VIDEO 23 Minutes in Hell

Hell is not a topic we write about often. In general, Christians don’t talk about it. But, Pastor Bill Wiese’s experience, “23 Minutes in Hell” reminds us of some things that we need to consider about hell.

23 Minutes in Hell Pastor Bill Wiese

Pastor Bill Wiese had an out of body experience, or what can be called a vision, of hell on November 23rd 1998. Recently I stumbled across a YouTube video of Pastor Bill sharing that vision with a church in Florida based on his book, “23 Minutes in Hell.” I had never heard of Bill until I came across this video a week ago so I came into it with quite a bit of skepticism. However, after listening to Bill I appreciated his approach especially when he said early on;

“It doesn’t matter if you believe my experience. What matters is that you check out what God has to say about hell and avoid it just the same”

Bill delivered on his quote by referencing numerous bible verses as he told about his vision. He referenced so many scriptures speaking about hell that God prompted me to put this blog post together that summarized some of those scriptures. So, take some time and read through these verses and just try to imagine what hell is truly like. If you haven’t given your life to Christ these passages are what you have coming for all of eternity, unless you give your life over to Christ (more on that later). If you have given your life to Christ and are going to heaven rejoice and thank God that you will never have to experience hell. Thankfully Christ took our punishment of hell and we should never take that for granted!

Related Content: What Does the Bible Tell Us About Eternity?

Scriptures Referencing Hell


They will be gathered together like prisoners thrown into a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison. After much time they will be punished. – Isaiah 24:22 (NCV)

I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength. –  Psalm 88:4 (NIV)

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (NIV)

“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ –  Luke 16:22-26 (NIV)

As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. – Zechariah 9:11 (NIV)

In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 7 (NIV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” – Exodus 10:21 (NIV)

On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. – Psalm 11:6 (NIV)

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 13:49-50 (NIV)

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” – Isaiah 57:21 (NIV)

then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living. – Ezekiel 26:20 (NIV)

They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. – Numbers 16:33 (NIV)

How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? – Hebrews 10:29 (NIV)

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)

As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return. – Job 7:9 (NIV)

And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” – Revelation 14:11 (NIV)

All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. – Isaiah 14:11 (NIV)

The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; the wicked are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree. – Job 24:20 (NIV)

Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! – Psalm 73:18-19 (NIV)

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Matthew 25:46 (NIV)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. – Matthew 25:41 (NIV)

For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. – Isaiah 38:18 (NIV)

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8 (NIV)


If you haven’t given your life to Christ yet I urge you to seriously consider it. For the bible tells us that we will not know the time of his return. If he does return and you haven’t given your life to him the verdict will be an eternity in hell. Not the Hollywood version of hell either, but literally spending an eternity in a pit of fire. If you are ready to take the step of faith please read the prayer below;

Dear heavenly Father, I want to take this moment to submit my life to you. I ask that you forgive me of my sins, which such a gracious gift is given only through your anointed blood on the cross. You died for me and I accept your gift of love, mercy, grace, peace, and eternal life. With faith, I declare that Jesus Christ now lives in me forever and ever. Amen!

Welcome to the team friend! The next step is crucial to your salvation; Tell someone the decision you just made. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Or you can e-mail us here at Paradigm Shift or call/text your family and friends.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. – Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

 

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Avoiding Christmas Mania

Each year, new challenges invade the Christmas season. New obstacles are erected that make it more difficult to keep our focus on the singular event that shaped all of human history forevermore.  It’s always helpful to scrutinize the plans and practices of our secular culture, even when they are ostensibly honorable and noble.  Or perhaps, especially then.

Is it possible to go overboard celebrating Christmas? It is, when the exuberance and excess distracts from the holy event or perverts it in some bizarre way. Then, we celebrate the celebration instead of the Savior. Retailers have been doing their part to co-opt the Christmas season for financial gain for decades, changing its character and essence.

Where television commercials for pharmaceuticals dominate program breaks during most of the year, retail advertising now saturates the programming. Not surprisingly, none of these commercial messages includes any allusion to God, any mention of Jesus or even a hint of the reason for the Christmas gift-buying obsession. Few of the national retail advertisers even identifies the holiday as Christmas. Usually, it’s simply referred to ambiguously as “the holiday season.”

It’s been said that good is the enemy of best. Few places is this truth more apparent than in America at Christmastime. In the frenzy of gift-giving and holiday cheer, the source of joy is frequently lost. Even in charity, the message of God’s gift in answer to human poverty becomes obscured. Angel trees, Toys for Tots and Salvation Army workers may help to alleviate needs, but without the gospel of hope, all become futile and insignificant. Cheap toys, clothing and hot meals without cannot restore hope to the hopeless, but any one of these with the gospel can change a life.

 

At this time of year, our news media will spotlight the sacrifices of members of the armed forces like they do at no other time. News networks celebrate specious acts of kindness by their favorite ideological cronies in an effort to show them as kind and generous.

In much the same way that Democrats and the fake news media have used the bogus Mueller probe to distract from the beneficial effects of Trump administration policies, media corporations are using movies and television programs to advance their disturbing and destructive goals.

One obscene defilement of the season is Disney/ABC’s popular television special, The Great Christmas Light Fight. Excessive and ostentatious Christmas lighting displays are the theme of this program. Secular images of Santa Claus and elves, reindeer and nutcrackers adorn the homes and lawns of contestants—and lights—thousands, even millions of lights. Bigger, brighter and more is the rule. A cheap battery-powered trophy is awarded to the winner along with a cash prize.

Aside from the fact that the word “fight” is no more appropriate to Christmas than compassionate health care is to Planned Parenthood, the mega-lumens of colored lights glorify man rather than reflect the glory of God. And since the series is produced by pro-gay Disney/ABC, homosexual couples must necessarily be included among the competitors. This proves that it’s possible to decorate for a holiday and simultaneously defile it, living in denial of its purpose. Transvestites will likely appear in future episodes, if they haven’t already.

America’s propensity for excess, hyperbole and drama leads people away from the rich wealth of truth and wisdom in God’s wonderful plan of redemption. In much the same way that over-inflating a balloon diminishes its brilliant color and resilience, gaudy Christmas displays and an absurd emphasis on gift-giving weaken and distort the most important message of the holy season. And that’s not by accident.

While it may seem encouraging that our nation still “celebrates” Christmas freely, it’s important to remember that a deep hostility to Christ roils just beneath the surface. Perhaps, when it comes to Christmas, less, really is more.

 

By  Timothy Buchanan

 

https://barbwire.com/avoiding-christmas-mania/

God’s Way to Give

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Our heavenly Father knows what our income is and how He would like us to spend it. He also desires that we demonstrate certain heart attitudes in our giving. These include faith, compassion, and generosity.

It takes faith to give before our own needs are met. In yesterday’s reading, the Macedonians were experiencing deep poverty, but they still longed to give. Their behavior revealed a deep trust in the Lord’s provision.

Compassion, or caring about others, is also vital. The Philippian church saw Paul’s situation and longed to help (Phil. 4:16). The Lord is pleased when we love one another and share what we have.

The Macedonian believers were generous as well. Though in great need themselves, they begged for the privilege of contributing to the collection for the Jerusalem church.

Consider how greatly we have benefited from the generosity of our heavenly Father. He provided His Son Jesus to take our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He has adopted us into His family, made us co-heirs with Christ, and prepared for us a permanent home in heaven with Him. And in this life, His Holy Spirit provides everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). As we make plans for Christmas, let’s be generous towards others, just as God has been to us.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you learn biblical principles about handling money and put them into practice. Obedience to God’s Word will bring spiritual blessing (Luke 6:38).

He Did Speak in Parables

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” (Matthew 13:3)

The Lord Jesus Christ, of course, often taught His disciples through parables, and this verse both contains the first reference to parables in the New Testament and also introduces the first and most important of all His parables—the parable of the sower. Jesus Himself indicated that an understanding of this parable was a prerequisite to an understanding of all His other parables: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will you know all parables?” (Mark 4:13).

Many people have the mistaken idea that Jesus spoke in parables in order to help unbelievers better understand spiritual truth, but Christ told His disciples, “It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given” (Matthew 13:11). The parables were given for the instruction of His disciples, not to convert unbelievers. In fact, these parabolic teachings were symbolic so that unbelievers would not understand them!

But as far as His disciples are concerned—those who believe and seek to obey His Word—the parables are vitally important, especially this foundational parable of the seed sower. The seed to be sown is the Word of God (Luke 8:11), and the field is the world (Matthew 13:38). Much of the ground will not receive the seed at all, and much is too full of stones or weeds to allow fruit to grow, but some will be productive ground. Now, since the sower is Christ (Matthew 13:37) and the seed is His Word, the disciple’s function is simply to allow the indwelling Spirit of Christ to apply the appropriate passages from the Word to the hearts of those who read or hear. He also should, in so far as possible, prepare the “ground” to receive the Word, removing stones and thorns and digging it up to make it fertile and receptive soil when the seeds are sown. HMM

Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints

Jude

Jude 1-4

If, while the apostles were yet alive, errors crept into the churches, we need not wonder that they multiply in these last days. We must set our faces as a flint against them.

Jude 5-6

If professors leave the gospel for unholy doctrine and impure living, he who cast down the angels for their sin will not spare them.

Jude 8-13

We do not know when this occurred, but the lesson of gentle speech is clear enough.

Jude 22, 23

Those who are in error are not all equally guilty: some are deceivers and others are dupes. We must restore all we can, but their error must be severely dealt with. Charity to error is cruelty to souls.

 

Mercy: A Boundless Sea For Us

God, who is rich in mercy… even when we were dead in sins. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

A human being is never really aware of the great boundless sea of the mercy of God until by faith he comes across the threshold of the kingdom of God and recognizes it and identifies it!

My father was 60 years old when he bowed before Jesus Christ and was born again. That was a near lifetime in which he had sinned and lied and cursed. But to him, the mercy of God that took him to heaven was no greater than the mercy of God that had endured and kept him for 60 years.

I recall the story of an ancient rabbi who consented to take a weary old traveler into his house for a night of rest. In conversation, the rabbi discovered the visitor was almost 100 years old and a confirmed atheist. Infuriated, the rabbi arose, opened the door and ordered the man out into the night.

Then, sitting down by his candle and Old Testament, it seemed he heard a voice, God’s voice: “I have endured that sinner for almost a century. Could you not endure him for a night?” The rabbi ran out and overtaking the old man, brought him back to the hospitality of his home for the night.

 

Nearest And Dearest Fellowship

“So shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1Thess. 4:17

While we are here the Lord is with us, and when we are called away we are with Him. There is no dividing the saint from His Saviour. They are one, and they always must be one: Jesus cannot be without His own people, for He would be a Head without a body. Whether caught up into the air, or resting in Paradise, or sojourning here, we are with Jesus; and who shall separate us from Him?

What a joy is this! Our supreme honor, rest, comfort, delight, is to be with the Lord. We cannot conceive of anything which can surpass or even equal this divine society. By holy fellowship we must be with Him in His humiliation, rejection, and travail, and then we shall be with Him in His glory. Before long we shall be with Him in His rest and in His royalty, in His expectation and in His manifestation. We shall fare as He fares, and triumph as He triumphs.

O my Lord, if I am to be for ever with thee, I have a destiny incomparable. I will not envy an archangel. To be for ever with the Lord is my idea of Heaven at its best. Not the harps of gold, nor the crowns unfading, nor the light unclouded, is glory to me; but Jesus, Jesus Himself, and myself for ever with Him in nearest and dearest fellowship.