View Full Version : Prophecies Thru’ Dreams. Knowing Real Meanings Is Very Important

The Informer
27th June 2011, 08:11 PM
A certain prophet in Ghana announced last week that it had been revealed to him that Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has been anointed by God to gain victory over President Atta Mills in the upcoming NDC primaries for a flagbearer, and that she, Nana Konadu, will go along to win the Presidential elections in 2012 and become Ghana’s President.

Interesting! Very Interesting! But can such a prophecy become true? Is Nana Konadu really going to win the NDC primaries, after having outdone the greater popularity of incumbent President Atta Mills? Then that will be the greatest political miracle of the times!

It is my opinion that if the prophet’s dream about Nana Konadu really came to him, then he has misread the meaning of that revelation only to misinform or deceive the Ghanaian populace. What must be reemphasized here is that every dream is a spiritual language that has a meaning in our practical life, and unless the prophet has been endowed with the ‘gift of interpretation of languages,’ the chances of his misreading the dream or misplacing its entire meaning in a false context are very high.

In the end, that prophet might be seen to be uttering some falsehood, and he might be called a false prophet. As a pragmatist, I see that all indications point to President Atta Mills as a winner, and Nana Konadu as a loser, thus I will advise that prophet to fast and pray to gain the real meaning of what was revealed to him. Indeed, dreams and visions are spiritually caused and are not mere fanciful constructs of the mind as Sigmund Freud, the famous psychologists, and other philosophers wrong argue.

This spiritual-causation theory is illustrated by Job in the Bible: “For God does speak – now one way, now another – though man may not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn man from wrong doing and keep him from pride”. (Job 33:14 – 17 NIV Bible)

From the foregoing, it can be observed that, either by Himself or through His good angels, God does give three types of dreams – the intellectually edifying, the morally instructive or the prophetic. As Biblical psychologist Delitzsch contends, many poetical, musical and scientific inventions and solutions to problems or spiritual insights into things have been obtained through dreams. This cannot be gainsaid.

For instance, English literary scholars don’t dispute the fact that the British poet, Coleridge wrote his classic poem, ‘Kubla Khan’ from what he saw in a dream: And literary pieces like ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R. L Stevenson were born out of dreams. In fact Science, Technology, Music etc are also replete with such examples of dream constructs.

In the realm of ethics or good morals, dreams and visions do a lot to change people’s improper behaviour. Undoubtedly. St. Paul’s conversion from his wicked ways into a moral, Spirit-filled Christian, resulting from his encounter with Christ during a vision, is a classic example.

Delitzsch describes the ethical impact of dreams and visions this way: “From the selfishness of the soul… are formed in the heart all kinds of sinful images of which the man is ashamed when he awakens, and on account of which remorse disturbs the dreamer”.

But of more significance are the Prophetic aspects of dreams by which, as Professor Merill Unger contends: “the special will of God is often revealed to men…of which the scriptures mention many.” Read the dream of Jacob at Bethel recorded in the Bible and you will see how God prophetically assures him: “I will give you and your descendants and land on which you are lying…” (Genesis 28:13b). That referred to the Palestine land, the part of which is now called Israel.

Another instance is Peter having a vision that “something like a large sheet (was) being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him ‘get up Peter, kill and eat’”.

That was a message to Peter to go to convert Cornelius, the gentile, whom Peter at first thought to be unworthy to receive the gospel because he was a gentile, not a Jew! (Acts 10:9-16)

By a careful analysis of the two examples given above, one might see that whilst the prophecy given to Jacob was in clear, straightforward dream-language and not proverbial or parabolic, the prediction to Peter was in dream symbols of sheet, reptiles, four-footed animals, birds and ‘eat’: That’s the usual nature of dream prophecies.

It will indeed be argued that about 95 percent of mankind’s dreams and visions come by way of symbols, which need to be interpreted before they are understood. This implies that dreams and visions as a symbolic language have universal interpretation.

As to how these symbols can best be interpreted universally is a matter of controversy between Christianity on the one hand, and Eckankar and Esotericism (which claims to have secret spiritual knowledge of the universe) on the other. It is the view of Christian Pneumatological theology (which concerns itself which studies about the Holy Spirit) that dreams and visions are part and parcel of the gift of prophecy, which can only be interpreted by the gift of interpretation of languages of the Holy Spirit as seen in Corinthians 12:8-11.

Thus, any exotic interpretation of dreams, like using cowries, spirits or dream books is said to be false. In the Bible, the conversation between the imprisoned Joseph and his inmates is said to give evidence to this charismatic-interpretation argument: Here it goes: “We both had dreams” they answered, but there is no one to interpret them. Then Joseph said: “do not, interpretation belong to God.” (Genesis 40:8) The contention here is that, it is God the Holy Spirit who gives true interpretations to dreams.”

Eckankar on the other hand insists on gradually learning their meanings as they occur or unfold in our daily lives: “a dream journal” argues Eckankar, “also gives us an opportunity to see any patterns in our dreams. Certain symbols may tend to appear regularly. In recognizing them, we are better able to make sense of these experiences”. (Eckankar: Ancient Wisdom for Today, page 36) This appears to clash with Christians’ charismatic interpretation principle.

Truly, this inductive approach to dream interpretation (the recording of dream and inferring from them) is shared by James Ward, an esoteric dream expert of Britain. He contends… “in the early stages of the world, wise men studied this subject (of dream interpretation) and the results of their researches and experiences were handed down from one generation to another…. The dream of a particular object was found to be followed by particular experiences and thus the meanings of dreams gradually became fixed and were recorded,” (‘Dreams and Omens’ by James Ward, page 13)

The confrontation between Christianity’s Charismatic interpretation of dreams and visions and that of Eckankar and Esotericism rakes up several difficult and controversial questions: For instance, with reference to Christians’ claim, it is asked, if one does not have the gift of interpretation to know the meaning of a particular dream, how does one know it? Is it not through a dream book? So it is contended.

And in the case of Eckankar, it is asked: where a dream experience has never been recorded, from which a person can infer a meaning of a new dream, how does he know its prophetic meaning? Or in respect of the Esotericists’ emphasis on the use of dream book, the question is: where for example, two dreams concern one particular person (as research studies show), how does the dreamer know the true meaning of them? All these questions make the controversy on dreams so much hazy that they become a real controversial controversy! And how do we resolve them?

Of course, there are several instances when, from my own experience and research, charismatic interpretations of dreams coincide or agree with deductive interpretations recorded in some research dream books. For example, to dream of seeing or being involved in a lorry accident does not mean an upcoming lorry accident, but a misunderstanding with one’s lover. If in the accident, the car is turned upside down, it warns of a serious quarrel which will surely end in divorce of one’s marriage.

A dream about a suddenly flooded gutter or flooded river or sea means: an upcoming trouble; of a mad person, means of sickness coming. That of tomatoes, foretells some debts or bad luck to a trader or businessman; of a lost shoe, means your partner is being snatched away by another lover; and having sex implies loss of reputation, good luck, prosperity, fertility (woman) or potency (man).

But in many instances, charismatic and esoteric interpretations are different. In this case, what do you do then? Simply pray to God for the correct interpretation of your dreams; hence I advice that the revelation to the aforesaid prophet on Nana Konadu’s chances in the primaries, should get its correct interpretation through fastings and prayers so as to avoid future embarrassment.

Source: Apostle Kwamena Ahinful