were guarding the door of the jail. 7 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood there. A light shined in the room. The angel touched Peter on the side and woke him up. The angel said, “Hurry! Get up!” And the chains fell off Peter’s hands. 8 The angel said to him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And so Peter did this. Then the angel said, “Put on your coat and follow me.” 9 So the angel went out, and Peter followed him. Peter did not know if what the angel was doing was real. He thought he might be seeing a vision. 10 They went past the first and the second guard. They came to the iron gate that separated them from the city. The gate opened itself for them. They went through the gate and walked down a street. And the angel suddenly left him. 11 Then Peter realized what had happened. He thought, “Now I know that the Lord really sent his angel to me. He rescued me from Herod and from all the things the Jewish people thought would happen.”
Revelation 1:10-16 King James Version
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 10:10 New Living Translation
10 So I took the small scroll from the hand of the angel, and I ate it! It was sweet in my mouth, but when I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach.
Revelation 1:19 International Children’s Bible
19 So write the things you see, what is now and what will happen later.