Dreams Belong to God Only – Part Two
Posted by: Brittney Zellner
What do dreams mean according to the Bible?
What about where the Bible warns that false prophets might use dreams to give weight to their message?
This was the question I posed at the end of “Dreams belong to God Only – Part One“. In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and Jeremiah 23:25-28 we learn that there is something we must be very wary about when it comes to dream interpreters and people who claim to speak for God. But could it be that these verses are not what you think? Might they speak about the corruption of people and their own made-up interpretations and not the corruption of actual dreams? What do dreams mean according to the bible?
Again I ask, do these scriptures speak of the dreams themselves being “not from God” or do these scriptures speak of the corruptible people deciding unbiblically what their dreams mean?
Let us dive into this most important message in order to see clearly what dreams mean according to the bible.
Jeremiah 23:25-32 says:
25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’
26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?
27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship.
28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully (*people who speak it faithfully are the uncorrupt, biblical prophets and dream interpreters). For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.
29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
30 “Therefore,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.
31 Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’
32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. (*the Hebrew would indicate the “them” are the false prophets) They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.
*words in italics my own and emphasis mine
If we read this passage and the entire chapter of 32, we can see that this chapter is not about lying dreams, but about lying people and delusions or beliefs that are not true. It’s about people who supposedly speak the words of God and yet they go against the scripture of God itself.
Nowhere in this scripture does it say that dreams or visions come from the Devil or demons.
If we read carefully, it would appear that some person did not really understand or hear the words of God. It would appear that the dreamer has created their own interpretations to justify turning others away from God.
A parallel is also made between a dream’s message and the scripture’s message.
One may twist the word of God but the word is plain to see for anyone who has eyes. A dream is a personal message from God. Only the dreamer’s word about what happened in the dream can be taken (unless you’re Joseph or Daniel of course). Furthermore, only someone who understands God’s voice can tell others what their dream means. They can only tell what their dreams mean according to the bible.
So then how can we tell if the person really understands God’s message? How can we tell if they even had a dream and are not just making it up out of thin air?
We must balance the dream and its interpretation with the word of God, His holy scriptures, the standard that consumes.
If this dream interpretation does not contradict the word of God then we can move forward. However, if the dream interpretation does contradict the bible, and sends a message to the people that they should break the commandments or follow after another “god”, then the “dreamer” or “prophet” is not really a prophet. This is the bible’s own definition for testing one.
To the law and to the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20).
Now Deut 18:22 says that if a supposed prophet makes a prediction and it doesn’t come true that they are not a prophet and should not be feared. However, Deuteronomy 13:1-4 goes further. Even if a sign comes to pass, but his message contradicts the word of God, he shall not be believed. They are also not to be believed if their dream leads the people away from God and not towards Him.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 says:
1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’
3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”
So where do they get their faulty interpretations from?
This person probably made up a dream or dreamt one he didn’t understand to begin with. He then attempted to use his “dream” to back up a twisted message to justify his own sin. It’s just that simple. Corrupt people attempt to corrupt others to feel more comfortable about their own corruption. If everyone is doing it, it can’t be that bad right?
All in all, the message of these scriptures is now quite clear.
It is the dreamer who is held to a standard and how the dreamer interprets his own dream according to the word. The Bible is the gauge that will tell you if their interpretation is from God or from themselves.
The dream itself, with all its symbolisms, cannot be from the devil or demons. Even scary and uncomfortable symbols in dreams have a very important purpose. If you are interested in their meanings, I have these two other posts about uncomfortable and scary symbolism in dreams here and here. Also, in this post, I explain why our Abba would even consider sending us some of these really crazy and messed up symbolisms. It makes a lot more sense than you would think.
Here’s why I believe that all dreams come from God.
When Pharaoh’s servants asked Joseph to tell them the meaning of their dreams, his response was similar to what any response would be in this situation. Analogically, if someone wanted to know what you were thinking when you wrote to them, they obviously need to ask you.
Your meaning behind the purpose of your words is your business, so to speak and belongs to you.
Only you can really express your message’s truest meaning. The same goes for God.
If a dream is a form of communication that can only come from God, then it is His business what each person’s dream means. That insight comes straight from Him. Even if I think I understand what he is saying to another person, only He has a complete understanding of his own message.
This is essentially why I want everyone to learn God’s dream language.
If people knew what God was saying to them in their own personal messages from him, then there would likely be a lot less possibility that someone could lead us astray. Symbolism is a language that always tells the truth. The very structure of it is based on physical and spiritual reality in their purest forms.
Symbolism doesn’t lie, people do.
Now you know what dreams actually mean according to the bible instead of what unbiblical popular culture tells us. The topics discussed in Part One and Two of “Dreams Belong to God” have tackled the two main biblical arguments. Each is about whether or not dreams come from God according to the bible. However, there may be a future part to this series if I get enough requests. Please email or comment if you have a rebuttal or idea.