|Jeremiah 29:8 |
8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in the midst of you, deceive you; neither pay any attention to your dreams or to theirs.1
1 neither pay any attention to your dreams or to theirs [the so-called Jewish prophets in exile at Babylon]. A common mistake of many people is to try to interpret dreams. George Fox wrote about dreams in his Journal:
Going on to another place I came among a people that relied too much on dreams for their spiritual guidance. I told them unless they could distinguish between dream and dream they would confuse them all together for there were three sorts of dreams: multitude of business sometimes caused dreams, there were whisperings of satan in man at night, and there were speakings of God to man in dreams. These people stopped relying on dreams and at last became Friends.
If God speaks to you in a dream, it will be absolutely clear, without a shadow of doubt, what he is telling you. Any dream that requires you to interpret the events, should be ignored; these dreams are deliberately given to you by Satan to tempt you to interpret them, he knowing that you will likely interpret them in a way to justify satisfying your lusts. The same thing applies to visions received in your meditations; if the meaning is not totally clear, if it does not make good sense, if it is not moral, ignore it. And be very cautious in believing anything someone else has dreamed.