Through the years of interpreting dreams and visions for people, I have identified and developed a few steps or strategies that enabled me to do so very effectively. Many people have confirmed that I am “spot-on” whenever I followed these steps. I knew I was on the right path and I decided to test and develop these steps so that I am able to present them to people as a safe and proven way of interpreting dreams and visions successfully.
Make no mistake, it is difficult enough to interpret one’s own dreams and visions, let alone those of other people. With your own, at least you have some background knowledge of what you are dealing with in your life at the time of the dream or the vision. With other people, you just do not have any clue about anything in their lives and that makes dreams and visions interpretation very difficult. In the early days, it was often a matter of trial and error but I persisted in seeking ways and means of interpreting dreams and visions successfully. I really need to give God all the glory and honor for the success that I achieved in my efforts. He was so full of grace and so helpful in this regard.
If He did not intervene by helping me to understand the principles that govern dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof, I would not have been able to write this manual today. I can remember the days when He gave me a dream about a specific symbol and then ask me in the dream if I know what the symbol means. How wonderful it was for me to hear him “explaining” the meanings of the symbols in the dream. This is how I came to understand the meaning of torn veins and damaged organs in dreams and visions. This was pure grace in action. I really did not deserve this special treatment and I still don’t. I felt and still feel so humbled because of this divine assistance in my life when it comes to the understanding of dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof.
In this manual, I intended to explain, with the help of practical and analytical aids like technical illustrations and steps and goals and methods, how to effectively and successfully interpret dreams and visions. Some parts of the manual will be very technical and some parts will be explanations of certain fundamental aspects and principles. Through the years, many people have asked me quite a lot of questions concerning the technical and practical aspects of dream and vision interpretation. My aim, with this manual, is to answer all those questions.
I understood that nothing in the kingdom of God operates or functions randomly. There are always order and consistency. Everything in the kingdom of God is absolutely guaranteed and it works always and every time. It is like Newton’s law of gravity. To put it as simple as I can, gravity means that if you throw a stone up into the air that it will always fall back to the ground. That law is cast in stone. The stone will never fly up and away at all. It is impossible for that to happen. The principles and laws in the kingdom of God are exactly the same. It always works without any deviation whatsoever.
I knew that if I identify and understand the laws or principles that govern dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof, that I will be able to interpret them successfully each and every time. It is guaranteed.
I understood that dreams cannot be interpreted randomly without following a structure or a method of some kind. I knew that there will be a divine method and that the God-given method will work every time. This proved to be true when I finally found this method and when I tested it, the positive feedback from people confirmed this fact. It is not just a case of seeking God’s face and pray and hope that He will give you a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom every time that you need to interpret the dream or vision. Yes, we do need the Holy Spirit and He does help us but that is not how dreams and visions are supposed to be interpreted. The use of symbols and parables in the Bible or in dreams and visions is a language. It is called the Biblical language of parables and symbols or the God-given language of symbols. A language needs to be learned.
God said that in the last days, people will receive dreams and they will see visions. People see visions and they dream for a purpose. The Bible is full of examples of how God spoke to people through dreams and visions. He spoke to them through dreams and visions because dreams and visions are part of a divine language. Apart from a few other ways, God does communicate through dreams and visions. He communicates this way because it is a language. It is a language that needs to be learned and understood.
This is exactly what I started doing thirty years ago. I started learning this language. I learned the symbols and I learned the principles that govern this language. It is like any other language. The English language has certain rules and everybody who wants to speak English needs to learn English and they need to follow the rules that govern this language if they want to be fluent in English.
This is the same for the Biblical language of symbols. I call it the Biblical language because this is where and how mankind was introduced to this language. We find it in the Bible. We saw the interpretation of symbols in the Bible. People of all sorts of nations and beliefs had dreams and saw visions from Genesis to Revelations. There are examples in the Bible of people analyzing the symbols and then interpreting the dreams by means of applying the meanings of these symbols in the correct context.
And then there was the confirmation that not only the Old Testament people but also the New Testament people and even all people right through the ages and even those living in the last days will dream and will see visions. This promise was proven right through the ages by means of the documentation of dreams and visions right through the history of mankind from Adam until today. All the statements that I made here are not only true for dreams and visions, it is also true for the interpretation of dreams and visions.
People are very ignorant when it comes to the interpretation of dreams and visions. When people ask me how I interpret dreams and visions, some of them just cannot believe that this aspect of our faith-walk in Christ is a reality. To them, it is something that is in the Bible and they admit that they do not know much about it. They had no idea that even Daniel and Joseph analyzed dreams and visions just as we do it today.
You may ask, exactly how did Daniel interpret dreams and visions? Did he just identify the simplest meaning or message of a dream, as some dream interpreters suggest or did he analyze all the symbols? Did Daniel or anybody else in Biblical times suggested or indicated that we should, in fact, analyze all the different symbols in a dream or a vision?
My answer to this question is the following: Not only Daniel but also other prominent people in the Bible did suggest that all the symbols in a dream or vision need to be properly analyzed before the meaning of the dream or vision can be properly and correctly understood and interpreted.
For instance, let us take the dream of Nebuchadnezzar:
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This was how Daniel interpreted that dream:
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
From the dream, the analysis, and the interpretation, the following facts are quite clear:
Daniel did not ignore or disregard any of the symbols.
He exactly knew what each and every symbol represented.
This implies that Daniel carefully analyzed all the symbols in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
He knew that the image symbolized different exceptionally powerful kingdoms because that is what he told Nebuchadnezzar (…great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible). He knew that one kingdom came after the other.
He knew that the subsequent kingdom would conquer the previous kingdom.
He knew that the rock coming down from the mountain would destroy all these other kingdoms (…and break them to pieces).
He knew that each subsequent kingdom would be inferior to the previous because of the value and the strength of the precious metals that symbolized these kingdoms.
He knew that the last kingdom would conquer all the other kingdoms forever (the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth).
When we carefully look at the way that Daniel addressed the king we can clearly see that he gave the king a list of the different symbols and then He gave the king an analysis of the different symbols. He then concluded the interpretation of the dream by means of a summary of the symbols and the meanings of those symbols. I am absolutely sure that if Daniel lived today, he would probably interpret dreams the same way that I have been doing on this website. In fact, there is no other way. Each and every symbol, including the symbols that are not so obvious, all symbolize something in dreams.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.
The above-mentioned Scripture about Daniel’s dreams and visions that he had before this incident, clearly shows that he did write it all down so that he can cover all the symbols and bring all the different aspects into consideration. Even with the dream that we are analyzing in this chapter. For instance, Daniel knew that the legs and feet which are lower than the belly and thighs symbolized something. He knew that “lower” symbolizes “inferior to whatever is higher” in dreams. The inferiority was not relating to strength in terms of warfare but to the fact that the inferior kingdoms could not function as a unity. These kingdoms were impure because of different nations making up or being a part of the specific kingdom. These different nations could not function as a closely-knit unity. This situation subsequently led to the fall and destruction of all these kingdoms.
But this is not where the similarities stop. Just like us today, although Daniel knew that the different body parts of the image represented different kingdoms, just like us today he did not always know specific details. In this case, apart from the head of gold (Babylonian empire), he did not know which kingdoms the other parts of the image represented. When you read through my dream analysis as recorded in the weekly “Dreams Analysis Reports”, you will often see this aspect of dreams analysis clearly visible. Because of this lack of knowledge, in some cases, we give people a few alternative meanings of certain symbols. We just do not know exactly which of the different meanings the symbol represents. It is for this reason that we sometimes interpret a dream as being symbolic instead of literal.
Interpreting dreams in a general spiritual way instead of specific
This brings me to a very important aspect of dreams symbols analysis: When we as dreams or visions interpreters know what a person pondered upon or asked God before a dream, then we can interpret such a dream quite easily and correctly. If we do not have such information then we are obliged to interpret the dream or the vision in a spiritual sense and in a general sense. It is for this reason that people feel that we misinterpreted a specific dream because they cannot relate to the specific interpretation. In such cases, the interpretation just does not make sense to them. Sometimes people withhold such important information on purpose because they might feel a bit exposed or reluctant to reveal their thoughts or certain issues or private aspects in their lives.
This is a problem because that makes it very difficult to interpret such dreams. We then have no other choice but to interpret the dream in a general or a spiritual sense resulting in the dream being interpreted incorrectly.
Now, this fact was a big problem for Daniel when he was told that he needs to interpret the dream of the king if he wants the king to spare his life, those of his friends and the lives of the king’s false astrologers. When Daniel asked his friends to pray with him about this dream, it was important for Daniel to know why Nebuchadnezzar had this dream. The “why” or the reason Nebuchadnezzar had this dream will lead to the correct interpretation. This crucial information is exactly what God did reveal to Daniel:
As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.
This is the key that unlocks the dream. Nebuchadnezzar was pondering on future events regarding his kingdom and the kingdoms of the world. His mind was troubled over these things as we see elsewhere in Daniel 2. He was probably worried about the fact that his neighbors, the Medes and the Persians were getting more powerful by the day. This knowledge enabled Daniel to interpret the dream correctly. Nebuchadnezzar was told that his kingdom is safe but only until after his death. After that, another nation will come and subdue it. We know that the Babylonian empire did fall to the Medians and Persians soon after the death of Nebuchadnezzar.
A lot of dreams can be interpreted without this information. Those are dreams with symbols that are easily understood. Those are also dreams which did not originate from a person’s mind (because of pondering or concerns or questions) but are direct messages from God. Dreams that originate from the mind because of questions and concerns and pondering are a lot more difficult to interpret. With those dreams, we need to know why a person had such a dream. What was he pondering on before he received the dream? What troubled him before he had the dream? Was he concerned about something just before the dream? Did he ask God for something specific before he had the dream?
Joseph also analyzed his dreams. He knew that the sun and the moon and the eleven stars symbolized his father and mother and his eleven brothers. He knew that his bunch of grain symbolized him and the eleven bunches of grain symbolized his eleven brothers. He understood that they were all going to bow down before him one day. Even the angels of God revealed dreams to God’s people by analyzing the symbols. They often asked people, “What do you see?” and then when people name the specific or the different objects (symbols) the angels gave the people the meanings of those symbols. Dream symbols analysis is not only Biblical but in fact, the only way or method to interpret dreams and visions correctly.
I wrote this part because I know that there are people out there who do not believe in dreams and visions and the analysis of the symbols in a dream or a vision. You may rest assure that dream analysis is Biblical and it is from God.
The same meanings for everybody
The meanings of symbols are the same for everybody. It does not matter who you are, what language you speak and from what culture you are. The heavenly language of symbols is universal. Yes, I do understand that the meaning of “bread” is not as comprehensive for the Chinese as it is for people of other cultures. “Rice” is probably a better alternative symbol in this regard. Does this mean that the meaning of “rice” is the same for a person in China as “bread” is for people in other countries? I really do not know.
Does God deviate from the meaning of particular symbols in this regard? It is possible but I have absolutely no idea about this. If “rice” is for the Chinese what “bread” is for the rest of the world, then it is possible but, these types of situations are so rare that, in my opinion, it can be ignored or not even considered when interpreting dreams or visions. It does not change the fact that the language of symbols, when it comes to dreams and visions, is universal.
The belief of some people that dreams and visions symbols are not universal or consistent is a lie. The belief that there are different spiritual connotations to a specific symbol for different people based on their past experiences pertaining to the symbol is not true and not supported by the Scriptures. If a particular symbol means something else for another person, then the Biblical language of dreams and visions would have been impossible to master or to be understood. It would have caused havoc and chaos. As a symbolic language, the symbolic language of symbols does not differ from any other language. All symbols in dreams and visions are nouns. Just imagine the chaos if nouns had different meanings for different people in the English language or in any other language. If I instruct my son to get the tractor so that we can pull a car out of the mud and he shows up with a bicycle, it would have been a real problem. Imagine the chaos if this was true for all nouns in any language. Can you imagine all the chaos that would have been created if this was true? How on earth can we expect that to be true when it comes to the Biblical language of symbols?
This, however, is not supported by the Scriptures. In fact, the Bible proves exactly the opposite. It is full of symbolic language and symbols, from Genesis right through to the book of Revelations. There are thousands of symbols in the Bible and the meanings of these symbols are consistent and consequent right through. Yes, of course, we have some symbols, like in any language, that have more than one meaning but these meanings are consistent. For instance, the color white means pure, victory, faith and righteousness but it does so from Genesis to Revelations and even today. The emphasis might be on “righteousness” in one incident and on “victory” in another but that does not mean that the meaning is different for some people. The emphasis is not the person but the particular circumstances and the particular context in the specific situation…