|Reverend Kenneth Hagin's
thought that by the time he was nine he had done
all that was necessary to get a place in heaven.
He was born and raised a Southern Baptist. As a
child, he first made his commitment to Christ and
was baptized with water. He was a lifelong member
of the church. In Christian circles, he was "saved"
and on the path for heaven. He was a believer and
follower of Jesus Christ and he knew this assured
him a place in heaven. He even believed that Jesus
and all his disciples were Southern Baptist. It
came as a real shock to him when he found out that
they weren't. At the age of 15, Kenneth had a near-death
experience which resulted from a malformed heart
- a condition he was born with. Kenneth Hagin
was the pastor of
Rhema Bible Church
Kenneth Hagin Ministries
which publishes the
Word of Faith Magazine.
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The following is an excerpt
of his experience as described in his book,
I Believe in Visions,
by Rev. Kenneth Hagin.
My heart stopped beating. This
numbness spread to my feet, my ankles, my knees, my hips,
my stomach, my heart and I leaped out of my body.
not lose consciousness; I leaped out of my body like a diver
would leap off a diving board into a swimming pool. I knew
I was outside my body. I could see my family in the room,
but I couldn't contact them.
to descend down, down, into a pit, like you'd go down into
a well, cavern or cave. And I continued to descend. I went
down feet first. I could look up and see the lights of the
Earth. They finally faded away. Darkness encompassed me
round about -- darkness that is blacker than any night man
has ever seen.
down I went, the darker it became -- and the hotter it became
-- until finally, way down beneath me, I could see fingers
of light playing on the wall of darkness. And I came to
the bottom of the pit.
to me more than 60 years ago, yet it's just as real to me
as if it had happened the week before last.
came to the bottom of the pit, I saw what caused the fingers
of light to play on the wall of darkness. Out in front of
me, beyond the gates or the entrance into hell, I saw giant,
great orange flames with a white crest.
pulled toward hell just like a magnet pulls metal unto itself.
I knew that once I entered through those gates, I could
not come back.
conscious of the fact that some kind of creature met me
at the bottom of that pit. I didn't look at it. My gaze
was riveted on the gates, yet I knew that a creature was
there by my right side.
when I endeavored to slow down my descent, took me by the
arm to escort me in. When he did, away above the blackness
and the darkness a voice spoke. It sounded like a male voice,
but I don't know what he said. I don't know whether it was
God, Jesus, an angel or who. He did not speak in the English
language: it was a foreign language.
just shook at the few words he spoke! And the creature took
his hand off my arm. There was a power like a suction to
my back parts that pulled me back. I floated away from the
entrance to hell until I stood in the shadows. Then, like
a suction from above, I floated up, head first, through
I got to the top, I could see the light. I've been down
in a well: it was like you were way down in a well and could
see the light up above.
up on the porch of my grandpa's house. Then I went through
the wall -- not through the door, and not through the window
-- through the wall, and seemed to leap inside my body like
a man would slip his foot inside his boot in the morning
I leaped inside my body, I could see my grandmother sitting
on the edge of the bed holding me in her arms. When I got
inside my body, I could communicate with her.
myself slipping. I said, "Granny, I'm going again. You've
been a second mother to me when Momma was ill."
stopped for a second time. I leaped out of my body and began
to descend: down, down, down. Oh, I know it was just a few
seconds, but it seemed like an eternity.
farther down I went, the hotter and darker it became, until
I came again to the bottom of the pit and saw the entrance
to hell, or the gates as I call it. I was conscious that
that creature met me.
to slow down my descent -- it seemed like I was floating
down -- yet it seemed like there was a pull that pulled
me downward. And that creature took me by the arm. When
he did, that voice spoke again -- a man's voice. It was
a foreign language. I don't know what he said, but when
he spoke, that whole place just shook. That creature took
his hand off my arm.
like suction to my back. I never turned around. I just came
floating back into the shadows of darkness. And then I was
pulled up, head first. I could see the lights of the Earth
above me before I came up out of the pit. The only difference
this time was that I came up at the foot of the bed. For
a second time I stood there. I could see my body lying there
on the bed. I could see Grandma as she sat there holding
me in her arms."
says goodbye to his family]
a word for each one of them, and my heart stopped the third
feel the circulation as it cut off. Suddenly my toes went
numb. Faster than you can snap your fingers, my toes, feet,
ankles, knees, hips, stomach and heart went dead -- and
I leaped out of my body and began to descend.
this time, I thought, this is not happening to me. This
is just a hallucination. It can't be real!
I thought, "This is the third time. I won't come back
this time! I won't come back this time!" Darkness encompassed
me round about, darker than any night man has ever seen.
the darkness, I cried out, "God! I belong to the church!
I've been baptized in water"
for an answer, but there was no answer; only the echo of
my own voice through the darkness. And the second time I
cried a little louder, "God! I belong to the church! I've
been baptized in water!"
for an answer, but there was no answer; only the echo of
my own voice as it echoed through the darkness.
came again to the bottom of that pit. Again I could feel
the heat as it beat me in the face. Again I approached the
entrance, the gates into hell itself. That creature took
me by the arm. I intended to put up a fight, if I could,
to keep from going in. I only managed to slow down my descent
just a little, and he took me by the arm.
God that voice spoke. I don't know who it was -- I didn't
see anybody -- I just heard the voice. I don't know what
he said, but whatever he said, that place shook; it just
trembled. And that creature took his hand off my arm.
just like there was suction to my back parts. It pulled
me back, away from the entrance to hell, until I stood in
the shadows. Then it pulled me up head first.
Hagin then enters his body again and recovers from his illness.)