Heaven and Hell Are Real
Isaac Chen—Taichung, Taiwan
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will
pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My
Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29)
Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what
he does is pure and right. (Prov 20:11)
My daughter Chen Jia-Yin was born in 1996. To me, she is a special heritage
given by our Lord Jesus. Her liveliness has been a constant source of comfort
and joy for me. As a concerned father, I have often fretted over her faith, her
studies and other areas of growth. I especially wished that she would receive
the Holy Spirit. I would be much more at ease if she had the Holy Spirit to
help and to guide her into God’s truth (Jn 16:13).
From my experience as a full time
minister, I feared that, with my daughter’s level of focus and zeal towards
prayer, it could be years before she would receive the Holy Spirit. But the
love and the grace of God extend beyond the imagination of man. During a prayer
session for the Holy Spirit, Jia-Yin saw a vision. A
few days later, she received the precious Holy Spirit. I felt very comforted knowing
that she would have the guidance and help of the Holy Spirit for her life.
I now recount the vision she saw
and her experience of receiving the Holy Spirit.
THE VISION OF TWO PATHS
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate
and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by
it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it. (Mt 7:13-14)
On Friday, April 23, 2004, during
a spiritual convocation at our church in Northern Taichung, Jia-Yin
went to the front of the chapel to pray for the Holy Spirit. As she continued
saying “Hallelujah, praise the Lord,” there appeared before her a sudden
darkness. She felt her spirit being lifted, and then floating in the air, she
saw a vision.
saw souls of the dead rising up from their bodies and proceeding to walk on a
road. Not long after, they arrived at a junction where they had to choose
between two paths. There was a broad road that led downhill, and it became
narrower and darker as they walked. The other was narrow and full of stones,
going uphill, but as they walked the road became brighter.
The Road to Destruction
She saw that those who chose the
broad road huddled together as the road became smaller. At the end of the road
was a beautiful and magnificent bridge. Those who walked this road thought that
heaven lay beyond this bridge. Hence, they chose this road. Shoving and
pushing, each blindly followed the person ahead. At one point, the bridge came
to an abrupt end and they fell, one by one, into a bottomless pit. No one had
time to warn those behind them. The people trudging behind thought that those
ahead had crossed the bridge to paradise, having no inkling of the imminent
The bottomless pit was filled with
skeletons and corpses. There were also worms that would not die and fire that could
not be quenched.
The Road to Heaven
As the vision continued, Jia-Yin looked to the other path. Although it was narrow
and stony, the longer someone walked along it, the brighter it became. Those
who walked on it eventually arrived at a large and magnificent golden gate.
descended in front of the gate and stood among the crowd. Suddenly, from the
top of the gate, a dove carrying an olive branch in its beak appeared in the
air, becoming larger as it approached.
At this moment, a bright and
glorious light surrounded the gate.
WHO CAN ENTER THROUGH THE GATES OF HEAVEN?
Baptized in Accordance with the Bible
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Three angels flew from behind the
gate. Two angels flanked each side of the gate as the third angel said in a
loud voice, “Have you been baptized?” Some of the people looked shocked. They
did not know why they had to be baptized in addition to believing in the Lord
Jesus. They did not believe in the efficacy of baptism and had not been
baptized. These people were turned away towards the road that led to
There was another group of people
who received baptism that was not performed in accordance with the teachings of
the Bible. So, the heavenly gate appeared to them as if it was the gate of
hell, and they angrily turned towards the broad road. They ended up falling
into hell like those who first chose the bridge.
Received the Holy Spirit
… having believed, you were sealed with the Holy
Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption
of the purchased possession . . . (Eph 1:13-14)
To those remaining at the glorious
gate of heaven, the angel asked a second question, “Did you receive the Holy
Spirit when you believed?” A force pushed back those who had not received the
Holy Spirit, and they slid backwards to the road of destruction. Two other
groups suffered the same fate: those without the Holy Spirit who refused to
leave, and those who mistakenly thought that they had the Holy Spirit.
Named in the Book of Life
And it shall come to pass that he who is left in
Zion and remains in Jerusalem
will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. (Is 4:3)
After the questioning, many still
remained by the gate of heaven and the bright gate of heaven slowly opened. Two
angels guarded the gate and another angel brought the book of life and came before
the people. The angel then took the roll call. Those who were called
immediately passed through the gate of heaven.
could see what was in the book of life. It was filled with names. Next to each
name was recorded some fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23).
God used many different symbols
such as ○ × ∆ to record each person’s daily life, in terms of
whether one had lived a life filled with good deeds and was full of the fruit of
the Holy Spirit.
Those who were called to enter the
gate of heaven were not necessarily those who were perfect and made no
mistakes. Rather, these were people who in their lives always repented and
confessed their wrongdoings. They were people who relied on the Holy Spirit’s
rebuke and humbled themselves.
Through prayers, they repented and
removed the impurities of faith. They manifested the fruit of the Holy Spirit
abundantly and led lives that glorified God and benefited mankind.
Those whose names were not called
were those who, in spite of having received the Holy Spirit, did not value the
Holy Spirit. They did not rely on the Holy Spirit to watch and pray, nor did
they apply righteousness and judgment to examine themselves
They lacked faithfulness, humility
and a repentant heart. They neglected their faith and wasted time given to them
on earth. Some among this group realized their mistakes and resolved to repent.
But it was too late. There was no longer an opportunity for repentance.
At the completion of the roll
call, those who qualified had all entered and the gates were shut immediately.
The impact of the gates closing shut was so strong that those remaining outside
were flung into hell.
Scenes of Heaven
The ground in heaven was paved
with shining gold. Even the flowers were singing!
As the qualified people passed
through the gate of heaven, their clothes were immediately transformed into
bright white garments. Regardless of age and gender, each person’s face and
appearance became like that of angels: young, tall, and beautiful.
In the spirit, everyone recognized
each other, including the twelve apostles. There were Peter, John, James and
more. Saints who were called earlier lined horizontally in front of those who
were called later. Everyone stood in line, holding one another’s hands and
singing hymns joyfully as they marched forward.
On both sides, many angels accompanied
them and sang with them. The language used was not of this world. It was the
language of heaven. Everyone sang and matched in beautiful harmony.
These people arrived at a majestic
and beautiful church building. One after the other, they entered the chapel. On
both sides, the angels welcomed the congregation with beautiful tunes on
flutes, violins and harps. At the front of the chapel, an angel was playing the
harp. There was another person present. In the vision, Jia-Yin
knew He was the Lord Jesus, who was about to deliver the sermon.
First, He spoke of the calling of
the first four apostles, Peter, Andrew, James and John, to be fishers of men.
Then, He spoke of the miracle of the five loaves of bread and two fish where,
through the offering of a small child, five thousand were fed (cf. Mk 1:16-20; Jn 6:9-13).
As to why there was a need for
sermons in the kingdom of heaven, Jia-Yin heard the
Lord Jesus say, “Today you are all able to enter the heavenly kingdom and to be
seated here. Look not only to preserve yourselves. You have the duty to preach
the gospel and to offer your abilities. Let the Lord bless and guide, and let
Him finish the salvation of God.”
The Lord Jesus’ sermon served to
remind believers who were still on earth about their life commission.
Jia-Yin Received the Holy
Throughout the time when she saw
the vision and heard the Lord Jesus’ sermons, Jia-Yin
was praying fervently. Her heart was touched and she cried joyfully. It was at
this time that a deacon patted her shoulder and encouraged her: “Jia-Yin, pray harder, you will receive the Holy Spirit
soon.” Jia-Yin opened her eyes and the vision
Although she did not receive the
Holy Spirit at that spiritual convocation, as Jia-Yin
was saying “Hallelujah, praise the Lord Jesus,” during a bedtime prayer a few
days later, she began speaking in tongues, thanks be to the Lord. She was
filled with the Holy Spirit and she prayed loudly. After a while, we said
“Amen.” I told her, “Jia-Yin, you have received the