MM#48 - AFTER DEATH WHAT ?
AFTER DEATH - WHAT?
IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE?
testimonies of people who have had
a glimpse of the beyond
“The wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in
the Messiah, Y’shua our Master.”
MARANATHA REVIVAL CRUSADE
Death, the Last Journey
What Evidence is there of the After-Life?
People Brought Back to Life
What is Death?
What Happens After Physical Death?
The Rich Man and Lazarus
Purgatory and Transmigration
What Determines Our Destiny?
of People who have had a Glimpse of the Beyond
I Met the Light
Two Angels Met Me
My Glimpse of the Glory Land
You Cannot Enter!
I saw the Glory Land
A Vision of Hell on the Deathbed
My Life Came up for Review
What is Heaven Like?
What is Hell Like?
How to be Sure of Your Destiny?
Death, The Last Journey
DEATH, we all know, is a fact of life. We see it in the
obituary columns of newspapers - we hear of it in the
death announcements of notable people; we witness it in
the numerous accidents and tragedies that occur every
day. And its solemnity strikes home with every passing
and then it comes closer to us, as one of our family
members lies silently in a coffin. And we ask, “Where is
his soul? What is he experiencing now?”
death of an evil man such as cruel a dictator causes us
to reflect, “He must be suffering in hell right now!” A
good person, however, we feel, should have entered into
is common to all men. Recently one of the world’s
richest men, Nelson Rockefeller, died. His fortune was
not a few million dollars, but hundreds of millions.
Then there was the Shah of Iran, and Marshal Tito, and
Deng Xiaoping. Oh, how the doctors tried to keep them
alive. But when God gave the word, death visited these
Sometimes we stop to wonder when our own turn might
come. “Will I, perhaps, die of old age? Or might I be
cut off suddenly, like many others are, each day ...
where will my soul go?”
people don’t even like to think about death. Some say,
“We don’t know what is beyond, so let’s not worry about
it.” Others say, “I’ll take my chances. I’m as good as
the next person.”
people say, “I’ll wait until I’m old, and then I’ll
worry about death.” But we have to admit there is no
guarantee that we will reach old age.
people, on the other hand, are terrified of death - not
so much of the dying, but of the uncertainty of the
beyond. So they avoid thinking or talking about it. But
my friends, we should face up to the fact of death! We
must admit that every one of us faces its possibility at
any time. We could even experience death today!
friends, look at it like this. There may be at least
twenty thousand people who will read this booklet. And
if the world went on in its normal course, I suppose
within the next seventy years every one of those readers
would pass from this world. That means at least 285 of
these readers will leave this world every year. On the
average, one of this book’s readers will die nearly
every day. And they will not all be elderly people,
some young readers will be included. We have to admit
that hard cold fact.
book is not intended to be a morbid meditation, but a
motivation to seriously consider our final destiny. It’s
not a matter merely of dying, but of where and how we
will spend the hereafter. Our hearts tell us there is
something beyond. And if the after-life is very real, if
it’s an endless state, and if our present life affects
our future life, then by all means, we must consider and
prepare for that future, for we know that, sooner or
later, our turn will come - our last journey.
the normal course of events, every one of us will die,
because the Bible says very clearly:
just as it is appointed for all men to die once,
and after that to face judgment.”
is, however, one way to escape death. It is not through
medical science! It's through "the Rapture." This is the
plan of Y'shua the Messiah, to literally and physically
catch up the remainder of His people to the Father’s
the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trumpet call of God. The dead in Christ (the
Messiah) shall rise first; then we, the living
believers who remain, will be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air.
And so we will be with the Master for ever."
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
is the original Hebrew Name of Jesus.
is the Name of the Heavenly Father, as revealed in the
Hebrew Bible. It may be pronounced as Yahweh or Yahwah
(earlier it was usually pronounced as Yehowah or
Heavenly Master is coming to take
all His people away to
the Father’s House before
the Great Tribulation begins. All those who are caught
away will not see death. I trust that many thousands of
my readers will be included in the raptured company.
Some, however, may not be prepared for this event. They
will be left behind to die tragically, most likely, in
the Great Tribulation.
me clarify this point. It is appointed for every one to
die, yes, but God can overrule this requirement by a
higher law - the law of transformation. The apostle
Paul, writing to believers, says:
“Listen! I tell you a mystery, a secret truth; we
will not all fall asleep, (that is - die); but we
will all be changed, transformed - in a flash, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for
the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised incorruptible and
imperishable, and we, also, will be changed -
transformed. For this corruptible, the
perishable part of us, must put on
incorruption, and this mortal part of us - that is
capable of dying, must put on immortality. But when
this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this
mortal has put on immortality, then the word that has
been written will be fulfilled,
DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. O DEATH,
WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-55)
WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE OF THE AFTER-LIFE?
there any evidence of what happens after death? Yes,
first and foremost, the evidence that God has given to
us in His Word, the Bible. This is a 100% reliable and
wonderful revelation; and it does not leave us ignorant.
It tells us very definitely about what is beyond death.
speaking to a pastor at a funeral in South India some
time ago. The man who had died was a believer in Christ.
So I said to this pastor, “Brother, isn’t it wonderful
the hope that the believer has?” The pastor looked at
me, and said, “Do you think we can be sure what happens
beyond death?” I almost fell over.
course! We do know what is going to happen beyond death.
We cannot pronounce the fate of every individual, of
course, because we do not always know the true
relationship of a person to God. But the Bible certainly
gives us guidance. And it’s the
only book that can give
us the guidance. An amazing book! What other book in
the world can tell us clearly what is going to happen
many of my writings I have shown how the Bible's
prophecies are being so literally fulfilled. Prophecies
concerning Israel's return to the land - prophecies that
are being minutely
fulfilled; prophecies of how Russia will become a great
leader of a northern alliance in the end-time - a
prophecy made 2,500 years ago, and that is being
fulfilled today; the prophecy of Daniel about the
Revived Roman Empire - the nations uniting in Europe
today! And the prophecy about the end-time dictator
whose number is 666 - and how he will arise from the
Roman Empire, and number every person in the world - and
we can see this numbering/identification system well on
Bible’s prophecies about the future life will also be
fulfilled. Indeed it is only right that God should
reveal something to us of the future. He should tell us
what will happen. Why should He leave us to guess? What
should God leave us in doubt? After all, it is a very
mysterious subject, and the thought of the after-life
can be very fearful. We all know that death will be our
last journey, and that there will be no return! Should
God, then, leave us to make a leap into the dark? No!
He has revealed what
happens after death!
PEOPLE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
of us have read the accounts of how Y’shua, (Jesus),
brought Lazarus of Bethany back to life. And how we
wished we could have spoken to Lazarus, and asked him
about what he saw and experienced during those four days
when he was dead.
recent years, there has been quite a lot of discussion
about after-death experiences. With more advanced
medical technology, many people whose hearts have
stopped beating for some time, have been brought back to
life. Various accounts have been written.
have included in this book, testimonies of a number of
my readers and people I’ve met, who have had glimpses of
the beyond. We do not take such testimonies as the main
evidence, but for people who - in spite of what the
Scriptures declare - are still inclined to believe that
death is the end, or that the soul goes to sleep along
with body, these testimonies do provide evidence to the
believer, of course, the Bible is full and sufficient
evidence. But some people say; “No, but if someone would
come back from the dead and tell us, we would believe.”
Maybe! But Father Abraham said to the rich man who was
pleading with him to send someone from the dead to warn
his brothers of the reality of hell;
they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded even if someone should rise from
people will never believe! The Lord, however, has
allowed some people to “come back from the dead” to give
witness; or for various other reasons according to His
Before we read these testimonies, let us listen to what
God says in His Word.
WHAT IS DEATH?
let us answer this question. Some people say, “Death is
when you are finished.” Other people say, “It’s when you
go to sleep.” Others say, “Oh, that’s when you go to
join the universal spirit.” Most people have the belief
that death is a door into another realm.
look in the dictionary, that doesn’t give us very much
help. I looked it up, and the dictionary defined death
as “the end of life.” Then I thought, “How does the
dictionary define life?” It defines life as existence.
So the dictionary says death is the end of existence.
But that is not what the Bible says. Life is far more
than mere existence. You might say a rock is existing,
but it doesn’t have much life, does it? The table where
you have your meals is existing, but it doesn’t have
much life. In fact, some people are merely existing in
the world, and they don’t have much life either. If you
ask the man in the street, “What is life?”, he will say,
“It’s this crazy existence.” Most people seem to be
vague about life as well as death.
the Bible tells us about the
realities. Certainly death is not the cessation
of existence. Remember, man is a tripartite being. There
are three parts to our being. We have a body, we have a
soul, and we have a spirit. Your face is something you
look at in the mirror every day. It belongs to your
body. You know that. But what of the soul and the spirit
- what is the difference? They are very hard to divide,
or define, but there is a difference.
soul is the
invisible part of us that is conscious of the things
around us. With my soul I
understand the world around me. With my
soul, I love my friends and hate my enemies. (Except I’m
not supposed to hate my enemies. And when Jesus comes
into the heart, He makes the difference). With the soul
we express our emotions; we feel and understand
immaterial things around us; we appreciate sounds,
beauty or tragedy. We become world-conscious.
the spirit we become
conscious of God. If
our spirit is alive, we can worship God. With the soul,
we appreciate the things of the earth, but with the
spirit, we appreciate the things of heaven. So that is
basically the difference between soul and spirit. Yet
they are very much connected; and together, they form
the invisible part of us.
people say the soul and the spirit are the
real person, but we
have to admit the body is very much a part of us also.
The Bible speaks about three types of death.
There is the physical death
that we have been talking about. I don’t have to prove
to you that there is a physical death. You know that
very well. And as we read in Hebrews, it is appointed
for every one to die. That is physical death.
read about this in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. This verse
tells us how death came into the world.
since death came into the world through a man,
the resurrection of the dead has come also through a
Man. For just as all through union with Adam die,
so all who are in union with the Messiah will be
death came in with Adam. And yet Adam was not created to
die! God made Adam so that he might live forever! But
because he sinned, death became a new reality. The very
day Adam sinned, something happened. He experienced
death in his soul, and then later, when he was 930 years
old, he also died physically. And because Adam sinned,
we also sin, for we
have inherited his sinful nature. And as you and I have
sinned, we also are condemned to die - because of
our sin! Spiritual
death and physical death, both, are the result of sin.
you please notice in this verse, it also says, “Through
one Man came also the resurrection from the dead.” This
is the wonderful assurance of the Gospel. The Master,
Y’shua (Jesus) Himself is the guarantee of resurrection!
(Y'shua is the original Hebrew Name of Jesus). Because
He rose from the dead, we also will rise. And for
believers, that is a wonderful, guaranteed, expectation!
For an unbeliever, it is not a joyful prospect at all.
Though our bodies turn to dust in the grave, or though
they may be burnt by fire, we will rise again! One day,
in our bodies, we will stand before God!
There is a resurrection for
every soul! Every one of us will stand before God, for
every one will be raised - some to everlasting life,
some to everlasting contempt.
The second type of death, we read about in Ephesians
“You were dead in trespasses and sins.”
is a spiritual death.
This is the death that Adam first experienced. The very
moment Adam disobeyed God, and took of the fruit of “the
knowledge of good and evil,” he died - not his body but
his spirit, and he was cut off from fellowship with God.
Adam then knew what evil was. He experienced spiritual
death - separation from Yahweh, the Almighty. And that
death has affected the whole world. Today we have a
world of dead people. You see the crowds in the street.
You say they are living, but the Bible says that most of
them are dead. But God is working to create new life
within us. This is the most essential thing - to receive
the life of God, so that we are made alive in Christ. We
read also in Romans 5:
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one
man, and death through sin, so death spread to all men,
because all sinned ... Nevertheless death reigned from
Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned
exactly as Adam did by violating a command . . .
But the free gift is not like the offence. For if by the
offence of the one man many died, how much
more did the grace of God, and the free gift of grace
through the one Man, Y’shua the Messiah, overflows to
(Romans 5:12, 14-15)
Through the sin of Adam everyone in the world died, but
through the death of the Lord Jesus, many are made to
was made to live, but he died. The Lord Jesus came
especially to die. Yes Jesus died, but He rose again.
And because He died and lives, all who put their trust
in Him, will live also.
the death of Y’shua, “the Lamb of God,” the penalty of
the sins of the world has been paid. Now a pardon is
offered to every one who will receive it. And when we
receive God’s pardon and forgiveness, we also receive
His life. It is called ETERNAL LIFE. This is the
spiritual life that we are talking about.
The third type of death of which Scripture speaks, is
In Romans 6:23 we read:
the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in the Messiah, Y’shua our
the contrast is between ultimate life, and ultimate
Eternal life is God’s life. Eternal death is the eternal
absence of God’s life. Eternal death is the ultimate
result of sin, and that means hell for ever.
read in Revelation 20:14 of this ultimate fate:
Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This
is the second death - the lake of fire.”
read in Matthew 25:46, that the lake of fire is a place
of eternal punishment.
there are the three types of death mentioned in
Scripture. We could describe each one basically as
is the separation of our soul and spirit from our body.
Our soul and spirit flee, and our body is left behind -
is our spirit being separated from God. Many people
today are so greatly separated from God. It is like a
great gulf between them and God. Reader, maybe you feel
like that yourself. Maybe you are saying, “I feel so far
away from God.” Ah, that’s because of this separation.
But when you come to Christ, you are reconciled to God.
The gulf is bridged, and you are linked to God. His life
then flows into you, and you come alive - spiritually
is the ultimate separation. It is the total separation
of man from God, and from everything that is of God. It
is separation from light, from love, from holiness, from
righteousness. It is existence without hope, without
peace, and without fulfilment. Think about it! Now the
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER PHYSICAL DEATH?
see a person die, but what actually happens? Regarding
his body, we know it no longer functions, and we know
that very soon it will decay. So we put the body in the
grave to “return to dust.” But what about the spirit of
the body “gives up the ghost,” the spirit and soul is
drawn away from the body, and it travels to the eternal
spiritual realm. The Bible divides the spiritual realm
into two spheres - heaven and hell.
turn to the Scriptures, we read in Luke 16 of the two
places very clearly. The story here, is not a parable.
It’s an account of two men who lived and died. One was a
rich man who was lost, and the other, a poor man who was
THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS
there was a certain rich man who dressed in purple and
fine linen, and lived merrily and in luxury every
day. And there was a certain destitute man named
Lazarus, covered with sores, who was laid at his gate,
and who was longing to be fed with the crumbs
which were falling from the rich man’s table. And even
the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
it came about that the poor man died and he was carried
away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man
also died and was buried. And in Hades (Hell) he
lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham
far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and
said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’
Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that during your life you
received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are
in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there
is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come
over from here to you are not able, and that none
may cross over from there to us.’
he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to
my father’s house - for I have five brothers - that he
may warn them, lest they also come to this place of
Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets;
let them listen to them.’ But he said, ‘No, father
Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they
he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded even if someone
should rise from the dead’.”
rich man, while on earth, was clothed in beautiful
garments. He had plenty to eat. He had everything that
money could buy; but one thing he didn't have was a
place in heaven. All his money could not buy that! And
when he died, that rich man went to hell.
poor man, Lazarus, on the other hand was a despised
man. He must have been a beggar. He was covered with
sores. You would shun even to look at him. He also
died, but his soul went to heaven. Isn’t that strange?
How did he get to
heaven? What did that beggar have? He didn't have two
coins to bless himself, or to feed himself. How did he
get a ticket to heaven?
question! He certainly didn’t buy the ticket to heaven!
He got a free ticket - the cost was paid by the Lord
Jesus. Salvation is God’s free
gift to all who will receive it!
the Lord Jesus is not telling this story to teach that
all rich people go to hell and all poor people to
heaven. It doesn’t work like that. Some rich people do
go to heaven! (But the Master warned that it is
difficult for rich
people to go to heaven - because money is so often their
god). Tragically, many poor people go to hell; but many
go to heaven. It all depends on one’s
relationship with God.
can tell that this rich
man had no time for God. He did not use his riches for
God. He didn’t care to help the beggar at his door. He
lived for himself.
poor man, of course, didn’t have much to live for, but
he must have had faith in God. He must have trusted in
the Almighty, and because of this simple faith, the
Heavenly Master took him home!
see these two men - their different lives and their
different destinations. But some people ask, “Can we
believe this story?”
certainly! Who is telling the story? Is this some tramp
on the street telling the story? Is this some false
prophet telling the story? No! These are the words of
the Master from Heaven - Jesus Christ Himself. And when
it comes to heaven and hell, it is Y’shua, Jesus, who
tells more about these places than anyone else. And of
course, He should know, because He came from Heaven.
He’s the One who created heaven. He’s the One who
created this world. He also prepared hell.
things came into being through Him; and apart from Him
nothing came into being that has come into being.”
Y’shua the Messiah should know!
now you are eager to ask, “Why did God make hell?” The
eternal fire ... has been prepared for the devil and his
Peter 2:4, we read also, that …
did not spare angels who sinned, but cast them down to
the deepest pits of gloom - in hell - and
committed them to chains of darkness, to be reserved for
prepared hell primarily as a place for demons - a place
of punishment, a place of containment. All rebellion
against God and His order, will eventually be contained
in that place.
did not make hell for people - or people for hell. But,
if people are companions of Satan, they will go to be
with Satan. If they belong to God, they will go to be
with God. (Extracts from a testimony of a soul who
actually went to hell, is included in the following
want to answer a few other questions, for I know these
questions keep coming up in many minds. First, a very
frequent question ...
there an intermediary place such as Purgatory?”
there is no such place revealed in the Bible. Be sure,
if there were a purgatory, the Bible would definitely
tell about it, and what we should do about it! But there
is no reference in the Bible to any such middle place.
“Purgatory” is said to be a place where souls are
gradually cleansed and refined, so that they can go to
heaven. Some people imagine, when you die, if you have
been very bad, then you go straight to hell. And if you
are absolutely good, then you go straight to heaven. But
if you are like most people, then you go to another
place until you get purified.
the Bible does not teach that. There is no such third
place. And actually it is impossible to be purified in
such a place, for there is only one way by which we can
be cleansed. And that is through the precious blood of
the Y’shua, the Lamb of God, shed on Calvary. His blood
alone can cleanse you - and it will do so when you come
to Him in repentance and faith. But if His blood does
not cleanse you, then nothing will!
can understand very well that Rin or Vim or Surf or any
other washing detergent will not wash your sins away.
And no amount of suffering, or even remorse will take
your sins away. And even if you paid a great penalty, or
endured some great suffering to have your sins removed,
that would NOT take them away.
Only one thing will take your sins; the precious blood
of the Lord Jesus Christ!
another question people ask. “What about transmigration?
When our spirit leaves this world, does it return later
on in another body?” No! The Scripture says:
is appointed for all men to die once, and after
that to face judgment.”
somebody says, “Oh, but I have heard so many stories
about people who can tell all about their former lives.”
type of phenomenon is the activity of demons. The Bible
speaks about “impersonating spirits.” They are lying
spirits. They pretend to be the souls of certain people,
and they will feed people with all types of false
basically the same way that occultists, necromancers,
fortune tellers, and the like, receive supernatural
When a person dies, his spirit does not come back as
Sometimes we meet a demon-possessed person. And the
demon will claim to be a departed soul. I was dealing
with one such young woman in Hyderabad. She had two evil
spirits in her; two different spirits. One claimed to be
a male person, and the other one claimed to be a female.
They tried to deceive us by telling where they were born
and what they had done on the earth. We did not believe
those spirits. They were tormenting demons, and had to
be cast out.
often happens. An evil spirit will tell you all types of
things. It will say, “Oh, I remember what it was like in
my lifetime. I remember going to such and such a place.”
And the person will tell some details of a place he has
never seen, then people will conclude that he must have
lived on the earth in an earlier incarnation. This is
the activity of demons. Evil spirits know so many
things, of course, because they were not created the
other day. These spirits have been operating for
thousands of years, and are masters of deception.
There is no teaching of transmigration in the Bible!
WHAT DETERMINES OUR DESTINY?
there is a heaven and a hell, our next question must be,
Who are those who go to heaven, and who are those who go
to hell? What makes the difference? The difference
depends entirely upon our relationship to the Saviour,
Jesus Christ. I make no apology for this statement. I am
not preaching my own words, but the Word of God. It
doesn’t make any difference what
you think, or what I
think! It is what the Word of
God says that is final!
want you to read a couple of Bible verses:
who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who
does not believe (trust in) the Son shall not see
life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
the Father judges no one, but He has given all judgment
to the Son, that all may honour the Son even as they
honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does
not honour the Father who sent Him. I tell you the
truth, he who hears My Word, and believes in Him who
sent Me, has eternal life and will not come into
judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
anything be more clear? If you have the Son of God, you
have eternal life. If you do not have the Son, you do
not have life, but the wrath of God remains on you. If
you have the Son of God, you will go to be with the Son
of God. If you have His life in you, you will go to the
place of life. If you do not have His life, you will go
to the place of death.
believer in Christ has a wonderful, guaranteed
expectation; not “a vague hope,” but a
very definite assurance.
Look at what Paul says in Philippians 1:23:
torn in two directions; I have the desire to depart and
be with the Messiah, for that is very much better.”
is saying, “I am longing to leave this world. I want to
go home. I want to go, because that is much better. To
be with the Master ... but,” he adds, “I realize it is
necessary that I should stay here to help you.”
as a believer, was looking forward to being with the
Heavenly Master. It was not because he was a great man
that he had this assurance. It was because
he had Y’shua
as his Saviour.
And anyone who has Y’shua the Messiah as Saviour, can
have this same expectation.
what about those who don’t belong to the Messiah? In
Psalm 9:17, we read:
“The wicked will be turned into Sheol - into Hell - all
the nations that forget God.”
true! “There’s a hell to be shunned and a heaven to be
“But,” you say, “that may be right for the really wicked
people - people like Adolph Hitler, and Dida Amin. But
surely God wouldn’t cast good people into Hell, simply
because they don’t believe in Christ.”
First, you must recognize that no one is good - no not
one! We have all gone astray. We have all sinned against
God. And even though some of us are “respectable
sinners,” in God’s sight we are unclean, and utterly
fall short of God’s righteousness.
(Romans 3:10-18, 23)
secondly, willful unbelief
could be called the greatest sin, for it is an insult to
God. It reveals a hardened heart that will not yield to
the grace of God; it exposes the mind that is determined
to go its own way. Revelation 21:27 says:
nothing that defiles or profanes, nor anyone who
practices abominations and falsehood, shall ever come
into it, but only those whose names are recorded in the
Lamb’s Book of Life.”
let us look at verse 8 also:
as for the cowardly and unbelieving (those who won’t
trust in, and take a stand with the Messiah); and as
for the depraved, for murderers, immoral persons and
sorcerers (workers of magic arts and occultic mind
sciences); and as for idolaters and all liars -
their place will be in the fiery lake of burning
sulphur, which is the second death.”
the alternatives are clear; those who have the life of
God, go to be with Him. Those who do not have His life,
go to hell.
When does the Soul enter Heaven or Hell?
question is; Does the soul go immediately to these
places or does it wait until the resurrection?
people believe that the soul sleeps for some time. But
that is not so. As Paul says, “to depart is to be with
Christ.” By “depart” he does not mean to go to sleep for
long time. No! When the believer dies, he goes to be
with the Lord that very hour. Some of our loved ones may
already be with the Lord. And some of our loved ones, we
fear, may be in hell.
Testimonies of People who have had
a Glimpse of the Beyond
are people who are living today, who have had
experiences of death. Two of my friends in Australia
have told me a little of their experiences; of how they
were counted as dead, and how, in their spirits they saw
heaven. And then they came back to earth. I know of a
man in Bhutan. He was Buddhist, but he became a
Christian - a true believer. He died, and his spirit
went to heaven, and then later he came back to life.
Heaven, he was told to go back for a short time to
witness. He did so, and after several days, he died
again. That man said he saw a most glorious place, which
could not be described in words. He didn’t want to come
back to this world, but when he did, his life and
witness during those several days was radiant. But he
was keen to go again.
a number of people have had near-death experiences.
Recently, a book has been written by doctors who have
been with people who have died, and who have been
medically resuscitated. And some have told of their
experiences when their souls are drawn away from the
of them have met the Lord. Some of them have heard a
voice. One woman tells how she had her whole life
recalled. Just like on a reel of film, she saw her life
reviewed, and she could see all that she had ever done.
Such experiences have occurred and are recorded.
rich man in hell was begging Abraham to send somebody to
warn his relatives. If only someone could go from death
to life, then surely they would believe. Not necessarily
so. A lot of these people who have died and have come
back, have told their experiences, but the people who
heard them, considered them mad! Even very close
relatives would not believe what they reported. As
Abraham said, even though they come from death, their
relatives will not listen.
believe if I took a man with me onto a platform, and he
gave the testimony of his experience of death, many
listeners would say, “it is all a big fake!”
does not normally send people from death to warn souls.
As Abraham said to the rich man. “They have Moses; they
have the prophets, (the Scriptures) if they won’t
believe them, then they won’t believe someone who has
risen from the dead.”
yet, God has permitted some people to witness the
beyond, for various reasons, just as He has permitted
some people to have visions in these last days; and just
as He has even sent angels to warn of His near return,
and just as He has spoken in some most unusual ways.
can be different opinions, of course, as to when a
person is really dead. One definition of death is "the
irreversible cessation of life
functions," and thus, some will say that the
people whose testimonies are given, did not really die.
That may be so, from a clinical point of view. But when
a heart stops, or when a physical crisis begins, so that
death is pending, it could undoubtedly be called “the
verge of death,” or the death process.
of the testimonies show that this death process is a
transition. The soul is drawn away from the body that
ceases to function. You could say, the soul leaves
because the body it
ceases to function.
body that has a soul is living (even a baby in the womb
is a living soul. If it did not have a soul, it would
not be a living body either).
the testimonies show, it is possible for the soul to
return to the body, if the life function is restored -
and that, of course, is possible only
if God permits; for
life is in His hands. And if
He does not permit the soul to return, no amount
of effort to resuscitate the life, will succeed.
may claim that the experiences of “returned souls” are
merely dreams or nightmares which the people feel were
real events, because they were told that they had been
Dreams and nightmares might be experienced by people who
are not dead - people who may be in a coma, whose bodies
are still living. But with people who have been
pronounced dead, it is rather simplistic to say their
experiences are merely dreams.
Dreams are based on former experiences stored in the
subconscious mind. Dreams are usually incomplete, and
details vague. But the after-death experiences of souls,
as they all testify, are very clear, even though they
cannot adequately describe them.
true also, that Satan is seeking to deceive today, for
testimonies of people who are not believers have been
published - and mostly they have all experienced a
relief at leaving the body, and have not landed in hell
as soon as their souls left the body.
would use this type of testimony, to try to make out
there is no hell. But there are testimonies of people,
including one brother in India, an evangelist we know,
who had actually experienced something of hell. One of
our representatives in Australia saw souls in torment
during his near-death experience.
people who have given these testimonies have experienced
in varying degrees, some more, some less, a foretaste of
Eternity. Extracts from a much earlier record, of a soul
who actually went to hell, is included also -
“48 hours in hell.”
various testimonies, it seems that the soul has to pass
through a sphere, in which it is able to look back over
the whole of his past life. And then the soul must cross
“a river,” after which he is escorted to his destiny.
I Met the Light
By Prashant Kumar, of Andhra Pradesh, India
Before I was saved, I lived a sinner’s life, drinking
and gambling. I am from a Hindu background and I used to
worship the Hindu gods and goddesses from 3.30 a.m. to
9.30 a.m. every day. But I didn’t see any God or any
intercessor to God. One day I made up my mind that there
is no God. If there are gods, they are only modern
fathers. So like that I lived without peace and hope.
day I happened to go to a church with some of my
friends, and the pastor read from Matthew 11:1-8. He
said that Jesus Christ is the only living God, and He
has the power to change lives. At that time, I didn’t
realize the Truth, and so neglected the pastor’s
week later, I was suddenly attacked by acute
appendicitis. My parents took me to the King George
Hospital. By the time the doctors saw me, they said that
I had no hope of surviving. “We can’t do anything; God
only can save him from this dangerous condition.”
this condition, I remembered what the Pastor said about
Jesus Christ. Then I silently said, “Jesus, if You are
really the living God, and if you can save people from
death, save me now. The doctors say that I will die
within a few minutes. If You are the real God, come and
make me live and make me Your witness.” But my condition
grew worse. The doctors decided to operate on me as a
operation theatre was filled with so many bright lights,
and I was scared to death. While the operation was going
on, I saw a Great Light standing beside me saying, “I am
the living God, I am the living God!” But I was scared
and depressed. I started scolding Jesus Christ. “Why
can’t You save me from this death?” The Light continued
to haunt me.
the operation ended, the doctors declared me 100% dead.
All my relatives started weeping. They took my dead body
to the outpatient ward and began preparing for
there was a miracle waiting for me. My dead body was
lying there ready for cremation; and my spirit was
watching it from above, with such a dreadful fear. Then
the Light came to me again. I then argued with the
Light. I looked down on my dead body again, but the
Light covered the whole area. I was in the mid-air,
still thinking of Jesus and His power to bring the dead
to life. Then the Light said to me, “Prashant, you are
not dead. I will give you life, if you only believe on
felt my dead body striving to come back to life. The
Light continued ... “Now you’re alive ... go and tell
everybody that I am (Jesus) the only God, and that I am
coming very soon ... go and prepare armies for Me,
winning souls and getting them ready for My second
dead body started shaking under the white cloth. Seeing
this, my relatives ran away from me fearing that it was
a ghost. The doctors came and tested my pulse and
greatly wondered, finding me alive. The Mighty Physician
brought me from death to life. I slowly regained my
consciousness, and all my fears were gone. A new life
force entered into me. My return to life was sensational
news in the daily papers. Many Christian brothers came
and prayed for me. Soon I was discharged from the
day, my whole life was transformed by His miraculous
power. I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal
Saviour; I confessed my sins to Him, and received the
joy of salvation in my heart. I praise the Lord for
saving me, and using me as an instrument in His hands. I
gave my testimony at many places and I trust this
testimony will bring many to Christ.
Lord put a burden in my heart to warn people of the
coming wrath, and of their need to be saved. I told many
that Christianity is not a religion like other
religions. But it is the Way to Heaven, the only One Way
through Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
Two Angels Met Me
By Mrs. A. MacFarlane of Queensland, Australia
lying on a dentist’s couch waiting to have two teeth
extracted. I had decided, on the advice of the Dentist,
to have the anaesthetic, called commonly in those days,
“Twilight Sleep.” The dentist and the anaesthetist were
in attendance. I drifted peacefully off to sleep.
Suddenly I realized I was being swept along through a
long, dimly lit tunnel of what seemed to be very heavy
mist, almost as thick as water. I had a momentary sense
of needing to fight against the rapidly flowing current
but was unable to do so.
a short period I could see a bright light and was swept
to the shore. I still remained in the mist which was
then just covering my body. Two beings were standing
there and suddenly I was overcome with such ecstasy - I
was drawn to them like a magnet and I could feel myself
beginning to rise. The joy and rapture I experienced
cannot be described. They had human form, dressed in
white tunics with wide silvery-gold belts at the waist,
long golden hair to their shoulders and the peace which
emanated from them was beyond belief. All I desired was
to be with them.
However, they put their hands to stop me, and one said,
“You must go back.” My whole being was filled with such
joy in their presence that all I desired was to be with
them. “I cannot, I must be with you”, I replied, but I
was told, “your time has not yet come - you must go back
immediately. You have work to do.”
felt myself being drawn away, and I awakened to find
myself on the dentist’s couch with two very concerned
men working on me. “Thank God - she’s alive,” I heard
one say. I was still filled with rapture and floated in
a sea of peace.
Gradually this world took over and after a couple of
hours of rest I was told, “You had died; we worked on
you but you did not respond and were giving up when you
moved. You must be allergic to the anaesthetic.”
has been proved since, as I have been found to be
allergic to morphia, which is part of the “Twilight
could think of was my wonderful glimpse of our next part
of Life, and I could not wait to tell my husband that to
die was glorious.
I regained consciousness I noticed that the dentist and
his assistant were standing, one at my head and one at
my left side. The Angels were at my right side. I had
all my life been a churchgoer and a questioning
Christian. I questioned no more - now I had proof that
my Redeemer lived. Now I am a “Born Again” Christian.
work I had to do as foretold by the angels was indeed
true. Two years after my experience my husband died and
I was left to rear four children - two teenagers and two
under twelve, the youngest being six years old. Fourteen
years later my elder son was left with a little girl,
aged 1 year and 9 months due to a broken marriage and I
took them into my care and have reared the child to the
age of 17 years. They are still with me.
have not told very many people of my experience, but
some I have told, related similar experiences, either
their own or someone known to them. Not all have been
completely identical, but have been basically the same.
Others say it was a dream, or induced by the anaesthetic,
but it was no dream. I know what I saw, I know what I
heard and I most certainly had work to do. I had been
anaesthetised several times before, and once or twice
since, without any dreams or visions.
still see and remember everything in detail that
happened to me on my “death” although it occurred thirty
years ago, and I say, “Oh Death, where is thy sting? Oh
Grave, where is thy Victory?” Hallelujah.
My Glimpse of the Glory land
By Mrs Winifred Frusher of West Australia
I was awaiting the birth of my third child, I had been
sent for x-rays, as the doctor was expecting
complications. It was February and we were sweltering in
a heat wave. At midnight a severe storm broke over the
town, bringing hours of heavy rain.
a.m. I was rushed to the hospital, with severe
haemorrhage; by 5-30 a.m. the doctor decided to transfer
me to Narrogin, 30 miles away, as he hadn’t the staff to
deal with a placenta birth. Part of the town was
flooded, and it was still raining heavily, so it was
decided that the police should drive the ambulance.
Arriving at Narrogin, the doctor asked if we had other
children as he was sure there was no hope for the baby,
but he said he would do all he could for me.
my condition deteriorated. He asked for my permission to
operate. Within half an hour I was in the theatre. In
the meantime my husband had been trying to contact the
hospital, but the phones were out, and all roads were
mother in Melbourne felt an urgent need for prayer on my
behalf, so she knelt right down at the kitchen table. My
elder brother, who had been away from the Lord for many
years, felt the same need to pray. My husband and his
mother, both in their own homes, had this same heavy
burden for urgent prayer.
later, many told me that they too had felt compelled to
pray for me, without being aware of any of the
Meanwhile at the hospital a battle for two lives
continued. Eventually I was returned to the private ward
opposite the duty room. Although I was unconscious to
the staff around my bed, I suddenly became very wide
awake. I could see my surroundings clearly, and was
fully aware of all that was happening. It was like
watching a scene, yet I knew it was all happening to me.
I saw myself leave the hospital bed, but my body
remained behind. I floated gently up straight through
the ceiling. I continued upward all the time, the sky
was a beautiful blue. As I went higher, great white
fluffy clouds appeared; they were all glistening around
the edge with gold, as if the sun was shining behind
them. It was so dazzling; it hurt my eyes, and I would
have to shut them, but I would quickly open them again,
in case it all disappeared.
kept floating higher, I could hear my voice saying,
“Isn’t this wonderful, it is almost too beautiful.” I
kept repeating this as I looked around, and I seemed to
be reaching out toward this astonishing brightness.
was a great mixture of dazzling blue, white and gold,
glistening in an unbelievable way. Just as I was about
to enter these clouds, I suddenly became aware of
voices, and as I listened I realized it was my family
glanced back over my shoulder and saw a huge picture
frame, with my husband and two children in it; they had
their hands out and were calling to me. For a brief
moment I felt I didn’t want to come back, but from the
time I glanced back, I gradually began floating down
until I rejoined my body on the bed.
that moment I opened my eyes. The doctor was smacking me
and his head was almost touching my face. I glanced up
and saw the sister changing the transfusion bottle, then
I closed my eyes and went to sleep.
morning I heard the doctor and matron talking at the
doorway of my room. Matron said, “You worked a long time
on the baby.” The doctor replied, “3 times I nearly gave
up.” Then the doctor approached my bed, and taking my
hand, said, “You are a very lucky girl to still be with
us. We nearly lost you and the baby.”
about three months, that very exhilarating experience
remained with me, and when I started walking again, I
had the feeling of being suspended just above the
can one fear death after such an experience? And no one
will ever convince me that we lie in the grave. I had a
small glimpse of the Glory Land, and believe me, it was
beyond all description. This happened 25 years ago, and
today our daughter is a physiotherapist and we always
look upon her as our miracle baby.
You cannot Enter!
By Mrs Kalyani Sahu of Orissa, India
1969, I suffered from a strange disease. So one morning
I called the doctor of Khurda, Sri Ram Chandra Mishra,
who was an expert in such diseases. I told my troubles
to him. He prescribed two injections. One was Mythelgin,
the other one Chromogin.
about 12 noon he came to give me the injections. That
day I was very happy and active so I took a good bath,
then my mid-day meal. Dr. Mishra told me, “Madam, I
shall give the injections in intervals.” I asked, “Why?
I am alright and quite strong, give the two injections
one after another, because you have come from your
clinic and it is too late for you.” Being an experienced
doctor, most probably he was puzzled and God made him
so. He gave the two strong injections one after another.
I asked him to go home, and tried to sleep.
after he left my house, I felt awfully restless and it
was as if life was going out of my body. I asked my
daughter and peon to call the doctor from the hospital.
My teachers came. I asked them to call the doctor within
5 minutes. A good doctor, who is my husband’s friend was
in the operation theatre. He immediately left the
patient to another doctor and ran to my house. Two
doctors attended me; one was holding my pulse. I was
conscious. A messenger went to bring different
injections from the shop. Within two to three hours a
number of injections were given. I saw the doctor’s face
was pale. “I’ve failed,” he said slowly, “What shall I
say to Mr. Sahu?”
taxi was made ready. Oxygen was made ready to carry me
to Cuttack. The doctor said my pulse was beating
rapidly. I closed my eyes and lost my senses, not
hearing the doctor’s word, being in pain. I cannot
describe the scene and situation.
Suddenly I felt in that unconsciousness that my body
became somewhat tight. I left the world and my body
passed and crossed through some unknown atmosphere,
which was not so very well lit. My body being very
light, moved up and went very rapidly with head upward
in a slanting position. The speed you cannot imagine and
I cannot describe.
I found as if I was standing in a high place of heaven.
I looked towards the way I had come and I thought the
world was far away, at an unknown distance. After that I
looked to my left; it was furiously black and it had no
end. I could not look but stood on the highway silently
like a culprit. I saw no one. I felt lonely and afraid.
right side, very near to me there was a beautiful wall
full of glittering stones which stretched to such a
distance as I could not imagine. I saw a beautiful house
inside, which was not a worldly house. I was wondering
where to go, and what to do?
at that time I heard a sound saying, “You cannot enter
inside this beautiful place, go away again.” That’s all.
I know not how I came back, but after some time, I found
the doctor was standing by my side. He had given me an
Really I was dead, but God gave me another chance.
I saw the Glory Land
By Harold Rowe, of West Australia
born again Christian, I was admitted to a hospital in
the country for a surgical operation. The young
anaesthetist doctor, I thought, behaved in a flippant,
if not careless manner, while administering the
injections. I had previously had the same operation on a
different limb, by the same doctor and his assistant.
But this particular time, the anaesthetist seemed in a
great hurry to get me off, not giving the needles time
to take effect. In my opinion, he administered too many
this was my experience. I rose up out of this body
(which I saw as a dirty old overcoat). I soared up and
up, something like a caged lark suddenly set free. It
was far, far, too wonderful for words; there was no
longer any pull of the flesh or of the world; just a
glorious freedom that can never be experienced in this
life and which words can never adequately express. It
was truly ineffable. I rose up, till I reached the Glory
Land. Its pearly brightness was beyond compare, and
although it was so bright, yet I could open my eyes
(spiritual) to the fullest and take in the unspeakable
splendour of the many mansions in the Father’s House.
no horizons there. I could see forever and forever;
there are no bounds or limits to obscure the unspeakable
glory and dazzling splendour of our Eternal Home. How I
praise “Him” for that precious and most wonderful
experience! And while viewing this grandeur, slight
greyish intermittent rays came before the scene. It
would slightly dim the scene (in rays), then all would
become bright again.
happened many times, and each time the greyish rays
became heavier, until the whole magnificent splendour
passed away, and I felt myself, grasping for breath in
the ward as oxygen was being administered to me.
A Vision of Hell on The Deathbed
By P. V. DEVASIKHAMONY of Ujjain, India
night in 1941, I reached home and without a word
stretched out on a cot outside the house, and due to the
depression of my heart, I forgot everything.
not know what happened but I became unconscious for a
few days. During that period of unconsciousness I was in
another world. Whether it was a dream, a vision, or the
spiritual world, I know not. But I saw four evil beings
standing at the corners of my cot; and at a distance a
great fire burning in a great pit into which many human
beings were being carried by some such evil beings.
Those who fell into that fire were wailing and moaning
ceaselessly as they were unable to come out of the fire.
was continuous wailing and crying. Some tried to come
out, but those evil forces on seeing them coming out
pushed them back into the fire. To my surprise neither
the fire went out nor the persons in it were consumed.
scene terrified me and made me close my eyes with the
idea of not seeing those evil spirits who were ready to
carry me to the same place of torment. Since I did not
feel their touch on my body, I opened my eyes to see
their absence, but only to see myself surrounded by
them. This continued until suddenly I became conscious
and found that I was in a hospital.
During the stay in the hospital I learnt from my parents
and others around me that I had been on the very verge
of death and that I was admitted into the hospital in
that unconscious state.
day my temperature had risen to 105.5F and remained
there steadily. This was the day the doctor discontinued
his morning rounds since he found (me) the first patient
in the ward, attacked with double pneumonia, at the
point of death. The silent depressed return of the
doctor, appeared to those attending me as sign of my
father immediately rushed to the telegraph office and
notified the situation by telegrams to my relatives who
were at distant places and he returned to see my end.
But in the evening a Hindu gentleman had come to see a
patient in the same ward in the bed next to mine. This
man saw my condition and told my father to take courage
and pray to God, and that the Lord Jesus Christ who
healed many during His earthly journey, is able to heal
now as well.
solemn words from a Hindu man fell into the ears of my
father like sharp arrows, causing him to fall down to
the ground and cry to God in prayer. The Lord
answered it then and there in order to reveal His glory.
midnight my temperature and pulse fell down to normal. I
had been healed from my sickness. My mind became sound
and the evil visions also disappeared. I could not see
those evil spirits near me. The next day everyone found
me in sound mind and restored.
been born in a Christian family and was brought up in a
strict way. I was a regular attendant at all the church
services, but I do not remember hearing at any time,
preaching regarding sin, salvation, Hell, God’s grace,
the preciousness of a soul in God’s sight, nor of His
grace and way of salvation for mankind.
some time I learnt that Gospel meetings had been
arranged from 1st to 6th of July 1941. I attended these
meetings and found them good and profitable.
the fourth day, while the preacher, Mr. Silas Fox, gave
the message, the Holy Spirit of God commenced to operate
in my heart with His work of love and grace.
preacher appeared to bring before me very clearly, the
sinful state of my soul, the power of Satan over a
sinner, and the sinner’s end in the Lake of Fire. He
showed also God’s way of Salvation, God’s love towards
the human race, the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ
which alone solves the problem of sin, and saves sinners
from the grip of Satan and Hell.
scene of the Lake of Fire, the power of the evil
spirits, which I saw during my unconscious state, came
back to my memory. I became perplexed and afraid. There
was no peace of mind. The fear of death and Hell haunted
me; my thoughts troubled me, my knees smote one against
the other; hairs all over my body stood on end, my
clothes were drenched with sweat, and I found myself
pressed with a heavy burden.
realized that I was utterly helpless and groaned within,
saying, “Who can help me and deliver me from the terror
and judgment to come?”
I was sobbing for help, I heard a voice appealing to
turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. The voice
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.
The Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses you from
(1 John 1:7)
The sinless One became sin in order to save you from
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
It is appointed unto men once to die and then the
Look to Me and be saved ... for I am God and there is
Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I
will give you rest.
Come to Jesus for He saves you from your sins.
The door of Salvation is still open. Do not delay!
Do not wait for the morrow, because tomorrow may be too
The Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins on the Cross
and shed His precious blood.
He was wounded for your transgressions. He was bruised
for your iniquities; the chastisement of your peace was
upon Him. He was oppressed, He was afflicted, yet He
opened not His mouth. He was brought as a Lamb to the
slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment. He was cut
off from the land of the living; for your transgression
was He stricken, He had done no violence, neither was
any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to
bruise Him on your behalf. The judgment of God fell on
Him instead of you.
very solemn words entered deep into my depressed heart
and I cried, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a
sinner. Lord, save me from hell, save me from the Lake
of Fire, save me from Satan’s mighty grip, save me from
the wrath to come. Wash me and save me from my sins by
Your precious blood.”
I was confessing my sins in this manner in my heart, I
heard the preacher pleading to the audience to accept
Christ as their personal Saviour, openly confessing Him
by raising their right hand. With shame, fear and
reverence, I raised my right hand and accepted Christ as
my personal Saviour.
Within fraction of a second a great change took place in
my heart. I felt as if a great burden had been removed
from my back. A new joy came into my heart.
I went home with great peace of mind. The next day I
found no desire in me for those vanities in which I
indulged previously. The desire to study the Word of
God, increased. The Word of God, the Bible, became very
precious to me, and I had the desire to have fellowship
My Life Came up for Review
By Miklos Banki of Hungary & Australia
born in Hungary in 1940. After I married, my wife and I
decided to leave Hungary because of the lack of freedom.
We escaped to Austria, and from there we came to
Australia in 1974.
we wanted was our own home. So we worked very hard to
get all things we needed for a family life. After two
years, I felt tired and nervous. So I smoked two packets
of cigarettes a day. I got stomach ulcers many times.
The permanent pain in the stomach made me more nervous,
so I smoked more.
Sunday, in August 1976, I came out of my workshop at
home and said, “I have to lie down, I feel very tired
and have a strong headache.” Then I became afraid. My
vision became doubled. My sight was getting worse. Pins
and needles in the left hand and left foot.
morning I stumbled to the doctor. She sent me to the
hospital, by an ambulance. I was in the hospital for
three weeks. They made some painful examinations on me
and found that I had a nerve inflammation in the brain.
So they pumped air through the spinal cord into the head
between the skull and brain and took x-ray pictures.
days later I was given two big needles in the arteries
of my neck, to check blood circulation of the brain. A
young doctor gave me a narcotic to sleep. Immediately
after, I heard a man’s voice: “But doctor ... I already
gave him one ...” After that there was something like a
drum in my ears: bang, bang, bang ... then silence.
complete silence for a while, then I began to see
pictures. I could see the earth getting more and more
populated. It was the history of mankind. Pictures
following fast one after the other, and as well, the
Suddenly I was sitting or standing high up in a tower
built of steel and looking down at a world exhibition. I
then heard a very clear, strong but very pleasant voice
talking to me. I recognize many languages, but this was
not a language of this earth. Probably it was the
language of angels; but I understood everything.
voice told me, “This is a milestone of the modern
civilization. They call it the industrial revolution.
From this time on the world will go on to a
self-destruction. People are happy now to have the
telegraph. But it is no reason for joy. Many evil things
will come, terrible weapons. Man will make more and more
filth around himself. Go and tell the people, if they
continue their lifestyle, they will destroy themselves.”
the pictures were ended, I found myself in a very large
circular hall. In the middle of it; there stood a
cone-shaped pillar or something like that, and on one
side, was an opening, a likeness of a door, curved at
the top. A magnificent light came out of there; a very
strong but friendly warm light. Again I have heard the
voice talking to me, but this time I didn’t get much of
its meaning, but I did understand that I was being
investigated and examined. From somewhere behind these
things, I heard a warning that I should stop smoking,
and should lead a right life.
this time I recognized that I had no body; no legs to
make steps, no hands, no ears, no eyes, no nose,
nothing. How can I understand these things then? My body
has gone. Or have I gone? Where am I?
suddenly I thought: This is a great opportunity to ask a
question: “Where are we going? What is the great target,
the goal we people of the little earth are striving to
reach?” Then I heard the voice (but this time in
English, I am very sure about it): “You cannot get the
answer to your question now. Be satisfied with this. You
are - and everyone is - a tiny part of a big something,
like one brick of a wall. Go and tell your friends, they
should stop smoking and drinking and beware of narcotic
drugs and any kind of such dangers, otherwise they will
I recognized that I was lying on a bed with moving
wheels; and I heard many steps pattering nervously,
hastily around my bed. I started to mumble: “Humans ...
people of this earth ... mankind.” But I couldn’t speak.
I had an oxygen mask on my mouth and nose. Then I heard
the voices: “He’s back! It’s all right now ... very good
... it’s all over now! Everything is going to be all
voice of a young woman said in a friendly tone, “It’s
all right, Mister Banki, we are going back to the ward.
You are OK.”
days later a young lady came to me from a psychological
Institute, to examine me. I told my experience to a
nurse who told it to the Doctor. He muttered, “If this
guy talks about the voice of an angel, he’s got to be
experience, however, has changed my life. I turned to
God. I became a believer. I always try to follow the
teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I stopped smoking,
of course, and became a new man. No more ulcers, no more
stomach ache. Now I always think, what a beautiful day
it will be, when He returns!
Oh, The Extreme Contrast !
testimonies of those who had a glimpse, emphasize the
great contrast between Heaven and Hell. And their
experiences give us all a warning - “prepare to meet
let us go back into the Bible for we get more details
there than in people’s indescribable experiences. Not
all the details that we would like to know are given;
for one reason, we could not comprehend it all. But what
is described in the Bible is conveyed in human language
so that we can get some idea.
WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?
Heaven is called a place.
Y’shua the Messiah said:
to prepare a place for you.”
place is in "the Father’s House," which is a general
term for Heaven. There is only one Way to that place.
Y’shua said He will come again and take His people to
that place. There are two means by which a believer may
enter that place. One is through the door of death. The
other is through the door of the Rapture - that is, the
event in which the Master catches His people up without
dying, in instantly-transformed bodies, into heaven.
Either way, we come through Y’shua, Jesus, who is the
Door to the Kingdom.
Revelation 21, we read about the heavenly city, but we
can appreciate the inability of the apostle John to find
adequate words to describe the city. First of all, he
saw the New Jerusalem, the Holy City of God.
in the Spirit he conveyed me away to a great and high
mountain, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming
down out of heaven from God, having the Sh’khinah
glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very precious
jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”
he can say is that it’s like a most beautiful stone or
jewel. In verse 15, he says that even the measuring
sticks are made of gold! And in verse 18, the material
of the wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold, like
pure glass. Now you can be sure this is not ordinary
earthly gold. This is something far greater, and
something so beautiful, that it utterly dazzles the
interested to read in a newspaper, that King Khalid of
Saudi Arabia, dedicated one huge door for the shrine in
Mecca - a new door made of gold. It was meant, of
course, to beautify that shrine. It costs more than
three and a half million dollars. But that is nothing
compared to the place that the Heavenly Master has
prepared for His Bride. The Father’s House is made of a
substance which you might call, “Glory Gold.”
Heaven is described as a
Paradise; the Paradise of God. It is a place of
joy, a place of rest. That Paradise is filled with the
praises of God. We read there is no moon to shine upon
it, nor any sun either. It doesn’t need either of these
lights, because the Light of the Universe is the Centre
of the city - the Lord Jesus Christ Himself - Y’shua the
Messiah - in all His glory. Not the despised Jesus, not
just Jesus in a physical body, but the Heavenly Master
in His glorified body - shining throughout heaven. What
is the sun compared with His glory? It is like a star
that vanishes when the daylight comes.
Y’shua is the very centre of Heaven!
that’s why I want to go there. If you take Him from
heaven, then it wouldn’t be heaven any more. If the
Saviour wasn’t there, then I wouldn’t be so interested.
I want to go where the Bridegroom is, and wherever He
is, that’s heaven for me!
like the Apostle Paul in this respect. I’m longing to go
to be with my Lord and Saviour! It's because I love Him.
He’s done so much for me! He died on the cross
especially for me; and especially for you too! And He
took all my sins away, and He’s making “something” of
me, and He’s filling me with expectation to meet Him.
And to miss heaven would be to miss the Master, and to
miss Him is to miss everything.
heaven, there's no night;
there's no sorrow, and
there's no crying. El
Shaddai will wipe away our tears; and all the tragic
things of the past will be erased from our memories. Our
hearts will be taken up only with the Presence of the
Master, Y’shua, Jesus, and our “time” will be taken up
in doing His will.
one other thing about heaven, of course, is that it’s
eternal. It’s not a
temporary place like this earth. It’s for real. It’s for
“Where is heaven?”
Answer: Where Jesus is!
And that is in the spiritual realm.
people imagine it is in outer space. Some people say
there is a big empty space in the northern part of the
sky. No! Heaven is far greater than the whole physical
Universe. Heaven is a spiritual place.
the Master comes and takes His people to the Father’s
House, we won’t have to travel millions of miles. We
just simply step out of this time into that ‘time’! From
this sphere into that ‘sphere’! And just as quick as
that! We won’t need a spaceship to take us to outer
space. We go straight to the Father’s House, travelling
at “the speed of spirit.” And that is not calculated in
seconds or hours.
spiritual realm, in one sense, is all around us, even
though we do not see it with our physical eyes. In our
present bodies, we are extremely limited; just like a
blind man who lives in the world, but who cannot see a
Another question people ask: “In Heaven, will we be only
spirits? Or will we have bodies?”
will definitely have bodies. At present, those who have
gone to be with the Lord, are with Him in spirit. They
don’t have bodies, but at the resurrection, they will
receive their bodies. We read of this in 1 Corinthians
15:51-53. Paul says:
“Listen! I tell you a mystery, a secret truth; we
will not all fall asleep, (that is - die); but
we will all be changed, transformed - in a flash,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for
the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised incorruptible and
imperishable, and we, also, will be changed -
transformed. For this corruptible, the
perishable part of us, must put on
incorruption, and this mortal part of us that is
capable of dying, must put on immortality.”
the Saviour comes, those who have died, will be raised
in resurrection bodies. And believers who are still
living will be changed. We also will have immortal
bodies. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus was a
prototype of our resurrection, for He was raised from
the dead. What kind of body did He have? Was it a ghost?
No! He said, “Look! Feel My hands! Do I feel like a
ghost?” No! The resurrected Master ate in the presence
of His disciples. He had a real body; yet it was
then on the 40th day, they saw Him go up into the sky in
that same body. He disappeared from their sight into the
spiritual realm. So it will be with us, if we know the
Lord. We will be changed. We will be caught up into the
heavenly sphere, into the spiritual realm.
more question. People ask me these questions. “In heaven
will we recognize our loved friends? If our mother is
there, will we recognize her?”
course, we will! That is, if we go there too! We are not
going to become abstract or numbered people. We are not
going to be a drop of water in a bucket. (We may be like
a brick in a wall, as the angel told Miklos Banki - but
each brick is an individual, and is very necessary to
we will be able to recognize others, not only our saved
loved ones. We will recognize all the other people. We
will recognize Peter, without being introduced. We won’t
need an angel to say, “Oh, that is Abraham over there!
And that’s Isaac there!” We will know. We will have a
spiritual perception. And we won’t have to look around
to see who or where the Saviour is! He’s the very
that’s a little about heaven. Are you excited about
going there? Oh, death has no fear for the Lord’s
people, for heaven is prepared for us, and the
Bridegroom is waiting to receive us to Himself.
WHAT IS HELL LIKE?
let us now discuss the other place. This is a different
story altogether. I don’t even like to think about it,
but I must warn, because the Lord Jesus warns. Hell is a
place of wickedness. It’s filled with wicked people.
Some very wicked people, and some who are not quite so
wicked, but nevertheless, all are wicked. These people
have never had their sins forgiven. Hell is for all the
unrepentant; for all those who have not been redeemed.
is worse than any “hell” upon the earth. And true! Some
people have been through “hell on the earth.” Maybe you
have been through a “hell on the earth” - suffering,
persecution, tragedy. Look at how the Jews suffered in
Europe. Look at the hell that some of the Cambodian
people have suffered. Look at the hell that some of the
Tibetan people have suffered. Look at the hell some
believers have endured in Communist torture cells. Yes,
some people have really been through “hell on earth.”
But that is nothing compared with the hell that millions
suffer after death.
me tell you how the Bible describes it. There are many
references. This subject of hell is not some obscure
verse in the Bible. Hell is mentioned in many places.
It is a place of GREAT DARKNESS
expels all light. It is a place of darkness forever.
the subjects of the kingdom will be cast outside, into
outer darkness, where
there shall be weeping and grinding of teeth.”
think of hell as a kind of “black hole,” like the
mysterious black holes that we now know exist in space.
Black holes are described by scientists as
‘non-objects,’ and as ‘celestial vacuum-cleaners’ that
suck in anything that comes across their paths. Anything
that enters a black hole, even though it is a thousand
times bigger than the earth, simply disappears into the
blackness of hell exists because all that is dark and
evil has been expelled from the Light - from the
Almighty. At the same time, hell absorbs no light. Hell,
I imagine, began as a single speak of blackness - the
pride in Lucifer’s heart, and that speck has been
gathering dust ever since, until today, it is a hell of
“Hell has enlarged herself.”
live in hell would be to discover the vastness of that
“black hole,” and that would not be an exciting
experience. To view it from the kingdom of light, hell
is a far distant black hole that is being continually
expelled by its very nature, further and further away
from the Light. The black hole is like a fiery comet
that is propelled away from a planet into the vast
reaches of the universe. Hell is like a wandering and
burning star, “for whom the black darkness has been
reserved for ever.”
It burns continuously because of the “friction”
generated by the intense “speed” of its expulsion from
the Light. It flees for ever, but never reaches a
will be too late for any passenger on that fiery comet
plunging into the bottomless black hole of “outer
darkness,” to cry, “I want to go back.” And even if it
were possible to get out of the black hole, the people
who did so, unforgiven as they are, and being saturated
with darkness, would be automatically expelled from the
Light into some other black hole.
is the solemn warning for “men who love darkness rather
than light.” Their expulsion has already begun! And yet,
while they still live on earth and have a mind to make a
right decision, there is hope. They can be saved, and
their love for darkness can be replaced with a love for
Light, through the grace of God.
It is called a LAKE OF FIRE
is a place where people wail.
It is a place where there is much
weeping. It is a place
of torment. It is a
place of everlasting burning.
cast out the worthless servant into the outer darkness
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then
He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me,
accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been
prepared for the devil and his angels ... And these will
go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into
is a place where people curse
God. It is a place of everlasting
destruction. A place
where people have no rest
at all; a place where they
cry out for mercy, but
where there is no mercy. A place of everlasting
punishment. A place
where they bite their
tongues. It is a place where, they wish they
could get a cup of water. But
there is not even one drop of water to bring a moment
he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on
me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his
finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in
Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed
out of His kingdom everything that causes sin, and all
who do evil, and will cast them into the furnace of
fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of
a place of filthiness,
filled with sorcerers,
and every type of vile person. It is a place where
people drink of the wrath
of God; a place where the
fire is not quenched; a
place where the people don’t
want their loved ones to come.
a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,
‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and
receives his mark on his forehead or upon his
hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of
God, which has been poured full strength into the
cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with burning
sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and of the
Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and
ever. There is no rest day and night for those who
worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who
receives the mark of his name.”
if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out; it is
better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye,
than having two eyes, to be cast into the fire of
Gehenna - hell; where
THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.
[Isaiah 66:24].” (Mark 9:47-48)
Reader, that is not my description; it is the
description in the Bible. Oh, what a dreadful place!
there is a reader who is inclined to imagine that Hell
is a mediaeval imagination, then I plead with you to
study the Bible, and see what it says. And if you can’t
accept these words, then you are rudderless indeed; and
you must drift on with vague hopes or philosophies.
now you ask, “Why did God make a place like hell? Why
does God allow anybody to go there if He is a loving
hell was prepared for the devil and his angels.
angels who did not keep their appointed place, but
abandoned their proper sphere, He has kept in darkness,
bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the
Scriptures give no suggestion that Satan and demons
could ever be saved.
the justice of God, demands a hell.
is the holy God. How can He let wickedness come into
heaven? If you allow one wicked person to enter heaven,
that person will make heaven a wicked place, too. Even
your own conscience tells you that wickedness must be
dealt with. There must be a recompense.
think of people who have done extremely wicked things -
like Adolph Hitler. Do you think, after all that he did,
he should go to heaven? Or, after he had murdered at
least 6,500,000 Jews, should he simply go to sleep and
forget everything forever? Should he not pay for his
atrocities? I’m sure you will agree: God must punish the
can be sure that if Adolph Hitler had repented, God
would have saved him, for Jesus died for Adolph Hitler
also. But as far as we know, he never did repent. After
causing the death of 54,000,000 people throughout the
world. He ended up killing himself. Now will you tell me
that Hitler should not go to hell?
you might decide to appoint yourself as a judge and say,
“Well, I think Hitler should go to hell - but only for
about 54 thousand years.”
friend, hell is not counted in years! So what are you
going to suggest next? You’re not going to say that God
is unjust, are you? No! God
must punish the wicked, even though He has no
delight that sinners perish. Rather He wants to save
sinners. Even Adolph Hitler. God wanted to save him, but
that man would not repent. And in Hell he still does not
repent, even though he is full of remorse.
know the Lord Jesus Christ came to die on the cross of
Calvary, to save us; to save us from our sins, and from
hell. But oh, how many people are like Adolph Hitler!
They will not repent. Some of my readers may be like
that. Oh God forbid! Even though they hear the Word of
God, they will not repent! They may not be as wicked as
Adolph Hitler, but they must repent. They must turn to
the Lord for Salvation; otherwise, they will suffer
along with Adolph Hitler. I’m sure you don’t want to
share his eternity. But unless you repent, and come to
the Cross of Christ, and get saved, my reader, you will
Will the unbelievers in hell be conscious?
Yes, definitely! It would not be so horrific if people
were eternally unconscious. But that rich man we read
about, was very conscious in hell
Will the body go to hell?
the body will be raised, and will be cast into hell. The
Lord said to fear the One who
is able to cast both the soul and body into hell.
will the resurrection of the unbelievers take place?
After the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. This is, at the
end of the world. There will be a resurrection of the
wicked who have died. And they will stand before God. We
read about it in the Book of Revelation, chapter 20.
This is the resurrection of unbelievers who must stand
before the Great White Throne Judgment.
saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it.
Earth and heaven fled from His Presence, and there was
no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and
great, standing before the throne of God, and
books were opened. Then another book was opened, which
is the Book of life; and the dead were judged
according to their works as recorded in the books. The
sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and
Hades (the realm of the dead) gave up the dead
that were in them; and each person was judged according
to his works. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the
lake of fire. This is the second death - the lake of
fire. And if anyone’s name was not found
written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake
that time the unsaved will receive their bodies, so that
their bodies, souls and spirits are cast into the lake
of fire. This is the final place for all whose names are
not written in the Book of Life.
people ask, “Won’t the Lake of Fire come to an end?” No,
the Lake of Fire will not come to an end. Revelation
the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.
There is no rest day and night for those who worship the
beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark
of his name.”
is no end to the Lake of Fire. In fact, there can’t be
an end, because there is no
time in eternity. There is a constant,
ever-present continuous state.
you say, “Won’t God give them a second chance?” I have
already quoted the Scripture in Hebrews 9:27:
is appointed unto men once to die, and after that
comes the Judgment.”
yet some of you think you are going to get a second
chance. Some people want to play with fire, and not get
burnt. No, there is no second chance! If you reject the
Saviour, there is no hope for you, but the wrath of God
abides on you. There is no
How to be Sure of YOur Destiny?
can we be sure whether we are going to heaven or if we
are going to hell?” This is a most important question,
say, “If we pray for our departed loved ones, that will
get them to heaven.” No! It’s no use praying for the
dead. Pray for the living. And pray for yourself. But it
is too late to pray for the dead.
what if we give much money to the church,” some insist,
“the church can pray for the dead?” That’s a waste of
money. Not even a church can pray for dead people. Don’t
depend on your own efforts, or the efforts of others.
Y'shua, Jesus gives four strong statements - four
conditions - for you to be saved. If you want to go to
heaven, and if you want to escape hell, then listen to
these four verses very seriously.
Matthew 18:3. The Lord Jesus says here,
“Unless you TURN AROUND - repent - and become
like children, you will not enter the kingdom of
Master says, we must turn
around - leave our hell-bent way. This means
changing direction - not an outward change of religion,
but a change of heart and mind towards God. When you
turn to Him, you will find the Saviour who is waiting to
turn your life around.
people want to go to heaven just as they are. They want
to go to heaven in all their filthy rags. And they want
to take all their sin with them to heaven. That is not
In Luke 13:3, the Master says,
“Unless you REPENT, you will all likewise perish.”
is the first thing. We must all
repent. We must turn to
the Saviour who will change our lives. Can’t you see
that your sin is like a millstone hanging around your
neck? And that stone will pull you down to the Lake of
Fire. Your sin will take you to hell, UNLESS you repent
and get saved!
is now declaring to men that all people
everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in
which He will judge the world in righteousness through a
Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all
men by raising Him from the dead.”
John 3:3. The Master here says:
“I tell you the truth; unless one is BORN AGAIN, he
cannot see the kingdom of God.”
must be born again.
This is the miracle that takes place in our lives when
we believe in the Saviour. We cannot make ourselves
"born again," but we must come in simple faith, bow
before the Lord Jesus, and believe and trust in Him to
be our Saviour. He will come into our lives, and will
put His life in us. A miracle will take place. We will
then be in Him.
We will be born again;
born into His family; born into the Kingdom of God.
John 8:24. Jesus said:
“If you do not BELIEVE that I am He, you will die
in your sins.”
essential to believe that
Jesus is God's Son, the Messiah.
This is not merely to believe
about Him, but to put our
faith in Him. Why?
Because He is the Saviour.
He is the One who died on the cross for you. He paid the
penalty for your sin. He is the Mediator, the One who
brings you to God. He’s the only Saviour; and apart from
Him, there is no entrance into heaven!
be saved we must, turn around,
born again. These are the
four musts the Master
insists on. However, we cannot
change ourselves! We need the Saviour to
do a miracle in us. And He will! He will give us His
life and power; He will make us new creatures if we ask
reader, why don’t you receive Y’shua as your Saviour and
Master today? Simply believe in Him and trust Him. He
will change your life completely?
Master has not demanded that you make a great
pilgrimage. He has not demanded that you read the Bible
through 50 times. He asks you to simply
His words. Jesus is calling you, and says, “Come
unto Me! All you who labour, all you who are heavy
laden. Come to Me, and I will give you rest. I will give
you salvation. I will take your sin away. I will make
you a new creature. I will put My Spirit within you, and
I will write your name on the roll in heaven, and will
receive you into glory. Come!”
you are not yet saved, but want to receive the Lord
Jesus as your Saviour, come to Him in simple faith. Read
these Bible promises of God. Receive them and claim them
as your own.
YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He
gave His only begotten (His eternal, unique) Son,
so that whoever believes and trusts in Him,
should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting)
if you confess with your mouth Y’shua as MASTER and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved; for with the heart man believes,
resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation.”
we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous and
will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
(1 John 1:9)
following prayer may help you to express your thoughts
as you call upon the Saviour. Pray very sincerely from
your heart. The Heavenly Father will hear and will
MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER
Heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner and
deserve Your wrath. I have wilfully gone my own way, and
I know that my unbelief itself will take me to Hell. But
I come to You, just as I am, Father, and call upon You,
to save me today; for Your Word says whoever will call
upon the Name of the Lord will be saved.
Forgive all my sins, Father. I do believe that Y’shua,
the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Saviour, and that He died
for me on the cross at Calvary. And I now receive Him as
my Master and Saviour.
Y’shua, Saviour, please come into my heart right now! I
trust in You and I give my life to You. And Master, I
want to be with You forever in the Father’s House. By
Your grace, Master, I turn away from my sin. Make me
what I should be. Do a miracle in me, and put Your Holy
Spirit within me today. Grant me Your assurance, and the
joy of salvation. Thank You, Father. Amen.
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