It comes as a shock to many Christians to hear that Muslims, in places where they cannot be reached by missionaries, are sometimes experiencing dreams or visions of Jesus. I was surprised myself when I first heard it several years ago at a “Defending the Faith” conference we hosted at our church. Dr. J.P. Moreland, the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, and Biola University in La Mirada, California mentioned this phenomenon in his message. I questioned him afterward, and he said he had actually received several credible reports that Jesus was appearing to some Muslims.
I was a little skeptical at first, but I respect Dr. Moreland, so I started checking it out. Some theologians claim that the Gospel must come from a human messenger. They cite Paul’s writings in Romans:
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” – Romans 10:14-15
However, Paul himself was converted by a vision of Jesus (Acts 9), and Cornelius was convinced in a vision to invite Peter (who had a corresponding vision) to give him the Gospel (Acts 10).
We have included a section in our extensive “Islam Links” on Prophecy Central about this growing phenomenon. You will find that this is a serious topic on Google and YouTube.