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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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.


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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(This is a part of a blog series. I encourage you to read the preceding blogs to receive the full benefit of this most compelling vision.)

Marietta was quite overcome by this scene and the realization of human recognition in Hades. Of this she wrote: “One hideous expression closed the scene; being overcome—for I knew what I witnessed was real—I was immediately removed. When I noticed those spirits in Hades I had known on earth, I realized I knew them still. Oh, how changed they were! They were the very embodiment of sorrow and remorse.

Marietta left this scene and was permitted to go to another section in Hades. She said, “Again I descended as from an immeasurable height into an abyss inhabited by beings whose condition I did not at first discover, but who were finally revealed as more desperate than those from whom I just escaped.”

The degree of wickedness was much worse in this section. Just as there were different levels of perfection in paradise, so there are different degrees of wickedness in hell. Like attracts like. The less wicked inhabit a certain sphere and the more desperately wicked another.

“Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you (Mt. 11:20-24).

In the above scripture Jesus infers that mighty works give people a greater opportunity to respond to the gospel, but also a greater condemnation on those who reject Him. To whom much is given much is required (Lk 12:48). According to Jesus, even Sodom and Gomorrah, that wicked city, would’ve repented and not been burned to the ground had they witnessed His mighty works (Mat 10:15). Therefore they will be judged less severely in the day of judgment than the cities where mighty works were done without ensuing repentance. There are different levels of judgment.

The scene in Hades served as a great object lesson to Marietta because she saw that the wages of sin is death, and it was with unspeakable gratitude when a voice from heaven spoke to her that she had seen enough and would now be taken back to paradise.  Her angel guide then told her this: That those who seek peace by any other means than the Cross shall ultimately experience dreadful disappointment. But the angel also told her that they who have Christ shall never be a captive of that dark and dreadful place. 

“For every willing heart has a dwelling place prepared in heaven, and whoever seeks the Lord shall find Him a present help in time of need.”

Another angel spoke to Marietta and gently admonished her for her previous lack of faith. “Why are you inclined to the scenes where evil passions reign? Why does your being vacillate between the spheres of good and evil? Learn from this, that he whose heart is not established in truth, whose nature is not controlled by the law of holy love, is exposed to the attracting influence of evil.”

The angel then explained the law which determines where a soul goes at death, and that God does not willingly send men to Hades, but at death their spirits are attracted to the region of those with whom they are in harmony with. The pure and holy naturally ascend to the realms of the righteous while the wicked, in obedience to the law of sin and death, gravitate to the region where evil prevails.

There is truth to the above statement.

Your inward nature will determine your destination. You must be born again!


At this point Marietta was allowed intimacy into the pure harmony of heaven, beyond what she was permitted before, but she was not prepared for this experience. Immediately she realized that her own nature was discordant and out of harmony with the intense holiness and purity of heaven. She was no longer able to harmonize with the prevailing law, and according to her own words, her “unholy nature was discovered”. During those moments she suffered agony and supposed that because of her discordant condition, she was lost beyond redemption.

The angel, however, reassured her and explained that it was a benevolent Creator that did not permit the wicked to enter heaven. In paradise their suffering would become infinite. The unregenerate souls could not harmonize with the purity of heaven and their sufferings would be vastly aggravated beyond what they would endure in Hades.

That is a fascinating reality that agrees with Scripture and assures us that the character of God is not at all to punish and torment people in the afterworld. It is also the reason that after the fall of man God set cherubim with a flaming sword to guard the tree of life, so that man would not partake of it and live forever in his fallen state. How tragic that would’ve been!

“So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen. 3:24).

And thus is revealed why no unclean thing can enter the holy city, as John the beloved saw in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21:27).

Likewise, the angel declared that God would never permit a child of any sanctified soul to come under the deadly magnetism of evil.

“Marietta, behold the goodness of God in the law of being. How unjust it would be for a righteous Creator to permit any of these little ones to perish by being attracted to the regions of darkness and the place of the wicked. Their tender and pure natures would writhe in pain beneath the passions of evil and insatiable desires. In very deed, God might be considered unjust should His law exposed the innocent.”

Likewise, there would be a manifest lack of mercy, should any unholy and discordant spirit be allowed into the harmony and holiness of heaven, since their suffering would increase in proportion to the degree of light and supreme good that dwells in the abode of the pure. Herein is displayed the wisdom and goodness of God. Absolutely no discordant element in the spirit world mingles with the pure and harmonious.

Marietta was told not to weep, because she had found her nature was not fully in harmony with heaven. “For a ransom is prepared in a healing fountain that you may wash, and by which all the impurity of your being may be removed. In this rejoice greatly since through mercy, redemption is offered, and those who could not otherwise attain perfect joy are exalted from prisons to mansions in our Father’s kingdom. For this grace the saints in heaven praise God, and never cease continually to utter hymns of thanksgiving to Him Who is their Redeemer.”


Marietta was then permitted to return to the earth to tell her amazing story. Nine months later at a time she herself predicted, she returned to the land of paradise to be with her Redeemer forever. Marietta went to heaven for 9 days to prepare for a 9 month ministry and witness on the earth. She departed this earth at the young age of 25. That alone is amazing and unexplainable except to say it is the sovereignty of God.

Personal Comments: The most memorable thing I’ve learned from this narrative was a more thorough understanding of hell that I never received from any other source. Please read these descriptions carefully. Marietta was taught that the hell fire is actually in the person’s soul, a part of him, when he gets to hell, and something there causes the flame to ignite, whereas in the body, the flame was restrained to human limitation. So I came to understand that all the bitterness that was ever in your soul, drags the soul to the place where it can catch fire and take over. So the fire of hell is fed by the lost soul’s own bitterness and rebellion, and God has nothing to do with it. This is extraordinarily enlightening, making the reader understand that God is not a torturer, and why it seems that the torment does go on forever. Marietta really did not know that her story would educate people for more than 150 years now. What a beautiful literary treasure!

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It has been my joy and pleasure to have briefly shared some of what transpired during Marietta Davis’s 9 -day trance, specifically her visit to heaven. Now it is with a sense of fear and consternation that I share the second phase of Marietta Davis’s visit when she was allowed entrance into the regions of darkness. Warning: Graphic images and their Biblical reality may be disturbing to some.

Her angel escort was not with her during her descent into hell. She was only informed that her visit would be a most solemn lesson for her. Suddenly all the brightness departed as Marietta descended in great fear toward a deep pit and abyss. As she attempted to pray she found that she could not express herself. Remembering her lack of faith and consecration on earth she exclaimed: “Oh, for one short hour on earth to prepare my soul and secure fitness for the spirit world.” As Marietta continued to plunge downward into deep darkness soon she discovered that she was in the abode of the wicked dead. She heard bursts of unholy laughter, ridicule, sarcasm, obscenities, and terrible curses. There was no water to quench thirst and fountains that appeared were only mirages.

Fruit appeared on trees but would burn the hand that plucked it. The very atmosphere carried elements of wretchedness and disappointment. As she looked on this fearful scene a spirit whom she had known on the earth approached her. He said: “Marietta, we meet again. You see me a disembodied spirit in the place where those who inwardly denied the Savior now abide when their mortal day has ended.”


Here is the rest of what this disembodied spirit said to Marietta:

My life on earth was suddenly brought to a close, and as I departed from this world I moved rapidly in the direction prompted by my ruling desires. I desired to be courted, honored, and admired on the earth – to be free to follow the perverted desires and inclinations of my proud, rebellious, and pleasure loving heart. This is a state of existence where every indulgence is permitted to my soul and we live without restraint where religious instruction finds no place.

“With these desires I entered the spirit world, passed into the condition adapted to my inward state, and rushed here to this awful place you now see. I was welcomed as you have not been, for at once I was recognized as one who fit this place by those who abide here. They do not welcome you for they discern in you a desire adverse to the passions that prevail here.

“I found myself endued with the power of strange restless motion. I became conscious of a strange perversion of the brain and my cerebral organs became subject to a foreign power, which seemed to operate by absolute possession. I abandoned myself to the attractive influences around me and sought to satisfy my cravings for pleasure. I reveled, I partied, I mingled in the wild and voluptuous dance. I plucked the shining fruit, I satisfied my nature with that which appeared delicious externally and inviting to my sight and smell. But when I tasted it, all was loathsome and a source of increasing pain. And so unnatural are the desires perpetuated here that what I crave I loath, and that which I delight in tortures me. Every object around me appears to have a controlling power to dominate me with cruel enchantment over my bewildered mind.


“I experience the law of evil attraction. I am a slave of deceptive and discordant elements and their vice and evil. Every object attracts me. The thought of mental freedom dies with the dying will, while the idea that I am a part of a revolving fantasy takes possession of my spirit. By the strength of evil I am bound, and in it I exist.


“Marietta, I feel it is vain to attempt to express our deplorable state. I often inquire, is there no hope? And my sense replies, ‘How can harmony exist in the very midst of discord?’ We were advised of the consequences of our course while in the body, but we loved our way better than those that exalted the soul, and so we have fallen into this fearful place. We have originated our own sorrow. God is just and good. We know that it is not the vindictive law of the Creator that we suffer. Marietta, it is our own condition from which we receive the misery we now endure. The violation of the moral law by which our moral natures should have been preserved in harmony and in health is the primary cause of our state.

“Do you startle and are you surprised at the scenes? Know then that all that moves around you is but the outer degree of deeper woe. Marietta, no good and happy things abide here with us. All within is dark.

We sometimes dare to hope for redemption, still remembering the story of redeeming love, and we inquire and ask: ‘Can that love penetrate this place of gloom and death?‘ May we ever hope to be made free from these desires and inclinations which bind us like chains and passions which burn like consuming fires in the unholy elements of this wretched world of Hades?”

To be continued…

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The angel first brought Marietta to the presence of the Lord. “This is your Redeemer who suffered and died for you,” he told her. In awe and trembling she bowed before Jesus, but the Lord lifted her up and welcomed her into the city of the redeemed. She then listened to the heavenly choir and was given an opportunity to meet some of her loved ones who had passed on before her. Marietta’s loved ones freely talked with her, and she found no difficulty in understanding them because thought moved with thought. In other words, they communicated by thought.

Most witnesses I’ve ever heard who’ve had visions of heaven have testified of speaking to or being welcomed by their loved ones, even unto many past generations in their blood line. One such incident I remember was from the late Kenneth E. Hagin when he was caught up to heaven and was allowed to speak to his sister Oleta who had just died of cancer. Among other things, she told him of their relatives and loved ones whom she had already seen in heaven and then discussed with him the spiritual condition of others still on the earth. You see, this is what the cloud of witnesses in heaven are most concerned about for they rejoice over one sinner who repents more than those who need no repentance (Heb. 12:1-2) (Lk. 15:7). The spiritual condition of people is what we should also be most concerned about on the earth. We will refer to this incident in greater detail in a soon-to-come future blog for there are other very important points to be made.

Marietta also observed that her former earthly acquaintances were all happy souls in contrast with their careworn appearance while they were on earth. She concluded that the beauty and glory of heaven was beyond what she imagined. This is what we know deep in our hearts. Heaven is more splendid, more beautiful, and so much more brilliant and glorious than we could imagine. This is our blessed and lively hope obtained through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Pt. 1:3).

The angel then said this to Marietta: “The highest thoughts of man fail to approach the reality and the delights of heaven.” Oh how this statement blesses me for I believe it with all my heart! She was permitted to talk to other inhabitants of heaven and they were all full of praise, especially for their Redeemer in particular as they chanted, “Oh death, where is your sting? Oh grave, where is your victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55)

Then Marietta was shown a descending Cross and the angel spoke again to her and said, “First you must learn that all of heaven reveres the Cross. Multitudes bow before it and the redeemed delight to linger around it.” 

She was also informed of the relationship of angels to those who lived on the earth and the angel again said: “No day, no hour, no moment passes, but each human being is watched by the angel appointed to their charge.” Oh how precious that thought is.

“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 18:10). You don’t lose your angel when you grow up and become an adult. They stay with you and escort you to heaven when you leave this earth.

Finally, Marietta was informed of the Second Coming of the Lord, which is drawing near, and at which time the full redemption of the human race would take place.

One very interesting note is that Marietta Davis was also given a gentle reproof and correction for her previous lack of faith and consecration and was admonished that “there are no other means to attain her inheritance in Christ in this blest heaven.” As I believe I stated before, Marietta had gone to revivals with her two sisters and mother prior to her visit to heaven, and she was the only one in her family who did not receive the Lord during those meetings. Thus, the reproof and correction she received. Some people may wonder how in her yet unsaved condition she could’ve been allowed this experience in heaven, but she also went to hell as we will see in another blog. Perhaps this is the reason she was chosen by the Lord to visit both places because of her vacillating between the two spheres. She was under strong conviction but failed to surrender, but she was also encouraged by the angel, “Be faithful to the light which is given you, and you shall enjoy the bliss of heaven.” Then the angel proceeded to further discuss with her in more detail the Second Coming of Christ.

Multitudes waiting to be rescued.

Oh beloved, these are the priorities of heaven and of our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to seek Him from a fully consecrated position and nurture our hope of heaven and being with Him forever. He wants us to be as concerned about people’s spiritual condition on the earth as the family in heaven is. His great desire for us is also to not live for this world but to be looking and longing with anticipation for His Coming, for our thoughts of heaven and His Coming purify us (1 Jn. 3:2-3).

To be continued…

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Entering into paradise with her angel escort Marietta saw a plain with fruit bearing trees. The birds were singing and sweet smelling flowers were blooming everywhere, but the angel would not allow her to stay there because her mission was to learn the condition of the departed child of God.

One of the great revelations given to Marietta was that when people die and their spirits depart from this world their spiritual condition is irreversible. This revelation, which is in perfect harmony with Scripture, is called the Law of Attraction. In other words, if your spirit is drawn to evil in this life you will be drawn into Hades in the next life. You see, the great purpose of Divine revelation is to warn men that their manner of living in this world has a permanent effect on their life in the world to come. Therefore, that which determines your eternal destiny in the world to come should have your most reverent attention in this earthly life. What is 70 or 80 years compared to eternity?

The condition of a human spirit when they depart from this life determines the place where they will be drawn to in the next life. There can be no mixture of the just and the unjust and of the holy and the unholy.

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11).

There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles.

Holiness and sin have no common ground. Good and evil cannot harmonize. Life and death can never touch each other. The sinful nature of man can never harmonize with the intense purity and holiness of heaven. It’s like trying to mix oil and water. It will never happen.

If you do not enjoy worshipping Jesus down here on the earth, what makes you think you will be able to up there in heaven? If you do not enjoy being around the things of God here and hearing good preaching, what makes you think you’ll enjoy it there? If you don’t enjoy conversations of Jesus and the Bible here, what makes you think you’ll enjoy it there?

Here are some questions that identify the nature of a man here on the earth:

Are you a slave to sin? Do you find that sin controls you, and you find it nearly impossible to break its bondage over you?

What attracts you? What are you drawn to in this world? Are you drawn to places where sinful passions dominate the atmosphere? Do you have mental freedom? Do you have peace deep inside? These are questions that will identify your true spiritual condition.

I remember years ago during one summer ministry trip to the West Coast I went to a park on a day off to lay out in the sun. I put a blanket down and was laying flat on my back with my eyes closed just minding my own business. Suddenly I sensed the presence of evil in that place. As I sat up and looked around I realized that I was in a homosexual park. My spiritual nature did not jell with the spirits that were in that park. Do you think homosexual spirits would be at home in heaven? What about adulterers and fornicators? Liars and thieves? Murderers and child molesters? Even the cowardly and the unbelieving will not be there, but will instead have their part somewhere else.

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

If you had just arrived on the earth after living in heaven for a long time the atmosphere and conditions of the earth would repulse you. Sin has cursed the earth. Man’s sinful nature has polluted the entire planet.

Why do think there are strife-filled marriages and broken homes? Why do you think there are unwanted pregnancies and abortions? Battered wives and abused/neglected children? Drug addicts and alcoholics? Murders and suicides? Thefts and rapes? Adulteries and fornication?Homosexuals and lesbians? False religions and cults? Fightings and wars? Jails and prisons? It’s because of sin!

There is no sin in heaven. There is no one with a sinful nature in heaven. There are no places of sin up there in the glory world. There are no police, no funeral parlors, no hospitals, no prisons, no houses of prostitution, no bars or night clubs, no dirty dancing halls, or porn shops. Why? Because there is no sin.

Heaven is a holy place. What makes it so holy is the absence of sin. Heaven is marked by perfect love, perfect peace and tranquility, fulness of joy unspeakable, endless worship, perfect harmony, and unfathomable beauty. Only those whose sinful nature has been transformed and who now possess the nature of God can pass through those pearly gates. You must be born again (John 3:7)! To be born again means to be changed from one nature to another. It means to receive power to becomes the very sons of God (John 1:12), and pass from one realm into another. It means to recover the nature of Adam before he sinned.

Nothing unclean or defiled can enter into heaven.

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev. 21:27).

In this life is where your eternal destiny is determined. This was one of the great revelations given to Marietta Davis and it agrees perfectly with the Scriptures.

Holiness is what makes heaven so wonderful and only the holy will enter therein. There is no sin, no Satan, no curse, no darkness, no death, no pain, This glorious atmosphere is what man was created for. Only the precious Blood of Christ can cleanse you to cause you to pass through.

I hope I will see you there.

To be continued…

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“…I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell” (2 Cor. 12:1-4 – NLT).

“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live” (Phil. 1:21-24 – NLT).

The apostle Paul couldn’t wait to get to heaven and be with Christ. He said it was far better to go to heaven than to stay on the earth. A man who has this kind of longing is otherworldly. He has seen it. He has experienced it. It is reality to him. Therefore the desire in his heart is so great to get there. To most religious people, even some Christians, heaven and hell are more fantasy than reality. We need revelation of the afterworld. It will transform our hearts and change our lives.

The only modern day man I’ve known personally who’s had such visions of the afterworld is the late Kenneth E. Hagin, a genuine prophet of the Lord. Just the other day I was reading his book, I Believe In Visions, which details his many visions of Jesus. What an incredible book with tremendous messages for the body of Christ! One of the visions was an open vision where Jesus walked down the corridor of a hospital where Brother Hagin was being treated for an arm injury he incurred. He approached his bed and sat down in a chair and spoke to Hagin for nearly 90 minutes. Amazing!

Not only did Brother Hagin, or Dad Hagin, as many affectionally called him, experience many visions throughout his lifetime and ministry, but his salvation experience included a a dramatic vision of hell and the glory world. All of this is detailed in another one of his mini books called, I Went To Hell. Surprisingly this book received quite a number of negative reviews. Why are people so doubtful and skeptical concerning such serious and sacred themes as heaven and hell? I’m not saying we should believe every vision or experience people have had of the afterworld, but we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to help us discern the false and fanatical from the true. Also, to be considered is a man’s character and integrity. Dad Hagin was a man of great spiritual stature who lived an impeccable life of faithfulness to the Lord and his calling.

Down through the ages since the day of Christ’s resurrection there have been many authentic cases of people who’ve had visions and dreams and out of the body experiences—even people who apparently died and were permitted to return and tell their stories. The Scriptures have cases of the dead being raised and history does, too. Down through the centuries a number of people, such as Kenneth E. Hagin have had genuine out of the body experiences that are in close harmony with Bible revelation.

One of the most remarkable in recent modern times is the well documented vision of Marietta Davis in 1848. She was a 25 year old young woman who for nine days lay in a trance (trances are Scriptural as both Peter (Acts 10:10) and Paul (Acts 22:17) had them) from which she could not be awakened and during which times she witnessed visions of heaven and hell. I am very familiar with her testimony, having read it several times, and it is very close in harmony to Bible revelation of the nature of man’s existence after death. It is most fascinating.

Previous to her vision she had been under deep conviction of sin, but apparently had not surrendered to the Lord and obtained assurance of salvation. Consequently when she left her body she was to a certain extent susceptible to the attraction of both heaven and hell. Perhaps this is the reason God chose her to witness both places of departed spirits. Once again, her testimony is very closely related to Biblical revelation and agrees with what Jesus taught in Luke 16 concerning the spiritual condition of the rich man and Lazarus.

Marietta Davis’ testimony is a solemn warning to all who follow the sinful pleasures of this world and the paths that lead to death. We will detail her testimony in greater detail in ensuing blogs.

The Lord dealt with me in 2005 about writing and speaking more on what He called lost themes or discarded and understated truths in the body of Christ that need to be restored to their rightful place in the Church. Most of my books are written in the light of this burden the Lord gave me.

To be continued…

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