In a prophetic dream, you see the future through your dream. It is difficult to determine that a dream is prophetic because we can only confirm such a dream after it has taken place. Even then, we only hear of the success stories. There are so many other dreams that do not come true. Thus, prophetic dream may just be mere coincidences.
In the science world, it is believed that psychic powers do not exist. Scientists rationalize that dreams that seemingly come true may actually be a suggestion or guide for you to follow, thus making it seem as if the dream is coming true. You are willing it to be true. Another argument is that you may have a tendency to self-edit your dream to match the outcome. Because dreams are so easily forgotten, your memory of the dream may not be accurate. Yet another theory is that your dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information faster that your conscious mind. Your mind is able to see what will happen based on information that it has already collected.
Still, there are believers that dreams can indeed predict or foretell the future. Prophetic dreams are linked to major disasters, wars, assassinations, accidents, lottery numbers or even with winning horse race. Such dreams have helped solve crimes. In history, Abraham Lincoln was said to have dreamt of his own body lying in a coffin two weeks before he his assassination. British engineer, John Dunne dreamt of the eruption of a volcano in France which came true.
Having a prophetic dream suggests that you are experiencing anxiety and that you are expressing a desire for certainty in the future. You are looking to your dream to help you make an important decision or to reassure you that you are on the right path.
Examples of a prophetic dream:
1. This is writen in first-person form: I had a dream my cousins and I were at my dad's house. Then, me and one of my cousins heard a trumpet blow (trumpet that means Jesus has come back for His people). Then, I end up in a small room with a maximum of 30-40 people. There was a group of men in the room (about 4 of them). An angel said that they had sinned, and could not enter the Kingdom of God. I went over to a corkboard, and saw a bunch of bulletins on it. I also saw a kid dancing around the room, worshipping God. Right before the angel was about take us into the Throne Room, I woke up. The message was saying that Jesus was comming back soon.