Is interpretation of dreams forbidden in the Bible?

No. The Bible teaches that God speaks through dreams and visions (Job 33:14-16; Acts 2:17). We have three men who were among other things interpreters of dreams and visions. Joseph (Gen. 41:1-36), Daniel (Dan.2:19-45); and Paul (Acts 16:9, 10) interpreted dreams. The most important issue is the source of the dream.


Some dreams come from God, some from us, and some from demons.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 God through Moses informs us that: “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass (be burned as an offering to an idol) through the fire, (then as now pro-choice, abortion was performed in defiance of God’s law) or one who practices witchcraft, (Harry Potter he’s so cute) or a soothsayer (One who claims to predict the future, a seer; here a false prophet), or one who interprets omens, (same as false prophet) or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium or a spiritualist, or one who calls up the dead.”

“For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.”

 Why is God so specific? See Deuteronomy 13:1-5.

I can remember listening to a man (in this false prophet’s church) who witnessed this false prophet (there have been many) testify as to an incident that happened to them both. They were driving down a street in a town back East, when they saw a house on fire. The false prophet ran into the house through the flames and came back out of the house holding two small children, they were not burned. This was used in an effort to convince all to follow him.

I will skip much of this event which involved me and my wife, to say that the false prophet was a man named Jim Jones who led 900 men, women and children to kill themselves by poisoning them.


God indeed reveals Himself to us in dreams and visions. Dreams can guide us away from wrongdoing (Gen.20:3-8; 31:24; Matt.27:19). In all our pursuit for interpretations always ask the Lord, wait on Him, fast, pray. He will answer. Yes, there are godly people with a proven history of interpretation, seek them after seeking our Lord.

Tomorrow, six things dreams can do.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 23:35:36

    Looking forward to your next post already, Manny.

    In the limited study I am doing on false prophets, I have not run across the name “Jim Jones.” I will now have to add him to the list. I also have to add some pics (a new computer is having problems adding pictures for some reason) and the post will be up soon.

    As you have noted:

    “God indeed reveals Himself to us in dreams and visions.”

    At the same time, as the scriptures you have shared have shown, we must proceed with extreme caution in this area.

    Yet, we must remember scriptures like these:

    Joel 2:27-29

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    27 “Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
    And that I am the Lord your God,
    And there is no other;
    And My people will never be put to shame.

    The Promise of the Spirit

    28 “It will come about after this
    That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
    And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    Your old men will dream dreams,
    Your young men will see visions.
    29 “Even on the male and female servants
    I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

    In Mr. Spurgeon’s Daily Devotional Bible I am reading about Amos. C.H.S. states:

    “Amos had many visions, and he told them to the people boldly.”

    Chapter 7 speaks of the Lord showing him a plumb line.

    There are many such examples in the Bible.

    Many believe that the verses from Joel (above) speak of today or of days in the near future. I’m not a Biblical scholar, but Halley’s Bible Handbook (which has many dates incorrect imo) calls these verses: “The Future Glory of David’s Kingdom.” The fact that David precedes these verses must mean it has a future fulfillment..

    “Acts 2:17-21, Peter quotes Joel 2:28-32 as a prediction and explanation of what happened on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem.” (HBH)

    Halley goes on to state:

    “So as a whole, the passage seems to be a picture of the Christian age, in which God’s Word, embodied in the Gospel of Christ and borne by the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit to all mankind, would be the sickle in a grand harvest of souls.” (HBH pg. 452, 2000 edition)

    This topic is necessary and important in our day.

    God’s blessings my friend…


  2. Mannyr
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 02:26:43

    Chris, about Jim Jones has was a sorry person who founded a cult in 60’s 70’s.
    here is a link if you are curious.

    It is neat that you mention Charles Spurgeon as I will be quoting him in a later post when we get to visions. Lets keep looking for the uppertaker, not the undertaker.



    • Chris
      Jun 29, 2013 @ 19:00:55

      Very interesting wiki article, Manny.

      There is no question that Jim Jones was a false prophet. His crazy prophecy in the mid 60s, about a nuclear event that would create a utopia of sorts, makes it very clear.

      Thanks for the link.


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