DREAMS

Foster Bible Pictures 0052-1 Joseph Explains t...

Foster Bible Pictures 0052-1 Joseph Explains the King’s Dreams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us have been taught that dreams are meaningless (a.k.a. “pizza dreams”) or that they should be interpreted through a Freudian lens.  The Bible teaches otherwise:

“Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.  In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33: 14-16 NASB)

Of course, not all dreams are from God.  Dreams fall into different categories, but for now I’d like to focus on God-given dreams.

If you read the Bible from cover to cover (Old and New Testaments), you will find that the terms “dream” and “vision” occur repeatedly. Dreams from God are not limited to certain ethic groups or religions. Jews, Gentiles, followers of Yeshua (Jesus), pagans, and apparently anyone can have a dream from God..

Here are some examples recorded in the Bible of people who had God-given dreams:   Abraham (Gen. 15: 12);  Abimelech (Gen. 20: 3), Jacob (Gen. 28: 12-16); Joseph (37: 5-11); the Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer (Genesis 40: 9-13); the Pharaoh’s chief baker (Gen. 40: 16-19); and Pharaoh (Gen.41: 1-7).

This is just a sample of dreams recorded in the Bible, and notice that thus far I’ve only mentioned Genesis!  I plan to expand this section on Biblical dreams.  This is just the beginning.  God has always spoken to men and women (such as Pontius Pilot’s wife) in dreams  In fact, I’d say that God-given dreams are increasing based on the following prophecy related to the end-times.:

“It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.  Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2: 28–29).

 

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4 comments

  1. Create away! I personally believe that my dreams are when God is speaking to me. He even alerts me concerning others and self. Sometimes I don’t understand until after something has happened. God is Great!

  2. I’m sure that He’s speaking to you, too. I’ve had warning dreams and prophetic dreams. God is awesome.! Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

  3. Lady Sheryl, I really like this section of your blog because I can identify with it. My most recent dream was the other day. That particular dream was like a “word of knowledge.” What the Holy Spirit showed me in it was exactly confirmed by the family member I called, later on that same day, to share it with. Praise the Lord! His word is true and He loves His children so much so that He’ll give us dreams to convey “a message” to whomever He’s trying to otherwise reach.

    1. Thank you, Yahobahne, for confirming that the “word of knowledge” can come through a dream. Yesterday, I listened to a CD by Perry Stone and his late father, Fred. They were talking about the same phenomena.

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