Do you believe that prophets are a thing of the past? Do you think that miracles only happened in ancient times? Many people do. While I agree that it is not as common these days for us in America to witness huge miracles on a daily basis, miracles do happen. And I also agree that prophets like Elijah and Moses are not the norm, but that does not mean that God does not proclaim his truth through prophets in todays day and time. Vassula Ryden may just be one of those prophets, but I would suggest you read the book, or the “messages” and let God reveal that to you accordingly.
Heaven Is Real, But So Is Hell is Vassula’s story. While the details are really out of this world and often I had to remind myself that it is not a fiction book, ultimately it is a story of redemption. It is a story that reminds us of God’s infinite power and choice to love us, to pursue us, and save us, even while we are strangers and enemies to him. It is the story of a loving God who goes out of His way to speak to us and draw us to Himself. It is the story of a God who should consume us with His wrath, but holds off just a while longer so that more may be drawn to Himself. It is the story of a God who is limitless in his power and majesty, a God who can speak to us personally and knows what will turn our hearts towards him. He is not limited by our understanding or conceptions of Him. He is not limited by time or space or science. He is the I AM.
Vassula’s story is astounding and after reading it, I believe it is real. I don’t understand it all. I am not claiming to even come close to comprehending the theology of everything written. However, I agree with her own argument that her work and story is all about pointing people to Christ. Satan does not do this work. His work is the opposite of that. I did not read anything contradictory to what is found in the bible. And I hold tight to the belief that God is not limited in His work by our comprehension of Him. He can do anything.
I am interested to learn more about her and her “messages” as she calls them. But more importantly I am encouraged and challenged to press on in my relationship with Christ. I want to know him more intimately. I know that I will not have the experiences she had. Not in this life. But I can know Him more deeply. Too often my attention is focused on the things of this world, and not on heavenly things. I constantly need my perspective re-adjusted.
It is also a challenge and reminder that God will hold off His wrath only so long. And really, I often wonder myself why He has waited this long. I am so thankful His patience far outweighs my own, or we would have been toast like 2 days after Adam and Eve sinned. It’s a reminder to be ready, because Jesus’ return will happen when we least expect it. Are you ready to stand before the judgement of a righteous and Holy God? That’s a big question, but ultimately the only one that matters. If your answer is no, there is hope for you yet in Jesus Christ and what he has done on the cross. God became flesh and died in your place, taking your sins upon Himself when he was crucified. 3 days later he defeated death and sin for good when he rose again. And He is alive and well at the right hand of God, offering to you the right to be called a child of God. If you answer yes to that question then make sure it’s only because of what Jesus has done. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn God’s favor. What do we have to offer that is Holy? Absolutely nothing!
I stand amazed by our great God who so abundantly lavishes his love upon us, his enemies, adopting us into His family and giving us the right to be called his children. He is a crazy God. But you know what they say, love makes you do crazy things.