Learning The Biblical Language Of Symbols

Learning The Biblical Language Of Symbols

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The Biblical language of symbols is just as easy to learn as any other language. In fact I think it is easier to master than most languages. God gave enough information in the Bible in order for us to understand the basic principles of this language. The Bible also gave us the meanings of the basic or most common symbols as a foundation. From here, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will slowly but surely master this language. A good and authentic Christian dictionary will prove to be of great help in achieving this.

In order to make this dictionary available, not only the Bible itself but also the work of authentic dreams, visions, symbols and Biblical types dictionary authors were utilized as references. The work of Hennie van Niekerk and Kevin J. Conner were of great value during the compilation of this dictionary. I hope you will find it to be of great value in mastering the language of God. Whether you wish to use it to learn the Godly language of symbols or whether you just need it for reference purposes, I do hope that the simplicity of the dictionary will make this as easy as possible for you.

Please take note that you only need to click on the different letters of the alphabet in order to be taken to the words beginning with the same letter. Also please note that at the end of the dictionary you will find more information on colors, numbers, shapes, directions, the positions of symbols in dreams and visions as well as substitution in dreams.

Please read through the examples below for a practical explanation on how to analyze and interpret dreams and visions correctly.

Lastly please take note that the Dreams and Visions Dictionary (Book) will be updated from time to time as new symbols and the meanings of new symbols are identified. For this reason the book’s edition number or revision date will be important to take note of. Dictionary owners will always be able to download the latest edition of the Dreams Dictionary by means of the “download link” that they received when they purchased the dictionary. Keep your download link saved on your PC or in your emails. Links can be regenerated and emailed to you by requesting for it by email.


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For instance, take the dreams of Pharaoh’s butler and baker. These men were both troubled because nobody could interpret the dreams they had the night before for them. Joseph however gave both these persons the full interpretation of their dreams after he told them that the interpretation of dreams are a work of God (Genesis 40:8). He specifically told them that the interpretation of dreams belongs to God.

Take note that Joseph not only revealed the meanings of the different symbols. He also gave more information, which was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. Let us look at the different symbols and the interpretation of both these dreams:

Chief Butler’s dream:

  1. In the dream a vine was before me.

  2. In the vine there were three branches.

  3. It was as though it budded.

  4. And her blossoms shot forth.

  5. The clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes.

  6. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand.

  7. I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup.

  8. I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

Interpretation: This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

Observation: It was clear by the events in the dream that the Chief Butler was serving the Pharaoh like he used to. It was clear that the Pharaoh received the cup from him. The Holy Spirit however revealed to Joseph that this dream was not but a natural dream dealing with the butler’s emotional state. It was also not just the “fulfillment” of the butler’s longing or desire for reinstatement. This dream was in fact of a prophetic nature. God revealed to Joseph that the butler will be reinstated by Pharaoh. Also take note that the three branches symbolized three “days”. In Pharaoh’s dream the seven cows coming up from the Nile symbolized seven “years”. Joseph could have interpreted the three branches as three years but he did not. The Holy Spirit revealed to him to interpret it as days. Normally branches symbolizes something other than days (victory, rejoicing, churches, God’s people), but Joseph knew through the Holy Spirit to interpret it as days. The grapes and the cup were literal. It did not symbolize anything else. Usually grapes speaks of the goodness of God. This shows that sometimes certain objects have to be taken literal and other times symbolical.

Chief Baker’s dream:

  1. I had three white baskets on my head.

  2. In the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh.

  3. The birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

Interpretation: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

Observation: It was clear by the events in the dream that the Chief Baker was experiencing negative circumstances and events in his dream. There is however nothing symbolizing the hanging on a tree or the actions of Pharaoh in the dream. The Holy Spirit revealed to Joseph that Pharaoh will instruct his servants to execute the baker by hanging him on a tree. Also take note, baskets usually symbolizes something else like life’s “provisions” and not “days”. Also take note that the birds in the dream was literal and therefore not symbolic. Usually birds symbolize the actions of evil spirits. In the dream Pharaoh was also not a symbol. Pharaoh in the dream represented Pharaoh himself.

A friend of mine once had the following dream:

  1. In the dream he was swimming in a Southerly direction among the waves of the sea (not towards the beach but parallel to it).

  2. The next moment he saw a particularly gigantic wave approaching him from his left.

  3. Before he could do anything the wave broke right on top of him.

  4. He was crushed underneath tons of water and taken deep down to the bottom of the sea.

  5. It appeared that he was taken so deep for so long that, in the dream, he was concerned that he won’t have enough oxygen to reach the surface again.

  6. He slowly ascended again and after quite a while, and much to his surprise, he finally made it to the surface again. The oxygen in his lungs and his blood did indeed last until he reached the surface again.

Meaning of the relevant symbols:

  1. Southerly direction: Person attempting to reach a place or state of quietness and refreshment.

  2. Among waves: Person is in a time or period in his life of changes or new moves of God.

  3. Huge wave: A big change or move of God.

  4. Crushed beneath tons of water: This new change or move of God will have a big affect on this person. It will be difficult for the person and it will be a seriously challenging experience for him.

  5. Taken deep down into the water: It will spiritually be a deep and important experience for this person. It also speaks of a “long” period of time which can literally mean months or years.

  6. Concerned not enough oxygen: The person will struggle and he will be concerned about the affects of this new change. He will be worried about the consequences of this big change or new move of God. This person will indeed doubt whether he will make it through the ordeal or not.

  7. Against his concerns he reached the surface again: In the dream this person eventually makes it which symbolizes that the person will make it through the difficult time that he finds himself in.

Interpretation: This dream is an exhortation from God. Although the person seeks a bit of quietness and refreshment, God wants him to understand that He really needs to test his faith and his character. There is a big move on its way (God’s plan for his life) that will be quite an unpleasant experience for this person. It will take a lot longer than usual, it will be a lot tougher than usual and a lot more challenging than usual. This move of God will test the faith and the perseverance of this person to the limits. With this dream God is preparing the person for what is about to happen. He is also exhorting this person. God is actually saying: You need to hang on in there! This is going to be tough but it is necessary for the development of your spiritual life. Do not be afraid. You will make it. I am with you in this!

As you can see, again the interpretation revealed a lot more than just the sum of the symbols in the dream. This is why we need God to reveal the whole interpretation to us. There is always a reason why we dream. That is why we need to pray about our dreams and visions. We always need to seek God’s face for revelations and interpretations. The symbols play a huge part but it is not all that’s necessary for correct interpretation. A good dream dictionary is very important. It is also important that we learn the Biblical or heavenly language called “parables”, “types” and “symbols”. We need to know the meanings of the different symbols by heart. We also need to expand our personal dictionaries. The list of symbols in this or any dream dictionary is not exhaustive.

Also do not forget, although it seldom happens, dreams can sometimes be literal and not symbolic. It can happen that God tells you exactly what He wants without using symbols. As I previously said, sometimes one or two particular objects in dreams should not be interpreted symbolic but should be regarded literal.

Make no mistake, we do need the Holy Spirit to reveal the true meaning of dreams and visions to us.

The Golden Key!

Is there a golden key that can and will guarantee that dreams and visions are interpreted correctly?

What is the most important factor in terms of correct dreams and visions interpretation?

What is the most detrimental factor that causes dreams and visions to be interpreted incorrectly?

What can I do to ensure that I interpret dreams and visions correctly?

How can I limit errors or prevent errors when I interpret dreams and visions?

Yes, there is a GOLDEN KEY: Connect the dream to the relevant incident, event, trauma, experience, discussion, circumstance, query or pondering and you will interpret the dream correctly!

I have written a few posts about this aspect of dreams and visions interpretation but I just cannot empathize it enough.

It really increases your chances of interpreting dreams and visions dramatically. I am absolutely sure of the fact that generally more than ninety percent of all dreams and visions are interpreted incorrectly and this is all because of people failing to connect their dreams to the incident, event, trauma, experience, discussion, circumstance, query or pondering that triggered the dream in the first place. This is the secret to successful dream interpretation.

As a dreams and visions interpreter my biggest challenge is to help people connect their dreams to the incident that triggered the dream in the first place. If there is no connection my first attempt to interpret a dream for someone is usually incorrect because of me being obliged to interpret the dream in a general sense or a spiritual sense. If we are lucky the person may recognize something that reminds him of the original incident that triggered the dream resulting in the interpretation to be spot-on with the second attempt.

It does not have to be like this. We can ensure that we always connect our dreams to the incident that triggered it. It is just a matter of us being consciously aware of things, events and incidents that might trigger a dream or a vision.

Something that I started doing a few years ago is to go through the day’s incidents, discussions, occurrences, concerns, prayers, people I got involved with during the day and whatever else I suspect may trigger a dream or a vision, just before I go to sleep. This works for me. I am almost every time able to connect the dream to the correct incident in the mornings. This habit has helped me a lot in the past.

We also need to remember that dreams and visions cultivate a deeper and a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. This is one of the reasons why God communicates with us in this way. Dreams and visions interpretation is supposed to be difficult. We are supposed to put in an effort to seek God’s face and to speak to God. God wants us to have a two-way dialogue with him and He wants us to know what He is talking about when He talks to us. He wants us to be consciously aware of his interactions with us in this regard.

This is why we must be serious with him. This is why we need to honor and respect God when He speaks to us. Imagine the following: Your wife speaks to you during the day. She discusses a few things with you that concerns her. You see her getting involved in an argument with your eldest son. You see her loosing her bracelet. She asks your help regarding a decision which needs to be made and announced before midday the next day. You hear that she struggled with a new kid at the school where she is teaching. That night just before you go to bed you ponder on all these things. You suddenly realize that although the argument with your son was probably the most traumatic incident for your wife, the other matter regarding the decision that she needs to announce before midday the next day will have serious repercussions if she makes the wrong decision. You need to assist her with this decision. Just before work, whilst she was still sleeping, you write her a letter guiding her what to do and what to decide. Now imagine her waking up (you already off to work) reading this letter and she has no idea what you are talking about. She stares at this letter with a blank expression on her face. When she realizes that the letter does not make any sense to her, she carelessly throws it into the dustbin and prepares for work.

This is what happens with most people everyday of their lives. They fail to connect the symbolic dream with the incident that triggered the dream. Then they completely forget about the dream and they fail to seek God’s face about the dream. They never get the message and that is a great loss. You should see the dreams that I have interpreted through the years for people years after they received it from God. If only they knew how important or wonderful or valuable those messages were they would have put in a huge effort to find the meanings of those dreams or visions. Remember, Christ is our husband and we the church is the wife. Christ loves us. He died for us. He wants to get involved in every little detail of our lives. We just cannot ignore him and we cannot ignore what He says to us.

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