Meaning of dream of woman on a couch
By Ivan Ho 30 March 2017
When I woke up from my dream, I did not quite understand what it was all about. About 2 weeks later, however, as I looked up the biblical references of beds and couches, I found that such symbolism were mentioned in the book of Amos. It began to dawn on me what God is saying through the dream.
Here are some of my thoughts on the dream:
The woman I saw is someone I know in the church. The dream is a vision of what the Holy Spirit is seeing about her, and the changes God wants her to make in her life. I believe the dream is also a picture of what God sees about some contemporary churches.
The symbolism of ‘bed and couch’ appears in the following scriptures in the book of Amos:
Thus saith the Lord ; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
Amos 3:12 KJV
Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Amos 6:3-4 KJV
I believe the picture of bed and couch has certain symbolic meanings.
Both furniture serve our bodily needs and therefore refers to our flesh rather than our spirit. It speaks of the physical or natural side of man.
The woman sitting on the bed and lying on a couch speaks of someone who tends to operate in the natural.
The way she speaks tends to be natural, the way she thinks tends to be natural, the way she perceives things is natural, the way she interacts with people is mainly natural, the decisions she makes are usually based on her natural rather than spiritual understandings.
In the first part of the dream, the bed which sits directly on the floor speaks of its connection to the earth. The woman who sits on the bed is connected to the earth, more so than she is connected to heaven.
The man who approaches her is a spirit of seduction but the woman is unaware of it. Someone who is strong in the Spirit has to come and help her defeat the seductive spirit. The man dressed in white looks good in the dream but he is a seductive spirit in disguise.
In the second part of the dream, I am walking with the woman in the beach. It speaks of someone walking in the spirit. When we walk in the spirit, the Spirit of God is walking with us. There has to be an agreement in order to walk with the Spirit of God. We cannot be walking with the Spirit when we walk in the flesh.
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
Amos 3:3 NKJV
In the third part of the dream, the woman lying on the couch is the same person who sits on the bed, and the same person who walks on the beach.
It is a picture of someone who is not constantly walking in the spirit. When we are in the spirit we need to stay in step with the Spirit of God. Jacob wrestled with the Spirit of God until he got the spiritual breakthrough. Too often, we walk out of the spirit and back in the flesh before the Spirit of God is finished with us. When we are still worshipping God, for example, the announcement suddenly cuts in because it has been programmed that way in advance. In another example, when someone is praying, a call suddenly comes in and he steps out of the spirit and responds to the call. A lot of people only stay spiritual in the few hours of weekly gatherings in the church but the rest of the week they are walking in the natural. Staying in the spirit at all times, wherever we are and under various circumstances, is what we need and what God desires of us.
The woman on the couch is surrounded by a group of men who stand around the couch. She becomes the centre of focus instead of being focused on God. Because of self centredness, she is attracting around her spirits who operate in the realm of the flesh.
When people operate in the natural, even when they are in the church environment, they tend to also draw others who operate in the natural. When one walks in the flesh, he tends to attract all kinds of wrong spirits around him or her.
Someone who is self centred tends to draw earthly wisdom instead of wisdom from God. His mentality and thinking pattern mainly surrounds himself: his ability, his education, his financial situation, his age, his circumstances, his ministries and so on. He can’t seem to see things outside of himself because he is too self focused, and his perceptions are centred around his immediate surroundings.
This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
James 3:15-16 NKJV
A person who walks in the flesh can hardly attract the Spirit of God. As long as the person stays in the realm of the flesh, he or she can hardly draw from the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is not attracted to fleshliness.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV
He who sows in the spirit will reap in the spirit. He who sows in the flesh will reap in the flesh.
Moreover, the woman lying comfortably on the couch seems to be in a comfort zone. God warns those who are sitting in the comfort zone of imminent danger of the devil’s attack, like a crouching lion waiting to attack and devour his preys.
Thus says the Lord : “As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be taken out who dwell in Samaria— In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!
Amos 3:12 NKJV