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Jesus Saved Me From Even 23 Minutes In Hell

April 1, 2009

 I recently came across a book about a man’s vision of hell and claims of being trapped there for 23 minutes, just so he could come back and tell us of its dangers. His account is sensational and tantalizing. Could it be that he is a modern day prophet appointed by God? After all God can and does still work miracles. Why couldn’t this man’s claims be true? It was at least worth a look.

I believe that miracles still happen today, but the Bible says in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Let’s put this spirit to the test with the scriptures.

There are many scriptures that cast doubt on Bill Weise’s claim to have to been forsaken by God, allowed to experience hell and return to reveal to us the danger, but Jesus said it best in Luke 16:19-31.  

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. [6] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers [7]—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Basic point – If they do not believe Moses, the prophets, or Jesus – then they won’t believe Bill Weise. The issue is settled. There is no need for anyone to rise from hell to tell us it exists. Jesus has already revealed it to us and even if someone was allowed no one else would believe them if they didn’t already believe Jesus and the Bible to begin with.

If you want to know what one can expect in hell, read the Bible. If you want to escape it (keep in mind that it is the penalty of for breaking even one of the ten commandments), give your life to Jesus Christ. He paid the ransom with his own life to keep you from it and he arose on the third day to give you new life and an eternity in heaven.