How Seeing Hell Changed Me
People often ask how my vision of hell changed me. First of all, seeing hell would change anyone. It was so horrifying, so far beyond words, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for the next entire year. I would look at a group of people and think, “Most of these people are going to hell and don’t realize it” as Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14. I asked myself, “What can I do to help reach them?” At the time God gave me this vision of hell, I had been a Christian for 28 years. I had always served the Lord and loved His Word but this experience caused me to have a burning heart for people’s eternal souls. I wanted to tell them how to stay out of hell. It was so pressing that I could hardly stand it when someone laughed at the Bible, and ridiculed the words of Jesus where He said, “I am the only way to heaven” in John 14:6.
This analogy might help give you an insight as to my feelings and the urgency I had to warn others:
You are lying beside a beautiful swimming pool and you observe some evil looking men pull up in a truck. They begin to drain the pool to half way and then empty a truckload of acid fluid into the pool. Clearly you know they are up to no good. They toss a piece of metal into the newly filled pool of water and the metal disintegrates immediately. You know for certain that if someone jumps into the pool, they will suffer a horrible death. The men and the truck leave. Around the corner you see many small children running toward the pool. The water looks very inviting. The children are getting closer and obviously intend on jumping into the water. The question is, “What would you do?” Would you just lie there and think, “Well, they’re not my kids?” No, of course not! You would jump up and try your best to stop them, even tackle them if needed. You would not let them jump in to their death. This is how I felt about not saying something to everyone I would meet.
I felt I had to warn people about what is coming at the end of this life for anyone who hasn’t received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This vision also caused my wife and I to leave our successful careers. Many invitations to share this experience came in from around the world and we found ourselves traveling multiple times each month. We paid our own way, and didn’t receive any money from anyone for the first seven years of travel. Traveling is also not something I enjoy.
This life is short. James 4:14 says, “It’s just a vapor.” May we as Christians seek to have a better eternal perspective. Let us commit to do the things that will count for all eternity, to serving God with all our hearts, and to spending time with Him. We need to remember that the only thing we can take with us to heaven is people.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 says, “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.”
God has entrusted us with His life-giving Words to share with others. That is what all Christians are commanded to do.
Proverbs 11:30 says, “He that wins souls is wise.” May this be our desire and our main pursuit.
Psalm 49:8-9 in the Living Bible says,“For a soul is far too precious to be ransomed by mere earthly wealth. There is not enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell.”
My question for you is, “Do you value those people God brings across your path enough to share the truth with them?”
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell