How to Find Your Prophetic Dream’s Core Meaning

by | Nov 28, 2017 | Supernatural & Dreams

So you’ve had a dream, and you’re trying to figure out what it means. You’ve already taken the beginning steps:

  1. You asked God for revelation. (Click here to read more.)
  2. You found the dream’s focus. (Click here to read more.)

Now what?

The next step in interpreting your dream is to take a look at the other elements in the dream. Look at the sub-focuses first, followed by the details.

How to Find the Dream’s Sub-Focuses

The best way to find the sub-focuses is to reduce the dream to its simplest form. How would you tell someone the dream using as few words as possible?

Let’s say you dream you’re out on a walk, and you run into a stranger who is wearing all white and seems almost to glow. He hands you a scroll and tells you it is for you to read and keep. As soon as you take it from his hand, you find yourself on a stage in the middle of a stadium, and there’s a crowd of people all around you.

How would you reduce this dream to its simplest form? You could say something like this:

“I met someone who gave me something, and then I was somewhere else.”

Even with a long, detailed dream, once you break it down into its simplest form, you can easily recite the dream’s plot—which will also give you the “plot” of the interpretation. When you’ve reduced the dream to its plot, whatever elements still contained in the dream are your sub-focuses.

In this example the dream is about you. You are the focus because you are the one doing most of the action. The dream includes three sub-focuses, which are all mentioned in your one-sentence plot:

  • The stranger (someone)
  • The scroll (something)
  • The stadium (somewhere else)

Everything else in the dream is a detail, which you don’t need to focus on right now. It isn’t that details are unimportant, but if you get caught up trying to figure out a detail (Why was he wearing all white?), you could miss the main point (He gave you a scroll).

Start Adding the Details Back In

Once you know who the focus is and have figured out what the sub-focuses mean, you can start adding the details back into the dream.

The details always relate to the focus or a sub-focus. The man who handed you the scroll was dressed in white and seemed almost to glow; those details help you understand who the man was—he was an angel.

The details are important, but their relationship to the focus or sub-focuses is what gives them substance and meaning.

As you put the pieces together, the meaning of the dream will become clearer. The next step is to understand what all the elements mean as a whole, which I will write about in a later article.

The Question Every Interpretation Needs to Answer

Here’s the question every good dream interpretation answers: “Why did God give you this dream?”

You may know every detail and all the reasons they are there, but the interpretation is complete only when you know why God gave you the dream. Understanding the why will show you a clearer picture of His heart for you and what He is doing in your life. {eoa}

John E. Thomas is the president of Streams Ministries and the co-author of The Art of Praying the Scriptures: A Fresh Look at Lectio Divina with John Paul Jackson. Teaching on prophetic ministry, dream interpretation and the kingdom of God, he travels internationally and works to help restore the awe of God to a world that has lost its wonder. John and his wife, Dawna, live outside of Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about dreams and dream interpretation, check out Dream Foundations as well as other resources from John E. Thomas and John Paul Jackson at


Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Following are snippets of the top stories posted on over the past week. We encourage you to visit the links to read the stories in full. Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven? Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are...

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

This month we are entering a season which, in the United States, has been devoted to gratitude and thanksgiving for 400 years! While the Thanksgiving holiday has had a long and varied history within the United States, the practice of devoting sacrificial offerings,...

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

My frequent trips to developing nations always help me adjust my attitude. Just when I start to feel spoiled and entitled, I meet people from places like Congo, India and Honduras—and I realize just how blessed I am. This happened to me again last week during a trip...

The Power of Being Thankful

The Power of Being Thankful

One of the best ways to show God we love Him is to be thankful. When we express our deep gratitude to Him, it actually invites His presence onto our lives. Being thankful also neutralizes the enemy and brings victory into our situations no matter what the outcome....

Get Off Your Pew!

Get Off Your Pew!

As God’s clock inches closer to the final hour before His return, many people find themselves filled with angst, anxiety and despair. People are not sleeping well, many have fallen into depression and are feeling hopeless. These are the very days that we have been...

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

Read Time: 4 Minutes 28 Seconds While all of the stories we read in the Torah are meaningful, sometimes the events we read about can seem to hold more relevance, especially for those of us who are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. One such event is the calling...


The Church’s Role in Preserving Freedom of Speech in America

Read Time: 3 Minutes 17 Seconds The controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving and his post of a tweet that claims the Jews in Israel are not the real Jews—that Black Africans are the real Jews—raises...
Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Read Time: 4 Minutes 42 Seconds Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away for U.S. Americans. It is a favorite holiday—perhaps only exceeded by Christmas—to gather with family and friends to watch parades, play (American) “football” and eat delicious food—often from...

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven? Read Time: 3 Minutes, 10 Seconds Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals walking along the streets of gold? We are taught in the book of Romans, "That if...

Pin It on Pinterest