Can we interpret dreams?

Are there consistent principles for understanding our dreams?

Dreams are one of ways in which God speaks to His servants, through His servants, and also to the unconverted.

God speaks in dreams consistent with His purposes and plans. We have three principles: interpretation; confirmation; and prevention by warning.

We observe that in the Biblical revelation He spoke in dreams when the Word of God was incomplete.

God revealed His purposes through dreams to Joseph, Jacob, and Gideon.

God warns in dreams as He did with the Magi and Joseph in the New Testament.

God uses dreams to awaken realities in the unregenerate. The butler and the baker (Genesis 40), and Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2) are classic examples. Job 33:14, 15 confirms this. To the unregenerate, the principle of interpretation is needed.

It is interesting to note that Job, in his dilemma, speaks of being "scared" by dreams (Job 7:14) and the wise king in Ecclesiastes 5:7 contrasts the vanities of dreams with the fear of God.

In His sovereignty, God can still speak by dreams in order to reach sinners; however, wisdom is needed since we have the completed Word of God! A believer could get upset by dreams and have doubts. Let such rest assured that the Scriptures are our ONLY foundation for spiritual and eternal matters; put no confidence in dreams!

We can be sure that God does not save in dreams. It would be the exception when God uses dreams to awaken eternal realities in the subconscious mind. We must be absolutely clear that our faith rests in nothing outside the written Word of God.

A. Hull