The Difference Between Dreams and Visions

Dreams and visions are both in the Holy Bible. They are both dynamic and symbolic in nature as well as memorable.

What dreams and visions both have in common is that they are both communication methods from The Lord.

Anyone who has had a vision will know that it does feel different than a standard dream. But then, there is the gray area that is the dream that does feel like a vision – just hyper realistic and mind-blowing.

Typically, a dream happens when you are sleeping. REM sleep, I believe, is the stage of unconsciousness that the brain starts dreaming in.

Visions happen when you’re awake. And it’s realistic to the degree that you can’t tell a difference between being in a vision and being in waking life.

Daydreams can be close to a vision. However a day dream is more about your imagination.

A vision is something that God has given to you.

Another important part to acknowledge is that God will give you a vision for a specific reason. He’s not going to give you a vision just for fun – it’s too rare and important for it to also be so flippant.

So what are you supposed to do with your dreams and visions?

Learn from them, really. You have to know what God gave you these things. For God to even want to communicate with you in this way, He must love His special relationship with you OR He may want to make an example of you.

The Biblical example of this is King Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. This particular King was not a saved individual and yet, Father God gave Him dreams for a dynamic reason – to prove his all-encompassing power. He did this so many ways. One way that comes to mind is the fact that Daniel was able to know exactly what King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed as well as what God created that dream to mean.

I am SO tickled at the fact that King Nebuchadnezzar told his people to interpret his dream without even telling them what it was. God created that situation to prove His power, obviously. And also, we can be inspired by Daniel’s relationship with Adonai (God). A friendship with God – what could be better?

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