Fire is a powerful symbol, and it’s been that way from ancient times. It signifies passion, desire, destruction, transformation, enlightenment, purification. But, it can also indicate anger and creative or sexual love.
The fire has always had a significant symbolic meaning in biblical history. In Greek mythology, the Phoenix fire symbolizes health and rebirth, while in Roman, the fire goddess is associated with home.
In a biblical sense, a fire in a dream is related to our greater self, hope, and punishment. Even though a fire is a fantastic phenomenon, sort of a gift to humanity, providing warmth, comfort, light, etc., it’s also a symbol of hell and demonic power.
A dream of fire represents our inner passion, but also the demonic side of our personality. The one that is unable to resist temptation.
From a spiritual perspective, fire represents compulsion, creativity, passion, motivation, and potential—the fire burning in your soul. From a biblical perspective, to dream about a fire in any context indicates you are too focused or lack that searching for what makes you happy.
Dreams of fire can be highly destructive; they can signify tragedy, sorrow, death, or loss of opportunities. It is said in Corinthians 3:15-16: “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.”
Biblical and spiritual meaning
We know that fire is a destructive and powerful force of nature. It is seen as an early warning of danger ahead, helping to keep you safe in a spiritual sense.
In the Bible, God is described as “a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). That is why fire often appears as a symbol of God’s presence.
The most obvious examples include the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), the Shekinah glory (Exodus 14:19, Numbers 9:15-16), and Ezekie’s vision (Ezekiel 1:4).
In the book of Kings, Elijah’s prayers were usually answered by the fire of God.
A fire has always been a God’s instrument of judgment and also a sign of his power. The biblical meaning of a fire dream is explained in Exodus 3:2: “The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush, and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed” (https://www.evangelistjoshua.com/biblical-meaning-fire-dream/).
Therefore, in a biblical sense, fire represents the power of God in numerous ways. While fire often appears in the Bible as a symbol of God’s anger and judgment, the dream typically comes as a warning of danger and pain. On the other hand, it also purifies and illuminates.
Meaning of fire in a dream
A fire in a dream can carry both positive and negative meanings. On a positive side, and from a Biblical angle, to see a fire in a dream signifies God’s presence and the power of the Holy Ghost. This indicates that the Holy Spirit is there by your side to prepare your spiritual self for the challenges ahead. The fire also appears in dreams to reveal that you need to work on your spiritual self.
It’s important to remember the details of the dream. If the fire in it wasn’t destructive, and you just saw a fire on the land or a bush on fire, it’s a sign that God wants to communicate with you.
On the negative side, a fire in a dream symbolizes anger, loss, and stagnation. This could be a warning that you will experience a loss, hardship, or some unprofitable investment.
A dream in which a fire destroys all of your possessions is definitely a bad sign. It signifies loss of your profits or gains in real life.
When deciphering your fire dream, crucial things to consider are your emotions and overall sense of the dream. If you woke up from this dream feeling sad or anxious, this could mean several disturbing things.
It could mean prayerlessness, spiritual attacks, loss of faith or pulling away from God, or the spirit of starting all over again. It also signifies lukewarmness and blindness, living a purposeless life.
Dreaming of fire in a negative sense also means stagnation and failure at the edge of a breakthrough. It can even appear as a God’s sign that you are doing something you weren’t assigned to do.
A fire could also signify shame and disgrace or health worsening. Sometimes it represents a regret for doing something wrong. When it comes as a sign of judgment and destruction, it’s usually because you live in sin and are now exposed.
There is also a positive direction in which we can look at a motif of fire in dreams. It indicates spiritual power, salvation, repentance, holy fire. Fire can also symbolize your path to spiritual life and avoidance of secret sins.
For Christians, your spiritual self should be in an intense burning desire for God. That is why the enemy always attacks when your fire is down or diminished. To dream of a flame signifies the need for God to speak to you for your salvation.
God’s word is seen as a flame that doesn’t burn, an instrument that the Holy Spirit uses to touch your consciousness. To make you aware of the things that are disconnecting you from God.
We can denote that fire is an element that brings both advantages and disadvantages. It could be a destructive force but also a helpful one. The true meaning of the dream depends on the circumstances and details of it and your emotions and overall sense of the dream.
“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”. This is what Corinthians’ book says; this proves that the fire can be both positive and negative symbol in a dream. It’s what makes deciphering your fire dreams even more enjoyable.
Reasons behind your dream about fire
Prayerlessness, doing something wrong
In Peter’s first book, the fire signifies the punishment of destruction that came with the judgment day. If you dreamed that a fire was burning you, that could indicate prayerlessness or doing something God does not want you to do. You should think about your activities in reality because this dream represents spiritual torment.
In some cases, it indicates exposure to hidden secrets. Maybe you should come clean before it’s too late.
A warning about unpleasant circumstances
From ancient times, the fire was a symbol of war, conflict, aggression, power, and destruction. This dream happened to prepare you for some negative things that could happen to you soon.
There are not many things that can destroy things like fire can. If you dreamt about the fire burning thing to ashes, this indicates a loss of something that is not useful to you anymore.
Sometimes it signifies the death of a loved one, loss of temper, wrong business decision, or the loss of humility.
God wants to communicate
Seeing fire in a dream is a work of the Holy Spirit. It’s the way it prepares your spiritual essence for battle. Whether it’s preparing you for an attack from your enemies, or your demons, or just to help you find your way back.
The fire often appears in the dreams of people whose way of life is leading them astray.
Spiritual lukewarmness and blindness
There is a verse from Luke’s scripture where fire symbolizes spiritual power, brokenness, redemption, and atonement. It is clearly seen here: “I have come to send fire on Earth; and what will I if it already be kindled?”
In translation, you need to keep your spiritual fire burning if you want God present in your life. In that case, a fire symbolizes purification, cleansing, new beginnings, and spiritual clarification.
The most common fire dream scenarios
Being on fire
To dream of being of fire is undoubtedly unpleasant, but it’s also favorable in the sense of a warning. You should rethink your perception of certain things in life.
Too much caution can lead to missing out on great things in life. Risks are part of it, and you should embrace them. This dream should be viewed as a message to change your way of thinking and face your fears, so you could someday reach your goals and desires.
Burning without feeling pain
This dream is a good one; it indicates success, protection, and favorable circumstances on your side.
Fire is a symbol of divinity, so this dream is a message that God is with you. You can let go of all your fears and worries; he is on your side. If you have faith, you will never be left in the dark.
Being burnt by fire and feeling it
If you felt pain inflicted by fire, this is a bad sign because it foretells misfortune and adversity. Some unpleasant news is probably coming your way, but remember that you have to keep the faith whatever happens.
Alternatively, this dream scenario can also be an indication of the beginning of a new flame. Someone you’ve recently met could be your next romantic partner. One thing to keep in mind; try to take it slow—everything in its own time.
Starting a fire
This dream scenario can have a different meaning, depending on your life circumstances and emotions. It could mean unexpected news or a visit from a person you haven’t seen in a long time.
It can also just be a reflection of the stress and anxiety you feel currently.
Putting fire out
If you put the fire out in your dream, this reveals your passion dying down. If you feel like suddenly everything in your life falters, this dream reflects that emotional state.
Sometimes, this dream can signify a new start and rebuild. It may be that you will have to start all over again.
Seeing a building on fire
Biblically speaking, this is a bad dream. “And burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire”, says Jeremiah in 52:!3.
Fire burning down building signifies a spiritual attack from someone who doesn’t want you grown, prosperous and fulfilling your destiny.
In another sense, the fire could also destroy the works of the devil and restore the damages you suffered.
Running away from fire
This dream reflects your escaping from destruction and death. In this case, fire symbolizes an enemy. Ask God for protection and guidance.
Dreaming about a wildfire
This dream is a sign that you feel endangered or threatened by significant challenges you’re about to face. A potential change that is coming does not necessarily need to be a big one, but it’s something that you’re incredibly unwilling to accept.
Wildfire in a dream often represents feelings of anger and aggression that you feel you can’t control. There is probably something in your life making you feel so intensely angry, but you suppress it.
That is the danger; suppressed emotions always come out. When they do, it’s usually damaging.
Dreaming about controlling fire
Having special powers over the fire in a dream is a sign of your calmness. It means that you are a well-organized, tactful, and observant person who deals well with challenges and obstacles in life.
Basically, you have all the strings firmly in your hands. You usually don’t let negative emotions get the best of you but can balance positive and negative.
Sometimes, dreams about controlling fire signify that you are maybe too strict and stiff in dealing with life. This is usually connected to one’s way of interacting with others. If you try to control other people’s reactions, you’re bound to be stressed out and frustrated. Although you seem calm on the outside, this controlling side of you is wasting your energy. Try to be more flexible and listen to your heart.
Walking on fire
This action indicates your strength and endurance that will soon come to the test. If you pass it, you will mature and spiritually grow.
Walking on hot coals means a new start, but it could also indicate the risks needed for you to progress.
Catching on fire
Although this can be a really unsettling dream because fire is a destructive force, it can already hold positive symbolism.
Fire represents powerful things such as enlightenment, passion, transformation, purification, and magic.
This dream could denote your desire to express anger hidden within but also highlight your unique skills.
Seeing a forest fire
A dream about a forest on fire is considered to be a spiritual warning. You should be careful and try to control your temper if you want to avoid serious consequences.
If you are currently engaged in self-destructive behaviors, if you are often overreacting and can’t control your emotions, this dream shows you that it’s time for a change.
The moment has come for you to work on your inner peace. Firstly, remember that the world is not your enemy. You should focus on yourself because you are your own worst enemy. If you win a war with yourself, you are unstoppable.
Dreaming about uncontrollable fire
This dream is a reflection of suppressed anger of the dreamer, as well as other hidden emotions that threaten to explode and destroy everything around you.
If you are a person who doesn’t ever talk about your problems, take this dream as a message to talk more openly about them. This dream also implies that you or things in your life are out of control. You need to work on that.
Whatever the scenario, the biblical meaning of fire in dreams could be looked at the same as the concept of fire in reality. You can use it for destruction, but you can also use it to build and provide warmth, comfort, and light in your life.