“The wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare…
But there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets…”
Dreams, visions, open visions… Through these supernatural, illustrative forms of communication, God speaks to His people to relay His messages and instructions.
If you are walking with God (Jesus Christ) you should take dreams and visions very seriously, for they come from God. “God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” Genesis 20:3 (reference the story of Abraham and S.arah)
If you are not walking with God, dreams can also come from the devil – such as in nightmares. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (reference Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2:1-13).
Journal the dreams and visions God gives you, pray about them, search the Bible concerning them. God will reveal the meaning to these riddles. Sometimes, God will give you an immediate interpretation to your dream, but most often He wants you to seek Him for its meaning. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2
As we explore this topic of dreams and visions, it is very important that you understand that God, alone, is sovereign. What He chooses to reveal is not for the glory of man but is for the sole purpose of bringing about His divine plan. “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He (the Lord) opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” Job 33:15-16
I have received dreams and visions from the Lord since I was a child. However, I didn’t understand that God was speaking to me. Therefore, I didn’t begin journaling my dreams and experiences until I was well into my adult years. As I have studied my dreams and visions, I have noticed common threads that run through them. They tend to fall into categories of dreams. Below, I have listed the categories that I have experienced personally however, this is not to exclude others. You will find that God will not be placed in a box. For His ways of communication and expression are limitless…
LIFE DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed my call to the office of a prophet in a dream…
The night I prayed and asked God to confirm my call, He gave me a dream and showed me four large and beautifully ornate letters that spelled out the following: SEER.
Life Dreams & Visions reveal God’s plans and purpose for your life. Through these dreams, God will speak to you and give you specific directions and guidance along the way. He may show you people you are destined to meet and places you are destined to go.
CONFIRMING DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me in a dream that He was pleased with me…
During a time when I needed reassurance from God, I prayed and asked God if He was pleased with me. I was pleasantly surprised when He gave me a dream where I saw myself sitting in a beautiful, lush green pasture on a bright and sunny day. I looked at peace, was smiling and holding a large, shiny red apple in my lap. When I awoke, the Lord gave me an immediate interpretation and revealed to me that He was pleased with me and He said I had good fruit…
Confirming Dreams & Visions are given to us to reveal where we are within the will of God. He will inform you if you have strayed from the path He wants you on – and how to get back on track. He will also let you know if He is pleased with you and your progress. God is not bothered by our desire to know where we stand with Him. Ask Him and He will let you know.
EMPOWERING DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me in a dream that I was to confront a pastor about his sin… God showed me that He was not pleased with a pastor whose church I was attending. The Lord revealed to me that the pastor had a controlling spirit. Then He showed me at least one person in the church who was guilty of an idolatrous sin I heard God refer to as “pastor worship”. This was a small church that was not growing. The Lord then told me to confront this pastor about his sin and the sin of the congregation. I was to inform him that God was not pleased and to warn him that God would not bless the church unless he repented, turned away from his sin and corrected the sin of the congregation.
Empowering Dreams & Visions give us what we need to carry out a directive from the Lord. Sometimes God gives us a word to say or a job to do that can be very difficult to carry out in our own strength. However, when we hear God Himself direct us, we find strength and courage, through His word, to do the hard thing.
REASSURING DREAMS & VISIONS
God has revealed to me through many dreams that I will see my “prodigal” again… There is a loved one in my life whom I have not seen in years. However, God, who is a caring, compassionate and merciful God, remembers me and the heartache I feel. I don’t always understand the answers to the ‘why’s’ of life, yet I know there is One who does. I place all my trust in Him. It is He who gives me peace to be still and wait.
Reassuring Dreams & Visions remind us that God is a loving God who cares about what we care about. It is reassuring to know that He uses everything that happens to us (those who love Him and are called according to His purpose) for our good. It is comforting to know that God has everything – and every one – under His control.
CORRECTION DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me – through a divine visitation – that I had a stronghold that was stunting my spiritual growth… About a year or so ago, I received a divine visitation from a Heavenly body that engulfed my bedroom with the sound of a powerful whirlwind and a bright, blinding light… “And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2
Correction Dreams & Visions are revealed for our good. God is our loving Father. And like all loving fathers, sometimes it is necessary for Him to correct His children. It is then that the Holy Spirit comes to us to teach, perfect and redirect us to a place of better understanding of God’s word so that we can correct our behavior to remain in right standing with God. His correction restores to a place of blessing.
WARNING DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me through a series of dreams that my parents would die… A few years back, I lost both of my parents within ten months of each other. A few years prior to that, I received a series of repetitive dreams about my parents that concerned me. The content of the dreams were different, however each dream always ended the same – not good. I am happy to say that through prayer God brought about life-changing miracles that led both of my parents into the arms of Jesus before they died. Thankfully, I will see them again in Heaven.
Warning Dreams & Visions demonstrate God’s grace and mercy and through it all, His grace and mercy abounds… God promises to always be with us and to never leave us. As He watches over His children, He is directing them, providing for them and protecting them. Many times His protection will come through warnings that alert us to dangerous situations at hand, dangerous situations that are coming, people who mean you harm, circumstances that involve family members, and so on. If the warnings are for you, take heed. If the dreams are concerning others, stand in the gap on their behalf and pray for God’s covering.
GUIDANCE DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me in a dream how to respond to a new opportunity that was soon to come my way… I had a dream that I walked into a new place barefooted but then pulled my favorite shoes out of my purse and put them on my feet. I was then escorted into a room and seated on an upper level in a place that represented great opportunity. Not long afterwards, I was offered a new job that included a new promotion. The Lord showed me in that dream that I would walk into that new place unprepared for what was to come but I was not to worry for I would be well equipped. He showed me that He has been preparing me all along “for a time such as this.”
Guidance Dreams & Visions lead you in the right direction. While making decisions based on your own selfish desires is guaranteed to lead you into a place you really don’t want to be. Consulting God, waiting for His response and then obeying Him as He guides you is the only way to guarantee you are receiving God’s best for you.
CLEANSING DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me in a dream that He was not pleased with my communication… I had a dream that I had planned to meet a group of people at a restaurant. I arrived early and was eager to meet everyone however, once everyone else arrived, I was more concerned with going to the bathroom to brush my teeth than I was eating with them. The Lord was showing me that I should be more aware of the words I choose when communicating to people. I heard the Lord say, “Bridle your tongue.”
Cleansing Dreams & Visions wash us clean with the blood of Jesus. It is impossible to walk through an unclean place and come out unsoiled. In the natural, when we become dirty, we know where to go and what to do to become clean again. In dreams, the images of these places is often what we see when we have become spiritually unclean. Dreams that show you in the bathroom showering or on the toilet are revealed to help us address purification. The Lord is showing you things in your life that need to be cleansed or flushed away.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me through a dream that a close family member had given themselves over to demon possession… This experience was a demonstration of true spiritual warfare up front and personal. God unveiled a situation that gave me the opportunity to see true demon possession and realize, first hand, hidden evil in this world. Several years, prior to this situation coming to light, God was teaching and preparing me what was to come.
Spiritual Warfare Dreams & Visions reveal a fact of life, especially for a follower of Jesus. It is very important for us to understand the principles behind who, what, how, when and where when it comes to spiritual warfare. True Christians are prime targets of demonic attacks. The Lord reveals what goes on in the spiritual realm through dreams and visions to uncover what is hidden, to prepare for what is to come and to teach us how to fight victoriously.
CREATIVE DREAMS & VISIONS
Through a dream, God revealed a creative idea… Years ago, God gave me poems and psalms then He gave me a dream that revealed the idea for a series of poetic work entitled AUTHOR OF LIFE POETIC INSPIRATIONS: A DIVINELY INSPIRED POEM & PSALM COLLECTION.
Creative Dreams & Visions are natural expressions from God for He is the Author life. He is also the Author of all forms of art and creativity. When we look around us and see beauty found in every color and form, it is impossible to ignore this fact. God often imparts amazing creativity by giving us dreams that inspire noteworthy ideas, poetry, song and art.
IMPARTATION DREAMS & VISIONS
Through a dream, an angel impartation took place… Recently, after praying for the peace and strength to walk through a very stressful situation that I am currently going through, an angel appeared in a dream and began to massage my feet and ankles. In the dream, I questioned him but he did not answer me. Instead, he continued to massage my feet and ankles. In the areas where he touched me, I felt a strong tingling sensation and then I awoke.
Impartation Dreams & Visions are gifts given from the Holy Spirit that impart a particular spiritual gift or empowerment. I believe the Lord answered my prayer and imparted to me, through the angel, exactly what I need to endure this time in my life.
PREDICTION DREAMS & VISIONS
God revealed to me in an open vision that His judgment will be poured out on the land with earthquakes that are coming… While watching television years ago, another image was superimposed over what I was watching and I saw a woman broadcast a report of earthquakes that would destroy major cities across the United States which she pointed out. A day or so later, I felt the ground shake under my feet twice while I ate in a restaurant.
Prediction Dreams & Visions are revealed to prophets for God says “Surely the Lord God does nothing,
unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DREAM AND A VISION?
A vision is when God gives you a Heavenly perspective through your literal eyes or in your mind’s eye – while you are awake. A dream is a mental image revealed by God while you are asleep.
A vision may be a one-dimensional image, like a photograph or a three-dimensional image. The image may be superimposed over what you are looking at, like a double-exposure photograph. The image may also be like a movie that is playing before your eyes. These images may be silent or have sound.
WHAT ARE OPEN VISIONS?
An open vision is a dramatically interactive divine revelation shown to you by God. In an open vision, your eyes are open and you are not interrupted by distractions around you. They often appear like a movie acting out in front of you. In an open vision, you become a part of the experience and are given the ability to interact with what is taking place around you. In these types of visions you not only hear and see, you may also be able to taste, feel or smell.