Guide to Dreams &
In biblical examples numbers were always literal while the
element that they were associated with were symbolic.
Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of
the Nile River. 2 In his dream he saw seven fat, healthy
cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the
marsh grass. 3 Then he saw seven more cows come up
behind them from the Nile, but these were scrawny and
thin. These cows stood beside the fat cows on the
riverbank. 4 Then the scrawny, thin cows ate the seven
healthy, fat cows! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh
5 But he fell asleep again and had a second dream. This
time he saw seven heads of grain, plump and beautiful,
growing on a single stalk. 6 Then seven more heads of
grain appeared, but these were shriveled and withered by
the east wind. 7 And these thin heads swallowed up the
seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up
again and realized it was a dream.
The seven years were seven literal years while the corn
and the cows represented feast and famine.
Another biblical example:
9 Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his
brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he
said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before
10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to
his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of
dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and
your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before
you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph,
his father wondered what the dreams meant.
The brothers knew immediately that the eleven stars
represented them and the sun and the moon represented
their mother and father. The numbers again were literal.
The eleven was literal for his eleven brothers. One moon
and one sun represented one mother and one father.
Biblically all numbers are literal while whatever they
quantify may be symbolic or literal. Numbers are so literal
they are a standard that we use to measure the accuracy
of the symbolism used. In the baker's dream, Joseph's
interpretation of the branches equalling three days was
confirmed when the three days came to pass. The literal
use of numbers gives us something with which to
concretely and dependably measure the accuracy of our
|Experience a direct answer
|Life in the Spirit
We are very excited to introduce our
Our mission is to help teach and
equip this generation to hear from
God and to live life in the spirit!
Our new forum has prophetic
interpreters and moderators available
and dedicated to helping you learn
and discern what God is saying to you!
Numbers are used to confirm the manifestation of the dream, when it came to pass, by it's
It is important to maintain the practice of biblical dream interpretation when interpreting
dreams. If we deviate from biblically established patterns, then what we are doing isn't
biblical, even if it is widely practiced.
I believe that if you look at numbers in your dreams as literal you will have much more
success in interpreting your dreams easily and accurately.