Sid: Hello. Sid Roth here with Bill and Annette Wiese. And Bill, you had an experience. You didn’t expect it, you didn’t want it, but you had it anyway. He had a guided tour of Hell for a purpose that you’re about ready to find out. But I want to find out more about what you experienced and saw, and felt in Hell. Tell me a little more.
Bill: There were demons that tore my flesh open. The flesh hung like ribbons. You have a body in Hell. The one picked me up, threw me into the wall. I felt the bones break. I felt the pain and they had an extreme hatred.
Sid: Now did you scream when you were thrown against the wall?
Bill: Yes, I did. I’m very calm now, but I wasn’t there.
Sid: Now were other people screaming while you were there?
Bill: The screams were so loud, Sid, you can’t stand it. It’s deafening to hear millions of people screaming at the top of their lungs, and you can’t get ever get away from that. There’s no peace or quiet in Hell. You have to endure that for all eternity. And like I said, these demons hate you and extreme hatred they have for God, and they hate you, His creation, and there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. You have no strength in your body. You’re completely void of any kind of physical strength. You have to endure the odor. The foul smells in Hell are so putrid and disgusting, worse than any open sewer and the smell of burning sulfur, and sulfur is actually toxic to breathe. And you wonder, how can I believe alive breathing this toxic air, but yet you keep going. There’s not enough air to breathe in Hell. Just like here you need air, you don’t have enough air there. You have to fight and gasp for even the tiniest bit of air. And this is how you breathe in Hell, it’s like [gasp]. That was as much air as you could get. So any moment you feel like I’m gonna die from the lack of oxygen.
Sid: Okay. Now he was in Hell, even though he was a believer and it was blocked from his mind that he was a believer. And tell me about the moment you got rescued.
Bill: I was observing all these people burning in this big huge raging pit of fire, surrounded by demons all around me. I was standing on a bed of maggots, solid maggots. It’s disgusting.
Sid: By the way, could you smell? Was there a sense of smell there?
Bill: Terrible odors, foul, disgusting odors, like I said, the smell of like an open sewer, the smell of sulfur, which his toxic.
Sid: Was there any quietness?
Bill: It’s so loud. You want to get away from it, but you can’t. There’s never any peace of mind in Hell. You have to endure all the people screaming at the top of their lungs, and I was observing all this. You’re exhausted. You don’t ever get to go to sleep in Hell. You need sleep, but you don’t get to sleep.
Sid: All right. Tell me about the rescue.
Bill: I was being pulled up this tunnel, and suddenly this bright light appeared. I knew immediately who it was. I said, “Jesus.” And he said, “I am.” And when he said “I am” I collapsed at his feet, and he touched me. And when I came to, Sid, I didn’t see his face, just the outline of a man standing in this bright, pure holy light. And I didn’t want to ask him any questions, but thoughts started coming to my mind, and I thought, Lord, why did you send me to this horrible place? He said, “Because many people do not believe Hell is real.” He said, “Even some of my own people do not believe Hell exists.”
Sid: Yeah, but you believed it was real. You didn’t dwell on it, but you believed it was real.
Bill: Right. But many Christians do not. They don’t believe in a literal burning Hell. Many Christians—
Sid: So why did he send you?
Bill: I asked him that.
Sid: I mean, I would have picked you, but no supernatural experiences.
Bill: I was not a Billy Graham. I was just a realtor going to work everyday like anybody else.
Sid: Were you successful?
Bill: I had a successful company. We were making a half-million dollars a year, doing very well in the real estate business for 30 years. And so I have no idea why he picked me. I’m the least likely in my opinion. But it doesn’t matter. I said, “Lord, why did you pick me?” He said, “Because many people don’t believe in Hell.” So He wanted me to share with people what’s in the Word, because this is not a message of condemnation. It’s just simply a message of warning. So we’re here to share information to enable people to make an informed decision.
Sid: Okay. What did he say next?
Bill: He said, he answered some of the thoughts I had in my mind, but one of them was, why, Lord, didn’t I know you? And He said, “Because I wanted you to experience the hopelessness that they feel in Hell, that you’ll never get out. This is for eternal.” Sid, this is forever. They’ll never get out of this kind of torment. That’s why it’s so horrible.
Sid: If you told me to experience being separated from God for the first time in his life, what was it like?
Bill: Well see, here, Sid, you know in James 1:17 it says that, “Every good gift comes down from above.” Well in Hell, Hell is a place prepared that has nothing to do with God. He’s withdrawn His attributes from Hell. That’s why Hell is so horrible, because His attributes have been withdrawn. So the good we enjoy in life all come from Him. If you want nothing to do with God, there’s a place prepared that has nothing to do with Him. That’s why it’s so awful. You don’t experience friendship and fellowship, and sleep, and rest, and strength, and pleasant odors, and all that. You don’t because God has withdrawn himself from that place.
Sid: Was there a real pit of fire?
Bill: It’s literal, literal burning fire, real flames. That’s why Jesus warned about Hell. In 46 verses he talked about Hell and 18 of those verses are about the fires of Hell.
Annette: You saw people in the pit, actually.
Bill: And I saw burning.
Bill: Flesh hanging off their bones. I’m telling you, it’s the most awful thing.
Sid: Were they screaming?
Bill: Screaming in agony, burning. And it was heat. I felt the heat. And that’s why I want to warn people. This place is real. If they could see it for five seconds, they would change.
Sid: Okay. So what else did Jesus tell you when he met you there?
Bill: He told me, “Tell the people I am coming very, very soon.” He repeated himself and said it again. “I’m coming very, very soon.”
Sid: And I found that when it’s repeated twice it’s for sure. Very, very soon. And then what?
Bill: Well I felt in my heart, too, that he really meant it. It’s not very long that we have. And so that’s why we need to go and share, and warn people how to stay out of this place.
Annette: You also thought people would think you’re crazy. That was a thought that came to your mind.
Annette: And the Lord answered that.
Bill: Right. I thought, Lord, I don’t want to tell anybody about this experience. They’re going to think I’m crazy or had a bad dream. He said, “It’s not your job to convict their hearts. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. You just go and tell them.”
Sid: Okay. There are so many questions. He’s done several hundred secular talk shows, radio, TV, and they’re very, very good questions. I’ll tell you one that is very significant. Why would a God of love, and He is a God of love, send someone created in His image to not just suffering, but eternal suffering? Why would a loving God do that? We’ll find out when we come back. Don’t go away.