The Bible contains over fifty references to dreams. One of the earliest and most well-know is Jacob’s dream of a ladder from Earth to Heaven that he had during his journey to Haran. In the dream God promised Jacob that all the families of the earth would be blessed through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob He would return him to the Promised Land. The dream is fulfilled.
This is a copyrighted extract about Bible Prophecy and Dreams from my book Psychic Dreaming by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )
Dreams caused great trouble for Joseph and his brothers. ‘Here comes the dreamer,’ said the brothers. ‘Let us slay him, and then let us see what will become of his dreams!’ (Gen 32:19) Joseph is thrown into a pit and eventually sold to traders, who bring him to Egypt. But Joseph’s understanding of prophetic dreams also brought him a good fortune as well. His interpretation of the pharaoh’s led to his appointment as Viceroy of Egypt, and to the saving of his family from famine.
It was a dream that foretold to Abraham of his people’s slavery in Egypt and eventual Exodus: “A deep slumber descended upon Abraham and horror of great darkness enveloped him… your seed will be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and will serve them, and they will afflict them….”(Gen 15:12-13). The covenant between God, Abraham, and the people of Israel was revealed in association with this dream. Similarly, Mohammed received much of the text of the Koran from a dream he had and would often interpret the dreams of his disciples’.
The dream of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, as described in the book of Daniel, is also considered an important Biblical dream. Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a tree being felled and that he was left out to graze like a beast. Daniel explained that this dream was to teach him to acknowledge the heavenly power above him in the same way as he was above the beasts in the field.
The dream was, as it turned out, thought to be prophetic. Nebuchadnezzar eventually went insane and his son Belshazzar assumed the throne. During a feast given by Belshazzar Daniel saw God’s handwriting a message of judgment on the palace wall. He interpreted the writing to the king, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniele 5:25-30). That very night, the Medo-Persian army captured Babylon and killed Belshazzar, and King Darius became ruler.
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St. John Chrysostom
Many Christians taught that God might reveal himself through dreams. St. John Chrysostom who said that we are not responsible for our dreams, and should be ashamed of what we dream or any images that appear in them. Similarly, dreams changed the lives of St. Augustine and St. Jerome. In time dreams fell out of fashion and in particular Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, believed that dreams were the work of the Devil. Luther said that sin was, “the confederate and father of foul dreams.” Since the church interpreted God’s word, revelations made to individuals in dreams could only come from the devil.
Bible Prophecy Signs, Stories, and Symbols:
Psychologist Carl Jung has made some interesting observations about religion and dreams. He believed that religious experiences are found in the human psyche and not in the supernatural. One Gnostic idea that he explained in his psychology is that Christ is the symbolic representation of the self. He may be compared to other Mythic Gods who die young and are born again. He also causes a lot of upset amongst Christians by claiming that the Trinity is a symbol of psychological processes.
The Father symbolizes the psyche in its original undifferentiated wholeness. The Son represents the human psyche and the Holy Spirit the state of self-critical submission to a higher reality.
Religious symbols may appear in a dream when you are undergoing some form of spiritual inner transformation. Religious figures may represent your higher self guiding you to self-realization. Similarly, holy buildings may symbolize the spiritual aspects of your nature.