Whenever we dream of death or of someone dying, we tend to panic and wake up either sad or anxious. Death to a Christian (and other religions too) should be no more than an absence of a physical human body. It should not be something to fear, but rather accept as part of the life cycle.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24 NIV.
To dream of death can be a subconscious desire to kill someone or get them out of our way.
“When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death,” Acts 5:33 NIV.
Death can be symbolic of a death of a relationship, the death of a bad habit within your self, or it can mean a literal death. Rarely, is it an ESP or prophetic warning of an actual death. Here is an example of a dream a client of mine, Sharon, had about death:
“I am at work and there are these huge spiders trying to get to me to hurt me. I try spraying them with bug spray but they would not die. My Mom and my Brother were in the dream and I went to get them and ask for help. When I found them, both of them were dead. I managed to block the door to keep the spiders out, but them when I saw my family dead, I started to cry and woke up crying.”
After discussing the symbols with Sharon, we were accurately able to interpret her dream. “The spiders are bugs that are creepy and look evil” (according to Sharon). We discovered that Sharon’s bugs were people from work who bully her (bug her) and she would like to kill them (get them out of her life). They verbally abuse Sharon by teasing her in front of friends and co-workers. Sharon becomes easily hurt and offended by their comments. In her dream she blocks the spiders temporarily (meaning she tries to ignore them), but somehow they still come at her. When I asked Sharon, “what trait or skill does your Mom and your brother have that you don’t have?” Sharon immediately responded with, “My Mom and My Brother are more assertive and don’t allow people’s opinion or comments to affect them. They just brush it off and move on. I don’t understand why I can’t be like that.” For Sharon to see her Mom and her brother dead in her dream, indicates that she lacks the skill of assertiveness and obviously suffers from a poor self image to allow anyone to hurt her emotionally. (Of course we worked on this in therapy sessions).
Throughout scripture we read of Death as being literal and as a sentence for sin. However, after the death of Christ we read a different view of death, referring to a change in character. In the following scripture below, Paul is speaking of a baptism into death, that we may live a new lifestyle, free from sin, working toward the goal of being more like Christ.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4 NIV
Every time you make a change from a negative habit or a character trait to something more positive, you will often dream of a person with the same negative trait being put to death or is already dead, depending on where you are at in your progress. For instance, If I were to dream of my Uncle Bill dying from lung cancer because of his smoking habit, I would be motivated to stop smoking myself as this could be a warning dream for me. (I don’t really smoke). Uncle Bill may not be dying at all but I know we both have this same habit and I may be the one who will die if I don’t quit. The dream message is for me, about me, not Uncle Bill. When I finally kick the habit, I may dream that Uncle Bill died, meaning his habit within me died! Therefore ask yourself (when dreaming of death), “What trait or habit or skill does this dead person have that somehow reflects me?”
The scripture below is speaking of the sin of the flesh, needing to put it to death to become more righteous with God; “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” Romans 6:13.
The scripture below encourages us to get our thoughts under control, being transformed by the renewing of our mind… “The mind of sinful man [ Or mind set on the flesh] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;” Romans 8:6.
So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 2 Corinthians 4:12 Dying to sin daily, and being transformed into a Christ-like character is the Goal!