God Can Tell You The Future In a Dream
Posted on January 25, 2022
One night long ago in Babylon, a powerful king had a dream.
The Creator of the earth—a God he didn’t even know—began to speak to him about the next 400–500 years. The king saw the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, right into the Roman Empire and the birth of the Messiah.
Technically, this old, old dream from Daniel 2 could be categorized as a Messianic dream because it talks about the coming of Christ—a mighty stone uncut by human hands that takes over every kingdom of the world.
The End from the Beginning
Many of us read dreams like this and think they’re cool, but we don’t see them for what they really are: possibilities. Applicable examples of God’s extreme power and what He might do. He can do the same thing with us that He did with Nebuchadnezzar, and it wouldn’t be difficult for Him.
Nebuchadnezzar didn’t know the Lord, and maybe didn’t even want to, but God still spoke to him in a dream. If you’re reading this, your story is probably different. You want to know God and His ways, and your heart is to hear His voice. Anything is possible for you in a dream because anything is possible for the Giver of Dreams, and you’re in relationship with Him.
God knows the end from the beginning, and in a dream, He might tell you what’s going to happen. Not just what’s going to happen in your life, but what will happen after you, even hundreds upon hundreds of years in the future.
His Understanding Has No Limit
We are used to dealing with limitations, but there is no limit to what God knows—and what He can do with that knowledge.
He is outside of time, so He can see any point in time and communicate that point to anyone He chooses, as He chooses. As Nebuchadnezzar discovered, sometimes He does this in dreams—He speaks, and He reveals, and He bends time, in a manner of speaking, to show something to a human who may or may not understand what’s going on.
He Can Repeat Dreams
When God gives a dream, He can give it again. That’s what happened with Daniel in this dream story.
Nebuchadnezzar wanted his wise men to tell him what he dreamed—not just the interpretation but the dream itself. When the wise men replied in disbelief, “That’s crazy! No one can do what you’re asking,” Nebuchadnezzar gave the order to execute them.
But Daniel halted the execution and asked for more time. He then went to the dream’s Source and requested more information. God showed him the king’s dream and gave him a clear interpretation. “This is what it means.”
Who can tell you more about a dream: the person who had the dream—or the One who crafted the dream in the first place? The Lord is the Interpreter of dreams and the Author of dreams (not all dreams, but many), and He can bring back a dream so there’s more understanding.
One thing we talk about at Streams is entering someone else’s dream. This means picturing the dream and asking the Holy Spirit to breathe life on it, so the interpreter can see it too. Our capacity to know someone else’s dream has nothing to do with our gifting. It has to do with the God who speaks.
He Does the Same Things Today
Not every dream is from God, but when a dream is from God, it is more than “just a dream.”
A God dream is not a cluster of facts being sorted by a human mind or heart. Nor is it merely suppressed thoughts or desires—it is the voice of God, and He’s telling you something you need to know.
God never changes, and He is doing the same things today that He did thousands of years ago. Yes, He can tell you somebody else’s dream. Yes, He can tell you the future. Yes, He can use you to influence kings. “This is who God is, and He spoke to you in your dream.”
Let’s begin 2022 with awe. Let’s marvel at who God is and what He can do. He has not changed over the eons. He is the same God for us that He was for Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar.
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