In Spring of 2019, I began having an intense number of significant dreams and visions that led me to a now 16-month journey to learn how to properly and biblically interpret them. I grew up mainstream Protestant, a lifelong Southern Baptist who actually worked for three “mega-metro” churches for 12 years, and this experience was very out of the box for me. I read several books and have improved in interpretation, but am still learning.
I believe Joel 2 and Acts 2 are alive and well today, that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon the people of God, the body of Christ, that we should EXPECT to hear from Him through dreams, visions, and every other way He speaks to us.
Why? Because we are in the last decades, the last portion of this phase of human history before Christ returns. We may not always have the guarantee of having the written word of God with us. But He will NOT be stopped speaking to His children!
However, it requires a new education. We must learn dream and vision language, like prophet Daniel, Joseph, like apostles Paul, John, and more. None of our Biblical faith founders were strangers to understanding dreams!
In the beginning of my ‘dream school’ the Lord gave me a dream that the Holy Spirit was taking me to the movies. How accurate a description was that image! He uses symbols/actors to represent real life situations, and it takes some work and prayer to decipher the meaning.
Believe me, I understand the skepticism many of you feel. I fought against this when it began in me, ran from it. But with research, reading and studying Scripture on the topic, while continuing to experience it, I realized it is REAL. And it isn’t going away.
Take a look at much maligned verse, Ecclesiastes 5:3, in context with previous verse, and hear what is being said in a scripture version widely considered most faithful to the original language, Young’s Literal Version (Strong’s dictionary definitions in parentheses added):
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: for God [is] in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For the dream (prophetic dream) hath come (is attained, fetched) by abundance of business (effort, work, travail), and the voice of a fool by abundance of words. Ecc 5:2-3
Verse 3 is used most often by the ignorant to dismiss the significance of dreams. Well-meaning people misinterpret it to say a dream simply comes from the busyness of your day.
Sadly, most versions of scripture lend to believing this error. Psychology is only too happy to back this up, saying dreams are nothing more than your subconscious working out your feelings. Poppycock. This is utter nonsense.
When seen in context and in the original language, the opposite of what we’ve been taught is being said! The Ecclesiast was not saying dreams mean nothing. He was saying, don’t speak before you understand, a dream’s interpretation comes through hard work, unlike the many words of the foolish, who claim to understand things of which they know nothing!
Your spirit is awake while your body sleeps. And the Holy Spirit is constantly talking to your spirit, per the word of God!
“Hear now My words: if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make Myself known to him in a vision, will speak to him in a dream.” Numbers 12:6
Soon after I awoke to realize my dreams contained messages from the Lord, I had the following two dreams: 1) I was standing and looking at the throne room of God. I saw Jesus standing, a cloud of witnesses, a giant flame in which was the Holy Spirit. And they were all looking at me. 2) I was in Heaven again, and was shown a giant rectangular box-like structure made of precious metals, with multiple, carved out squares engraved with symbols on all sides. I was told it was a gift to me. Months later I would understand that gift represented dream language, and prophecy.
“In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, the Lord seals their instruction.” Job 33:14-15
God has spoken to His family through dreams from the beginning. From Genesis to Revelation, He never stopped talking to His own in dreams and visions. Joel 2 and Acts 2 promise He will be communicating with us through these means. We have to be ready. Now is the time.
When dreams and visions began flowing consistently for me, and after praying for trustworthy and biblical guidance to learn interpretation, the Lord led me first to His Word! Approximately 1/4th of the Bible surrounds the topic of God speaking to His people through dreams!
Next, He led me to a book by Dr. Mark Virkler and Charity Virkler-Kayembe: Hearing God Through Your Dreams, and to books by James W. Goll: Dream Language and Seer.
There is so much Biblical truth in these primers. With this foundation laid, the Holy Spirit will then take you and teach you His personal dream language designed just for you. No two are identical. I urge every believer to seek these resources out and prepare yourself for the future.
[For more information, see two additional posts that lend scriptural testimony and guidance for the Holy Spirit’s involvement in dreams:]
Purpose of Dreams and Visions in the Bible
6 thoughts on “My Journey to Learn Dream Interpretation”
I highly suggest two books – Ira Milligan’s “Understanding the Dreams you dream” and since you mentioned spiritual smells, this is the only book I have found to specifically talk about the smell of sulfur in a dream or upon awakening, which happens frequently to me prophetically, take a look at “The Divinity Code.” You’ll never regret learning this new dream language between you and the Lord, it’s extremely rewarding and comforting at the same time.
Thank you so much! I will check out the books you have recommended. Sincerely, greatly appreciated. You are right, this journey is just remarkable. I’m so humbled and grateful to be on it. Many, many blessings!
Amen. The Lord is Sovereign over believers and unbelievers: He can give dreams to anyone He pleases.
I was watching this documentary on Alexander the Great years ago. The night before the Battle of Gaugamela, after Alexander had talked and planned the next day’s battle with his generals, he retired to his tent. In the documentary, it said that Alexander “had peace in his spirit” (or words to that effect) and slept well that night. That really blew me away. How can a heathen, non-Jew, non-Christian have peace in his spirit? The next day, the Greeks–vastly outnumbered–defeated the Persians which gave Alexander the Persian Empire.
We know that the Lord puts people in power who He wants. Alexander did some really incredible things and conquered a lot of territory before his death at the age of 32. So why did the Lord put Alexander in power?
There is no doubt that there is a lot of Greek influence in western civilization today. The Romans borrowed much from Greek culture and Rome and the language of Rome (Latin) later influenced Europe for centuries after the fall of Rome. Going back to Greece. I believe one of the reasons why the Lord raised up Alexander and Greek culture was that the Lord wanted the Scriptures to be in Greek, rather than Persian. Maybe the Greek language is an easier language to learn than Persian. The Greek New Testament is still very much with us today in 2020. This could also be a partial fulfilling of the Prophecy of Noah: Noah cursed Ham and blessed Shem and Japheth. Genesis 9:27: “God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” Japheth is Europe and the Gospel later was established in Europe and then spread to other parts of the earth using the Greek New Testament and other translations.
Language is powerful–and the Lord knows this better than we do. If the Gospel is written in a certain language, then that language will have much influence for many generations. John Milton also knew this. Back in the 1600s in England, because the Gospel was being preached in England and in the colonies, Milton predicted that English would be a dominant, world language someday.
Love that behind the scenes look at the big picture! He always has a plan and a reason! Makes me wonder why we ever doubt. Thank you!
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In my experience with dreams, there are dreams from the Lord, dreams from the flesh and dreams from the devil. The dreams from the Lord should bear witness with your spirit, even though understanding may not come for days, weeks or months. Dreams from the devil usually are disturbing and there is no peace in your spirit.
My first prophetic dream was back in 1990. It was in two parts. The first part I understood right away; the second part I did not understand till 14 years later. It is really quite an honor that the Most High would reveal His secrets to his people because He loves us and cares for us. I read somewhere that the Lord gave General George S. Patton dreams to help defeat the Germans in WWII.
Here is a dream I had about General George S. Patton:
Thank you again, Tim, for your ever-insightful comments. Keep them coming! My husband, son, and I have been occasionally studying significant dreams in history, or that changed history. It is a fascinating subject. St. Francis had a dream that brought dramatic change, Ancient ruler, Alexander had a dream that stopped him from killing a priest of God, and more… God speaks to whom He wishes. Powerful!
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