by Kenneth E. Hagin
A REMARKABLE VISION in which an evangelist was caught away and shown scenes of both heaven and hell, and in which an Angelic Messenger gave him a special message concerning events which are to transpire in the end-time.
While I was conducting a revival in Rockwall, Texas, during the latter part of August and the first part of September, 1950. I called the people around the altar for prayer at 10 PM, September 2. As I was praying the Spirit of the Lord came upon me in a wonderful way, and I began to pray in other tongues. In a few minutes I heard a voice saying unto me “Come up hither.” I looked up and saw Jesus standing with a crown in His hands. He said, “This is a soul-winner’s crown.” The crown was most beautiful and human language could never describe it. He said to me, “My people are so careless and indifferent. This crown is for every one of my children. I speak and say, ‘Go speak to this one’ or ‘pray for that one,’ but my people are too busy. They put it off, and souls are lost because they will not obey me.” I wept before Him and repented of my failures. Jesus then said to me, “Come up hither,” and it seemed I went with Him through the air till I saw a beautiful City.
We did not go into the City, but beheld it at close range. How beautiful and indescribable it was. Jesus said, “My people are so selfish; they say they are ready and talk about their mansion and the glories of Heaven while many all around them are in darkness and have no hope. Share your hope with them invite them to come with you.”
VISION OF HELL
Then He took me down to Hell and as I beheld it, I said, “Lord, it looks just like it did when I saw it on April 21, 1933 at 7:30 PM when I died and my soul went to this place and You spoke and my soul came back into my body. I then prayed through and You saved me.
“My people are so selfish; they say they are ready and talk about their mansion and the glories of Heaven while many all around them are in darkness and have no hope.
Only now I’m not afraid nor horrified as I was then. I saw what seemed to be human bodies wrapped in flames. Jesus said to me, “Warn men and women about this place,” and I cried out with tears that I would. Then He brought me back to earth and as He stood by my side, He talked to me about my ministry and told me some things in general that He later explained in detail in another vision. Jesus disappeared and I realized I was still kneeling on the platform. I heard people crying and praying around me.
THE MESSAGE OF THE HORSEMAN
About that time, the Holy Spirit came upon me again and I fell flat on face on the platform. As I lay under the power, I saw a horseman riding at full speed toward me. He held a scroll of paper high in his left hand. I was not conscious of my earthly surroundings, but seemingly was my in space somewhere. When the horseman came to me, he stopped; passed the scroll from his left hand to his right the handed it to me saying, “Take and read I opened or unrolled it and saw at the top of the page in big, bold, black print these words: “WAR-DESTRUCTION.” I was struck dumb and unable to speak. He laid his right hand on my head and said, “Read in the Name of Jesus Christ,” and I began to read what followed on the paper; then I looked as the words instructed, and saw what I had read about. I saw thousands and thousands of men in uniform marching to war. I saw many women, old, white haired, middle aged and even young women with babies in their arms bowed together in sorrow and weeping profusely. I saw the skyline of a large city and when I looked again the skyscrapers were burned out hulls, the city in ruins There was written that not just one city would be thus destroyed, but many.
I saw the skyline of a large city and when I looked again the skyscrapers were burned out hulls, the city in ruins There was written that not just one city would be thus destroyed, but many.
I continued to read the scroll.It was written in the first person and was just like Jesus Himself speaking. He said, “America is receiving her last call. Some nations have already received their last call and will never receive another. THE TIME OF THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND,” was repeated at least four or five times. He said also that this was the last great revival.
GIFTS TO BE RESTORED TO THE CHURCH
All of the Gifts of the Spirit will be in operation in the last days and the Church will do greater things than even the early Church did, and have greater power, signs and wonders than were written in the Acts of the Apostles. He said we had seen and experienced many healings, but would now behold amazing miracles such as had not been seen before. More and more miracles will be performed in the last days which are just ahead, for He said, “It is time for the Gift of Working of Miracles to be more in prominence. We now have entered into the era of the miraculous. Many of my own people will not accept the moving of my Spirit and will turn back and will not be ready to meet Me at my coming. Many will be deceived by false prophets and miracles of Satanic origin. But follow the Word of God and the Spirit of God, and follow Me and you will not be deceived. I am gathering my own together and preparing them, for the time is short.” There were several exhortations to watchfulness, to awake, to pray and not be deceived.
THE 7 DAYS BEFORE THE FLOOD
Then He said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. As I finally spoke to Noah and said yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth, so today I am speaking and giving America her last warning and call to repentance and the time that is left is comparable to the last seven days of Noah’s time.
Many of my own people will not accept the moving of my Spirit and will turn back and will not be ready to meet Me at my coming.
“Warn this generation as did Noah his generation for judgment is about to fall, and these things shall be fulfilled shortly, for I am coming soon.” He said again, “This is the last revival and I am preparing my people for My coming. Judgment is coming but I will call my people away even unto myself before the worst shall come. But be thou faithful; watch and pray,” were the concluding remarks, “For the Time of the End of all things is at hand.”
VISION OF THE THRONE
Those who were present at the time of my vision said I read the scroll a loud for about thirty minutes. I cannot recall all of it at the present time, I handed the scroll back to the rider and he rode away in the same direction from which he had come. Then I was conscious of the fact that I still lay on the floor flat on my face. I lay there in the glory for a few minutes and then heard a voice saying, “Come up to the throne of God.” Looking up, I saw Jesus again and went to Him, it seemed, right through the air. We came to the throne of, God and I beheld It with all its splendor. I was not, able to look upon the face of God but only beheld His form. I saw the rainbow around about the throne. I saw the winged creatures on either side of the throne. They are peculiar looking creatures and have eyes of fire that look in all directions. I stood with Jesus in the midst and He talked with me for nearly an hour. I saw Him as plainly as I ever saw anyone in this life and heard Him speak. I will not go into detail as to what He said to me for it concerns only me, and my ministry. The following account, however, covers the main points.
He said that He had called me to a special ministry and had kept me through the years. Though Satan had tried to destroy my life many times, His angels had watched over me and cared for me. He talked to me about some things that the Holy Spirit had said to me almost two years before. He showed me where I had missed Him and doubted His dealings with me. I fell at His feet and repented with tears. Then He spoke about speaking to me again, this time by prophecy and also by that still small voice in my heart. He said that I had been faithful and believed and obeyed this second time and at that time entered into the second phase of my ministry. He said that I was now to enter into the third phase of my ministry.
And If I would be faithful to what He had said to me; believe and obey Him, He would appear to me again and talk to me; then I would enter in to the fourth and final stage or phase of my ministry. He laid His finger in the palm of each of my hands and then laid His hand on my head and said, “Go, for I have called thee, sent thee and given thee, a special anointing to pray for the sick.” My hands burned like I had fire in them. He said, “When you lay your hands on the sick, lay one hand on each side of their body. If you feel the fire jump from hand to hand, there is an evil spirit or demon in the body causing the affliction or trouble. Call him out In My Name. The demon or demons will have to go in My Name. If the fire does not jump from hand to hand it is a case of healing only. Pray for them in My Name; if they will believe and accept it, the fire will leave your hands and go into their bodies and drive out the affliction or sickness. When the fire leaves your hands and. goes into the body, you know they are healed.” I fell at His feet and cried out in tears, “Lord don’t send me; send somebody else. Please, don’t send me. Just give me a little church to pastor, but don’t send me; I’d rather not go, Lord, I’ve heard so many of our own ministers and folks criticize those who pray for the sick. Lord, just give me a common-place ministry.”
THE LORD’S REBUKE
Jesus rebuked me and said, “I’ll go with you and stand by your side as you pray for the sick; and many times you will see Me. Occasionally I will open the eyes of someone in the audience and they will say, “Why I saw Jesus standing by that man as He prayed for the sick.”‘ I said, “All right, Lord, I’ll go if You’ll go with me: I’ll do my best and be as faithful as I know how.” There came a love that I had never known into my heart for those who criticize this type of ministry. I said, “Lord, I’ll pray for them, for they don’t know, or they would not say the things they do. Lord, I’ve said similar things, but I didn’t realize nor see as I do now, and neither do they. Forgive them Lord.”
Then He said, “Go thy way, My son; fulfill the ministry and be faithful for the time is short.” As I walked away from the throne of God, Jesus said just another word or so “Be sure to give Me all the praise and glory for all that is done, and be careful about money, many of my servants whom I have anointed for this type of ministry have become money-minded and, have lost the anointing and ministry I gave them. There are many who would pay much to be delivered. Many parents in the world have children whose little bodies are twisted and they would give thousands of dollars for their healings. Many of them shall be delivered as you lay your hands on them, but you must not accept a charge for your ministry. Accept offerings as you have been doing. You must go your way; be faithful, for the time is short,” Jesus then journeyed with me back to the earth, and I realized that I still lay on my face on the floor, He talked with me there a moment and then disappeared.
My hands burned for three days just like I had a coal of fire in them. Now, when I wait upon Him in prayer and fasting, the same anointing comes upon me again.
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