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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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. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. Okay, so last night was at least the second time I’ve had this dream- It was a little different, or “updated” this time, but general evens are the same:

    It was like a modern retelling of Jesus dying It happened at my old church, I didn’t actually see Jesus’ crucifixion (and it wasn’t actually on a cross, but a similar horrible contraption), because people were always in the way but I felt him die. I was bawling my eyes out, and I remember there were soldiers and floodlights and it reminded me of hunger games. There were also darker figures than those solders…. I was one of the ones who took his body to care for it afterwards. There were divided factions, some that thought that Jesus was not God’s son, and who were jeering him on as he died, my former friends and community members… And then when we took his body to lovingly prepare it for burial, people started attacking the basement/mortuary we were in: brick walls, thick windows, old and musty, everything whitewashed, kind of half-sunken into the ground (by design) and very cramped and short (no head space). Electricity was shooting out of this weird contraption connected to the wall that was used for embalming, and I hollered that it was because people didn’t seem to notice it, and I knew the power was there because Jesus was. There was “something” and/or people outside who were trying to get in, trying to take the body. And Jesus didn’t deserve that kind of desecration (That’s what I was thinking at the time).
    But there was power, this electricity, and I was able to harness it somehow, and it didn’t hurt any of us inside, but I think somehow I was able to direct it towards the people who were trying to come in, and it scared them off. But then there was a darker thing, and I was scared of it, and it soaked up the blackness outside, and it was incredibly fast.
    I was scared because I didn’t think the electricity would work, or I had already used it and wasn’t sure how much more I could get out of the outlet, and I didn’t want the thing to take Jesus. And I was just crying through all of it. And then it changed, and I was still in that underground place, but the first attack had passed and we were trying to make sure that no one could get in, and we were talking about putting iron bars over the windows, but then someone said we’d need to put wood planking over them too because that’s what had stopped the enemies, is wood, and iron conducts electricity, and I thought we’d have to put both, because we were still very much in danger of attack.

    So yeah… I mean, there are some clear parallels between certain figures (dark figure, satan, Jesus is Jesus, etc.) and real life, but I don’t know what this means. Any insight?

  2. Please help with this dream, during the 10 days I fasten and prayed, I had many visions but one is I walked to a wall in my home but it wasn’t my wall it was burgundy wall made of planks and foggy with showers of rain I prayed for $112,000,000… I told God that I wasn’t for sure if I should ask but I did anyway I didn’t get a yes or no but I saw fish at least 2 could have been more swimming in the shower of rain inside of the house I started to rejoice and thank God. One fish had a bright color red the other fish I saw had colorful polky dots.

  3. I had a dream on the 15th October 2017. I dreamed that Mum was unwell. I think mum might represent the church. I suggested Lemons would help her. Not watered down but just Lemons.
    Then I was in my room and I heard a little girls voice in my lounge area . She was crying “mummy s dead”.
    When I heard this it got my attention. I went out to the lounge.Then a man wearing a lemon colored t-shirt came in and he said to me “Leanne is dead”. I don’t know a Leanne but the name is symbolic.
    Then I looked outside and people were looting her house and garage.

  4. Hello .. I had a dream that I was being stabbed all over my body not just my stomach or my hand everywhere but the least part was my face I remember.. I ran and ran to disappear and than I saw little kids gather and idk I was trying to be nice to them so they won’t stab me and then like an adult told them to stab me and all the kids all of a sudden had knifes (like pocket knifes) and they started to stab me .. I didn’t bled or anything or felt pain I just remember when they stabbed me a big mark would come in my body then close. I remember going to my sister house for protection then I see the people running I got scared for them but when the crowd came they only stabbed me not them idk if my family stabbed me though because I woke up then .

    • Hello,
      After reading this, I believe it is a warning dream and a good one! The dream is about you. It seems to me that this represent some type of attack that seems small(children) and(small knifes), but begins at the body and the tries to come against your mind(stabbing in head). It is a specific attack on you(people running but the only stabbed you). But!! God is warning you so you can pray, and the attack will have no effect on you(not feeling the wounds or stab marks.). Hope this helps!

  5. Before a week I dreamed I was outside on the street with three of my friends and we were playing some kind of a game,(maybe volleyball). The sky was covered with dark clouds. As were playing one of them said:’ The Holy land is near! Let’s go see it!”. I’m not sure why, but first I thought about Hanaan and said that it is far away or something like this and with that the dream ended. I will be really grateful if someine helps me understand my dream.

    • Hello Yoana,
      I hope this helps. The dream is a great one! I believe in general that your in a place or season where it is coming to an end that was the sky getting darker. One of your friends says the Holy Land is near. This is God calling you up higher to bring you from where your at into a new place in him. You first thought was this was far away. But, God wants to change your mindset so you will see it is not as far as you think as you seek Him. Good dream He is calling you from the place where you at and wants to bring you to a “Holy Land”a new place in His presence. Hope this helps.

  6. One of ministry co worker wanted to start cottage meeting on every tuesday in my house.I prayed for Gods will. God has shown me a fish jumping out of water in vision. Please tell me about meaning.

  7. I dreamed I was in my hotel room. I am currently staying a hotel for work. Someone called my name and knocked. I opened the door, and someone started shooting me with a machine gun or a gun that fires many rounds at once. I woke up and my heart was just hammering in a way it never has before.

  8. Tony Hendricks on

    Hi. I’ve had a dream about a herd of cows in my yard and I was casting stones at them trying to keep them out. Does anyone know what this means?

  9. Hello everyone! I have a dream that makes me shiver when i remember it. I had this dream two days back.
    In my dreams most of the time I cannot see myself, but I know I am there or watching, so this was also the case, I was with someone. I am staying with a cousin at the moment so I am 99% sure I was with her. in front of us was a human being, in my mind i felt like that was my little sister and she was talking but I don’t remember her face all i know is it felt like that was her, as she was talking (didn’t hear what she said) fur of a bear, a black bear or huge black animal with fur started to cover the body, even her face, i remember her the mouth being covered, so the human figure was not furry, black and huge, after a while two cubs came out of the animal, but through a zip. The animal or figure opened up a zip like a human and the two cubs came out, we watched them run then all of sudden we were at cliff and there was water, the cubs jumped in and the person i was with (my cousin) took my hand to follow them, we go in the water and started swimming after them. The water was very dark and very deep. I was not scared or anything during this dream but now and then when i recall it and remember the way the fur covered the figure or person gives me the chills, like an irritating feeling on my body.

    If there is something here for me to know, understand, learn, discern please help me out.

  10. Hello I really need help interpreting these dreams I’ve been having . I keep dream with that satanic star. Its three times already . first one was of two girls in a dark place dressed in all black drawimg that star . I think I know one of the girls however the second one I don’t know her . Then second dream was that alot of flies were coming out of my skin . and people were praying for me . This third one was about that same star but my son was in it . I am really stressing out about this. It scares me .

    • Hi there, im responding to your post about your dream.

      I thankyou Lord Jesus for the meaning and I pray for understandinprand truth in this, in Jesus name.

      Your dream is a warning, thats why its being repeated and youre having repeated dreams of this star. In the 1st dream, someone who is in the occult (satanism) that you probably know (even a family member) has either joined the occult or has gotten involved with them. It could be an elder like a parent or grandparent, but i believe someone in your bloodline got involved. Becoz of their actions, you are now under the curses and ownership of satan…(flies coming out of you.)
      You must get with Christians who know Jesus personally and seek deliverance from the occult. Also, pray and get deliverance for your family and children as satan will seek to destroy you, your fam and your future bloodlines.

      If you havent already given your life to Jesus, now would be a good time to do it. Its the fastest way to get satan off your back and Gods angels around you and your family for protection.

      If you need help, email me and Ill help you. In the meantime Im praying for you and yours. Bless you.

  11. Ashley Moore on

    I dream alot. I am a Christian​ and I know that out Father does speak to us through the Holy Spirit in dreams and visions. Sometimes I hear spoken word. This dream this week was very interesting to me. I am in my bible now trying to figure this out. And to figure out if it was from God or the enemy. In my dream I was in my bed. The lights were on and I saw my hand pulling my covers over to open them up as if.i was about to get out of the bed. As I did that I saw all these lizards all over my bed, and they were under my covers. They were all​ moving forward. I think they had little.babies walking with them. They were really small. Not sure if they were spiders or small lizards?? I’m.not sure I understand??

    • This is not a good dream. You need to pray and cancel the dream in Jesus name. Lizards represent satan and unclean spirits.

  12. 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.

    • Dreaming of putting on earrings means that you have been sold to slavery. Earrings are a sign of slavery in the spirit realm. You need to reject it and cancel this dream. Pray and fast against it.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    • Hello Breanna
      Great dream! Sitting in your bed represents a personal place of intamacy with Lord! The cover in front of your face is like only what you can see now in front of you, but your friend( representing the Holy Spirit who guides you into all truth) tells you to move the cover so this is going to take some effort in your part(seeking the Lord). As you do He is waiting to share with you & shine light on what He wants to show you (John- 1:4) Lion head I believe possibly represents that He Jesus(Lion of the tribe of Judah) Is wanting to come after him the “head” of the church.When you called out to Him he disappear that’s an invitation to seek him and you will find him. Hope it helps!! Awesome dream.

  15. 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

    • Animals in your dream is not good. Look at the characteristics of such animals in the physical to gain an understanding of what’s going on in the spirit world against u. Snakes mean you are under attack by wickedly intelligent spirits. Highly posinous with a agenda to kill, steal, and destroy. Cats represent witchcraft spirits. U have many attacks going on in this dream. I suggest u find a biblical dream code book, cancel Satan plans against your life, pray and fast. You may need to go through deliverance.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    • Yeshua Bride on

      That may have been the rapture happening, and you were caught up in the rapture of the saints. Praise God for your life in Jesus Christ, Amen.

  19. 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.

  20. My husband dreamt we were swimming under water ..no fear..fisf coming towards us and its face become human and want to attack us. As he hits towards it another face appear?

    • That dream is an indication of marine spirits at work in your life or you have been initiated. Fast and pray against marine covenants and seek deliverance.

  21. 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?

  22. I had a dream my toungue was parting into two,and i prayed it started coming together again.in 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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