“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” ~ Genesis 40:8
In ancient times, when Earth was young, Kings ruled the realms, dreams ruled the kings, and God ruled dreams as described in the Bible. Some things never change. This is about the Power of Divine Dreams. People had prophetic and shared dreams since before Christ was born as seen by the Bible stories of Daniel and the dream of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:1–49) in 606BC, the Pharaoh’s Dream (Gen 41), and Solomon’s Dream (1 Kings 3:4-15).
These dreams are discussed by our panel in the Video Podcast on the bottom of this blog.
Prophetic dreams took many forms in the Hebrew Bible. The ancient Israelites believed dreams foretold and interpreted reality and were of divine origin. Some things never change. Dreamers in the Bible and modern-day prophetic dreamers shared similarities concerning recurrent dreams recorded by Dr. Larry Burk of Duke University Medical in the Breast Cancer Dream Research Project. Ancient Biblical dreamers and modern daydreamers had the same important dream messages sent to them multiple times using different signs symbols and dreamscapes as an early warning until the dream’s call-to-action or message was understood.
Only when the dream was interpreted correctly did the recurrent dream/nightmare stop.
Three Bible dreams were discussed by our dream expert panelists Rev. Geoff Nelson, author Denise Alexander Pyle, and Show Host Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos. They answer the question, “Are the meanings and interpretations of ancient prophetic dreams still relevant today?”
The Bible dreams discussed are Prophetic. Here are two definitions of prophetic dreams:
- you see the future through your dream
- a supernatural night vision that contains foresight.
It is difficult to determine if a dream is prophetic until we see that it has taken place. Only if the dream has been recorded in some way can it be validated.
Here is a bit about our esteemed panel of experts:
Rev. Geoff Nelson Geoff Nelson completed his training as a spiritual director at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is a retired Presbyterian pastor who has forty years of experience working with his own dreams and twelve years of experience leading dream groups in churches and other settings. His DMin dissertation “Dream Groups in the Church” addressed the benefits and challenges of conducting dream groups in local churches. He is involved with the IASD, International Association for the Study of Dreams and is the author of Dreaming in Church. He is best reached by EMAIL.
Author Denise Alexander Pyle describes herself as a “New Way Jew” who taught Sunday School in Confirmation Class at a reformed Temple in Michigan where the emphasis of the curriculum was Judeo-Christian ethics and living the Ten Commandments in modern times. This topic has been her passion and culminated in her writing The Power of 10: A Guide to Living the Ten Commandments in Modern Times. Denise is best reached from her WEBSITE
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a three-time breast cancer survivor. Her Divine Dreams saved her life all three times when they told her of cancer the medical community had missed. She co-authored Dreams That Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases with Duke University Medical Radiologist and researcher Dr. Larry Burk.
In the Beginning, There were Dreams.
Denise Alexander Pyle began the Panel discussion with the Precognitive Dream Bible story about Pharaoh was the political and religious leader of Egypt, holding the titles: ‘Lord of the Two Lands’ and ‘High Priest of Every Temple.’ In the Bible, Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream and Patricia tells it in her own words on the Video Podcast posted below.
Pharaoh’s Precognitive Recurrent Dream:
Pharaoh dreamed he was standing by the Nile. Out of the Nile came seven sleek and fat cows that grazed in the reed grass. Then seven ugly and thin cows came out of the Nile and stood by the other cows. The ugly and thin cows ate the seven sleek and fat cows.
And Pharaoh awoke.
Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. Seven plump and good ears of grain grow on one stalk. Then seven thin and blighted ears sprouted after them. The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump ears.
Pharaoh awoke again and realized it was a dream.
In the morning Pharaoh called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt and told them his dreams. No one could interpret them. The chief cupbearer said, “I remember the chief baker and I dreamed on the same night. A young Hebrew who is now jailed interpreted our dreams. As he interpreted to us, so it turned out. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”
Pharaoh sent for Joseph and said, “I have had a dream no one can interpret. It is said you can.” Joseph answered, “Not I. God will give Pharaoh an answer.”
Then Pharaoh told Joseph his dream.
Joseph said, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same. God has revealed what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. They are seven years of plenty. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt followed by seven years of famine, and the famine will consume the land.
“The doubling of the dream means it’s fixed by God, and will shortly come about.”
All the food was gathered and stored. When the seven years of famine came, Joseph opened the storehouses. The entire world came to buy grain because the famine was throughout the world.
According to Denise Alexander Pyle, this ancient Biblical message still holds true today. Bible spirituality and dreams are part of our modern lives. Our dreams are subconscious messages we need to figure out because they may be a warning about our future. “Our current dream message may be telling us how to save our planet from famine, now,” Denise says.
Rev. Geoff Nelson followed Patricia’s Dream with his favorite Bible Dream; 1 Kings 3:4-15.
King Solomon’s Intention-induced Precognitive Dream:
King Solomon went to Gibeon, a high place of worship. There, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night and said, “Ask what I should give you.” Solomon said, “Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child. Give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil.”
God said to him, “Because you have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for understanding to discern what is right, I give you a wise and discerning mind. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you walk in my ways, keeping my commandments, as your father David did, I will lengthen your life.”
Then Solomon awoke. It had been a dream.
Rev. Geoff sees this as an important dream because Solomon, having just been made king, is overwhelmed by his responsibilities and filling his dead father’s shoes. Solomon visits what may have been a Dreaming Temple, like the Greek/Roman Asclepeion Temples, where dreamers slept on the ground to “incubation” a dream intention for Divine guidance and discuss their dream to a priest the following day. Solomon’s dream is a combination of “Set your dream intention” and “Ask, and you shall receive.”
Rev. Geoff Nelson felt this dream was important because Solomon asked for wisdom in a dream, and got it, showing dreams are answered. “There is a lack of awareness in the role of dreams in history, especially biblical history.” Rev. Geoff says.
And, Kat ended the panel with her favorite Precognitive Dream in the Bible that could also be defined as Dreaming for Others, which is Daniel’s Dream about King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2:1–49).