Biblical Prophetic Ministry and Interpretation of Dreams – Principles and Practice



What is the prophetic ministry? Who is a prophet? What is the difference between Old Testament prophetic ministry and New Testament prophetic ministry? How can one know and identify a false prophet or prophecy? Are dreams real? What is the source of dreams? Do demons give dreams? Can dreams be understood today? What are the keys to interpreting and understanding dreams? It has been noted that there are many false prophets today. The Bible also warns of false prophets and teachers. We are asked to test every spirit because of the influx of false prophets in to the church. These questions and more are answered in this book and keys to testing prophecies are also identified in the book.
There are also many people and church leaders who have wrong views about dreams. For instance, some believe that their enemies can attack them through dreams. Some believe dreams are antiquated phenomena. So, they do not give attention to their dreams or those of others. There are many books which advocate false dream symbols. These and more reasons necessitated the writing of this book.
The book has two sections. The first session is about general prophetic ministry; the second session is specifically about interpreting dreams. A lot of relevant issues bothering on prophetic ministry have been covered in the book. Interestingly, dreams form part of the prophetic ministry. The prophetic ministry has about six streams of which dream is one. But the art of interpreting dreams is about the least developed of all the prophetic streams in the world of today. So, the author has given enough attention to dreams as a ground work for future development.
In the first section, the five areas of life about which God speaks to man and the six kinds of messages which God gives to man are identified. Three major ways are also identified in this section as the broad classifications of ways by which God speaks to mankind. Nature, Scripture and the proceeding voice of God are clearly explained. Prophetic ministry is part of the proceeding voice of God and involves God speaking to men on current and relevant issues through human vessel in spoken, written or dramatized means. The author also shows that there are three ways God speaks to an individual: words (voices and sounds); visions (images and pictures) and emotions like joy, anger, laughter, etc.
The role of the Holy Spirit in the prophetic ministry cannot be overemphasized. In this book, the Spirit is identified as a major factor in the operation of a biblically balanced prophetic ministry. God speaks to us through his spirit and without his Spirit we cannot hear his voice in our inner man. People who prophecy without having saving faith in Christ Jesus have been identified to be doing so without the spirit of God and hence cannot be called prophets of God but mere diviners
The first section also enumerates ways by which prophecy can be judged. This section ends with the institutionalization of the prophetic ministry in the local church. The benefits of doing this are clearly shown to be overwhelmingly much more than the demerits.
In the second section the author defines dreams and clarifies some myths associated with dreams. He explains that dream is one of the most ancient ways God speaks to man. Dreams are shown to not only be as ancient as man but as relevant as today. Ancient men are shown to have dreamt while people living in the New Testament are also shown to have dreams. Dream is placed in the same class as Scripture since some parts of Scripture are documented dreams. Some selected dreams recorded in the Bible are analyzed; the parables of Jesus are also analyzed. On the basis of these analyses some deductions are made on dreams. These deductions are used to proffer biblically proven step-by-step guides on how to interpret dreams.


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