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Dreams Versus Night Visions - Jeremy Caris

Dreams Versus Night Visions


While the Bible talks of both dreams and night visions, it doesn’t clearly explain the difference. I’ve heard the theory that one is more symbolic while the other is more literal. I’ve also heard that there is virtually no difference at all. However, there are distinct differences between dreams and night visions, and between visions and trances as well. The difference lies not so much in the nature of the revelation as in the physical state that you are in when you receive the revelation.

“What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.” – Isadora Duncan


Let’s start with what a vision is. A vision is a sight, something you see in your spirit when you are awake. You could say it’s something you see “in your mind’s eye” when you are awake. But to be technical, everything you see, whether from the spiritual realm or the natural realm is seen in your mind’s eye. Your mind processes and filters all the information it receives and then it constructs a picture. That picture is what you “see.” But that’s a deeper teaching for another day.

Night Vision

A night vision is simply a vision that you have when half asleep or half awake. In other words, it’s revelation you see when you have some physical awareness. Some refer to this as the twilight state. It’s the state you’re in early in the morning when you’re just beginning to wake up or at night when you’re just beginning to fall asleep. You are aware that you are sleeping and dreaming, but you are fully aware nonetheless. Visions that you have in this state are what the Bible refers to as night visions.


A dream is more commonly understood. A dream is something you see when you have little to no physical awareness. There are various categories and types of dreams. Some dreams are from God and some are not, but everyone dreams—whether they realize or remember it or not. In fact, everyone has both dreams and night visions, but not everyone has visions and trances.


Trances are not only okay, but they are Biblical and God-given (Dan. 10; Act. 10-11, 22:17). A trance is no different than a vision, night vision, or dream in regards to the revelation. The difference lies only in your physical state. A trance is like a dream in the sense that you have no physical awareness. The difference is that it comes on you suddenly. You are awake and then you suddenly fall into a deep sleep-like state, you see a vision, and then you are suddenly fully awake again. The reason that the Gospel was openly spread to the world was because of a vision that Peter had while God put him into a trance (Act. 10-11).

Visions, night visions, dreams, and trances all refer to visions received while in various physical states.

Jeremy Caris

Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.

9 Responses to "Dreams Versus Night Visions"
  1. I have experiences where I am wide open and can’t sleep then all of a sudden I am so deep and experience everything I dream about good or bad.
    It is as if I am out of my body can that be?
    This has been going on for awhile and a lot more f what I experience I remember

  2. Hi! I’ve been dreaming all my life but this one perticular dream I know nothing of what it is .I was dreaming about being back at the orphanage. All the old colleagues there, kids that have now grown up and girls were back at the orphanage but they were mature, like present day, with their kids. I was looking for a place for my husband (also greu up there with me) and my first-born son. I couldn’t find y them. I went in town to see and ask and as I was returning to the orphanage the sky at the left had a face, a blue face of the evil big as the sky. The sun turning blacj and sucking all the sky in. As I was running to enter the orphanage building the face appeard again in front of me, sucking in all there was, coming towards me I wanted to rebuke it Jesus name but it started sucking me in too. It was saying something like: stay out of the light, don’t go into it. I turned my back and started running but it was coming for me. It looked so real and I knew I was dreaming.

  3. Due to your teaching on the different ways which God speaks to us I could easily identify the methods He uses with me. I have always dreamed and had visions (pictures that come in my minds eye) throughout my entire life. I honestly thought everyone done this and use to stop while talking to people that knew me and say ok here’s one of those dumb things I am seeing. I really thought I was just a weirdo. Dreams and visions have always been consistent however I do not always know what I am seeing or what they mean. On 2 occasions I can say I have experienced night visions. One was very recent 2/26/2019. I had the prescence of mind to be aware that this was indeed spiritual and asked the woman if this was indeed a vision. She smiled said yes and went on to say “You have created quite a stir in the heavelies since you have reentered the House (I took this to mean since I have recently come back into the church) and there is great anticipation and support from many witnesses for what you will do.” Then she handed me a calendar that looks similar to ours and I could see many dates marked. Although it was written in English I could not for the life of me understand it. Personally I think it’s because I am prophetic but I do not know how to speak the language yet. Every page turned and I knew it was full of the most wonderful times and the most tragic events for young adults down to babies. Suddenly a wind began to blow from it and I tried so hard to hold on to it but it flowed out of my hands and was gone. I was permitted to walk through the cottage where this visitation was taking place and seen some interesting things. A room in all shades of green with green plants growing right out of the walls with no dirt or pots. Each plant had a shelf which it was displayed on. There were other pretty amazing rooms but I was not allowed to stay it was time for me to walk a dirt path into a woods where I sensed I would gain more understanding. The animals all greeted me on my approach to that cottage and it was 2 women I seen but only one who communicated with me. I remember every detail about her. Her attire everything but the most interesting thing was she was black and wore brilliant white round lenses glasses. Her clothing was a mist living but in a town form. I believe she was revelation and the other that did not address me was wisdom but I had to go to the woods for understanding but would see wisdom again. I came here looking for interpretations to understand all the different things I swen and make more sense of it.

  4. Was hoping to hear the reply for Andrew dream it seems deep. His testimony is a blessing.

  5. Hi Jeremy,

    I switched from atheism to Jesus three years ago after my brain was turned upside down by a prophetic lady. Shortly after this experience I had a dream where a female angel (I’m assuming angel but can’t tell for certain) asked me if I was good at math. I said yes and she asked if I could add 9 & 7. I said yes it is 16 and she said “ahh you are 111”. Then she brought me to a rotating machine that looked like a carousel and had the number 111 stamped on it. She took my body and moved it in and out of the machine saying something along the lines of “when you go in forwards it heals this and then when you go in backwards it heals that”. As I came out of the machine some sort of energy came into my chest and I woke up with a shock. Not a bad shock, just a ‘wow what was that’ shock. I knew the numbers were significant but of course 16 & 111 can mean an enormous variety of things. Since then I have married a Christian wife who often receives accurate interpretations for the dreams I have, but God has not revealed the meaning of this dream to her. If you have time to pray over this and if you feel the Lord gives you an interpretation, I would be open to hearing it.

    Appreciate your time and may God continue to bless you.


    • I do not believe this is a “God” dream. It is a good example of why we need to learn to understand our dreams, because not all of the dreams we have are messages from God that need an interpretation. There are many other types of dreams as well. I hope to publicly release more training for understanding your dreams in the future with more of an explanation, but unfortunately for now it’s too much to explain in one reply.

  6. Sir, I am Pastor Daniel Samuel. I have been experiencing recurring dream for 17yrs now. It just stopped last month. I saw the Man of God on whirlwind like Elijah to heaven. And since then I have not seen him again. I do see him every week in my dream. He want me to succeed him as Head Pasttor of his church, I always say no, bec I too have a covenant of a mega church. In 2013, I told him I have accepted in my dream. I wrote letter to him, no reply in the physical before the dream stopped.
    Please, explain to me sir.

    Pst Daniel Samuel

    • Recurring dreams usually continue as long as the dream is relevant and until they are fulfilled, no longer possible, or out of your control. In other words, they may continue until the dream has come to pass or accomplished its purpose in you, until you make choices that change the course of your life so that it no longer leads to the fulfillment of that dream, or until you take action that takes the next move toward the fulfillment out of your hands. In this case, there is no longer anything for you to do to cooperate with the dream at this time. It is no longer in your hands.

    • I am grateful for the interpretation, but it did not come in full page for me to read all. I couldn’t figure your explanation well. I really want it in full. You can sent it to my Email address: [email protected].
      I want to bless God for the gift of Interpretation of dreams; and the way you explained the differences between Biblical Visions, Night Visions, Trances and Dreams. You are excellent on that, because I do have them too.
      Grater Grace and more Anointing upon you sir.
      Pst Daniel from Nigeria.

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