A Critique of Mary Baxter's "A Divine Revelation of Hell"

By Kevin Williams
Baxter's Jesus throwing a Hindu into hell.  

Mary K. Baxter (www.divinerevelations.info) is a Pentecostal minister who wrote a controversial book called A Divine Revelation of Hell where she makes many problematic claims. One of the most problematic claims of hers is of Jesus appearing to her for 30 straight days while in prayer to give her guided tours of hell followed by 10 straight days of Jesus giving her guided tours of heaven. But anyone familiar with near-death experiences (NDEs) will know immediately these were not NDEs she experienced. Also, according to NDE and religious studies expert Dr. Ken R. Vincent, having 40 straight days of this type of religious / mystical / spiritual experience is virtually unheard of in the literature. Most people have one or two mystical experiences in a whole lifetime. Those who have multiple mystical experiences have them over time. The only person Dr. Vincent can recall as having a series of mystical experiences is Julian of Norwich who in 1373 had 16 visions in a 12-hour period

And while I was attempting to write an unbiased review of her book, I began to encounter serious errors and inconsistencies in her testimony. I literally found hundreds of such errors of which I will present only the most serious in this review. But the greatest errors I encountered are found in the difference between the first edition of her book (the red colored book on the right) and the second edition (the blue and black book below the first edition). Many of the biggest errors in the first edition of her book were corrected and covered up in the second edition. I expose these inconsistent edits as well. Confronted with this evidence, my unbiased position disintegrated and I decided to rewrite this book review entirely and focus only on these errors. I conclude this book review with my own personal opinion of why I believe Baxter's book is so erroneous. This review also contains some satirical images, such as the image on the left, which I use to make important points.

     

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 Table of Contents
1. The Key to Evaluating Baxter's Book
2. The Top Most Serious Errors In Baxter's Testimony
 
A. God Desperately Needs Baxter's Testimony For People To Hear the Gospel
B. Jesus Desperately Needs Baxter's Testimony To Save People From Going To Hell
C. Jesus and "the Creator" of the Universe Endorsed Baxter's Book
D. Jesus Commands Us To Believe Baxter's Testimony or Go To Hell
E. Baxter Is Preparing the Way For Jesus' Return
F. Baxter Used a Parable of Jesus About Hell For Her Testimony
G. Baxter's Use of a Parable of Jesus Leads To a Serious Contradiction
H. Baxter's Book Is a New Book of Revelation
I. Jesus and God Use the Words "Holy Ghost" and "Holy Spirit" Interchangeably
J. Jesus and God Speak In Third-Person Narrative
K. Lost Souls In Hell Give Casual Interviews While Being Horrifically Tortured
L. Everyone In Baxter's Testimony Speaks Like Her
M. Everyone In Baxter's Testimony Promotes Her Particular Theology
3. Alterations of Jesus Words in Baxter's Books
 
A. Baxter Deleted Jesus' Words Asking the Father To Have Mercy on Lost Souls In Hell
B. Baxter Changed Jesus' Words Creating Contradictory Versions of Her Commission From Jesus
C. Baxter Deleted Jesus' Revelations About Boys and Girls
D. Baxter Deleted Five Pages of Jesus' Revelations of the Works of Satan
E. Baxter Corrected a Contradiction of Jesus Promising He Would Never Leave Her In Hell When He Did
F. Baxter's Corrected Contradiction of Jesus Didn't Correct the Other Contradictions
G. Baxter Changed a Vision From Jesus of Seeing the City of God Coming Down To Earth
H. Baxter Deleted a Phrase From Her Version of the Book of Revelation
I. Baxter Changed How Much Jesus Helped Her Understand What See Saw
J. Baxter Deleted Jesus' Statement Made To Her That "My Word Is True"
K. Baxter Deleted Jesus' Words Describing Satan Making More Jail Cells In Hell
L. Baxter Corrected a Contradiction About Jesus Taking Her To Heaven
M. Baxter Changed Jesus' Words So That Hell No Longer Has the Shape of a Woman
N. Baxter Deleted Bible Verses That God Told Her To Include In Her Book
O. Baxter Changed "a Similarity of God" To "a Likeness of God" In a Vision Given To Her By Jesus
4. Baxter's Book as a Counter To Raymond Moody's Book "Life After Life"
 
A. Evidence of Baxter's Book Being a Counter To Moody's Book
B. Baxter's Out-of-Body Experience Is Similar To Those In Moody's Book But With Flaws
C. Baxter's Book Has "NDE Tunnels" Like Moody's Book But With Flaws
D. Baxter's Book Has Afterlife Movie Screens Like Moody's Book But With Flaws
5. My Assessment of Baxter's Testimony
 
A. A List of Other Serious Errors In Baxter's Testimony
B. My Conclusion
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 1. The Key to Evaluating Baxter's Book

person thinkingMany testimonies of all kinds of spiritual experiences have been published over the last decade. The popularity of such experiences in the media appears to be growing judging by the New York Times best-sellers list. So now more than ever, it is important for people to distinguish between true and false testimonies. But how can a person determine which testimonies are truthful and which one’s are false? Are there any guidelines? Fortunately for Christians, Jesus mentioned a kind of "smell test" for distinguishing false testimony from true testimony: 

JESUS' SMELL TEST

According to the gospels, Jesus was accused by some of the religious leaders of performing his miracles by the power of Satan. Jesus' reply to his accusers was: 

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit." (Matthew 12:33)

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus warned people:  

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit." (Matthew 7:15-18)

The "fruit" Jesus refers to is the "fruit" of the Holy Spirit described by the Apostle Paul: 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23)

Good trees don't bear bad fruit.Of course, Jesus and Paul are not referring to literal trees and fruit. They are metaphorically referring to how people ("trees") can be judged by their words and deeds ("fruit"). Good "trees" don't bear bad "fruit" in the same way good people don't habitually say or do bad things. And bad "trees" don't bear good "fruit" in the same manner that bad people don't habitually do or say good things. This is an excellent test for judging people's words and deeds; and from this point on I will refer to it as "Jesus' Smell Test." This test is especially useful in dealing with spiritual and/or religious testimonies involving Jesus such as NDEs and religious visions. Jesus' Smell Test reveals how testimonies that do not describe Jesus producing good "fruits" of love, joy, peace, etc. are not true and cannot be of God.

 

Jesus is often portrayed as angrySo in evaluating Baxter's book and her depiction of Jesus, I have applied Jesus' Smell Test extensively and have come to the conclusion that her book as a revelation of hell cannot be of God. Baxter's book presents an overall depiction of Jesus as a cold, judgmental, often angry, dogmatic, legalistic, virtual walking Bible who is able - but unwilling - to help repentant souls in hell who cry out to him. Baxter's book is filled with horror, evil, fear, sickening imagery, and is severely lacking any of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Practically everything coming from Jesus' mouth in her book lacks these fruits as well. Her book's depiction of Jesus is highly dishonoring to the Christ I know from the Bible and numerous NDE testimonies.

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 2. The Top Most Serious Errors In Baxter's Testimony

A.

God Desperately Needs Baxter's Testimony For People To Hear the Gospel:

Baxter claimed she was chosen by God for a special commission to help in God's plan of salvation. But there are problems with this:

Believe Baxter or go to hell

Baxter claimed she was chosen by God to "to write and make a record" of "the reality of hell" so that "many may be saved, many will repent of their evil ways before it is too late" (p.10).

Baxter said Jesus told her, "It was for this purpose" she was born (p.12).

In other words, God needs her for people to hear the gospel.

But her claim of being chosen to tell the world that "hell is real" assumes the Bible doesn't already contain the message of the reality of hell.

Her claim also assumes her commission to testify about the reality of hell is somehow a new revelation of God.

Concerning the reality of hell, it is common knowledge worldwide that all the great world religions believe in hell; so her testimony is not really necessary.

Baxter's testimony is too full of errors and contradictions to be of God considering what has previously been proven which doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test:

 

(1)

Baxter deleted all of Jesus' words where he asked the Father to have mercy on lost souls in hell (p.28, 51, 160). See # 3A.

(2)

Baxter changed the words of Jesus which created five contradictory versions of Jesus' commission for Baxter (p.13). See # 3B.

(3)

Baxter's contradictory claim that Jesus told her she would never know for sure hell was real unless she actually experienced it for herself (p.85). See # 3E.

(4)

The contradiction attributed to Jesus that if Baxter would never know for sure hell was real unless she experienced it herself, how could anyone else know for sure hell is real unless they experienced what Baxter experienced for themselves; thereby, falsifying her commission. See # 3F.

(5)

Because much of Baxter's testimony about prophecy originated from the Book of Revelation, which includes enormous interpretation errors such as "the prophecy of the horns," her testimony that she has provided a new revelation of God is false. See # 3H.

(6)

There are even more errors yet to be uncovered below in this book review.

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B.

Jesus Desperately Needs Baxter's Testimony To Save People From Going To Hell:

Baxter constantly portrays Jesus as desperately needing her testimony to save "his people" from going to hell. The following reasons are why this is false:

Jesus pleading with Baxter.

Baxter claimed Jesus told her, "Some of my people do not believe that hell is real. You have been chosen by me to reveal these truths to them" (p.19).

According to Baxter, Jesus needs her testimony to "turn many to righteousness" and "to bring the lost out of darkness and into the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ" (p.10). In other words, Jesus needs her testimony for people to believe the gospel.

As stated earlier, Baxter's message of the reality of hell is not a new revelation of God - especially because so much of her testimony is erroneous and doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

According to Baxter, Jesus told her, "Remember to tell the people of Earth that hell is real. Millions of lost souls are here, and more are coming every day!" (p.28). But as stated earlier, Baxter would never have known for sure hell was real unless she experienced it herself. How, then, is anyone else expected to know for sure hell is real unless they experienced what Baxter experienced for themselves? This contradiction falsifies Baxter's commission. See # 3F.

So Baxter's commission to warn people about hell won't work because people must experience hell themselves to believe hell is real.

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C.

Jesus and "the Creator" of the Universe Endorsed Baxter's Book:

God endorsing Baxter's book

Baxter described Jesus and "the Creator" of the universe speaking directly to the reader to endorse her book:

 

The Creator:

"Serve Me, the Creator, for I give life, not death. Arise from your evil and call upon Me, and I will heal and deliver you. The things you read in this book are true, and they will soon come to pass." (p.105).

Jesus:

"What I (Jesus) have shown you, I want you to tell the world. Tell them hell is real. Tell them this report is real” (p.128).

These divine endorsements of Baxter's book are problematic. Here is why:

God's endorsement of "this book" can easily be mistaken to believe that God was endorsing the Bible instead of Baxter's book.

For God to endorse any book other than the Bible seems highly unusual and bizarre. This is especially true when you consider all the errors in Baxter's book and how it doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

God never specifically endorsed any of the books of the Bible, so why should we believe God endorsed her book?

The Creator of the universe supposedly endorsed Baxter's book in 1976. But this contradicts the Creator's words that "the things" in Baxter's book "will soon come to pass" thereby proving this prophecy to be false. This should be a lesson to anyone trying to set a date for the Lord's return which only the Father in heaven knows (Mark 13:32).

The words above attributed to Jesus and the Creator are of the same style of speech as Baxter's style of speech including the phrases: "this book is true" and "this report is real." More about this will be shown later in this book review.

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D.

Jesus Commands Us To Believe Baxter's Testimony or Go To Hell:

Going to hell for not believing Baxter.

At one point in her book, Jesus speaks directly to the reader and gives a warning about Baxter's report:

 

Jesus:

"I love you and do not desire that you should be lost. Believe this report and live. Choose you this day whom you will serve" (p.145).

So is it true we must now accept Baxter's report as well as the gospel to be saved? It certainly appears so.

In another instance in her book, Jesus speaks directly to the reader warning them to listen to his prophetess or be cursed:

 

Jesus:

"You have not hearkened to the words of my servants, the prophet and the prophetess. Curses instead of blessing have come upon you" (p.101).

Judging from the large number of prophecies Baxter makes in her book, it is obvious she considers herself as a prophetess having the gift of prophecy. And judging from the supposed words of Jesus, if we don't "hearken" to Baxter's words we will be cursed. This certainly doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

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E.

Baxter Is Preparing the Way For Jesus' Return:

Baxter claimed Jesus gave her a special commission to "prepare the saints for his return" (p.13). But there are several problems with this. Baxter claims she was given the same commission John the Baptist was given in preparing the saints for the coming of Christ. Here is a comparison:

Compare Baxter with John the Baptist

As you can see from the table above, Baxter believes she is the prophet preparing the saints for Jesus second coming in the same manner as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus at his first appearance. Baxter obviously believes God has anointed her with the gift of prophecy (p.100-103, 144, 149-156). Her statements reveal she believes herself to be a prophet like John the Baptist who was also born to prepare the way for Christ. But judging from the contents of her book, she only prepares the way for fear - all of which doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. For these reasons, Baxter's claim of preparing they way for Christ's return do not ring true.

Other Indications of Baxter Believing She Is Preparing the Way For Jesus:

Baxter claims God and Jesus chose her for a special commission to reveal to the world "the reality of hell, so many may be saved, many will repent of their evil ways before it is too late" (p.10). See # 2A and # 2B.

Baxter believes her book is "anointed" which is a comment appearing in the Foreword of her book (1st edition, p.6) which was suspiciously deleted in the 2nd edition. Referring to any book other than the Bible as "anointed" may not pass Jesus' Smell Test for some Christians.

Baxter claims God was "preparing" her to write her book when "even as a child I had dreams about God" (p.10).

Baxter claims of having "a very strong love for the lost and wanted to see souls saved" after she became born again (p.10).

Baxter refers to an obsession to save souls many times in her book (p.10, 12, 14, 17, 36, 46, 50, 59, 86, 99, 129, 133, 134, 156).

Baxter often pleads for the reader to believe her (p.15, 47, 73, 89, 128, 129, 145).

She constantly begs the reader to repent of their sins (p.28, 34, 36, 44, 46, 47, 49, 55, 59, 60, 73, 75, 107, 113, 129, 137). Baxter used the word "repent" a total of 77 times in her book.

She mentioned how frightened she was in hell but then said, "I knew I had to go on to save souls" (p.86).

She mentioned how she fell asleep "praying for the salvation of all mankind" (p.127).

She prayed, "O Lord, help me to warn the people. Give me power to stop hell from enlarging itself" (p.106).

She mentioned many times how she was privy to secret information from Jesus which she cannot divulge. See # 3I.

She constantly portrays herself as being more compassionate than Jesus which doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

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F.

Baxter Used a Parable of Jesus About Hell For Her Testimony:

In her book, Baxter described an event in hell (p.23) which obviously came from Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31). Below is the parable itself followed by a comparison of the parts of the parable Baxter used.

 

The [ ] bracketed numbers are where the parts Baxter used are located.

The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man

 

Lararus and the rich man.There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."

But Abraham said, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us."

Then he said, "I beg you therefore, [1] father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment."

[2] Abraham said to him, "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."

And he said, "No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent."

But he said to him, [3] "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, [4] neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Luke 16:19-31)

The bolded phrase "this place of torment" in the parable is a special phrase Baxter used because it appears in her testimony 6 times in her book. However, she didn't use the phrase in this instance which is curious. Below is the comparison between Baxter's testimony and the parts of Jesus' parable she used. The words in bold are words of particular interest.

Parts of Jesus' Parable Used By Baxter:

BIBLE [1]:

"Father, that you would send him (Lazarus) to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment." (Luke 16:27-28)

Baxter:

The lost soul said, "Lord, some of my people are coming here, for they also will not repent. Please, Lord, let me go tell them that they must repent of their sins while they are still on Earth. I do not want them to come here." (p.23).

BIBLE [2]::

Abraham said to him, "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them." (Luke 16:29)

Baxter:

Jesus said to him, "They have preachers, teachers, elders - all ministering the gospel. they will tell them. They also have the advantages of the modern communications systems and many other ways to learn of me. I sent workers to them that they might believe and be saved." (p.23).

BIBLE [3]::

But Abraham said to him, "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets..." (Luke 16:31).

Baxter:

Jesus said to him, "If they will not believe when they hear the gospel ..." (p.23).

BIBLE [4]::

"neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead" (Luke 16:31).

Baxter:

"neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead." (p.23).

♦  Notice that Baxter actually misquoted Luke 16:31 in [4] by using the word "rises" instead of "rise."

♦  Putting words from the King James Bible into the mouth of Jesus doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

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Baxter's Use of a Parable of Jesus Leads To a Serious Contradiction:

Baxter in hell.By using Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31), Baxter contradicted herself. According to Jesus in Baxter's testimony, if people don't believe teachers and ministers, they won't believe the gospel even if someone comes back from the dead (p.23).
 
But if this is true, then it contradicts the commission Jesus gave to Baxter to come back from hell to tell the world about it (p.13). It means that if people don't believe the teachers and ministers, they won't believe the gospel even if Baxter comes back from the dead.

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H.

Baxter's Book Is a New Book of Revelation:

Baxter claimed Jesus appeared to her to give her a special commission (p.10, 12, 13, 156). But her description of it is suspiciously similar to John's description of his encounter with Christ in the Book of Revelation. Here is a comparison:

Compare Baxter to John the Revelator

As you can see, Baxter's testimony above is remarkably similar to that of John the Revelator. The main difference is how John fainted and fell at Jesus' feet "as though dead" when he saw the risen Christ in all his glory. On the other hand, Baxter had a "sweet and wonderful feeling." Baxter's relatively weak response to the risen Christ is enough compelling evidence of how her testimony is not true and doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. In fact, much of Baxter's book concerning prophecy is remarkably similar to the Book of Revelation and her own unusual interpretation of it. But the real question is whether or not God really needs another Book of Revelation? The answer can be found by examining all the errors and problems found in her testimony proving it cannot be of God.

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I.

Jesus and God Use the Words "Holy Ghost" and "Holy Spirit" Interchangeably:

Casper the friendly ghost.

Baxter made the mistake of having Jesus and God use the words "Holy Ghost" and "Holy Spirit" interchangeably. Although the King James Bible uses "Holy Ghost," and modern Bible translations use "Holy Spirit," they refer to the same thing - the Spirit of God. But the fact that Baxter described God and Jesus varying their speech phraseology from the King James "Holy Ghost" to the modern "Holy Spirit" makes her testimony highly suspect.

Examples

 

Jesus told the reader, "Again I tell you, do not defile the marriage bed. Do not defile the body in which the Holy Ghost dwells" (p.102).

Jesus told a lost soul, "You are of your father the devil. All liars will have their part in the lake of fire. You have blasphemed the Holy Ghost" (p.111).

Jesus said to Baxter, "The Holy Spirit is revealing a great truth to you" (p.117).

Baxter wrote, "And then I heard the voice of the Father saying, 'The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are all one. The Father and the Son are one, and the Father and the Holy Ghost are one'" (p.138).

Baxter wrote, "I will do it for the glory of the Father, the glory of the Son, and the glory of the Holy Ghost. May the will of God be done" (p.48).

Baxter uses the words "Holy Ghost" a total of 8 times in her book (p.48, 53, 102, 111, 130, 138).

Baxter uses the words "Holy Spirit" a total of 5 times in her book (p. 5, 10, 111, 117).

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J.

Jesus and God Speak In Third-Person Narrative:

Baxter made the mistake of describing Jesus and God occasionally speaking in third-person narrative throughout her testimony.

Jesus speaking in third-person

  Examples

Jesus said, "To bring the lost out of darkness and into the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ" (p.14).

Jesus said, "You talked about your brothers and sisters in Christ" (p.39).

Jesus said, "Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church" (p.100).

Jesus said, "They shall win many to Jesus Christ before the day the evil beast arises" (p.103).

The Lord God said, "They will be cut off from the Lord God forever" (p.143).

The Lord God said, "For many will be beheaded for trusting the Lord God" (p.144).

The Father said, "The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are all one. The Father and the Son are one, and the Father and the Holy Ghost are one. I sent my Son to die on a cross so that no one needed to be lost. But," He said with a smile, "I was about to show you the place I made for My children" (p.138).

The voice of the Almighty responded, "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (p.119).

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K.

Lost Souls In Hell Give Casual Interviews While Being Horrifically Tortured:

Baxter's testimony provides horrific descriptions of souls being tortured to the extremes in hell. Yet, in an odd manner, she also described them as willing and able to be casually interviewed. These interviews give the reader very personal information about the sins each soul committed that sent them to hell. Baxter's description of these interviews is similar to descriptions of people standing up in church to give their testimonies of how they were saved. These very casual interviews of people while they are being horrifically tortured are obviously phony. And when you consider the phony dialogue in these interviews, the errors in her book becomes crystal clear. These lost souls appear to be mouthpieces created for promoting her particular brand of theology and ideology. For example, Baxter and Jesus came across a skeletal woman being horrifically burned and tortured in a pit with worms crawling in her bones. The lost woman casually said to Jesus:

Interview from hell

"My soul is truly in torment. There is no way out. I know that I wanted the world instead of you, Lord. I wanted riches, fame and fortune, and I got it. I could buy anything I wanted; I was my own boss. I was the prettiest, best-dressed woman of my time. And I had riches, fame and fortune, but I found I could not take them with me in death.. I planned to serve you someday when I got ready. I thought you would always be there for me. But how wrong I was! I was one of the most sought-after women of my time for my beauty. I knew God was calling me to repent. All my life he drew me with cords of love, and I thought I could use God like I used everyone else. He would always be there. Oh yes, I used God! He would try so hard to get me to serve Him, while all the time I thought I didn't need Him. Oh, how wrong I was! For Satan began to use me, and I began to serve Satan more and more. At the last I loved him more than God. I loved to sin and would not turn to God. Satan used my beauty and my money, and all my thoughts turned to how much power he would give me. Even then, God continued to draw me. But I thought, I have tomorrow or the next day. Then one day while riding in a car, my driver ran into a house, and I was killed. Lord, please let me out" (p.27-28) (Emphasis mine).

This casual and very personal interview of this tortured lost woman is typical of all the phony interviews in hell described by Baxter. Absolute proof that the above interview is phony is how this lost woman used one of Baxter's pet phrases "how wrong I was!" twice. Baxter herself used this identical pet phrase on page 48:

 
Baxter:

"The tunnel cannot possibly be as bad as the pits. But how wrong I was!" (p.48).

Jesus only reply to this woman was cold, "The judgment is set" (p.28). But then Jesus becomes Baxter's mouthpiece to promote her "hell is real" campaign by turning to her and saying:

 
Jesus:

"Remember to tell the people of Earth that hell is real. Millions of lost souls are here, and more are coming every day. On the Great Judgment Day, death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire; that will be the second death" (p.28).

The second bolded phrase above is the same phrase as Revelation 20:14 which only provides more evidence of serious errors her testimony.

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L.

Everyone In Baxter's Testimony Speaks Like Her:

Soul burning in hellBaxter made the mistake of having everyone in her testimony speak in the same manner as herself including the use of pet phrases, grammar, idioms, and religious jargon. This proves that all the dialogue in her testimony originated from one person - Baxter herself. For example, Baxter likes to use the phrase "on Earth" when referring to life before death. But there are many other phrases she could have used other than "on Earth" to refer to the same thing such as: "when I was alive", "before I came here", "while in life", "my life before death", "the time I was living in the world", "my former life", etc. Many other phrases could have been used. But because everyone in Baxter's book used the same phrase, this is clear evidence the dialogue in her testimony originating from Baxter herself.

 

Examples of Everyone Using Baxter's Pet Phrase "ON EARTH":

Note: Similar words are color-coded, italicized and underlined for comparison.

BAXTER wrote, "When you die ON EARTH, if you are born again by the Spirit of God, your soul goes to heaven" (p.73).

BAXTER wrote again, "When souls die ON EARTH and are not saved from their sins, they come here" (p.134).

JESUS said, "When they were alive ON EARTH, they deceived many and caused them to follow Satan and to sin" (p.74).

JESUS said, "While she was ON EARTH, she had cancer and was in much pain" (p.25).

JESUS said, "While he was ON EARTH, this man was a preacher of the gospel" (p.32).

JESUS told a lost soul, "While you were ON EARTH, I called you to come to me" (p.38).

JESUS told a lost soul, "While you were ON EARTH, I called and called for you to come to me" (p.44).

JESUS said, "But sinners must repent while still alive ON EARTH" (p.111).

SATAN told a lost soul, "You did serve me well while ON EARTH" (p.72).

LOST SOUL # 1 pleaded with Jesus, "They must repent of their sins while they are still ON EARTH" (p.23).

LOST SOUL # 2 said to Jesus, "While I was ON EARTH, I didn't believe there was a hell" (p.32).

LOST SOUL # 3 said to Jesus, "I'm sorry that I didn't repent while I was ON EARTH" (p.25).

LOST SOUL # 4 said to Jesus, "When I was ON EARTH, I worshipped the Hindu gods and many idols" (p.114).

More Examples of Pet Phrases Used By Everyone:

Note: The phrases identified with an are of particular interest.

Top phrases used by everyone -5 words or more
 
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M.

Everyone In Baxter's Testimony Promotes Her Particular Theology:

Everyone in Baxter's testimony is a mouthpiece for affirming her particular brand of theology. The biggest example of this is how everyone in her testimony preaches or confesses the truthfulness of a doctrine called "Christian perfection" which is the belief that a Christian can become completely free from their sinful nature and become holy through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Such belief is associated with Charismatic denominations, the "Holiness Movement" and the Full Gospel Church of which Baxter belongs.

 

Baxter's entire theology can be refuted with the well-known saying below left:

Christians are not perfect just forgiven  

However, I would modify this by saying, "No one is perfect but God; and God has already forgiven everyone." So for now, it is enough to say that Baxter's theology is true only if a person's salvation rests in their own hands. But if our salvation rests in Christ's hands, it can never be lost. See the Bible verse below left.

You are in Christ's hands  

Baxter's "mouthpieces" promote Christian perfection by constantly referring to how sinners (including Christians) must repent of all their sins before they die; otherwise, it is TOO LATE. Christian perfection holds that if you commit a sin (example: gossiping) and do not repent, or forgot to repent, before you die you will be sent to hell where it is "TOO LATE" to repent. In fact, the subtitle of her book is "Time Is Running Out." Baxter makes sure this message comes through repeatedly through her mouthpieces. For example, she used the phrase "TOO LATE" and all its derivatives a total of 35 times in her book. Below are some examples:  

Examples of phrases promoting Baxter's theology

With Baxter's constant parroting that "It's too late," the reader might wonder, "WHY is it TOO LATE?" and "WHAT prevents Jesus from rescuing repentant souls in hell?" After all, even Baxter acknowledges that Jesus has the "keys" to hell and " all power in heaven and in Earth" (p.71). The Bible also mentions how Jesus rescued souls from hell after his death - the so-called "Harrowing of Hell." NDE research also reveals Jesus is continuing to rescue souls from hell who call out for him (see Reverend Howard Storm's NDE for example).

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 3. Alterations of Jesus Words in Baxter's Books
 
Divine Revelation Of Hell (1993) (1st Edition)  

While I was attempting to write an unbiased review of her book, I began to encounter serious differences between the first edition of her book (the book on the left) and the second edition (the book on the right). Many of the biggest errors in the first edition of her book were corrected and covered up in the second edition. I expose these inconsistent edits below. Confronted with this evidence, my unbiased position disintegrated and I decided to rewrite this book review entirely and focus only on these errors.

  Divine Revelation Of Hell (1997) (2nd Edition)

A.

Baxter Deleted Jesus' Words Asking the Father To Have Mercy on Lost Souls In Hell:

Jesus as coldFor some bizarre reason, in the second edition of her book, all references from the first edition were deleted describing Jesus asking the Father to have mercy on the souls in hell. One can only speculate why such an important revelation was suspiciously removed. My theory is if Jesus actually asked the Father to have mercy on the souls in hell, then it would be done because the Father always hears Jesus (John 11:41-42). Deleting such words of mercy attributed to Jesus doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted # 1:

1st Edition: 

"Great sobs shook his skeletal frame as he begged, 'Please, Jesus, let me out!' I looked at Jesus and saw that he too was crying. He looked up and said, 'My Father, my Father, have mercy!' 'Lord Jesus,' the man cried out" (p.22). 

2nd Edition:

"Great sobs shook his skeletal frame as he begged, 'Please, Jesus, let me out!' I looked at Jesus and saw that he too was crying. DELETED: He looked up and said, 'My Father, my Father, have mercy!' 'Lord Jesus,' the man cried out" (p.28). 

 

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted # 2:

1st Edition: 

"If these had truly come unto the Father and repented, He would have forgiven them. Great tenderness covered Jesus' face as he said, 'My Father, have mercy.' Again we walked among the flaming pits" (p.37). 

2nd Edition:

"If these had truly come unto the Father and repented, He would have forgiven them. Great tenderness covered Jesus' face as he spoke, DELETED: 'My Father, have mercy.' Again we walked among the flaming pits" (p.51). 

 

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted # 3:

1st Edition: 

"He (a lost soul) fell into a small heap on the floor and continued to cry. Jesus cried, 'My Father, my Father, have mercy.' We walked on to another cell" (p.114). 

2nd Edition:

"He (a lost soul) fell into a small heap on the floor and continued to cry. DELETED: Jesus cried, 'My Father, my Father, have mercy.' We walked on to another cell" (p.160). 

 
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B.

Baxter Changed Jesus' Words Creating Contradictory Versions of Her Commission From Jesus:

A Divine Revelation Of Heaven

In her book, A Divine Revelation of HELL, Baxter gives four contradictory versions of the words Jesus told her about her commission to write about hell. And in her second book, A Divine Revelation of HEAVEN, Baxter gives one more contradictory version which is an alteration of Jesus' words from one of the four contradictory versions. If Baxter is willing to alter the words of Jesus in her book, then it places her entire book into doubt and doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. Here is the proof:

♦  Baxter Changed Jesus Word's in Version # 2 To Create Version # 5 of Her Commission From Jesus:

Version # 1:

Jesus: "My child I will manifest myself to you to bring people out of darkness into light. For the Lord has chosen you for a purpose. To write and make a record of the things I will show and tell you." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of Hell, p.10). 

Version # 2:

Jesus: "Your call is to let the world know that there is a hell, and that I, Jesus, was sent God to save them from torment." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of HELL, p.12). 

Version # 3:

Jesus: "I am Jesus Christ, your Lord, and I wish to give you a revelation to prepare the saints for my return and to turn many to righteousness. The powers of darkness are real, and my judgments are true. My child, I will take you into hell by my Spirit, and I will show you many things that I want the world to know. I will appear to you many times; I will take your spirit out of your body and will actually take you into hell. I want you to write a book and tell of the visions and of the things I reveal to you. You and I will walk through hell together. Make a record of these things, which were and are and are to come. My words are true, faithful, and trustworthy. I Am That I Am, and there is none beside me... Behold, my child, I am going to take you by my Spirit into hell so that you may be able to make a record of the reality of it, to tell the whole Earth that hell is real, and to bring the lost out of darkness and into the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of Hell, p.13) 

Version # 4:

Jesus: "Kathryn, you have been chosen by the Father to accompany me through the depths of hell. I will show you many things which I desire the world to know about hell and about heaven. I will tell you what to write so that this book will be a true record of what these unknown places are really like. My Spirit will reveal secrets about eternity, judgment, love, death and life hereafter." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of Hell, p.156).

Notice that Version # 5 is just an alteration of Jesus words in Version # 2. Compare the two Versions below:
(the added and changed words of Jesus are in bold red)
Version # 2:

Jesus: "Your call is to let the world know that there is a hell, and that I, Jesus, was sent by God to save them from torment." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of HELL, p.12) 

Version # 5:

Jesus: "Your call is to let the world know ADDED: that there is a heaven, that there is a hell, and that I, Jesus, was sent by CHANGED: the Father  to save them from torment and to prepare them a place in heaven."
(Baxter, 1997, A Divine Revelation of HEAVEN, p.13)

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C.

Baxter Deleted Jesus' Revelations About Boys and Girls:

boys and girls in hell  

Baxter often used a pet phrase "men and women" and/or "boys and girls" which she does a total of 4 times in her book - once by Baxter and 3 times by Jesus. But she made some changes in her 2nd edition which are reflected below. I can understand why she chose to remove the first reference about Jesus' Spirit departing if it is not wanted. It is utterly ridiculous to believe Jesus withdraws the Holy Spirit from Christians under any circumstances. And I can also understand why she chose to remove the second reference below about "boys and girls" marching into the flames of hell which is too ridiculous to believe. What I can't understand is why she didn't go all the way and delete the entire ridiculous sentence. It doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted:

1st Edition: 

Jesus: "I call different ones for different purposes in my body. If man or woman, boy or girl doesn't want my Spirit, I will depart. Yes she did answer my call for many years" (p.40).

2nd Edition:

Jesus: "I call different ones for different purposes in my body. DELETED: If man or woman, boy or girl doesn't want my Spirit, I will depart. Yes she did answer my call for many years" (p.56).

♦  Jesus' Revelation To Baxter Partly Deleted and a Word By Baxter Changed:  

1st Edition: 

Baxter: "As the angels broke the seals, men and women, boys and girls marched straight into the flames. I watched in ghastly fascination wondering if she knew any of them" (p.89)

2nd Edition:

Baxter: "As the angels broke the seals, men and women, DELETED: boys and girls marched straight into the flames. I watched in CHANGED: morbid fascination wondering if she knew any of them" (p.123).

In the 1st edition of her book, Baxter describes how she watched in "ghastly" fascination men and women, boys and girls marching into the flames of hell. In the 2nd edition of her book she deleted "boys and girls" and changed changed the wording to "morbid" fascination. But changing the wording from "ghastly" to "morbid" doesn't change how bizarre it is be to fascinated by watching boys and girls actually marching into the fires of hell.

Other Instances of Jesus Using Baxter's Pet Phrase:

♦  Jesus Using Baxter's Pet Phrase # 3:

Jesus:

"I know that many boys and girls, men and women were forced against their wills to commit such atrocious acts (i.e., homosexuality)" (p.96).  

♦  Jesus Using Baxter's Pet Phrase # 4:

Jesus:

"Behold, I am preparing a holy army. They will do mighty exploits for me and destroy your high places. They are an army of holy men and women, boys and girls." (p.102).

According to Baxter, Jesus condemns all homosexuals to hell; but apparently doesn't mind having "an army" to destroy people.

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D.

Baxter Deleted Five Pages of Jesus' Revelations of the Works of Satan:

The devilBaxter did not include five pages of content from her original book, A Divine Revelation of Hell (1st edition) published in 1993 when publishing a newer edition in 1997 of A Divine Revelation of Hell (2nd edition). The removed content (p.55-59) is a description of an event where Jesus told her, "My child, behold the works of Satan" (p.55). Removing such revelations of Jesus doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. Here is the evidence:

Jesus' Revelation of Satan Deleted:

From page 55 until page 59, Baxter described what she saw and heard about the works of Satan. Baxter described Satan using television-like screens to show his workers events happening in the world.

But this left me wondering why such important information would not be included in the 2nd edition of her book.

An answer came to me which I describe in Section 4 of this review. It has to do with evidence of Baxter writing her book as a counter to Raymond Moody's book, "Life After Life", which describes the "Being of Light" using television-like screens to show NDE experiencers their life review.

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E.

Baxter Corrected a Contradiction of Jesus Saying He Wouldn't Leave Her In Hell When He Did:

Contradiction # 1:

Why does Satan torture his friends?  

Baxter portray's hell as a place where Satan and his demons gleefully torture everyone there including those people who did his bidding in life. This means Satan is "divided with himself" and according to Jesus word's in Matthew 12:26, Satan's kingdom will not stand. So for Baxter to portray Satan torturing his human servants is a contradiction of Jesus' words. But even more serious, in the 1st edition of her book, Baxter has Jesus contradicting himself by leaving Baxter in hell when he said he wouldn't. Baxter mentioned that Jesus told her, "I’ll never leave or forsake you." (p.78). But then Jesus does just that and leaves Baxter in the "heart of hell" to be tortured despite her repeated calls to him for help (p.80). Baxter's depiction of Jesus contradicting himself leads to serious errors. It doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test for one. Baxter caught this contradiction and made the following corrections for the 2nd edition of her book. The words in red bold are additions to Jesus' words in the second edition of her book.

♦  Words Added To Jesus' Words:

1st Edition: 

Jesus: "I will also show you visions of heaven and other places and give you many revelations" (p.11).

2nd Edition:

Jesus: "I will also show you visions of heaven and other places and give you many revelations. ADDED: At times you will see me and at times you won’t, but I will be there with you through all of this. Remember, I am with you always, even to the ends of the Earth" (p.14).

♦  Words Added To Baxter's Words # 1:

1st Edition: 

Baxter: "I began to realize that I was lost without any hope at all. I sobbed and called out to Jesus over and over again" (p.81).

2nd Edition:

Baxter: "I began to think that I was lost without any hope at all. ADDED: Even though he had promised that he would never leave me or forsake me. I sobbed and called out to Jesus over and over again" (p.111-112).

♦  Words Added To Baxter's Words # 2:

1st Edition: 

Baxter:  "I cannot say how I knew, but I knew with all my heart that Jesus was gone. I felt very sad" (p.129).

2nd Edition:

Baxter: "I cannot say quite how I "knew", but I felt with all my heart that Jesus was gone. ADDED: Even though he had promised that he would never leave me or forsake me, I could not sense him anywhere and was experiencing what a lost soul will experience forever. I was very sad (p.178).

Contradiction # 2:

Jesus said, "If you will humble yourselves and call upon me, I will hear you and bless you." (p.101). But Baxter had already mentioned how Jesus ignored her calls from hell when he abandoned her there (p.80). So this is also a contradiction - a contradiction which Baxter didn't correct for the 2nd edition of her book. And it doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

Contradiction # 3:

Baxter corrected a contradiction about God not being able to hear her cries while she was abandoned in hell as described in the 1st edition of her book. Baxter's original claim of God being unable to accomplish something, when He can certainly do all things, doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test either.

♦  Words Added To Baxter's Words # 3:

1st Edition: 

Baxter:  "I cried, for I knew for sure I was in hell. God could not hear me" (p.134).

2nd Edition:

Baxter:  "I cried, for I knew for sure I was in hell. ADDED: It seemed as if God could not hear me" (p.185).

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F.

Baxter's Corrected Contradiction of Jesus Didn't Correct the Other Contradictions:

Jesus contradicting himself.

Contradiction # 4:

Jesus eventually did rescue Baxter and gave her a bizarre reason for leaving her in hell:

Baxter would never know for sure hell was real unless she actually experienced it for herself (p.85).

But if this is true, it creates another contradiction:

If Baxter would have never known for sure hell was real unless she experienced it herself, how can anyone else know for sure hell is real unless they experienced what Baxter experienced for themselves? Baxter's portrayal of Jesus making such a contradicting statement doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

Contradiction # 5:

Her words also create yet another contradiction:

If people cannot know for sure hell is real unless they experience what Baxter experienced, then Baxter's commission to warn people about hell won't work because people must experience hell themselves to believe hell is real.

Contradiction # 6:

And this leads to yet another contradiction:

If God condemns people to hell for not believing Baxter's commission that "hell is real" (as Baxter claimed), then this would make God unjust for condemning them there because people cannot know for sure hell is real unless they experience what Baxter experienced.

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G.

Baxter Changed a Vision From Jesus of Seeing the City of God Coming Down To Earth:

Jesus' second comingBy adding the phrase "which is to" in reference to Baxter seeing the New Jerusalem "come down to Earth," she changed her prophecy from the present tense to a future tense. The probable reason for adding this phrase is so that it agrees with the Book of Revelation.

♦  Words Added To Baxter's Words:

1st Edition: 

"Before me was the New Jerusalem, the city of God come down to Earth" (p.140). 

2nd Edition:

"Before me was the New Jerusalem, the city of God, ADDED: which is to come down to Earth" (p.193). 

BIBLE: 

"..the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God" (Revelation 3:12). 

 

♦  The Curse In the Book of Revelation:

BIBLE:

"For I (John) testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18-19). 

 
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H.

Baxter Deleted a Phrase From Her Version of the Book of Revelation:

Much of Baxter's testimony concerning prophecy is similar to the Book of Revelation:

Book of Revelation 

Book of Revelation symbolism (p.59, 63, 65, 74, 79, 89, 90-94, 97-98, 100, 117, 122-126, 140, 143-145, 153).

Book of Revelation phrases (p.62, 64, 73, 105, 116, 147).  

Book of Revelation entire verses (p.97, 105). 

In Chapter 13 (1st edition), Jesus gave Baxter a vision of the End Times while they were in hell. Her vision is similar to parts of the Book of Revelation but with serious flaws in it. Here is the evidence:

BIBLE: 

An angel bound Satan and threw him into the bottomless pit where he will remain for "a thousand years." When the thousand years is over, Satan will be let loose upon the Earth "for a little season" in one last attempt to deceive the world (Revelation 20:1-3). 

Baxter:

The man in front of the door to the bottomless pit "looked to be a thousand years old." Baxter then told Jesus, "I’ll be glad when Satan is cast into the bottomless pit and all these evil things stop for a season" (p.98). 

 

In the 2nd edition of her book, the reference to "for a season" was deleted

♦  The Phrase "for a season" Is Deleted:

1st Edition: 

"I'll be glad when Satan is cast into the bottomless pit and all these evil things stop for a season" (p.98).

2nd Edition:

"I'll be glad when Satan is cast into the bottomless pit and all these evil things stop DELETED: for a season" (p.137). 

 

♦  More Evidence of Baxter Testimony Being Similar To the Book of Revelation:

BIBLE: 

An angel revealed to John "the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters" (Revelation 17:1) and is told, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15). 

Baxter:

Baxter saw "a large woman" who had "multitudes, peoples and tongues beneath her" (p.95). 

 
BIBLE: 

The woman sitting on a beast had "seven heads and ten horns." (Revelation 17:3). 

Baxter:

The woman had "seven heads and ten horns." (p.95). Notice that Baxter contradicts the Bible here. The beast has ten horns - not the woman

 
BIBLE: 

On the woman was "written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, the mother of Harlots and abominations of the Earth" (Revelation 17:15). 

Baxter:

The woman had the words "Mystery Babylon" written on her and was "the mother of abominations on the Earth" which "came from hell" (p.95). Notice that Baxter contradicts the Bible in what was written on the woman. Baxter also misquotes the verse in Revelation by using "on the Earth" instead of "of the Earth." 

 
BIBLE: 

John saw "the woman drunken with the blood of the saints" (Revelation 17:6).

Baxter:

Baxter saw the woman "appeared drunk" (p.95) and "swayed back and forth as though she was drunk" (p.97). 

 
BIBLE: 

An angel then told John, "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 17:8). 

Baxter:

Baxter saw a large door with flames raging from it that was locked shut. Jesus told her, "Behind that doorway is the bottomless pit." Then a "dark figure of a man" wearing a "long, dark cape" appeared in front of the door to the bottomless pit. (p.98). 

 
BIBLE: 

John is told, "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" (Revelation 17:9) and that "the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings" (Revelation 17:12). Note that John's prophecy fulfills the prophecy of Daniel, "The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom" (Daniel 7:24). 

Baxter:

The woman Baxter saw was "sitting on a hill" (p.95). Previously, Baxter described seeing horns rising from hell to Earth (p.78). Jesus told her these horns, "represent evil kingdoms on the Earth" (p.79). But this is a contradiction of the Book of Revelation above which states the ten horns are ten kings and not ten evil kingdoms. More details are provided below. 

 
BIBLE: 

John heard an angel say, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen" (Revelation 18:2). 

Baxter:

Baxter heard Jesus call out, "In her time she shall be destroyed." (p.95). 

 
BIBLE: 

John heard a voice from heaven say, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). 

Baxter:

Baxter heard Jesus call out, "Come out from her and be separate." (p.95). 

 
BIBLE: 

John learned Babylon represents a great city where "in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the Earth" (Revelation 18:24). 

Baxter:

Baxter wrote that the woman labeled "Babylon," had: "in her was found the blood of the prophets, the saints and all that were slain upon the Earth" (p.97). Notice how Baxter misquoted this verse in Revelation.

 

Baxter's Contradictions About the Bible's Prophecies of "the Horns":

In the 1st edition of her book, Baxter described seeing "what looked like large arms or horns rising from hell and into the Earth and over all the Earth (p.78). 

She then wondered if these were the horns mentioned in the Bible (p.78). 

Baxter mentioned Jesus agreed with her by saying they are the horns that Daniel saw and they represent evil Earthly kingdoms (p.79). 

But Baxter made a serious mistake here because the Bible says the ten horns are ten kings and not ten kingdoms claimed by Baxter.

 
BIBLE: 

"The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom" (Daniel 7:24). 

 

So the horns Baxter writes about could not possibly be literal horns rising from hell. 

The kingdom that Daniel refers to is the final kingdom before Christ returns which is symbolized by: 

 
BIBLE: 

"A fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns" (Daniel 7:7). 

 

So for these reasons, Baxter's prophecy attributed to Jesus is untrue and doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

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I.

Baxter Changed How Much Jesus Helped Her Understand What See Saw:

In the 1st edition of her book, Baxter mentioned how some of the things she saw she didn't understand but that Jesus helped her understand most of what she saw. But in the 2nd edition, she changed the wording:

♦  Words Added To Baxter's Words:

1st Edition: 

"He helped me understand most of what I saw" (p.17). 

2nd Edition:

"He helped me understand that some of what I saw would be revealed later" (p.21). 

 

Because much of Baxter's revelations about prophecy are similar to the Book of Revelation, it should be no surprise that she mentioned having received secrets of heaven like John the Revelator which he was forbidden to write down. In the Book of Revelation, John hears the voices of "seven thunders" and was about to write their words down when a voice from heaven told him not to write them down (Revelation 10:4). In the same way, Baxter mentioned how she was privy to secrets of heaven which she couldn't reveal (p.73, 103). According to NDE and religious studies expert, Dr. Ken R. Vincent, this happens in NDEs and mystical experiences occasionally, and it also happened to St. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). And because I have falsified Baxter's experience and have shown how much she borrowed from John the Revelator's testimony in the Book of Revelation, it is my opinion she borrowed this idea of being privy to heavenly secrets as well.

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J.

Baxter Deleted Jesus' Statement Made To Her That "My Word Is True":

Another odd deletion is the phrase said by Jesus, "My Word is true," in the 1st edition of her book which was deleted in the 2nd edition of her book. Her reason for deleting this phrase may be because she mentions Jesus saying "My Word is true" a total of 5 times in the 1st edition (p.13, 33, 34, 79, 89). Baxter herself mentions it once. She may have realized this was too obvious of a comment for Jesus to repeat so many times. Nevertheless, deleting Jesus' words testifying his Word is true doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted: 

1st Edition: 

Jesus said to Baxter, "Behind that doorway is the bottomless pit. My Word is true." (p.98). 

2nd Edition:

Jesus said to Baxter, "Behind that doorway is the bottomless pit. DELETED: My Word is true." (p.98).  

 
 

♦  Other Examples of Jesus' Saying Ridiculously Obvious Statements:

Baxter continuously portrayed Jesus parroting spiritual truths that are too obvious to be attributed to such a great wisdom teacher as Christ. For example, Jesus supposedly told Baxter the following:  

"My judgments are true" (p.13). 

♦ 

"The judgment is real" (p.23).

"The powers of darkness are real" (p.13, 50). 

♦ 

"Through my blood, there is forgiveness of sins" (p.34).

♦ 

"Hell is real" (18 times in her book). 

♦ 

"I am faithful and just" (p.34).

♦ 

"What you are seeing is real" (p.17). 

♦ 

"God is forgiving" (p.37).

♦ 

"Let the world know that sin results in death" (p.21). 

♦ 

"Satan is real" (p.50).

♦ 

"Heaven is real" (p.24, 50, 158). 

♦ 

"Demon powers are real" (p.50).

♦ 

"My salvation is free" (p.77)

♦ 

"My Father’s mercy is just as real" (p.63).

♦ 

"The judgment is real" (p.23). 

"The horrors of hell are real" (p.76).

"The revelations are true" (p.100).

"All unrighteousness is sin" (p.100).

♦ 

"The Lord is faithful" (p.119).

"I have all power in heaven and Earth" (p.30, 51, 71, 87).

 

These words resemble Baxter's own style and manner of speech rather than the eloquent words of Christ.

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K.

Baxter Deleted Jesus' Words Describing Satan Making More Jail Cells In Hell:

Skeleton in hellBaxter mentioned Jesus telling her how Satan took over paradise when it was located "close to hell" before Jesus' death and resurrection and is using it for his own evil purposes. Of course, this is untrue because Baxter got this idea from the Greek concept of "Hades" mentioned in the Bible as being the underworld where all souls, both pious and wicked, go after death. The Greeks believed Hades was located somewhere under the Earth and it appears Baxter believes it as well. Why she chose to delete the reference of Satan making more cells there is anyone's guess.

♦  Jesus' Words Deleted:

1st Edition: 

"These cells were once in paradise; now Satan uses them for his evil purposes and made more" (p.75).

2nd Edition:

"These cells were once in paradise; now Satan uses them for his evil purposes DELETED: and made more" (p.101).

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L.

Baxter Corrected a Contradiction About Jesus Taking Her To Heaven:

Baxter claims to have spent 30 consecutive nights in hell with Jesus followed by 10 consecutive nights in heaven. But in the 1st edition of her book, she mentions being sick for many days (p.137) after her last day in hell with Jesus. This means she would have been sick for at least some of these days in heaven which is a contradiction of her testimony. This is probably the reason the reference of being sick for many days was deleted from the 2nd edition of her book.

♦  Baxter's Words Deleted:

1st Edition: 

"I was sick for many days after I was left in the jaws of hell" (p.137).

2nd Edition:

"I was sick DELETED: for many days after I was left in the jaws of hell" (p.189).

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M.

Baxter Changed Jesus' Words So That Hell No Longer Has the Shape of a Woman:

In the 1st edition of her book, Jesus described to Baxter how hell is located in the center of the Earth and has the shape of a woman lying on her back with legs, arms, belly, jaws, etc.. But in the 2nd edition, Baxter removed the feminine connotation associated with hell's shape.

♦  A Word Said By Jesus Is Changed:

1st Edition: 

Jesus said, "Hell has a body (like a human form) lying on her back in the center of the Earth" (p.28).

2nd Edition:

Jesus said, "Hell has a body (like a human form) lying on CHANGED: its back in the center of the Earth" (p.36).

Although Baxter changed the feminine connotation of hell, she decided to keep the masculine connotation of heaven:

♦  Baxter's Description of Heaven Having a Human Shape In a Vision From Jesus:

1st Edition: 

"High in the heavens I beheld a large spiritual body - it was the body of Christ. And the body was lying on its back on a bed, and blood dripped to the Earth. I knew that this was the slain body of our Lord. And then the body grew larger and larger until it filled the heavens. And going into and out of it were the millions of the redeemed. I watched in astonishment as millions climbed up stairs to the body and filled it, beginning with the feet and continuing through the legs, the arms, the stomach, the heart, and the head. And when it was full, I saw that it was filled with men and women from every nation, people, and tongue on the Earth" (p.146-147).

Baxter's description of hell being in the center of the Earth is ridiculous to anyone familiar with NDEs of hell and the other afterlife realms. I have never come across a single NDE testimony claiming hell was actually within the center of the Earth. It is also impossible, geologically speaking. Concerning Baxter's original portrayal of hell having the shape of a woman, read this article about a possible reason why she did so.

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Baxter Deleted Bible Verses That God Told Her To Include In Her Book:

The Bible references listed in the back of the 1st edition of her book (pages 162-171) were deleted in the 2nd edition of her book along with the reference of God wanting them there. Because Baxter mentioned that God told her to put these references in the 1st edition of her book, it made me wonder why she didn't put the references in her 2nd edition as well. My theory is that these references are evidence of her embellishing her testimony with Bible verses which she may not want readers to know about in the 2nd edition.  

♦  Bible Verses Deleted That God Wanted Included In Her Book: 

1st Edition: 

"Jesus said, '...Tell them that I will keep them from evil if they put their trust in me.' Readers, please use the Bible references in the back of this book. God told me to put them there" (p.104).

2nd Edition:

"Jesus said, '...Tell them that I will keep them from evil if they put their trust in me.' DELETED: Readers, please use the Bible references in the back of this book. God told me to put them there" (p.146).

 
 
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O.

Baxter Changed "a Similarity of God" To "a Likeness of God" In a Vision Given To Her By Jesus:

Love is GodIn the 1st edition of her book, Baxter described a vision of heaven given to her by "the Lord" where she sees the throne of God and a "similarity of God" sitting on the throne. The subtitle of this section in her book refers to this event and is entitled "Similarity To God." But in the 2nd edition of her book, she described the one sitting on the throne as no longer being a "similarity of God" - but instead a "likeness of God." She also changed the subtitle from "Similarity To God" to "The Throne of God." The dictionary defines "similarity" to be "the state or fact of being similar" or "an aspect, trait, or feature like or resembling another." Synonyms include: resemblance, likeness, sameness, similitude. Why Baxter decided to change her description of the one sitting on the throne of God in the 2nd edition is unclear. Nevertheless, they are both wrong. Only God sits on the throne - not a "similarity" nor a "likeness" of God. This also doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. Here is the evidence of Baxter's error:

♦  Baxter Changed Her Description of Who Sits On God's Throne:

1st Edition: 

"The glory of the Lord descended upon the place where I was praying. Great billows of fire, bright lights, and majestic power came before my eyes. In the center of the fire and the lights was the throne of God. On the throne was a similarity of God" (p.151).

2nd Edition:

"The glory of the Lord descended upon the place where I was praying. Great billows of fire, bright lights, and majestic power came before my eyes. In the center of the fire and the lights was the throne of God. On the throne was a likeness of God" (p.209).

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 4. Baxter's Book as a Counter To Raymond Moody's Book "Life After Life"

A.

Evidence of Baxter's Book Being a Counter To Moody's Book:

There is evidence Baxter wrote her book as a counter to Raymond Moody's New York Times best-selling NDE book, "Life After Life." Consider the following:

Life After Life book cover

The main evidence of Baxter's book being a counter to Moody's book is presented in Section B., Section C. and Section D. below.

Baxter claimed her journeys to hell began in 1976 which is one year after Moody's book was published in 1975.

Moody's book presented a very positive portrayal of the afterlife with positive NDEs being the norm.

At that time, many Christian critics incorrectly believed Moody's book claimed there was no hell or at least minimized it.

Because of this, such critics incorrectly viewed Moody's book and NDE testimonies as a threat to Christianity created by Satan to deceive the world about hell.

Such critics incorrectly believed the NDE "Being of Light" in Moody's book welcoming people into heaven was instead Satan masquerading as Jesus telling the world there is no hell to fear after death. And if there is no hell to worry, the critics believed Moody's NDE testimonies minimized Christ's salvific work on the cross and opens the door for everyone to live an unchristian life.

After Moody's book was published, Christian articles and books began to be published to counter Moody's book and this perceived "New Age" threat.

Because Baxter claimed her book was divinely inspired to testify to the reality of hell, it is easy to see how her testimony is just one of many counter-reactions to Moody's book.

One version of Baxter's commission from Jesus is particularly telling: "Kathryn, you have been chosen by the Father to accompany me through the depths of hell. I will show you many things which I desire the world to know about hell and about heaven. I will tell you what to write so that this book will be a true record of what these unknown places are really like. My Spirit will reveal secrets about eternity, judgment, love, death and life hereafter." (Baxter, 1993, A Divine Revelation of Hell, p.156).

Toward the end of her testimony, Baxter gives an unusual warning to the reader which is very telling, "What you are about to read will frighten you! I pray it will frighten you enough to make you a believer. I pray you will repent of your sins so you will not go to that awful place. I pray you will believe me, for I do not want this to happen to anyone else" (p.129). These words show Baxter possibly revealing her true motive for writing her book: to frighten the reader enough to make them believers of her theology and version of hell.

Her motive to counter Moody becomes especially revealing when you consider the next three Sections B., C. and D. below.

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B.

Baxter's Out-of-Body Experience Is Similar To Those In Moody's Book But With Flaws:

out-of-body woman

Baxter claimed she had 40 consecutive out-of-body experiences (OBEs) in 40 consecutive days: 30 OBEs to hell and 10 OBEs to heaven. But there are several problems with this. While the description of Baxter's OBE has some resemblance to OBEs described in Moody's book, there are serious flaws:

Baxter only describes her first OBE in her book (p.14). This means we can only judge her experience based on a single OBE description which seems convenient to her.

Because she was willing to use much of her testimony from the Bible, it is shows she would have no qualms about using the description of her OBE from Moody's book.

Moody's book offers a wealth of information about the OBE component of NDEs (Moody, p.3, 19-20, 31-48, 51-52, 56-57, 68-73, 75-77, 80, 84, 88, 91-97, 104-106, 108-112, 123-124, 132-133, 136, 138, 142, 144, 146, 151, 153, 157).

Baxter claimed her "spirit" was "taken out of her body" by Jesus (p.14). But this is impossible because it would have resulted in her death or created a near-death condition. This has Biblical support as well:

  Bible verse

Her claim of having 40 consecutive OBEs trips to hell without any real "trigger" is unrealistic and unnatural. She was not near-death, nor on her deathbed, nor in a coma, nor was she under the influence of any trigger that would induce a NDEs or OBE.

She described her OBE in third-person narrative which is neither normal nor natural and doesn't resemble more reliable OBE and NDE testimonies. For example, she described her soul, body and spirit in third-person narrative this way:

Baxter:

"Instantly, my soul was taken out of my body. I went with Jesus up out of my room and into the sky... It was as though I had died and my body was left behind on the bed while my spirit was going with Jesus up through the top of the house" (p.14).

Normally, actual experiencers of OBEs and NDEs describe their OBEs in first-person narrative in this manner:

 
Normal:

"Instantly, I was up near the ceiling and saw a body in the bed below me. I went with Jesus up out of my room and into the sky.. I realized I had died because the body below was mine and I was going with Jesus through the top of the house."

Because Moody's book contains many OBE descriptions of people floating through ceilings and walls (Moody, p.33, 40-42, 57, 94-95, 97, 109, 145), Baxter's similar but unrealistic description appears to come from Moody's descriptions of OBEs.

Her failure to realistically describe her OBE, and her contradiction of the Bible that the body without the spirit is dead, can be interpreted as further evidence of Baxter's book being a counter-reaction to Moody's book and therefore false.

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C.

Baxter's Book Has "NDE Tunnels" Like Moody's Book But With Flaws:

Baxter described traveling through many "Funnels" and "Tunnels" which appear to be another example of using information about OBEs from Moody's book (Moody, p.3, 19, 27-31, 63, 75). It was Moody who coined the term "Tunnel" when describing NDEs. But in a odd manner, Baxter used these words "Funnels" and "Tunnels" interchangeably to mean the same thing. The following is evidence of Baxter getting the idea of tunnels from Moody:

Evil tunnels

Baxter described the tunnels as protruding out and above the Earth then looping back into the center of the Earth. Baxter mentioned Jesus telling her they are the "gateways to hell" (p.15). This description by Baxter is an obvious attempt to depict the NDE tunnel to heaven as evil.

Baxter initially used the word "Funnels" to describe them which she does 3 times in her book (p.15, 31); but then oddly refers to them as "Tunnels" (p.15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 46, 47, 48, and 50) for a total of 21 times throughout the rest of her book.

One of the chapters of her book (Chapter 5, p.46) is entitled "The Tunnel of Fear" where she portrays these tunnels in an evil manner. Elsewhere she also portrays these tunnels as evil.

Examples of NDE Tunnel Portrayed As Evil:

 

She described seeing evil spirits attached to the walls of the tunnel ready to be "spewed out on the Earth when Satan gives the orders" (p.16).

She described feeling an "invisible, evil force moving inside the tunnels" (p.16) and "the worst odor I have ever smelled filled the air" (p.16).

She described hearing screams filling the air in the tunnel (p.61).

She saw "great snakes, large rats, and many evil spirits" all running around in the tunnels (p.48).

She described seeing "doorways about the size of small windows, opening and shutting very fast at the top of the tunnel" where demons were let loose upon the Earth (p.20).

But anyone familiar with NDE testimonies knows these descriptions of the NDE tunnel are completely false. NDE testimonies frequently describe the tunnel experience as providing a sense of overwhelming warmth and peace as the experiencer is drawn to the light of God and heaven. The testimonies of people experiencing the real NDE tunnel does pass Jesus' Smell Test.

I have never come across such a description of the NDE tunnel described in such a horrific manner as Baxter's description.

Her horrific description of the NDE tunnel doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test.

This evidence suggests to me how Baxter may have an ulterior motive in portraying the NDE tunnel in such an evil way.

Obviously, if Moody's tunnels lead to heaven and Jesus, then this could have motivated Baxter to have Jesus refer to them as the "gateways to hell" instead.

This is further evidence of Baxter's book being a counter-reaction to Moody's book. And if her book is indeed a counter-reaction to Moody, then it is also evidence of her testimony being false.

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D.

Baxter's Book Has Afterlife Movie Screens Like Moody's Book But With Flaws:

Moody's book mentions several instances where NDE experiencers have a life review where a "Being of Light" (often identified as Jesus) displays every event of their life in detail on a heavenly "television" or "movie screen" (Moody, p.31, 60, 147, 150). This is interesting because of the following facts:

Devil pointing to afterlife screen

Not surprisingly, Baxter also mentions "movie screens" in her book as Moody does; except in her case, it is Satan showing various events to souls (p.57-58).

Another peculiar fact is how this Satanic movie screen incident appears in the first edition of her book on hell (p.57-58) but not in the second edition of the same book published in 1997.

This is because Baxter removed pages 55-59 from the first edition and didn't include them in the second edition.

These removed pages describe what Baxter observed after Jesus told her, "My child, behold the works of Satan" (p.55).

Baxter's removal of the Satanic movie screen incident from the second edition of her book can be interpreted in a different light. She may have realized her Satanic movie screen incident was too similar to the movie screen incidents in Moody's book.

Aside from that, the Satanic incident she described is so ridiculous it is not difficult to understand why it was removed.

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 5. My Assessment of Baxter's Testimony
 

A.

A List of Other Serious Errors In Baxter's Testimony:

So what are we to make of Baxter's testimony considering there are so many errors, contradictions, dialogue problems, Biblical errors, and her own particular brand of theology? Baxter's testimony doesn't not pass Jesus' Smell Test because it can be summarized this way:

Baxter's testimony summarized

I also believe there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Baxter's book was written by her to counter Raymond Moody's best-selling book Life After Life. I believe she used concepts from Moody's book, used verses from the King James Bible (especially the parable of Jesus and the Book of Revelation), and possibly used concepts about hell from Dante's Inferno and/or John Bunyan's NDE.

 

From the multitude of severe problems with Baxter's book, A Divine Revelation of Hell, this book review has so far presented only the most serious errors in her book because of limitations to the size of this web page. The following is a list of the other serious errors not detailed in this book review:

Other Serious Problems In Baxter's Testimony Not Covered In Detail

 1. Errors In Baxter's Testimony

 

BAXTER'S BOOK WAS EMBELLISHED WITH BIBLE VERSES - In the Introduction of her book, Baxter surprisingly admits that it took an entire year to add Bible verses to her testimony for support.

IT TOOK 17 YEARS TO PUBLISH HER BOOK - Baxter's book was released in 1993 which is 17 years after her revelations in 1976. So despite Baxter's claim that God and Jesus desperately needs her testimony to save people, the fact that her book took so long to be published and released shows a severe lack of urgency on her part.

BAXTER'S BOOK IS "ANOINTED" - In the Foreword of her book, Baxter's pastor wrote how he believes the Holy Spirit has anointed her book. But for many Christians, referring to any book other than the Bible as being "anointed" and written "into being for time and eternity" would cause them to view these statement as un-Biblical.

BAXTER ACCIDENTLY MENTIONED THE SAME EVENT TWICE ON TWO DIFFERENT DAYS - On pages 30-31, Baxter mentioned of learning how "imps" and "devils" would leave hell through tunnels to do Satan's bidding on the Earth. But then on a different day, on page 48, she wrote about the same thing - of learning how "imps" and "devils" would leave hell through tunnels to do Satan's bidding on the Earth.

GOD THE FATHER SMILED AT BAXTER - Baxter describes a bizarre incident where she sees God the Father telling her "with a smile" what becomes of "babies that are murdered while they are still in their mother's bodies" (p.138). But God is light (1 John 1:5) and love (1 John 4:7-8) and life (1 John 5:20). God is not a man (Numbers 23:19). So describing God as having a mouth to smile with is, of course, ridiculous and un-Biblical.

JESUS TOLD BAXTER THAT WITCHCRAFT, AND WITCHCRAFT MIRACLES, ARE REAL - After Jesus told Baxter that witchcraft is real (p.70), he told her of one particular witch who, in life, was able to perform the miracle of changing from a young woman, to a middle-aged woman, to an old woman, and then to an old man (p.70). But this cannot be true because only through God can miracles be performed (see this article).

BABY CHERUBIM SING AND KISS THE LORD'S FACE - On page 206, Baxter claimed to have seen baby cherubim singing and kissing God on his face. But this cannot be true because the Bible always describes cherubim as mature beings. Baxter may have gotten this idea from medieval paintings.

 2. Errors With Baxter's Initial Encounter With Jesus

Charismatics believe in tongues.  

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT RESULTED IN JESUS APPEARING TO HER - Baxter's praying "in the Spirit" (p.13) is Charismatic lingo for speaking in tongues and expecting results. Baxter suggests it was by means of praying "in the Spirit" for days that Jesus appeared to her and gave her "an assignment." Her "in the Spirit" encounter with Jesus resembles the language used in the Book of Revelation but is not the same as John the Revelator's testimony in Revelation 1:10-11. The Biblical phrase "I was in the Spirit" is best translated in Greek as "I became in the Spirit" meaning John actually had an out-of-body experience (OBE) when it occurred. This is also confirmed later on in Revelation 4:1-2, Revelation 17:3, and Revelation 21:10.

JESUS APPEARED TO BAXTER AS A HUMAN BEING - Baxter claimed Jesus appeared to her in human form (p.10) even having the ability to shed tears for those in hell (p.28). But this is a contradiction of Jesus' words in Luke 17:22-24 where Jesus warns his disciples about people claiming he can be found on Earth as a human being before his return.

JESUS SOMETIMES APPEARED TO BAXTER AS A MAN AND SOMETIMES AS A SPIRIT - Baxter mentioned that Jesus sometimes appeared to her as a man and other times as a spirit (p.19). This description of Christ does not make sense in light of Biblical and NDE testimony. For example, Paul writes, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption" (1 Corinthians 15:50).

BAXTER HAD A WEAK RESPONSE TO JESUS' SUDDEN APPEARANCE - Baxter described having a "sweet and wonderful feeling" when Jesus appeared to her (p.13). But compared to more reliable Biblical and NDE encounters of Christ, this is a very weak response to suddenly being in the presence of Christ. The more reliable encounters produced responses of "falling at his feet as though dead" (Revelation 1:17), "falling on their faces" and being "greatly afraid" (Matthew 17:1-6), " falling to the ground" "trembling and astonished" (Acts 9:1-6), and "The instant I perceived him, a command formed itself in my mind. 'Stand up!'" (Dr. George Ritchie's NDE encounter with Christ).

 

 3. Errors With the Dialogue In Her Book

Keep the marriage bed holy.    

JESUS "PARROTS" VERSES FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE - For example, Baxter mentioned how a lost soul pleaded with Jesus, "Haven't I suffered enough for my sins?" (p.22). Jesus replied to him: "It is written, 'The just shall live by faith!" In this example, Baxter portrayed Jesus parroting a quote from Paul in the King James Bible (Romans 1:17). Notice also how Jesus' reply to the lost soul doesn't apply to the lost soul's situation. Such portrayals of Jesus parroting Bible verses this way is replete throughout Baxter's book.

JESUS MISQUOTES VERSES FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE - In one incident, Baxter portrayed Jesus erroneously misquoting from the King James Bible. According to Baxter, Jesus told her, "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to STAND in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (p.118). But this is a misquote of Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians, "Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to WITHSTAND in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13). For Baxter to portray Jesus misquoting the Bible in this manner should raise a red flag to all Bible-believing Christians.

EVERYONE IN BAXTER'S BOOK SPEAKS IN KING JAMES ENGLISH - Everyone including Jesus, God, Baxter, demons, and Satan speaks in King James English. For example, Baxter mentioned Jesus said to her: "But they would not hearken or come unto me" (p.77). The King James English words "hearken" and "unto" are translated in modern English as "hear" and "to" respectfully. It would be really bizarre if Jesus actually talked this way.

EVERYONE IN BAXTER'S BOOK ALSO SPEAKS PERFECT AMERICAN ENGLISH - When everyone is not speaking in King James English, Baxter describes everyone speaking in perfect American English including lost souls who have been in hell for hundreds of years, a lost soul who once lived in an ancient era and had been in hell before the time of Christ, demons who don't know Baxter and Jesus are there, Satan, and all the sign posts in hell.

 

 4. Errors With Her Depictions of Afterlife and Hell

My reletives are in hell?   

BAXTER'S DESCRIPTION OF HELL RESEMBLES DANTE'S INFERNO - Baxter described hell as remarkably similar to Dante's Inferno from Dante's Divine Comedy (1265-1321 AD) complete with demons torturing souls in pits of fire and jail cells. As with Dante's Inferno, Baxter portrayed demons and Satan functioning as supervisors in hell who are responsible for inflicting pain (beyond the pain already inflicted by hell itself) on lost souls under their charge (p.29-31, 42).

BAXTER HEARD GNASHING OF TEETH IN HELL - Baxter claimed she "heard weeping and gnashing of teeth" (p.87). "Gnashing of teeth" is a phrase found in Matthew 8:12; Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 22:11-13; Matthew 24:44-51 and Matthew 25:14-30. But the Greek phrase for "gnashing of teeth" literally means "grinding one’s teeth together." When combined with "weeping" it can be compared to hitting your thumb with a hammer, closing your eyes and grinding your teeth together hard in reaction to the pain. It is impossible to hear people "gnashing" of teeth as Baxter claims she did.

BAXTER DESCRIBED DAY AND NIGHT EXISTING IN HELL - Baxter made the mistake of mentioning day and night in hell which is located within the center of the Earth according to Baxter (p.27, 53, 67).

 

BAXTER MENTIONED TIME EXISTING IN HELL - Baxter also made the mistake of mentioning that time can be measured in the spirit world. Baxter described a lost soul who said he had been in hell for 40 years (p.26). But according to NDE and parapsychological studies, the spirit world consists of many realms all of which are timeless. Time is measured only in the physical realm (the universe) using entropy and the position of the Earth relative its movement around the sun. Baxter even contradicted herself by describing in her testimony how, in hell, "minutes seemed like hours, and hours stretched in to eternity" (p.183).

AN ESCALATOR EXISTS THAT BRINGS DEMONS UP FROM HELL - Baxter wrote how she saw a flight of stairs going down into the Earth and into hell which eventually became an escalator bringing demons up to Earth from hell (p.93). But, according to NDE research, there are better means of spirit travel such as floating, flying, and instantaneous movement.

 

 5. Errors With Her Depictions of People In Hell

Touch yourself and go to hell.   

SOME SOULS ARE IMMEDIATELY DRAGGED INTO HELL AFTER DEATH - According to Baxter, when sinners die, they go immediately to hell. Demons drag them through the gates of hell and are placed into pits of fire and tortured. Later, they are brought before Satan (p.73). But this contradicts the Bible (Hebrews 9:27) and NDEs that describes how everyone is judged (i.e., life review) by God immediately after death and then go to their assigned abode.

PEOPLE IN HELL HAVE SOULS RESEMBLING "DIRTY-GREY MISTS" - Baxter described people in hell having souls "caged" within their bodies resembling "dirty-grey mists" (p.21, 23, 24, 33, 37, 44, 52, 66, 111, 113, 130). This is an obvious falsehood because the "soul body" or "astral body" resembles an ideal version of a person's entire body that was alive in the world according to the Bible, NDE and parapsychology research. Her description of the soul within their body resembling mists that have a dirty-grey color is also false.

PEOPLE IN HELL HAVE SKELETONS FOR A BODY - Baxter described the bodies of people in hell as being actual skeletons with real bones (p.21, 22, 26, 32, 38, 39, 42, 66, 68, 83, 89, 97, 109, 111, 113, 130, 132, 133). This is an obvious falsehood because spirits cannot have bones in the spirit world according to the Bible (Luke 24:39), NDE and parapsychology research.

PEOPLE IN HELL HAVE REAL FLESH ON THEIR BONES - Baxter also described people in hell having real flesh burning and decaying from their skeletons (p. 16, 21-23, 26, 32, 34, 38, 44, 61, 65-66, 68-69, 72-73, 76, 78, 80, 82, 83, 90, 109, 112, 130-131, 133, 135, 141). This is another obvious falsehood because spirits cannot have flesh in the spirit world according to the Bible (Luke 24:39), NDE and parapsychology research. 

 
   

PEOPLE IN HELL HAVE FIRE-PROOF WORMS CRAWLING ON THEM - Baxter described people in hell being tormented by real worms crawling within their bones (p.25, 28, 44, 50, 59, 90, 151, 155, 176-177, 180) and how these worms are not hurt by the flames. This scenario is probably due to her misunderstanding the words of Jesus in Mark 9:44 when he metaphorically warns people about falling into temptation and doing things that would cause them to go to hell. Jesus mentioned hell as a place where "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." In Mark 9:44, Jesus quoted from Isaiah 66:24 where the prophet mentions corpses of men who transgressed against God. The translation or "targum" of Jewish rabbis concerning this verse is that, metaphorically, in the same manner that maggots don't die on corpses, so the "consciences" of those in hell will forever "gnaw" upon their souls because of the sins they committed.

SOME PEOPLE IN HELL HAVE REAL BODIES WITH REAL BLOOD - Baxter also described some people in hell having actual physical, flesh and blood bodies (p.53-54, 66, 95, 107, 146). This is another obvious falsehood because spirits cannot have flesh and blood in the spirit world according to the Bible (Luke 24:39), NDE and parapsychology research.

DISABILITIES PEOPLE HAVE IN LIFE ARE CARRIED OVER IN HELL - Baxter mentioned how people with disabilities such as missing limbs in life are carried over into hell (p.73). This is another obvious falsehood because the soul body is an ideal representation of a person's body in life without the flaws of the person's physical body. It is also a contradiction of Jesus' own words in the Bible where he states, "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Matthew 5:30)

RIDICULOUS REASONS FOR PEOPLE BEING IN HELL - Baxter described ridiculous reasons for souls being in hell such as: (1) going to church just to "get men" (p.35); (2) mocking Jesus (p.22-23, 67); (3) making fun of Jesus' salvation (p.111); (4) not giving your heart to Jesus (p.45, 73); (5) not wanting to serve Jesus (p.25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 39, 53, 71, 73, 88, 105, 109-112, 145); (6) flattery (p.100); (7) wanting the world and not Jesus (p.27, 38, 42, 88); (8) wanting riches, fame, and fortune (p.27, 53, 149); (9) gossiping (p.39); (10) not forgiving someone when they hurt you (p.35-36, 39, 41, 44); (11) and not being generous (p.142).

BIZARRE REASONS FOR PEOPLE BEING IN HELL - Baxter described bizarre reasons for souls being in hell such as: (1) being a "witch" (p.64, 67, 70-71, 74, 77, 109, 114, 115-116, 118, 149); (2) being a "sorcerer" (p.64, 74, 110, 117); (3) being a "soothsayer" (p.70, 74, 109); (4) being a "worker of the occult" (p.64, 71, 74-75, 116); (5) and not listening to modern day prophets (p.100-101, 144).

UNUSAL REASONS FOR PEOPLE BEING IN HELL - Baxter described unusual reasons for souls being in hell such as: (1) being a homosexual (p.82, 92, 95, 113); (2) being a Christian who didn't repent of sins before death (p.23-28, 33-39, 41, 44-47, 49, 51, 53-55, 59-60, 64, 67, 71-73, 75, 88, 92, 96, 98, 101-102, 105, 107, 109-111, 113-115, 126, 129, 138, 141-142, 144-145, 148, 150); (3) and being a psychic medium (p.64, 70-71, 74).

UNJUST REASONS FOR PEOPLE BEING IN HELL - Baxter described several Christian ministers being in hell for preaching doctrines which Baxter doesn't agree with such as: (1) not teaching "the Holy Ghost Baptism" (p.53); (2) not believing Jesus was returning again (p.32); (3) not teaching there is an eternal hell (p.32, 53-54); (4) not preaching "the true gospel" of Jesus (p.53); (5) and "teaching people to sin" (p.101). This is evidence of Baxter displaying a condescending and holier-than-thou attitude toward other ministers who do not agree with her brand of theology. Her depiction of Christian ministers in hell seems to be a way for them to not question her particular theology or they'll go to hell.

 

 6. Errors With Her Depictions of Jesus

Believe in Jesus or go to eternal hell.   

BAXTER CANNOT FIND THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE JESUS' PRESENCE - Baxter said she could not find the words to describe Christ's presence (p.14) even though she claims to have spent 40 consecutive days with him and could perfectly describe everything else in vivid detail. This fact creates a serious credibility problem with her testimony.

JESUS IS COLD AND UNCARING TOWARD THE LOST SOULS IN HELL - Baxter depicted Jesus completely ignoring tortured souls crying out in repentance to him (p.22, 42, 54, 68, 110, 113, 114). Baxter's highly dishonoring depiction of Jesus is that of someone who is cold and uncaring toward those suffering in hell, often ignoring their pleas, being judgmental and condemning, legalistic, able to save repentant souls from hell but unwilling to do so.

BAXTER IS MORE COMPASSIONATE THAN JESUS TOWARD THE LOST IN HELL - Baxter often described herself as hysterical about rescuing repentant souls in hell who would desperately plead with Jesus to do so (p.21, 23-24, 28, 30, 40, 42, 47, 52, 54, 83, 89). On the other hand, Baxter often depicted Jesus as completely the opposite (p.22, 42, 54, 68, 110, 113, 114).

A locust. JESUS MAKES STATEMENTS THAT DON'T APPLY TO THE SITUATION - Baxter described Jesus making statements that don't really apply to the situation occurring. For example, Baxter wrote of Jesus saying, "Alas, for the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night - the day is at hand. Trust Me, and I will restore unto you the years the locusts, the canker worm, the caterpillar and the palmer worm have eaten" (p.106).

JESUS WILL / WILL NOT HEAR YOU - Baxter made the mistake of contradicting herself in one incident where Jesus told her, "Call upon me while I am near, and I will hear and answer you" (p.156). But then Jesus leaves her in hell temporarily and does not answer her multiple cries from there as she is being tortured (p.80, 82-84, 129-136).

JESUS COMMANDED MINISTERS TO STOP TEACHING PEOPLE TO SIN - Baxter used Jesus as a mouthpiece to say the following, "Listen, you ministers of my Holy Word. Do not teach my people to sin against their God" (p.101). "Unless you repent, I will remove you for the sins you have taught my people" (p.101).

JESUS WANTS TO DESTROY HIS ENEMIES - Baxter mentioned Jesus told to her, "If all things are to be put under the Father's feet, heaven and Earth must agree if we are to destroy our enemies" (p.118). But this doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test because Jesus teaches us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45).

 

 7. Errors With Her Depictions of Satan

You believe in Satan?   

BAXTER CANNOT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE SATAN'S APPEARANCE - Although Baxter spent 30 consecutive nights in hell - many of which she spent observing Satan up close and personal - she is either unwilling or unable to give a complete description of Satan's appearance. She is also inconsistent in her statement of seeing only Satan's back (p.76) which is reminiscent of Moses only being able to see God's back (Exodus 33:18-34:9). Her only description of him is: (1) he has reddish-yellow flames with brown edges all around him (p.76); (2) neither he nor his garments burn from the flames (p.76); (3) his evil laughter can be heard everywhere (p.76). But this is not really a description of Satan and it comes close to the idea of Satan having a pitchfork. And because she cannot provide a complete description of both Jesus and Satan, it puts her entire testimony in doubt.

SATAN LIVES IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH - Baxter described Satan as living in hell within the center of the Earth (p.16, 53-54, 61-62, 65, 67-68, 71-77, 82-84, 134). But this is a contradiction of the Bible showing him acting among the Body of Christ in the world trying to inflict whatever deception he can (1 Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:12).

SATAN IS CONFINED TO EARTH AND IS A FORMIDABLE THREAT TO GOD - Baxter portrayed Satan as being limited to the Earth as opposed to Satan being a universal evil force or debased condition of the soul. Baxter suggests Satan is a formidable being and threat to God who thinks he can overthrow and disrupt God’s plan (p.71). But when one considers how unimaginably large our universe is, and how much God fills it and transcends it, to believe a being exists who is a formidable threat to God is like believing in someone who proclaims they have the power to stop the sun from shining. It just doesn't make logical or theological sense.

 

SATAN IS DIVIDED AGAINST HIMSELF - Baxter portrayed Satan as being divided against himself because she portrayed him torturing souls such as "workers of the occult" who "did his bidding" (p.64, 71, 74-75, 116). Logically, if Satan tortures souls who are working for him (one of whom won 500 souls to Satan) instead of rewarding them, then according to Jesus his kingdom is divided and cannot stand (Mark 3:22-26). Baxter's portrayal of Satan, therefore, doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. Baxter's portrayal of Satan creates a serious credibility problem with her testimony.

SATAN HAS A "FUN CENTER" IN HELL - Baxter mentioned that Satan has a "Fun Center" in hell (p.74) where every form of torture is allowed including a special torture for "workers of the occult" where the demons pull apart the "bones" of their skeletons and play a very painful game of scavenger hunt with them (p.74). But the Bible clearly states that it is the demons in hell that are in torment (2 Peter 2:4). NDE and parapsychological research doesn't affirm the existence of such a "Fun Center" either.

 

 8. Errors With Her Theology

BAXTER'S BOOK ASSUMES THE BIBLE IS INSUFFICIENT FOR GOD'S PLAN - Baxter's constant portrayal of how urgently God and Jesus needs her testimony to save humanity (p.13) assumes the Bible is not sufficient enough to accomplish this.

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH SIN - Baxter mentioned how a Christian who commits a sin and doesn't repent of it before they die, will immediately go to hell  (p.23-28, 33-39, 41, 44-47, 49, 51, 53-55, 59-60, 64, 67, 71-73, 75, 88, 92, 96, 98, 101-102, 105, 107, 109-111, 113-115, 126, 129, 138, 141-142, 144-145, 148, 150). But this is a contradiction of scripture. Becoming born again does not mean you are no longer a sinner. This is because our sinful nature remains with us until death. Only Jesus is without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Paul mentions his own struggle with his sinful nature (Romans 7:15-24).

BAXTER'S PROBLEM WITH CHRISTIAN PERFECTION - Baxter constantly mentioned how a single unrepentant sin committed before death can send a Christian to eternal damnation in hell (see above). Baxter is obvious unfamiliar with Bible references revealing how a Christian can stumble into sin, but their salvation can never be lost. See Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son and [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]. Note this is not a complete list. As mentioned previously, Baxter's entire theology can be refuted with a popular Christian saying: "Christians are not perfect just forgiven."

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH SALVATION - Baxter's problematic theology contradicts mainstream Christian theology concerning salvation. For example, she described how people were in hell because they did not give their heart to Jesus and not repenting from sin (see above). But this is not how salvation works. Jesus mentioned the way to eternal life was through the practice of loving God and your neighbor (Luke 10:25-28). It is as simple, yet profound, as that. Jesus taught it is a person's entire lifetime that is judged - both good and bad works - and is based upon love [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]. Note this is not a complete list. NDE testimonies also show how a person's entire life is taken into account in their life review.

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH JUSTIFICATION - Baxter's problematic theology contradicts the Bible concerning justification. For example, her theology of a murderer going to heaven merely because they accepted Christ as their savior immediately before death (p.111-112) contradicts James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the Church in Jerusalem, who declared "a person is "justified by works and not by faith alone" (James 2:24). From what has previously been shown, justification is based upon an entire lifetime of works both good and bad including works of faith.

A murderer in heaven.


BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH SANCTIFICATION
- Judging by Baxter's description of hell, most of those in hell are apparently Christians! Baxter's problematic theology contradicts mainstream Christian theology concerning sanctification. For example, Baxter constantly pleads for people to repent of their sins before death or they will go to hell where it is "too late" (see above). But the notion that any sin committed after a person is born again will send that person to hell is based upon self-righteousness. The Bible is clear in stating how Jesus paid for all sins, both past and present, at the cross (1 John 1:7) and not just the sins we committed before becoming born again. For example, Baxter described one particular Christian in hell who was there because he didn't help a neighbor in need. Her theology suggests people must be a perfect "super-Christians" like her to enter heaven. But the Bible declares how erroneous it is for anyone to claim they are without sin and not a sinner: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]. Note that this is not a complete list. Read these Bible verses [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] for more information about how a Christian's righteousness comes from Christ and not ourselves.

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH GOD'S JUDGMENT - Baxter's problematic theology contradicts mainstream Christian theology concerning God's judgment. She depicts God's judgment as being based upon legalism where an individual is judged on particular unrepented sins (see above) rather than being judged based upon an individual's entire lifetime of works both good and bad. For example, Baxter said the following about one particular lost soul: "I wondered what she had been charged with that she should be imprisoned here" (p.66). In another example, Baxter said this about another lost soul: "I wondered what this soul had done that it should be lost and hopeless" (p.40). Baxter's theology holds that a person can be chosen by the Father, redeemed by Christ, given faith by the Holy Spirit, become justified and sanctified, and still commit a sin at the last moment of their life and be lost forever in hell. But mainstream Christians generally do not fear losing their salvation simply because they believe their salvation is in Jesus' hands - not theirs - and no one can take them from Jesus' hands. See also [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11].

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH ETERNAL DAMNATION - Baxter's problematic theology of eternal damnation contradicts universalist passages in the Bible which state God's ultimate plan is to save all of humanity. For example, "All flesh shall see the salvation of God" (Luke 3:6). There are many other references in the Bible as well: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]. Note that this is not a complete list. Baxter also contradicts a plethora of NDE testimonies showing Christ has been rescuing souls from hell from the very beginning to this very day (see Reverend Howard Storm's NDE for example). Universal salvation was a doctrine present from the earliest days of Christianity. Not only that, universal salvation was the dominant belief among early Christian sects for hundreds of years after Christ's death.

BAXTER'S PROBLEMS WITH GOD - Baxter's theology contradicts mainstream Christian theology concerning God in how she attributed statements and actions to Jesus which should rightly be attributed to God such as Jesus proclaiming he is a jealous God (p.92). Baxter also depicted Jesus demanded people to worship him (p.92, 145, 156) which should done only to God. The Bible states, "Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve'" (Matthew 4:10). In Revelation 3:14, Jesus proclaimed himself to be "the Beginning of the creation of God." Other Bible verses about Jesus being a man who was "anointed" with the fullness of the Holy Spirit include: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]. Note this is not a complete list. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) also contains verses revealing God is not a man, nor a son of God, nor a son of man: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]..

 
Beautiful Heresy.
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B.

My Conclusion:

Jesus' Smell Test. Baxter deleted, added, and changed contents in the 1st edition of her book for the 2nd edition of her book including the altering Jesus' words. I believe this was partially due to her book being written as a counter to Raymond Moody's book. It is apparent to me that parts of Baxter's book came from other books such as the Bible and possibly Raymond Moody's book. Baxter's book also contains numerous Biblical errors. Her depiction of Jesus is highly dishonoring in my opinion and doesn't pass Jesus' Smell Test. The phony dialogue and actions by everyone in her book appears to have originated from Baxter's own mind and imagination. For these reasons, I don't recommend anyone reading her book except as a lesson in how Charismatic "visions" of heaven and hell should neither be trusted nor accepted as truth at face value.

 

According to NDE and religious studies expert, Dr. Ken R. Vincent, we have hundreds of accounts of non-Christians having positive NDEs, deathbed experiences, and after-death communications, as well as mystical experiences. These accounts come from all over the world. We also know Christians have reported finding themselves in hell during an NDE; but both Christians and non-Christians are rescued from hell when they call out to God or (in the West) Jesus. Dr. George Ritchie is a good example of someone who was personally given a tour of heaven and hell by Jesus Christ himself. He said that ALL the people in hell -- no matter how lost they were -- had Beings of Light above them, waiting to rescue them. Also, the 18th-century physician and lay minister, George DeBenneville, had an NDE which underscores universal salvation. Universalism is the ONLY theological position with solid support from 150 years of research into NDEs and other mystical religious experiences. See also [1] [2] [3] [4] and [5].

Also, I am open to the idea of Mary Baxter herself providing me with contrary evidence which I would be happy to publish on this web page as well.

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Books by
Mary Baxter

Note: I only recommend these books for people to critique and not to find truth in them.

Divine Revelation Of Hell (1993) (1st Edition)

A Divine Revelation of Hell (1993) (1st Edition)

by Mary Baxter
 
Divine Revelation Of Hell (1997) (2nd Edition)

A Divine Revelation of Hell (1997) (2nd Edition) 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation Of Heaven

A Divine Revelation Of Heaven 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation of Prayer

A Divine Revelation of Prayer 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation Of The Spirit Realm

A Divine Revelation Of The Spirit Realm 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation Of Healing

A Divine Revelation Of Healing 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation Of Angels

A Divine Revelation Of Angels 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation Of Deliverance

A Divine Revelation Of Deliverance 

by Mary Baxter
 
A Divine Revelation of Spiritual Warfare

A Divine Revelation of Spiritual Warfare 

by Mary Baxter
 
Power Of The Blood

Power Of The Blood 

by Mary Baxter
 
Dearly Departed

Dearly Departed 

by Mary Baxter
 
Spiritual Warfare Self-Study Bible Course

Spiritual Warfare Self-Study Bible Course 

by Mary Baxter