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 And the Fool Has Said in His Heart—No, God!


                           By

Nancy Arant Williams 

 

If you’re familiar with my work, you know I believe the end is very near, that judgment and eternity in hell awaits anyone who has not accepted the gift of salvation, who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us so.

 

Revelation 20:10-15 (NAS) says: And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things that were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every one of them according to their deeds. And 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 of fire.

 

That scripture speaks for itself, but if you need an eye-witness testimony to that fact, it’s now available in an amazing book called 23 Minutes in Hell, by Bill Wiese.

In his book, Bill desrc
ibes the terrible events that occurred on
November 23, 1998, when he went to bed, only to wake up in hell.

 

Now Bill was already a born-again Christian, but during the time in question, that fact was hidden from his conscious awareness.

Not certain of where he was or how he had arrived, he was horrified to find himself lying naked on the floor of a hard stone cell, made of craggy rocks and metal bars. He was not alone. Two scaly, misshapen creatures, looking like the undead we see on television, stood between ten and thirteen feet tall, one furiously pacing back and forth, but both with venomous hate in their eyes as they looked at him.

 

He felt inordinately weak, scarcely able to lift himself off the floor. At the outset, there was light in his cell, but it soon went out, leaving him in total darkness. He desrc
ibes the darkness as something that seemed to absorb the light instead of reflecting it. The only light was from flames licking high in the distance.

 

The heat was unbearable, and somehow he understood it was 10,000 times hotter than what would have been possible for man to endure with a normal human body, but this would be his eternal destiny.

One of the demons picked him up and mauled him trying to kill him, swiping foot-long talons through his midsection, leaving his skin and organs hanging in ribbons. Excruciating pain, again 10,000 times greater than he had ever known on earth, enveloped him. This alone should’ve caused him to die, but there was no death. His body held no fluids of any kind: no water, no serum or blood, so no injuries were severe enough to cause death, because this was death.

 

He looked around in the dim light of flames licking high into the air from a pit in the distance, from which came the echoing sounds of millions of never-ending src
eams from souls forever lost in torment. As a person who had compassion on others, he would’ve tried to help had he been on earth, but there was absolutely nothing he could do. In fact, he worried he might be next. The sounds of those src
eams haunt him to this day.

 

Taking in his surroundings, he looked beyond his cell to see that there was not one living thing. No water, no sky, no light, no sunshine, no green vegetation, and worst of all, absolutely no hope.

There was no sleep, rest, or distraction there. There were no problems to solve; there was no business to conduct, no one to talk to or sympathize with, as each was isolated in his own terrible, endless misery. There was no reason to live, no sunrise to mark the start of a new day, and no hope for an end to the heartache.

 

There was no partying going on, as some men have imagined. There was only pain, torment, src
eaming, terrible heat, endless desolation and, ultimately, hopelessness.

He desrc
ibed the smell as a combination of every terrible, putrid thing that ever existed, magnified 10,000 times. In fact, he said he knew the smell alone was toxic enough to kill a human being, but he was no longer flesh and blood, and as a result could not die.

 

He had a momentary flashback to the memories of his life on earth, memories of the ocean, the warm sunshine, cool breezes, and the beautiful blue sky, of his loving wife and comfortable home. For those who might believe that life is hell now and that death would be a relief, this should be a wake-up call. Hell is the final and permanent destination of those who die without Jesus Christ.

 

Hell, Bill testifies, is at the center of the earth, and lining the perimeter of the tunnel that led there he saw endless rows of demons, chained to the walls. More demons stood at the edge of each pit, where people were src
eaming and clawing unsuccessfully to get out.

He was horrified beyond belief, realizing that this was his eternal destiny.

 

Now understand this. Hell was not created for man, but as the eternal destiny for Satan and his angels. God does not choose to send man there; his sin does that. It breaks God’s heart for a single man to perish, according to scripture, and, in fact, He did everything necessary to help man escape that terrible, endless fate. It’s up to each man to accept the gift of salvation that will alter his fate forever. The choice is heaven or hell. What will it be?

 

After a time, Bill felt himself rising, and knew he was no longer alone. As they ascended the tunnel, he felt his horror recede as hope once again took root. He knew Jesus had come to escort him out of this terrible place, and he was thrilled and relieved beyond words.

 

As they rose higher, he asked Jesus why he had sent him to hell. Jesus said it was because few people, including Christians, believe in a literal hell, and he wanted Bill to come back and tell the story, so there would no longer be any doubt.

 

At that moment, Bill fell at Jesus’ feet, suddenly aware of his sin and unworthiness. He wept in gratitude as he grasped the incredible love of God, who had sent Jesus to die in our place, to take our sin, and, when we least deserved it, offered us eternal life in heaven with Him.

 

Jesus touched his shoulder and helped him stand, then said, “Tell them I’m coming soon.” Ever louder and more urgently, He repeated the words, “Tell them I’m coming soon!”

After Jesus left Bill lying on his living room floor, the horror of the whole event returned, and he began to src
eam and tremble like a post-trauma victim. His wife ran to see what had happened, and he shouted at her to pray for him, because he couldn’t live with the reality of what had happened, unless the Lord buffered and protected him from the knowledge.

 

The instant she began to pray, God took away the horror, leaving him able to share the facts of that awful experience.

 

Now if this story doesn’t give you pause, I will say you have a very hard heart.

As an author and a reviewer, I have read many, many books, but never has a single book influenced me in the way this one did. My heart’s desire, like God’s is that no one should spend eternity in hell.

 

I would urge you to read for yourself the book 23 Minutes in Hell and tell me there is no judgment for sin.

Just because human beings refuse to believe reality doesn’t mean reality doesn’t exist.

The fact is that Jesus Christ is coming soon, and after that comes judgment.

     Don’t wait a moment longer to grab onto the Lifeline you’ve been offered—His name is Jesus, and He’s waiting for you…

 

    You can be sure you are going to heaven by following these simple, but essential steps:

 1.               Pray, admitting to God that you have sinned, falling short of His standard of perfection.

2.              Accept His wonderful gift of salvation, and tell Him you exchange your sins for His righteousness.

3.                Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and tell Him you want to become His child. Once you have done this, your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life in heaven, without which no man will escape the awful flames of hell.

     Read your Bible and pray everyday. Get into a sound, gospel-teaching church, and grow in the knowledge of God and His Word. Tell other people that Jesus is coming soon and that after that comes judgment. Urge them to accept His gift of salvation.

          Don’t wait. Today is the day of salvation. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow.

 

Copyright 2012, Nancy Arant Williams. Used by permission

 

 
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