Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old
men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see
Dreams tell a story, by unveiling a sequence of events
during sleep. There are 3 kinds of dreams: Holy Spirit
dreams, soul dreams and demonic dreams. The Lord can
use anything in our lives to train us and He allows each
experience we receive to raise us up into His image.
For the most part, it is pretty easy to distinguish the
difference between the three kinds of dreams. When we
are able to label the dream into one of those
categories, it gives us understanding as to how to
respond to it and use it for good.
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH
HOLY SPIRIT DREAMS
James 1:17-18 NKJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom
there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Receiving a pure, Holy Spirit dream is receiving a
message straight from heaven. Therefore, it may share
different aspects of heaven, like for instance vivid
color, harmonious sounds, savoring smells, beautiful
sights and even tastes.
The dream may contain the tangible Presence of God with
warm waves of His liquid love, or soothing streams of
His Spirit of peace, or even a quickening wave of goose
bumps. His Presence can also bring a sweeping action
through the cells that brings a deliverance of some sort
that leaves a liberty and release to the body and soul.
The dream usually contains some spiritual aspect of the
Lord, scripture, angels, heaven, etc. God’s perfect
gift of a Holy Spirit dream always glorifies Him, and
lines up with His character and Who He is. A Holy
Spirit dream will never violate scripture or God’s
Holy Spirit dreams are sent to us from God, for a
specific purpose. If a dream is lacking the above
characteristics, it does not mean it is NOT a pure, Holy
Spirit dream. A pure dream can be a simple allegory
that is a teaching or form of guidance or even
correction. It will have the characteristics reflecting
God’s goodness. A pure dream will also have the absence
of mixture the characteristics of it being a soul dream.
The following are scripture references that reveal His
desires within dreams:
20:3-7: Warning to halt man’s purpose, unintentional
sin (to Abimelech)
28:12-15: Announcement of future promise (to Jacob)
31:10: Divine understanding and guidance (for Jacob)
31:24: Warning of man’s purpose (to Laban for Jacob)
37:5-7: Promises for the future (for Joseph)
40:5: Foreknowledge of a mystery (about the butler
and baker, preparation for Joseph’s
41:1-7: Announcement of famine (to Pharaoh, for
7:13-14: Encouragement and confirmation (for
3:5-15: Promise of future blessing (to Solomon)
chapter 2: Announcement for the future of the
kingdom (to Nebuchadnezzar)
chapter 7: Prophetic revelation (to Daniel for
1:19,21: Encouragement and confirmation (to Joseph)
2:19-21: Exposure of enemy plan and guidance for
deliverance (to Joseph)
27:19: Confrontation of truth (to Pilate’s wife)
EXAMPLE OF A PURE HOLY SPIRIT DREAM
Here is an example of a pure dream that the Holy Spirit
gave me on 12/09/96:
This was an amazing supernatural dream where I actually
experienced the entire thing including the Lord’s
Presence as it was happening. I dreamed that I was in a
large non-charismatic evangelical church worshipping
with a full congregation. I was in the balcony and
could see everything. There was not a person in the
entire place that did not feel and respond to the
Presence of God. It was as though He was a giant magnet
and drawing out the wild and total praises of His people
in this building. There were waves and waves of the
Holy Spirit upon the people, and you could hear people’s
emotional responses and see their subsequent hands
raising in unison. I felt His Presence so strong, that
He was literally evoking my strong responses.
Then I saw a candlestick standing on the podium, and a
shadow slowly passed across it. Suddenly, you could
hear a pin drop, the people were so quiet. It was an
absolute holy hush. I knew it was the glory of God just
like Moses’ story when he had asked to see His glory.
Later in the service, I saw an old friend, who had
withdrawn from me due to differences in church
doctrine. I leaned over to her and told her we were now
talking the same language and were in agreement. I was
speaking not just of she and I, but of the whole
congregation. As I did this, there were women who had
miniature little scissors in their hands, and were busy
snipping tiny fragments off the dead, split ends of
people’s hair. Their tiny scissors were snipping so
fast they were a blur. While in the dream, I knew it
was an allegory of the Lord and that these women were
angels cutting away the denomination splits (splitting
hairs) and dead works.
Still in the dream, as I was talking to someone about
the awesome meeting, I mentioned that the Lord was also
doing the same thing with people all over the world. He
was drawing people with His tangible Spirit and they
were done being spectators just sitting in pews. Their
worship was radical and real. Their hearts were
passionate and longing for Him.
Then I saw a picture vision of my holding the steering
wheel in my car, and the wheel had such a strong pull on
it that I just finally let the wheel lead the way! [I
literally felt the tug of the wheel, even though this
was a picture vision.] Then I heard the Lord say,
“Divine direction.” By this picture, He was saying that
we are coming to a time where His leading would be so
strong, that it would be difficult to “drive” ourselves
away from His Presence, as the tug or force in going our
own way would be very tiring. This dream was an awesome
promise of His breaking denominational barriers, where
nothing else matters but worshipping Him and responding
to His wonderful Presence.
A SECOND EXAMPLE OF A PURE HOLY SPIRIT DREAM
RHEMA 9/17/97 LEARNING BY EXPERIENCE
DREAM: I was in school and a teacher was trying to
explain why we were learning via experience instead of
just head knowledge. As she was explaining, she asked me
if I knew how to do such and such. I had never heard of
the such n such so I said no. Then to make her example
simpler, she asked if I knew how to paint a box. I
thought about the steps I would take to paint a box. My
first thought would be to paint the bottom of the box,
then I realized that would be stupid because then it
would be wet. So I backtracked my thoughts and told
myself to start on the inside of the box. At that point,
I had decided I knew how to paint a box and told her
Then she was explaining how we need to learn things by
experience, and asked me why. I was explaining that
experience keeps us from skipping necessary steps, we
learn more depth about issues, it keeps us from
accidental conclusions, and we move slower thus being
more responsible in the doing of it.
COMMENT: In application, rather than just telling
us His answer, He is taking us the long way around
answers we are searching for, in order to train us for
future things. This training will keep us from making
mistakes in the future and we will become more
THIRD EXAMPLE OF A HOLY SPIRIT DREAM
RHEMA 7/10/09 WHITE STONES TO COME OUT OF THE FIRE
HEARD: Road map. Destiny. What is a future
without hope? Do you understand what you are doing?
Jer 29:11-12 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says
the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you
a future and a hope.
DREAM: I was holding something the size of a
baseball in the palm of my hand. It was some sort of
unique carved white rock that had been a large black
coal. The coal had turned white from having gone through
the fire. There was a carved scene of the OT temple on
it. It was very intricate and detailed and a real piece
of art that looked like carved ivory.
I saw a fireplace-like kiln made out of bricks. The
fireplace was not hot nor did I see flames. I could see
that the coals were in varying degrees of change inside
the fireplace. Some had the back side of white ice from
having been frozen and were slowly unthawing. Some
still had portions of the original black coal inside,
underneath the ice. It was not time yet for these coals
to come out.
However, some were all white from having gone through
the fire. The fire had burned things away and left
various carved scenes as one would intricately carve
ivory. These white ones had lined up and were starting
to come out of the fireplace. They changed into people,
and then back again into the white carved stones as they
were pouring out of this kiln-like fireplace.
An angel passed by me and touched me on my shoulder. I
looked again at the white carved stone in my hand. Now
there was an intricate carved scene of an OT priest in
his white garment, and he was standing in front of the
temple. It said, “Holy Unto the Lord.” At the same time
I saw this, I heard the Spirit say,
HEARD: Holy Unto the Lord.
Ex 39:30 NKJV
Then they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold,
and wrote on it an inscription like the engraving of a
signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
Song 5:14-16 NKJV
His hands are rods of gold Set with beryl. His body is
carved ivory inlaid with sapphires. His legs are pillars
of marble Set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is
like Lebanon, Excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most
sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,
And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!
Zech 14:20-21 NKJV
In that day "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" shall be engraved on
the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD's house
shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yes, every pot
in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of
Ps 110:3-4 NKJV
Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your
power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the
morning, You have the dew of Your youth. 4 The LORD has
sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek."
Rev 5:10 NKJV
And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we
shall reign on the earth."
Isa 6:4-8 NKJV
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of
him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a
man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a
people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts." 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to
me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken
with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth
with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." 8
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall
I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am
I! Send me."
Rev 2:17 NKJV
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of
the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white
stone , and on the stone a new name written which no one
knows except him who receives it."'
HOW TO RESPOND TO A HOLY SPIRIT DREAM:
Scripture promises us that if we use what we have, more
shall be given. The gospels speak much about “keeping”
His Word. When you have a precious keepsake, what do
you do to “keep” it? In some way or manner you find a
way to preserve and store it to last through time.
Mark 4:24-25 NKJV
Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With
the same measure you use, it will be measured to you;
and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever
has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not
have, even what he has will be taken away from him."
John 14:23-24 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me,
he will keep My word ; and My Father will love him, and
We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who
does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word
which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent
The first thing to do when we have received a pure Holy
Spirit dream is to value it enough to write it down,
lest even one morsel be lost and forgotten in time.
When we treasure His Word enough to write it down, it
proves that we truly value it. Time fades everything,
especially the memory of details. Our faithfulness to
write the pure, God given dream down as soon as we wake,
is very important.
Hab 2:2-3 NKJV
Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision
and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads
it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at
the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it
tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it
will not tarry.
Consider the nature of God to record not only His Words
to be preserved throughout time, but also ours. Record
keeping is very important to God.
Mal 3:16-18 NLT
Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other,
and the LORD listened to what they said. In his
presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record
the names of those who feared him and loved to think
about him. "They will be my people," says the LORD
Almighty. "On the day when I act, they will be my own
special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares
an obedient and dutiful child. Then you will again see
the difference between the righteous and the wicked,
between those who serve God and those who do not."
Consider keeping a pen, note pad and flashlight by your
bed. They have flashlight pens and flashlight
notepads. The sooner the dream is written out
thoroughly, the better. Often I thought I would
remember and I did not. Ask the Lord’s help to give
you the discipline to wake up enough to down jot notes,
so that in the morning you can thoroughly write it out.
He is merciful to answer your request. If you really
want to hear from the Lord, He will help you!
For many years I used a notebook and wrote in bed. Now
I use a mini digital recorder and speak into it, while
still in bed. I know of others who rise and go to their
studies in the middle of the night to record their
dreams. What matters is that in some way you record
it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the details and
important points need to be there. Later, when you are
awake you can pen your dream with the right words and
I have found that when the Holy Spirit gives dreams,
every jot and tittle come to pass and are very important
to His message. The details will be important to you
and they will probably be referred to after months or
RESPOND WITH PRAYER AND QUESTIONS
Luke 2:18-19 NKJV
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in
Thoroughly digest and assimilate the fact that God
actually sent you a specific message for a specific
purpose. Use the opportunity for dialogue and
dream back to Him in prayer.
for help to understand and apply every part of it.
for help to obey what was told.
for help to hold onto His Word as well as help to
wait for it to come to pass.
questions on areas you do not understand.
to bring you confirmations and more understanding.
to build upon it and bring you more pieces.
ponder, chew and mediate and let it become a really
good meal. Take time, give God time and He will
increase your portion.
Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner. To
better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God
Speaks, And How to Hear Him.” Website: