Not everyone dreams in bright technicolor.
It is scientifically proven that some people claim that they only dream in black and white. In fact, as you pay more attention to your dreams you will realize that a good part of your dreams do fall into a gray-scale area, but have you ever had a dream where suddenly a color just pops out at you? You knkw, those dreams where only certain items will be colored, vivid, and noticeable? These splashes of color become highly significant when they stand out within the dream and should be closely scrutinized in order to discern what it is the LORD is wanting to show you . So what does that mean, and how does it apply to interpretation?
How Does It Apply Scripturally?
Well, colors by comparison, are not as easy to define as numbers. Numbers are ever flowing throughout scripture and generally have repetitve meanings. Numbers run to and fro, beginning to end, and God consistently uses numbers as a means of giving the same method, message, and meaning to His people (example: look at the number 40: testing, trial, perseverance; Noah – flooded 40 days, 40 nights, Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness and then was tested, the children of Israel wandered 40 years, etc); however, colors are a little different.
The Bible is definitely not written in gray-scale, but it also doesn’t exude continuous colors. Just like our dreams, the scripture uses colors specifically to insert significant meaning and to supply specific information. In that respect, not all colors are implanted within scripture; however, just like with symbols we can easily use inherent characteristics to define and determine what some colors mean. For example: if we look at the wolf we immediately know this symbol (natural and symbolic) represents a devourer. A lamb is innocent, naive, and defenseless by nature. This same method of searching and applying the inherent characteristic of a colors natural and spiritual meaning (within/without scripture) can be considered and applied. One important factor to remember when dealing with colors is that they can be looked at from a positive or a negative angle. As humans most of us tend to only want to focus on one or the other. It is important to keep a balance, and also incorporate other areas of the dream, symols, numbers, meanings, etc before determining if the symbol falls negative or positive. Keeping this in mind we will talk about some common colors and their significant meaning.
Let’s look at the four horses of the apocalypse. “And when He had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, ad lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6). A horse, in general often represents a frame of time. The black horse here is a powerful symbol of lack or famine (even from the scripture you can see it’s referring to a time of famine because the balances are for food, and one measure of wheat is only one meal), it also (from a Western perspective and other cultures as well) represents death, grief, affliction (when Job lost his children he stated, “My skin grows black and falls from me; my bones are burn with fever. My harp is turned to mourning . . .” -Job 30:30-31)..
On the positive side, black means beautiful. The Shulamite woman, much beloved by her lover says, “I am dark, but lovely. . .” (Song 1:5). It can also mean substance. In 1 Kings 18 we see Elijah praying for rain, and the scripture says that the heavens became black “and there was a great rain. . .” So it also means abundance. In the natural inherent characteristic we can also see black representing justice. A judge always wears a black robe to signify authority and justice, and even the courts have the symbolic engravings or statues of balances being portrayed as a way to measure out justice with equality.
The color of the sky on a beautiful day; it is a representation of the heavenly. Aaron (Old Testament) wore an extravagant blue robe every time he went into God’s presence (he was entering the heavenly realm. Exodus 28:31 says, “And thou shalt make the [priest’s] robe of the ephod all of blue.” Blue is heavenly and spiritual.
Another aspect of blue is its association with the sea. In scripture the sea is a representation of God or of man depending on context. Isaiah 11:9 says, “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” On the negative side, scripture compares the sea to men: “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (Is. 57:20). So, from this, one can incur that blue (sea) can be Godly, or the worldly (man). Another positive for the meaning of blue is God’s Word or even spiritual cleansing (“the washing of water by the the word” – Eph. 5:26). A few other examples: communion and revelation. It also (negative) depression (think of the old saying, “I feel blue today.”), sorrow, or anxiety.
Blue can also show boundary between God and His people. Think about the sky is blue, and it settles as a separation or barrier between earth and heaven. Blue can be seen as the Holy of Holies. Remember, I shared about Aaron’s ephod. Blue was the dominant color of the vestments of ancient Israels High Priest (Ex. 28). In fact, he wore an outer garment of blue over the white robe of the priesthood. Again, this shows boundary because the priest stood as the boundary between the human and the divine, and he was able to move in both realms and minister in the Holy of Holies. No longer do we need a priest to intercede on our behalf. Jesus broke down the wall of separation, and the veil was torn into so that we can have access to the Holy Place through His precious blood.
A few other colors of significance (positive and some include the negative meanings).
White: purity, Spirit of the Lord, holy power, peace (the Holy Spirit is represented in scripture as a white dove). On the negative side, white can be seen as plague (think of leprosy from the Bible, but also there is spiritual leprosy where we feel like people annoy us and just “get under our skin”. This causes us to be offended by them, and this offense is often very contagious when we reach out to others to share our issues and they catch our offense), uncleanness, self-righteousness, etc.
Gold: glory, wealth, prosperity, unchanging (gold does not tarnish or change in the natural), spirit of wisdom and revelation (A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” -Prov. 25:11), valuable, etc. On the negative side it can mean idolatry (remember the golden calf that Moses destroys after coming down from the mountain), foolishness or falseness, imitation (fools gold), etc.
Purple: Authority, royalty, Kingship, majesty. On the negative side it means false authority, immorality, etc.
Green: Life, prosperity, growth. Negative = jealousy, envy, pride, etc.
Emerald: The Throne of God, His presence
Turquoise/ Jasper: Open heaven, Sanctification, Healing, The New Jerusalem
Yellow: mind, hope, gift of God, joy, spiritual enlightenment. Negative = cowardly, fearful, timid, etc.
Red: Blood of Jesus, Cleansing, Atonement, Sacrifice, Covenant of Grace. The negative: warfare, bloodshed, persecution, war in the heavenlies, etc.
Wine: New wine, the cup of the new covenant, Blessings of God. Negative = Suffering.
Orange/Black combination: Warning
Bronze: Righteous, Mercy seat. Negative= Judgment of God, Repentance, self-righteous
Copper/Brass: Brazen altar, Consuming fire, Heaven. Negative = Judgment against disobedience, mockery, insignificance, false, etc.
If only space and time would allow then these colors and many more could be vastly elaborated on. There’s still the rainbow individually and combined, iridescent (pearl), orange, brown, and the list goes on and on. I think you can see the point, though. Colors are so significant and powerful. Just look at the world around you. Everything holds color. The LORD created a world full of beauty and vibrancy from every tree, cloud, animal, skin tone, eye colors, hair, from the dirt on the ground to every colorful flower or bird, the world is full of beauty. As we look around we can see the Creator’s love for us, and all that we are surrounded by. Yes, negative happens, and there are negative things in the world, but in the vastness of the heavens and the earth the LORD still reins. As you continue to dream, pay attention to any and all colors that arise. Think about what those colors mean to you and in general. I have one last example to share: A friend of mine dreamed many years ago that she was pregnant and standing on a huge stage with lots of people around. The one thing that stood out to her was that she was wearing a green dress. At the time, in the natural, she and her husband were praying for a baby. They had been praying for many years, and she thought that this dream meant that she would have a miraculous child and go around telling her story to the people. Little did she know that God had other things in mind when He sent this dream (a good example to never jump to conclusions about our dreams). Instead, the dream was symbolic of the promises that God was birthing in her spirit man. She would not have a physical child, but God was showing her that she would have multitudes of spiritual children. He was showing the green dress because it showed that life flowed in and around her, fullness, prosperity, and extreme growth (stage, pregnancy, green). This dream came to pass years and years later. One day as she was ministering to the many people who the Lord had graciously put in her life, she suddenly remembered the dream. It hit her right at that moment that the significance of what the Lord showed her was coming to pass right before her eyes. Had she known the depth of the meaning at the time it would have frightened her. This is why the LORD often plants these tiny seeds (like Job says, He seals it like an envelope) so that at a later time it can be opened and received when our hearts are ready. So you see, colors that stand out can carry heavy and unique significance. It is up to us whether or not we pay attention, process, pray, and even receive the message that is being spoken through our dreams. Be blessed and keep dreaming.