My first nightmare as a child was being chased by Bigfoot throughout my neighborhood, waking up as soon as I got caught. These vivid details were likely due to my obsession with the paranormal, reading books from Daniel Cohen and watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries. In 1984, Nightmare on Elm Street introduced the concept that nightmares can become more than a dream. When 4 teenagers from the same neighborhood began to have the same dream of the Springwood Slasher, the legend of Freddie Kruger was born. These graphic images ushered in a spirit of fear as individuals began to be afraid to go to sleep.
For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear, Ecclesiastes 5:7.
Fourteen years later, another Hollywood production added to this concept. Charmed ran on the WB for nine seasons, ending in 2006. This series featured three sisters who discover they are descendants of a witch with each possessing unique supernatural powers. During season 1, episode 5, entitled Dream Sorcerer uses dream therapy to introduce a character who is able to enter the dreams of other women. One of the sisters Prue finds her sleep disturbed by strange visions in which she’s taunted by this mysterious man. After an initial dream, Prue wakes up with marks on her back.
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 2:17.
Over the last decade, Paranormal Witness, the movie and television series has interviewed and researched cases where nightmares became more than a dream. Depending upon the episode, individuals were haunted by demons, evil spirits and powers of darkness that defy logic. While critics, doubters and skeptics will continue to suggest this isn’t real, numerous victims continue to speak out today testifying to the fact that nightmares can become reality when you wake up from a cold sweat with emotional and physical scars.
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation,” Matthew 12:43-45.
Prior to ten years ago, I didn’t believe that nightmares could become more than a dream. However, this all changed when I watched a marathon of Cold Case Files on A&E with my sister Kathie over Christmas break. Initially, I was relaxing, vegging on the couch. Yet, when a serial rapist began to open about a demon who visited his dreams in the form of a succubus, this got my attention. Afterward, I began to do my own research. I discovered succubus are female demons that seek to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men. According to men who have come forward, these spirits often appear beautiful at first before transfiguring into devil like entities. I felt compelled to write this blog not to scare people, but to prepare souls for future attacks so that you will be proactive in prayer to create hedges of spiritual protection. Don’t let the sun go down before preparing your heart, soul and mind with a covering from the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus