Tutorial 5 (Tutorials Page)
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 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 will be important to take note of. The latest edition will always be available on the “Resources” page of both my websites:
The (online) Dreams Symbols Dictionary will also be updated as soon as new symbols are identified.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT PRAYER IS NEEDED IN ORDER FOR GOD TO REVEAL THE EXACT MEANINGS AND PURPOSES OF YOUR DREAMS AND VISIONS. This LIST OF SYMBOLS IS JUST DIFFERENT MEANINGS FOR DIFFERENT SYMBOLS. THESE SYMBOLS ON ITS OWN CANNOT INTERPRET THE TRUE OR THE FULL MEANING OF YOUR DREAMS AND VISIONS.
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:
In the dream a vine was before me.
In the vine there were three branches.
It was as though it budded.
And her blossoms shot forth.
The clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes.
Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand.
I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup.
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:
I had three white baskets on my head.
In the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh.
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:
In the dream he was swimming in a Southerly direction among the waves of the sea (not towards the beach but parallel to it).
The next moment he saw a particularly gigantic wave approaching him from his left.
Before he could do anything the wave broke right on top of him.
He was crushed underneath tons of water and taken deep down to the bottom of the sea.
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.
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:
Southerly direction: Person attempting to reach a place or state of quietness and refreshment.
Among waves: Person is in a time or period in his life of changes or new moves of God.
Huge wave: A big change or move of God.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please take note, in order to learn the Biblical language of symbols, you need to read this information: How to interpret dreams and visions symbols correctly
Click on the following letters of the alphabet for the relevant symbol that you are looking for:
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