Recently, my close friend shared a dream about killing rats. She thought it meant she would have a rat infestation soon and wanted my input.
I knew this dream had a biblical and spiritual meaning, but I did not have a conclusive answer at the time. I consulted some colleagues and scoured the internet for answers.
Luckily, I was still in touch with some of my theology professors, and I called a few to get their input. After a week, I was ready to answer my friend.
We met, and I shared what I learned, helping her understand the Biblical perspective of her rat dream. Inspired by that discussion, I decided to share what I learned.
So, let’s dive into the Biblical meaning of killing rats in a dream.
Although the Bible doesn’t interpret dreams about killing rats, some Christians associate them with victory over sin, temptation, and weakness. They offer this interpretation based on the symbolism attached to rats. Others believe the dream symbolizes relationship problems and overcoming obstacles. It’s worth noting these interpretations are subjective and vary from person to person.
Join me in exploring the Biblical interpretation of this dream. I’ll compare what the Bible says to the popular beliefs surrounding it. Additionally, I’ll tell you what to do after having this dream.
Let’s get started.
What does it mean when you dream about killing rats?
Interpreting a dream about killing rats depends on the dream’s elements. Interpreters rely on the type of rat you killed and how you did it to help you understand the meaning of your dream.
They also use your life’s circumstances, cultural and religious background, and emotional state to contextualize and interpret your dream.
Here are three interpretations applied to killing rats in a dream. It’s worth noting that these depend on how you killed the rats.
Killing a rat after trapping it
Interpreters associate your dream with the end of your struggles and the beginning of prosperity. The rat symbolizes your problems and the trap your effort to confront and deal with them.
They believe the dream means you’ve figured out what’s troubling you and are willing to resolve it. According to them, your desire to fix your life’s messes will yield a positive result, and they encourage you to further explore the nature of the problem.
Killing a rat using a weapon
Interpreters believe using a weapon to kill rats symbolizes aggression or determination. They rely on the type of weapon to decipher your dream. Here are a few examples:
- Gun: according to interpreters, guns represent control and power. Interpreters believe using it to kill rats means you desire to control or face a dangerous problem in your waking life.
- Sword: interpreters believe a sword represents strength and courage. They’re convinced using it means you want to eliminate injustice in your waking life.
- Hammer: according to interpreters, a hammer represents hard work and determination to fix what’s broken. They believe using it reflects a desire to proactively deal with your problems.
- Axe: interpreters believe an axe represents the energy to cut off destructive behaviors and limiting beliefs.
Killing a rat with your bare hands
Using your bare hands is seen as a sign of aggression. Interpreters believe your dream points to your assertive nature, anger issues, or fearlessness when dealing with your problems.
They see your dream as a reflection of intense emotions in your waking life and encourage you to seek help working through them.
Spiritual meanings of dreaming about killing rats
Rats are associated with destruction, corruption, and illness in the waking world. As such, killing them in a dream is associated with victory over a challenge or obstacle in your life.
Interpreters rely on other parts to decipher and help you understand what it means. Here are some spiritual meanings attached to killing rats in a dream:
A change in your life
As mentioned, rats are associated with problems and obstacles. Some believe killing them in your dream means you’ve overcome obstacles in life and are about to experience a positive change.
This change is believed to be a promotion at work or growth in your relationships. They encourage you to learn new skills or embrace habits that will help you handle your new responsibilities.
You’re having relationship problems.
Others perceive killing a rat as ignoring your partner’s feelings and needs. They believe you’ve adopted a harmful attitude that creates emotional barriers in your relationship.
They encourage you to address these problems before you lose your loved one.
A warning against impulsive behavior
Some see this dream as a warning against your impulsive behavior. They believe the Universe wants you to embrace patience and wisdom when making decisions.
They encourage you to heed this warning before it’s too late.
You’ll have victory over your competitors.
Rats, in this context, represent your competitors and opponents. Interpreters believe the dream means you’ll beat them if you embrace creativity, dedication, and perseverance.
They encourage you not to despair even if the situation looks hopeless.
You’re wasting time and energy.
Some think your dream is a warning to stop wasting time and energy on irrelevant arguments and pursuits. They believe the dream is a wake-up call to re-evaluate your decisions and realign your life to your purpose.
They encourage you to shun bad habits and company that takes your focus from your goal and embrace self-discipline if you want to succeed.
The rats in this context are your friends, colleagues, and family. Interpreters believe the dream is a warning against overconfidence. They believe you’re a capable leader.
However, you constantly demean those around you. They encourage you to embrace humility and shun egotism to become a better leader.
Killing a rat that attacked you represents that you’re insecure about something. Interpreters believe you’ve been exposed to violence or bullying.
Alternatively, some think your dream results from your financial insecurity. They encourage you to seek professional help if the feeling keeps you from functioning properly in your community.
You’ll attain financial security.
The rat here represents your financial woes. Interpreters believe killing it means the end of your money problems. They believe you’ll soon get a promotion at work or a boost in your business.
They encourage you to persevere and wait patiently for your blessing.
Biblical meanings of dreaming about killing rats
The Bible categorizes rats as unclean animals in Leviticus 11:29-39. It’s safe to assume this classification didn’t do anything to improve the rat’s reputation.
It’s worth noting, however, that the Bible doesn’t give a model for interpreting dreams about killing a rat. Therefore, Christians rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom.
Some believe this dream means overcoming sin, temptation, obstacles, or weaknesses. They associate rats with evil spirits, doubt, fear, anxiety, and betrayal.
Some go as far as to use rats as a metaphor for the Devil. They base this on John 10:10, which says the Devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy; they use the rat’s destructive nature as a metaphor for him: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Here are other Biblical meanings attached to dreams about killing a rat.
Some believe killing a rat symbolizes a spiritual transformation. They believe your dream means you’ve been saved from sin and wish to enjoy the freedom found in Christ.
They base their argument on Romans 8:2, which teaches Christians to have freedom from sin and death because of Christ Jesus: “because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Conquering guilt and shame
Others associate the rat with guilt and shame over past sins. They believe killing rats symbolizes the beginning of a new life in Christ.
They base this on Romans 8:1, which teaches that there is no condemnation for anyone who believes in Christ Jesus: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
A warning against poor decisions
Some associate the dream with making irrational and rash decisions. They believe it’s a warning from God to embrace wisdom.
You’ll hear them quote Proverbs 20:25, which warns against impulsive vows: “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.”
They apply this text to decision-making as well.
Guidance from God.
Some Christians believe your dream is God’s message about overcoming trials in your waking life. They’ll often cite sin, temptation, or bad company and advise you to heed God’s warning.
You’ll hear them quote Joshua 1:9 when encouraging you to trust God as your strength through the trials: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Meaning of dreaming about killing rats in different cultures and religions
Rats are surprisingly popular in different cultures and religions. Nonetheless, they don’t have the best reputation in most of them because of their destructive nature.
Western Culture associates rats with disease, famine, and dirt. This partly has roots in the fourteenth century’s Bubonic plague that wiped out 25 million people.
Most people believe killing rats in a dream means you’ll overcome life’s challenges and emerge victorious. They see your dream as a testament to your inner strength and resilience.
Rats in the Chinese culture represent resourcefulness, wit, and wisdom. It’s the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Those born under this sign are believed to be hardworking, intelligent, and adaptable.
Your dream, in this context, has a negative connotation. Some believe it symbolizes bad luck.
Native American Culture
Some Native Americans worshipped rats as deities or exalted them as spirit guides. Others believed they were guardians of the land. Among these communities, your dream symbolizes bad luck.
However, other communities saw them as pests. Therefore, among them, your dream symbolizes good luck.
Africa has multiple communities with diverse cultures. Some communities believed rats, reptiles, and snakes were manifestations of deceased relatives.
They regarded them as holy and discouraged killing them. Among these communities, your dream has a negative meaning.
Other communities associated rats with disease and famine. Among them, it has a positive meaning.
Some venerated rats. For instance, the Karmi Mata temple houses over 25,000 rats. Legend has it that Karmi Mata begged the deity of death to resurrect one of her sons.
He first resisted since this would interfere with the reincarnation process. However, Karmi Mata convinced him to do it. All her descendants were reincarnated as rats and lived in the temple.
Some believe these rats are holy and deserve to be cared for. Among these people, your dream carries a negative meaning.
Should I be worried about dreaming about killing rats?
This depends on several factors like your emotional state after waking up, your life’s circumstances, your cultural and religious background, and the dream’s frequency.
Some believe a recurrent dream holds meaning and encourages you to pursue it. Others believe the dream is a collection of memories and experiences.
For Christians, this dream isn’t cause for worry. They believe God directs their paths in life, which means they shouldn’t worry about such dreams (Proverbs 20:24).
What should I do after dreaming about killing rats?
Recurring dreams about killing rats can be disturbing. Here’s what to do after waking up.
Record and analyze your dream.
Have a dream journal to record specific details about your dream. Note the color of the rat, how you killed it, where you were, and how you felt. Identify patterns between your dream and waking life to better contextualize it.
Find out what it means.
This depends on your cultural and religious background. For instance, Christians pray for insight and consult a pastor or another believer. Ensure you compare your discoveries to your dream journal.
Finally, take action. Again, this depends on your beliefs. For Christians, this means seeking God’s will through prayer and His word. Some prefer meditating. Either way, if you’re convinced your dream points you in a certain direction, take action.
Does this dream mean I will have a rat infestation soon in my waking life?
There’s no indication your dream means you’ll have a rat infestation. As mentioned, the rats in these dreams are metaphors for obstacles and problems.
Your dream probably means you’ll overcome challenges in your waking life.
As a Christian, I have always been passionate about sharing God’s word with young people. This inspired me to pursue a Certificate in Christian Education, an Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and a Graduate degree in Theology. My knowledge in school and experience from dealing with the youth made me an expert at discussing Christian-related topics. I feel privileged working as the Coordinator of the Christian Youth Ministry at Christian Faith Guide. You can read more about me on the about us page.