For many years I had night terrors, I would wake up screaming and crying. I was convinced that it all had to do with something about me childhood traumas. I would jolt myself out of sleep around 3:00 in the morning.
Many people refer that hour of the night as the “Devil’s hour” or the “Witching Hour” and I certainly felt like there was an evil presence hovering over me.
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience of waking up unexpectedly at 3 in the morning and wondered why? What is the real reason people wake up at 3:00 A.M.?
Some people believe our sleep can be interrupted by emotional disturbances like loneliness, sadness, or depression. Chinese practitioners believe that our sleep patterns can be affected by our mental and physical state. Those who practice Hinduism believe the spirit world is trying to communicate with us during this time. But not everyone believes that these early morning encounters are evil.
Many spiritualists claim that the portal between the physical and spiritual world opens more fully at 3:00 A.M. as the spirit guides try to communicate with us. For those who believe 3 in the morning is the devils hour, they claim that Jesus was crucified at the polar opposite time on the clock at 3 in the afternoon, the event of the cross.
For me personally, I assumed that my night terrors were the result of some physiological problem, caused from my childhood. So when I asked my doctor about I was shocked when he said my 3 A.M. encounters could be a wake up call from some spiritual entity. At that time I don’t recall asking a pastor or minister about this. But, I didn’t grab my Father’s Bible and began to study the Scriptures to see if I could find out why I was waking up at 3 in the morning.
What does the Bible say about waking up at 3:00 A.M.? Could there be a spiritual meaning to being awakened from a deep sleep at 3 in the morning? Is this really the “Devil’s Hour?” What is the Bible’s exclamation of waking up at 3?
The biblical meaning of waking up at 3:00 A.M:
While the Bible frequently mentions that God send people messages in their dreams, (Jacob’s ladder to heaven, Joseph’s dream about the pregnancy of Mary, and Peter’s vision of a floating sheet are just a few examples), but the Scriptures do not have a great deal to say about the specific times of these encounters.
The Bible actually discourages us from placing an emphasis on the observance of time as an indicator of a spiritual message. Deuteronomy 18:19 says, “There should not be found among you any one that makes his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or use divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.”
Yet,as I mentioned before, there are people who believe that a portal between the demonic world and earth opens more fully between midnight and three in the morning. They describe it as a veil being opened allowing the spiritual and physical worlds to intersect. This is intriguing because the Bible describes the death of Jesus in similar terms. In Luke 23:44-46, Luke writes “Now it was about the sixth hour (noon), and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour (3 in the afternoon). Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last.”
Theologians claim that the veil of the temple had previously separated man from God, but when it was torn in two that barrier was broken allowing us to have access to God’s spiritual Presence (Hebrews 10:19-22). Other biblical passages indicate that 3 in the afternoon was a special time of prayer for people seeking to connect with God (Acts 3:1; 10:3, and 10:30). Therefore, many people claim that a similar veil has opened for Satan and his evil forces at 3 in the morning. However, this is purely speculation as the Bible never mentions any type of veil or port being opened at a specific time.
There is a popular song that says, “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere “ and si you should also remember that it’s always three o’ clock somewhere too. So, this idea of an “hour of evil would have to be geographical as the world rotates through the hours of the day and night. It does not really make sense that a horde of demons must all stay confined to one hour of time as the world rotates underneath them.
In reality, we must realize that there are spiritual forces, good and bad, around us all the time. Our minds and bodies are simply more attuned to our spiritual nature during the middle of the night because we are not distracted by all the noise and clutter of the physical world that we encounter during the hours of the day. Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.”
As time went on I began to think more about my encounters with this supposed “Devil’s Hour” I realized that I have access to God every hour of every day, and therefore, I do not have to fear being awakened in the middle of the night. In the darkness of my room, instead of cowering in fear under the covers, I began to recall some scripture of reassurance:
- 2 Samuel 22:29 – You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord who turns my darkness into light.
- Psalm 18:28 – You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
According to Psalm 139:11-12 God is unfazed by the darkness of the night, He sees all and cab fully illuminate your path so that you do not have to be paralyzed by fear. The Bible assures us that the Spirit of God is greater and more powerful than the spirit of evil, and therefore, we do not have to be afraid if we are awakened at midnight or 3:00 in the morning, or any other time of the night. God is always with us.
Isaiah 8:19-20 declares that “when someone teaks you to consult mediums and spiritual advisers, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behave of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning.
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
God can illuminate the darkness, and the devil anod his demons must flee.