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A Vision from Above? 7 Famous Dreams that Made an Impact


Dreams have been known to play huge roles in shaping human events. And while many remain skeptical at the idea of receiving futuristic visions as they lay on their bed foam, others believed that the things they or others have seen had been sent from above. Some dreamers are even willing to stake their lives on it regardless of the dream’s authenticity! Below are some of the dreams or visions experienced by certain individuals that have made a mark on history.

Pharaoh’s Dreams

You can read a full account of the story in the Bible. In the first dream, the King of Egypt saw seven fat cows get devoured by seven thinner ones. The second dream is basically the same, except grains replaced the cows (the thinner again swallowed up its plumper counterparts). Pharaoh sent for Joseph, who interpreted the dream and told him that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of intense famine. Forewarned, Pharaoh was able to prepare his kingdom for the troubling times ahead; he even appointed Joseph as his adviser.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

The Chaldean king Nebuchadnezzar experienced a dream that none of his advisers can make sense of. Only Daniel was able to give meaning to what the king saw in his dreams. Nebuchadnezzar saw a magnificent stature with a head made of gold, silver chest and arms, bronze belly and thighs, iron legs, and feet made from a mixture of iron and clay.

As the king gazes on it, a rock struck the statue, shattering it to pieces. This rock then became a mountain and filled the earth. According to Daniel’s interpretation, the statue represents different kingdoms that would rule consecutively. Some biblical scholars believe that these empires are the Chaldean Empire, the Media-Persian Empire, the Greeks, the Roman Empire, and the Divided Roman Empire while the rock is the Kingdom of God. Read the second chapter of the Book of Daniel in the Bible for more details.

Joseph’s Dreams

Jesus Christ’s father figure had experienced three God-sent dreams as told in the Bible. The first occurred during Mary’s pregnancy when Joseph was considering about divorcing her quietly as he thought she was involved with another man. The second was after Jesus was born to warn him that the child’s life was in danger while the third occurred when they were hiding in Egypt to tell him that Herod is dead and it is now safe to return to Israel.

Lincoln’s Nightmare

Abraham Lincoln was reported to experience dreams and premonitions about his assassination days before it happened. His friend and biographer, Ward Hill Lamon, recalled a discussion he had with the former president about a dream he had. In the dream, Lincoln heard sobbing and mourning from unseen people, and would later realize that he was witnessing his own funeral wake at the White House.

Nostradamus’ Visions

Best known for his book, Les Prophéties (The Prophecies), Michel de Nostredame claimed to have seen numerous visions of the future.  Strangely, his premonitions became reality centuries after his day. Some of these visions involve the Great Fire of London (1666), the French Revolution (1789), the rise of Adolf Hitler, and even the 9/11 Attack of the World Trade Center.

Bahá’í Prophecies

Future events were also prophesied in writings of the Bahá’í faith. Among these are the downfall of various world leaders (like Sultan Abdu’l-Aziz, `Alí Pashá, Napoleon III, and the Caliphate of Sunni Islam), the rise and fall of Communism, and the outbreak of the two World Wars.

Jayabaya’s Prophecies

This Indonesian king is best known for his visions and oracles, which include the Serat Jayabaya Musarar and the Serat Pranitiwakya. According to a stanza of one of this king’s prophecies: “The Javanese would be ruled by whites for three centuries and by yellow dwarfs for the life span of a maize plant prior to the return of the Ratu Adil: whose name must contain at least one syllable of the Javanese Noto Negoro.”

Although Ratu Adil has yet to appear, Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for more than three hundred years before being occupied by the Japanese during World War II.