The biblical meaning of a bride in a dream refers to love, covenant, Christians, transition, purity, and attachments. In contrast, your dream may be a representation of your current worries related to marriage and/or planning a wedding.
Either way, dreaming of a bride is usually symbolic, not literal. Symbolic dreams usually have a hidden meaning that is related to your everyday 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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What is the biblical meaning of a bride in dreams?
1. A Bride May Represent Christians
Christians as a group are considered the church and the bride of Christ. Therefore, you individually are considered a bride of Christ whether you are female or male. And Jesus is always the bridegroom.
Essentially, the Bible is symbolically referring to our relationship with God as a marriage. Apostle Paul stated, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” (2 Corinthians 11:2)
In this instance, dreaming of a bride might be your connection to other Christians. To further understand your dream, evaluate what you were doing while in contact with the bride. Were you jealous? Were you helpful? Did you feel judged? Your feelings within the dream may represent deeper feelings towards fellow sisters and brothers in the body.
Additionally, dreaming that you are the bride may indicate your own marriage to Christ. Evaluate the feelings in the dream. Then, examine: Do I have those feelings towards God? For instance, if you were waiting for a groom and no one came that’s pointing to your own emotions. Perhaps, you feel like God will not complete the good things he’s started in your life.
2. A Bride May Represent Attachments
Seeing a bride and/or groom in dreams might represent what you’re symbolically married to in your everyday life. For instance, you may be putting someone or something before God such as work. Putting work, finances, or anything else before God is considered idolatry. In this instance, evaluate your connection to God and seek to remove anything that hinders intimacy.
3. A Bride May Represent Purity
Dreaming about a bride might represent how prepared you are for the return of Christ. Evaluate if the bride was prepared, rushing, or fully dress. Also, what was the tone of the dream, positive or negative? This will help you relate the dream to you spiritual journey. For instance, a bride that doesn’t have proper clothing might be in the process of being prepared — cleansed and sanctified.
Also, dreaming of a bride in white means cleansing, purification, forgiveness of sins, and righteous standing. Essentially, wearing white clothes is a sign of spiritual growth and maturity.
4. A Bride May Represent Covenant
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
Dreaming of a bride may be related to your current commitments or relationships. Explore the tone of the dream. Was it positive or negative? Essentially, the main feelings within the dream may show deeper feeling towards the covenants in your life.
For instance, feeling forced to marry the bride in your dream might represent a sense of powerlessness in your waking life. In addition, rushing or feeling unprepared might indicate unsettling feelings towards the relationships and commitments in your life.
- For men, consider how well you are doing as a leader in every area of your life. Especially, when it comes to loving and guiding your wife. Remember, being a leader means humbling yourself like Jesus to serve others!
- Women, you should evaluate how well you are respecting and submitting to the leaders in your life. Also, how are you leading those in your sphere of authority?
- And both men and women should consider their feelings towards the church and commitments in their life. Are you working in unity? Do you display forgiveness, mercy, long-suffering, and patient kindness?
5. A Bride May Represent Transition
Dreaming of a bride might also represent that you’re in a time of transition. Consider, what is currently changing in your life? What new commitment are you currently making? Be sure to leave immaturity behind, so you can embrace new opportunities with maturity.
When a groom starts a family he is the leader of the household. He must put childish ways behind him to take authority over his new home. Therefore, a mental and spiritual transition is necessary for him to execute this role. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 KJV)
6. A Bride May Represent Your Thoughts About Love
Dreaming about a bride might be highlighting your thoughts on love. The dream can represent your desire to be married, the qualities in a person you desire for marriage, and unresolved emotions related to romantic relationships.
- Dreaming you are a bride might represent your own internal longings or perspectives of love. Were you excited? This may indicate you’re hopeful and exercising your faith. Also, did you feel frustrated and stressed? This may indicate that love is a painful subject for you and you need healing in that area.
- Marrying a bride might represent your desire to be married. And it may reveal the type of woman that you desire to be with. Evaluate what you liked about the bride and explore if those are what you want in your future spouse.
You can get to the bottom of your emotions by asking yourself hard questions:
- Do you often think about marriage? In what way?
- What qualities did the bride have that you liked?
- Do you feel fear, worry, and anxiety when it comes to relationships?
- Are you fearful you’ll never meet someone like that again?
Is it a prophetic dream about my future wife?
Do you think that God is showing your future wife in the dream? If so, the first thing to be sure is evaluate your dream for symbolism and unhealthy emotions. Ultimately, be sure the dream isn’t from your emotions or a hidden message from God.
Keep in mind, God doesn’t lie, so if it’s a true prophetic word you don’t have to do anything. Remember, Joseph planned to leave the pregnant virgin Mary, but an angel appeared to him and calmed his fears. (Matthew 1:18-25) Essentially, prophetic words cause you to grow In maturity. Fleshly dreams result in believers desiring what they want over God’s best. Using manipulation, fear, or control to earn the person you’re idolizing is a sign it’s a flesh dream.