Supernatural Biblical Guidance
Understanding Holy Spirit Inspired Dreams & Guidance
Knowing the 3 Biblical Categories Is Essential

by Pastor John Hamel


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Chapter 1: Wayward, Unbiblical Dream Interpreters

Chapter 1: Man-Inspired Not God-Inspired Doctrine

Chapter 2: Dreams Defined

Chapter 2: Three Categories of Dreams

Chapter 3: Dreams of Guidance

Chapter 4: Dreams of Warning

Chapter 4: What to Do When God Warns You in a Dream

Chapter 4: President Abraham Lincoln Was Warned in a Dream

Chapter 5: Dreams of Revelation

Chapter 5: Biblical Examples of Dreams of Revelation

Chapter 5: A Supernatural Personal Example

Chapter 5: Never Pray & Ask God for a Dream

Chapter 6: Additional Examples of Dreams from the Bible


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 Chapter 1: Wayward,
Unbiblical Dream Interpreters

"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:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28,29)

We are talking about the Holy Spirit and supernatural guidance.  We have continued to see that the inner witness or the inner perception of the Holy Spirit is the primary way He guides us, after the written Word of God.  The inner witness of the Holy Spirit is followed by His inward still small voice and after that His actual, audible, more authoritative voice. 

In this lesson we are going to move into another form of supernatural Biblical guidance.  We will study supernatural dreams and guidance.  In our next lesson we will study supernatural visions and guidance, followed by supernatural prophecy and guidance.  

Amongst many believers and Pastors today it is very popular to put far too much emphasis on psychologically-based "Holy Spirit inspired" dream interpretation which does not line up with the Bible.  

Many have allowed themselves to be misled by the wrong teachings of one very popular "Prophet" and "Christian Dream Teacher" who teaches others  to interpret dreams according to his "inspired" Dream Manual based on colors, shapes, numbers, symbols, etc.  There is no evidence in Scripture for any such manual or teachings.

Sadly, this popular Minister died suddenly and prematurely in early 2015 as a result of his pride, false teachings and for stepping into the Prophet's Office to which he was not called. 

His followers seem to be misled by the fact that he has appeared on many popular Christian television programs. Well, there are many things on Christian television networks that do not line up with Scripture. Appearing on Christian television does not mean God is putting His stamp of approval on everything someone does. 

One woman recently told me concerning another Bible Teacher whom she did not want to acknowledge had gotten off into deep error, "Anyone can see just by how popular and successful he is that God approves of him."  

I said to her, "If popularity and success are the indicators of God's approval then God approves of Bernie Madoff, Hugh Hefner and all other notorious, popular, "successful," multi-millionaire Bible-rejecters." 

Popularity, success and wealth or repeated appearances on Christian television are not God's standard of measure. 

The Bible and only the Bible is God's standard of measure.

Christian television stations have tremendous overhead and some, not all, are often times more concerned with booking half-hour and one-hour segments at high-dollar rates than they are with monitoring proper doctrinal content. 

This is why the Apostle Paul instructs all Ministers and believers to "Study and show yourself approved of God."  (2 Timothy 2:15) 

Pastors and Christians who allow others to do their studying for them, blindly following one popular error after another, always end up in a ditch on one side of the road.

Man-Inspired Not God-Inspired Doctrine

One Pastor I personally know has been so misled by the above-mentioned popular "Christian Dream Teacher" he actually held a church party on a local Village Green and opened it to the public.  There was "...drama, dance, games, food, face painting and dream interpretation."  

This easy going, fun-centered, amusement park mentality approach to Holy Scripture can lead to big time deception and potential tragedy to those who are fooled by it.

Imagine - face painting, games and dream interpretation for the children!  

Frankly, I would not allow my child to come within one mile of that church party! 

Although the Pastor and his people loved Jesus, they had "departed from the faith," opening themselves and others up to "seducing spirits and doctrines of demons." (1 Timothy 4:1) 

Such wayward  doctrine cannot be supported from Holy Scripture. (Matthew 18:16)

It's always best to just stick with the written Word of God and stay out of trouble.

That is what we will do in this study on Supernatural Biblical Dreams.

The Prophet Joel in our text declared that in the Last Days there would be an increase of dreams, visions and prophecies.  Many Believers are actually afraid of these types of supernatural guidance because of the errors of folks like those mentioned above.  They are afraid of being misled by counterfeits and rightfully so.  

Although dreams, visions and prophecies must be tested according to the Word of God, they should never be rejected.  Once we educate ourselves Biblically we will have no need to fear dreams, visions and prophecies.  Although they are not the primary way the Holy Spirit leads, they are Biblical and we can find the balance. 

The Holy Spirit has led the people of God through dreams, visions and prophecies throughout human history.  We are on the threshold of an increase of this type of guidance according to the Prophet Joel.  Therefore, we must purposely study the Bible to acquire a better understanding of dreams, visions and prophecies.  

Dreams are not just “mental debris” as some people insist.  Others insist that God does not use this type of guidance any longer.  Then there are those who desire to have their total existence directed by nothing but dreams, visions and prophecies.  Satan has destroyed many good individuals and Ministries because of their wrong opinions of dreams, visions and prophecies. 

As stated, one such popular Ministry, mentioned above, has deceived many believers in Jesus Christ, particularly church youth.  This deceived individual and his trained "Teachers" and "Prophets" traveled from Church to Church, television program to television program, man-inspired Dream Interpretation Manuals in hand, teaching “Dream Seminars” on how to interpret dreams through the use of colors, letters, numbers, objects, events, etc.  

In spite of its popularity this type of teaching is unbiblical, man-inspired, not God-inspired, rooted in psychology and renders nothing but confusion amongst those who are ignorant of true, Biblical, New Testament forms of guidance.

Again, sadly, this popular Dream Interpreter died prematurely for stepping into the Prophet's Office to which he was not called. He simply met none of the criteria for that Office.  

Yet, many Pastors choose this popular error over the Word of God simply because it will draw a small crowd and raise a few dollars. (Not to mention a few eyebrows.)

We will find the scriptural balance in this study.

Chapter 2:  Dreams Defined

Webster’s dictionary defines “dreams” as “having ideas or images in the mind during the state of sleep; in Scripture dreams were sometimes impressions on the minds of sleeping persons by Divine agency.” 

You will notice that this definition of dreams correctly states that dreams only occur while a person is sleeping.  Visions occur while a person is awake.  We will go into visions in our next lesson.

Not always, but oftentimes in a dream, as with a vision, it is as if one is standing in the middle of the dream as events unfold before or around them. 

In the Old Testament, prior to the Holy Spirit indwelling man, dreams were frequently used by God to speak to human beings.  In the New Testament, because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, visions are more common than dreams.  But again, Joel did say that dreams would occur more frequently in the Last Days. 

Keep in mind, not all dreams are of God.  It is possible to experience unscriptural, confusing dreams as a result of wrongly eating or drinking before sleeping. (Isaiah 29:8) Some unscriptural dreams can even be the result of what one wrongly takes in through the eye-gate and the ear-gate in the form of movies, videos, television programming, reading and music that is not God-inspired. (Proverbs 4:20-23)  

When a dream is of the Holy Spirit, He will make any necessary interpretation available to you.  He will make it clear.  If He does not directly make it clear to you, He will place someone in your immediate periphery that He knows can help you with it, such as He did by bringing Joseph into the life of Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:1-57)  He did the same thing by bringing the Prophet Daniel into the life of King Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel chapters 2-4)  He is not the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33) 

If you experience a dream that does not make sense to you immediately, I always say, "Put it on the back burner and do not fret about it.  If the dream was of God, He will ultimately bring the interpretation to you."  Commonly though, when a dream is of God, you will understand it immediately or near immediately. 

Possibly you have had a dream that you do not understand and through what you are about to read here today, the interpretation will become very obvious to you.

Also, when a dream is of the Holy Spirit it will be Scriptural. It will line up with Biblical teaching and experience.  This is why it is so important for every Believer who desires to be led supernaturally to have a solid, foundational understanding of God’s Word.

The unbiblical, dream-interpreting Ministry referred to above profits only because of the Bible illiteracy of the baby Believers of whom it takes advantage. 

Again, at the risk of being redundant, I always tell people who don't understand a dream, "Just put it on the back burner and go back to what you were doing before you had it. If it is of God, it's His responsibility to make clear what He means by it. He's not a foolish God."

Three Categories of Dreams

Basically there are three categories of dreams revealed in Scripture, although, like the Gifts of the Spirit, dream categories can overlap one another.  We have used the illustration of the colors of the rainbow at times when describing the Gifts and Operations of the Holy Spirit.  With a rainbow it is often hard to tell where one color stops and another begins.  So it is with the three categories of dreams.  They can often overlap and oftentimes an individual is experiencing more than one type of dream at a time.  

However, we will do our best in this book to separate them for teaching purposes.

Whenever someone dreams any of the three categories of dreams, it is a manifestation of the Word of Wisdom, the Word of Knowledge and/or the Discerning of Spirits.  You'll need to study all three of these Revelation Gifts in order to better understand Holy Spirit inspired dreams and visions. The live links above will take you to a complete study of all three of these Revelation Gifts.

Chapter 3: Dreams of Guidance

Solomon dreamed a dream of guidance.  Many realize that Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule his kingdom.  Because he asked for something to bless others, not himself, God gave Solomon tremendous material wealth as well.  However, not many people realize that all of this supernatural interaction between the Most High God and Solomon actually occurred in a dream while Solomon was sleeping. (1Kings 3:3-15) 

Joseph, the husband of Mary, dreamed a dream of guidance. (Matthew 2:13)  Joseph was guided by an Angel in this dream to take Jesus into Egypt, saving His life from King Herod's command to slay all male babies up to two years of age.  Joseph's dream resulted in the safekeeping of the world’s Messiah and ultimately our own salvation.  We will see that Joseph actually dreamed all three types of dreams.  

The Magi / Wise Men dreamed dreams of guidance as well.  The Holy Spirit showed them not to go back and tell King Herod where Jesus was. (Matthew 2:12) 

I myself have had manifestations of this type of dream.  I once racked my brain concerning a Ministry need.  I finally gave up in frustration not being able to come up with a solution.  Once I gave up the struggle, casting the care of my need upon the Lord, the Holy Spirit showed me in a dream a man to go to and exactly what he would do for me.  I went to the man and it came to pass precisely as the dream revealed.  

This is not the primary way the Holy Spirit leads Believers and you know that by now.  However, it is Scriptural and never to be feared.  

In Chapter Six you will find additional examples of dreams of guidance from the Bible. 

Chapter 4: Dreams of Warning

Normally the Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to warn His Born Again children of impending judgment for messing around with compromise, rebellion, disobedience and sin.  But He can also use dreams to the same end.  This is such a loving, thoughtful way of Him correcting us privately for wrongdoing.

King Abimelech was warned in a dream that he was a dead man if he went to bed with Abraham’s wife, Sarah.  Fearing Abimelech would kill him if he discovered Sarah was his wife, Abraham had lied to Abimelech, telling him that Sarah was his sister. Believing Abraham's lie, Abimelech took Sarah as his own.  

In a dream, God showed Abimelech that Sarah was actually the Prophet Abraham's wife and that if he slept with her, he would die.  Abimelech begged God for mercy in the dream, assuring God that he would not take Sarah away from Abraham. In this one dream, Abimelech and Sarah were spared from committing adultery, Sarah was spared from moral contamination and the seed of Jesus was supernaturally preserved. (Genesis 20:1-18) 

Jacob worked for twenty years to marry Laban’s daughter.  Laban continued to take advantage of him by delaying the marriage.  Jacob was finally warned by the Lord in a dream that Laban was beyond honest dealings.  

In the dream, Jacob was also guided to Canaan where things would be better for him. (Genesis 31:10-13)  Obediently, Jacob took his family and possessions and left.  When Laban discovered that they had gone, he set out after them.  Laban himself was then warned in a dream to back off Jacob and his family or God would personally "rattle his cage." (Genesis 31:24) 

Pharaoh dreamed two dreams of warning.  He was being warned of God concerning seven coming years of plenty followed by seven years of extreme famine.  He was completely bowled over and confused by these dreams.  The Prophet Joseph, God’s King of Dreams, supernaturally interpreted them for Pharaoh, showing him what to do to avoid extinction through the coming famine.  

The end result was favor for Joseph with Pharaoh, Joseph's promotion from the doghouse to the penthouse making him the Vice-President of the world, Egypt’s introduction to the Most High God and the entire Nation of Israel being saved from Satan’s attempted genocide.  

Not bad for one night’s work, but that is just the big God that we serve.  Joseph also previously and accurately interpreted dreams of warning for both Pharaoh’s butler and his baker while he was unjustly imprisoned. (Genesis 41:1-50:26) 

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, dreamed a warning dream that he did not understand.  The Prophet Daniel interpreted it for him, explaining that he was about to come under a seven-year curse for stealing God’s glory.  Because Nebuchadnezzar, in his pride and self-importance, refused to receive the warning, the dream came to pass even as Daniel described.  

It wasn’t pretty, either! Nebuchadnezzar lost his sanity and lived like an animal for seven years until he finally repented. God was trying to help Nebuchadnezzar avoid coming judgment by giving him this dream. (Daniel 4:1-37)  

In another dream, an Angel told Joseph, the husband of Mary, it was safe to now go back to Israel.  However, Joseph was warned in this particular dream to avoid going by way of Judea, going directly to Galilee, because Herod’s son was now in power.  He was a baby killer just like his father.  This dream once again saved Jesus’ life, directly resulting in our salvation. (Matthew 2:19-23)

What to Do When God Warns You in a Dream  

If the Holy Spirit warns you in a dream of unrepented sin in your life as He did with Nebuchadnezzar, it is never to condemn you.  It is only to help you. (Job 33:14-18)  Run to God with your sin, never away from Him.  He wants to cleanse you of all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9) He is attempting to spare you having to be judged in your sin through the Laws of Sowing and Reaping. (Jeremiah 2:19; Galatians 6:7-8) 

Use wisdom. Simply confess it and avoid judgment. (Proverbs 28;13; 1 Corinthians 11:31,32; 1 John 1:9)

When you know you are in sin, God confirms it by pointing it out to you in a dream and you refuse to repent, you have just taken on the God of the Universe in a wrestling match that you can't win. Repent immediately and God will have mercy on you.  

If you continue to resist repenting, you will ultimately drink from a bitter cup and you won't like that. (Proverbs 15:31) God is trying to tell you that the Laws of Sowing and Reaping are about to become the Laws of Sowing and Weeping in your case. 

Many times the Holy Spirit has shown me in a dream of warning someone dying tragically in an accident - a family member, friend, Minister, etc.  

I have learned to ask forgiveness for the one in the dream if they are a believer in Jesus Christ. (1John 5:16)  I then remind the devil that he has no business in these matters, binding him away from that individual, in Jesus’ Name. (James 4:7)  I decree over them "You will live and you will not die, in Jesus' Strong Name. (Mark 11:23)

I then ask God for their deliverance even as the Prophet Abraham stood in the gap for Sodom and Gomorrah.  I ask God to spare them the tragedy.  I also ask Him if there is anything further He would have me to do, such as addressing the individual concerning what He has shown me.  

This has proven to be very effective at times. Other times, if God sent me to the individual and they refused to repent for that which opened the door to tragedy, they ended up running headlong into it.

If it is an unsaved family member I dream of dying or facing some other type of tragedy I immediately remind Satan that not one of my family members will leave this earth without confessing Christ as their Savior according to Acts 16:31. 

I forbid him from bringing the revealed tragedy to pass, in Jesus' Name. I fully expect him to obey me. (James 4:7) God would not have given me the dream if I was powerless to do something about it.

If I dream of an unsaved non-family member dying tragically or prematurely I will claim their salvation in Jesus Name according to Psalm 2:8, if I have not done so already. I also tell Satan to take the Gospel blinders from their eyes. (2Corinthians 4:4)

I then ask God to send Gospel laborers to them so they can hear and receive the message of the Gospel. (Matthew 9:37-39; Romans 10: 13-15) I bind demonic principalities and powers away from  them, asking God to please have mercy on them, sparing them the tragedy.

An individual once told me of dreaming in great detail how a loved one was going to die.  Later, it occurred precisely as it did in their dream.  Precisely!

This dear man then explained to me that he believed God took his loved one’s life "to break a family curse of immorality" off of his family. I was shocked to think that someone would believe such unbiblical doctrine about a loving God.  

That is religious thinking.  That is stinking thinking.  Jesus has broken every curse by laying down His life on behalf of all sin. (Galatians 3:13,14; 1Peter 3:18) God did not take this man's loved one's life to break a curse.  

This precious individual was being given a dream of warning so he could take authority and stop his loved one’s unnecessary premature death, in Jesus’ name.  

However, because this man had earlier rejected good Scriptural teaching for religious dogma, he had no Scriptural knowledge of how God uses dreams to help people, not to hurt people.  I was able to explain this to him later.  

Someone asked, “Why did God give that man the dream of warning if He knew he wouldn’t understand what to do with it?”  

The answer is that God is a good God.  Although God knew he wouldn’t understand it then, God knew he would ultimately learn from it.  

God brought me into his life to explain it all to him from the Bible.  Now he knows exactly what to do should the Lord choose to guide him and warn him in this way again.  He also now knows that God is not the one who took his loved one prematurely. (John 10:10)

President Abraham Lincoln Was Warned in a Dream 

President Abraham Lincoln was a Born Again man who dreamed of lying in State in the White House.  He was looking down from the ceiling and saw himself lying in a casket, having been assassinated.  The Holy Spirit was warning him to protect himself from a coming tragedy, but he, too, was lacking knowledge in this area of Scripture.  

“So, why did God bother giving him this dream of warning?” you may be thinking. 

Because God is a good God.  He wants everyone who hears about President Lincoln's dream to learn from it.  

Our good God did not use Abraham Lincoln solely for the emancipation of slaves.  He desires to use Abraham Lincoln to emancipate people who live in ignorance of how and why He uses supernatural dreams of guidance, warning and revelation. 

If the Holy Spirit warns you of error in a dream, correct it immediately.  Ask for forgiveness and get that mess under the Blood.  God will be faithful to restore you. (1John 1:9)   

If He warns you of premature death or impending tragedy concerning yourself or someone else, take authority over it and bind it from happening in Jesus’ Name.  Tell it, “This will not happen, in Jesus’ Name.” (Matthew 12:29; James 4:6,7) 

However, if God warns you in a dream of your own premature death or some other coming tragedy, and you insist on living with unconfessed, unrepented of sin in your life, your authority will not work and tragedy will not be averted.  

Whatever it takes, you must get the sin out of your life at all costs. You must repent thoroughly for whatever it is that has opened the door to coming tragedy in your life, or the tragedy simply cannot be averted.  

This is why the Apostle Paul said, "If you will judge yourself you will not have to be judged." (1Corinthians 11:31-32) 

Sometimes this involves just private repentance between yourself and the Lord.  

Other times it involves repentance in a public forum if you have sinned in a public forum.

Sometimes it requires making restitution with someone you have sinned against. (Matthew 5:23-26) 

Either way, it is better to suffer a few minutes of soul-cleansing shame through whole-hearted repentance than to have to face premature death or some other form of avoidable tragedy. 

We cannot possibly cover all the dreams of warning that are in the Bible.  I am confident that what we have shared thus far will help you greatly.

Chapter 5: Dreams of Revelation

This is an area that requires particular caution.  Dreams of revelation that contradict the written Word of God are to be rejected.  

The Mormons, Moonies, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witness, false Prophets such as Jeanne Dixon, Edgar Cayce and even  modern-day Charismatic and Pentecostal Christian groups have all gotten into deep error by becoming preoccupied with supernatural dreams and visions that completely and totally contradict the Holy Scriptures. 

The Bible says that there is a curse of death on Prophets and dreamers who turn people away from the Most High God and His Word. (Deuteronomy 13:5) 

The Apostle Paul said that we are to reject even angels appearing who come with revelation that is contrary to the Bible. (Galatians 1:8,9)  The Mormons, Moonies, followers of Mohammed and even one modern day, Spirit-filled, "Prophetic" group based out of Kansas City, have all tragically fallen victim to this particular type of deception based upon false angelic "revelations" which are not based on Scripture. 

Some of these false revelations came through angels appearing in dreams, while other false unbiblical "revelations" came through angels appearing in visions to the leaders of these deceived groups.  

Joel did say that God will use dreams, visions and prophecies in the Last Days, but we must demand two or three verses of Scripture, in context, preferably from the New Testament, for every revelation, even if it is delivered by an angel. (Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2Corinthians 13:1) 

Demon spirits often disguise themselves as God's angels, bringing false revelations to the unsuspecting, those who lack a foundational knowledge of the New Testament - Paul's Letters in particular. (2Corinthians 11:13-15)

Biblical Examples of Dreams of Revelation

The Bible is full of supernatural dreams that reveal something.  We cannot possibly cover them all but we will look at a few.

There are no recorded instances of the Holy Spirit dealing with man through dreams - guidance, warning or revelation, before the Prophet Noah’s Flood. 

In the very first instance of the Holy Spirit communicating with humanity through a dream, it was a dream of revelation where God revealed to the Prophet Abraham that he would live a long, prosperous life.  It was also revealed to him that Israel would go into captivity for over four hundred years and finally come out with tremendous abundance. (Genesis 15:12-16) 

Jacob dreamed a dream of revelation.  One of Angels going back and forth from Heaven and Earth on a great ladder or terrace work.  The Lord stood at the top of the ladder, revealing Himself to Jacob as His Helper, Keeper and Provider.  What a revelation of God’s love nature. (Genesis 28:10-16) 

It was revealed to fledgling Prophet Joseph in a dream that one day his family would bow down to him.  Sure enough, they did. (Genesis 37:5-9; 42:6) 

Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream of future world empires rising and falling.  Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream of revelation brought great promotion to himself, as well as to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, over all the affairs of Babylon. (Daniel 2:1-49) 

Joseph, soon-to-be-husband of Mary, dreamed a dream revealing that the Child within Mary was conceived of the Holy Spirit and that he should not be afraid to take her as his wife. (Matthew 1:20,21)  

It is amazing to me that Joseph could actually go back and see confirmation of his dream in the Scriptures.  He could actually read where his own Prophet, Isaiah had written eight hundred years earlier that a virgin birth would occur in Judah.  From here, the virgin born Messiah would rule the nations forever. (Isaiah 7:14; 8:8)  This is possibly the greatest, most important and most wonderful dream of revelation ever dreamed.  

So we have now seen how Joseph dreamed all three types of supernatural dreams – guidance, warning and revelation.

A Supernatural Personal Example

I would like to share with you just one of many personal examples of God guiding me through a dream.  


My wife, Barbara, and I were once on the way out to conduct a Sunday morning Church service.  Suddenly I was overcome with vertigo, falling over backwards and landing on the floor.  As the room spun around me, I realized I was in serious trouble. 


Barbara went ahead and preached the service for me.  I went to lie down on the bed and to seek the Lord as to what was wrong with me.  For the next two months I lay on that bed on my right side, unable to change positions without being overcome by the most extreme vertigo. Barbara continued to preach and teach every service for me over the next two months as I was completely incapacitated.  


As I lay there on my right side day after day, I would listen to healing messages, stirring up my faith for supernatural healing.  Barbara and I both believe very strongly that Christians should always utilize the services of doctors and medicine, particularly when they do not have faith for Divine healing.  However, I was strongly impressed in my heart that in this particular case, I was not to do so.  Barbara had complete peace about my not seeking medical attention as well. 


One day while Barbara was away from home, I had a dream of revelation.  In the dream I was looking directly at my own face in a mirror.  As I wondered why I might be looking at myself in that mirror, my face begin to swing open as if it were hinged on the left side of my head.  It actually appeared to open like a door.  As my face swung open on the side of my head, I was able to see the backside of my face and the inside of my head in two sections.  I was looking at a cross-cut dissection of the inside of my head and face.  It was like looking at a full-color medical illustration.


As I looked around the inside of my head I noticed there was a tumor or a growth of some sort at the very top of my Eustachian tube, directly behind my left inner ear. It was the size of a pea.  


As I stared at the growth behind my inner ear, I said to myself, "There's some sort of a tumor or a growth at the top of my Eustachian tube behind my inner ear!"  As soon as I said that to myself, my face immediately closed again on its imaginary hinge and I was looking at myself directly in the mirror again. As I looked at myself in the mirror the dream suddenly ended.


I realized I was dreaming.  When one has a dream or a vision, they don't realize they're having a dream or a vision until they come out of the dream or the vision.  


I realized immediately that the Holy Spirit had just shown me, through a dream of revelation, what my problem was.  I had a tumor or a growth of some sort which had developed behind my inner ear at the top of my Eustachian tube. This is what was causing such extreme vertigo, incapacitating me.   


Barbara arrived home shortly after that and I explained to her what the Holy Spirit had just shown me.  Knowing that sickness, tumors and growths don't come from God because they destroy life, we knew exactly what to do.  (John 10:10; James 1:17)  Barbara had a similar problem previously and when we addressed it by faith we saw amazing, supernatural results.


Barbara and I agreed together in prayer, cursing the tumor, addressing it by faith, commanding it to come out of my body in Jesus' Strong Name.  Over the next two days I felt it moving down the Eustachian tube, ultimately working its way into my mouth.  On the third day I woke up realizing it was about to come into my mouth.  I jumped up, went into the bathroom and spit it into the sink.  It was the same bloody mass that I had seen in the dream of revelation three days prior.  


The vertigo left nearly immediately, however, it was two weeks before I could confidently drive an automobile again. I was well on my way to a quick and a full recovery and back in the pulpit again all because of a supernatural dream of revelation.  To God be the glory!


If you need a dream of revelation God will see to it that you have one.     


There will be and even is now an increase of dreams, visions and prophecies occurring in these Last Days.  We must keep in mind that supernatural dreams of guidance, supernatural dreams of warning and supernatural dreams of revelation are not the primary way the Holy Spirit guides Believers.  


As we stay focused on the written Word of God, the inner witness and the inward still small voice of the Holy Spirit, we are also making ourselves available to any other form of supernatural guidance the Holy Spirit chooses to use.


It is important to keep in mind that every supernatural dream is not always Holy Spirit inspired.  Someone once made the statement, “Garbage in, garbage out.”  That is a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to supernatural dreams and visions.  If you spend all your time consuming secular television programming, worldly movies, music that does not flow from the Throne of God, trashy tabloids, fear-filled newspapers and novels promoting death, dying and destruction, you are going to have some really over-the-edge dreams that will not be God-inspired. (Ecclesiastes 5:3)


Also, just because something is supernatural does not mean it is Scriptural.  Satan is a spirit, a supernatural being and he loves to masquerade around as an angel of light. (2Corinthians 11:14)  He specializes in deceiving Believers who are ignorant of what is and what is not Scriptural.  


This is also how he has been able to establish the world’s cults and non-Christian religionsThe Bible says the Holy Spirit is against their counterfeit "revelations" based on false dreams and visions because they cause people to err by their lies. (Jeremiah 23:32)


Never Pray and Ask God for a Dream


A final word in closing:  The Holy Spirit is running the Church, not man.  He and He alone decides when the Gifts of the Spirit will go into operation. (1Corinthians 12:11)  


No one in the Bible ever prayed for the Holy Spirit to speak to them through a dream.  Therefore, no one in this day and age should ever pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to them through a dream.  


People in the Bible who received dreams of guidance, warning or revelation, including Prophets, were simply going about their business and God decided to speak to them through a dream. (Numbers 12:6-7)  


It is simply not Scriptural for anyone to pray and ask God to speak to them through a dream, even though Job did say God can and possibly will seal His instruction for you in the night through a dream of guidance, warning or revelation. 


"For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that He may withdraw man from his (own) purpose and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword." (Job 33:14-18)   


If you insist on praying for dreams, visions and prophecies to come to you, Satan can and gladly will accommodate you.  


Stick with the written Word of God, the inner witness of the Holy Spirit and the still small voice of God.  God is a very Wise God.  If you need a dream of guidance, warning or revelation, He knows it and He will get it to you.  Trust His love!


Chapter 6: Additional Examples of Dreams from the Bible

The following is a listing of the many dreams recorded in the Bible.  I am placing them here at the end of the lesson to facilitate your further study.  You can decide which type of dream each one is.   

Abimelech dreamed of Sarah. (Genesis 20:3)  Jacob dreamed of Angels ascending and descending on a ladder (actually a “ramp”). (Genesis 28:12)  


Jacob dreamed of ring-straked cattle. (Genesis 31:10-13)  Laban was warned in a dream. (Genesis 31:24)  


Joseph dreamed twice of his brethren. (Genesis 37:5-9)  


Pharaoh’s chief butler dreamed of himself. (Genesis 40:5-13)  


Pharaoh’s chief baker dreamed of himself. (Genesis 40:16-23)  


Pharaoh dreamed twice of great famine. (Genesis 41:1-8)  


Jacob dreamed of going to Egypt and becoming a great nation. (Genesis 46:2)  


A Midianite dreamed of Gideon. (Judges 7:13)  


Solomon received his wisdom impartation through a dream. (1Kings 3:5-15)  


Eliphaz, one of Job’s “tormenters”, dreamed of a spirit passing before him. (Job 4:12-21)  Job had dreams of terror. (Job 7:14)  


False prophets dreamed of lies. (Jeremiah 23:27-32; 29:8,9)  


Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of future kingdoms. (Daniel 2)  Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of himself being humbled. (Daniel 4)  


The Prophet Daniel twice dreamed of future kingdoms. (Daniel 7 and 8)  Daniel dreamed of God.  (This could possibly be a vision where Daniel was “slain in the spirit”.) (Daniel 10:5-9)  


Diviners dreamed lies and false dreams. (Zechariah 10:2)  


Joseph dreamed of Mary’s Holy Spirit conception. (Matthew 1:20-25)  Joseph dreamed of fleeing to Egypt with Jesus and Mary. (Matthew 2:13-15)  Joseph dreamed of returning to Israel with Jesus and Mary. (Matthew 2:19-21)  Joseph dreamed of avoiding Archelaus in Judea. (Matthew 2:22,23)  


The Wise Men were warned of God in a dream. (Matthew 2:12)  


Pilate’s wife dreamed of Jesus’ innocence. (Matthew 27:19)  


Paul either had a dream or a vision during the night of a man beckoning him to come to Macedonia with the Gospel. (Acts 16:9,10)  Once again Paul either dreamed or had a vision of Jesus encouraging and guiding him. (Acts 23:11)  Again Paul either dreamed or had a vision of an Angel encouraging and guiding him. (Acts 27:23,24)


Be blessed ... Pastor John and Barbara Hamel 



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