MY BRIEF EXPERIENCE OF HADES
Eternity is real, dear ones! I had a personal encounter with the Lord in 1999. He chose to be merciful to me (Romans 9:14-16). I had given my life to Jesus seven years earlier but was not quite living right. I didn't have the privilege to experience what other children of God who have been taken up to see a glimpse of Heaven now talk about. All I received on the fateful day was a warning - nothing more.
I was in a severely hot environment with numerous people. There was so much suffering and wailing there. It was the place of torment, called Hades. Hades is the waiting place unrighteous souls are kept when they die, to suffer constant torment until the Day of Judgment, when they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire - Eternal Hell (Revelation 20:14-15).
I must have been in the place for a few minutes, for I soon found myself standing in front of the Lord. He specifically told me that everything was fine with me, but one sin that I failed to repent of earned me a place in Hades - just one! I took a drastic decision later in life because of this encounter and made up my mind never to look back. What if I was not warned? I think about it all the time. What if that was it - I never woke up? The God of many chances was indeed merciful to me.
The Lord is coming for a spotless bride. Do not let anyone on social media, a church, or a ministry deceive you into believing that God accepts sins once in a while; He does not. The Bible says that His eyes are too pure to behold iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13). He does forgive our sins when we confess them, but repentance is crucial and must never be neglected. There is a chance to seek forgiveness and repent, but only for as long as we are alive. After death, comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
*Dear Precious Soul: Do not spend time pondering over what my "one sin" could have been. Accept this testimony as a warning that just one sin (no matter how huge or small it seems) will keep you out of Heaven. No one will make up a story of having experienced torment in Hades, just to appear righteous - it is unheard of. They would rather tell you they made it to Paradise, for a few minutes of fame, perhaps. Think about it!
If you do not quickly repent of your ways and your journey on earth suddenly ends, you now know what will happen from the message here. Even though a lot of people have a problem accepting the truth, the fact remains that tomorrow is promised to no one - not even the righteous. Repent and turn your life over to Jesus Christ today!
Firmly in His Grip,
Deborah O Daniel (Toyin)