Obsessed with the dead

Dracula, Jesus,

& a Blood-thirsty World

 

               Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born in the year 1431AD. During the year of Dracula’s birth his father, Vlad II Dracul, was vested into the Order of the Dragon. The Order of the Dragon is a fellowship of knights sworn to defend Christendom against the Ottomans. Ironically enough the very thing this family swore to uphold and defend, Christianity, is the very thing they ended up attacking by their demeanor.

 

                In his warring against the Turks, Vlad III (Dracula), gained a reputation of unprecedented cruelty. He was seen as a hero to some and a monster to most, very much like Adolf Hitler. He was a tyrant who took sadistic pleasure in the torturing and killing of his victims. While no real statistics seem to exist it is speculated that he slaughtered 40,000 to 100,000 people including whole villages that were burned to the ground.

 

                Impalement seems to be his preferred method of torture and execution. It has been said that in 1462AD Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad’s capital of Targoviste. All this in the name of God.

 

                Vlad’s thirst for blood became legendary and connected with vampirism in Brahm Stokers 1897 novel Dracula.

 

                This thirst for blood, as fictionalized in the character of vampires, may actually be based on a real life disorder. The reason vampires are associated with blood drinking is that the word “vampire” means “Blood sucker” (from Hungarian, vam meaning blood and pir meaning monster). This seems to be strangely related to the disease Porphyria. Porphyria is a disease that causes irrational behavior, a phobia of light, paleness, and a desire to ingest blood. A common cure, in the 1800’s, for this disease was a cup of blood from a butcher to prevent the afflicted one from attacking people.

 

                The folklore of vampires coming from the grave to drink blood derives from when a corpse was exhumed. Due to gasses built up in the body blood pushed out of the orifices, usually the nose and mouth. With an outbreak of a disease that causes erratic behavior, and corpses with blood around the mouth people came to the assumption that the dead had risen to feed.

 

                A clear understanding of what happens when a person dies would have alleviated much fear from the people. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 tells us “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” The Bible tells us that the righteous dead do not rise again from their sleep (death) until the return of Jesus (the last trump), and the wicked do not rise again for destruction until 1,000 years later (Revelation 20:5-6).

 

                The thirst for blood, perverting the Christian name and mission, and using upright wooden poles to attack innocent people is no new venture for satanic influences.

 

                In the spring of 31AD, there was an attack on innocent life in the name of God. The Jewish faith was under pressure from the Roman government, and the concept of any further threat would be handled drastically.

 

                Three and a half years earlier the Son of God, Jesus Christ, began His earthly mission. He was healing the afflicted, preaching a gospel of love, and even raising people back to life. He was gaining a great following, and this was a threat to the Jewish leaders. This threat led to placing Jesus on trial.

 

                Mark 15:14 records the decision of the majority present at Jesus’ trial, “Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.” In other words innocent life was on trial.

 

                The Gospel writer John, in John 19:15, adds this “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.” Jesus, the King of the universe offered his life on the cross for you and me. Because of the life He freely offered on the cross, we have the opportunity for eternal life.

 

                In back door dealings, deceit, payoffs, and outright lies the Jewish leaders sought to have Jesus crucified. In a far more horrific sight than 20,000 impaled corpses, God in flesh hung dead on the cross. The worlds’ thirst for blood could not be more graphic than when the life of Jesus was demanded.

 

                The Jewish leaders failed to acknowledge Jesus as Messiah. It was the majority that shouted “crucify Him!”. They were blinded by a thirst for blood. That thirst for blood, gore, and horror is manifest tenfold in the Paganistic holiday of Halloween. A desire to be entertained by blood and death is fueled by non-other than Satan himself.

 

                It is interesting to note that the group Dracula’s father was a part of, The Order of the Dragon, was design to preserve Christianity. The name Dracula is derived from Vlad the Impaler’s real name Wladislaus Dragwlya. Dragwlya/Dracula has its roots in the Latin noun drac which means dragon. Even more fascinating still is what we read in Revelation 20:2, Lucifer is referred to as “…the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan…”

 

                With that in mind, who is at the root of the world’s obsession with death and thirst for blood? Satan. Why not take the time to get to know not the cause of death but the giver of life? Referring to Lucifer as a thief Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). Satan is referred to as a thief because he wants to steal your life. If you never have done it before take the time to give your life to Jesus today.

 

Written by

Brandon Senior

Oct. 21, 2015