Principles for Interpretation (from Understanding Dreams and Visions by John Paul Jackson) 1. Where am I in the dream? - Are you the only one, or main character in the dream = the message is for you or about you. - are you in the dream with other people – does the dream make sense if you were not in the dream = the message is for someone else, or a larger group of people, including you. - Are you observing a situation, or people in the dream? Are they unaware that you are watching? Does it seem you are invisible to them = the dream is for someone else. This means you are having revelation for or about something or someone. 2. Context of dream will give understanding what the dream is about: whether good or bad, attack/warfare or blessings, negative or positive, etc. 3. If a specific person is in the dream – look at their name – what does it mean? ( Ex. - Anne giving you flowers= grace is being given, and you will experience the fragrance/presence of the Lord…) 4. Foundational elements – usually have two meanings [not always] Color: the context of the dream will tell if it is a positive or negative meaning. Red = power, redemption, anointing, or anger, war, destruction. Brown = compassion, pastoral color or humanism, man made compassion. Blue = revelation or emotional lows [feeling blue] Gold/Amber = hallowed/holy or greed Purple = Authority [JPJ has no flip side for this color] Orange = perseverance or stubbornness Yellow = mind or fear 5. Other elements Gender – male or female; makes a difference in interpretation. Leader - authority figure, or spiritual leader, etc.? For example – if a pastor delivers a message to you in a dream, the message is that the Lord is talking about a pastoral issue…being pastoral. If you have a dream about a prophet talking to you – it is a prophetic issue, the Lord is emphasizing this is a prophetic word. Often, people do not represent themselves in the dream – they usually represent their job, profession, ministry office, gifting, father figure, mother figure, brother, sister, friend, (this is positive or negative depending on whether that person is/has been good to you or not good to you – whether you had a good relationship or bad relationship) etc. Is the person familiar or a stranger? If they seem familiar in the dream, like you know them, then it is from the Lord. If the person is not known to you or if you feel uncomfortable in the dream – don’t pay attention to what they are saying, it is not the Lord’s desire, message to you. Is the person aggressive or friendly? What kind of emotions do they provoke in you? What kind of emotions do you provoke in them? Dream Symbols A faceless man is almost always the Holy Spirit. Angels often have their faces out of range, although sometimes you do see them face to face. R - rated dreams = are not necessarily negative or from the enemy. God may be trying to communicate something positive: birth of ministries, issues of intimacy, – could be cleansing, deliverance or inner healing dreams, or may represent an “old love” [a flesh desire] meaning something is trying to take the place of the Lord. For example, if you hear a voice in your dream, (or see a person) telling you to do something immoral with someone [not your spouse] – pay attention to the person’s status in life: ministry, business, gifts, calling, profession, etc. The message may be that you are being motivated by the enemy through the lust of the flesh towards whatever that person represents - ministry, business, etc. You have your mind set on the things of the flesh, not of the spirit, and you need to stop as fast as you can – stop pursuing what your flesh wants! God may be saying you have an illegitimate desire for something Being naked in a dream = not necessarily negative = you are vulnerable and you are transparent, or God’s going to make you transparent before people. Or, you are going to be spiritually reproductive. 5. Transportation - size of the vehicle = the smaller the vehicle the more it has to do with you personally. Bicycle – level of gifting, personal ministry, work you are doing “today” – right now. Car – very similar to bicycle; could be ministry or job [the main thing you do]. Bus – churches or larger areas of authority and people you will have impact on. Plane – small = similar interpretation to bicycle, car. Large = large church or ministry moving in the things of the spirit. Or coul.d be a large company or corporation Boat – rowboat, sailboat [freedom, sails = wind, Holy Spirit], ship = movement, denomination, very large church. What you are doing on the ship will let you know what the message is. Train – large church, denomination, corporation etc. 6. Buildings – pay attention to what kind of building and size. High rise – Status, level of calling, where you are at or where you are going – depends on context of dream. Office building – administration, work, “office” [like “office” of apostle, prophet, pastor, etc.] – new anointing. Fixing up your office – refreshing, renovated, being changed, upgraded House – family, church Basement – below the surface, foundations [cracked? Etc], person doing something which is hidden, behind the scenes, hidden agendas, hidden motives. Or it could be good – killing snakes in the basement, etc Attic – past, old memories, things you may need later. Dust - inactivity Stairways – transition [up = higher levels; down = lower levels] Elevators – going up faster. What floor you stop on reveals information [meaning of numbers, 7, 5, etc.] 7. Objects, Tools, Items, etc. Guns – bullets = powder = “power” [dunamis] if you have it, it’s good. Cap gun – no power; having a form of godliness. Looks like the real thing, but it’s not. Knives – severing, cutting off, attack of the enemy If you have the knife – Word of God. Small knife = little knowledge; bigger knife = more knowledge. Swords – same as knife; word of God Darts – attacks; fiery darts Heavy arms – machine guns, bazooka, rocket launchers etc. – major spiritual attacks: call the intercessors. Water – Holy Spirit; masses of humanity Clouds – what color is the cloud? Dark – attack; light = cleansing Tornadoes/hurricanes – what color? Attacks or purging/cleansing; River – move of God Swimming pool – refreshing; Is the water clear? being immersed in the Holy Spirit. Clothing – different kinds of clothing = mantles, calling, what you’re going to be doing. Coat = protection, insulating you from something Cultural clothing = may refer to a nation, or part of a nation. Tells you what country. Losing teeth – used for biting, chewing = losing ability to think through something. Eye tooth = losing ability to understand prophetic things Wisdom teeth = Incisors – losing ability to be incisive Running with a limb that does not work = Leg won’t straighten out [or arm] won’t work right, have to drag your leg, trying to run somewhere but you can’t get there because leg won’t work right; Running in slow motion. Something in your spirit that is not fully operating yet; You may have a few things working for you, but there is something that you may have not given over to the Lord – “I can’t do that, I won’t do that.” It could mean a church that does not believe in one of the five fold ministries – prophet, apostle, etc. so they are limping along. 8. Creatures Snake = a long tale. Depending on the size of the snake, somebody is telling a tale about you. Gossip. Criticism. Attacks with Words. Ants – unwanted guests, demonic attacks, or wisdom. Spiders – occult. People in the occult attacking you. You kill spiders by stepping on them. Word says – the way to end evil is to respond with peace. Mice and rats = larger demons. More authoritative demonic attacks that feed off the garbage in your life, and you gave them permission to be there. Something was left unattended and they come because something was there to get. Bees, hornets = swarming, like ants, speaks of demonic attacks. Bears = sudden unexpected, fierce attacks; Something that appears to be docile but becomes volatile. Or you are going to be unexpectedly volatile over something. Friendly dogs = you have a friend who will take care of you, help you, befriend you. Birds = for example a blue bird means revelation is coming your way. Horses = great power. Context reveals whether in the dream it is good or bad. Chariot = if no one is in the chariot, it is a place of God that you will be seeing – a divine destiny. Riding in a Chariot = God has a divine destiny. Chariots mean something you [or whoever is in the chariot] are going to accomplish. Black panther = cunning sneaky predator coming after somebody. Scorpion = black magic; if white scorpion = white magic. Cockroaches = like rats, and mice, but on a smaller scale – demonic attacks that go after things that are unattended. Alligators/Hippos = someone is talking about you [big mouth]. Elephants = wisdom and strength. Monkeys = harassers and mockers. Witches = self explanatory. It is what it means. White monsters = things that appear righteous, holy but are destructive and deadly; there is a way that appears right but the end is death. Moth = destroy valuable things by sneaking in and being unnoticed. Turtles and sharks = turtles mean peace; sharks mean the opposite. Eagles = represent the prophetic. Flamingos/storks = something that comes to carry out the purposes of God. Turkeys = wisdom or foolishness. Rabbits = multiplication; Worms in the earth = humility 9. Symbols from people’s dreams Air balloons = depending on context, peaceful rising in the spirit. Wood raft = something you’ve made that brings safety in a storm, but somebody left gaps that need to be filled. Covered Wagon = tradition; power in tradition; powerful tradition. Context reveals whether good or bad. Flying/ soaring = high spiritual activity that God is taking you to. Flying with an angel = even more of a spiritual issue. Flowers and rainbows Flowers – depends on colors; and fragrance = fragrance of the Lord. Rainbows = same as flowers, depends on the color. Underwater dreams = deep things of the Spirit. Flying while on fire = the fire, the power of the Lord is on you, and you will be purging people you come in contact with, and it is a spiritual issue. Ribbon = white ribbon tied around a heart shaped plate. Ribbons are usually reminders. Reminder to love someone Lots of relatives = depending on context, generational blessings or generational curses; Inheritances. Schools = training, learning, education process. Platters = large serving dish; a lot of spiritual food coming. In a school and can’t unlock your locker = something is trying to stop you from getting the necessary tools to complete what God has called you to do. Two parallel gold ribbons = gold is holiness; two things God wants to accomplish in something. Dreams of cities = usually have to do with circumstances in your life. Babies = birthing of ministries; something being birthed in your life; New ideas; or it could be about children. Bare feet = vulnerability; humility; peace; depending on context may also be a time of vulnerability to pain. Black crows = mockers; harassers Sitting at your desk in school and don’t have any pants on = you’re going to school and God is teaching you something that will make you spiritually reproductive. Roller coaster = instability in life and in the spirit. Beating somebody trying to get them to listen to you = you’re forcing somebody to listen to you; forcing somebody to do something. Lead don’t push. You’re in danger, only a whisper comes out when you try to scream = if black/white dream, you’re in spiritual warfare and the enemy is trying to keep you from growing in the things of the spirit. The inability to scream speaks of being hindered in your prayer life or not praying enough. Something’s choking off your passion for prayer. Mirrors = God’s showing what you or someone else is looking like; giving you a reflection. Going to show you what’s going on in you. It’s usually about or for the person in the mirror. Dropped your purse in the dream and everything spilled out = issues of life; out of control and afraid everyone is going to see what you are like or what’s in your life. If you dream that you dream = it’s very important! It’s like a double dream. It speaks of destiny, life calls or things God does not want you to miss. It’s like an exclamation point. House burned out on the inside and the only thing left is a picture of your father = because of the picture, the house has to do with your family; burned out means the enemy has ravaged the family and the father has survived it or going to survive. If you’re also in the dream, the Lord is saying you can change this – pray, intercession, with revelation from Him. God can cause a change. He is showing you the enemy’s plans before they happen so they can be destroyed and the tragedy averted. You got up, got dressed and went to work, but realize you didn’t get up at all = has to do with being afraid of something; afraid of missing something, not fulfilling something; anxiety. Bald tires = cars have to do with what you’re doing right now. Tires provide traction and are filled with air (pneuma) so it has to do with the Holy Spirit; gripping the surface; so having bald tires has to do with the inability to grasp, see or understand what God has called you to do. Somebody standing off in the dream, and you know they should not be = spiritual apathy; they are not doing what they should be doing. Pigs = demonic activity; unclean; messy situation; leading to destruction. Hamster = running in circles, going nowhere, caged in. Dreaming that someone dies suddenly = death in dreams does not mean death; it means life – from death to life; A sudden encounter that will be life changing.
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