CONVERSATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS OF HEAVEN AND HELL

In 2005 the Lord told me to begin to speak and write more on lost themes and discarded/ understated truths in the body of Christ. These blogs are a part of that assignment.

We are giving a synopsis of the various accounts and testimonies of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home. Heaven, hell, angels and demons, the end of the Age and the return of the Lord were central themes to all the visions the children experienced during this fascinating outpouring. 

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt. 7:13-14).

Great, busy, hurrying multitudes hustling with business, carrying great loads of sin and rushing along with the affairs of life, were passing in endless streams and countless numbers. Caught up in a vision in the Spirit, the child was the preacher at the crossroads. Again, only one side of the conversation was heard:

“Hello, my friend! Please wait a minute; I want to speak to you. Say, do not go down that broad road; it leads to hell and ruin. I have been down that way and have seen hell for myself. Stop here by the cross and let Jesus wash all your sins away. From the cross of Christ here you can start up this other road that will lead you to heaven and everlasting life and joy. Oh! that fellow does not believe it. There he goes down the broad road. What a pity! 

“I will stop this other man and see if he will believe. Hey there! Just a minute! Say, do not follow that crowd. They do not know where they are going. That road leads to destruction; that is the road to the lake of fire. Please don’t go on. I came out here to stop as many of you as possible and give you fair warning. Better turn aside here, let Jesus wash your sins away, and go with us up the road to heaven where God is. Oh, there he goes, too!

“Here is another. Wait a moment! Say, come out of that crowd. Can’t you see there is no one returning? They all go down that road and no one ever comes back. That is the broad road to hell. Stop here by the cross, believe the gospel of salvation through Jesus’ blood, and you will be safe. There is no other road further on. This is the only road to heaven. Turn in here or you will be lost, too. Oh, what a pity he does not believe me. There he goes with the others.”

Sometimes the youthful preacher would decide that if no one believed him, he would follow the willful crowd to see what happened. When he arrived with the crowd at the brink of the lake of fire in hell, we heard him say, “Look at that crowd falling into hell! No one escapes. Everyone goes in.” 

Slowly drawing near the edge of the pit and leaning over and looking down into the lake with its suffering multitudes, the youthful preacher said: “I cannot help you now. I told you all about this back there at the gospel crossroads, but you would not believe. And you still would not believe, even if I could help you out. No, I am helpless now. If you had listened when I warned, the Lord would’ve saved you. You came on and fell in because you would not take advice. No, I can’t. I am going back to the crossroads to see if I can find someone who will listen. I must stop a few at any cost.”

The youthful preacher was occasionally successful in persuading one to listen. Then he would say:

“Now you get down there at the foot of the cross of Jesus and pray. Oh, you don’t know how to pray? Well, you say what I tell you. ‘Jesus, I am a sinner. I was on my road to hell. I am only fit for hell. The big load I carry is only sin. Forgive my sins and teach me to live only for your glory. Amen.”

There was rejoicing then as the sinner was saved and started up the narrow road, while the preacher went out to try to rescue another deluded traveler.

These visions with some variations, were repeated many times, making it clear that salvation was only by repentance and faith in the blood of Christ, through the preaching of the gospel–that many were called, that few were saved–that the road to destruction is broad and multitudes pass that way–that the way to life is narrow and few there be that find it. It was equally clear that the Christian is to stand in the gap at the parting of the ways and persuade and warn others to the limit of his ability.

During this outpouring and these marvelous visitations these young preacher boys could be found on the streets preaching under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, at times even with interpretation, as one would speak the message in tongues and another nearby would step up to preach the interpretation. Girls played a part in this outpouring also.

ANOTHER SOLEMN EXAMPLE

One day a young girl was speaking to a university student out in front of the gate of the Adullam home. In a simple way she began to tell the student of Jesus and heaven and hell, and of his great need for salvation. Here is the conversation:

“What’s the use of me being a Christian? I do not need to be saved.”

“You might die suddenly in your sins, and you would go to hell.” the girl responded.

“Who are you?” scoffed the student. “You are a little snip of an ignorant girl, just a sort of useless beggar. What do you suppose you are trying to do? You are trying to teach me something when you are not worthy to even talk to me. I am a university student. I am wise. I have read many books. I have been many years in Peking. I can read and speak English as well as Chinese.”

He then spat in her face and told her to mind her own business.

About two weeks later this young university student succumbed to his death. Shortly after his funeral this young girl went into a trance by the power of the Spirit. After seeing visions of heaven and the glories of the redeemed she stood still and bent over as though looking into hell. (H.A. Baker, the founder of the Adullam Home knew nothing of the conversation the girl had with this university student). Seeing this student now in hell here is what the girl said to him:

“Ah! There is no hell. No, I cannot; I have no power to help you now. You certainly are in an awful plight.  It is you who are worse than a beggar now; all dirty, all filthy, and suffering in the lake of fire. In fact, you look worse than any beggar I ever saw. I thought you told me you were wise and that you had a great education. Where is your education now? Well, I cannot help you now even if you do apologize. That may be, but I have no power. No, only Jesus can save you, but when I told you about Him you made fun of Him and cursed me. Look what we beggars who believe in Jesus have received in heaven: all is joy, all is happiness, all is love in the city of golden streets with its wonderful paradise of God.”

Beloved, we need to have the Word of God and visions like this repeated to us time and time again. The world makes us dull. The natural things of life pull us down from giving attention to these realities of heaven and hell. The busy-ness of our earthly affairs rob us of living in the light of eternity.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Heb. 2:2-3)

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VISIONS OF THE KINGDOM OF THE DEVIL

We are giving a synopsis of the various accounts and testimonies of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home.

Not only did the children of Adullam have visions of heaven and angels, but they also experienced visions of hell and the kingdom of the devil. They saw the warfare between the angels and demons, especially in the mid-heavens, and how the angels prevailed in the lives of believers through their faith and praise.

Those children who were under the anointing also often saw demons by other children who were drowsy and could not pray. They saw them entering in through windows or doors, and they’d also observe some reclining under a table or the couch.

Over and over again the children also had visions of hell and the lake of fire. The first time any of the children were under the anointing of the Spirit they would usually have a vision of hell. They were bound in chains by demons and taken through a region of darkness. Some children could hear demons all around them. If taken far, they could see a dim light in the distance which proved to be reflections from the lake of fire. Some of them were forced so near they could see the lake of fire ahead. All the time they were pleading the blood of Christ, asserting that they would not obey and would not be subject to the slavery of their captors. They believed Jesus would surely save them, and before they reached the lake of fire He indeed would always intervene.

The Scriptures teach that hell is a place of blackness of darkness, and the devil’s angels and the ungodly are now reserved in chains of darkness awaiting judgment.

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day…raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 6, 13).

TAKEN TO THE EDGE OF THE LAKE OF FIRE

These children not only saw the darkness in hell, but were led to the edge of this great lake of molten fire in a semi-dark pit from which arose clouds of smoke. When the smoke settled low, the fire in the lake was less distinct. When the smoke lifted a little, the burning lake with its flames could be distinctly seen.

“When the children were peering down into this pit in hell we saw them taking a firm hold on some piece of furniture or getting down on their hands and knees, cautiously bending forward to peer into the infernal regions. They looked a moment and then drew back, afraid lest they fall in. They were horrified at what they saw. Then very cautiously they looked again and drew back. Sometimes the children lay flat on their stomachs, lest they slip and fall while looking over the brink of the lake of fire.

“The lost were seen going into hell. Some fell in, some walked over the brink, and some were bound by demon chains and cast into hell by demons. One boy saw groups of the wicked bound in bundles, ready to be cast into this furnace of fire.

“When the fire abated and the smoke settled down the moans of the miserable could be heard. When the fire at intervals increased in intensity and the smoke lifted a little there were shrieks and wails of agony. “

Oh dear one, hell fire is real. Let us work diligently to rescue the perishing in this late hour before they step over the ledge and are lost forever.

A CONVERSATION WITH ONE IN HELL

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gives an account of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man finding himself in hell had a conversation with father Abraham. We should not be surprised or skeptical about such things for they are written in the Scriptures and settled forever. The Bible provides sufficient evidence and is enough, but God in His mercy has throughout the ages God left us with many witnesses. These children are such ones. Also, when Christ reigns as King of kings upon the earth, the redeemed nations will look upon the lost.

“In the lake of fire were oceans of hands reaching up for help. Those below pled with those looking in upon them to come to their rescue. We could hear the children talking to them just as you can hear someone talking over the telephone and get but one end of the conversation. We could hear one end of the conversation like this:

“I can’t help you.”

“No, I cannot do anything for you.”

“But when you were alive you would not obey the gospel.”

“No, it is too late; before you got here I preached to you, but you made fun of me and despised Jesus. Now you know I told you the truth.”

“No, I cannot do anything; this is the judgment of God.”

“If you had obeyed, you would now be enjoying heaven with us.”

After some such conversation, the children were led away to enjoy the presence of Jesus in heaven or the glories of the golden streets of the Paradise of God.

One tribal village boy saw his grandmother in hell, whom he had tried to win to Christ. She was once a sorceress and murderer who had rejected the gospel in her village and also caused others to reject it. This village boy also saw his little sister and believing aunt in heaven. Other children also had these types of vision of relatives in heaven and hell.

There was no vision of anyone in heaven or the name of anyone written on the mansions by the golden streets who did not trust in Jesus. All who were in hell were unbelievers. One night the Lord spoke through a young boy in wonderful prophecy and said, “There will be no one in heaven except those who believe in the gospel.”

After the Lord had taken the children through wonderful systematic lessons in the Holy Spirit, they nearly all came at last to the parting of the roads. In this vision, repeated until it seemed the impression could never be forgotten, the one in vision seemed to be standing by the cross at the parting of the two great roads. The one road was the narrow way of life that leads to heaven and glory; the other was the broad way to hell and destruction.

Great, busy, hurrying multitudes hustling with business, carrying great loads of sin and rushing along with the affairs of life, were passing in endless streams and countless numbers. The child was the preacher at the crossroads. Again, only one side of the conversation was heard:

To be continued…

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THE PARADISE OF GOD

“To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).

“On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits…” (Rev. 22:2)

There is a paradise of flowing living water and luscious fruit trees. It is our blessed hope and land of promise, and one we should be put in remembrance frequently.

Since I’ve never been to this Paradise of God I must share from the accounts of those who have. I know there are many fabrications, but I know the anointing and I know the Scriptures, and the ones which are true will bear witness with me and you. In my humble opinion, two of the greatest, highly authentic, and most fascinating accounts in recent centuries, according to my knowledge, are those of Marietta Davis in 1848 and those of the children in the Adullam Home in the 1920s outpouring in China. We’ve been sharing for many weeks on these accounts to prepare people for eternity. I consider it an assignment from the Lord.

AN ELDERLY SAINT

There is an elderly lady, a former minister alongside her now deceased husband, living in the vicinity of Toronto, Canada who watches our videos and reads our blogs. She is confined to her home most of the time and considered a shut-in. Her departure is near and she gets filled with the Spirit when she connects to what she is seeing and hearing from us. Recently she called us to let us know that she put our ministry on her last will and testament as one of her beneficiaries. The importance of the “one” (Lk. 15) took on new meaning for us and became a deeper revelation.

Surprisingly, these blogs on the afterlife and heaven and hell have received decreased visits and views, but I’m not not moved by any of it. If all my labor be for this one solitary life of an aged saint who served the Lord most of her days, it is the sweetest joy and reward to me to hear how blessed she’s been. In a way, she is being anointed for paradise.

THE NEW SPIRITUAL ORDER

When people’s affections are set below, they have very little interest in what’s above. It is often proof that they have no citizenship there. Yet God has made a place in paradise for every human being ever born. It is in accord with the Father’s plan from the beginning when He created the garden of Eden for man. Amidst all the beauties of nature before there was sin, sickness, and death He formed man and set him there. That Eden world was heaven on earth and full of such beauty and glory that hasn’t been seen since—all  planned and established for our eternal enjoyment. When sin entered, that all changed as creation was made subject to vanity (Rom. 8:20). Man lost his Eden garden and his Eden God.

But the day is now drawing nearer when all will be restored to its new spiritual order. We are to hasten for that day and anticipate its glories. Not only shall man be fully restored to his former glory, but all of creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God (Rom. 8:18-21). If the present natural order of plant and animal is looking forward to this freedom, how much more ought man? If all nature is looking forward to being delivered from this cursed earth into the new spiritual regeneration of the redeemed, how much more ought the redeemed? “For Christ has brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures” (Jam. 1:18). I’m about to have a glory fit just thinking about it!

This is a new spiritual order—similar to the earthly, but so much higher and so much more! After His resurrection Jesus was similar to what He was before, but without limitations. Although He possessed flesh and bone, and could be touched and felt and perform earthly duties, He was not subject to the confinements of this material world of time and space. Even so, shall we be—being swiftly transported at the speed of thought from one place to another and walking through walls as Jesus did.

Even the earth itself will be regenerated into a new and higher order since “we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (2 Pt. 3:13). That earth including all the plant and animal life will possess all the beauties of glorified nature that shall never be destroyed or cursed ever again.

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6).

Oh, these things are as sure as the Scriptures! The beloved apostle John saw it and wrote it.

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:1, 2).

But most of all Jesus said it.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (v. 5).

Why are so many so dull of mind and slow to believe these things?

To be continued…

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REVELATIONS OF HEAVEN AT THE ADULLAM HOME

We are giving a synopsis of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home.

Some of the Adullam boys who had died the previous year were seen in heaven by those who had been caught up to heaven during the outpouring. Heaven seemed so near as time after time these boys acted out the visions they were seeing there and conversations they were having. With their eyes closed and radiant faces they clapped their hands in joyful rejoicing, hurriedly calling the other boys over to see some dwelling, or golden street, or some new scene and discovery in Paradise. Those boys who had died and were now in heaven were constantly seen by those on the earth who frequently shouted out their names with joy and ecstasy in the midst of the Adullam Home. They were very much alive and did not seem far away at all—just out of sight. Heaven was so real, so near, so wonderful, so certain, that if one of the children had died in those days the others would have envied him and counted him privileged.

This is one of the chief purposes of sharing on these invisible realities—to make heaven, hell, and the eternal world real, near, and certain to you. I believe Jesus appeared to His disciples many times after His resurrection to also fulfill this purpose in them and to remove all mystery as to the afterlife and the reality of these eternal things. Often after one of His appearances Jesus would vanish and disappear from their sight and it caused an awe, an excitement, and an unspeakable joy to be activated in their hearts (Lk. 24:51-53). This is the reason those first disciples in the early Church were able to sell all their possessions and face persecution and suffering without wavering. The step to heaven after death is small, only one breath away, and not mysterious. Our kingdom is not of this world. We are citizens of heaven. Our life, our work, our service and sacrifices are brief and fleeting, but our eternal destiny, and our true life is secure and will never be taken from us or pass away. Let’s live like these things are real because they are.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Rev. 4:1-2).

When in the Spirit these children were lost to their natural surroundings. Often they supposed they were in heaven and spoke aloud, describing what they saw, and carrying on conversations with either angels or saints that all who were near could hear. As I’ve shared, they acted out what they were doing and saying in heaven.

The children testified that they went to the third heaven. As they passed the first heaven, which is the sky just above us, they felt the air on their faces. And then passing into the second heaven, which is outer space, they looked back upon the beautiful stars like a person on a mountaintop would gaze down below at some valley or lighted city.

Then when the children finally reached the third heaven they saw the light of the New Jerusalem afar off, and as they approached it they saw the beautiful wall of the city reflecting its wonderful jasper light. The foundations were of indescribable beauty, sparkling with the varied colors of the most radiant jewels.

The city these children saw and testified of were three cities in one, not a cube as some have supposed it to be, but a pyramid. One city was suspended upon another with the largest below and the smallest above. These children knew nothing of what the Bible said, but one of them prophesied that the Lord had made heaven big enough for everyone, and that he had made it in three cities, one above the other, and that presently His throne is in the upper city.

Heaven is a real place with real people. It’s our home. It’s where we will spend eternity, and where there is love, joy, peace, perfection without end.

To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. The first two episodes have already been posted on this page. 

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THE GREAT 1920s CHINA OUTPOURING: THE REALITIES OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD

We are giving a synopsis of the 1920s outpouring in China among the children of the Adullam Rescue Home.

They had prayed so long for a mighty conviction of sin and now it had finally come. The presence of God was in manifestation and the desire to pray increased greatly. One child after another went down under the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and were prostrate on the floor—more than twenty of them.

The children showed no desire to leave the chapel service as hours passed by. The Lord had complete control and brother and sister Baker seemed to have nothing to do or say except to try and stay out of the way (oh, how I wish more leaders would learn to do that when God is moving!).

“As the children in visions saw the awfulness of hell, the anguish of lost souls, and the indescribably hellish power of the devil and his angels, their agonized crying was beyond anything I had ever heard or imagined. It was all so real to them. Many saw themselves bound and dragged to the very brink of hell. Condemnation for sins and the power of the devil over them was terrifying in its reality, but freedom from this evil power through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ was just as real. When they experienced this liberating power from the clutches of the evil one, their salvation was as real as had been their condemnation. Their joy, laughter, and peace of soul in the knowledge of what they had been saved from gave them an experience which I am sure they will never be able to forget.” – H.A. Baker

One prayer and praise service lasted 20 hours. Children hardly ate and slept. All they wanted to do was pray and wait on God. This was all new to the Bakers as previously the children barely endured the one hour services. The outpouring was so continuous that for over a week no attempts were made to perform any regular functions of work. Only necessary things were done as everyone was absorbed in the mighty presence of God.

It also became difficult to have meals at the regular hours without interfering with the work of the Holy Spirit. At times the power of God would wane and dissipate and children would go out and eat a meal or a snack, and also get some rest. But then the children would return to their prayer rooms and come under the power of God once again. Some would stay under the power of God all day and night, often going without sleep while continuing to pray. When sleep overcame them they would rest on the floor for awhile and then get up and seek the Lord again. Soon they would be lost in the Spirit.

All who received the Holy Spirit initially knew enough of the Bible to believe in one God and to trust in the blood of Jesus for salvation. The Bible was taught daily and the gospel was preached regularly at the Adullam home. Even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit some children prayed and sought Christ. No one was seeking visions or manifestations of the Spirit that became daily happenings. They single-heartedly prayed and praise Jesus and His Name alone was magnified.

The experiences of these children could not have been a product of their imaginations. These boys were simply minded, uneducated, mentally untrained, and could not have conceived of the things they  saw and heard. Most of them had been recently converted and were not familiar with Bible themes. The visions that had been given to them were all new even to the teachers. Furthermore, the children did not compare notes and imitate one another. Many of the children were filled with the Spirit at the same time, and often would have simultaneous visions of the same thing in separate rooms. The complete harmony of these visions covering multiple details is beyond natural order or reasoning. Thorough questioning and examination was made to these children and clear uniform answers were always given.

As I continue to share on this great outpouring in hopes of producing hope, expectation, and willing vessels who will pray for such in our day, I realize many may be skeptical  of these things. But remember that supernatural visions and revelations are seen throughout the entire Bible, and it is the foundation upon which the Church was established and upon which it stands today.

To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. The first two episodes have already been posted on this page. 

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ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE OUTPOURINGS EVER RECORDED IN HISTORY

In the furthermost southwest corner of the Yunnan province of China in the 1920s a great outpouring took place among the beggarly outcasts and homeless street boys of the city of Kotchiu (now Gejiu). It happened at the rescue mission of the Adullam home run by missionaries H.A. and Josephine Baker.

This was one of the most incredible outpourings ever recorded in history that lasted for many days. These school boys fell prostrate on the floor under the mighty power of God and were translated in the Spirit into the next world. They spoke with angels, saw saints of old, and played in the wonderful parks of paradise. These children ranging in age from 6-18, received visions and revelations of heaven and hell, and preached in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. These manifestations are beyond natural order, likened to the apostle Paul or John when they were caught up in the Spirit and saw and heard amazing things.

Time after time these children left their bodies and were caught away, not in dream form, but in actual reality. In fact, their visits were so real that in one instance when they returned to their physical bodies they immediately searched their pockets for the luscious fruit they had just picked from the beautiful trees in heaven. Not finding it, they acted very surprised, confused, and disappointed that they were not able to share the heavenly fruit with the Bakers and others in the Adullam home. It seemed to them that they went to heaven in bodily form just as someone would journey to a distant land and return.

Walking the streets of gold in heaven seemed as real to them as walking in some Chinese city. In many cases when they were in the Spirit in heaven, they conversed aloud and could be heard by those in close proximity describing what they were seeing or acting out what they were doing. These children shouted for joy, clapped their hands in rapture, jumped and danced in great delight, and at times rolled around on the floor in unrestrained laughter. The glory of the celestial city seemed to shine on their faces as they radiated with “a joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

The children knew the scripture describing the heavenly Jerusalem as being populated with “an innumerable company of angels” (Heb. 12:22). At the gates of the city and everywhere in heaven they observed these happy angels who walked and talked with them and explained things to them they did not understand. In these experiences the children were often given harps or trumpets and taught to play them and sing with the angels. They learned the music and language of heaven. With eyes closed and dancing around the room to the rhythm of the heavenly music, and acting out playing the harp or the trumpet, the others bore witness that they were indeed caught up in the Spirit in the praises of the King. Daily it was not unusual to see these children in some corner of a room acting out what they were doing or saying in heaven.

The climax of all the children’s heavenly wonder and joy was seeing and worshiping Jesus. No matter the joy and pleasures they heard and witnessed, Jesus was always the center of attraction. His name was never forgotten in conversation and He was praised and magnified continually everywhere, in everything, and in everyone there.

In these visions and journeys to heaven the children knew that their visits were temporary. They also knew their purpose was to see what was being prepared for them after death, and to tell others on the earth that if they believed and obeyed, all things would be theirs.

And so we must tell you. To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. Here is our second program:

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OUR SEXUALITY AND OUR GLORIFIED BODIES

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection (Heb. 11:32-35).

On the surface, according to this verse, a better resurrection is the difference between accepting deliverance, or choosing martyrdom and awaiting your glorified body at the resurrection of the just. But could there be a deeper meaning and a mystery embodied within a better resurrection?

Somehow it seems to me that beyond martyrdom, which is what Hebrews 11:35 speaks of, there is a close relation and connection between our physical bodies and our future resurrected bodies. I believe that a part of obtaining a better resurrection is in proportion to how we steward our bodies on the earth. For instance, concerning our sexuality, let us look closer at the identity between our physical and glorified bodies.

Notice the following verses:

“Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power (1 Cor. 6:13-14).

Paul is correcting the dangerous misconception among the Corinthians who believed, “as the stomach is designed for food, the genitals are created for sexual experience.” This mind-set is not only common among unregenerate human beings but also among Christians who justify or are entangled in sexual immorality. Paul shows how this analogy is false because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and belongs to Christ. Here’s where many people err in their understanding of their sexuality.

The margin of my Bible says that eating food is a secondary and temporal arrangement, but sexuality reaches into the eternal and metaphysical depths of one’s being. An essential identity exists between the present physical body and the future glorified body (v 14). Sexual intercourse is more than a biological experience; it involves a communion of life. Since Jesus is one with the born-again believer’s spirit, it is unthinkable to involve Him with sexual immorality; thus the strong Scriptural admonition not to let the sin of fornication and all uncleanness “even be named among you” (Eph. 5:3; emphasis added).

Sexuality is a uniquely profound aspect of the personality involving one’s entire being. Sexual immorality has far-reaching effects, with great spiritual significance and social implications (v18). Such immorality is not only a sin against the body but against the Holy Spirit, who dwells in the body. It is just one of the ways we are to discern the Lord’s body, which when consistently neglected can bring weakness, sickness, and even premature death (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

Regardless of how satisfying and fulfilling sex is in its rightful place within the marriage, it is still a temporal arrangement and not a part of our eternal existence. And yet by it we procreate and give birth to eternal spirits. What a sacred responsibility! Sexual immorality messes with this sacredness and the power of procreation with someone to whom you are not in marital covenant with. The sexual drive is not sinful, but it is hurtful if not kept in its proper place. Scripture forbids sexual immorality in order to protect us.

I hope this helps someone to resist immoral temptations. If I would’ve known these things when I first got saved it would’ve strengthened me to overcome this sort of temptation. Instead, as a younger man I struggled with it for years.

THE QUALITY OF OUR SPIRITUALITY=A BETTER RESURRECTION

Other passages of Scripture also appear to suggest that a better resurrection refers to the quality of spirituality and the fitness of our souls that are dependent on the spiritual exercise we exert unto godliness in this life.  This appears to be one of the reasons Paul made the comment to Timothy about physical exercise vs. spiritual exercise, which he calls godliness.

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:8).

Exercising ourselves unto godliness is profitable, not only in this present life, but in the age to come when we receive our new glorified bodies.

Hebrews 11 speaks of the consecration and suffering of some of the OT saints. Many in the West fail to understand that this is a big part of our faith. Trials and tribulations are considered a curse in our cozy Christian culture, but if we see it as a grace that gives us an opportunity to grow in the inner man in a way that will have eternal implications and consequences, we would count it a joy to suffer for righteousness sake. We could then experience a kind of spiritual growth that we otherwise could not have if the Lord didn’t allow us to go through it—a kind of growth we wouldn’t have been able to catch up with in the afterlife.  It is only in this earthly life we have the opportunity to suffer for Christ’s Name so we should graciously embrace it by trusting the Lord and living godly through the process.

Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Pt. 4:19).

Hebrews 11 teaches us that faith is operative in both the exploits we achieve for the Lord and in our sufferings. There were times when God delivered and rescued His people, and in a few instances the dead were even received to life again (v. 35a), but there were also times when they chose to suffer and die without accepting deliverance. We have one shot in this life to glorify God in our lives and with our bodies. As we do, we can be assured of sharing in His glory in the better resurrection.

“so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20).

“…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:17-18).

If we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:12).

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HOW TO OBTAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION

The apostle Paul died a martyr for Christ. Christ was magnified in his body in life and in death.

“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20).

Dying for the sake of Christ glorifies God, but so does living for the sake of Christ. We are to live and die for the glory and honor of the Lord.

“If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Rom. 14:8).

Hebrews 11 is known as the great faith chapter for it chronicles some of the old patriarchs and saints who both lived and died in faith.

After listing the names of those who lived by faith such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, etc. the writer of Hebrews also refers briefly to others who did great exploits through faith. However, he ends with a statement that strikes at the heart of what is at stake when we live or die in faith.

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection (Heb. 11:32-35).

The way one dies and departs from this life can result in a better resurrection. These martyrs could’ve compromised or denied their faith and lived a longer life on the earth, but they chose to die for the Lord. And in doing so and not accepting deliverance, the Scriptures tell us that they obtained a better resurrection.

A better resurrection entails both how you lived and how you die and depart from this earth. We need to live right and die right.

EVERY MAN WILL PASS THROUGH THE GATEWAY OF DEATH

There is a place, dear friends where time meets eternity for every man. All human beings are appointed to die and be judged (Heb. 9:27). Are you ready for that moment? As you are reading this there are multitudes of people that are now struggling in the final throes of death. Some die in luxury, others in poverty. Some die in majestic palaces and mansions lying on beds spread with fine and costly coverings while others die in humble abodes, or worse, lying in dark prison cells. Some die in lonely forests, others in barren deserts or even in raging ocean waters. Some die laying under the scorching sun, yet others may die in the cold and bleak snow covered mountains. Some are murdered and others are killed on the battlefield. Some die a painstaking slow death while others die instantly in some way or suddenly in their sleep. Some die in indescribable suffering and misery while others die in peace. Some die surrounded by comforting or weeping family and friends while others sadly die alone and forgotten. We must all pass through the gateway of death, the common transition state between earth and eternity.

But once again, for the Christian and the Christ follower, to die is gain. To depart is far better. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That is glorious! And to those who live and die in faith there awaits a better resurrection.

I believe the Scriptures show forth that a better resurrection partly means that the glory of Christ will be manifested in our resurrected bodies in different measures. After all, if there is a better resurrection, it implies that there is one that is not so good, or as good. There will be a difference in how people experience God’s glory in the age to come. This glory and its ensuing rewards are dependent on our faith and obedience in this life and also in death. Did you know that the Pistol Star has a mass 100 times that of the sun, and it’s a million times brighter? Such is the resurrection of our bodies.

There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.  So also is the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor. 15:41-42).

I think the prophet Daniel knew this best.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament,
and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Dan.12:2-3).

May we live and die in faith and make it our aim to be wise by helping turn many to righteousness, so that we may obtain a better resurrection and shine brightly forever.

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HOW TO DIE

The Bible tells us that death is an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26), but it is the death of our physical body. Our spirits are eternal and never die per se or cease to exist. To the true Christian and follower of Jesus Christ death is a transition into the presence of the Lord. How glorious!

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).

The Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul that to die is gain and to depart this earthly life to be with Christ is far better.

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain…having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Phil. 1:21, 23b).

Do we really believe this?

In just the last few years I’ve met individuals who left their body momentarily and then returned. One was my former pastor who is now 82 years of age. He went in for surgery and left his physical body. He was just above it looking down on his family in that hospital room who were praying for him and calling him back. As soon as he came back into his body he said, “I’m back”. This man is a deeply spiritual man and moves in the supernatural, so this experience did not seem to startle him at all. He knows the Lord and the spiritual realm is real to him.

I have another pastor friend in Florida who told me that at 19 years of age he was bleeding to death from some kind of accident or injury. He testified to me that he left his body and was suspended a few feet above it looking down on the doctors who were working on him. Thankfully, he returned and went on to fulfill God’s plan for his life.

Many people, even true Christians, die before their time. There are reasons people die young or prematurely, but that’s a topic for another day. The point is that the Lord desires that we all live out our full lives and accomplish the fulness of His plan and purpose for us, exclusive of martyrdom, which is an honor and a glory.

Death can be very uncomfortable and fearful to those who die without Christ, and a large part of the ministry of the gospel is to persuade people to turn to Christ before it is too late. This ought to be the greatest joy of every minister. Only repentance from sin and faith in Christ launches your spirit into the presence of the Lord at the hour of death.

But to the believer death should not be a terrifying experience. We do not have to be afraid of death.

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:14-15).

The Bible calls the fear of death a bondage, but by defeating the devil who had the power of death, Jesus has released us from the grip of this fear. So death for the Christian is actually a wonderful and glorious transition into a blissful eternity with the Lord and all the saints that have moved on, especially our loved ones with whom there will be a grand and joyful reunion.

It is important that we die right. It is important that we die a death that glorifies God. You might ask, “what kind of death glorifies God?” Since it’s faith that pleases God (Heb. 11:6), then it makes sense that to die in faith pleases the Lord. Even in the Old Testament, before Jesus had opened the way to the third heaven, and when paradise was still under the earth and not the glorious place it is now, the OT saints died in faith.

WHAT IT MEANS TO DIE IN FAITH

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country” (Heb. 11:13-16a).

Not everyone dies in faith.  The disobedient and backslidden believer cannot die in faith until they repent and make peace with God. Sinners and those who have not surrendered to Jesus and do not know the living God, of course, cannot die in faith.

Additionally, those who are not able to forget their past sins and failures, who have regrets and hold grudges, and who refuse to forgive and release those they’ve been hurt by cannot die in faith. The pleasure seeking, worldly loving professing “Christian” cannot die in faith because of their attachment to the things of this world. In the Scripture above even the OT saints knew they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth who sought a homeland, a heavenly country. How much more ought we to have this mind-set in the new and better covenant! This world is not our home. It’s important to continually live for eternity and be prepared to face God at the hour of death. Until a man’s heart has been transformed by the grace of God he cannot possibly have a deep rooted desire to live for the glory of God. There are some who’ve allowed evil to grip their hearts to such an extent that they will even curse God at the hour of their death.

For example, a study was done on airplane crashes and final words that were spoken in the cockpit recorder before the pilot’s imminent death. Most were full of curses and profanity. This describes the death of the unrighteous. That is not how any of us want to die. Please don’t go out this way, but receive Jesus and be filled with His forgiveness and peace. On the other hand, God’s mercy is so great that He saves those who call on Him with their last breath. Many enter heaven this way, too, having lived for themselves and receiving no reward, but still making heaven. It is sad that they did not live their lives for the Lord, but it sure beats going to hell.

“Let me die the death of the righteous…” (Nu. 23:10b). The righteous die in faith with hope and confidence, and their death is most precious to the Lord. One big reason the death of the Lord’s saints is precious to Him is because of their precious faith. Putting the following scriptures together will help us see this clearly. 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15).

“That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing…” (1 Pt. 1:7-8).

“Blessed are those who believe and yet have not seen” (Jn. 20:29).

Another minister acquaintance of mine died and went to heaven for nearly two hours. The Lord told him to go back to the earth because his work was not done. He was sad at the news and did not want to return. Most who’ve truly had a visitation of the Lord or out of body visions of heaven do not want to return.

I heard the story of Oral Roberts’ crusade director who also died and was upset when his wife called him back to his body. Those who’ve had even just glimpses of eternity and the blissful state of the departure from this sin and sick-cursed world wish to remain in heaven.

Death is indeed an enemy, not a friend because it separates us from our loved ones, but we don’t have to face it in fear, in doubt, or in weakness, but in faith, honor, and dignity.

Please pass this on to those who do not yet know the Lord or who are dying. The hope, comfort, and peace that comes from knowing their sins are forgiven and that heaven is their eternal home is worth it all.

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DEATH: THE TRANSITION INTO THE AFTERWORLD

I was born and raised Roman Catholic and I always thought that Jesus and His disciples were Catholic also. Actually, I thought God and the angels were all Catholic, and no one could go to heaven unless they were Catholic. Whenever I’d meet a Protestant I’d feel sorry for them because I thought all Protestants were destined for hell. How deceived I was! Many other denominations are taught the same way – that if you’re not in their denomination, then you are not really saved. Traditions of men have brainwashed many people and filled them with lies, thus making the Word of God ineffective in their lives (Mt. 15:6).

Heaven and hell are real. Many people, even so called Christians do not believe in hell. Many now embrace universalism. This belief system erodes the fear of God and diminishes all zeal for the lost. I have great concern for those who are bound by unbelief and the traditions of men. I have great concern for those who are deceived and lost. My heart breaks for them because their eternal destiny is determined in this life. If not for the grace and mercy of God I’d be in the same predicament. When death strikes, the eternal destiny of every human being has been determined and cannot be reversed.

All men have instincts and an intuitive knowing that there is life after death. To deny it is to go against your God given instincts and intuition. By conscience and by creation all men know there is a God and that death is not the end (Rom. 1:20). Eternity has been placed by God in the heart of every man (Ec. 3:11b). Death does not mean cessation, but transition into the spiritual realm. And Jesus and the entire Bible testifies of only two places where the dead can go – one is heaven and the other is hell. Jesus said that the way to hell is wide and many go there. The way to heaven is narrow, and few go there (Mt. 7:13-14). That fact alone grips my heart and I shutter to think of the multitudes that are already there and can never get out.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE LATE KENNETH E. HAGIN

When the late Kenneth E. Hagin was a sick and dying bed-ridden teenager he went to hell (I Went To Hell). Three times he descended into the dark regions of the damned. He was a church member, but he learned that just being a church member is not enough. Just attending church does not make you a Christian. One must be born again (Jn. 3:3, 7).

Brother Hagin describes his death:

“I could feel the blood cease to circulate. The tip of my toes went numb – then my feet, ankles, knees, hips, stomach, and heart. I leaped out of my body and began to descend: down, down, down, down. Down until the darkness compassed me ’round about. The lights above faded away… “

This happened three different times and after each time he was brought back into his body. Each time he came into his body he came into it three different ways. Once he came in through the front porch of the house he was in, another at the foot of the bed, and the last time right beside his bed. Each time he leaped back into his body.

When he descended he screamed out, “GOD! GOD! I BELONG TO THE CHURCH! I’VE BEEN BAPTIZED IN WATER!” But belonging to a church and being baptized in water is not enough to avoid descending into hell and ascending into heaven. Up until this time he thought this out of the body experience was all a hallucination and not real.

Brother Hagin describes a kind of suction that pulled him down until a booming voice spoke (which he now assumes was Jesus), and the demonic creature who was escorting him to hell let go of him and he ascended back into his body on the earth. During his third descent he began to pray and ask God to forgive him of his sins and to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Thank God for His mercy.

Once Hagin came back into his body the final time he was no longer afraid to die. The weight of his sins had rolled off him and now he had peace with God. He was born again. He did die and leave his body a fourth time, but this time he ascended as a bright glorious cloud filled his bedroom. Both his mother and grandmother saw the cloud and testified of it that they could not enter the room until it lifted. Hagin’s life was spared and the Lord told him to go back to the earth because his work was not finished.

THE HORRIFYING DEATH OF AN OLD ATHEIST WOMAN

Finally, in the same aforementioned book Brother Hagin tells a story of an old woman who during her earthly life never believed in heaven and hell and hated all preachers. She’d say things like, “The very idea! I’ll tell you – these preachers, trying to scare people, telling them there’s a hell and a heaven! Why, when a person dies, they’re dead just like a dog! Every church ought to be closed down and bombed! Every preacher ought to be killed! They’re just in it for the money.”

At the hour of her death her daughter called for Brother Hagin to minister to her. When she heard the word “preacher,” her mother jumped like somebody had shot her – yet her eyes never moved but were fixated. “Oh, Kenneth, Kenneth! You’re a preacher – tell me there is no hell! Oh, tell me! I said there wasn’t any hell. I said every preacher ought to be killed. I’m afraid! Oh, I’m afraid! I’m afraid! It’s so dark. It’s so dark. IT’S SO DARK! IT’S SO DARK! It’s…”

As she said those words she fell back on the pillow, died, and went to hell, crying, “It’s so dark! It’s so dark!”

God has given us His Word, the Holy Bible, to search out these things so we can most assured and know they are true. He’s also provided many witnesses throughout the centuries of the Church age that have testified of the reality of these things. Oh dear friends, let’s tell the world and allow the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin, righteousness, and judgement (Jn. 16:8).

There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.

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