Succubus and incubus are names that have been used to describe spiritual beings or demons that have sex with people in their dreams. The names can be traced back to legends and myths but make no mistake, these experiences themselves are not legends or myths. Maybe you are reading this article because you or a loved one is having experiences suggesting the activity of these demonic spirits. I will share my personal experience with you, my real-life story of the activities of these spirits—I am a Doctor and a Minister and I know very well what I am talking about. But first, let me lay a necessary spiritual foundation before proceeding.
Please make sure you read the text to get an understanding of the issue and be ready to pray with me as you follow the video below!
The Myth, Legend and Tales about succubus and incubus
The word incubus is derived from Late Latin root word incubare which means “lie on”. We also get the Latin word incubo which means nightmare. These words describe the idea being communicated, of a demon (though to be male) that has sexual relations with women at night. Its female counterpart, succubus, is thought to be a female demon that has sex with men at night.
Numerous myths, legends and tales have arisen regarding succubus and incubus or the experience. In fact, different regions in the world have different names for these demons. It turns out that the names “succubus and incubus” have been widely recognized. It is amazing how different unrelated cultures are trying to describe the same experience in different parts of the world. The key question is are these experiences real or are they legends and myths?
To help you better characterize the issue, let me suggest that you make a difference between the experience with this succubus and incubus demons and the stories that develop from them. These two are related but are not the same. The experience of a spiritual being engaging in sexual activities with people in their dreams is real. The stories, the explanations, possible solutions and the whys may be many and form the basis of many developing myths and legends. Do not be deceived by the idea of legends and myths. Distinguish between the legends and myths and the experience.
This article is focused on explaining what the scriptures have to say about such demonic activities including that of succubus and incubus and especially to highlight the fact that these experiences are real and there is a spiritual solution. I have no interest getting into the details about the myths and legends, or a discourse on demonology. If you want to know more about such legends regarding succubus or incubus, I will suggest you read this Wikipedia article.
Succubus and Incubus in the Scriptures
As believers, the Bible is the Word of God to guide our lives. The truth it contains should be the pillar upon which we judge every fact, knowledge or experience. We should never be carried away by experiences only, especially when they stand against what the scriptures clearly teach us. I have heard some stories of people who had had experiences that are squarely non-biblical from the moment I heard them. Your only foundation against deception is your personal establishment on the truth. If God’s Word abides in you, you will not be deceived. This is an essential warning before I engage with the experiences of demonic spirits.
Does the Bible have any direct references to succubus and incubus? No. Does the Bible call any of these “dream sex demons” by the names we use today? No. Does the Bible have anything to say about the activities of succubus and incubus or similar demonic spirits? Yes, and a lot is written. Someone will have to be literally blind if him or her read the bible regularly and not come across the realities of demonic spirits. Read the Gospels and watch how many times Jesus dealt with the activities of devils. I have met Christians who say they do not believe in demonic activity. What a tragedy! They say they do believe in God but not believe in demons. How can that be? The God they believe in has warned us throughout the New Testament about the activities of Satan and his demons on our daily lives. Here are just two such verses.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12 ESV)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8 ESV)
I met a believer also who told me that demons are found only in developing countries. What a spiritual disaster equally! This is costly ignorance. This is a sad fulfillment of the scripture below.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Cor. 2:11 KJV)
The premise behind this sort of thinking is that many who live in the western world think that demonic activity is restricted to witchcraft or similar things. God has never said that in the scriptures. Witchcraft is only a minority of the activity of demonic spirits. Satan and his demons operate in many subtle ways through simple everyday activities that many will never imagine could be spiritual. Please see the verses below
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Cor. 10:3-5 ESV)
Could you have imagined that demonic strongholds can manifest in the way people think? Well, if that is too much for you, take a look at the verse below
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matt. 16:22-23 ESV)
Did Jesus just call Peter Satan in the verse above? What did Peter do? Well, he simplyvoiced his concerns and suggested as a devoted follower that Jesus should not die on the cross. What in these verses suggested spiritual activity? Nothing—to you and me. However, with the discernment of the Spirit, Jesus saw who was speaking through Peter. Was Peter possessed by Satan? No. Did he lose his mind? No. Do you see what I mean? Satan and demons are more active than many believers realize. Sadly, many are either too superstitious because they lack discernment to know what is spiritual and what is natural while others are too modern with natural explanation for everything and have no clue when demonic activity is going on in their lives.
Succubus, incubus and science
What does science have to say about succubus and incubus oppressing people? Can we turn to science for an answer? Let me use a statement by Jesus to answer these questions.
And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s (Lk. 20:25 KJV).
First, Jesus recognizes that there were certain things that belonged to Caesar in the natural world. He then commands to give to Caesar the things that belong to him. Let me extend this truth and apply it to the activities of succubus or incubus and science. I work as a Doctor and I have seen first-hand the power of medical science to transform lives. However, I have also seen the gross limitations of science. And much more, as a Minister, I quickly learned that there are things in life that are not just within the scope of science. The activities of succubus or incubus is one of them. There is a scientific method and spirits are just out of the scope of science. Science, however, can observe its results. As a scientist, I think one of the greatest deceptions of science is the thinking that everything there is in life is within the scope of science. Well, the majority of life is outside of our physical universe.
We have acquired tremendous amounts of knowledge about the physical world around us but the greatest ignorance of science is the ignorance of the spirit world. We have made advances in the study and treatments of diseases of the body and mind, but the idea of the spirit of man remains a dark zone.
Jesus says, give to Caesar, the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. We should allow science do what is it meant to do and not stretch it to do what is outside of its definition. Science is the systematic study of nature. Demonic activities of succubus and incubus are just not within this scope. Faith and science are not competing viewpoints of life. They are not looking at the same thing at all! Pure science is not mutually exclusive with faith. Science is the study of nature, the physical universe and our God is a God of knowledge. He established the principles that govern the natural world. He established the principle by which science operates. God has nothing against science. When science delves into questions that do not belong to its scope, it gets corrupted and errors are generated.
Succubus, incubus and Christians
When it comes to spiritual warfare, I have encountered two dangerous extremes which we must avoid at all cost. The first group are those who seem to live for the purpose fighting against demons. I call them the “super-spiritual”. They are obsessed with demons, learning the names of all sorts of demons, see demons in everything that happens and spend most of their time fighting with one demon or another. This is a dangerous place to be in. God has not called you to live to fight demons. You are called to live for God. Do not get distracted with demons. Christ, not demons, should be your focus. The truth about it is that if we focus on demons and pay attention to them long enough, you should not be surprised they show up more in your life and you will indeed spend all of your time fighting with them.
At the other extreme are those Christians I will call “modern or civilized”. They don’t believe in “these things”. I mentioned above how one believer told me that demons are restricted to developing countries. These set of people have a natural explanation for everything that happens to them, including those that are spiritually triggered. They are spiritually blind, without discernment, and fail to recognize activities that are spiritual as opposed to purely natural. This mindset is as horrible as the first. Such Christians are those that are most liable to being oppressed for long periods by Satan because they are blinded to spiritual activities, exclusively seeking natural help for all their problems including those that are spiritual.
You should be in neither of these extremes. As a believer, the Lord wants you to keep your focus on Him, but not be ignorant of spiritual activities of demons including succubus and incubus around you. Not everything that happens to you is demonic. However, the disaster occurs when you are under a spiritual attack and you have no idea of what is going on. Be vigilant. Be discerning. Listen and walk with the Holy Spirit.
Incubus and Succubus true stories
The experience of demonic spirits (the succubus and incubus) engaging with people in their dreams is real. There are two very important problems I have noticed by observation regarding this.
- Many people have these experiences and are too ashamed and embarrassed about them. Don’t suffer in silence from succubus or incubus. Open up and be free. Mind you, not every nightmare or wet dream is due to a demonic spirit. I have already discussed this above, and we must not be super-spiritual. However, be discerning to know when such experiences are spiritual. If they are, do not anguish in silenc