Oct 04, 2018 I Nick Redfern

Apocalyptic Dreams Don’t Necessarily Mean The End Is Coming

As a follow-up to my previous article on the issue of the Black-Eyed Children and what I term "nuclear nightmares," it's important (in fact, it's very important) to note that it's not necessarily all gloom and doom. As you may recall, last year I wrote a series of articles here at Mysterious Universe on numerous people who had apocalyptic nightmares. They were terrifying dreams of nuclear war and the end of civilization. Many of the people who experienced those unsettling dreams fully believed they were seeing scenes of the future - an irreversible future, one which would impact on everyone on the planet. But, is that really the case? I'll explain what I mean by that question.

I have a lot (and I mean a hell of a lot) of accounts from people who, over the decades, have had such nightmares; many linked to the UFO phenomenon, to the issue of alien abductions, and to images shown to abductees by the black-eyed Greys. It's important to note that, for the victims, those same nightmares seemed real, graphic and horrifying. In many cases, they revolved around major, worldwide cities flattened and billions of people dead. That doesn't, however, necessarily mean we are all doomed.

Of the many cases I have on file, two stories stand. out. Here's the first: Richard and Anita are a couple who grew up in the city of Birmingham, England. Interestingly, they are alien abductees. They still live in Birmingham and are now in their mid-sixties. Back in the late 1970s, the pair claims, they both had a frightening dream - on the same night, no less - in which they dreamed of the very same thing. Namely, a nuclear attack on Birmingham (which is only a handful of miles from where I lived as a kid). The city was practically vaporized, as was its population. The sky was black for months and the ground shook violently for days.

I interviewed Richard and Anita in the late 1980s and they told me that the nightmare was so graphic that they even saw familiar, local landmarks and buildings in the city blasted into nothingness. But, here's the important part to note: some of those same landmarks and buildings described to me in the late 1980s no longer exist. The reason being that Birmingham has been significantly revamped in the last few years and the new Birmingham is very different to what it once was. So, here's the problem: there's no way that the buildings Anita and Richard saw in their nightmares could be destroyed in a still-to-come apocalypse, because they are already gone.

Granted, that the pair claimed they both allegedly shared the same dream, and on the same night, is extraordinary  in the extreme. But, this story also demonstrates that what Richard and Anita fully believed was going to occur (and which they still think will, one day, occur) simply cannot happen. At least, not without a few changes to their nightmare. Having read this article, some people might be inclined to bring in the matters of alternate futures, changes to timelines, and so on. But, as I see it, that only complicates things even more. The facts are these: yes, a grim and graphic nightmare was shared. But, certain aspects of the story - as real as they seemed, at the time, to both Anita and Richard - simply don't gel with what we know of the architecture of the city of Birmingham today.

I have another story - of a very similar nature - from a woman living in Nederland, Texas (where,  coincidentally, I happened to live for a couple of years in the early 2000s). Her nightmare - related to me in 2005 - was also based around an all-destructive Third World War. In the dream it was 2008. The woman, her husband, her one kid, and her disabled mother were caught up in a massive traffic jam on the highway, as thousands of people tried - but completely failed - to flee the area. The nightmare ended with a huge explosion several miles ahead, the appearance of a miles-high mushroom cloud, and a gigantic wall of flame that raced along the landscape, killing everyone trapped in their quickly-melted vehicles. But, as with the story from Birmingham, England there is a problem: the woman's elderly mother died suddenly in 2007, which was one year before the dreamed events were supposed to occur: 2008.

I have to admit that I do find the growing numbers of nuclear nightmares to be unsettling. Maybe, there is something to the idea that people really are seeing glimpses of the future - of a disastrous future. On the other hand, the two cases I have referred to above show that sometimes such dreams cannot be evidence of the future, simply because the present day facts no longer match the timelines in the nightmares. We must also take into consideration the times we live in. The world is a fraught and dangerous place. People talk of nuclear war - and even of winning it (which is total insanity taken to its most extreme and reckless degree possible). Sometimes, a nuclear nightmare is simply that and nothing else: just a nightmare, one which is born out of present day anxieties. On other occasions? Well, I'm not so sure. Time (no pun intended) will tell. Maybe...

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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