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Listen to Warning Dreams?


I recently read an article on Charisma News about a dream that Eddie Keever received warning of the possible attack on his daughter who was attending North Carolina State University.

In his dream, Eddie was with his 18-year-old daughter when a car full of strange people showed up. When his daughter got in the vehicle, feeling nervous about the group, Eddie decided to join them.

They drove to a house where Eddie said he felt an evil presence. There were also a number of women in the house who attacked him and his daughter. In his dream, Eddie saw they had killed people before, and he used a broken piece of glass to fight them off. He was also able to kill one particularly evil woman saving both him and his daughter. At that moment, the dream abruptly ended.

Because of this dream, Eddie and his wife Debbie prayed for God to protect their daughter. They had no idea what it was about but believed the dream suggested that their daughter was in danger.

Then they found out what happened to their daughter. While attending university, she became friends with another girl at the school. The daughter was supposed to meet the woman for lunch but it fell through.

However, things were not as it seemed. Their daughter found out later that the police were looking for the woman over allegations she was involved in human trafficking. The woman was also using a false name and was not a student at the college as she claimed.

Both Eddie and his wife are convinced that God gave this dream, so they would pray specifically about this potentially dangerous situation even though they were not fully aware of what was going on.

There are several instances of people receiving dreams in the Bible, and curiously many of them involved warnings:

  • After visiting Jesus, the Magi were warned in a dream not to return to visit King Herod as he requested (Matthew 2:12).
  • Joseph received a dream saying he needed to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus (Matthew 2:13).
  • God tells Joseph through a dream he can return home, but in a second dream tells him to avoid Judea (Matthew 2:19-23).
  • Pilate’s wife was warned through a dream about her husband’s handling of Jesus (Matthew 27:19).
  • King Nebuchadnezzar had a puzzling dream that concerned him and because of it, he couldn’t return to sleep (Daniel 2:1-49).
  • King Nebuchadnezzar receives a second dream, that also caused him to be afraid. The dream warned of his coming downfall (Daniel 4:4-27).
  • Pharaoh’s baker received a dream warning he would die (Genesis 40:16-19).
  • The Egyptian pharaoh had a dream of seven thin cows consuming seven plump cows. Joseph interpreted the dream saying that a famine was coming, giving Egypt time to prepare (Genesis 41:1-8).
  • God warned Laban through a dream not to say anything good or bad to Jacob as he was preparing to leave (Genesis 31:24).
  • After Abimelech decided to marry Abraham’s wife Sarah, thinking she was Abraham’s sister, God warned Abimelech through a dream, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife” (Genesis 20:3)
  • In Judges, a Midian soldier receive a dream warning that Gideon and his army would attack and flatten their tents (Judges 7:13-14).

I am not suggesting that every dream we receive is from God, but there are some that may seem unusually real or even prophetic, and I think that we should particularly pay attention to them if they appear as a warning.

The prophet Joel states in the end times, that God would pour out his Holy Spirit on all people and speak to them specifically through dreams and visions (Joel 2:28).

If we are entering those final days that Joel envisioned, I expect God will increasingly start communicating with us through dreams and visions.

Sources:

Prophetic Dream helps save woman from human trafficking: Charisma News

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