A Biblical Foundation
Interpreting Dreams
by Mia Sherwood

Since the beginning accounts of the bible the Lord has spoken through dreams and
visions. As early as Genesis we have a biblical basis for dream interpretation and
throughout the bible including the New Testament the bible is filled with examples of
dreamers and interpreters.

"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he
desires."

The Holy Spirit is the dream interpreter, we are the vessels He uses to relay the
interpretation. All interpretations belong to God but even as God speaks through
prophets, He also gives the interpretation of dreams through those whom He has
gifted to receive interpretations from Him.

The Amplified Bible calls a prophet an inspired preacher or expounder. A person
who expounds in the office of prophet is one who explains or interprets a message
from God. When a person who explains or expounds or interprets a message from
God it is prophecy.

The Lord inspires the prophet with a message or with revelation which is then relayed
to the person or the people to whom the revelation is intended to benefit. The prophet
receives revelation but when the prophet communicates the revelation to the recipient
it is not revelation to the recipient, it is prophecy. When a person receives revelation
in dream interpretation it falls under the category of prophetic revelation, and when
the message is delivered to the recipient it becomes prophecy.

Therefore, dream interpreters when interpreting through divine revelation are giving a
message based on divine revelation which is the definition of prophecy. So, YES!
There is such a thing as a dream interpreter, they may have the title of prophet or they
may not.

The bible clearly shows us through Daniel and Joseph that the ability to interpret
dreams comes from Him. It also shows us that the biblical thing to do when you have
the dream is to seek an interpretation. The accounts of dreams in the bible
demonstrate that the dreamer immediately sought an interpretation to his dream and
it also demonstrates the importance the dreamer placed on the validity of dream
interpretation - Gideon went bravely to war based on a dream! We've listed four
accounts of biblical dream interpretation below where the dreamer told his dream
upon waking, and he received the interpretation given to him by another.

Daniel 1:17As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in
every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions
and dreams.

  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dream & the dreams of his fellow prisoners.

  • Gideon leads the army into war based on a dream and interpretation that he
    overheard.

Is the gift of dream interpretation in operation today?

We are in the end times when the Lord has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts
2:17).

17" 'In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.

It would be the height of a gag gift if the Lord were to give us the dreams but no
interpretation for them.

This ministry is a present day witness that the Lord is still very active in giving dreams
and dream interpretation. When the interpretation comes from the Lord and we share
it by the power of the Holy Spirit, oftentimes the dreamer says, "WOW! That's exactly
what's going on in my life right now!" Some of the testimonies on this site are perfect
examples of revelation knowledge in dream interpretation. We have never met any of
the people whom have left testimonies, we know virtually nothing about them or their
lives, but the Lord knows! And through His power He gives an interpretation that
leaves the dreamer rejoicing because they have heard from God.

Does God still speak through prophetic dreams today?

People wonder, How do we know that it's God speaking?

The bible says that God tells us of things that are to come before they happen so that
we will give Him the credit and not chalk it up to idols (or coincidence - which is the
idol of this day and age).

As a testimony to His Still-Active-Voice the Lord is still prophesying future national
and world events through prophetic dreams as a witness to His glory. Our ministry
has many examples of prophetic dreams which prophesied events that the God
showed us in advance which made national headlines - evidence that the Lord is still
speaking through dreams and visions today.

Isaiah 48

1 "Listen to this, O house of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel
and come from the line of Judah,
you who take oaths in the name of the LORD
and invoke the God of Israel—
but not in truth or righteousness-
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city
and rely on the God of Israel—
the LORD Almighty is his name:
3 I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
the sinews of your neck were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
'My idols did them;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
6 You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them?
"From now on I will tell you of new things,
of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created now, and not long ago;
you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
'Yes, I knew of them.'

Should we accept the interpretation of our dreams by others?

Yes. And no. This answer is not meant to confuse you. It is meant to get your
attention. While biblical dream interpretation is, well...... Biblical, we want to share
with you the biblical cautions related to dreams and their interpretation.

One plain warning cautions us not to heed the dreams of others that would lead you
to go after other gods (Deuteronomy 13:1-5, Jeremiah 14:14; 23:16,25-27,32;
Ezekiel 13:1,7; 12:24, Zechariah 10:2).

Another warning that I take very seriously, and try to relay to those coming to me for
dream interpretation, is found in Matthew and Mark. Jesus warned us that false
prophets would abound. Dream interpretation is through revelation knowledge is a
prophetic gift. Those who receive a divine interpretation from God are operating in
revelation knowledge, and when revelation knowledge is delivered to the intended
recipient it becomes prophecy. Therefore the interpretations fall under the mantle of
the prophetic.

When people ask us what they should take into consideration when receiving dream
interpretations by an interpreter, or when receiving prophetic utterances, we always
encourage people to heed the Lord's warning - know them by their fruit. It is hard to
judge the fruit of a person that you do not know, so in those cases - especially through
the Internet, exercise extreme caution! As our Lord Jesus said, "Be on your guard."

A Tree and Its Fruit

Matthew 7

15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick
grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears
good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a
bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut
down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Mark 13

22For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to
deceive the elect—if that were possible. 23So be on your guard; I have told you
everything ahead of time.


Confirmation and Safety in a Multitude of Counselors

One great example of why should look to others for dream interpretation in specific
instances is that we are too close to the situation. Our emotions and desires get in
the way of interpreting our dreams. I have often gone to interpret my own dreams and
my mind refused to acknowledge the truth - sometimes it has happened because I
didn't want to face an upcoming trial that the Lord was warning me about in advance...
or I did not get a correct interpretation because my heart wanted a specific answer
so instead of seeing the truth my mind wanted to make the symbols in my dream fit
what I wanted them to mean. We are human and therefore subject to human
weaknesses. Because we have weaknesses the Lord has made the body of Christ
to fit together and to work together to benefit one another.

We need each other in the body of Christ, as vessels for God to supply all of His
riches in Glory through Christ Jesus. Just remember we are vessels and even as a
prophet delivers a prophetic word, prophetic dream interpreters deliver prophetic
revelation through dream interpretation.

The bible is awesome when it says there is safety in a multitude of counselors. EVEN
WHEN you can interpret your own dreams it is very wise to submit to a minimum of
two or three other established dream interpreters to confirm what God is speaking to
your heart. Confirmation cannot be overrated and when it comes it is a blessing from
God.

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Glory to GOD
by daphanie02 on Mon 4 Aug 2008 - 17:14

I have a voice recorder that I record my dreams on that is VERY handy. In the middle
of the night i am recording things i never would remember when i woke up. My
husband has taken an interest in it too and last night he rolled over and said very
sleepily "gimmie the recorder". So i did and i was so tired that i rolled over and went
back to sleep before hearing all of his dream.

I heard just enough of the thing though that i knew it was not good. I had all these
dreams about what I thought my husband's dream could mean. I was so worried.

I had this dream I was a warrior fighting for him and so many things other dreams. I
recorded a lot of them on my recorder and when i woke up I listened to his dream and
then to mine. I was thinking mine made absolutely no sense at all. There is no
connection. I was expecting something prophetic!

As I was scratching my head I went to the computer to talk to Mia about it.

When I logged on this message was waiting for me:

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Mia Sherwood (8/4/2008 10:48:52 AM): when i was falling asleep last night i woke
up with a message: Laura is dreaming about something she is worried about and
she is dreaming about it because she is worried about it not because it is going to
be the outcome.

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WOW!!!! GOD IS AMAZING!!! I MEAN WOW!!! GLORY TO GOD!!!

I was so surprised, thankful, relieved that i didn't have to pray and worry about what
more this dream could possibly mean. MY dreams were just worry!

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The Lord spoke to me when he gave me this interpretation and told me that Laura
would not have received a true interpretation from me about this dream if He had not
given me the answer before she shared the dream because she believed that all
dreams meant something or that all dreams are prophetic.

The bible states that some dreams come from the worries of our day and this
experience with a prophetic Word from God totally confirms to me the truth of this
scripture:

Ecc 5:3 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, (NIV)

This is a very good example why we should always obey the Word in everything.
Heed the instructions to seek two or three witnesses in every situation. If we apply
this scripture to every area of our lives, especially when we need direction, we will be
less likely to get in serious error and major mistakes.

In essence, safety in numbers is a primary reason for seeking one another in dream
interpretation.




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