What Does the Bible Interpret About Dreams and Visions?

There are many different interpretations of what the Bible says about dreams and visions. Some people believe that they are a way for God to communicate with us, while others believe that they are simply a product of our imagination. However, there is no one definitive answer. What does the Bible say about dreams and visions?

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The Bible and Dreams

Dreams and visions have been a topic of debate and interpretation since the Bible was first written. Some people believe that the Bible is clear about what dreams and visions mean, while others believe that the Bible is open to interpretation. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about dreams and visions.

What the Bible Says About Dreams

The Bible is full of stories about people who had dreams and visions from God. Joseph, for example, had a dream that his brothers would bow down to him, and later he interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh (Genesis 37). In the New Testament, the apostle Paul had a vision of Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9), and John saw a vision of heaven while he was on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:1-20).

While there are many examples of people in the Bible who had dreams and visions from God, there are also some examples of people who had false dreams and visions. For instance, in Genesis 37, we read about Joseph’s brothers who were jealous of him and sold him into slavery. They later told their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal, but in reality they had sold him into slavery. This shows us that not all dreams and visions are from God.

So what does the Bible say about dreams and visions? The answer is that they can be either from God or from our own imagination. If we have a dream or vision that goes against what the Bible teaches, then we know it is not from God. But if our dream or vision is in line with what Scripture says, then it could be from Him.

The best way to interpret our dreams and visions is to seek wisdom from others who are knowledgeable about the Bible. We should also pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit so that we can understand what God is trying to tell us through our dreams and visions.

What the Bible Says About Visions

The Bible is full of accounts of God speaking to His people through dreams and visions. In the Old Testament, God used dreams to give instruction to Joseph (Genesis 37:5-9), warning to the nation of Israel (Judges 7:13-15), and encouragement to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15). In the New Testament, God used a dream to warn Joseph to take Mary and baby Jesus into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15) and spoke directly to Cornelius through a vision, commissioning him as an evangelist to the Gentiles (Acts 10:1-8).

Dreams and visions were also a regular part of Jesus’ ministry. In His earthly ministry, Jesus often interpreted the dreams and visions of others (Matthew 1:20; 2:12, 13, 19; 4:13; Luke 24:7). After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many of His followers in visions (Matthew 17:9; 28:9; Luke 24:15-36; Acts 9:3-6; 16:9-10; 18:9-10; 22:17-21; 23:11; 27:23).

The apostles also continued to have dreams and visions after Jesus’ ascension. For example, Peter had a vision that led him to host a gospel meeting for Gentiles (Acts 10). The apostle Paul often had visions during his missionary journeys. One such vision led him away from Asia and into Europe where he began preaching the gospel (Acts 16).

The Bible is clear that God still speaks today through dreams and visions. In fact, He promises in Acts 2:17 that “in the last days” He will pour out His Spirit on all people and they will prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams. This promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was first given (Acts 2). And it is still being fulfilled today as people around the world are having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ.

Dreams and Visions in the Bible

Christians often ask if dreams and visions in the Bible are for today. The answer is a resounding yes! Dreams and visions are a part of God’s communication to His people even today.

Dreams in the Bible

Dreams play an important role in the Bible, with many well-known stories involving dreams and visions. In the Old Testament, God uses dreams to communicate with people like Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. In the New Testament, we see how Jesus used dreams to teach His disciples about the kingdom of God. And throughout Scripture, we see how God uses dreams and visions to speak to His people.

The Bible has a lot to say about dreams and visions. Here are some of the most important things we can learn from these passages:

-God can speak to us through our dreams. He did it in biblical times, and He still does it today.
-Our dreams can reveal things about our deepest desires and longings.
-Dreams can be a way for God to warning us or give us guidance.
-Sometimes our dreams are just symbolic representation of what’s going on in our lives.
-Other times, our dreams might be literal messages from God.
-No matter what, we should always pay attention to our dreams and be open to what God might be trying to tell us through them.

Visions in the Bible

The Bible records many visions given to various people throughout time. In the Old Testament, we read about the great prophet Ezekiel and how he was given visions from God to deliver to the people of Israel (Ezekiel 1-3). In the New Testament, we see that Jesus’ disciples were also given visions from God. For example, Peter had a vision of a sheet being lowered from heaven containing all kinds of animals, which God told him to eat (Acts 10:9-16). This was a vision from God that was interpreted by Peter as meaning that Christians should not consider any person or group of people as unclean.

There are many other examples of visions in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. What do all these visions mean? The simple answer is that God uses visions to communicate with His people. Just as He speaks to us through His Word (the Bible), He also speaks to us through dreams and visions. But we need to be careful not to blindly accept every dream or vision as being from God. As Scripture says, “Test everything; hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We should always consult with mature Christians who can help us interpret our dreams and visions in light of Scripture.


With all of this information, what can we conclude about what the Bible interpret about dreams and visions? Dreams and visions are, quite simply, a way for God to communicate with us. They can be symbolic or literal, but either way they are meant to reveal something to us that we need to know. Whether we are trying to interpret our own dreams and visions, or those of others, we need to approach them with humility and a willingness to be led by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is our best guide for understanding what these messages from God may mean, and the more we study it the more equipped we will be to understand the language of dreams and visions.