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. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. Joseph Lamaestra on

    I had a dream I was getting off a bus close to my home town were i grew up and i saw a street sign when i stepped off the bus i looked to my left and saw a mountain with Blue sky’s and clouds over it i also saw black like tunnels or spots all over the mountain and i said : Oh man those demands are up to something ! … then in my dream i remembered another dream about that same mountain i remembered that in the first dream it were UFOs all over it and there were demons in the UFOs !! OK now i was looking to my right next to the street sign and there was a taller than me woman with blond brown hair looking up in a different detection and she said I see a light of yellow-red I knew she meant it was coming toward the earth she was trying to describe what she was seeing but she could not say anything she did not know how to ! i then looked back at the Mouton and saw the clouds starting to move quicker and quicker and quicker and quicker until it seemed they were moving so fast over the Mouton it was like Zooming over them I mean like the earth was spinning EXTREMELY FAST and the clouds were Whooshing over them i felt Fear i looked at the ground and it started to shake harder and harder and harder i fell on my face to the ground still i was next to the sign post the ground was shaking so hard i was bouncing up and down it was very violent then i started of feel heat on my back it started to get hotter and hotter ! then i woke up !

  2. I had a dream about a friend I connected with. We are friends from a long time. I met their friends who I didn’t fit in with.
    We were at a movie theatre and my friend goes from using a remote on the movie to handing the remote to me.
    Those around us seem angered by that fact we are able to control the movie. I feel embarassed somewhat.
    Then, we are of to something else.
    We are on a bus and then a woman gets on with her child. The child is scared and a man that seemed to be the father was following them. On the bus the woman was pleading.
    This rail thin man that is two seats ahead of us keeps watching them. He seems to have an addiction to cigarettes but I never saw him smoke. He starts to quickly make a short display of how no one better help the two. I almost helped the woman but I’m not sure how to.
    “Why did you choose me?” the woman asks.
    The child who is a boy also tries to get help.
    Me and my friend don’t know what to do.
    The woman gives up eventually.
    Soon we’re off the bus running briefly into a store. We go inside and we think the guy may have got off and went into the store another way. I turn to my friend and we start to disagree.
    Then, we head towards the door. I am almost out and the door locks. Something about the guy had seemed to have something off about him. He seemed to be crazy. I start to jiggle the door knob which doesn’t seemed locked anymore somehow. I imagine what could happen and just want to go out. Just as the door is starting to open the dream about ends.

    I’ve also dreamt in the past about a place where I am at to learn. It is proclaimed special with all these items inside. I feel trapped.
    My brother is in the dream occasionally complaining about me.
    I know I will leave soon but it may be months. I’m on the final test or something. The people don’t seem to notice me. There are strange things in this place. I feel some sense of peace but also a disturbance. It’s like leaving and succeeding will be good for me, but I feel like I’m wasting time.
    I don’t feel close to the reality I know but instead feel trapped.

  3. Hello here is my dream for interpretation.

    I was holding hands with a specific guy. (We have a history because we tried to date for a little bit, but we quickly realized it wasn’t what was best. We remain friends.) We were sitting side by side in a restaurant setting I was in one booth and he was in another booth we were still close and able to hold hands comfortably. He was being kind and gentle kind of rubbing my hand. Across from the table of my both was a mutual friend of ours. All of a sudden I was in front of him and he was giving me a box with a ring in it. It was very clear in the dream that this wasn’t a proposal. Maybe just a gift he wanted to give me. He opened the box and the ring was gold with lots of jewels, but I could tell that the ring was considered cheap bought from Walmart is something I really thought in the dream. I was still happy with the ring and I gladly accepted it. I just knew that the ring could have been better quality or more expensive.

    • He made/ makes a commitment but it won’t be honest .maybe a confession of some kind. It’s cheap it’ll fall through. The booth symbolize two hearts in separate places that’s why it didn’t work out. Still holding hands mean the friendship that was kept. Carressing your hand means he still confides in you. The mutual friend is what got in-between the relationship. Or what you was focused on and you share similar interests they may have known the truth too but you still like the other guy. Now him infront of you is him confronting the situation maybe wanting a second go at things but his heart is not ready yet and his promises of commitment won’t be solid. That’s why the ring was cheap and it could mean you expected more from him than he was willing to give he let you down in expectations wise. You knew the ring was cheap and that you deserved more. Don’t settle for less and stop doubting yourself. You know deep down in your heart if someone is genuine or not. Trust yourself and don’t let emotions cloud your judgement. You accepted the ring anyway because you genuinely like this person even admist their short comings but they are not the one or just not ready yet. Don’t settle for less my love
      You deserve the best.

  4. I been having too many dreams lately bad and good.
    Good dreams: i was in this room and i was scared i called for jesus to come, i want to see him, i wanted him to come get me, i ask to talk to him. I was afraid i remember saying i know I’m not good but it’s my dream to see you. I remember i had my eyes covered and ears with my hands i was afraid to look and ear . I took a peek with my left eye and i saw a guy wear all wear i couldnt see his face well the dream was abit blurry. I bowed down to the floor i wasnt sure who it was. I was asking forgiveness and said I’m sorry i dont know who are you. I dont if im bowing down the wrong person. I had bad attacks before and manipulate me with people i know so i was confused in this dream. After i was lifted up in the air. I was confused didnt know what was doing on. It was showing me something. I was in this circle I remember I saw different colours like blue and green. It was very light colours it was see-through like water. At the bottem it was showing me something i dont see. I look like pictures i remember it was Square shaped. I was amazed, I thought it was beautiful. After he whispered in to my ear and said no diseases. I was confused I thought to myself: no sickness or am going to get sick after that i woke up. What does this dream mean ? And what does no diseases mean.????

    • Jacqueline gathoni kinyua on

      Thank you am from kenya l heavy case that my bother will have its twice now ,l prayed about it and l had a voice telling me it will on a lighter note ,his name is kenneth ,can someone help me interprate it ,thank you

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