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Extra-Scriptural “Revelations” of Heaven and Hell — What Does God Say in His Word?
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Above left: Astro Projection occurs when the human spirit body leaves the physical body. I believe Near Death Experiences are real, because Jesus stated in Eccl. 12:1, 6-7, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the… silver cord, [which attaches your human spirit body to your physical body] is loosened… and [then] the spirit returns to God Who gave it…” (1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Cor. 15:40-49.)
Above right: We all have to make a personal choice to spend eternity in either heaven or in hell, (Jn. 1:12-13.)
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Facebook Post August 4, 2018
This article supplements what I have already published on the phenomena of Astro Projection, Astro Travel, (what it really is, whether it is real and Scriptural,) and the phenomenon of Near Death Experience: (NDE,) the ‘white light’ of ‘peace,’ which believers and complete unbelievers gravitate toward while dying or deceased; the meetings with relatives, and the messages, which those who ‘return’ from heaven and hell bring back to Jesus’ believers here one earth. The link to these pages are at the bottom of this article. Since the wonder of resuscitation at cardiac arrest came into being, these experiences have become common. So, it is a fact that there is definitely something supernatural and real going on here. But as in everything else, the only authority on truth about this as well, is the contextual Truth of God’s Word.
I never judge the ‘hearts’ of people because that is God’s domain. However, to preserve and to grow the beloved body of Christ in His truth, the Holy Spirit gave us clear Scriptural guidelines to keep us safe in His eternal, spiritual Kingdom, (Jn. 18:36.) The first vital warning Jesus gave in this regard, is to “watch” or be careful and not to believe just anyone, or think that the unnatural things we experience, all originate from God, (Mt. 24:4; 1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-14.) Secondly, we will know one another by our [constant] fruit or behavior — of which “a love of the truth” is one of the greatest marks of all sincere believers in Christ, (Mt. 7:16; 2 Ths. 2:9-12.)
Following those who did “not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved,” brings “strong delusion” upon the body of Christ, “that they should believe the lie.” Because of such a foolish choice, God warns in this passage, “because they have pleasure in unrighteousness, [they will] perish.” All Jesus’ believers must, therefore, constantly “renew their minds” or thoughts through true knowledge of the Scriptures, to “know [or understand] the… perfect will of God” through the leading of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to be able to know and obey His Scriptural truth, (2 Ths. 2:9-14; 1 Jn. 2:4.; Jn. 16:13; Rom. 12:1-2.)
This is why I begin this article with an important question concerning these experiences. Did the people who experienced Astro Projection, Astro Travel, and Near Death Experiences, (and those who are so excited about it,) truly “test” these “visits to heaven and hell” to see whether it is of God, as Scripture commands? (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
It is not “putting God in a box” to seek and obey the truth of Scripture. “God’s Word is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path” in this dark dimension, (Ps. 119:105.) Jesus Himself is The Word of God, (Jn. 8:12.) “Those who follow Him [through the truth of His Word] will not walk in darkness [or be deceived,] but will have the light of life.”
Þ All “out of the box” or unscriptural teachings, experiences, and spiritual manifestations are detrimental to our spiritual health, because they always violate the Word of Jesus — and thus they violate the Truth and Integrity of Jesus Himself, Who Is the Word of God, (Jn. 1:1-13.) Paul said in 1 Cor. 4:6 we must not “[speak and do] beyond that which is written…” And in 2 Cor. 10:13, “We will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us…”
God’s commandment to “test” everything that concerns our spiritual (and natural lives,) is not an option. Because the devil and his workers usually turn themselves “into angels of light” to get hold of our souls and eternal lives, God warned in 1 Pt. 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Only the “entirety of God’s Word is truth,” not misquoted portions of it, (Ps. 119:160.) The Holy Spirit will never violate the truth of His own Word. In contrast, He leads all those who “received the love of the truth” into “all truth” about Himself, His Word, every situation here on earth, and everything we need to know about eternal live in Him, (Jn. 16:13; 2 Ths. 2:9-14.)
In this context, Paul commanded that the gift of prophecy, as all ministry and spiritual manifestations, must be “judged” by the congregation to know whether it is of God, (1 Cor. 14:29.)
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus described how the rich man and Lazarus irrespectively went directly to hell and heaven when they died. When the rich man asked Him to send someone from hell to warn others that they may repent to escape that terrible torment, He replied, "No... [even if] someone [were allowed to go] from the dead, [either from hell or heaven,] they have the [truth of Scripture,] let them listen to [God's Word.] If they do not listen to [My Word,] neither will they be persuaded though one [might] rise from the dead, [or come back from heaven or hell.]"
This brings us to the second important question. Jesus clearly said decided sinners will not be “persuaded” to repent from sin and follow Him through the truth of Scripture, even though someone rises from the dead to warn them. So, how can extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven and hell, and even ‘messages’ from heaven and hell, now suddenly achieve that?
In the Old Testament (Eccl. 9:5-8,) Jesus also declared plainly, "The dead [are either in heaven or in hell] and know nothing [of what is happening on earth.] They have no more reward... Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun." Only at the return of Jesus, at the resurrection of their physical dead bodies from their physical graves, will the righteous dead come back to earth to inhabit their glorified, risen bodies to go to heaven with Jesus. The unrighteous dead will also be resurrect to inhabit their ever-living bodies, to be tortured forever in hell, (1 Ths. 5:23; 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:35-49; 1 Tim. 1:3-6.)
Þ Where Paul wrote in Scripture he visited heaven, he related only one valuable lesson for us: extra-Scriptural revelations of heaven are forbidden! He wrote in 2 Cor. 12:4 that he heard words in heaven, “which are not lawful for a man to utter.” If indeed Paul saw anything in heaven, that too, must have been “unlawful” to tell, because he did not breathe a single word about extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven.
Jesus did, can, and will resurrect the dead, (Mark 5:39-42; Acts 9:36-42; Ths. 4:16-17; ) But during Jesus’ time, and since He ascended into heaven, none of those, not even Paul or anyone else who died either with, or without Christ, came 'back' from heaven or hell with 'new revelations' of the afterlife, (2 Cor. 12:4 ) Extra-Scriptural revelations of heaven and even hell are new phenomena. The first believers all knew Jesus can raise people from the dead, but they never heard the stories we are hearing now, in the end time, where Jesus warned, deception rules Christianity, (Mt. 24:24-29.)
Þ Everything we need to know about heaven and hell was taught by Jesus Himself and recorded in the truth of His Word. The Man Jesus Christ was the last and final prophet where extra-Scriptural revelations are concerned, (Heb. 1:1-14.) This demands another important question. Since when are the truth of Jesus’ Word, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and the preaching of His Gospel not sufficient in bringing people to faith in, and obedience to Him? (Heb. 1:1-14; Jn. 16:8-9.) Paul declared in Rom. 10:17-18, “Faith comes by hearing [the truth of God’s Word.] The words of [true preachers] have gone out to ends of the world.” When people are convicted of sin and convinced of God’s Truth by the Holy Spirit, the preaching of His truth, not extra revelations from heaven and hell, brings them to faith and repentance.
Þ Yet, in defiance of God's Word, among the many extra-Scriptural 'revelations,' there are even accounts of those who supposedly came back from hell to tell how believers in Christ are eternally tortured because they "did not pay their tithes and attend all the church meetings!" (2 Cor. 9: 5,7; Rev. 18:4.)
This is completely false. According to the truth of God’s contextual Word, going to hell for “disobeying” false dogmas that twist God’s Word and abuse Jesus’ believers to extort money form them to allegedly ‘buy’ their “inherited blessed state or spiritual position inside the Kingdom of God by paying ‘tithes, is simply impossible, (Gal. 3:10-14; 1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-14.)
On the other hand, those who unrepentantly teach such false doctrines to abuse God, His Word, and believers, will surely go to hell, (1 Jn. 2:3-5.)
Spiritually born again believers belong to the New Testament Covenant of Grace, not to the ousted Old Testament Covenant of the Hebrews, (Heb. 8:13 - chapters 7-9.) Tithing is not a New Covenant mandate, (2 Cor. 9:5 & 7.) Tithes (plural) were the taxes of the Governmental Priesthood of the Old Testament's physical temple!
Besides, the man-made "church" system opposed to the spiritual body of Christ, (true believers,) is so incredibly corrupt, Jesus commanded His disciples to "come out of her, lest you receive of her plagues!" (Rev. 18:4.) So, why would Jesus send believers to hell for not attending their false church meetings?
It is clear that such people are really 'from hell,' because they preach false doctrine and do not understand that true believers must "test and prove everything" to see if it is of God! (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)