Defining Dream and Vision:
1. Dream - “A sequence of images, etc. passing
through a sleeping person’s mind” (Webster’s
2. Vision - “A mental image” (Webster’s Dictionary)
3. “In a dream, a vision of the night...” (Job
You will note from this verse the close connection
the Hebrews maintained between the
dream and the vision. The words are used almostinterchangeably.
Both dreams and visions involve the viewing
of images on the screen within one’s mind.
Often we would think of a dream as the flow
of these images while sleeping and a vision as
the flow of these images while awake.
4. Daydreaming is MAN utilizing the visionary
process. This is not encouraged, and may be
what is referred to in Ecclesiastes 5:7. It is
better to present the eyes of theheart to God
and ask Him to fill them with a divine flow of
dreams, visions and godly imaginations.
Some Scientific Observations
Sleep laboratories have proven that everyone
dreams one to two hours each night during a
certain period of sleep known as alpha level,
which is light sleep. Every 90-minute cycle of
sleep begins with alpha, then goes into deeper
sleep which iscalled theta, and finally deepest
sleep which is called delta.
At the close of the first 90-minute cycle each night,
the individual returns to alpha level sleep, where he
has a short, five-minute dream period. The next time
he cycles up to alpha, he has a ten-minute dream
period. The third time in alpha, the dream period is
about 15 minutes, and so on. If one sleeps a full
eight hours, theentire last hour is essentially spent
in alpha level sleep. Thus, the average person sleeping
for eight hours a night will dream about one to
two hours of that time.
Alpha level sleep is where one has what is called
Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Rapid Eye Movement
is exactly what it sounds like: the eyes of the dreamer
begin moving rapidly. He is actually watching the
scenes in the dream, andthus his eyes are literally
moving back and forth, observing the action. By
observing the alpha level sleep when Rapid Eye
Movement occurs, researchers in sleep laboratories
have determined when a person is dreaming and how
much time is spent dreaming in an average night.
They have discovered that if they awaken a person
every time REM begins, preventing him from dreaming,
after aboutthree nights the individual will begin
to show signs of having a nervous breakdown.
Clearly dreams are an inner release mechanism
which helps provide us with emotional balance and
maintain our sanity. Dreams can be considered
guardians of our mental and emotional well-being.
Seven Reasons We Should Listen to Our
1. God declared that He WOULD speak through
dreams and visions in the OldTestament.
And He said, “Hear now my words: If there
be a prophet among you, I the LORD will
make myself known unto him in a vision, and
will speak unto him in a dream” (Num. 12:6).
2. God declared that He DID speak through
dreams and visions in the Old Testament.
“I have also spoken by the prophets, and I
have multiplied visions, and used similitudes,
by the ministry of the prophets”(Hos. 12:10).
Principles of Christian Dream Interpretation
3. God declares that He WILL communicate
through dreams and visions in the New Testament.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days,”
saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon
all flesh: and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall dream
dreams” (Acts 2:17).4. God declares that He WILL COUNSEL us at
night through our dreams.
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind (inner man) instructs me in
the night (Ps. 16:7 NASB).
5. Rather than our dreams being fatalistic, dreams
are calling us to change SO WE WILL NOT
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man
perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of
the night, when...