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Book Review: A Divine Revelation of Hell by Mary K. Baxter

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A Divine Revelation of Hell by Mary K. Baxter describes the physical layout and situation of hell. The author writes that she was escorted into the nether world over a thirty day period by Jesus Christ and was told to share her visions.

The scenes of hell described in her book are way beyond awful. The worst part is that the abject horrors and sufferings are eternal. Jesus cries in these visions as souls recognize Him and beg Him to get them out of there. Yet they curse Him, indicating that they are still not penitent.

According to Baxter’s visions, all characters shown in hell had heard the gospel preached and given the chance to repent and accept their Savior. It is a choice. God has given us a free will! There are many backsliders there as well, including pastors who preached false doctrine.

A Divine Revelation of Hell is Bible based. Mary K. Baxter reiterates time and again that hell is a real physical place of eternal torment and warns the reader not to be complacent as all the signs of the end-times are here: plagues, wars, catastrophic weather events, failing economies and rampant deception. She warns in her book that Satan and his hordes know that the end is near and are out in full force to try to keep many from eternal salvation.

The author vividly describes the emotions, feelings and continual terrors of her experience. Every time she descended into the abyss, it was with Jesus Christ, who gave her peace and was her protection. However, twice she was left completely alone! She describes how she had absolutely no hope. She was convinced that she must have committed some horrible sin and knew that she could never ever get out. She was physically chained, felt her flesh oozing and rotting off her skeleton, kept in a locked cell, and tortured continuously.

Yes, Jesus saved her, but after her ordeal she suffered another month of mental torture, physical illness, and severe depression. She was not only an eyewitness, but a physical and emotional victim of the intensity of evil, pain, hopelessness, utter despair, constant pain and stench. From this, she writes, she was given the mandate to warn about the reality of hell and Satan.

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  • http://www.ricklannoye.com RickLannoye

    Perhaps the person who originally came up with the idea of Hell was first inspired by some really bad dreams, not unlike Baxter’s “vision.”

    But the term “Bible based” is not the same as “true.” We have to understand that, while there are many beautiful and wonderful and wise sayings in the Bible, there are many other aweful, horrible and ludicrous sayings that were mixed in. And one of the worst of these adulterations was the idea that God tortures people in a place called Hell!

    But the good news (yes actual “gospel”) is that the historical Jesus most certainly rejected the doctrine of Hell.

    I’ve actually written an entire book on this topic–“Hell? No! Why You Can Be Certain There’s No Such Place As Hell,” (for anyone interested, you can get a free Ecopy of my book at my website, but if I may, let me share one of the many points I make in it.

    If one is willing to look, there’s substantial evidence contained in the gospels to show that Jesus opposed the idea of Hell. For example, in Luke 9:51-56, is a story about his great disappointment with his disciples when they actually suggested imploring God to rain FIRE on a village just because they had rejected him. His response: “You don’t know what spirit is inspiring this kind of talk!” Presumably, it was NOT the Holy Spirit. He went on, trying to explain how he had come to save, heal and relieve suffering, not be the CAUSE of it.

    So it only stands to reason that this same Jesus, who was appalled at the very idea of burning a few people, for a few horrific minutes until they were dead, could never, ever burn BILLIONS of people for an ETERNITY!

    True, there are a few statements that made their way into the gospels which place Hell on Jesus’ lips, but these adulterations came along many decades after his death, most likely when the Church began filling up with Greeks who imported their belief in Hades with them when they converted.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    More to the point, this book is a work of fiction. So, whilst Jesus possibly did exist, the notion of gods is just silly superstition, so there is no heaven or hell awaiting we humans, just life here on earth, so let’s stop making such a mess of it…

  • http://lifealteringwords.com/blogs Ann Stewart

    One of many: Mat. 18:9
    “better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire”

    The Word of God convicts. Your thoughts will trap you. God is Truth; He cannot lie. However, those who do not want to believe have a free will.

    The spirit Jesus referred to in Luke 9: 51.. was the devil, indicating that the disciples were listening to the wrong voices, i.e. thoughts.

    They did not yet understand that He came to become sin on the cross for us. He abolished the Old covenant where sin had to be destroyed with fire (Sodom..), wars, water (the Flood).

    No longer is there a covenannt between God and man, but between God and Jesus. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to be a sacrifice for us. God “made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.” (2 Cor. 5: 21) Therefore if you believe in Him, you are in Him an heir to eternal life.

    “Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority.” (2 Peter 2:9-10a)

    You can choose to listen to your own belief system or the absolute Word of God. God is not mocked. He is Love but He is a Holy God.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    God is imaginary…

  • zingzing

    woah. dante’s no longer the gold standard, i guess. this thing smacks of the same religion-as-masochism that made “passion of the christ” so terrible.

  • http://quiverfullfamily.com Jennifer Bogart

    Hi Ann,

    I think 1 Corinthians 18 applies to these comments well:

    For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

    John 6:44

    No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

    Pray that God draws. You never know what fruit will result as a result of throwing out seed.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    dante’s no longer the gold standard, i guess….

    Dante wrote comedy, zing – la commedia divina. And to his Age, he was explaining things. This sounds like soap opera to me – and this Age is filled with telenovelas. So in this age of Oprah and Jerry Springer, you need soap opera to explain things to Chirstians.

    As for me, this is all “nice” – pretty stories or the goyim. We Jews have our own views of all this and they are equally nightmarish.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Should have been “pretty stories for the goyim”. Fingers were moving too fast.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Finally, there is this to contemplate.

  • James R. Brayshaw

    Greetings Ann,
    This is an interesting book review you have posted. There are a lot of questions about Hell and there are a lot of answers out there too. The one answer that I would ask you and your readers to consider comes from a different questions about the topic. Is it possible we who believe in the God of the Bible have misunderstood who and what Satan is? Why is satan never a proper noun in the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus came to teach the truth of those Scriptures that had been perverted by the religious leaders? Why. if there is no satan as a proper noun in the Old Testament. do we see the Messiah calling Peter “Satan” in the New Testament? Ann there are answers to these questions and it seems the answers go way back to Persia about 2700 years ago. Did you know that the Hebrew people who spent 70 years in exile in Babylon which became Persia, didn’t have an evil cosmic being in their philosophy until they left Persia? Do you know the Greek word satanas as used by Jesus according to the Gospels, comes from the Hebrew word sawtawn? When Christ used satanas or its Aramaic equivalent sata, He understood what it meant in the Hebrew language and that it referred to an adversary. Just because we think we understand the Greek use of a Hebrew term doesn’t mean we understand correctly.
    The mention of satanas in the New and the Old testaments is more probably a reference to a human adversary, an adversary sent by the Creator, or an adversarial religious teaching or belief. Ann and friends, please consider exploring the origin of the idea of Hell and Satan. I think once you do you will be able to reconcile the passages that seem to speak of a literal Hell and Satan based on their historical, cultural, linguistic, social, literary, and religious context. One example of a passage that can be reconciled is this;

    2nd Samuel 24:1 And the anger of Yahweh was kindled and He caused David to go and number the tribes of Israel.

    The same story told in Chronicles says this;

    1 Chronicle 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel and caused David to number Israel.

    Was it God or was it satan who caused David to count his tribes?
    As simple as this apparent contradiction is to reconcile it is sad how so many have claimed the Bible contradicts itself and therefore should not be heeded based on passages like these.

    Ann and friends, the belief in Satan is one that is seldom explored by those who adhere to that belief. The Lord says He makes peace and He creates evil in Isaiah 45. So is it possible the Great God did not establish an evil henchman to do violence to His creation? Is it possible that as Christ says, ” Out of the heart is where evil comes from,” that wickedness and evil are perpetrated by humans with “evil” desires and not by a mythical being? Is it possible that Lucifer is a term for a pagan King who believed himself to be the Morning Star Venus, that rises before the Sun? Please accept my humble request to explore these ideas and questions about a doctrine that just may have people believing there is an evil cosmic being doing the things that either God or man are doing. I am happy to offer a copy of a book that explains all of the Hell and satan issues found in the Scriptures for those who will send me an email. I can be reached through my scog.ca web site or by email jrbrayshaw@scog.ca.

    Ann, please consider a review of this important book. Volume 1 is available now and Volume 2 will be out later this year.

    Regards
    Jim Brayshaw

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Funny, Jim, how your comments reflect basic Jewish doctrine. hasatán the satan, is the challenger. Nothing more. There is no “devil”, no fool with a pitchfork who seeks to overthrow G-d. All this is just a pack of malarkey, extra drama to keep ignorant peasants listening to the story. But there is a “challenger”, and there is a real challenge in terms of how we deal with ourselves. In the Tana”kh, we see that David is challenged to make the right decisions – and he doesn’t always succeed.

    The many errors that are in the Septuagint, the many purposeful misinterpretations by Christians of Jewish doctrine, all lead to real confusion as to what is really going on spritually

  • http://pewreviews.wordpress.com Warren Kelly

    Well, this all may sound quite good, but it wasn’t Jesus who took her on her guided tour of Hell.

    (Luke 16:19-31) Jesus is speaking:
    “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[6] The rich man also died and was buried,and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house — for I have five brothers[7] — so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”

    If this is supposed to be a Biblical account,then perhaps the author should consult the Bible.

  • Shamwella

    You know what? Whether theres a Satan or not is not an issue to be concerned with. The main objective here is to make your heart pure before God through Jesus Christ His son.
    Whether we like it or not evil exists in this world and evil is present in the hearts of man. It can only be eradicated by the power of God through recieving the One He sent, Jesus. It may not happen over night but it will happen. Dont be tied up in philosophy and ‘intellegent’ arguments and proofs.
    Lets go back to basics and remember what really matters because when we die there isnt going to be a pop quizz on whether Satan exists or not, or what the Hebrew word for Devil is, but we will be asked is what we did with our lives and whether we lived it in honour of God or not.

  • http://lifealteringwords.com/blogs Ann Stewart

    I say Amen to that, Shamwella! That sums up my thoughts in answer to you all.

    Bless you, and love the Lord your God,

    Ann

  • deevolving

    I’m not comfortable at all with this book. Firstly, because it uses the fear of hell to bring people to God which I find an unhealthy way to evangelize. Secondly, though there are biblical references, there are also a lot of “popular” western conceptions of hell, Lastly, there is a somewhat a mystical element to it similar to Rebecca Brown’s books.

  • http://lifealteringwords.com/blogs Ann Stewart

    Thanks so much for all your comments. Lots of food for meditation.

    I haven’t had much time to answer you all. But now I will take a few minutes to try and answer some.

    1. Whether or not you choose to believe in Satan depends mostly on whether you want to believe in God. 1 Chron. 21: 1 (KJV) say that Satan “provoked” David. He also provoked and gave Adam & Eve a choice to believe in what God had said or to follow a different doctrine.

    In David’s case, he knew he was NOT to number Israel. He chose to listen to the other “voice” and in verse 7-8 we learn that because of his sin, God smote Israel, and David repented for his sin.

    In other words, it’s a copout to blame Satan/devil for everything. He will try to convince us to do the wrong thing, but it’s always our choice.

    2. Evangelism through fear
    For most of my Christian life I also was opposed to that kind of tactic, and still believe that the Good news of our Lord touches the heart. I agree that fear will not in itself cause heartfelt repentance. However, many seem to need to be “jolted.” Whether those seeds fall on stony or fertile ground, we’ll never know, but all will have heard the gospel and had a choice to pursue God and discover Christ’s love for themselves.

    What it did for me – a long-time believer – is that it jolted me out of complacency and made me realize how lax the Church has become. When I realized that so many backslidden Christians and pastors who said that they would repent but didn’t, I really took serious inventory in my own heart and now follow Him much more earnestly, and want to warn others who had once accepted the Lord. Truely, most of us don’t recognize when the fire grows cold and put other things ahead of God.

    3. Is it Scriptural? Luke 16: 19-31 is spoken by Jesus to the Jews, who had the Ten Commandments and their whole history about God. Jesus had not yet gone to the cross. Note Abraham in “Abraham’s bosom” section of the netherworld – waiting to be resurrected when Jesus went down to hell and preached to all in that section. Abraham is no longer there, but had to wait for the Resurrection: the first Man with a human body in heaven.

    Also that account was about belief in the resurrection, which many Jews did not believe in.

    Hope these thoughts help you meditate on God’s Word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you reveal the Word for your life.

    Bless you all,

    Ann

  • jigme tamang

    There r few peoples god has sellected n from them we r able keep our faith strong …coz our god is warning every one that the day is near …..The heaven n hell is there n every knows it but still then they deny the truth….To me it was really a great blessing from god coz im quite far from fellowship but still then the god is providing me the needs through such real stories n song…a great thankful to lord for givin new life to MARY K.BARTER n chance to share his real experiences in the hell n meanming of hell….This book provides fear to all the believer n warns to be ready for his coming….

  • olga

    Amen god is cominging I was a big sinner and now time. Gain I do sin but please god forgive me and show my brothers kiki and mickey

  • Marcus

    You know it’s funny how people believe in the “Theory of Evolution” but dont believe in a higher being “God”. And for those non-believers time will tell and by the way it’s running out belive that. The Bible says that every knee shall bow and every tounge shall confess that Jesus is Lord, that means even Satan will bow. God Bless those who believe and those who don’t.

  • Gerry

    I believe in this Book..Some of the people who’ve had near death experiences saw the things that Mary Baxter experience in hell too..So it’s True! So to those who doesn’t believed hell..you’ll believed it when you’d experienced it yourself..While there’s still Time REPENT..and believed & accept Jesus Christ..

    Tomorrow maybe Too Late

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Thanks for that insightful and incisive comment, Gerry, you’ve really helped to shed some light.

  • ssdssd

    Hell is real, but this book is rong.I believe in god,but do not believe waht this book tells.If waht she speaks of is true, than that means god is helples and crul.Am I rite

  • ssdssd

    About my last coment, I beleive in God and I beleive that heaven and hell are real. Oh, and sorry about my bad typing on previous coment. Mylittle sis is doing this one for me.LOL!Anyways, God is just patient, firm, and kind. This book is mostly based on a womens worries. I would never reconmend this to an unbeleiver. I know this women means well, but I don’t think it was God who would drop a cristain into hell.This is my first reveiw,please be gentle.

  • ssdssd

    This book is not from god but from the devel himself.I mean this book is blasphemy to the bibel.I will never offer this book of lies to a non biliver it wuld turn them away from the lord.this book ofers no peac and no salvaton.Do not read this book if yoo ar a biliver.Or if you think god wuld dump you in hell then leav than this book is for you.I worwry about this womon and the fals satanec tesumoniy she herd.Thats all pleas comit below!!!

  • ssdssd

    I woriy for you gerry

  • kay Wilson

    I love the fact that there were other people’s testimony besides Ann. Thank you Ann for sharing. I am a history major and read of so much wickedness in ths world I am sure God has a place for all those who are wicked and hurt people.
    Continue to share your testimony that we will live righteous lives in obedience to God’s commandments .
    The people who are unbelievers of God’s word will mock and scorn but keep the faith and be strong and of good courage.
    Continue to reach to those who are lost to the ways of the world’s immorality and unrighteousness.
    Aloha

  • wil

    this book is real>>>>.u may feel that its fiction,,its beacuse satans demons are inside you playing with your mind so u think otherwise

  • Reproved

    It is really sad to read so much skepticism about such a serious reality. atheist claim they don’t believe in God but go out of their way to read and comment about spiritual things. Deceiving themselves and others who look for solace to disregard their conscience. Christian experts of theology so bent on the letter that like the Pharisees they miss the Spirit behind the account. God is not mocked and will prove Himself to be who He says He is. Don’t worry, just live a little longer and you will know for sure very soon. He who has an ear let Him hear.