By Lisa Grace
The word "dream" appears in the KJV 74 times in 61 verses from the book of Genesis all the way through Acts.
God came in dreams, the angel of the Lord came as His messenger, and the angel of God came as a messenger too. ( some examples: Gen 31:11, Matthew 2:12, Matthew 2:19, Dan 4:18)
Some of the dreams were immediately understood, but other times the dream needed interpretation by a man of God.
Why would God use dreams to communicate to man?
In Bible times, much faith was put in dreams. Many Kings employed astrologers, mediums, and those who could interpret dreams. In other words, Kings listened to dreams and their interpretations. They couldn't argue with their dreams. They might kill the messenger, especially if they thought the interpretation was wrong.
And how did they know if the interpretation was wrong or right?
The same way they knew they were supposed to figure the dream out, that it was a form of communication from God; their conscience told them.
How else does God say He will communicate with man in the latter days?
In Joel 2:28 & in Acts 2:17 KJV: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
So it specifically mentions prophecy, dreams, and visions.
How do we know God exists?
Hint: It's the same mechanism that lets people know they have had a dream from God.
In the book of Romans is a very interesting verse. Chapter 1: 19 (NKJV) "since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them."
This verse makes it very clear that every human knows innately there is a God. Elsewhere in the Bible is the phrase Rom 2:15 KJV: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;
and another: 2CR 3:2 KJV: Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
Since God uses dreams as a way to deliver messages, these dreams can be thought to be supernatural. You will know when a dream is from God because He will reveal it as so.
Why would God uses dreams to communicate?
It's a direct line of communication. Dreams can also include "visions." Sometimes it's easier to understand something we "see" rather than just hearing.
The evil angels cannot stop a dream. They can however, give false information as they appear as ghosts (which don't exist), or an angel of light in order to deceive, and give false theology through mediums or those who communicate with supernatural beings.
Evil angels are not all knowing and cannot be everywhere at once.
You can see why it makes sense for God to communicate in this way once you understand that other forms of communication are most often not from God, but from his enemies who want to lull humans with a false sense of security in an "anything-goes" "everyone passes-into-the-light" false theology of the after-life.
Do not be deceived is a warning given throughout the Scriptures. Read your Bible. Familiarize yourself with the Jewish customs, geography, and lingo of the times the books of the Bible were written in so you can interpret it correctly. Learn for yourself. A great place to go is http://shalomadventure.com/ and sign up for their free newsletter; or http://www.Jewishheritage.net run by Rabbi Jeff Zaremsky who is a Bible believer.
Lisa Grace is the author of the Angel Series, which has been optioned for a major movie. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org