Summary: I believe that many of God’s people are beginning to experience an increase in dreams and visions. Why is this happening? How can we know what the Lord is trying to communicate to us through dreams? This article will you give more understanding.
By: Donna J. Kazenske
I believe that many of God’s people are beginning to experience an increase in dreams and visions. Why is this happening? How can we know what the Lord is trying to communicate to us through dreams?
As many of you already know, dreams are very symbolic in nature. They are metaphors or dark sayings.
Why does the Lord speak to us in dreams that are full of symbolism? Why doesn’t He just speak clearly to us so that we can know exactly what He is saying to us? To answer this question, please allow me to ask another question. Why did the Lord speak in parables when He ministered to the multitudes?
Matt. 13:10-11 – And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”
Jesus told His disciples that He had given them the ability to understand the parables or the mysteries that He was speaking to the multitudes. “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven!” I believe the answer is the same regarding why the Lord speaks to us in dreams. He has given us the ability to understand the symbolism and to unveil the mysteries that He speaks to us through dreams. This is absolutely astounding to me! We have the God-given ability to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom by the power of His Holy Spirit and His written word.
A dream is no different than a prophetic word, a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. It’s just being filtered to us in a different form.
The Lord is not limited in the ways by which He speaks to His people. He spoke to Moses through a burning bush. He spoke to Saul on the road to Damascus in an open vision. He spoke to Joseph in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” The Lord spoke to Abraham in a vision saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward. Look now toward heaven and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” These are just a few examples of how the Lord ministered to His servants through dreams and visions.
Polycarp, a man believed to have been a direct disciple of the Apostle John, was given a dream that revealed how he would be killed in Rome and burned at the stake. In 155 A.D., at the age of 86, Polycarp was martyred for his faith just as his dream had depicted.
St. Augustine lists several of his dreams in his writings and he declared that they were an important way in which God spoke to him and to mankind.
Jerome, a translator of the Latin Bible, was converted as a result of the Lord appearing to him in a dream.
God is not limited in the ways that He chooses to speak to His people.
Numbers 12:6 – Then he said, “Hear now My words; if there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.”