Oil is a widely spread symbol in the Bible, it’s the symbol of the Holy Spirit. Before we go into a detailed explanation about oil symbolism, there is a piece from scripture that clearly shows the link between the Holy Spirit and oil.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed”. (Luke 4:18).
The oil of anointing and the Lord’s Spirit are directly linked; the oil represents the physical representation of Jesus, giving the Spirit to perform God’s actions in His service to man.
There is another aspect of oil symbolism revealed in Acts 10:38: “…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
The most extraordinary knowledge is useless without The Holy Spirit that provides us with the right perspective, attitude, and intention for every service we perform.
In Revelation 11:4, there is a verse the tells a story about “the two olive trees and the two lampstands”. We know that lamps give us light. Revelation 11:4 says that two lampstands standing before God of the whole Earth. They are providing light for the entire house, as Matthew 5 says.
The true symbolism of oil is evident if you read about Aaron, the first priest of Israel. He was anointed with oil as it consecrated him and his sons to serve as priests for God.
“You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. And you shall say to the people of Israel, ‘This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on the body of an ordinary person, and you shall make no other like it in composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you”. (Exodus 30:30-32)
The oil was not to “be poured on the body of an ordinary person”. They were consecrated; that means declared sacred, which set them apart or dedicated to the service of God for a holy purpose. God is still anointing people, only not with oil but by Holy Spirit.
Kings of ancient Israel were typically anointed with oil; that was a way of God designating them as the chosen people. “I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have found David, my servant with my holy oil I have anointed him so that my hand shall be established with him; my arm also shall strengthen him”. (Psalm 89:I9b-2I).
The Unity of the Spirit
The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and it’s God’s anointing that signifies the priest’s selection.
It also symbolizes the unity of the Spirit that only God can bring among a diverse body of believers called a Church. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!” (Psalm 133:I-2)
The oil, in this sense, represents the calling of God.
The presence of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is tipically depicted as oil; this you can find in the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25. Jesus said: “Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for you and for us, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves'” (Matthew 25:7-8).
The Anointing to Preach
The Spirit of God giving anointing to preach is visible in Luke 4:18. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor”.
John in 2:20 clearly states: “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. Therefore you too should be proclaiming the good news to the poor.”
All these references show that oil in the Bible holds powerful symbolism and has great significance. The oil represents the work and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Oil is also one of the essential sources of energy. Dreams about oil can have many meanings; they can carry ominous signs but also signify prosperity. The true meaning of dreams always depends on the context of the dream and the emotions and feelings you encounter while dreaming.
In familiar mythology, anointing with oil means being given a divine purpose. It could mean that you are meant for something great. In the old days, anointing one’s head with oil represented cleansing.
In the Jungian sense, oil is the thing that makes your reason move more smoothly.
The metaphor of oil speaks about the invisible presence and action of the Holy Spirit. The biblical association of oil with light in oil lamps relates to the Spirit’s work to reveal and illuminate God and his word.
The meaning also overlaps with fire, another metaphor of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of prophecy anoints people to function as prophets. Oil is also used in consecration and healing and therefore fits with the Spirit’s work to sanctify people.
Dreaming about oil
According to dream analysts, oil in a dream can have many different meanings. Seeing oil in a dream signifies things running smoothly. It also indicates financial gains, your overall finances looking up. More often than not, dreaming about oil suggest positive changes ahead.
One of the most common oil dreams is seeing oil coming out of the ground. This is considered a very lucrative dream scenario because it indicates fortune ahead of you or an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Oil appearing in your dream signifies fortuitous circumstances in your real life; make sure you use those conditions wisely.
Oil is often related to the energy you have collected; it means you have to release tension, work on reducing your stress, and try a little “go with the flow” attitude towards life.
Sometimes dreaming about oil is a bad sign, and sometimes it’s connected to prosperity. There could be a valuable opportunity for you to invest, but you will have to ask for advice from a person close to you to make that decision.
While biblical symbolism associates oil with knowledge, light, and Holy Spirit’s presence, there are various interpretations of oil dreams. Depending on the context, life circumstances, and overall sense of the dream, oil carries different meanings.
Dream of seeing oil
If you saw oil in a dream, you should be careful; there could be someone in your surroundings trying to manipulate you and trap you. You should analyze your friend circle to figure out who your real friends are.
Dreaming of oil and water
This dream could be a reflection of the stress you’re feeling due to a lot of work you’re doing. It also suggests that you should take some free time and do things that relax you. The mountain of pressure you feel could easily lead to mental fatigue.
Sometimes, oil and water signify confrontation with family members due to misunderstanding. You should be prepared for significant challenges that you’re not used to.
Dreaming about an oil field
This dream is an excellent sign; it foretells you will find something significant. It will be a trait of yours that you aren’t aware of yet. You have the strength; you just need to cultivate it and use it when facing challenges ahead of you.
Dreaming about oil in the sea
Seeing an oil spill in the sea signifies the need for deep cleansing, whether intrapersonal or at work. This dream is perfect because it allows you to eliminate bad things and let good energy flow. This dream also indicates unexpected financial gain. But, you should be careful about spending it.
Dreaming about oil in your hand
To see oil in your hands is a powerful message to get in a dream. You should be very careful; there might be massive health and financial problems for you ahead. You don’t have to wait for a catastrophe to happen; just be more cautious with your health and money.
Dreaming about crude oil
This dream can also be seen as a warning; pay attention to your surroundings. You could be surrounded by dishonest people; this crude oil is a warning about that. But not only that, it serves as a reminder of your strength and wisdom.
Dreaming about black oil
Although oil represents prosperity, you should be careful. This dream suggests that you should take care of your finances better. Otherwise, you could go bankrupt. In some cases, this dream indicates a potential scandal that could really harm you.
Dreaming about finding oil
This dream is a sign of the start of your transition process. But, you should remember one crucial thing; discipline is the key. If something is tormenting you, you should let it flow. Don’t make hasty decisions.
Difficult times and challenges might be ahead, but there is strength within you. You have passed through similar things in the past, and you will get past this also.
Dreaming about oil on your body
This dream signifies unexpected benefits ahead of you. This could mean receiving an inheritance or going on a business trip where you will meet the love of your life.
Dreaming about oil in the river
Oil in the river signifies missed opportunities that could harm your prosperous future. You should not be very concerned because you will still lead a very successful life. If you fixed specific aspects of your life that cause you a lot of confusion, that would help significantly.
This dream is also a suggestion to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Mind your health and your soul; someone could appear and do a lot of damage to you.
Dreaming about clean oil
Seeing a clean oil in a dream signifies new events in your life and potential recent decisions about your goals and desires.
Dreaming about oil on your face
This dream symbolizes the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a God’s presence. It signs that you’re destined for great things.
Out of the Bible context, this dream symbolizes profit. It signifies many opportunities coming your way. You will feel comfortable with those because you will display the full range of your creativity.
Baby oil appearing in a dream is a good sign that shows the fertility, childbirth, or birthing of a child with ease.
Olive, peanut, sunflower, and other oils represent positive things. Olive oil symbolizes wealth, divine happiness, ad peace.
Cooking with oil is considered to be a good omen for health and happiness in general. Slipping on oil indicates luck coming your way.
Good fortune, cleansing, divine presence
Generally, dreaming about oil foretells the gaining of divine knowledge, the Holy Spirit’s presence, and good fortune.
It also represents cleansing, cleaning up your life, clearing old, harmful patterns.
In the Bible, oil has great significance and symbolism. It depicts the work and anointing of the Holy Spirit.