Christian Dream Interpretation (Biblical Dream Interpretation)

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Christian 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.Christian 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 individually. 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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About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. 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. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. Terrisa Pettine on

    I recently dreamed of walking into what looked like department store but one section was full of fish. On one side of the isle was a dark green large mouth fish with looked to have giant fangs and could blend into the aquarium surroundings. I watched it eat and literally break it’s food apart. On the other side of the isle was other fish but the clerk pointed out a yellow fish with a beautiful tail.. What does this mean?

  2. I had a dream that a fire was just beginning and I was trying to convince a certain celebrity to grab her cell phone and whatever she could and get out of the building. She refused to move or look at me and just sat staring straight ahead like she didn’t hear what I was saying at all. I tried and tried to convince her to leave but she refused to pay attention and kept sitting at her kitchen table. I finally HAD to leave before the fire grew out of control and trapped everyone inside.

    When I woke up I was so relieved it was just a dream. I spent time with God in prayer. I asked him what the dream meant and he told me the person has decided to serve Satan instead of being saved and no amount of convincing them they need to repent is going to make them choose salvation over going to hell.

    I just realized now that the person in the dream represents another person whom I have been trying unsuccessfully to convince that they are promoting a false gospel and they refuse to see or accept the truth no matter how many scriptures I show them to support that they are not doing God’s will.

    This person is not someone I know personally. This woman is a Hollywood Producer who is teaching others that obedience to God’s will is ‘works based salvation’ and they do not need to repent of their sins because they’re saved by grace.

    Paul rebuked some of the Jews because they thought they could literally earn their way into Heaven and become righteous by following Jewish traditions of men INSTEAD of believing on Jesus Christ to save them. THAT’S works based salvation. Not continued obedience to Christ and walking after the Spirit instead of the flesh once you are saved. She teaches just the opposite and calls righteousness ‘stupid works salvation.’ How man times did Paul say the UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God?

    This person teaches just the opposite. God has revealed that this person is a witch, does not want to be saved and is misleading Christians away from Christ and obedience to Christ on purpose. I believe this was God’s way of telling me to stop witnessing to her altogether. Some people just ARE NOT going to be saved. Some of the wicked cannot be won.

  3. Isaiah 61:3To provide for them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. the part after the sunset could mean a dark time in your life tht God is showing you how to get through.
    The sand is “shifting sand”Matthew 7:26
    But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. He would be saying “put your trust in My finished Work and not in your own self efforts or works. He has given you His righteousness, your good works won’t work. It’s the Grace message.

  4. I had a dream of someone telling me to plant plants outside. I don’t remember the plants but they look like the potted plants from inside my house or the non potted ones from the backyard or just random plants in general. The voice told me to plant them on the front yard. I planted them on the furthest front part of the house. I think it was during night time or just after sunset. I clearly remeber planting the last plant, it was a green plant and I dont think it has flowers or it bloomed yet; the light outside was a bit dim for me to see too much. As I planted it, there was a half amount of sand that caught up under it’s roots. The voice told me many people thinks having that sand there will help the plant grow and told me to take it out which I did and I replaced it with the ground’s soil. From there, I asked why and my dream self realized I wasn’t talking/listening to my own voice or anyone else but to God’s. After that I woke up.

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