I usually write my dreams down so I can remember them, but this dream, or nightmare I should say, I will never forget. It is burned in my brain.
I had it in January 2016.
I found myself in a city. The streets were completely empty, there were only tall buildings around me. It was extremely humid and the air felt heavy. Those who have been in Durban, South Africa in the Summer know what kind of humidity I am talking about, but in the dream it was much worse.
A group of laughing people to my left caught my attention. There were maybe five of them. I do not remember the faces of the others, but one of them was a lady I used to work with in Cape Town.
I called out to her but she did not hear me. Everything was moving in slow motion. My voice didn’t even carry far enough for her to hear me because the air was so thick. I decided to follow them. I was walking in slow motion, the weather was sooo humid. They turned around a corner and disappeared from view. I followed them and saw them disappearing through a door just a few meters away. I went through the door after them (first mistake, going through a doorway).
Suddenly I was in a huge shopping mall. Wierd, from the outside the building had looked like just a normal, grey office building. There was bright light everywhere, as if the shopping mall was decorated for Christmas. There were no Christmas decorations however, just light everywhere. The whole place was illuminated. I remember looking up and seeing the many storeys (levels) which were in the building. You couldn’t even see the roof of the building because the there were so levels. (The shopping mall looked familiar to another shopping mall I had dreamed of before, which was in France if I remember correctly, and in the dream I was there because of a school trip. In this shopping mall there was also many stairways and escalators).
Recognising the shopping mall, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to use normal money here. I also knew though, that I had the chips that were used as currency here in my pocket…three red chips. I put my hand in my pocket and felt the chips (another red flag: Rev 13: 16-17 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name).
Then I noticed an escalator with no steps. There was only the two rotating edges which you usually use to hold on to for support whilst going up. The second strange thing I noticed about these escalators was that they were perpendicular i.e at a 90 degree angle, unlike normal escalators in shopping malls which are slanted. So in order to get to the second level, you really would have to travel in a straight vertical line. I wondered how people used these escalators with no steps and at such a strange angle.
At this moment I saw a group of people, they stood at the bottom of the escalators and traveled upwards and stepped onto the second level. I was still confused as to how they had done this. I decided to go to the stairs and hold on to the rotating support edges which you usually hold on to, and supposed that this would somehow help take me up.
It worked. I found myself traveling upwards, vertically. However, as I got closer to the second floor, I started to worry about how I was going to step off onto the second level. Would I just let go, put one foot in front of the other and be okay? I hadn’t noticed how the group before me had done it. They seemed to have just floated up the stairs and onto the second level in one smooth movement.
I started to panic. Then, just as I approached the second floor, I noticed a huge man wearing a black coat with a cape covering his face. It startled me to see him there. I questioned why was there a security guard at the top of the escalators. He looked over at me strangely, obviously noticing that I didn’t know what I was doing, that I did not belong there, wherever that was. I became afraid, I felt exposed. That’s when it hit me; There was something very demonic about this place!!! As soon as I realised that, I fell! I fell like a stone towards the floor. That’s when I woke up.
If you have read my post Rituals in the Night you will know that the enemy also operates in the night, because when we are asleep we are at our weakest. If we are not aware, we can get ourselves into all sort of deals and covenants with the enemy during our sleep. Spiritual attacks during sleep come in all forms: Some people have experienced almost passing out because of feeling choked in the night, although there isn’t anybody visible doing the chocking; some have felt something heavy sitting on their chests, others have felt paralysed and unable to move, not even being able to call out the name of Jesus.
Dreams where you are being chased and pursued relentlessly by people, demons, animals, you name it, are spiritual attacks. Dreams where you are physically fighting for your life, dreams where you are being tempted to steal something, eat/drink something, or you are being coerced into doing something that is against your values; be aware of these, they are forms of spiritual warfare. There are reasons why children of God experience spiritual warfare in the night. Sometimes it could be that the enemy is coming into your life through an open doorway in your waking life (sin, curses, lack or an incomplete deliverance etc) and has legal rights to torment you, or you could be growing in your faith as a Christian and the enemy wants to hinder your progress among other reasons. I will do a separate post about the reasons another time.
What I didn’t know until yesterday was that the enemy can also recruit people into secret societies in their sleep. Why would the enemy do this? Because he is here to steal, kill and destroy your destiny and your calling in the kingdom of God. Also just the simple fact that you have chosen to follow Jesus makes you a target. We are in a war. The more I researched the dream symbols from this nightmare (90 degrees, levitation, black cape, stairs, levels, light) , the more I found out some pretty disturbing things. I will not name them here, that is not the point of the blogpost.
The book Power Against Dream Criminals by Dr. D. K. Olukoya is such a great resources in terms of understanding night visitations, spiritual warfare at night and how to come up against it. In his words:
“The only way you can be free from night raiders is to totally surrender your life unto God. If you allow evil nights raiders to gain access into any department of your life, you will be attacked. Get rid of everything that invites evil powers into your life today. Pray until you are free from every attack of night raiders.”
Buy the book here Power against Dream Criminals
I really want to warn Christians to take their dreams seriously. Pray to God to help you to discern what is from God and what is not from God. Ask God to show you what sin has not been dealt with in your life, what doorways have been opened and need to be shut and covered in the blood of Jesus Christ. We cannot afford to be complacent, even in our sleep we must be vigilant. Just as Jesus speaks to us in dreams, the enemy too comes like a thief in the night to do his work in darkness. The good seed is the Word of God in man’s heart. The enemy either snatches this seed away, or comes in the cover of darkness to sow his own weeds.
Matthew 13: 18-28 NKJV
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’
There is freedom and power in the cross against every nightmare, night visitation, night raider and night watcher if you surrender your life to Jesus today. The blood of Jesus can deliver you from any curses that were sent to you in the night, and from any spiritual ties which you might have unknowingly have agreed to in your sleep. Amen!