What is the biblical meaning of dragon in dreams?
Short answer – In biblical interpretation, dreaming of dragons is often associated with negative connotations. Dragons symbolize evil, darkness, and sinister powers. They are linked to destruction, defeat, bondage, judgment, and desolation. Such dreams may suggest impending dangers or negative occurrences in one’s life, possibly even foretelling an evil future.
Dragons appear in mythologies, legends, and folktales from many cultures and are described as gigantic winged or serpent-like creatures with the capacity to breathe out fire from their mouth and smoke from their nostrils, consuming anything in their wake when their anger is kindled.
Even today, the dragon is still highly referenced and highlighted in pop culture.
Hollywood features it in many movies and presents them as either evil or benevolent.
They also present those who mount and control them as heroes who have some sort of superpowers.
The Bible is not left out.
The Bible references the creature in the New and Old Testaments. However, the dragon in the Bible is not portrayed in a good light. It symbolizes evil, dark, and sinister powers and was mostly mentioned along sides the serpent and devil.
Dreams are powerful.
They give us a graphic representation of our past, present, and future.
They also give a vivid view of the condition of our spiritual and physical lives.
Dream warns us of impending dangers and prepares our hearts for blessings to come.
God revealed tremendous and powerful things to people in the Bible through dreams.
For example, Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob, was a perpetual dreamer, also known as the dreamer.
God showed him how great he would become through highly symbolic dreams (Genesis 37).
All his dreams eventually came to pass as he became the Prime Minister of Egypt and saved the nations of the world from famine.
On the other hand, the dream of Pharaoh’s chief baker heralded his death (Genesis 40:16-23). Therefore, dreams can be signs of good and bad things that will happen.
Since the Bible’s position about dragons is primarily evil, dreaming about them may signify some negative things in your life or a foretelling of an evil future you are about to enter.
Here are some biblical significance of seeing dragons in the dream with biblical references:
The books of Revelation 12:3-4 and Job 41:19-21 point to the destructive nature of dragons.
In Revelation 12:3-4, we see how the great red dragon’s tail “drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth” and how it wanted to devour a child of a woman in labor.
That means that destruction might be on the way if you dream of a dragon, especially the red one.
A newborn baby signifies new projects and new heights.
It also stands for celebration and joy.
If you are about to embark on a new project, job or opportunity, expecting a baby, and seeing dragons in your dream, ensure you become prayerful.
The devil’s mission is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). However, if you stand firm in prayer, Bible study, and righteous living and resist the devil, he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Revelation 12:7-9 state how Michael and other angels waged war against the dragon and defeated it. Therefore, you must be prepared to engage in spiritual warfare to destroy every dragon trying to devour a new thing that’s about to spring up in your life.
According to Revelation 12:7-8, the dragon was defeated, chased away from heaven, and sent down to earth.
If you occupy a high position in your place of work or business and constantly see dragons in your dream, that might be a sign that you will soon lose that position.
People who are jealous of your achievements might be scheming against you to bring you down and take away what you have labored for.
It might also mean that you are about to be defeated spiritually because you have compromised your faith and given the devil a chance to pollute your heart. Sin leads to death and defeat.
It makes you an easy target to the enemy, who will capture and enslave you.
Therefore, you must retrace your steps back to God, seeking His forgiveness and asking Him to restore your salvation. Failure to do these might lead to a monumental defeat in different areas of your life.
In Revelation 20:1-3, God’s angel used a great chain to bind a dragon for a thousand years, cast him into a bottomless pit, and shut him up.
All these are symbols of slavery: stagnation, lack of freedom, darkness, and inability to express oneself.
If you see traces of these things in your life and dream about dragons, then it is time for you to seek deliverance because you might have been bound.
Revelation 20:3 mentions the dragon’s offense which led to his bounding and throwing into the pit. “That he should deceive the nations no more.”
So, have you been deceitful in any way, especially to God’s people? If yes, the dragon you dream of might signal that punishment is coming.
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Psalm 74:13 and Isaiah 27:1 emphasize God’s fierce judgment upon the dragon.
The dragon is always mentioned side-by-side with the devil.
In some scriptures, the devil is the dragon.
The devil is already condemned, and God will judge him for deceiving people and leading them astray.
Isaiah 27:1 says God “shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Psalm 74:13 also adds that God “brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.” To slay and break the head of the dragon show how brutal the devil’s judgment will be.
However, he will not be judged alone.
All those who forsake God’s way to follow the devil will be partakers of his punishment.
Therefore, your dream might be a red alert that judgment is coming upon you soon.
You must forsake the devil and his ways and embrace God so His mercy will prevail over judgment in your life (James 2:12-13).
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Dragons are always associated with desolate and inhabitable places, abandoned by people and taken over by the wild in the Bible (Isaiah 34:13, Jeremiah 49:33, Jeremiah 51:37)
Dreaming about dragons might suggest that you are about to lose your glory and honor. It means that the fame, affluence, or wealth you currently enjoy is about to vanish, and your name is about to be forgotten.
Desolation often happens as a result of God’s vengeance upon those who have done evil against Him and His temple.
For example, God said He would cause Babylon to be utterly destroyed as vengeance for His temple, which the Babylonians desecrated and destroyed when they invaded Israel.
Therefore, dreaming about a dragon may mean that God’s vengeance upon you is looming, and the only way to avert it is to ask Him for forgiveness if you have desecrated His temple.
God’s temple is not a physical building. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
You destroy this temple by polluting it with sin and making it inhabitable for God, primarily through sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18).
So, to avoid God’s vengeance, which leads to desolation, keep yourself holy and ask God to cleanse you if you have destroyed His temple.
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