In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. – Acts 2:17
What is a Dream?
A succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
Why does God use Dreams?
… because He can and because it allows Him to have our undivided attention.
Is Dream Interpretation for Today?
Yes, because if it wasn’t, God would not have included it in the bible.
What does God use Dreams for?
Dreams are all over the Bible, cover-to-cover, however…Not all dreams are messages from God. Some may be just dreams. Here’s a few important examples of dreams and dream interpretations in the bible… let’s dive in.
Examples in the Old Testament:
First Account of a Dream in the Bible.
But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married women.”
Correction & Protection
Jacob, son of Isaac, had a dream of a stairway resting on earth and reaching into heaven, where the angel of the Lord were ascending and descending on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and He said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and the east, to the north and the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Direction & Protection
Joseph was both a dreamer and dream interpreter. He had a dream that prophesied that his family would bow to him someday, which once shared, propelled him in the direction of his destiny. Although, at times, things looked bleak, Joseph remained faithful, even in prison where he interpreted two dreams of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker. Joseph’s interpretations were fulfilled and the cup-bearer returned to the Pharaoh’s service and the baker was killed, just as Joseph interpreted. Two years later, the Pharaoh had a dream and the cup-bearer remember Joseph’s gift, told Pharaoh about him. Once Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh promoted Joseph to second-in-command.
Gideon snuck into the enemy’s camp and overheard an enemy soldier sharing a dream he had. The interpreter of the dreamed, mentioning Gideon by name, predicted that Israel would win under Gideon’s command.
Examples in the New Testament
Joseph – Jesus’ father
God sent an angel into his dream to tell him that Mary was indeed telling the truth, convincing him to marry her. God continued to communicate with him in dreams, once telling him to flee to Egypt away from Harold and another time telling him that Harold has died.
Warning & Direction
Pontius Pilot’s Wife
She had a dream that Jesus was innocent and sent a warning to her husband.
Five Questions for Interpreting Dreams
- Ask God if the dream was from him.
If yes, then…
- Ask God who the dream is for. (a person, group, church, the body of Christ)
Once He answers… then ask:
- What details are important in the dream. (Make a list)
Not everything that is important is what it seems.
- Then ask God, what each important item means.
(Define each item, one-by-one)
- Finally, ask God what these details and the dream means for you, another person, group, church, or the body of Christ
What to ask when interpreting
Remember that dreams are a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions.
- Images: What do you see?
- Thoughts: What are you thinking?
- Emotions: What are you feeling?
Every detail matters.
ALWAYS include God in every dream interpretation.