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).