Then He said, ‚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 (Numbers 12:6, emphasis added). Dreaming is a product of the imagination of the heart. During sleep our reasoning is inactive, while at the same time our imagination continues to be active. Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something or somebody not present or even something or somebody that was never seen before and then interpreted by the senses in the brain. A dream is a story or incident that is playing off in the imagination of the dreamer during sleep. It is normally an audiovisual experience that involves the feelings and emotions of the dreamer and it may include other people and/or objects in the dream. Although the contents of a dream usually seem unrelated to actual events, it often relates to real life situations and issues of someone or it may reveal the state of the heart of somebody. Some dreams are pleasant, others alarming and some are frightening nightmares. God uses all dreams to get our focus set on Him. Without a dream people perish. All things started out in God, even dreams. He made the worlds and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He said, “all things” it includes dreams. The first four words in the Bible are: In the beginning God. Dreams were never created as it was in the beginning with God. In the beginning dreams lived in the imagination of God. The worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the
things, which are seen, were not made of things, which are visible. So, the things, which we see today, first lived in the imagination of God before those things came into being by the word of God. Before the beginning of time, God had it in mind to establish an everlasting kingdom, and the dominion of the eternal King will never cease. This kingdom shall never be destroyed; and this kingdom shall not be left to another; it shall break in pieces and consume all other kingdoms, and it shall stand forever (Daniel 2:44). This is the dream of the Almighty God. So, God created the heavens and the earth, with its entire host, in six days and on the seventh day God ceased from all His works and He entered into His rest. So there was His kingdom. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve sinned and by doing so caused the entire human specie to sin. God knew it would happen. So it did not distracted God from His purpose to have an everlasting kingdom. Neither caught it Him by surprise. Since the foundation of the earth God had appointed His Son, Creator and Maintainer of all things, also Redeemer of that which He has created; His everlasting kingdom. When men began to multiply on the face of the earth, the earth grew violent and was filled with wickedness. God saw that the intent of the thoughts of the hearts of men was continually evil. So the dreams of men did not harmonize with the dream of God for His eternal kingdom. So God, the Righteous Judge, had another dream of destroying man, whom He has created, from the face of the earth. After about 1 650 years from Adam, God destroyed the earth with a flood leaving only eight survivors. Sadly, the fallen nature of Adam survived the flood and was perpetuated in the offspring of those eight people. It took another 2 380 years before God, in His
boundless love, nailed the old nature to the cross so that we may receive a godly nature in Christ. Firstly, God had to prove to man that His dream about an eternal kingdom was His dream and there was nothing man could do to bring it about. So God was about to prove to man that every man is a liar and God alone is the truth. So He established a covenant with the people of Israel, in the form of the Mosaic Law, whereby the doers of the law shall be justified and be blessed. Because the law was weak through the fallen nature of man, no flesh was ever justified through the works of the law. So, God proved every man a liar. Enoch, Elijah and all the Old Testament faith heroes were justified through faith and not the works of the law (Hebrews 11). God took away the old covenant, which man could not keep in his fallen state and established an eternal covenant with man in the blood of His Son. Jesus fulfilled the law on man’s behalf and suffer God’s wrath on behalf of his sin. By His eternal sacrifice man is forgiven of all his sin, justified, sanctified and blessed forever. He paid the price to make man an eternal kingdom of priests unto God. He was the One who fulfilled God’s dream. Thus, He is the alpha and the omega and the beginning and the end of man’s faith. Every man is a liar and God alone is the truth. The kingdom of God is planted in the heart of man when he or she is birthed by the Holy Spirit through faith in God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. All the dreams of the redeemed started out in God and are according to His purpose. Often we dream dreams, which reveal some aspects of God’s dream for us in His eternal kingdom. Thus, some of our dreams are fragments of the dream of God. Biblical examples include Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image and the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Book of
Revelation. Even dreams about ourselves, may be God’s way to show us how to prepare ourselves for His unfolding everlasting kingdom. We all dream, but some people hardly ever recall their dreams. Sometimes we remember our dreams, but very often forget them. Mostly we treat them as junk mail because we perceive them as worthless. The very questions that are in the hearts of people, God often answer in dreams but because of unbelief they ignore those important messages. Do you know that most dreams are meaningful? Have you ever consider that God would like to speak to you through your dreams? Dreams from God in the Book of Genesis include Abimelech’s dream about Sarai, Abram’s wife (Genesis 12:10-20), Jacob’s dream about the ladder (Genesis 28:12), Jacob’s dream about the flocks that conceived (Genesis 31:10-13), God’s instruction to Laban concerning Jacob (Genesis 31:24), Joseph’s dreams about his exaltation (Genesis 37), the chief butler’s and chief baker’s dreams (Genesis 40) and Pharaoh’s dreams (Genesis 41). There are many other examples of dreams from God in the Bible. All these dreams relate somehow to God’s dream, since all God’s endeavors are purposeful, because in Him is no vanity or idleness. Everything He does reveals His will. His dream and His will is one. He does everything according to the counsel and pleasure of His own will. Dreams are just one of many ways of instruction in which God reveals His will to us, that He may draw us into His kingdom, by us conforming more to the image of His Son. How often He revealed to us good things but though we have eyes to see we do not perceive. Because we are so busy with our own business He often needs to bypass our estranged minds during sleep to seal instruction. For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive
it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals instruction (Job 33:14-16). Dreams originate either in the spirit or in the soul. Dreams are often the product of much activity. If you dwell predominantly in the realm of soul your dreams will originates largely from the soul. If you dwell predominantly in the realm of Spirit, God will answer your questions in that realm. The Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit and if you make it a habit of communicating with Him, He will honor you on that level. I do not lay it down as a rule; I just relate to you my experience. The greatest problem is to discern between spiritual and natural (soulish) dreams or revelation. Spiritual dreams The Holy Spirit prompted and inspired various desires, questions and expectations that have to do with the will of God for one’s life. It has normally to do with your calling in the kingdom of God, according to His divine will. Sometimes it may be a prophetic dream. The Holy Spirit generates inspirational input into our spirits and then that message is relayed into our minds. In contrast, natural dreams are a product of the turmoil that is present in our souls. A spiritual dream is the inspirational input from the Holy Spirit into our spirits and then into the imagination of our minds revealing the will of God to us. All spiritual dreams relate to God’s kingdom. Spiritual activities like prayer, waiting on the Lord, meditation on the word of God, and a general awareness of Him that comes about by diligently practicing His presence often activate spiritual dreams. To be of service to others may also result in openness to God to receive revelation. God will answer you on the realm or domain of
your dwelling. The state of your heart determines the realm of your dwelling. The faith, hope and love of Christ in you are in the realm of Spirit but all motivations that originate from self (even your own faith, hope and love) are found in the realm of soul. Christ in you is the only hope of glory that God has given you. He in you, with His character and power, should be the focus of your faith. This is the key to release Christ in you. You must learn how to relate to God and others with your spirit (faith, hope and love that is generated by revelation in the word of God and power of the Holy Spirit) and not your soul (feelings, emotions and your own ideas and desires). The Holy Spirit may also supernaturally intervene in your life to lead and to guide you in truth and to warn you about errors. Errors are that which miss the will of God. A spiritual dream may occur anytime during the night. However, my observation of my practical experience in my life shows that spiritual dreams occur mostly in the early hours of the morning, toward the end of a person’s time of sleep. At this point of the night, the subconscious mind has been cleared of all pressures and conflicts through natural dreams. We are then open to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit. A dream inspired by the Holy Spirit can have a literal meaning where no interpretation is required. It can also be in parable format or be partly literal and partly in parabolic format. The dream where God instructed Abimelech to restore to Abraham his wife Sarah is literal in content and requires no interpretation. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, ‚Indeed, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.‛ But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, ‚Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? Did he not say to me, ‘She is my
sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this. And God said to him in a dream, ‚Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all that are yours (Genesis 20:3-7). The dream that Pharaoh had about seven lean cows that consumed seven fat cows was in parabolic format and needed interpretation. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows come up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke (Genesis 41:2-4). An example of a dream that was partly literal and partly in parabolic format is as follows: A woman had a dream where she saw people in a large swimming pool. A large angel came and stood in the air above the pool and cried out with a loud voice, “Hate what God hates and love what God loves.” The message from the angel needs no interpretation. The swimming pool with the people in it can be interpreted as enjoying the things of this world. The message means that you must hate what God hates and love what God loves while enjoying the pleasures of this earth. It does not mean to hate what God hates and love what God loves while you are swimming and enjoying yourselves in a large swimming pool or in that specific swimming pool.
Natural dreams Dreams occur in sleep because the rational intellect is at rest and therefore the mind can work through the day’s activities and through issues that rest heavily on the mind. A natural dream is the outflow of the tension of impressions and stress stored in our conscious and subconscious mind. It is therefore the product of emotional stress due to irritation, doubts, quarrel, defeat, hidden desires, traumatic experiences or much and/or intense activity. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business… (Ecclesiastes 5:3a). When we are dreaming during the night, we relive these unpleasant situations and events in our dreams. This is the way God has fashioned us, to rid us from these emotional stresses. Even nightmares assist us in coping with built-up fear, suffering and sorrow. Then again we can also relive pleasant situations and events. Either way if these dreams are not interpreted, they still fulfill an essential restorative function. A dream can be an accurate mirror image of the soul, which God uses to reveal deep-seated problems in our hearts. A person may experience vile dreams due to unhealthy meditation. I use to have violent dreams because of my past. Even after I came to Christ, confess my sin and have repented thereof the dreams continued and even got worse. In the beginning I was heavily alarmed because of this defilement; but the consciousness of sin was busy to flow out. The same goes for any other problem. Eventually after I understood the grace of God and I could forgive those who sinned against me I had my last violent dream. I only came to understand what it meant to be without condemnation when I started to develop a friendship with the Holy Spirit.
Dreams sometimes involve the revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit like wisdom, knowledge and discernment of spirits (discerning God’s Spirit, man’s spirit or demonic spirits). Occasionally a natural dream is the result of demonic input into our minds. It is said that the mind is the playground of the devil. If you are open to demon activity or was involved in the occult, a demon inspired dream is possible. Have you ever had a dream where you are paralyzed and cannot move even sometimes after waking up? That is a demonic inspired dream: normally attacks from demons responsible for spiritist activity. I know off a person that was innocently involved in the occult. Afterwards he came to the Lord and then he started to experienced demon inspired dreams that manifested in nightmares. After the person confessed his involvement in the occult to the Lord and was prayed for he still experienced these nightmares for about eighteen months after which it disappeared. His release came, as he grew strong in the word of the Lord. I also know a god-fearing believer that had a dream, where the devil appeared to him coming out of the ground, and voiced a negative prophecy over his life. He prayed to God and humbled himself before the Lord, according to the Scriptures, and then resisted the devil by worshipping the Lord. It is now many years later. The Lord has protected him and keep him save until this day. The devil could not snatch him out of God’s hand. Every dream that encourages unrighteousness, rebellion or any work of the flesh or stimulates fear, unbelief or heresy is from the pit of hell. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities (Jude 8, emphasis added).
Demon possession can also produce demonic inspired dreams. An example may be where a familiar spirit inspires the contents of a dream. It is very important not to give the devil any place in your life. God uses even our natural dreams to get our focus back on Him. All things, even our dreams, work together for good if we love God, and if we are called according to His purpose. Often our natural dreams will reveal the arrogance of the deception of our carnal hearts. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Hebrew: incurable); who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). We are born deceived and we live deception if we walk according to the flesh. Through faith, however, we can please God. Jesus has nailed our deceptive arrogance on the cross so that we need not to walk under a cloud of condemnation; we only need to believe Him and to walk according to the measure of our faith. The measure of our faith is the measure of revelation we have received from the Holy Spirit. To please Him is the cry of our spirit. To please Him is what we are living for. So, we should walk by faith and not by sight or feeling. Jesus died for us and nailed our inadequacies on the cross and transferred His adequacy to us. This happened when we were joined to Him and become one spirit with Him through the born again experience. We should always remember that we only need to share the life that Jesus has given us with Him. We need not to live in our own strength but to express the excellence of His power through faith. Dreaming the dream of another It happens occasionally that another person may dream your dream or you may dream somebody else’s dream. My wife had a spiritual dream on my behalf a couple of months ago. I asked God what we would do after the end
of this dispensation on earth. I did not believe I would sit on a cloud and play the harp for all eternity. She dreamed that I must go away and oversee a planet somewhere in the universe. I will be like God (not God, but like Him) to this planet. Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father (Galatians 4:1-2). She saw that at this moment in time an angel is fulfilling the overseeing duties. This angel must move on and I must replace him. Although, I am not God I will be like God. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:4-5, emphasis added). This was only a dream but I honestly believe God has shown us something about the destiny of the saints. This is a very good example of how God has revealed His kingdom in the future. I was also transported into the future in the times to come of the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth where I witnessed some of the shape of things to come. Where your heart is there your treasure will be also. If you set your heart on the things above your believing eyes shall see these things in dreams, visions and revelation.