I Dreamed I Was the Antichrist

When I was younger, much younger, I used to love to sleep because I had serial dreams. It's a rarish phenomenon when your dreams all string together into a coherent narrative. This is very cool when you're 13 and the dreams are an ongoing adventure saga in which you're the hero. As I got older the serial dreams became more infrequent, or perhaps I remembered my dreams less well so I didn't notice them happening. Or perhaps they got darker and I suppressed them – I remember one series about a world occupied by stitched-up living corpses and psychic fetuses which I'd rather not.Well, now they're back and I'm remembering them. You tend to remember dreams in which you play the central role in an ongoing saga where you're the Antichrist. Until now most of my serial dreams had been pleasant experiences. Now I'm learning what it's like to have serial nightmares. Not the super scary kind of nightmares where you're physically threatened, but the creepy unnatural and unpleasantly prophetic kind. They don't exactly scare me, they just make me really nervous and glad they're only dreams.Like any dreams, it's hard to remember all of the details when I wake up. I just know that there was an author of popular apocalyptic novels – played by the late Marlon Brando in the dream – who in his final book revealing the identity of the Antichrist, describes the character in such a way that the only person the description could possibly apply to is me. Did I mention the cinematic quality of my dreams? Popular actors regularly appear in major roles.Key to this new series of dreams are the events of a previous dream in which I travel from the top of a tall office building into a mysterious world which I later learn is part of heaven. There I engage in what can only be described as 'wrassling angels' and I fight and kill what I find out much later is an angel. From my perspective, the angels I encounter there are monstrous, inhuman creatures of no fixed form, which change from stags to pigs to something vaguely human, constantly shifting their shape. They are incommunicative, hostile and seemingly aggressive towards me. The one I kill has attacked me, or so I believe, and I kill it in self defense, but that is apparently what marks me as the Antichrist.The dream series does have its strange and surrealistic turns. Most notably that by the end of the latest dream I'm preparing to reluctantly sue all sorts of people for declaring me to be the Antichrist, including the author of the book and a local baker, though I can't remember or figure out why the baker deserves to be sued. He's apparently also being sued by a bunch of little children over the same issue, which makes it even stranger.On the upside, if there is one to being the Antichrist, I'm apparently the nicest Antichrist you can imagine. In addition to killing an angel in a previous dream I save the life of one in the latest dream and actually manage to communicate with them, which ultimately gets me the unreassuring explanation that it doesn't matter that I've lived a good life and done good works — predestination still makes me the Antichrist.The really frustrating aspect of the latest dream is that it consists mostly of going around trying to convince people I'm not the Antichrist while knowing that according to predestination I'm the Antichrist no matter how hard I try not to be. Apparently there's no conscientious objector status for Antichrists.Dreams are supposed to have meanings and represent something in the waking world. If that's the case, I'm more concerned about what the dreams say about my life outside of dreamland than what I experience there. I never had an intensely religious upbringing and I don't think I actually am the Antichrist, but what role in the real world is analagous to being the son of Satan? Being a Republican, perhaps.

Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and a history professor. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a rural community just outside Austin. He's currently president of the local Lions Club. You can find his writings on politics and culture on a redesigned site at Republic of Dave and his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He's also developing a new group weblog at EliteBloggers.

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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at IdiotWars.com.


  1. My name is Dave as well, and I’ve also had a dream in which I was the anti-christ. Mine didn’t involve any famous people, but numerous “nobodies” all whom looked up to me, and a couple close relatives who were frightened at what I had become. Scary dream, but I’m kind of relieved that I’m not the only one to have had it (no offense).

  2. last night i had a dream in which i was the antichrist and the presence of the devil walked with me and i was pursued by demons who tried to destroy me but just when they had me cornered i trapped them with iron gates and proclaimed that i was the spawn of satan and that their forecast for eternity had just become very grim before ripping the four of them into many pieces. in all honesty I enjoyed the dream and how much raw cosmic power i posessed there are more details but i cant be bothered typing it all out .

  3. i had a dream where i was stuck in a house and my father would not let me leave all of these people kept coming up to me but i could not leave with them, my bestfriend tried to take me out of the house but the door would not open then my father came and shouted at me in this creepy voice” you are the anit christ therefore you can not leave” what does this mean please try and interpret it for me!!

  4. I had numerous of dreams of being the Anti-Christ. I was in a aristocratic-style skyscraper, and the man (look almost like Scarface from the 1980’s movie) was telling me the whole world was mine, but if I try to build my own empire, he’ll cut my head off. He even appeared to me with his true form (almost look like Hell Boy) trying to…I guess to make some sort of deal with me (probably giving me power), but I couldn’t hear him speak. Then I had other dreams of fighting people (they seemed human, but felt other-worldly) and I was starting to get the hang of kickin’ their ass (I had my ass kicked most of the time). Then, I remember being in a library with a woman and my college academic advisor telling me that I was the Anti-Christ; in a quick flash I was in a dark red cave and the air around me was crimson red….I woke up…scared, and preyed to God. I had another dream, this time I was walking out of a Mayan temple (walking down the pyramid, after a guy was shouting you’re in hell) and stepped outside in the middle of a modern day city. I watched all the people walked passed me. I was overwhelm with this feeling as if though the world was in chaos, and I just happen to come back to it after some sort of aftermath.

  5. I dreamed I was the Anti-Christ Half human half devil not in appearance only in blood. But when I spoke to my father (Lucifer) it was not in distaste or of evil nature. It was nothing but a sense of joy and love between us. He was loving and kind to me and there was no violence but a sense of happiness knowing the work we would do together would be for the best. I am not religious. If I labeled my self as anything I am agnostic at best. I am 24 born march 3 1987 I am athletic and handsome. I believe I am a very kind intelligent person. But underneath the way I act around others there is a raging emotional image vivid demonic side that excites me. I have always been this way. I talk to him as if we have known each other for my entire existence. I believe fear is only a tool…that works wonders on the Psyche. I believe these dreams our simply our subconscious minds way of letting us play out our hidden desire for power. These feelings should be embraced not feared. I hope a revolution happens soon across the world.

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