“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29 NKJV)
Fire gets mentioned numerous times throughout the Bible.
It can be a destructive force, but the flames that we can find in the Old and New Testaments are often a representation of justice, commitment, or passion.
When sacrifices were made to God in the Old Testament, a fire was on the altar to provide this divine gift.
Leviticus 9 tells us that God Himself lighted original flames.
It was up to His priests to ensure that it stayed active because no other source was acceptable.
The New Testament shows us that the flames on the altar become a commitment to the Christian faith.
Instead of sacrificing animals as offerings, the book of Romans says that our bodies become living ones instead.
Fire in a dream can be scary.
It can also be a spiritual message that says your heart, mind, and soul are ready for refinement.
What Does My Dream About Fire Mean?
When you see a fire in your dream, the context of how you encountered the flames is essential to understanding the meaning of the experience.
Fire is not a neutral component of a dream. The meaning will be either positive or negative.
If it is meant to be a positive experience, then the dream will reveal opportunities, spiritual refinement, or the activation of your spiritual gifts.
If the message is meant to be negative, then it represents some kind of loss in your life.
Here are some of the Biblical meanings of having a fire in your dream.
#1. Lukewarm Spirituality
If you typically have a spiritual life, then moving away from that experience can trigger dreams that include fire.
The Book of Revelation describes three church types: hot, cold, and lukewarm.
If you are hot, then you are passionate about your spirituality.
When you are cold, then you don’t care. Both circumstances are workable.
When you are lukewarm, then your physical body is alive. Your faith is a different story.
“These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: ‘I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, I will vomit you out of My Mouth.” (Revelation 3:14-16)
If you are in a place of uncertainty in your spiritual life, then a dream that includes fire represents the desire to become hot once again.
It can also represent a decision to move away from prayer or a desire to pull away from the glory of God.
Churches are not represented here.
You can pull away from a congregation that feels unfaithful to you as a way to bring your spirit alive.
It is when you start walking away from God that the fire might glow.
#2. Stressful Emotions
Fire can represent some challenging emotions when we refuse to cope with them before going to sleep at night.
It is common to see a fire in dreams when feeling shame, grief, or regret.
From a Biblical perspective, these emotions come from a deep-rooted fear.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.” (Isaiah 54:4 ESV)
When we experience potent emotions like grief or shame, it usually comes after experiencing a loss.
Something of great value to you was taken from your life.
It might be the death of someone you love.
You might have lost your temper with a close friend or relative recently.
If you own a company, then perhaps you are going through a difficult financial period right now.
All of these circumstances can trigger the imagery of fire in a dream.
If this is the intended meaning, then it will destroy something.
Some people may feel like the fire is trying to burn them.
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver,” says the Book of Isaiah in Chapter 48. “I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.”
When you are ready to go through a period of spiritual growth, then it is common to see a fire in your dream.
What is unique about these dreams is that the fire typically doesn’t consume anything.
It continues to burn like what Moses experienced with the Burning Bush.
The plant was on fire, but the flames did not consume it. Then an angel of God appears before God calls out to Moses.
When Moses begins to approach the brambles, God tells him to take off his sandals since the place is holy ground.
The New Testament says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
When you experience dreams with fire from a Biblical context, then it can represent your spiritual refinement.
You are ready for the next stage of your faith journey.
There might be other signs and symbols in your dream with fire, so try to remember the specific details you see so that the message is accurate.
#4. Conversations with God
Some Christians (and people of other faiths) argue the role of Jesus in the spiritual realm.
The Holy Spirit is not seen in the same Messianic position, instead serving as a part of God or useful as a manner of conversion.
There are times when the Holy Ghost appears like a dove.
The Bible also describes moments when the appearance is under the form of “tongues of fire.”
If you find yourself talking to a fire in your dream, then it may be an actual conversation with God that you’re having – or you want to have.
Life can get busy sometimes.
Even when you pursue faithful goals, it can feel like God is being ignored.
This dream is a way to restore your soul and renew your approach to spirituality.
#5. Good Fortune or Joy
Fire can be a representation of joy, happiness, or good fortune in some dreams.
It usually doesn’t represent money, but it does mean you might receive forgiveness.
There could be blessings of other kinds coming your way.
The prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven in this manner. “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire with horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up into heaven in a whirlwind.”
If you experience a room filled with fire without feeling like you’re being burned, then this might be the Biblical meaning of your dream.
It might also include standing in a forest fire, being in a furnace, or some other space where the flames surround you.
#6. Putting Out a Fire
When you put out a fire in a dream, it is a misconception to believe that this action represents denying your spirituality.
You are not walking away from God in these circumstances.
What you are doing is overcoming a negative or harmful habit in your life.
It can be something simple, like reducing the number of sodas that you drink every day.
It can also represent victory over a significant addiction, such as alcoholism.
Some people have a dream that involves putting out a fire when they can overcome wild passions, habits, or thoughts.
It isn’t a reflection of pride. The flames you see represent the restoration of your temple.
#7. Your House Burned Down
If you have a dream that involves your house burning down, then it can represent a stressful, family-related emotion.
Some people have what feel like precognitive dreams about their home burning where they work to escape with their family.
Did you recently have a misunderstanding or an argument with someone you love?
Then that incident could trigger this dream to start.
It might also be an indication that you feel like trouble might start soon with your siblings, parents, or children.
If you experience this dream multiple times, then there is a heightened fear that an adverse outcome will occur.
The best way to approach dreams like this is to remain calm.
Have patience from a Christian perspective with the understanding that God has a purpose for your circumstances.
Let your next actions be based on love.
#8. Fireplace Dreams
If you have a dream about sitting by a fireplace, then you are in a place in life that makes you feel safe.
Dreams about campfires, bonfires, or being near a cast-iron stove fit into this category.
These moments are a good sign.
It represents your happiness with life from a general perspective.
You enjoy being in love with your partner, have good health, or have met someone new.
You feel like a complete person when you have this dream.
Some people dream about birthday candles in this context.
If the fire is in the shape of a candle, then it often represents a belief that God has a pleasant surprise waiting for you shortly.
#9. Hearing a Fire Alarm
Some people hear a fire alarm in their dream without seeing a fire.
You might smell smoke in the dream as if there were flames nearby.
When God descended on Mt. Sinai with fire, the Israelites did not see any flames.
They saw a mountain covered with smoke as lightning crashed, and thunder roared.
There were even “blasts from a trumpet.”
Hearing a fire alarm in your dream can be a representation of procrastination.
You hear the prompt to move because something requires your immediate attention.
It is also possible to hear a fire alarm in your dream when one sounds in the physical world.
If you haven’t experienced this event, then try to wake up to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe.
Biblical Dreams About Fire Are Common
The Bible offers many stories and observations about fires in the Old and New Testaments.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow to the image of King Nebuchadnezzar, so they were thrown into the fiery furnace.
The king saw four figures walking in there instead of three, providing the message that God delivers the faithful.
The disciples of Jesus experienced tongues of fire after a “mighty rushing wind” came from heaven and filled the house.
Each flame separated, coming to rest on each person.
That’s when they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking with other tongues as the Spirit influenced.
If you were scared during your dream, then now is an excellent time to examine your faith.
Are you in a place spiritually where it feels like you are lukewarm?
When you were happy or confident in the dream, then your faith is ready to progress.
What steps will you need to take to reach your next destination?
Biblical dreams about fire can be an indication of where you hope to be.
They can also expose the difficult and painful emotions that we all try to hide sometimes.
You may also be interested in:
Photo by Cullan Smith on Unsplash