Demons, Nightmares, and God’s Word

I was in Bible college one night. I don’t remember exactly what I was doing, but my roommate came out of the shower, and he asked me if I had been banging on the wall.

I said no.

He asked me if I had heard the noise. He said it was very loud. I said I had not heard anything.

He then explained himself: he told me there was a demon haunting him.

According to my roommate, the demon would sometimes bang on the walls while he was showering; and, at other times, the demon would come and sit on him while he was sleeping, making it impossible for him to move or speak.

To get rid of the demon, my friend said he had to rebuke the demon in the name of Jesus.

I don’t remember what my reaction was to what he said. I think that, at first, I thought he was making things up. However, seeing we were in Bible college, I think I eventually decided that maybe this was something he was experiencing.

I don’t remember whether it happened that same night, or some other night—but, I was sleeping; and, in my dream, the demon opened the door to my bedroom. I couldn’t see him: I only saw the outline of his figure because the light of the hallways was behind him. His shape was somewhat similar to the shape of Baphomet (how I know about Baphomet is another story).

Now, I didn’t see him do this, but I sensed that he came into my room, and then he sat on my chest. I was scared, I tried to get up, but he was heavy.

I tried to yell, to call out for help, but I couldn’t say anything (I was actually asleep).

Eventually, I remembered my friend had rebuked him in the name of Jesus. I cried to the Lord in my mind, and then I was able to speak, rebuke the demon in the name of Jesus, and get up.

It surprised me that it was morning.

I actually experienced this several times in the coming months—minus the dream. I didn’t have the dream anymore, I didn’t see him coming anymore. I only would be sleeping, and I would suddenly feel his evil presence around me, and his weight on me.

There were also several times when I would wake up, in the middle of the night, and I would sense I was not alone, and he would frighten me with his presence, breathing heavily by my ear—and my bed, shaking.

I dont’ think I ever turned to see him, but I would simply pray the Lord for him to go away.

Eventually, I got used to this. It didn’t bother me anymore. Sometimes, I would even tell myself I didn’t have time for this because I was tired, and I would go back to sleep—after praying.

But just last year, I had a strange experience. I woke up in the middle of the night once again, and I thought my wife was out of the bed and walking about the room. In this case, I was covering my head with the sheets, so I couldn’t see anything.

I heard the footsteps, and I kept wondering what my wife was doing. Suddenly, she screamed in my ear! It was a lound “Wow!”

I was mad. I thought to myself, this is no time to be playing jokes. I thought to myself that maybe she thought I was awake and only pretending to be asleep (because I do this at times since I don’t like talking at night; so, if I wake up, I simply pretend I am asleeping so I can avoid a midnight conversation and get back to sleep).

But then, it bothered me that I heard nothing more. So I came out from under the sheets, and my wife was asleep. It was not her.

Thinking Biblically

In general, the Bible does not discuss experiences like these. However, I don’t think the Bible avoids these topics because they aren’t real; instead, I think the Bible generally avoids these topics because such experiences are all too common. I am sure that, in just about any country in the world, you can find people who believe they have experienced something paranormal.

In fact, there is an interesting passage in the Bible that is a little similar to my experiences, although it is not as negative as my own experiences,

In Job 4:12-14, we read the following:

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: 16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: 19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

I would like to say that Eliphaz was visited by an angel, or some good spirit—but maybe he wasn’t. He was given a good word, but the demons Jesus exorcised also cried out that Jesus is God’s Holy One (Luke 4:34), and a woman with a spirit of divination also proclaimed that Paul was showing people the way of salvation (Acts 16:16-17). So, a good word does not itself guarantee you’re talking with an angel and not a demon.

The spiritual realm is a dark place, but God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105). I think the reason God’s word (the Bible) does not tell us much about these things is that we do not need to know in detail about the activities of demons. God has only given us what we need to know so that our faith can be on Him and on His word, not on our own experiences or in whatever a demon might say to us.

Bible Reading Plan

Before you go, allow me to invite you to follow my Bible reading plan for this year. Although the plan is meant to help you read the Bible in one year, you can start following the plan at any time, and you can adjust it to your own pace.

The podcast episode below is based on passage read on the first week of the Bible reading plan.

Podcast

Articles

The devotionals below are based on passages read on the first week of the Bible reading plan.

(About the image used on this post: Henry Fuseli, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johann_Heinrich_F%C3%BCssli_-The_Nightmare-_WGA08332.jpg)

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