About 95% of our dreams are saturated with symbols. It is these symbols when understood speaks to a greater reality or provides a more diverse meaning or understanding of the hidden messages that our dreams are attempting to convey.
What is a symbol? Well, in laymen' terms a symbol is the use of something to represent something else. A symbol can also be defined as an object, person, idea, etc., used in an illustration or presentation, dream or vision to stand for or suggest something else with which it is associated either explicitly or in some more subtle way.
Thus, the symbols in our dreams literally becomes the language of our dreams to reveal the coded messages embedded in our dreams. Our dreams in and of itself is a mystery. However, once the dream is interpreted, the interpretation is now known as the revelation of what was once a mystery concerning our dreams. Therefore, Dream interpreters translate the language (symbols) of our dreams to reveal the hidden spiritual messages that's incorporated in our dreams.
Therefore, symbols in our dreams are pointing to real life situations and matters. The reason why our dreams are displayed mostly in symbols is because the reality of the spirit realm, in which the dream is created is far too complex for ordinary human understanding. Nevertheless, symbols are not just limited to dreams and visions. In fact, all throughout scriptures symbols are depicted in parables to convey messages from God or to make a comparison or contrast between things that are spiritual and things that are physical.
Case and point, in Isaiah 5:1-7 a story of "The parable of the vineyard" is narrated by the prophet Isaiah. In this parable it is revealed that a farmer had great love for his vineyard to the extent that he had fenced his vineyard and removed all of the stones and planted choice vine. The story goes on to say that the farmer built a tower in the middle of the vineyard along with building a wine press. The farmer nurtured his vineyard and provided it with the best of everything with the expectation that the vineyard would bring forth the best grapes. However, to the farmer's surprise his well-loved vineyard brought forth wild grapes!
In Isaiah 5:3, the farmer made a statement along with asking a question to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the men of Judah. "Judge I pray you, between me and my vineyard", "what more could I have done to my vineyard that I have not done in it"? "Because when I expected grapes it brought forth wild grapes".
"Because of this, I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge that I had in place to protect it and now it will be eaten up and exposed to everything that the hedge once protected it from. then I will allow it to lay waste and it shall not be pruned neither plowed. Instead I will allow thorns and wild bush to spring among it. I will also command the clouds not to rain upon it
However, the revelation of this parable is revealed in Isaiah 5:7, where the symbol of the vineyard is revealed as the house of Israel and the men of Judah were the Farmer's pleasant plants. The farmer was the Lord God himself. The lord expected that after his provision and protection of Israel that they would display righteous judgments. Instead, they became lords of oppression. The parable further revealed in verse 5 that God would eventually remove his protection from Israel and other nations would come in and oppress them. In verse 6 however, He promised that he will no longer provide for Israel and that they would become desolate and poverty and hardship would now be their portion.
So as you would have read in the above parable, the symbols were indicating the, past, current and pending state of the inhabitants of Israel simply because they failed to produce what they were cultivated by God to produce.
Another example of the spiritual implications of symbols is revealed in Matthew 12:43-44. In this illustration, Jesus revealed a very profound revelation of how evil spirits classify human beings. Jesus said that when a person is delivered from an unclean spirit, the unclean spirit walks through dry places seeking rest and finds none. The unclean spirit then says to himself, let me return to my "HOUSE" from where I came out. The symbol of a house in this parable represents the life of a human being. Therefore for the most part when a house is presented in a dream it is symbolizing the life of a person if it is a huge house or an apartment complex, then it is symbolizing a family or a group!
Therefore, it is imperative that we learn the language of our dreams via the understanding of the symbols that's being presented in our dreams. This my friend can only happen via the assistance of the Holy Spirit who has been assigned to us primarily to lead us into all truth.
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing