Vassula Rydén claims she has seen the light. The Greek Orthodox mystic says she has been given visions by God of the afterlife. Her claim to be divinely inspired includes a remarkable journey into the supernatural world. Are her experiences legitimate? How do you determine whether someone’s “dreams from God” really are from the Lord?
Rydén’s book, Heaven Is Real, But So Is Hell, supposedly takes you into the supernatural world, where she says she has encountered the forces of good and evil. Rydén believes God has given her special messages that answer questions people have been asking for thousands of years. Her experience in receiving inspiration came to her several years ago:
“Rydén is known for her writings entitled ‘True Life in God,’ a compilation of nearly 2000 messages she claims to have received from God. At her home in Bangladesh on November 1, 1985, while writing a grocery list, she claims to have suddenly experienced a light electrical feeling in her right hand and an invisible presence. She says that, led by the presence, she ‘permitted her hand to be guided,’ and wrote, ‘I am your guardian Angel and my name is Daniel.’ Rydén believes she has been called to transmit such messages to the world. Rydén has written messages believed by her followers to have been prophetic.” 
How can we know if Rydén’s visions are from God? Doesn’t the Bible speak of heaven and hell? Didn’t the Lord speak through prophets in Scripture? Without a doubt (see Amos 3:7). But anyone can claim to have dreams and say that God has a message for the world. That is why we turn to the Bible to test the prophets. Let’s consider what the Bible says about people who claim to be genuinely speaking for God.
The Scriptures are very clear about false prophets. It encourages, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). More than once Jesus warned that “many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11).
True prophets lead people to obey God (Deuteronomy 13:1–4). The fruits of a prophet’s life glorify God (Matthew 7:15, 16). Unless their prophecies are conditional, their messages always come to pass (Jeremiah 28:8, 9). Daniel’s example shows that while a prophet is in vision, he or she doesn’t breathe (Daniel 10:17). Genuine prophets place an emphasis on Jesus Christ (1 John 4:1–3). If a prophet disobeys the Lord, the vision is taken from them (Ezekiel 7:26).
One of the clearest tests is to compare the messages of a prophet with Scripture. “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Many examples can be cited that would question Rydén’s claim to be a genuine prophet (see here), but her supposed vision of hell simply does not square with Scripture. The Bible does not describe a burning “underworld” with a devil in control.
According to Scripture, hell is not some lava burning spot in the center of the earth. The Bible teaches that the destruction of the wicked comes at the end of time (see 2 Peter 2:4). The fires of hell actually come from heaven, not from the core of our planet. Scaring people with a distorted picture of a God who delights in torturing sinners for eternity is one of Satan’s primary tools to completely dismiss the Bible all together.
You can learn about the truth about hell by clicking here.
Don’t be led astray by someone who says, “I have a message from God.” If that vision is contradictory to the Bible, we can be sure “there is not light” in them.
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