What is the Biblical meaning of dead rats in a dream?
Some animals signify positive things, while others represent negative and positive things. However, rats generally have negative meanings.
Physically, rats are household pests that eat and contaminate food, damage homes and items, and transmit deadly diseases such as laser fever.
Having rats in your home is embarrassing and often a sign of poor hygiene.
Rats hold the same negative spiritual meanings; the Bible labels them unclean animals. Therefore, seeing them in the dream is a bad omen.
So, what are the biblical meanings of rats and the spiritual meanings of seeing dead rats in a dream?
Reading this article will arm you with knowledge about the biblical meanings of living and dead rats, what seeing them in the dream means, and give you insight into how to defend yourself against their negative impacts.
Biblical Meanings of Rats
The spirit of poverty
Rats are usually found in poor neighborhoods or low-income urban areas due to overcrowding, substandard housing, limited access to pest control services, and food insecurity.
They thrive in this area because residents have limited or no financial capacity to control them.
Therefore, seeing rats in the dream signifies living in poverty or being oppressed by a poverty spirit.
Perhaps you are physically in lack, especially if you are hard-working, then you must begin to wage a spiritual battle against the spirit of poverty. But if you are financially stable but still dream about seeing rats, be mindful of the enemy’s attack on your finances.
It might come as a storm that will wash your savings away and leave you empty or accumulate bills and expenses that will purge you into debt and poverty.
Watch out and pray.
A sign of God’s judgment
“Then they said, “What is the trespass offering which we shall return to Him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden rats, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines. For the same plague was on all of you and on your lords.” (1 Samuel 6:4)
After the Philistines took away the Ark of Covenant from Israel, God plagued them with tumors and rats.
Rats invasion is not a good thing to experience.
They leave a trail of diseases and sicknesses.
God uses different pests to fight those against Him.
For example, He plagued Egypt with frogs, lice, flies, and locusts.
These pests destroy health and crops. Therefore, dreaming about rats might signify God’s impending judgment against you. Consider your life and ways and seek forgiveness before it’s too late.
The spirit of waste and destruction
Rats are destroyers.
They eat anything on their paths, whether they are tasty or not.
Rats are excellently skilled in wasting valuable resources.
They bite a part of a food item and then move to the next one without finishing off anything.
They put holes in packed items without consuming the content.
Not only do rats destroy food items, but they also eat anything in their way, including certificates, paper money, etc.
Wasting people’s efforts and labor and destroying every opportunity and chance those things they destroyed could afford the owners.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:11)
Rats are also devourers.
This is similar to the spirit of destruction, but a devouring spirit is more brutal in its operation.
While pieces and crumbs of what is destroyed remain, nothing is left after devouring it.
A devourer spirit is like wildfire that consumes everything on its way.
A rat can devour.
Seeing rats in the dream is a bad omen.
It’s a sign that your health, finances, or any good thing you cherish is about to be devoured by the enemy.
The Bible says in John 10:10 that the thief or the enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy. However, Jesus has come to give us abundant life. Therefore, pitch your tent with the Lord and ask Him to cover you with His grace.
Spirit of uncleanliness
“Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard” (Leviticus 11:29)
God classified animals as clean and unclean.
Clean animals are those fit for consumption, while the unclean ones are unfit for consumption.
Rats are one of the unclean animals God warned us to avoid because they defile us.
Rats represent defilement and sin.
They represent things that cut us from God’s presence because God is holy and does not do anything with sin. Therefore, seeing rats in the dream means you are in sin and have lost your way away from God.
Ask God for His forgiveness so the enemy does not destroy you as you have become vulnerable.
It represents neglect or decay.
Rats are linked to neglect, abandonment, and decay.
That is why they like to build sanctuaries in abandoned and incomplete buildings. Also, they live in unkempt homes and places.
Seeing rats in the dream means you have neglected essential things in your life.
It also means certain areas of your life are experiencing decay.
This decay or deterioration could be spiritual, physical, financial, relational, etc.
Signs of disease
Rats infestation can lead to many medical conditions and diseases like monkeypox, Lassa fever, etc. Seeing rats in the dream means that your health is under attack.
Most sicknesses are spiritual attacks that manifest physically. The enemy hides in the dark and uses foul spirits like rats to pollute our health.
Therefore, you must be watchful and vigilant. Pray without season to withstand the plans of the enemy against your health.
A sign of idol worship
“Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:17)
Idol worship is an act of disobedience that involves many abominable acts like pervasions, human sacrifice, and defilement through food and drink.
We’ve seen earlier that rats are one of the unclean animals God told the Israelites to not eat or touch because it defiles them.
But this verse mentions how people eat unclean animals like pigs and rats when involved in idol worship.
Idol worship is not always about bowing to a gravel image.
An idol is anything you regard more than God.
It’s anything you place above God. Money and material possessions have become gods to many people.
Seeing rats in your dream is how your attention is drawn toward your idolatry.
Check your life to know if you have given certain things and activities a higher place and make amends.
Biblical Meaning of Dead Rats in a Dream
Seeing dead rats in the dream is a good sign since living rats represent negativity and evil. Here are some of the interpretations of seeing dead rats in the dream.
Victory over the enemy
We know from the Bible that the enemy’s mission is to steal, kill, and destroy.
He is of no good and utilizes any opportunity to strike.
Rats are also a symbol of the enemy because they have no positive impact on people’s lives unless they bring destruction and diseases.
Therefore, seeing dead rats in the dream calls for rejoicing because your enemies are in trouble.
They will fall and die or be afflicted by the Lord.
The enemies you triumph over might be spiritual or physical.
So, you might see your physical enemies defeated or sense in your spirit that you are free from demonic oppression.
Victory over poverty
Seeing dead rats in the dream signifies victory over poverty and lack.
Rats are devourers, as we have examined earlier. However, God says in Malachi 1:11 that He will rebuke the devourer for our sake. Therefore, dead rats mean poverty is gone and has its grip on your finances.
Expect unprecedented financial miracles and elevation into new levels in your business and career.
You might also move physically from a low-income urban area or poor neighborhood into a decent apartment, thereby experiencing the physical manifestation of your dream.
Victory over sickness and disease
Rats are pests that carry diseases everywhere they go.
The enemy can use them to afflict you spiritually but have physical symptoms of such sicknesses. However, seeing dead rats represents healing and restoration of health because the source of the sickness has been executed.
Jesus says, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted” (Matthew 15:13). Seeing dead rats in the dream is one of the signs of that scripture being fulfilled.
Victory over sin
Rats are unclean spirits capable of making those who come in contact with them unclean.
To be unclean is to be unholy and unfit to approach God’s presence because He is pure and has nothing to do with filthiness. Therefore, seeing a dead rat in the dream signifies the defeat of sin and unrighteousness.
This is a good sign for you, especially if you have been working hard on maintaining holiness.
The Bible says Jesus’ blood gives us victory over sin and purifies the worst form of sin (Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 12:11). Therefore, your dream translates to mean salvation and reconciliation unto God.
A sign of restoration
Rats symbolize a loss of opportunities and good things. However, God is a restorer.
The Bible says He restores the years the devourers have eaten. Also, He restores in a wonderful way.
He blesses you beyond your imagination, more than what you have lost.
When it was time for God to restore Job, who had previously lost all His wealth, family, and health, God gave Him far more than He had in the past (Job 42:12-17)
So, dreaming about dead rats means God is about to transform your life within the shortest period.
You are about to experience a huge miracle that will shock you like the Israelites who felt like they were dreaming after God restored them (Psalm 126:1)
A sign of God’s forgiveness
God judges those who try to oppose Him or oppress His people using unclean animals like rats.
Seeing dead rats in the dream symbolizes God’s forgiveness.
God is a forgiving Father who overlooks the sins of those genuinely sorry and ready to change. So, you can change His mind at any time.
Therefore, dead rats in the dream mean that God has turned away his anger from you and graced you with His forgiving Spirit. So, rejoice because you are forgiven and free.
Biblical Meaning of Killing Rats in the Dream
Most times, God fights our battles. Other times, he empowers us to wage war against the enemy and His powers. Every believer is a spiritual warrior capable of defending and attacking the enemy. God has given us the armor of God, including the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit to help us win poverty, sickness, loss, etc. (Ephesians 6:13-17).
Seeing yourself killing rats in your dream is only a manifestation of your authority over the powers of the enemy. It means you have won the battle the enemy has brought to you. Therefore, be full of thanksgiving to God for empowering you to fight and win.