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Angelica Zambrano, a young Ecuadorian, claims that she was dead for 23 hours, during which time she met Jesus Christ and was led through hell and heaven and sent back to warn people about the reali...
In Angelica Zambrano's vision she said that there was a young man who was a Christian Hip Hop artist who ended up in hell because of the fact that he performed Christian Hip Hop music. No person will go to hell because they are rap artists for Christ but because of their lack of relationship with Jesus. Her statement that we should not listen to Christian rap because it does not worship God is totally false and unbiblical. It was said by Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 that a he must have a relationship with in order to get into heaven. So, she made a rather large mistake when see said that he was there because of his music choice. He went to hell because he never really knew Jesus.
I've not read Angelica Zambrano's account of her vision of Heaven and Hell. In fact it's the first I've heard of it, but I find it very intriguing as I do all such assertions. The question, a valid one, is to be expected whenever someone makes a bold claim to have been chosen of The Most High to chat with Him exclusively, and then to go back and communicate to the other,(now 7 billion) of us, the episode in question. That's plenty to swallow, to put it gingerly. However, to ask if her account of her vision passes a Bible based litmus test is to repeat an exercise that perpetuates itself. From start to finish The Bible tells of God revealing His Truth to us through various seemingly unreliable people; people who made mistakes in their representation of His encounter with them and other such human error. The Bible itself, The Truth in print is disputed by God-fearing Elders, Teachers, Evangelists, and the like,as if there's more than one truth to be gained from it. Unbelievers take pleasure in all this in-house bickering while it suits their motive, which is to prove all we proclaim, to be imaginary. For instance, when Jesus says to His congregation in John 6:53 "unless you eat the flesh of The Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you," there are those who will debate the doctrine of salvation by grace or works using this text. There are also those who take this reference literally and calls it a direct contradiction to God's prohibition to eating or drinking blood in Leviticus 17:10. Where do these disputes come from? Those of us who study The Word recognize this to be a question asked by The Apostle James in His letter to the 12 Tribes scattered abroad. But what we overlook sometimes is what battles He's referring to. That question begins chpt 4. It is in response to his teaching in the previous chapter on believers wanting to teach and have wisdom and all the other "self-seeking" that exists among us. Those are his words not mine. My point is that we should be cautious in our attempt to validate or censor such a claim as the one made by Angelica Zambrano. There are many, I believe, among us who have had similar dreams and visions from The Lord who prefer to remain anonymous for the most part. There is a tendency for our fellow "believers" to question why The Lord would choose such a "person" instead of some other "person" that would seem to be a more logical choice to represent Him. You can tell the wrong believer of how or when you got saved and have them begin to test whether your story is "biblical". Sometimes it's not the account but the revelation of the vision. And yes, most of us will embellish if we're not careful, but that doesn't necessarily mean the whole account should be scrapped. I don't believe there are many among us who could tell it the way it happened and leave it at that.
Instead of picking apart aspects of ideas in her "testimony", look at it as a whole. Is this how God reveals Himself to His people? The parable of Lazarus and the rich man instantly came to mind when reading this question and answer. See Luke 16:19-31. I realize that it is a parable, but what is our Saviour telling us about how God reveals Himself? The accounts in Scripture of visions and miraculous signs are for us who have the complete Scripture. There are strong warnings of false prophets especially in John's Epistles and in Revelations. If they do not line up with what Scripture as a whole teaches, it is false, work of Satan to lead us astray from the Truth. Whether it is a seemingly sincere woman, or little child claiming to have these sort of experiences, however convincing it may be, remember that Satan often disguises himself as an angel of light, 2 Cor. 11:1-15.
I find this very difficult to put credence in because of Luke 16. If this was a parable, it’s still truth and it’s also the ONLY parable with given names out of all the parables Jesus taught. The rich man begged to go back and warn his brothers and family that he’ll was real. He was told that they had the words of the prophets and if they wouldn’t believe them then neither would they believe someone that came back from the dead. Also, Jesus warned in the last days that there would be lying deceptive wonders. He is seated at the Right hand of the Father and told us if anyone says lo, there is Jesus or claims to have seen Jesus to not believe them. We would see Him when He returns to get us and gather His Bride up and gathers Her to Himself. That will be the real Jesus. God bless all
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