Is Angelica Zambrano's testimony of experiencing heaven and hell biblically sound?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
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...

July 01 2013 5 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Joshua Talltree
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.

August 10 2014 6 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Corrie Lof
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.

November 05 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Data Danny Hickman Believer in The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
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.

February 09 2015 7 responses Vote Up Share Report

A3bb06ba 0325 4661 a550 0973c367d3ff ROSEMARY LUTCAVAGE Registered Nurse
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

November 07 2018 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Open uri20140201 25501 17utmp0 Helmut Fischl Retired
This question has a very simple answer, although the testimony reflects some biblical truths and is likened unto the parable in Luke 16 attempting to deceive those not rooted in the Word. 

If we consult the Bible with regards to the "State of the Dead", we will soon see why her experience is not possible and is therefore the work of demonic activity. Ecclesiastes 9:5 states:” For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.” 

Contrary to the teaching of the mainstream Christian churches that you "go to heaven when you die”, the Bible does not teach that. Read 1 Thess. 4:13-18 with the main focus on “….and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

The experience of the person who died will be that he/she is being resurrected instantly after death. This experience will be for Adam and Eve exactly the same as for someone who died a minute ago. You will ask "How come?" There is no memory from the time of death until the resurrection, it feels instant.

The Bible teaches that when we die, God's breath leaves us and we return to dust. Without God's breath, there is no life, not here on earth nor in heaven. So, when do we get it back? During one of two mayor events still to come. At the second coming of Christ (Advent) the group who have died in Him (the righteous) 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15:51-54 will be resurrected by receiving God's breath again (first resurrection, see Rev 20), and will live forever and ever. 

The second group (the unrighteous) will receive theirs 1000 years later at the "second resurrection", but only for a short time until they will be destroyed forever with Satan, the beast and the false prophet.

So, since there are no people in heaven or hell (Dan 12:13) at the moment, with a few exceptions like Elijah and Moses (they appeared with Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration), the girl could not have seen anyone asking for help or telling her to warn the people on earth, except demons posing as people. Eph 6:12

Whatever we need to know is in the Word and the Spirit of prophecy; anything else is a "false prophet" of which Jesus gave many warnings.

God bless.

September 21 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Esteban Garrido
I'm gonna be honest: This woman's testimony, along with some others that I have recently seen, have really troubled me. I have recently given my life to Christ and am really trying to tighten up, but this is the second testimony that I have seen where someone sees a person in hell for not tithing. If you look up Mario Martinez's testimony, he had seen the same thing. He also talks about seeing Christians in hell because they kept asking forgiveness for a sin that they never broke free of. 

This troubles me because the bible tells us that satan won't do anything that will work against himself, so if this vision was from satan then it most likely brought many people to want to straighten up and follow Christ. Therefore I don't know if he would do something that would bring others to Jesus.

November 20 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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