What is the biblical meaning of snakes in a dream?
Dreaming about snakes is usually not a good sign because snakes have an evil reputation in the Bible.
From the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden, snakes have proven to be evil vessels the devil uses, especially for bringing humanity from the place of glory God intends for us to the dark pit of sin, suffering, and destruction.
You must become prayerful if you dream about snakes.
In this article, we will discuss the spiritual meanings of snakes, the types of snakes, and their spiritual meanings in dreams.
Spiritual meanings of snakes:
There’s usually a negative connotation around snakes whenever they are mentioned in the Bible.
Although the Bible says that all that God created is good, snakes have allowed themselves to be possessed by the devil to deceive and wreak havoc in people’s lives.
The Bible is not silent about snakes.
In the Old Testament, snakes plunged mankind to its lowest state by influencing the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
In the New Testament, Jesus gave us authority over snakes to destroy them. Therefore, dreaming about them should make you concerned about your spiritual health and alert.
Let’s discuss some common biblical meanings of snakes.
The famous story of creation is not complete without evil, a slimy snake slithering from the belly of hell into the Garden of Eden to put a dent in God’s perfect creation work.
God’s design was for man to live in the Garden of Eden without worry about food, shelter, or money.
We were to live happily ever after, enjoying and worshiping Him. However, we must play our role by not disobeying the only rule He gave:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
However, the snake, deception personified, came and told Eve to do what God had forbidden.
She succumbed to the pressure of deceit and ate the fruit, gave to her husband, and brought God’s punishment upon themselves and their generations, including you reading this right now.
Therefore, a sly, manipulative person might be hiding in your corner if you dream about snakes.
Sin and Disobedience
Through the snake or serpent, disobedience was born.
There would never have been a concept called disobedience because man was innocent in the beginning. However, the serpent came with disobedience when it appeared in the scene.
Disobedience leads to sin, and sin leads to death.
We should have been living forever, without aging or suffering health challenges, even something as little as a flu or cough. However, the cunning snake made man disobey and brought suffering upon themselves.
Seeing a snake in the dream calls for introspection.
You might be heading to the broad path that leads to destruction with the snake as your tour guard.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Snake here represents opposition and evil spirits, whose aim is to hinder the flow of the Gospel and good works.
Therefore, the snake represents darkness. God’s Word says when light comes, darkness must give way (John 12:46).
Light forcefully dispels darkness by crushing it. Only evil needs to be crushed.
Evil is the opposite of good. God is good, and Jesus brought the Good News. Therefore, anything that stands in the way must be destroyed. Snakes are evil, and the power of darkness that you must crush.
Therefore, dreaming about snakes is a sign that evil is lurking in the air. Crush it with light and good.
Devil or Satan
The Bible did not mince words when calling Satan or the devil a snake. “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:2)
The snake that came into the Garden of Eden was the devil himself. He is your enemy. He has come to strike you, poison your spirit, and kill you.
Dreaming about a snake signifies demonic visitation to destroy and kill you. Ask God for the power to trample upon it and crush its head.
Types of snakes – dream interpretation
A snake is a snake. Whether big or small, green, white, or black.
They represent evil biblically, but the enemy has strategies. He came in different shapes, sizes, and forms just to confuse you. But you must outsmart it because you have a superior wisdom, the wisdom of the living God of Israel.
This section discusses different types of types of snakes and their dream interpretation.
Biblical meaning of cobra in dreams
The spirit of pride
Cobras have the ability to stand and expand the skin on their necks, creating a hood-like shape.
This symbolizes a prideful nature. Snakes are naturally meant to be on the ground. That is why they do not have legs.
They are meant to slither and not walk. However, cobras often stand, especially when threatened. Spiritually, this move signifies pride.
However, Matthew 23:12 says, “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Pride leads to a fall always.
Therefore, dreaming about a cobra standing shows that you are becoming proud. It is a sign that you must ask for a meek and humble spirit so you do not fall off.
Cobras have sharp vision, particularly for detecting movement.
This allows a cobra to accurately strike at fast-moving prey or threats.
Evil eyes are part of the wickedness dripping from the hearts of evil men. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” (Mark 7:21-22)
Evil eyes are monitoring spirits, monitoring your progress to bring you down.
They are enemy of progress strategically positioned to strike your foot so you cannot match into your Promised Land.
Their aim is not to necessarily kill you bit stop you from reaching your goal.
They allow you to see what God has prepared for you to possess, but like the Amalekites, they lurk in the path of your destiny and scheming ways to impede your progress.
Dreaming about a cobra looking you in the eye is a sign that you are being watched by the enemy.
What should you do in this situation?
Pray that God blinds them like Bar-Jesus or Elymas, the magician who tried to frustrate Paul’s ministry (Acts 13:-12).
Agent of death
Cobras are venomous snakes.
A fang to your flesh, and you are good as dead.
They strike with utmost precision.
Suppose a person bitten by a cobra is not given swift medical attention.
In that case, they will die as their venom can cause respiratory failure. So, dreaming about cobras clearly indicates that the enemy is after your life.
You should worry about this dream, especially if you are not on the Lord’s side, because you are an easy target.
Death will quickly get you. However, being a child of God is an automatic antidote for any bite or sting.
Jesus said those who believe in Him “will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them” (Mark 16:18). The only way to escape the poisonous bite of a spiritual snake or death is to become born again.
The apostle Paul was bitten by a venous snake famously known for killing its victims.
The people who witnessed it were expecting Paul to drop dead. However, to their greatest dismay, he was hale and hearty. Isaiah 11:8 says, “The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.”
Biblical meaning of python in dream
An overwhelming situation
A python is a big snake.
The bigger it gets, the scarier it becomes.
Dreaming about a python signifies an overwhelming situation you are faced with in your life.
It can be an overwhelming emotion of fear, guilt, or shame, utilized mainly by the enemy to incapacitate God’s children and stop them from experiencing the blessings in every new day God has given them the opportunity to express.
Seeing a giant python represents a mind restriction toward repentance or self-condemnation over a sin you committed. This feeling can stop you from taking the bold step of asking for forgiveness.
This mostly happens to born again Christians.
They are overwhelmed by the guilt and shame to the point they feel it’s too late to receive repentance.
However, this feeling stems from the enemy and is linked to pride.
They feel they are too big a Christian to fall into sin. Therefore, asking for forgiveness at their level becomes a burden.
They remain in sin until it often becomes too late. Never forget that this is the enemy’s strategy.
So, search your heart for the sin you have tried to cover. Ask for forgiveness like David after he committed adultery, and God will forgive you.
A dominating spirit
The enemy uses different types of demons or spirits to torment people.
Among these evil spirits are those that oppress and dominate people. They can oppress you physically, mentally, or spiritually.
The madman of Gadara in the Bible was oppressed by a legion of demons.
He became mentally retarded and lost all he had. Another woman was oppressed by demons, and she became physically bent.
Most people are going through this challenge but do not know the cause.
Seeing pythons in the dream shows that your condition might be beyond medical.
Have you felt like something is squeezing the life out of you? or have you felt so powerless and lost control over your body when sleeping. It seems like something is restricting your body’s movement.
If you experience this coupled with dreaming about a python, you are under a demonic attack. It is even scary because it seems they already have the upper hand over you. Therefore, pray hard.
Biblical meaning of rattlesnakes in dreams
Rattlesnakes are known for their ambush-hunting strategy.
They wait for prey to pass and then strike, catching them unawares. This is a typical enemy strategy as described in 1 Peter 5:8, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Dreaming about a rattlesnake represents the activities of the enemy around you.
It means people monitor your moves and try to understand your lifestyle pattern.
They are scheming even in the background, unknowing to you.
At this stage of your life, you need the voice of the Holy Spirit to lead and guard you.
The Bible says the Holy Spirit whispers to our ears the path we must take and avoid.
Following His instructions is crucial to beat rattlesnakes in their games. You must be obedient to outsmart the devil and make him lay in the bush for nothing.
Another thing to do is to rely on God’s presence.
The Psalmist said that he will not be afraid even though he walks through the valley of the shadow of death because God is with him. No evil or rattlesnake spirit can withstand God’s presence.
They vanish or are destroyed. Therefore, when you dream about a rattlesnake, simply pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s presence.
Fear or anxiety
When a rattlesnake is cornered or threatened, it makes a rattling sound with the tip of its tail.
This means that it is threatened and afraid. Therefore, dreaming about a rattlesnake means the bell of fear and anxiety in you is ringing.
You must act fast to not allow that fear to grow and consume you because fear is a spirit of the devil used to limit the progress of believers.
Ask for the spirit of love, power, and sound mind to challenge and overcome anything causing you fear when you wake up (2 Timothy 1:7).
Hidden threats or deception
The rattling sound of the rattlesnake can symbolize hidden threats and deception.
There are moments when your gut feeling tells you that something is wrong somewhere, even if you cannot place your hand around it.
Dreaming about a rattlesnake is a confirmation that there are hidden threats. It could be health, financial, etc. Do not wait until it’s too late before you act. Deal with whatever you feel is wrong as soon as possible to avoid future complications.
It could also signify someone or something that appears harmless on the surface but poses a danger.
The Bible says we must be careful with wolves in sheep’s clothing.
They appear friendly, but when given the chance, they will pounce on you and devour you without hesitation.
Boa constrictors and pythons share some physical similarities.
Boa constrictors are non-venomous snakes. So, they bite and squeeze their prey until they suffocate.
Dreaming about this snake might signify a suppressed emotion that is choking you.
It might be time to let everything out before it becomes a mental or emotional burden that will crash on you.
People, especially men, have a hard time expressing themselves.
They bottle up their emotions because they have been taught that showing emotions is a sign of weakness.
So, every man must be tough and act like all is well, even when it’s untrue. Therefore, you must do something about your suppressed emotions if you have this dream.
Talk to a friend, visit a therapist, cry, be vulnerable, and pray to God to ease your burden (Matthew 11:28-30).
Oppression and control
As the name implies, to constrict means to make something narrower by encircling it with pressure and force.
That is why the Boa constrictor works. It coils around its prey, stopping it from moving before snuffing life out of it.
Dreaming about the snake means one is oppressed, controlled, or deprived of freedom.
Seeing the snake in your dream might represent external influences or relationships that suffocate personal freedom or growth.
Look inward, identify such relationships, and cut off from them. Romans 16.17 says to mark and avoid them. “Now I urge you, brethren, to note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.”
Biblical meaning of black snakes in dreams
The black color signifies gloom, mourning, and darkness in the Bible.
A black snake is definitely scary and something to worry about.
Black signifies death. Therefore, dreaming about a black snake might signify that death might be coming for you, or you might soon experience mourning.
In a situation like this, ask God to deliver you from the spirit of death.
Snakes can be cunning and attack when you are not expecting it. Its venom can act fast in polluting your blood and killing you.
Spiritually, it could mean spiritual death. However, God has power over death.
Jesus conquered it on the third day and became the Bread of Life. He also called Himself the way, truth, and life. Therefore, He is the sure antidote against snakes.
Stay under Him, and you will never be hurt.
Red and black snake in dream biblical meaning
Red and black snakes signify spiritual danger.
It shows fierceness and readiness to strike.
Dreaming about a red and black snake warns you to be careful because evil might be looming.
Sometimes, we become carried away and pay less attention to our soul and environment.
These are moments when the enemy comes with temptation because he can perceive when we are weak and vulnerable.
Not being sensitive and ready enough might make us fall for his trick. Once we fall, he strikes hard so we do not fall.
That was what he did in the Garden of Eden. He tempted Eve with the fruits. In the beginning, the fruit never looked attractive to her. But after the enemy came, it suddenly looked lovely to look and eat.
The result of that spiritual inattentiveness has caused so many challenges for humanity today. Therefore, watch and pray for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16, Matthew 26:41)
Biblical meaning of brown snakes in dreams
Most brown snakes can camouflage and stay unnoticed.
They blend with the color of the earth or sand and lay in wait for prey.
That is why the Bible links snakes with dust in various verses. For example, Micah 7:17. Therefore, seeing brown snakes in the dream is a sign of hidden dangers. It could also represent hidden fears and challenges.
Most of us wear masks to cover our tears. Dreaming about brown snakes means you need to work on yourself.
Do not be hard on yourself, carrying your burden alone.
Share your worries with trusted people and see how you feel light.
Biblical meaning of a white snake in a dream
White snakes might look attractive and like the best pet choice.
You might be so fascinated by its beauty until it strikes.
The Bible warns us about wolves in sheep’s clothing. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). White snakes are cute but dangerous.
They look pure and innocent on the outside but full of venom on the inside. Therefore, be alert. The Bible says the devil pretends to be an angel of light, but we all know he belongs to the kingdom of darkness.
This dream shows that certain people in your life are posing as friends, but the truth is that they are out to hurt you.
Pray to God to expose and disgrace them.
What does a yellow snake mean in a dream biblically?
Yellow is often associated with cowardice.
Believers are meant to be as bold as a lion. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
You should not be afraid of anything if you are God’s child.
The enemy is supposed to flee from you because light always overcomes darkness.
Therefore, seeing yellow snakes in the dream means you should check your standing with God to know if you are still His own.
If you have sinned, ask for forgiveness and power to face the enemy, step on their heads, and triumph.
Biblical meaning of green snakes in dreams
Green snakes represent deception, false appearances, and envy.
Green snakes can hardly be spotted in green vegetation.
They hide so well and be spotted only after they have bitten you.
Some people are called green snakes under the green grass. Some people and places look harmless at first glance. However, a cursory look will reveal evil.
If you blindly trust people and dream about a green snake, it is time to start taking the time to evaluate people based on their actions before trusting them.