The No Forgiveness Testimony of Hell By Daniel Ekechukwu

Daniel Ekechukwu

Testimony of Hell On The No Forgiveness By Daniel Ekechukwu

As reported by David Servant
(Free website download. Heavensfamily.org Used with permission) Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu and his Resurrection from the Dead. www.heavensfamily.org /ss/Daniel_main

Shortly after it took place in December 2001, I heard the report of the resurrection of Nigerian pastor Daniel Ekechukwu by email from my friend, Pastor David K. Aboderin, of Lagos, Nigeria. I also heard this miracle from my friend Brent Regis, the son-in-law of Reinhard Bonnkee. Bonnkee was preaching at the church where Ekechukwu was resurrected shortly before the event. Brent told me at the time some of the details of Pastor Ekechukwu’s experience in Hell. A few months later, I also watched the video documentary of this miracle directed by Christ For All Nations, which focused mainly on the miracle of resurrection. I wanted to know more about the incident. Since I was to spend the first two weeks of September 2002 teaching at three pastors’ congresses in Nigeria, I told David Aboderin that if it would be possible, I would like to meet With Pastor Ekechukwu, and I prayed that the Lord would make it happen.

I learned that Pastor Ekechukwu was from a village called Amaimo, in the federated state of Imo, and that he was pastor of a church in the town of Onitsha, in the federal state of Anambra, called Power Chapel Evangelical Church. Onitsha was about a three-hour drive from where our last congress would be held, in the eastern Nigerian city of Umahia. So I asked the pastors at this conference if any of them knew how we could find Pastor Ekechukwu. A young man raised his hand and told me that he had a friend who had a friend who knew Pastor Ekechukwu personally. However, we also learned that Pastor Ekechukwu was very difficult to meet because he is in great demand.

To shorten a long history, we finally learned that Pastor Ekechukwu was temporarily staying in a hotel five minutes from David Aboderin’s house in Lagos, where I would be staying for my last three days in Nigeria. We were also given the opportunity to meet him. So, in a country of 130 million people, and in a city of 12 million, the man I wanted to meet was staying only five minutes from me! It was either a beautiful coincidence or wonderful fatality. I was given the grace to meet Daniel Ekechukwu personally twice during these three days, and also to speak with several people in his department who knew his story very well.

The following report was written from several sources:

1 Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu himself through personal discussions I had with him from September 12-14, 2002, while I was in Lagos, Nigeria,

2 From his personal written testimony contained in his self-published booklet, entitled Miracle of the 21st Century,

3 Listening to his public testimony on September 13 in Chapel of Glory, Lagos, Nigeria,

4 Video documentary produced and sold by the Ministry of Christ For All Nations, which includes the testimonies of Pastor Daniel, the physician who observed the death, Daniel’s wife, Daniel’s father, the worker who embalmed Daniel, and several pastors who were present at the time of his resurrection, and

5 From a personal discussion with Ede Samuel, a long-time friend and personal assistant to Pastor Daniel, who was also an eyewitness to many events surrounding Daniel’s death and resurrection. The events described in the following report are true facts to the best of my knowledge and memory. I sent this report to a Nigerian man named Uche Chikezie, who was Daniel Ekechukwu’s head of public relations, and he said that everything I reported is true. I am convinced that due to the complications of a car accident, the Nigerian pastor Daniel Ekechukwu died physically late in the evening of Friday, November 30, 2001, had died for at least 42 hours visited Heaven and Hell during the time of his physical death and was raised from the dead between 3:50 and 17:15 on Sunday 2 December , in the basement of Grace of God Mission, located in Onitsha, Nigeria. The resurrection of Pastor Ekechukwu is the greatest modern miracle I have ever heard of.

Although some of the things that happened to Pastor Ekechukwu are certainly extra biblical, none of this is against the Bible. Indeed, neither the story of Daniel Ekechukwu’s resurrection nor the story of your salvation can be found in the Bible, which makes them both extra biblical, but neither should be rejected on that basis.

History.

On Thursday, November 29, 2001, Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu and his wife, Nneka, had a misunderstanding that escalated into an argument at the end of which she slapped him. He was very angry at this incident, to the point of not even acknowledging her attempt to reconcile the next morning. Pastor Daniel admitted that throughout the day of November 30, he thought, angry, about how he would put his wife in his place when he returned home. He would not return home that Friday, however.

As he was returning home that night, the brakes on his 20-year-old Mercedes 230E failed as he drove down a steep hill, and his car hit a concrete pillar that was built to prevent cars from falling down a steep slope. He was not wearing a seat belt. Few Nigerians did them in 2001, but that changed in 2003, when wearing a seat belt became a national law, and his chest struck the steering wheel and his pommel with great force, apparently damaging his internal organs, as he was soon vomiting blood and breathing hard not to mention that he quickly lost any sign of life. Daniel was unable to pull out of his car, but frantic spectators pulled him out. One spectator offered his car while another spectator offered to take him to the nearby Saint Charles Borromeo Hospital on the outskirts of Onitsha.

Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, a doctor began administering emergency treatment, but Daniel knew his body was not responding. He began to pray the prayer of a man who knows he will die, asking God to forgive him all his sins so that he may be ready to stand before the Lord. He also sent to bring his wife, Nneka, with whom he had refused to speak when he left his home earlier that day. She fainted upon hearing the news of the accident and her husband’s condition, but once revived was taken by a Christian neighbour to the hospital. Daniel’s friend, Samuel Ede whom I interviewed at length was with her and basically saw everything that transpired over the next three days.

Seeing Daniel in critical condition when she arrived at St. Charles Borromeo Hospital, Daniel’s wife broke down in tears, begging her husband not to die and leave her. The doctor admitted that there was nothing he could do to save Daniel’s life. Keep in mind that this was a Third World hospital, so Daniel requested that he be transferred by ambulance to Umezuruike Hospital in Owerri, where his personal physician was practising. Umezuruike Hospital was 50 miles away. Daniel’s wife organized the ambulance against the advice of the doctors at Saint Charles Hospital. It was on the way to Umezuruike Hospital that Daniel died.

Daniel was lying in the back of the ambulance while his wife was in the front passenger seat. He began to feel that he was not going to survive, and he called his wife to come to him. He began to say goodbye, to give him instructions on some personal and church documents and, and advised her to take care of their sons and his church. She began to sob considerably and in the midst of her tears strongly reprimanded her for such negative statements. He was a man of God and should have faith, not talk about dying!

As she spoke, Daniel saw two great angels They were so big that later he wondered how they fit inside the ambulance —one was as big as the ambulance that were completely white, even the pupils of their eyes. Daniel tried to talk to the angels, but one held his finger on his lips, signaling that he was keeping quiet. The angels lifted him on each side, and Daniel realized that there were now two of himself. The angels held him under each arm of his spirit man who was perfectly healthy, while his broken body lay below. Once they left the ambulance, Daniel became unconscious in the natural world.

When the ambulance arrived at Umezuruike Hospital with Daniel’s body, it was late to Friday night, November 30 and Daniel’s doctor was not there. A member of the medical staff, however, examined her body and sadly told Nneka that her husband had died and that there was nothing that could be done. Nneka refused to believe the wrong report.

So they drove to the Federal Medical Center in Owerri, but found no doctors there either. Finally, they drove to the Eunice clinic, and there Daniel was confirmed dead by Dr. Jossy Anuebunwa. There was no breathing, no heartbeat or pulse, and Daniel’s pupils were dilated and fixed. The doctor said there was nothing he could do. A death certificate was made at 11:30 p.m. on November 30, 2001.

They then took Daniel’s body to his father’s house in a nearby village, and, of course, Daniel’s father and other family members were heartbroken at the sight of Daniel’s remains, weeping profusely. Daniel’s father asked them to take his body to the mortuary of Ikeduru General Hospital, now known as the nearby Inyishi Community Hospital. They arrived there at about 1am on Saturday morning.

The funeral worker at the scene, Mr. Darlington Manu, received the body and the family members left. The rudimentary Nigerian morgue where Daniel’s body was taken had no cold storage facilities, so the undertaker injected embalming chemicals into Daniel’s fingers and feet. He then prepared to embalm Daniel’s body entirely by cutting Daniel’s inner thigh to insert a pipe through which he could inject more embalming fluid. As he was doing this, he experienced a shock that pushed him away from the corpse. This did not surprise him, as he had experienced similar forces before and attributed them to occult powers. These things are widely practiced in Africa and highly respected by all the African pastors I know. Africans never understand American skepticism about the reality of occult power.

After a second attempt and a second shock that somewhat paralyzed his right arm, he concluded that Daniel must have been a member of a powerful secret society. He assumed, however, that after some sacrifices and occult incantations the powers in the corpse would calm down, and he could then finish his work. This undertaker, of course, was not Christian, but converted after Daniel’s resurrection. So he asked an assistant to put Daniel’s body in the back of the morgue, where many other corpses were already laid. Daniel also said that people could feel embalming chemicals coming out of his body for two weeks after his resurrection. They kissed him and then plugged his nose.

At about 2am on Saturday morning, the undertaker, who lived very close to the morgue, was disturbed by chants of worship from inside his morgue, which stopped as soon as he approached the morgue door. This has happened twice. While searching for the source of the music in his morgue, he noticed a kind of light emanating from the face of Daniel’s corpse. It completely destabilized him.

The undertaker was so disturbed by what was going on that he found Daniel’s father on Saturday morning to keep him informed of what was going on and to ask him to remove Daniel’s body from his morgue. Then, on Saturday night, while she was sleeping, Daniel’s wife had a dream in which she saw her husband’s face, and he asked her why they had left him in the morgue. He said he was not dead and that she should take him to Onitsha where the German evangelist Reinhard Bonnkee was preaching. She decided to do it, even though her family thought she was crazy.

Daniel had been dead for more than 28 hours. The family eventually gave in, but bought a coffin and brought funeral clothes for the undertaker to dress Daniel. The cadaveric rigidity had fully acted at that time. An ambulance was rented on Sunday morning, December 2, and the coffin containing Daniel’s body was taken to Grace of God Mission a large church in Onitsha, about an hour and a half away, where evangelist Reinhard Bonnkee was preaching at an afternoon worship to dedicate a church. They arrived at the church around 1 p.m. The church premises were protected by swarms of federal, national and local security forces because of Reinhard Bonnkee, who received numerous death threats and is hated by Muslims all over Africa. Not to mention the fact that the World Trade Center had been destroyed by Muslim hijackers a few weeks before. For this reason, the guards did not allow the coffin to be brought to the church premises, thinking that it might in fact contain explosives.

Daniel’s wife loudly pleaded with them, and opened the coffin to show them her deceased husband, which resulted in them making fun of her and even whipping her because of her persistence to enter. It caused such a disturbance that the chief pastor was notified, and his son decided that Daniel’s wife would be allowed to bring his body into the church without the coffin, and that he be placed in the basement. Daniel’s body was placed there on two tables in a Sunday school hall.

Some believers gathered around Daniel’s body and prayed as Reinhard Bonnkee, who knew nothing of the corpse in the basement, preached and prayed. Eventually, it was found that Daniel’s corpse was shaking, and then an irregular breathing began. By this time, Reinhard Bonnkee had left the premises entirely. The believers present began to pray fervently, and because his body was stiff and cold, they began to massage his neck, arms and legs. When people in the sanctuary learned that a man who had died in the background was coming back to life, the basement room was quickly stuffed with people. Suddenly Daniel sneezed and jumped up. It was somewhere between 3:50 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Daniel died friday night around 10 p.m. It has slowly become fully consistent over the next few hours.

Daniel stood with the angel and watched a multitude of adoring people who were dressed in shiny white clothes. He immediately thought they were angels, but the angel accompanying him told him that they were human beings who, « while they lived on earth, served God and had faith centered on Jesus Christ and lived straight. » These people were all ageless and raceless. In other words, none appeared to be young or middle-aged or elderly, and none had distinctive racial signs in their appearance. All were focused on a very bright light above them, and all prostrated themselves in perfect unison. They raised their hands all at once and prostrated themselves at once, « as if some sort of electronic device activated them. »

Daniel noticed a man who seemed old among the multitude, and the thought came to him that perhaps this man was God, but the accompanying angel immediately corrected him. The man was Father Abraham. Read Luke 16:19-31 for a story Jesus told about Abraham in the afterlife.

Daniel yearned to join the worshippers, but the angel told him that there were other things that Daniel needed to see. He told Daniel that they would then see Jesus’ promise to his disciples, the house He prepared for those who « He would find just on the last day. » Right away they were there. Daniel said there is no earthly way to describe what he saw. The house had no apparent end to its height or width. She kept moving, and each room also rotated in a certain way. It was made of something that was transparent like glass, and the floors seem to be made of light. Daniel did not see anyone in the big house, but heard beautiful songs. Wondering where the music came from, the angel immediately pointed out the many flowers around the house. When Daniel looked at them more closely, they moved and swung and sang praise to God!

The angel said to Daniel: « The house is ready, but the saints of God are not. Jesus is delayed because the Christians in the church are not ready yet. » It’s quite biblical. See 2 Peter 3:12. Then the angel took Daniel to Hell, and they stood at the door. When the angel raised his hand and lowered it, the door opened, and Daniel could immediately hear the terrible sounds of people screaming and crying, but everything in Hell was in total darkness. Then a light shone from the angel, and Daniel could see many groups of people in suffering. He told me about several specific groups that went through endless cycles of torment, held captive to the same sins they practiced on earth.

A group was made up of people who ate their flesh and then vomited it out on the ground, at that moment the vomit would fly to come back on their bodies and change again into the flesh they ate again. The angel told Daniel that these people were the ones who had eaten human flesh as an occult practice. This kind of thing happens in Africa all the time. Another group, who had stolen the land of others while they were on earth, were constantly digging the hard rock floor with their bare hands.

As I heard Daniel report this scene, I couldn’t help but think how many times Scripture declares that God will give back to each person according to his actions, and also promises that everyone will reap exactly what they have sown. I remembered the story Jesus told of Lazarus and the rich man. In the afterlife, their roles were exactly reversed. The rich man yearned for a drop of water from Lazarus just as Lazarus had previously desired a crumb from the rich man’s table.

Pastor Daniel also saw Nigeria’s former military dictator. He saw a Christian who had been involved in occult practices and distanced himself from the Lord, and a pastor who had embezzled money from his own church and also lied about it. The former pastor begged that he would return the money if Daniel could help him escape from Hell. Even though there were different kinds of torture, all the people in Hell writhed in pain under an invisible force that continually hugged them. They were all screaming, crying and grinding their teeth. Pastor Daniel told me that if every Christian could see what he saw, there would be no need to preach the gospel, because every Christian would become the gospel.

The most surprising thing is what happened next. The accompanying angel said to Pastor Daniel, « If your file should be called here, you will undoubtedly be thrown into Hell. » Pastor Daniel immediately defended himself by saying: « I am a man of God! I serve it with all my heart! « But a Bible appeared in the angel’s hand, and it was open to Matthew 5, where Jesus warned that if one calls his brother a fool, he is guilty enough to go into the Hell of Fire. See Matthew 5:21-22.

Pastor Daniel knew he was guilty of the angry words he had said to his wife. The angel also reminded him that Jesus promised that God would not forgive our sins if we did not forgive others. See Matthew 6:14-15, because we will reap what we have sown. Only those who are merciful will obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7. The angel told Daniel that the prayers he prayed as he died in the hospital were ineffective, because he refused to forgive his wife even when she tried to reconcile on the morning of his fatal accident.

Pastor Daniel wept at this revelation, but the angel told him not to cry, because God was going to send him back to earth to grant the rich man’s request. See Luke 16:27-30. A man would come back from death and warn the people of Hell. The angel said that Daniel’s resurrection would serve as a sign and would be the last warning for this generation.

Finally, Pastor Daniel was led to the top of a mountain, to which there was a large hole completely dark. There the accompanying angel handed Daniel over to a man who stood there that he did not recognize at first, but soon realized that he was the German evangelist Reinhard Bonnkee. The angel told Daniel that this man was going to help him spread the gospel of salvation.

Daniel and Reverend Bonnkee fell into the hole, and that’s when Pastor Daniel jumped from the table he was at Grace of God Mission. He was back in his body after being dead for at least 42 hours, almost two full days.

As you can imagine, Pastor Daniel insists a lot in his preaching on the need to forgive those who have hurt us, lest anyone suffer the fate he almost suffered. How important it is that we obey Jesus’ commandments about forgiveness and walk in love with one another, as well as all the rest of his commandments. It is indeed time for the Church to repent and « Seek peace with all, and sanctification, without which no one will see the Lord. » Hebrews 12.14.

Do not listen to false teachers who say that holiness is not essential to finally gain eternal life. Jesus warned that only those who do His Father’s will will enter the kingdom of Heaven. See Matthew 7:21. Don’t listen to teachers who say that if you are once saved you have the guarantee that you will always be saved. Jesus warned His closest disciples, see Matthew 24:1-3, of the possibility for them not to be ready when He would return and to be thrown into Hell. See Matthew 24:42-25:46.

If we wait for God to forgive us, we must forgive others. This is what Jesus solemnly promised. Are you ready to stand before Jesus, sincere and blameless?

God has repeatedly promised in His Word that He will return to each person according to his actions. Paul wrote: But by your hardening and by your unrepentant heart, you amassed a treasure of wrath for the day of wrath and the manifestation of God’s righteous judgment, which will give back to each according to his works: reserving eternal life for those who, through perseverance to do well, seek honor, glory and immortality; but irritation and anger to those who, out of a spirit of contention, are rebellious to the truth and obey injustice. Tribulation and anguish on every soul of man who does evil, on the Jew first, then on the Greek! Glory, honor and peace for whoever does good, for the Jew first, and then for the Greek! Romans 2:5-10.

The people Daniel saw eating their own flesh all the time were apparently judged to have eaten human flesh as an occult practice during their lives. In the Old Testament, God promised that He would judge the wicked by leaving them no choice but to eat the flesh of their own dead children. See Deuteronomy 28:54-57. As predicted in the New Testament book of Revelation, when an angry God turns the waters of the earth into blood, an angel will declare, « You are righteous, Lord, you who are, and who was; you are holy, because you exercised this judgment. For they shed the blood of the saints and prophets and you gave them blood to drink; they are worthy of it. » Revelation 16:5-6.

Unless people repent, God will give them exactly what they deserve. They will reap what they have sown, and so Hell will be personalized for every sinner. Jesus warned of this « The servant who, having known the will of his master, has not prepared anything and has not acted according to his will, will be beaten by a great number of blows. But he who, having not known him, has done things worthy of punishment, will be beaten by few blows » Luke 12:47-48.

Certainly, the aspect of Daniel’s experience in Hell that is most solemn was the angel’s statement that Daniel would have ended up there because of his refusal to forgive if God had not had mercy on him. Can no forgiveness actually bring a Christian into Hell in the end? Again, Scripture answers Yes. Do you remember the parable of the ruthless servant found in Matthew 18:21-35? When the master learned that his servant, whom he had graciously forgave, had refused to forgive a fellow servant, he was « irritated » and « delivered him to the executioners, until he paid all he owed. » Matthew 6:34 p.m. In other words, the servant’s formerly forgiven and unpaid debt was restored, so that he again found himself before what he could never repay, under the wrath of his master and delivered to be tortured. Then Jesus warned: « This is how my Heavenly Father will treat you, if each of you does not forgive his brother with all his heart. » Matthew 6:35 p.m.

Clearly, this was a warning to Christians as the external context proves. See Matthew 18:1-2,21. The parable was told to believers, urging them to forgive their brethren, and by the internal context, as the ruthless servant obviously represents a person who has already been forgiven by God, a Christian. But the forgiven status of this forgiven person has been revoked. He reaped what he had sown. Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu was no different from the ruthless servant in the parable of Jesus. So why should we be surprised that the angel was telling Daniel Ekechukwu what Jesus said to all his disciples?

All this means that Christians can lose their salvation through no forgiveness. If you are among those who believe that if you are saved once you have the guarantee that you will always be saved, you must reconsider your position. This view is not only contradicted by the parable of the ruthless servant, but also by many other scriptures.

See Matthew 24:4-5,11-13,23-26,42-51, Matthew 25:1 -30, Luke 8:11-15, Luke 11:24-28, Luke 12:42-46, John 6:66-71, John 8:31- 32.51, John 15:1-6, Acts 11:21-23, Acts 14:21-22, Romans 6:11-23, Romans 8:12-14,17, Romans 11:20-22, 1 Corinthians 9:23-27, 1 Corinthians 10:1-21, 1 Corinthians 11:29-32, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:24, 2 Corinthians 11:2-2-2 4, 2 Corinthians 12:21-13 5, Galatians 5:1-4, Galatians 6:7-9, Phillipians 2:12-16, Philippians 3:17-4, Colossians 1:21-23 , Colossians 2:4-8, 18-19, 1 Thessalonicians 3:1-8, 1 Timothy 1 3- 7,18-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-16, 1 Timothy 5:5-6,11-15, 1 Timothy 6:9- 12,17-19,20-21, 2 Timothy 2:11-18, 2 Timothy 3:13-15, Hebrews 2:1-3, Hebrews 3:6 – 19, Hebrews 4:1-16, Hebrews 5:8-9, Hebrews 6:4-9,10-20, Hebrews 10:19-39, Hebrews 12:1-17,25-29, James 1:12-16, James 4:4- 10, James 5:19-20, 2 Peter 1:5-11, 2 Peter 2:1-22, 2 Peter 3:16-17, 1 John 2:15-28 , 1 John 5:16, 2 John 6-9, Jude 20-21, Revelation 2:7,10- 11,17-26, Revelation 3:4-5,8-12,14-22, Revelation 21:7-8, Revelation 22:18-19.

Jesus solemnly warned that if we do not forgive others, God will NOT forgive us either. This is so essential that we should examine ourselves in this regard at least as much as every time we pray according to Jesus, when you are standing praying, if you have something against someone, forgive, so that your Father who is in heaven also forgives you for your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, your Father who is in heaven will not forgive you for your trespasses either. Mark 11:25 -26.

It is so fundamental that the concept is included in our Father, who says: « Forgive us our trespasses, as we too forgive those who have offended us. » If you forgive men for their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will forgive you too. But if you do not forgive men, your Father will not forgive you for your trespasses either. » Matthew 6:12-15.

Jesus said, « If your brother has sinned, take it back; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he has sinned against you seven times in a day, and seven times he comes back to you, saying, « I think,  » you will forgive him. » Luke 17:3-4. In the parable of the ruthless servant mentioned above, notice that the first and second servant have both asked for mercy. In the case of Pastor Daniel, his wife had sought reconciliation, Daniel had refused it, and then he had his untimely death. Thank God he took pity on Daniel, and in doing so, God showed His pity to all of us who are not ready to stand before him because of the unsorry in our hearts.

Obviously, it is a very great evil in the eyes of God to refuse to forgive a brother or sister in Christ. However, it is commonly practiced by those of us who appoint Jesus as Lord. When offended, we harbor a grievance and talk to everyone about the offense, reporting, adding sin to our sin, and putting us in danger of being judged by God. See Matthew 7:1-5. Jesus warned us that if our relationship with our brother is not good, our relationship with God is not good either.

If, then, you present your offering at the altar, and then you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering before the altar, and go first to reconcile with your brother; and then come and present your offering. » Matthew 5:23 – 24.

If we realize that we have offended a brother, we should stop what we do, even if we perform some spiritual obligation, and go to that brother to work for reconciliation, just as Jesus taught.

Thus, the one who has committed the offense, if he realizes what he has done, and the offended have the responsibility before God not to make any delay in the work for reconciliation. And if they cannot achieve reconciliation, they should seek help from others until reconciliation is achieved or until part of the church is excommunicated, according to Christ’s instructions in Matthew 18:15-17. Obviously, this is something serious for God.

As our general rule, we must imitate God, who longs for sinners to turn away from their sins and be reconciled with Him, and he is therefore always working for reconciliation, patiently waiting for sinners to repent. We, too, must maintain an « open heart » policy, always doing what we can to be at peace with others. In this regard, Paul wrote: « If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all. » Romans 12:18. Jesus and Stephen both prayed that God would forgive the very people who killed them. We too have the same capacity to love through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu now calls on Christians to do what Christ has commanded all His disciples to do for two thousand years. Forgive each other. And he does so with the passion of a man who truly believes that Jesus meant what He said. What if it was just a hoax? So the worst thing that will come out of it is that hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions, of Christians will examine their lives and obey Jesus’ commandments of forgiveness. So they’ll be more ready to meet him when he comes back. It’s not that bad, isn’t it? And even if we don’t know everything Daniel Ekechukwu says, we would be well advised not to ignore anything Jesus said. He had much to say about the absolute necessity of forgiveness and the disastrous consequences of not forgiveness.

And if you invoke as Father the one who judges according to the work of each one, without the acceptance of persons, conduct yourself with fear during the time of your pilgrimage, knowing that it is not by perishable things, by silver and gold, that you have been redeemed from your vain way of life that you inherited from your fathers, but by the precious blood of Christ , like a flawless, spotless lamb. 1 Peter 1:17-19.

Finally, I filmed an interview with Daniel himself for almost an hour about his experiences in Heaven and Hell. He is a passionate communicator. There is no doubt that he believes that his experience came from God. He explained in more detail than he had done with me the previous year. Listening to him, I had the continual feeling that Daniel found it very difficult to describe to his own satisfaction what he saw and heard because the spiritual world is so different from that of the material world, and there is nothing to use as a comparison to provide an explanation. I have the same feeling when I read one of the prophets or the Revelation of John.

I also had the feeling that he himself could not understand everything he went through while he was out of his body, and he was always thinking about it and trying to understand them. He told me about his speculations about certain things he didn’t understand. For example, Daniel said that the angel who accompanied him always used the word « us » when talking about himself and at least one other person daniel did not see. Daniel thinks that maybe there were other angels around him that he was not aware of. I suggested that perhaps this angel spoke in the name of God, as we read in Scripture that angels often do, and God used the word « we » just as He used the word « we » in the first chapters of Genesis. Daniel wasn’t sure. Daniel told me again that his whole experience out of his body seemed like only fifteen minutes, and that when he was resurrected, he thought his experience had just been a powerful dream. However, his wife eventually convinced him that he had been lying in a morgue the previous two nights between two other bodies. If Daniel’s experience was just a dream, it was an amazing dream in the expanse of detail and revelation.

I also learned that Nneka had begged Daniel to forgive him for slapping him before he left home on the morning of November 30, 2001. But he refused. He said that such a thing (A woman who slaps her husband) never happens in her country. This is an « abomination. » Her intention was to wait until after Sunday’s worship, to suspend her for a year of separation from him at his father’s home in the village of Amaimo. The liberation of women has not yet reached the villages of Nigeria. After his resurrection, however, Daniel told his wife that her forgiveness is like bread in the refrigerator – if she wants to, she can come and take it whenever she wants!

Daniel also gave me some information about the difference between Paradise and Heaven, and Hell and the Pond of Fire. For example, he said that many people think that Hell and the Pond of Fire are the same, but they are not. Hell is just a place of pre-trial detention, and eventually everyone in Hell will be judged at the Great White Throne of Judgment and then thrown into the lake of fire. I already knew, as it is marked in Scripture. We read in Revelation 20:14 that death and Hell, or as the « New American Standard Bible » more precisely says « The Living of the Dead, » will be thrown into the lake of fire.

Daniel said that before the death and resurrection of Jesus, the deceased saints went to a place in Hell. I would prefer to say « the stay of the dead, » as more precisely translated by the N.A.S.B. « Hades » in English, the stay of the dead is the Greek word that is equivalent to the Hebrew word of the Old Testament « Sheol ». Compare Acts 2:27 with Psalm 16:10. Sheol or Hades in English was the stay of the dead of the righteous and unjust in the Old Testament apparently constituted a place of torment and a place of comfort. See Luke 16:19-31. Daniel said that after his death, Jesus took the righteous with Him to Paradise. I have heard the same doctrine taught several times in the United States by conservative evangelicals.

I asked Daniel a question about the sign he saw above the gate of Hell that said, « Welcome to the Gate of Hell. » I told him that I found it hard to believe that God would put such a sign there, as it would seem to be sarcastic, inappropriate, mockery. Daniel told me something I had never considered, and would still consider in the light of Scripture. He said that Satan always has authority over the unjust in Hell, just as he had on earth, and that Hell is indeed Satan’s domain. There the devil tortures and torments his people, keeping them captive to the same sins to which they were enslaved when they served him on earth. Having nothing to lose,

Satan no longer deceives them about his true nature, and therefore he reveals it fully to them, hating his own spiritual children who served him. God does not deal with the unjust until they are brought before the Great White Throne of Judgment, after which they are thrown into the lake of fire. This pond is a manifestation of God’s judgment against them, and that is why Hell and Satan himself are finally thrown into it. One might ask: If Hell is God’s area of punishment, why would He not throw people to Hell after their judgment to His Great White Throne, rather than into the pond of fire? Why would he not throw Satan there too, rather than into the lake of fire as we are told He will? And why would God throw Hell himself into the lake of fire if it is something of his conception? Finally, why Jesus promised that « the Gates of the Living of the Dead, » or « Hell, » as the « King James » version says, will not prevail over His church. See Matthew 16:18, if « The Gates of the Living of the Dead » speak of or represent a place in God’s domain? These are some questions to ponder.

Daniel also indicated that Paradise and the place of the great house, « the house of the Father » that Jesus prepared for his people, are different places. Right now, the believers who die go to Paradise, not to the big house. He said that it is only on Christ’s return when Jesus will take the believers of Paradise and the earth and bring them into the house, « the house of His Father, » as he may have referred to in John 14:2-3. Daniel said that the great house he saw is the New Jerusalem, or at least part of it, which will one day descend from Heaven on earth. See Apocalypse 21:2,10.

In any case, I completed my investigation even more convinced that Daniel Ekechukwu really died on the night of November 30, 2001, and came back to life on the afternoon of December 2, 2001, in response to the persistent faith of his wife, Nneka. The evidence is very convincing. I am also more convinced that Daniel’s out-of-body experience was authentic, and that he had an opportunity granted by God to see parts of Heaven and Hell. And I have once again checked that I do not maintain no forgiveness in my heart!

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