See also Dreams and Visions – Part 1
We have seen the introduction part of dreams, why dreams are of importance to both you and the church of Jesus Christ collectively.
Here I will share on technicalities and operational levels. That is, the gift itself and how it functions. And then I will talk about the dreamer in Part 3, because that too need to be addressed, as he or she is a channel, just like in other giftings.
Now everybody dreams or has the capacity to dream. God has created each of us with hardware that can plug into dreams system. The thing is that some of us are gifted in a way that they can hear for themselves and for the others. Now here comes the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry.
I am not an expert so to say, neither do I want you to be like me. I am only creating a desire in you so as not to miss God’s tool for your warfare.
Each one of us is able to plug into the metaframe. Did I say that everyone of us does dreaming? Yes, of course. But here is the thing, when you have a dream, in the dream you are not aware that you are dreaming.
You are transported into other realms. Actually the dreams “have” you, not you having the dreams. It looks so normal, so real. It is at the time you wake up, that you do realize you have been dreaming. But most of us do not remember their dreams.
How can you fail to remember what has just happened about you in another place? You have just missed out something significant about your real life, in the present or in the future. Some decoding needs to take place.
This understanding is foundational, because when you are in a dream you are operating in “another life” so you go there and come back here into the physical. God has taken you into the future or back into the past, He is warning or directing. People, it is such prophetic.
There is another important thing here you need to know. As said earlier, we have inbuilt tendency to dream. It is what I earlier called “the hardware,” but as you know, for any hardware to execute tasks, there has to be the linking software. That software for Christians, is the Holy Spirit. Its like a satellite dish tilted to the transmitter. There has to be reception in return.
And this is how gifts operate. For example, a psychic or false prophet initially had the gifts in genuine sense, given to them by God, and when they missed HIM, they lost the signals from him.
They have the hardware, still given by God, but they will NEVER tap into HIS signals. Vacuum is created for insatiable desire for this gift to flow through them, but when it does, it will only pick the wrong signal.
Those whom we know to be falsely gifted people may, in fact have genuine gifts, only that they link to wrong receiving satellite.
Prophet Balaam received from this corrupted signal. He received that which was contrary to God’s plans for Israel. It was only after he encountered God’s signal, that he was able to bless Israel.
In the same way, our dreams can be picked from wrong sources. But misinterpreted dream is even worse. A dream that has been inaccurately interpreted, distort God’s message. It display error and immaturity it can even hurt a another.
Now let us go briefly to dream interpretation.
You know we have to be practical. We are talking about dreams. However it is necessary to see it in the prophetic context. You cannot separate the two.
We saw that God speaks through dreams, but He makes himself known through Visions, (Numbers 12:6), therefore His messengers will have dreams. Dreams as prophetic tool.
Having said that, in any message from God there is an aspect of, WHO, PLACE, WHY and TIME. A complete prophetic message when given. God will often address those aspects. He makes known, WHO he is speaking to (sometimes it is not you the dreamer) it is for others – you are only a messenger. Do not speak to the wrong audience!
He will also address WHY he is speaking what he is speaking in the dream. For example, He spoke to Mary and Joseph to take the child to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill the child, (Mathew 2:13). This was warning and it was very urgent. Failure to obey the message would hinder the purpose of God.
Remember, this may not have been God’s voice they heard. It could be a very normal dream where they saw themselves moving to Egypt, you know, hurrying and panicking as they beat the donkey on the move. I’m just saying, you know as it normally happen in a dream, AND THEN THEY CONCLUDED GOD AS HAVING SPOKEN.
It is all about the subject. When God speaks to you that something is going to happen, He may also tell you WHERE it is going to happen. Sometimes He may not.
Most prophets blunder in one aspect or another. It is wise to be silent where God is silent.
You may see an event, but where it is to happen, may still be God’s secret. I have been in this dilemma before.
For example, a dream where you are seeing family members, seemingly the dream is not to be interpreted as something national or international. The message is for the family, God is speaking to them. There is a boundary.
See also Dreams and Visions – Part 1
~ Prophet Peter Odhiambo
Prophet Peter Odhiambo of Heart Revival Network International, Kenya is a Prophetic End-Time Minister of the Gospel, preaching in Crusades and open air Revival meetings. The LORD continues to show him the apostasy in the Church and the need to prepare the Bride, fit for the Wedding of the Lamb, as in Revelation 19:7-8.