Have you ever woken up feeling there was a significant meaning in your dream, but you’re just not sure what it was?
Of course you have, and for good reason.
You know I grew up believing that dreams where just left over undigested food from the night before. But the Bible, very clearly, tells us that God declared that He WOULD speak through dreams. (Num. 12:6)
In fact when you total up all dreams and visions in the Bible and all the stories and actions which come out of these dreams and visions, you have about one-third of the Bible, which is equal to the size of the New Testament!
Dreams are a central way God has chosen to communicate with us.
In fact, when you look at all the dream passages in the Bibles, you will see:
So the question is not “Does God speak to us through our dreams”?
The answer is obviously yes. We all dream every night.
The real question is, “What is God saying to me through my dreams”?.
Or more specifically, “What is the Biblical meaning of my dreams”?
Fortunately the Bible is very clear on principles of Christian Dream Interpretation and knowing the meaning of your dreams.
Before we get into the actual steps themselves, here are some foundational points biblical dream interpretation you should know.
1. Most dreams are symbolic so view them the same way you would a political cartoon. An Elephant and Donkey don’t really mean a literal elephant or donkey. They are symbols that represent the respective political parties. So when you see a tree (or whatever) in your dream, the meaning is not that it’s a tree but meaning will come from what that tree represents.
2. The dream symbols (and their meanings) will come from the dreamer’s life.
This is important because symbols mean different things to different people.
So the idea that one can use a ‘dream dictionary’ doesn’t actually work. Using a dream dictionary can actually confuse you. Your dreams will pull symbols from your own life and the meaning of those symbols will also come from your life.
For example, Joseph was a shepherd, and he dreamed of sheaves and sun, moon and stars bowing down (Gen. 37:1-11). These images surround a shepherd boy who lives in the fields.
Nebuchadnezzar, a king, dreamed of statues of gold (Dan 2:31ff), which surround kings who live in palaces.
As a result the key question to ask is, “What does this symbol mean to me?”
3. At least 95% of your dreams will be about you – your inner self, your current situation, your relationships, etc. Your dreams come from your heart and will express the things that are important to your heart.
For example, Paul was wondering where to go next on his missionary journey and had a dream of a Macedonian man motioning for him to come on over (Acts 16:6-11).
The most common area your heart will reveal will be your emotional heart struggles and current dominant thoughts that are on your heart and mind.
Other important issues that may come up include:
So ask, “What issues am I currently dealing with that are important to me?”
Remember, all these issues will be expressed symbolically.
Your Christian Dream Interpretation process should always being with the assumption that your dream is about something you are / should be dealing with in your own life right now.
Step 1 – Isolate the feeling of the dream
How did you feel upon first awakening? Was your heart pounding in fear? Were you confused, frustrated, angry, rejected, or threatened? Did you feel loved, excited, happy, or content?
What was the overall emotion that the dream evoked? In what aspect of your life are you also feeling this emotion? If it is not immediately obvious to you, ask God to reveal it to you.
Step 2 – Look at the action of the dream
Contemplate the symbolism of the action.
For example, if the symbol in your dream is that you are falling, ask “In what way do I feel like I am falling, losing ground, or out of control in my life at this time?”
If you are being chased, ask, “How and why do I feel like I am being pursued or hunted?”
If you dream of dying, ask, “What is dying within me?” (This may be a good thing, for perhaps you are dying to pride, or to self, or to workaholism.)
Remember, actions in the dream are to be viewed symbolically. If your dream wanted to really show you that you were going to die, it would picture that event symbolically. For example, just a few days before a gentleman died he dreamed of a clock standing still.
Once you have used the feeling and action of the dream to identify the aspect of your life that it is revealing to you, the rest of the symbols will be much easier to identify.
Step 3 – Determine the meaning of the symbols of your dream.
Here are a few of the main symbols to look out for.
The people in your dreams often represent characteristics within you. You can determine what facet of yourself they are representing by simply asking, “What is the dominant personality trait of this person, as I know them?” The answer will tell you what aspect of yourself you are dreaming about.
For example, your heart may want to show you the entrepreneur, the administrator, the class clown, the spiritual leader, the laid back one, the workaholic, etc. that is within you by the appearance in your dream of an individual who epitomizes that kind of person to you.
A president or king may symbolize other leadership qualities within you; a policeman, judge, or dictator may be the authority figure in you; people in uniform (nurses, waiters, choir members) may represent your desire to conform.
It is also possible that the person’s name may be the point that the dream is trying to bring out, especially if that name is spoken within the dream. Dreaming of a friend named Charity or Joy or Grace or Joshua or David may be your heart’s way of calling your attention to the qualities that are seen in the meaning of the name.
Animals often represent your emotions.
Ask, “What emotion might this animal be symbolizing to me?” This will depend on your geographical home, your personal experiences and your own culture. For example, a bull might be anger (an “angry bull”); a fox, craftiness; a cat, curiosity; a dove, peace; an eagle, freedom; a snake, subtlety; a lion, royalty, and so on.
Keep in mind that in the Bible, a lion is used to represent both Christ (“the Lion of the tribe of Judah”) and satan (“as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”). Therefore, you must maintain your dependence upon the Holy Spirit to reveal what the animal represents in your specific dream.
Numbers in dreams generally represent the identical number in real life. However, the number will probably be linked to something which needs to be interpreted symbolically.
For example, when Joseph dreamed of eleven stars, the eleven was literal but the stars were symbolic and actually represented his brothers. Joseph was dreaming about his eleven brothers (Gen. 37:1-11).
Likewise, the cupbearer’s dream of three branches stood for three days (Gen. 39:12), and for the chief baker, the three baskets represented three days (Gen. 39:18).
In Pharaoh’s dream, the seven cows were seven years (Gen. 41:26).
So expect the number to mean that exact number of something. It will take prayer, discernment and thoughtful contemplation to determine what it means.
Step 4 - Continue to move through the dream, seeking meaning of symbol after symbol, until you sense in your spirit that the interpretation is complete.
The meaning of the dream must be drawn from the dreamer. Someone cannot and should not impose a meaning unto you. The meaning will be drawn out with the skillful use of the questions mentioned above.
Your heart will ‘click’ and feel “YES!” with the right interpretation.
Note: Never make a major decision in your life based only on a dream without receiving additional confirmation from the other ways that God speaks to us and guides us. (For more information on learning how to hear and distinguish God’s voice please visit
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By Nicholas Kusmich