(Does God Speak In Dreams Today?) Bible Question.
“Does God speak to people in dreams today, to warn them or direct them into certain paths?”
God spoke to people in dreams many times in the Old Testament Scriptures. He used a dream to warn Abimelech that Isaac and Rebekkah were married (Genesis 20:3 – 6). He revealed the path to prosperity to Jacob (Genesis 31:5 – 10). God also revealed to Joseph the meaning of the dreams of the baker and butler (Genesis 40:5 – 9) and of the Pharaoh (Genesis 41). Daniel gain favor with the king by interpreting his dreams, which God showed him (Daniel 2).
But there was a clear warning given about what God revealed in a dream and just a common dream. . .
“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth.” (Jeremiah 23:28, New American Standard Bible)
In other words, if you have a dream, tell it as a dream. Don’t tell the dream as God’s revelation. The prophet (such as Joseph, Isaiah, Daniel, etc.), who had the word of God revealed to him in a vision (or a dream), was to tell it as the word of God. But one who simply had a dream was to tell it as a dream, not tell it as the word of God.
But how does God speak to humanity today? Does He still speak in dreams? How can we tell whether God is speaking to us in a dream, or the devil? How can we tell whether or not it is simply a dream, originating in our own mind?
“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Hebrews 1:1, 2)
Notice this very carefully. God spoke in times past (from the time of Adam until the time of Christ) many different times in many different ways. But now a change has been made: “in these last days” God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. So does Christ speak to us through dreams (or other ways)?
Jesus told the apostles that He was going back to the Father, but He would give them the Holy Spirit to guide them. . .
“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me. . . for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 10:16; Luke 12:12)
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. . . when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 14:26; John 16:13).
What was the result of that guidance? The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:11 – 13. . .
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”
This passage is too clear to misunderstand. How can we know what God wants us to understand today? “Words. . . taught by the Spirit.” Does God reveal His will in dreams today, or does He warn us in dreams today? The Bible says no. He reveals His will in “Words taught by the Spirit” and which were written by the apostles.
The apostle Paul made it clear in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 . . .
“For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”
God speaks to us today through His Son, Jesus Christ. His Son, the Lord Jesus, speaks to us through the apostles, who were guided by the Holy Spirit. The apostles speak to us today through the word which they wrote, as the Holy Spirit directed them (2 Peter 1:20, 21).