The biblical meaning of pigs in dreams is unworthiness, sin, spiritual warfare, foolishness, destruction, greed, and spiritual poverty or growth. Also, It is important to explore your own dislike or love of pigs for a more personal dream meaning.
In dreams, pigs are often used to convey a symbolic message. Symbolic dreams usually have a hidden meaning that relates to your life. God often speaks in parables and riddles to encourage believers to seek him for the interpretation. Fortunately, God has given you “the secrets of the kingdom of heaven” to help you understand his messages. (Matthew 13:11)
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4 Biblical Meanings of Pigs in Dreams
Dreaming of pigs show different pieces of your life. This article will explore four areas: feeling unworthy, a need to have caution, spiritual growth, and spiritual warfare.
Explore all the meanings before interpreting your dream. Also, your dream can be a blend of different meanings, so be open to more than one of the following explanations.
1. Pigs represent Feeling Unworthy
Do you feel unworthy of a relationship with God or others? Or is there a fear of not being good enough at your job or church?
Seeing unclean or dirty pigs in a dream can depict low self-worth due to emotional struggles. Essentially, God wants to heal you, so you can be a confident son or daughter that doesn’t operate from an orphan mentality.
Are you feeling condemnation?
Do you feel unworthy due to sin and ungodly thoughts? Well, that’s not okay. Conviction and condemnation are not the same. You can feel remorse for sin, but you shouldn’t feel dirty or believe God loves you less because of it. Jesus didn’t die for you to have painful flashbacks and burdensome shame. (1 John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 7:10)
God has ultimate authority to make unclean things pure by the finished work of Jesus Christ. There is NO sin that can’t be cleansed by Jesus’ blood.
Under Old Testament law, pigs were unclean animals that were unworthy of being eaten or sacrificed to God. (Leviticus 11:7; Isaiah 66:3) Then, in Acts 10:9-16, Peter received a vision indicating that all unclean animals are now clean. The unclean animals represented non-Jews, pagans, or Gentiles which didn’t know God and were living in sin.
Through the vision, God made it clear that sinners were deserving of Christ’s purifying blood. Fortunately, Christ’s death made unclean and imperfect humans become clean and receive salvation.
God said to Peter: “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 10:9-21)
Also, the prodigal son left home, spent his inheritance on prostitutes and ended up in poverty. To support himself, he got a job taking care of pigs which was a degrading and low paying position. Unfortunately, his rebellion and love for the pleasures of the world made him financially and spiritually poor.
He eventually realizes that his father is forgiving and he can return to his wealth and goodness. This biblical story is a reminder that God has open arms for back-sliders. He saves us from filth and then gifts us with purity, favor, and blessings. (Luke 15:15-31)
A Pig Being Cleansed Means Purification
Essentially, seeing a pig that needs cleansing or is being cleansed in a dream represents purification in your life. Remember, accepting Jesus’ finished work on the cross makes us clean: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirt.” (Titus 3:1-11)
2. Pigs represent A Need for Caution
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6)
Are you giving your personal life details to someone that isn’t kind? Or have you been sharing wisdom with someone that doesn’t listen? Your vulnerability, heart, and wisdom are precious gems. Essentially, believers should not throw their pearls to pigs. Pigs can represent fools that are “reckless and careless.” (Proverbs 14:16)
In Proverbs 11:22, King Solomon mentions that jewels are a waste in the hands of pigs or those without discretion — the foolish, ungrateful, and careless. Ultimately, seeing a pig might be a warning to spend less time and resources on those who are ungrateful, don’t listen, and have an unending appetite for sin.
Individuals that love sin are like pigs that roll around in their own filth and cause destruction. Also, they are similar to pigs in their greed. Pigs will eat anything, even diseased food and harbor them in their bodies. Likewise, fools will accept unhealthy mindsets, doctrines, and ideologies.
Lastly, take a second to consider if you have been lustful, greedy, and careless lately. Your dream could be indicating a need to be more obedient to the word of God in the way you behave, think, and speak: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
3. Pigs represent Spiritual Growth
While pigs have a generally negative tone in the Bible, they are still God’s creation. For instance, they contribute to the ecosystem by tilling soil and providing natural fertilizers. Additionally, pigs are also playful and curious. Therefore, seeing pigs playing, or living in an abundant or fruitful land can be positive.
The Bible references God as the Gardener that helps us to bear fruit. Specifically, we are the garden and we need God’s help to grow. So, since soil fertilized by pigs produce fruit, the pig could represent that your mind and spirit are fertilized soil and healthy enough to produce spiritual fruit. Ultimately, seeing pigs can represent abundance, contentedness, joy, and spiritual growth if you feel an overall sense of happiness and positivity in your dream.
4. Pigs represent Demonic Activity
Seeing darkness and dirty pigs may represent the presence of dark spiritual activity. According to some theories, when Jesus casted out the legion of demons they begged to reside in pigs because pigs represent filth. This demonstrates that darkness likes to operate where there is sin.
Perhaps, you are dreaming about pigs because you might be dealing with something unhealthy or with someone that isn’t healthy spiritually. It is beneficial to evaluate your life for open doors. For instance, listening to certain music about sex is an open door to experiencing lustful thoughts, dreams, and feelings. (Matthew 13:45; Luke 11:25)
Don’t fear if you’ve engaged in any activity that has caused an open door for demonic influence. Simply repent and change your behaviors. Thankfully, Christians have been given authority, “over all the power of the enemy, [so] nothing shall hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
Secondly, demons can’t live in active Christians because believers are temples of the Holy Spirit: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) If the Holy Spirit lives within you then nothing else can.
Essentially, oppression is different from possession. Being oppressed is coming under the weight of negativity and darkness which is a strategy from the enemy to make you feel weak. Disobedience, unhealed pain, shame, and unbelief can invite oppression. Therefore, heal any areas of pride, rebellion, and sin within you, so you can remain obedient to God.
The Biblical Meaning of Dead Pig in Dreams
Perhaps the biblical meaning of a dead pig in dreams is the removal of sin and things that are tormenting you. This type of dream is good news because you are probably transitioning into a spiritually healthy season!
Ultimately, God desires for you to live a life that is free from fear, sin, love of money, mental torment, and spiritual distractions.
- Biblically, even a dead pig is unclean and it is inappropriate to touch its carcass. This is how it can be assumed that the death of a pig means the removal of unhealthy things in your life. (Leviticus 11:7-8)
- In Matthew 8:28–34, Jesus casted a man’s tormenting spirits into pigs and they ran over the cliff. This was a signal of triumph over the enemy. Instead of rejoicing the people in the region asked Jesus to leave. Essentially, they put their love of money and property before the Gospel.