Question: I am a Christian and my friend tells me that God gives him dreams and visions. Could this be Satan trying to deceive him?
Answer: Yes, Satan is a master at counterfeiting the Lord. One of his masterpieces of counterfeiting God was in the dream or vision he gave to Eliphaz to instruct Job concerning his trials. In the dream Satan posed as God; but, the deception was that the advice and false accusations did not apply to Job.
Follow with me Eliphaz’s dream (See Job 4:12,13, and 16.),
“Now a thing was secretly brought to me…In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still…an image was before mine eyes, and I heard a voice saying.”
The following is the advice to Job from the dream.
“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:” (5:8).
“He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the forward is carried headlong.” (5:13)
“To him (Job) that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend…My brethren have dealt deceitfully...” (6:14,15).
Eliphaz to Job:
“For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee:” (Job 15:5,6)
Job answers Eliphaz:
“But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.” (23:10,11).
Now God rebukes Eliphaz for applying Satan’s dream to Job in Chapter 42, Verses 7,8,
“…the Lord said unto Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee,... for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. (7) “Therefore…go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering: and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.”(8)
You should read the whole account for yourself. Satan deceived Eliphaz into thinking he (Satan) was God, applying his (Satan’s) words to Job, which scenario God had nothing to do with. God harshly rebuked Eliphaz for being deceived by Satan and perpetrating his lie to Job.
Visions and dreams are deceptive; but, God’s word is always true. In John 14:6,
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me (Christ)."