Dreams & Visions
Spiritual dreams help connect our souls to Mashiyach and provide insights to help guide our lives, there are numerous profound examples in Scripture where YHWH provided dreams for His people.
But Elohim came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken; she is a man’s wife.
And the angel of Elohim spoke unto me in a dream, saying, Ya’akov: And I said, Here am I.
And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
While some dreams remain mysteries for us we are still able to differentiate between “normal” and the more powerful “spiritual” dreams. Spiritual dreams profoundly impact our lives, they are something we never forget and the interpretation of the dream is self evident and provides purpose and direction for our lives.
I recall dreams I’ve had many years ago, they are as vivid in my mind now as when I had them, these dreams are used to direct our lives and our attitudes about something. I recall one particular time when faced with a difficult decision I got on my knees, raised my hands to Father YHWH and prayed for wisdom and insight. I had no specific bias as to which road I was to take but I chose to put the question to YHWH in earnest prayer, then off to sleep I went. That night I had two amazing dreams, both dreams startled me and I awoke with a burst of adrenalin after each one. The second dream energized me so much that I shot out of bed 2 hours earlier than I normally would have and got to work on what needed to be done. The dreams spoke to me and gave me a clear direction about the way I should go. I discovered very quickly the decision was fruitful and wise and became a great blessing for myself and others. But not all dreams will do that for us.
Dreams can be powerful, the interpretations can influence us and shape our destiny, however we must carefully distinguish between dreams of our own consciousness and “spiritual dreams” where we are actually hearing from Heaven. Over the years I’ve met individuals who have put such great importance in dreams that their decision making process is based mainly on the interpretation of their dreams. In some cases individuals have relinquished the fundamental authority of Scripture, in favor of the private interpretations of their dreams.
Dreams can therefore become a major handicap and cause devastating effects to our lives if we get to the point of self-interpreting all the dreams of our own consciousness, as though it is some information base that we are tapping into, when in fact we could be going in circular reasoning. Some dreamers have lost the ability to discern right from wrong by putting emphasis on their dreams for guidance. I once visited a church group where the subject of the Name of YHWH came under hot debate, one individual was convinced that the “LORD” was the original and Holy Name of YHWH, instead of making basic queries of Scripture and earnest prayer (and fasting if necessary), the person began using their “prayer language” to decide the matter.
Not long after the meeting the person had a bizarre dream (a normal occurrence) and interpreted the dream to mean that the Holy Name of YHWH came from “the devil”. This person taught others their “revelation” and in short order the demons were working overtime in their church and their family. The devastation was brutal and sustained, nearly a decade of physical, financial, mental and spiritual trials ensued before they were able to undo the curse they had put on themselves.
“I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed , I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yes, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget My Name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
Dreams must all be interpreted through the Ruach HaKodesh and confirmed by Torah and Mashiyach Y’shua within the Body, and always be according to the values of the Kingdom of Elohim. While sharing some of my own dreams I have noticed many times that others have experienced the very same type of dreams, I find this a wonderful and fascinating confirmation. In most all cases the interpretation of the dreams have also been consistent with they who received them. This being the case we are well able to become accountable to the interpretation of dreams, if we subject ourselves and our dreams to YHWH’s Word according to His Torah (instructions in righteousness). YHWH is the one who reveals the meaning of dreams, and if we believe the dream came by the Ruach HaKodesh then we must also trust Him for the interpretation.
We must remember and apply Torah principles to all dreams before accepting the interpretation and authority of a dream, regardless if it was our own of someone else’s dream. The first pre-requisite of interpreting dreams is the dream must uphold the position and authority of the Torah and the Prophets as given by YHWH.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, as he said to you, saying, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them; Thou shall not listen unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for YHWH your Elohim proves you, to know whether you love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the YHWH your Elohim, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from YHWH Elohim, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust you out of the way which YHWH Elohim commanded you to walk in. So shall you put the evil away from the midst of you.
We are instructed to “walk after”, “fear”, “keep His commandments”, “obey His voice”, “serve Him” and “cleave”, unto YHWH, and we should also pay close attention when YHWH says “YHWH your Elohim PROVES you, to know whether you love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul.” By nature dreams are prophetic as they provide direction and authority to make crucial decisions for our lives, they provide real time insight into the Will of YHWH. Unfortunately there are some who use the power of dreams to gain power and control of others.
There are multitudes of false prophets like EG White of the Seventh Day Adventists who used dreams and visions to gain authority unto herself, whenever she needed to “pull rank” EG White had a vision from “the Lord” and claimed “I saw”. Whenever a self proclaimed “messenger” or “prophet” says they “saw” each one of us is obliged to judge what they are saying according to Scripture. Unfortunately, Seventh Day Adventists are not shown the basic Torah principles regarding dreamers, so they do not judge with righteous judgment. SDA members who doubt the validity of EG White as a legitimate “messenger” are marginalized and end up at the back of the bus. One of the most disturbing visions and teachings EG White had was that haSatan (the Adversary) entered into “the holy place” (heaven) and made atonement for the people of YHWH. Ellen White also taught that primitive Hotentot and Digger Indians evolved from monkeys, although later revisions in her writings have edited out some of her wicked teachings. Thankfully, many SDA men and women have been delivered from the clutches of the false prophet and have discovered how to tune their ears to the Ruach HaKodesh, in so doing they have renounced the dreams of E.G. White and the false religious dogma of the church.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are not unlike the SDA church in that they take their authority from their founder JT Russel who wrote that, “When Uranus and Jupiter meet in the humane sign of Aquarius in 1914, the long promised era will have made a fair start in the work of setting man free to work out his own salvation, and will insure the ultimate realization of dreams and ideals of all poets and sages in history” C.T. Russell was born in 1852 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania into a Masonic home, he was troubled by the concept of hell and became a teenage skeptic. At 18 (c.1869) C.T. attended an Adventist church meeting and studied with those who were mesmerized by EG White, afterward C.T. stated “No, the truths I present, as God’s mouthpiece, were not revealed in visions or dreams, nor by God’s audible voice, nor all at once, but gradually…”. C.T. was cunning, he matter of fact stated that he was sent by God and never claimed the divine connection that EG White claimed for herself. Rather, CT claimed the “truth he preached came along “gradually“. As far as I know JW’s still talk about their light “getting brighter”, a sign of man’s religious tradition that leaves room for people to feel that perhaps the organization itself is forward thinking, when it’s not really. Although it is not so popular nowadays, it used to be that SDA’s and JW’s held that they were the only “enlightened ones” and none-members had no hope for salvation, this is not so politically correct in modern tines where there is now rapid assimilation of “tolerance” that has become the authority.
Dreams can be read by the “dreamer” as “tea leaves” are read by the sorcerer or false prophet. Those who use their dreams to interpret their lives can become a very small package of circular reasoning within themselves. However, Scripture tells us to speak to our hearts, and discipline our minds according to to the Word of YHWH and His Mashiyach. In other words, we assert that which is righteous over anything that contradicts the Word of Yahweh. By not relying on the Word of YHWH and His Spirit, the dreamer is susceptible to all form of religious ideas and confusion. The input and stimulus put into their soul becomes the “material” by which dreams are generated and interpreted. That is was the case of one prophet called E.G. White, who was very emotional and vindictive, and who used dreams to manipulate her “flock”.
Many people confide their dreams and interpretations with others, sometimes as if to test the waters and gain acceptance for ideas that are not generally accepted. Dreams must be carefully tested by Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding revealed in the Word of YHWH, dreams must take us beyond ourselves into a higher level of accountability in Mashiyach. In the multitude of counsel there is wisdom, therefore others in the Body of Mashiyach should also bear witness to the interpretations of our dreams.
Prophetic dreams will always uphold the Covenant of YHWH. As much as the dream and interpretation may or may not seem to bear witness of the Truth, one must also carefully judge the content of the dream and the interpretations being offered. We read in D’varim 13, that it is YHWH who sends false prophets among His own sheep to see if we will follow YHWH or follow after the false prophet. Those who open their mouths to prophecy in the Name of YHWH must be judged, they must be transparent and accountable for everything that comes out of their mouths as well as their thoughts, actions and motives. In the flesh we are all imperfect beings and when mistakes are made we must confess and make appropriate restitution, however when a false prophet prophecies in the Name of YHWH and people turn away from YHWH, the damage can be extensive and sometimes either be very difficult or impossible to reverse, which is why YHWH commanded;
“You shall not consent unto him, nor listen to him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him: But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And you shall stone him with stones, that he die; because he has sought to thrust you away from YHWH your Elohim”.
YHWH hates false prophets and false religion. YHWH puts false prophets in the same category as serial murderers, but in Babylon false prophets drive big cars, fly personal jets, live in mansions and are held in honor by their TV supporters. But the relativists and “enlightened” want us to think that the death penalty is not a civilized way to deal with the criminal element and false prophets. Compare the ramifications of a false prophet who keeps people from turning to YHWH, to a murderer who orchestrates the untimely death of an innocent person. False prophets are leading thousands of people to spiritual destruction. It is YHWH who is merciful and not man, man is neither kind or merciful when he says that capital punishment for a false prophet is too harsh.
The dreamer of dreams must be judged and reckoned accordingly, Babylon has no such laws or requirements that are imposed on false prophets which is why the yellow pages are full of false prophets ready to preach a convenient gospel for money and entrap people’s souls. Babylon is a false system at war with YHWH, the law of the false prophet cannot be administered and the false prophet knows he faces no consequences in Babylon by making war against YHWH and His people. On the contrary, Babylon rewards false prophets with materialism and fame. Many have taken up careers as false prophets in order to live the “American Dream”.
I visited the home of someone who claims to be mighty “prophetic gifts” and was shocked to see all the paganism, Hollywood movies, DVD’s, carnal sensual music and paraphernalia of “the beast” abounding throughout the house and library, even a very young and immature disciple of Mashiyach would be embarrassed to entertain so much garbage. False prophets are notorious for tickling ears, telling people what they want to hear and knowing how to make them emotional about giving to Jesus. In the Parasha Kedoshim Shemot 19:1-20:27 the last verse of this parasha concludes with “A man or a woman who is a spirit-medium or sorcerer must be put to death; they are to stone them to death; their blood will be on them.” Clearly it is an extremely serious matter with YHWH that one does not divine or make authoritative statements in the Name of YHWH when He did not authorize them.
We must re-examine dreams, visions, interpretations of dreams and the various “prophets” we’ve crossed paths with and test each teaching and authority with the Word of YHWH. The reason many cannot hear the voice of YHWH is because the voices of the false prophets make their voices loud and fill the airwaves with confusion and false teaching. False prophets are distributing CD’s, Videos, DVD’s, full feature movies, weekly TV and Radio shows, along with hordes of print materials and web sites. Paul counseled the Talmidim of Yeshua to not quench the Ruach, nor despise prophesying but to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. The burden lies on each of us to prove whether each directive levied by various leaders comes by the authority of YHWH and His Word or by their own religious ideas. We must confirm each directive with witnesses who are “mighty in Scripture”, who have the “Fear of YHWH” and who are in the “Household of Faith”.
YHWH be with you,
Baruch Ben Daniel