The following information is not intended to be a comprehensive presentation of the subject of dreams and visions. The decision to provide this information came as a result of our study of the book of Genesis and the dreams that are recorded there.
Some of the information has been written by the gforceministry.com webmaster, (Pastor Mike), and some has been gleaned from biblically based websites that appear to be theologically balanced. As a minister, I desire only to do that which will educate and edify the body of Christ. It is my prayer that all information presented on the gforceministry.com website will be viewed from that perspective.
Biblical Understanding of Dreams and Visions:
In order to accurately consider the importance of dreams and visions, we must first remember that the B.C. (before Christ) believer didn't have the benefit of the canon of scripture. The 21st century Christian enjoys the advantageous position of having access to the very written word of God, a text through which every dream and vision can be tested.
Having the finished work of the Bible, the believer has
everything he needs to know about how God has worked in days past and how he
will continue to work in days to come. One word of caution should be considered.
Although the bible provides an amazingly clear and consistent view of how God
works in the affairs of men, every believer should resist the temptation to
develop dogmatic recipes by which they think God, "has to work!" God
is far greater than the box men try to make for Him.
The one who says God does not work miracles or speak through dreams and visions today, is simply arrogant, foolish and unbiblical. It is astonishing that man is so desirous of formulas of predictability so they can have a God who will not surprise them. What pomposity, to claim to have God, "all figured out." It is tempting to try to fashion a god you can feel safe and secure with but then, that would be a god of your own making, (idolatry).
God has revealed the way He chooses to deal with mankind and of His methods we can be "fairly" certain. What we can say is that whether He speaks through dream, vision, "still small voice" etc., it will line up completely with what He has already revealed. Dreams cannot be used as a basis for interpreting the word of God but rather the word of God gives us a tool by which dreams can be interpreted. The dream does not hold the place of authority but rather, scripture does.
If you have a dream and feel that God has given it to you, prayerfully examine the Word of God and make sure your dream is in agreement with Scripture. If so, prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to your dream (James 1:5)
It is clear that there have been numerous occasions in
which God has chosen to communicate with mankind through dreams and visions. He
guides and counsels through dreams. He has established covenants through our
dreams. He has granted gifts through dreams.
From Genesis to Revelation, God has used dreams and declared that He will continue to use them in the last days. When you total up all dreams and visions in the Bible, and all the stories and actions which come out of these dreams and visions, you have about one-third of the Bible, which is equal to the size of the New Testament! Dreams are a central way God has chosen to communicate with us, and thus they must be given great weight! http://www.cwgministries.org/Principles-of-Christian-Dream-Interpretation.htm
Question: "Christian dream interpretation? Are our dreams from God?"
Answer: GotQuestions.org is not a Christian dream interpretation service. We do not interpret dreams. We strongly believe that a person's dreams and the meaning of those dreams is between them and God alone. Does God still speak through dreams? God has spoken to people many times throughout the Scriptures by means of dreams. Examples would be Joseph (son of Jacob/Israel), Joseph the husband of Mary, Solomon and many others. There is also a quotation of Joel the prophet made by Peter in Acts 2:17 that mentions dreams. So the simple answer is yes, God speaks through dreams, among other ways.
Defining Dream and Vision:
Dream - "A sequence of images, etc. passing through a sleeping person's mind" (Webster's Dictionary)
Vision - "A mental image" (Webster's Dictionary)
"In a dream, a vision of the night..." (Job 33:15)
You will note from this verse the close connection the Hebrews maintained between the
dream and the vision. The words are used almost interchangeably.
Both dreams and visions involve the viewing of images on the screen within one's mind.
Often we would think of a dream as the flow of these images while sleeping and a vision as
the flow of these images while awake.
Daydreaming is MAN utilizing the visionary process. This is not encouraged, and may be
what is referred to in Ecclesiastes 5:7.
7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.
It is better to present the eyes of the heart to God and ask Him to fill them with a divine flow of
dreams, visions and godly imaginations.
Seven Reasons We Should Listen to Our Dreams
God declared that He WOULD speak through dreams and
visions in the Old Testament.
And He said, "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" (Num. 12:6).
God declared that He DID speak through dreams and
visions in the Old Testament.
"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets" (Hos. 12:10).
God declares that He WILL communicate through dreams
and visions in the New Testament.
"And it shall come to pass in the last days," saith God, "I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
God declares that He WILL COUNSEL us at night through
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind (inner man) instructs me in the night (Ps. 16:7 NASB).
Rather than our dreams being fatalistic, dreams are
calling us to change SO WE WILL NOT PERISH.
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That He may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword (Job 33:14-18, emphasis mine).
God does very significant things WITHIN dreams. For
example, He established the Abrahamic Covenant in a dream.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great
darkness fell upon him....And God said to Abram....In the same day the LORD made a covenant
with Abram, saying... (Gen. 15:12,13,18, emphasis
God grants supernatural gifts THROUGH dreams.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, "Ask what I shall give thee...."
"Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?"
"...Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee...." And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream (I Kings 3:5,9,12,15).