In short, no. At least not as having any origin from God. Nor from angels. Nor from the devil and demons (which are parables in the Bible, and do not exist).

Although the Bible records God revealing things to specific prophets in dreams as well as by waking visions and waking encounters with angels, the overall teaching of the Bible on dreams is generally that – unless you are a prophet – they are unreliable.

In fact the first mention of dreams among non-prophets speaks of putting the dreamer to death:


“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil[a] from your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)


A similar warning against dreamers of dreams occurs in Jeremiah 23:


I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, 27 who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? 28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who steal my words from one another. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the Lord.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:25-32)


And Isaiah emphasizes the lack of substance of dreams:

As when a hungry man dreams, and behold, he is eating,

    and awakes with his hunger not satisfied,
or as when a thirsty man dreams, and behold, he is drinking,
    and awakes faint, with his thirst not quenched,
so shall the multitude of all the nations be
    that fight against Mount Zion. (Isaiah 29:8)

Ecclesiastes 5:3 mentions dreams in a context which also is not good. In some versions it has been read as “A dream comes through much activity” which might be taken to be the result of whatever someone had lived through (or watched on TV?) the previous day. But the context seems to suggest not entangling ones dreams in ones prayers:

2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:2-3)

This doesn’t mean that dreams don’t have some value in a psychological context. Qualified medical psychiatrists and psychologists do still today sometimes consult patients about their dreams (if with less self-confidence and more nuance than the early days of psychological science) but fundamentally that is examination of the patient’s subconscious – a purely biological and mental phenomena coming from inside the patient, not any supernatural source. But just like all forms of amateur and unqualified medicine are dangerous, so is amateur reading of dreams.

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