The way we begin unpacking our dreams and visions is by understanding the language that God uses in them. God uses symbols to communicate to us. In the Word we see many people having dreams and visions with symbols in them. Symbol: something used to represent something else. God uses symbols because it’s all about relationship!
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.” Proverbs 25:2 (AMPC) God doesn’t hide things from us. He hides things for us. He is like a parent that places a gift under the Christmas tree. The child inspects the gift to see how heavy it is because that might tell him what is in it. He feels along the edges to see what kind of container it is in, then shakes it and listens to the sound it makes. This exciting process of exploration is uniting the child with the parent. Likewise, God conceals the matter to let us experience the excitement of discovery. As we search it out, our relationship with God gets deeper and our character, wisdom, and understanding grow. We become more powerful and more anointed. One of the most powerful ways to become supernatural is by searching out a matter. Glory comes – literal, tangible manifestations of glory. God, in His wisdom, uses symbols to tantalize and draw us in, grow us up, and increase our glory as we search out the treasure He has hidden for us.
Pharaoh dreamed about seven fat cows in the Nile being eaten up by seven lean cows, and seven ripe ears of corn being eaten by seven blighted ears. When Joseph came to interpret that dream, he said that those symbols represented time. The seven fat cows and the seven ripe ears of corn represented seven years of plenty that Egypt would experience. The seven lean ears and seven ravaged cows represented seven years of famine that would eat up all of the resources from the seven years of plenty.
It’s the same with Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and the baker. They both had dreams and symbols that represented time while in prison with Joseph. The cup-bearer dreamed that there were three vines full of grapes that he squeezed into Pharaoh’s cup. Joseph said the symbols of the branches represented time and that in three days, Pharaoh would lift up his head and reinstate him to his position. The baker dreamed of three baskets full of baked goods that the birds were eating. Joseph told him the baskets in his dream also represented three days. He said that Pharaoh would also lift his head; not to reinstate him, but to hang him on the gallows. Both of those dreams came to pass!
I also had a dream while in prison with symbols that represented time. This prophetic dream told me how much time I would spend in prison. I was sentenced to 151 months, which is almost 13 years. Three nights after my sentencing, I had a dream that I was in a casino and I had two strange looking tokens. I took them out of my pocket, put them into a video game, and went to grab another one. When I pulled it out, it was a quarter instead of a token. It jumped from my hand as I brought it from my pocket. I had to retrieve it to put it in the machine. When I used those three items, I won back $151.00. Using Joseph’s dreams as a model, God began to show me what those different symbols meant. “The first two weird looking tokens,” He said, “will be the first two years you spent in the facility you’re in now.” I had spent two years, almost to the day, in that facility in a very small room with a glass wall where policemen stared at me all day long.. That was a hard time for me. I needed to know when I was going to get out of there. When I had that dream, I was really glad to hear that my two years were almost up. It gave me hope.
Then He said, “The quarter that you pulled out of your pocket is the next symbol that represents time. When you pulled it out of your pocket you had to retrieve it. That means that you will ‘go away’ to prison and you will do ‘a quarter’ of the time you were sentenced to; which, with good time factored in was approximately three years. And that’s exactly what happened. I had been transferred from the 1st facility and went to another prison. On my second year there I won my appeal case! Seven years were taken off of my sentence and so I would end up doing five years total. I did one more year in prison after that and was released. So, I served just five years of the original sentence. You see, the dream with the symbols representing time came to pass exactly as God said it would: two years in the first, three years in the second. God is going to use symbols to speak to you in your dreams and visions too.
We will be discussing more about symbols next week! This is good stuff, so don’t miss it! Big Love, Katie
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