Christian Dream Interpretation (Biblical Dream Interpretation)


Christian DreamsChristian dream interpretation is a matter of determining what your dreams mean from a Christian perspective, often using symbols found in the Bible as references. The matter of dream interpretation has a long history in Judeo-Christianity. In the Old Testament, Jacob saw a ladder ascending up into heaven, and wrestled with an angel in his dream. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven skinny cows eating up seven fat cows to mean that there would be seven years of plenty and then seven years of famine. This Biblical dream interpretation impressed Pharaoh so much that he made Joseph his right-hand man, and thus Joseph was able to save all of Egypt from famine, and his family as well when they came asking for food.

Interpretations Come From God

Daniel, too, interpreted dreams. In the New Testament, Jesus’ foster-father Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Pharaoh’s slaughter of the baby boys, and the Magi who had come guided by the star also were warned in a dream not to return by way of Jerusalem to tell Herod the whereabouts of Jesus. Pontius Pilate’s wife had a dream about Jesus before his trial, and sent Pilate a message telling him, “Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream, because of him.” (Matthew 27:19) Over and over, God sends messages to people in dreams, and good things come to those who listen to the messages that are sent to them in their dreams.

Despite the Biblical evidence for dream interpretation, there is still controversy about whether Biblical dream interpretation is valid or even allowable for Christians. Some people make reference to the Witch of Endor, whom Saul asked to bring Samuel back from the dead and thus lost his blessing to rule the kingdom, as evidence against dream interpretation or other forms of superstition. Others contradict this claim, stating that if dream interpretation were simply a superstition, God would not have sent dreams to so many of our Biblical heroes, nor would there be verses referring to dream prophecies. While some modern Christians do not believe in dreams, there is nevertheless a strong Christian tradition and belief that God can talk to you in your dreams.

Interpreting Christian Dreams

When interpreting the symbols you see in your dream in a Christian context, the meanings may vary depending on your sect or belief system. This is not because God is inconsistent; instead, it is because He uses language you can understand to speak to you. Because of the differences in faith traditions even within Christianity, one symbol may have a different meaning from one person to another. For instance, a nun’s habit may mean something different to a Catholic than to a Baptist – though in either case it symbolizes a literal nun, a woman who has devoted her life to God, for a Catholic it may mean a vocation to the religious life, while to someone who is not Catholic, the symbol may simply mean a life of sacrifice, simplicity, and charity.

If you hear someone speaking directly to you, you should always pay attention, especially if the dream has had other Christian dream symbols or Biblical dream symbols in it. The Christian tradition has a strong belief in the voice of God or the angels speaking through dreams, and you do not want to ignore a message that was sent to you specifically. If you feel that you are being spoken to through your dreams, you ought to keep a dream diary to record God’s messages to you. The gift of prophecy is sometimes given in dreams, as in Numbers 12:6: “Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” Many Christians make decisions about their future based on dreams, and for many this leads them to great success.

So how do you know what the Christian or Biblical interpretation of your dream is? First, it helps to know your Bible and to be familiar with the stories within it. The symbols that appear in your dreams may refer to Biblical stories that you know, or they may be stories that you don’t yet know, which will make your dream make sense once you learn it. God’s plans often work around teaching us new things, and He may send you dreams specifically to make you go and research them. Here are a few Biblical dream symbols you may encounter and the stories behind them.

Bread and Wine: This is a symbol of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples, in which he said of the bread “This is my body” and of the wine “This is my blood.” To Catholics, this is taken literally, so that during the Mass the bread is believed to literally change into the body of Jesus and the wine to change into the blood of Jesus. For most other denominations, this is taken symbolically, to mean that Jesus left his spirit with us symbolically, and that he is present spiritually rather than physically when the Lord’s Supper is shared. In a dream, bread and wine represent fellowship and unity with the people around you; they also represent a strong spiritual presence of Jesus. As a symbol of the Passover, they represent deliverance from trials and suffering, as the Hebrews ate unleavened bread the night that the Angel of Death passed over Egypt, the night before they were set free from the bondage of slavery.

Burning Bush: Moses saw the Burning Bush when he was exiled in the desert, and from the Burning Bush he heard the voice of God telling him to go and free the Hebrews from enslavement to Pharaoh in Egypt. Seeing a burning bush in your dream is a sign of a message from God. Take this sign and the message with it seriously. Alternatively, it could indicate a call to do something difficult and scary, which you feel unqualified and unable to do. This is a sign that you should trust in God; that He will act through you and not give you anything to do that you cannot do with His help.

Candles: Candles are a liturgical symbol with many meanings. Bringing light into the darkness, being the light of the world, and being a guiding light are some of the meanings of the Christian dream symbol of a candle.

Fish: A fish is a symbol of Christianity. The early Christians would use the symbol of the fish to identify themselves to each other, especially during the Roman persecution when it was unsafe to openly identify yourself as a Christian for fear of being arrested and put to death. Jesus performed several miracles involving fish, including the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the massive catch of fish that he gave Peter when he called him. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples cooking fish on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and he broke bread with them. As a culture in a location between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Ocean, fish was very important to the Hebrews.

Flowers: In Biblical dream interpretations, flowers are a reference to the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus held up the lilies of the valley as a paradigm for how Christians should be: “They toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” If you see flowers in your dream, this is a sign to trust in God to take care of you.

Lamb: A lamb may be a reference to the verse, “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.” It may also be a symbol of Jesus, who in the Gospels referred to himself as the Good Shepherd and in Revelations was referred to as the Lamb of God. In addition, the lamb symbolizes meekness and docility, as Christians are supposed to be meek and gentle to each other and to follow God’s will like lambs.

Lion: Another symbol of Jesus, who is also called the Lion of Judah.

Rainbow: The rainbow is a reference to the story of the flood, when Noah saved the animal and human life of the world by bringing two animals of each species onto the Ark along with his family, and it rained for forty days and forty nights. When the flood was over, God promised Noah that he would never again send another flood to destroy humanity, and he set his rainbow in the sky in token of his covenant. Dreaming of a rainbow is sign of hope and trust in God’s promises. It is a reassurance that God will not let you down, even if circumstances look dire, and that He wants what is best for you.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for and has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. In Stephen's free time he loves sweating out his stress in Hot Yoga and enjoys cooking recipes he finds on Youtube.


  1. I Also I had a dream that I had friends from school in a girls hosted and I went to meet them and they gifted me with gold earrings. 2 pairs which I wore and I slept. Then I woke up and I saw that the back strap of my bra has been removed and one of them came to show me that did I notice something and she held it up to me with something holding it together smiling.

  2. I had a dream that a fat man came to me and it was like he wanted to attack me and I was running from him and he caught up with me and I was holding a short sharp knife to keep him away. Then he pressed himself into the knife and he was stabbed untoo his stomach but blood was all over him from his face down. Then I wanted to get him help cuz he sat down on the floor but he refused. Then he saw my dad and climbed up the stairs to hug my dad so his blood would stain my dad and I tried cautioning my dad from down the stairs but he didn’t hear. After staining my dad he came down. I think I got stained from the blood too.

  3. In my dream I was covering my face with a cover till my friend told me to stop and look in front of me. I felt scared but I did and I was immediately surrounded by whiteness and in front of me Jesus stood holding a lion head the size of an actual one. He just smiled and then as soon as I called his name sort of as in a question he was gone.

  4. אני חולם חלום on

    I had a dream in which I can only remember the end of it in which I lived in a house I cannot recon, it wasn’t my house , which garden’s was of dry clay , having just a few dark green decorative plants here and there around the house ….it was full with all sorts of small animals(birds, mammals, reptiles etc), bunnies, kittens , ducks and chicks I think and many reptiles, little baby crocodiles,little turtles and SPECIALLY (maybe baby)snakes, small snakes of all colors and patterns. Suddenly at a point in the drem they all started coming in my direction, only the snakes, in swarms.The “leader” of them was little but still the bigger of them, colored red, and it was coming faster in my direction.There was no more surroundings just a clayish-sandish dry terrain(sort of infinit),and I couldn’t run or turn my back on them I was simply walking backwards , in normal speed and before they could reach me I woke up.This is the most important part, or what I’m able to remember from the whole dream. I found that dream really intriguing.
    note:I don’t have any hightened interest in snakes nor do I have a phobia

  5. I had a dream that a friends baby passed away I had went to the funeral then two weeks later I was at the hospital with that same friend and u was laying on the bed holding that dead baby and the baby started coughing and came back to life,I was crying profusely as in the dream I had lost a baby one month prior to the death of her baby, as I was holding her baby and it was choking up a lot of stuff I told my friend look one day this little girl is gonna do great things for my precious Jesus, I later went home realized I left my cell phone at the hospital and then I woke up

  6. The dream that I am about to tell you happened to me a few months ago. It was as real as a dream can feel. I was using someone’s restroom at a home I’ve never been before. I pulled back the shower curtain and there was a baby drowned in the bathtub. The baby was face down in the water. I screamed and pulled the baby from the water. I ran outside and started screaming at the people standing around outside. It seemed to be a party. I said “somebody left their baby in the bathtub and now its dead”. Some lady said, “put that ugly baby back in the bathtub”! I then held the baby to my chest and cried. I looked at its face and it came to life. The baby opened its eyes and looked at me. I can still see those eyes. I felt so much love for the little baby.

    • First of all, I don’t have to interpret dreams to understand what your dream was about. Your dream was about having a greater love than many people around you, and the baby was a symbol of love as a physical object. Others were rejecting the baby, saying it was ugly, and to put it back. As a Christian this shows how the world is rejecting beautiful love in favor of a party. But you were not a part of the party, you were drawn away towards love, and by holding the baby in your arms, it symbolized that love is not dead as long as there is a few who truly feel it. Therefore the baby became alive in your arms. You feel love, not cheaply or generic, but real beautiful love, and that was being shown to you in your dream — likewise, it was showing how others are turning away from love, calling it ugly and saying you should put it back. I hope this was helpful. God’s love be with you.

  7. I dreamt that I was standing outside with my family. We were looking up at the sky. I could feel the presence of Christ. I had this feeling in my stomach. When I think about it, it feels real. I raised my hand up to the sky. I arose off the ground, higher and higher. I heard my sister yell my name. I felt afraid at first and wanted to close my eyes. But, then something came over me. I knew it was okay. I had a feeling of comfort. I saw so many colors and patterns. I felt so awake. I felt more awake than I ever have. When I think about it I can still feel my emotions at that moment.

  8. Sonya Compton on

    I had a dream that my grown daught and I were coming back from the mall and as we were driving up a dirt driveway, I began to see strange animals. Some in pairs and some not. Huge lions with black and white manes. When I got in the house a man approached me, but he had short dark hair and beard but with a robe and had a staff. He said do not be afraid I am Jesus, you must get them all on the ark. I looked around and was frantically trying to find my grandson and people running. I never saw the ark and my alarm went off and woke me up. This is the first time I remember seeing Jesus in a dream.

  9. My husband dreamt we were swimming under water fear..fisf coming towards us and its face become human and want to attack us. As he hits towards it another face appear?

  10. I had a dream that I was talking to someone and it was dark. Then I looked to my left and saw flowers lit up like lights on them. What does this mean?

  11. I had a dream my toungue was parting into two,and i prayed it started coming together the dream my partner was telling me not ot pray that it is the ancenstors doing that. please help

    • I think your tongue splitting it two represented your soul being pulled in two different directions (the book of James talks about being “double-minded”, or having split devotion). Perhaps your partner is the reason for this? Or at least encouraging it? At any rate, only God can make you whole and single-minded again. I know your comment is old, but I hope this can still be of some help. God bless 🙂

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