Colors in dreams are only important when they are not details. They generally carry positive or negative meanings and are discerned primarily from the context. Strength of meaning is indicated by the depth or lightness of the colors. Neon indicates imitation or counterfeit while mixed/blended colors my be mixing positives with negatives, positives with positives, or negatives with negatives.
The ancient Hebrews, like other ancient societies, experienced colors primarily through creation: blue the color of sky, green of vegetation, red of blood, white of wool and snow. These peoples believed that God or the gods deliberately designed colors with deeper purpose than meets the eye. These color associations remain universal, but are enhanced by the fact that nature was so close to them in contrast to today when we derive color meanings from manufactured and synthetic items.
Below we explore colors and metals influenced by the Hebrew scriptures as well as universal color symbolism. BLUE, PURPLE, RED at times may symbolize royalty, authority, and wealth since the natural dyes for the colors blue, purple, and scarlet were rare and expensive in ancient and Biblical times and only available to royalty or the wealthy.
• The priests wore solid blue
• Blue cloth coverings protected the holy articles of the tabernacle
• The sky suggests the zone connecting heaven and earth.
Sorrow, depression, emotional lows
Judges 8:26; John 19:2
• Worn only by those in high rank in royal courts
• The bronze alter of sacrifice was covered in purple cloth for travel
False authority, domination, oppression
• The color of political wealth and power
• Babylon, the great harlot of Revelation
Apocalypse and image of the world’s wealth and power gone awry,
is described as wearing purple and scarlet
Blood atonement, sacrifice
Power, anointing, wisdom for battle
Lev 14:52; Josh 2:18,21; Isa 1:18
• The tabernacle’s linen curtains were red
• The blood sacrifices, the cross
Anger, battle, bloodshed, destruction
2 Kings 3:22; Rev 6:4; 12:3
• the great harlot of the Apocalypse appears dressed in scarlet on a scarlet beast
Purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels
Rev 6:2; 7:9; 19:8; 3:4-5; 15:6
• The absence of darkness
• Heaven’s garments
Negative- Religious or legalistic spirit
Mysterious, unknown, unable to see
Negative-Death, spiritual darkness, evil, famine
La 4:8; Jeremiah 8:21; Rev 6:5
• In the Bible it is not used as an image of sin
• God’s presence in times of divine judgment upon sin and evil.
• “Darkness fell over the whole land” when Jesus died (Lk 23:44)
Positive-The glory of God- Ezekiel 1;4; 8:2 KJV
• The Lord is described in visions of Ezekiel as amber
Negative-False glory, attempt at self-glory
Positive-Hope, faith, strength
Gifts from God
Negative-Coward, fear-based motive
The color of fire and autumn leaves
Negative-Greed, envy, jealousy, pride
Positive- Child-like love or faith
Negative- Childish, immature
• As in gray hair
Death, sadness, weakness
• As in gray skies, gray clouds, grave
Humility, compassion, pastoral color
• As in the dirt we are made from and will return to
• As in the leaves that fall from trees
Compromise, humanism or fleshly perspective (human perspective disregarding divine perspective)
• False human compassion as salve from motives to feel better
Redemption will result from this, the price of redemption
Appropriate use, purpose
• Mentioned 300 times in the Bible
(Matthew 27:3-9, Exodus 30:11-16)
• Next to gold, it holds the most value
• Joseph’s brothers sell him for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:28)
• Joseph planted a silver cup in
Benjamin’s satchel (Genesis 44:2)
• God warned his people to “not make gods of silver alongside me” Exodus 20:23
Purity, holiness, glory, prosperity
Hence, of immense spiritual worth
• Despite its rarity as a commodity, it’s Mentioned 425 times in the Bible.
The primary meaning is value, with secondary meanings of permanence and durability.
It is clearly associated with wealth.
Idolatry, defilement, contamination, misplaced honor, lawlessness, licentiousness
• Idols were either solid gold or carved from wood and coated with gold.
• Aaron allowed the Hebrews to make a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain.