Dreams And Their Meaning





The Bible speaks of dreams as being sometimes prophetic, or suggestive

of future events.



This belief has prevailed in all ages and countries, and there are

numerous modern examples, apparently authenticated, which would appear

to favor this hypothesis.



The interpretation of dreams was a part of the business of the

soothsayers at the royal courts of Egypt, Babylon and other ancient

nations.



Dreams and visions have attracted the attention of mankind of every age

and nation. It has been claimed by all nations, both enlightened and

heathen, that dreams are spiritual revelations to men; so much so, that

their modes of worship have been founded upon the interpretation of

dreams and visions. Why should we discard the interpretation of dreams

while our mode of worship, faith and knowledge of Deity are founded upon

the interpretation of the dreams and visions of the prophets and seers

of old.



Dreams vividly impressed upon the mind are sure to be followed by some

event.



We read in the Holy Scripture the revelation of the Deity to His chosen

people, through the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, afterward,

that I will pour out My Spirit on 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 the handmaids in

those days will I pour out My Spirit. (Joel ii, 28.)



Both sacred and profane history contain so many examples of the

fulfilment of dreams that he who has no faith in them must be very

skeptical indeed.



Hippocrates says that when the body is asleep the soul is awake, and

transports itself everywhere the body would be able to go; knows and

sees all that the body could see or know were it awake; that it touches

all that the body could touch. In a word, it performs all the actions

that the body of a sleeping man could do were he awake.



A dream, to have a significance, must occur to the sleeper while in

healthy and tranquil sleep. Those dreams of which we have not a vivid

conception, or clear remembrance, have no significance.



Those of which we have a clear remembrance must have formed in the mind

in the latter part of the night, for up to that time the faculties of

the body have been employed in digesting the events of the day.





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