Can Demons Speak Through My Dreams?

Mark Virkler's picture

Question from Obed about Dreams

I am trying to understand how dreams can be a medium of communication by spiritual beings. I am of the belief that only God knows our thoughts. Satan is incapable of this. However, I do not fully understand the biology or the physics of dreams. I do not believe in communication with the dead for the bible teaches that the dead know nothing. So that leaves us with heavenly beings or demonic beings.

An angel appeared to Mary to inform her that she was with child in a dream.  If heavenly angels can communicate with us in a dream, I assume that demonic angels can do likewise. My question then is how they get in our heads seeing that only God knows our thoughts. During our unconscious state, how do spirits feed information into our heads by way of our visual, audio, smell, and touch and even taste senses? If demons are capable of interacting with us via our dreams, what defense do we have against this spiritual rape?

I am highly disturbed over this idea and I wish you can grant me an intelligent and biblical resolution to this. I anxiously await your response.

Response from Mark Virkler

The Bible says God speaks through the dream, and we have about 50 dreams in the Bible proving this. My experience also confirms this. I have only had one dream that the Lord told me not to consider for He said it was of the devil. And I have interpreted my dreams for 30 years. So 99.999% of my dreams have come from God.

I did have one re-occurring dream that I had a stroke and I would awaken and my head and arms actually felt paralyzed and I had to shake the sensation off. I dreamed this about 3-5 times a week for 10-15 years.

I finally discovered that this came from a demon which had entered me when my grandfather died unexpectedly and I was traumatized by his sudden death. A demon of “fear of stroke” took that opportunity to enter and instill an ongoing fear within me for many years.  So I would characterize this dream as a valid dream, showing the condition of my heart, which was that it was damaged and in need of prayer ministry in order for it to be healed. I am grateful to report that I did get that demon of “fear of stroke” cast out about 30 years ago and the dream has never returned.

So dreams come from our hearts and if our hearts are wounded or under demonic distress, then the dream shows that. Once the heart is healed, the dream shows that. The dream mirrors the condition and messages from your heart and from God to your heart.

We have lots more training material on dreams here: I trust it will be helpful to you!



Anonymous's picture

Can't understand

Recently I had a dream that my friends were taking the help from the demon to save me from the difficulties. In order to seek for help they had to sacrifice something like cutting their hairs etc. Once demon asked one of my friend to cut her hand fully for asking help they all refused the demon for doing this and end up fighting with him. In the end demon was convincing them to take his help and threating them by saying that they can't save me without his help. They have to do as he says. Then he started chasing me while talking about all this.. Can you please help me understanding what is this??
Charity Kayembe's picture

RE: Can't understand

Usually dreams are symbolic. If you took the dream figuratively and understood the friends to represent parts of yourself, you could ask the question: in what way am I engaging the enemy? Am I making any compromises or sacrifices that are allowing demons to have influence in my life?

It's good that the enemy was being refused in the dream! That is encouraging. But God is showing that there is a fight going on and you should be aware of your adversary and not give him any place in your heart or life through compromise or sin. The demon was very manipulative, playing on your friends' compassion for you. In your love for someone, have you inadvertently allowed the enemy to take something personal from you?

You as the dreamer are best person to make sense of your dream because you know what was going on in your waking life when you had the dream. That is what God is speaking to you about through the dream - things that you were praying about and thinking about during the day. You're right that there is a message even in scary dreams - God is still speaking - and you can learn more in our teaching on Nightmares in Hearing God Through Your Dreams:

You do not need to be afraid of demons though! As Christians who follow God's Word, we have authority over the enemy. You don't have to run away from him. Instead, the Bible says that you can resist him, and he will run away from you (see James 4:7)!

Anonymous's picture

Demons or Angels??

While I am not a big worshiper of god I still understand that he is real and that there is a life after death for those who worthy are of it. When I was younger I was baptized and I used to go to church until I decided to not anymore, I am still unaware of my reasoning for that. I have always been interested in angels and demons but lately something strange has been happening to me. At random moments during the day and sometimes at night I speak gibberish. I was confused at this so I tried looking up the words that i was speaking and found that it was in Latin. English is my first language and I have never tried to speak another language so I was unsettled by this. When I figured that out I started to have dreams of a star that was split in half, one half holding a bright and warm light that seemed peaceful while the other half was black and unsettling, the warmth coming out of it making me want to run away as fast as possible. Then a few days after I had found this out one of my friends who is a very big worshiper of god came over to my house for lunch and said that there was a strange aura in my house that didn't seem evil yet at the same time didn't feel good. When she left my house I blacked out for what felt like a second but when I could properly see again I was by my fire place crouched and there was ashes by my feet. When I looked at the ashes I noticed that I had some how drawn crosses into it. I tried to stand up but my body wouldn't move and my arm unwillingly moved and swept the ash drawn crosses away. What does this mean? Is there some kind of strange spirit or something in my house or in me?

Mark Virkler's picture

Good and evil forces

Well, it would appear that there is a battle going on for your heart and soul. God desires you to follow Him. Satan desires you to follow him. You get to choose. The split star shows the two parts (good and and evil). God gives warmth, and life and the gift of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4), and healing and restoration and eternal life. It comes through the cross, Christ's death on Calvary which washes away our sins if we choose to call Him our Lord and Savior. I encourage you to read and pray through our website on Salvation, and draw close to God so your life can be all God has desired it to be. It is here: Let God fill you so darkness and evil has no place.
Anonymous's picture

curious and confused

I am 18 and i was spending the night at a friends house and i noticed a strange energy coming from her closet. This energy was different from the energies of any human or animal for that matter. So, I asked if she knew that she had a spirit in her closet. She said she did. However, it was later that night that she told me that one year before her house was burnt down and a new one had been built in the pastier and her closet had ended where it is now. She had tried to summon a spirit but, she didn't know she had until they built the house. When it was time for bed she warned me that i may have some bruises on my legs in the morning. I told her i was use to that. It happens all the time at my house. However, when i did go to sleep the demon appeared in front of me. It was a boy... Maybe a year older than me. But, he was lonely and i was at my friends house but it was just me and him. In the dream i was seduced and then it was like time fast forward and i was with child. Then the alarm went off and my friend had to go to public school and i had to go home. I go to school on the computer. But then i noticed two bruises on my left thigh.... one in the shape of a demons head. the other... the shape of a baby. i was wondering if anyone could explain this??? my email is (all lower case) [email protected] Thank You!

Mark Virkler's picture

Encountering Demons in Dreams

Yes, it is possible to encounter demons in dreams. It looks like what occurred is what is described here. So you want to have your friend repent of her sin of inviting the spirit to come and then renounce it and cast it away and pray for the Holy Spirit to fill the area. Living in righteousness is what keeps demons away, so you and her should both repent of all sins, and receive cleansing by Christ's blood. Then walk in holiness so you don't attract demons to yourselves.
Anonymous's picture

I few thoughts based on my experiences

Hi Mark, I thought I'd add my understanding purely based on thoughts. I'm an LDS christian and have been dealing have been experiencing demonic activity for some time. As far as I can tell, demons CAN influence our dreams, though I agree they cannot read out thoughts. This is a common belief among other mormons. Like you, I always wondered how it was that a demon could so easily influence my dreams when they come nearby. After some research and a lot of pondering on the issue, the answer became clear that it was all spiritual communication. When an angel or demon influence out dreams, it's not because they are controlling our cognitive functions in any way, but we are receiving some kind of communication. The spirit of God doesn't communicate to us through words, but in a much purer and fuller way; though our thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately demons do the same thing.

Now, I've done a lot of research on dreams as well. Dreams are a combination of symbols that our mind chooses as it recalls what we experienced that day. So if you had an embarrassing experience, you're dream may contain people or objects that represent that emotion of humiliation or awkwardness. Typically dreams are transferring your short term memory into your long term memory and then trying to make sense of the random data being processed by turning it into a linear event as if you were awake. HOWEVER, what I have found is that all changes when a spirit is nearby. God has given all humans a certain portion of a gift of discernment so that we can communicate spiritually, or at least receive communication. When we experience a dream that is influenced by God or a demon, it is because we are picking up on a nearby communication. So whatever feeling or communication is being given off, our mind is already interpreting into symbols and visions. Often when a good communication is given, there are symbols of peace, like light, church, or people I love around me. When evil communication is being received my dreams suddenly become chaotic; lights go dim, and then dark, people and animals become ugly and vicious, or dark creatures appear. This is because my mind is feeling a feeling and then interpreting what I am feeling, just like I would with a memory, but in real time.

That is the best explanation I can give, but one that I believe is right. Demons cannot read our thoughts, but they can speak to us through our thoughts and feelings. If they do this during our sleep, we will dream according to what they are communicating to us, just like when someone tells you a story and you picture it in your mind, but with much greater accuracy because your not just hearing words, your feeling feeling as well. Spiritual communication is a great gift, but also a two-edged sword. Therefore I don't believe there is always a defense against it. We are in a war and sometimes the other side will come in contact with us. Obviously keeping ourselves clean and pure before God helps because it lessens our fear and gives them less power over us, but I personally don't believe we will ever really be able to shut out their communication with us, or else we'd also be shutting out their ability to tempt us, which is impossible. Even Christ was tempted, but he was not afraid. Temptation is possible because of spiritual communication, but so is a witness of Christ. :)

Justinradtke14's picture


I believe you need to base your info more on scripture and less on people’s opinions. Dreams are not random bits of information trying to be processed. I reject that completely in the name of Jesus.