Did you know that dreams are part of your Spiritual Inheritance?
I saw something the other day where someone was ridiculing dreams and interpretation, and I thought, how sad! God truly wants to speak to His people, and if that means bypassing the “arguer” (what John Paul Jackson used to call it) and getting straight to heart through a dream then that is what God will do. If the Bible tells me that HE is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why wouldn’t He still speak in this manner? Another comment I came across said that God only allowed interpretation to dreams for the non-believer. What?! I wanted to say, “Are we reading the same Bible?” My NKJ version states many instances where God not only gave dreams to believers and non-believers alike, but He also allowed interpretation, through individuals, angels, or even the LORD God Himself gave the interpretation. Let’s look at some examples:
Abraham has a vision (Gen. 15:1): “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you. Your reward shall be very great.”
Job: his ‘friend’ Eliphaz states, “In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men . . .” (Job 4:13).
Jacob (Old Testament) flees from his brother and while in the wilderness sets his head upon a rock to sleep, and there he has a dream of a ladder ascending and descending. Wow! Remember, his father is Isaac, the son of Abraham, and all his life he has been taught to honor and worship the living God. Even when he does wrong (by tricking Esau out of his birthright), God still loves and honors Jacob. The Bible says, “Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth . . . And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants” Genesis 28:12-13). Okay, not only did he have the dream, but he also got the interpretation, and he honored the LORD for showing him his destiny through a prophetic dream.
Side Note: Jacob’s other dream: Gen. 31:10. After he becomes Israel (Gen. 46:2-3), “Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob! And he said, “Here I am.” Then, God proceeds to speak with literal and precise directions.
Joseph (OT) has two very prophetic destiny dreams, and when he tells it to his brothers they understood the interpretation immediately. How? Because their father is Jacob who knows and understands the ways that God speaks to man. His brothers hated him “for his dreams and for his words” (Gen.37: 8). After Joseph’s second dream he tells it to his brothers and his father. Jacob immediately understood the meaning that they would all bow down to Joseph some day. It says, “And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind” (Gen. 37:11). Jacob knew that God was trying to get a message across to Joseph and their entire family. He didn’t cast it off as nonsense. These people were all believers in the one true God, and they interpreted Joseph’s dreams. Did these dreams come to pass? Of course, the Word is faithful, and Joseph lived and served God in good times and in his adversity.
*He interprets the butcher and baker’s dream
*And Pharaoh’s dream
Solomon “loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father, David . . .[and] at Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:3,5). The LORD gives the direct message to Solomon.
Daniel was considered wise. He interpreted the King’s dreams (Daniel 4). Daniel also has a vision/Dream of the four beasts (Daniel 7) which is interpreted for him by one of the angels standing by. “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Joseph (NT) wanted to put Mary secretly away instead of marrying her. He knew she was expecting a child, and he could not fully understand that this was a spiritual encounter. “But while he thought about these things, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 1:20).
(A Vision) Paul (NT): “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night . . .” The man from the vision was pleading for Paul to come to Macedonia. The dream/vision changed the whole course Paul had set before him.
So many more! The visions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, the symbolic utterances of Jeremiah, all the visions of Daniel, Amos, Zechariah, The three wise men, Pilate’s wife, Laban, etc. The list is so vast. Not all were dreams, some were visions, but all needed some type of interpretation. Even Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not understand this parable (dark saying, enigma)? How then will you understand all the parables?” We must learn to decipher, discern, pray, and interpret. Did you know that around one-third of Jesus’ teachings was done by parable? He said to His disciples, “To you it has been given to know the mystery . . .” (Mark 4: 11). Mystery, here in this scripture, is referring to something that was formerly hidden (aha! A parable) and now is being revealed. Jesus was stimulating their minds to cause them to probe deeper and gain better insight and understanding. Why? Because otherwise they are seeing and not perceiving, hearing and not understanding. When we shut our spiritual eyes and ears to the truth of the Word then we lose our insight and understanding, the significance of what is being said to us. Yes, HE is a big enough GOD to speak to us face to face, but that doesn’t mean He will. He does still incorporate messages through dreams in order to dive deep into the heart of man and seal His instructions and to bring about correction.
Numbers 12: 6-8, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings (parables); And he sees the form of the LORD.”
3.Face to Face
5.Dark sayings (parables)
So, in writing this blog, what am I trying to say? I’m saying that God is still speaking and using dreams and visions, and yes, they are part of your spiritual inheritance. They are just as significant today as they were in Biblical times. God still gives prophetic insight, warning, directions, callings, etc . through dreams and visions. Yes, He also sends His prophets, we are given the greatest gift through His mighty WORD, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, He does speak with a still small voice into our inner being, but remember, not everyone has ears to hear and eyes to see. Often we have stopped up other avenues because of hurt, wounds, pain, sin, unbelief….. I encourage you, just be receptive. Don’t close up the avenues of dreams just because you’ve never been taught it, because you don’t understand it, because it seems to ‘out there’ for you. Just keep your spiritual ears and eyes open to any and all communication with the LORD. He will speak 🙂 Be blessed and keep dreaming!