23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment

23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment

by Bill Wiese


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ISBN-13: 9781629990798
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 149,742
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bill Wiese has been a dedicated Christian and has served in various capacities, including teaching and leading worship since 1970. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing on four hundred radio interviews in the Christian and mainstream markets. He is a successful Realtor with over forty years' experience. He lives with his wife, Annette, in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Holly McClure xi

Preface to the Tenth-Anniversary Edition of 23 Minutes in Hell xv

Introduction: A Word of Warning xix

Part I My Experience in Hell xxiii

1 The Cell 1

2 The Pit 21

3 The Gateway 29

4 The Return 45

5 Confirmations 55

6 Can "Good" People Go to Hell? 71

Part II Research After the Return: Questions and Answers About Hell 87

7 What You Believe Is Important 91

Why should you believe me? 91

Why should you believe the Bible? 92

Does God use dreams and visions? 98

Has anyone in the Bible experienced hell? 100

Has anyone else experienced hell? 100

Why would God take me to hell? 101

8 Important Facts About Hell 107

Why would God allow me to experience pain in hell? 107

Is hell a literal burning place? 109

What is hell like? 111

Where is hell located? 123

Do you have a body in hell? 128

Are there children in hell? 129

Why is hell so horrible? 131

9 Understanding What Happens in Hell 137

How could I "see" in hell? 137

Are there prison cells and bars in hell? 138

Are there degrees of punishment in hell? 140

10 Dealing With the Demons of Hell 145

Are there demons in hell? 145

Do demons have great strength? 148

Can demons torment people on earth? 149

Can demons torment people in hell? 152

11 Wrestling With the Big Questions 159

How can a Christian see hell? 159

Isn't God unloving for sending people to hell? 161

Shouldn't a "good" person be allowed into heaven? 162

Does occasional sin deserve eternal punishment? 163

Why can't God let someone out of hell after a time? 164

Will those who never heard about Jesus go to hell? 166

Is hell eternal, or are those in hell simply annihilated? 169

Why do some people who have near-death experiences see a bright light? 174

Epilogue: Shouts of Victory 179

Appendix A Scripture Index 189

Appendix B Comments on Hell From the "Hall of Fame" 215

Bibliography 223

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23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story about What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to begin saying with all due respect, and love from my heart I believe Mr. Wiese has experienced a case of sensationalism, much like other evangelicals who claim they entered into Hell for a certain amount of time, then were allowed to return back to life. I am not at liberty to say that I believe Mr. Wiese believes what he wrote in his book. He may or he may not. It appears as though he does believe this. Nor can I say whether or not Mr. Wiese believes God's Word is divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. I did hear him testify on television, and I do believe he is twisting the Scriptures in order to try and match his own false testimony. Why do I believe his testimony is false? Because Jesus preached about the rich man in Luke 16, making it very clear that no one is able to go to the Lost in Hell. Nor can anyone leave Hell and return to earth. Why? In verse 26 it says, 'And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot neither can they pass to us that would come from thence.' Mr. Wiese, stop and think how did you manage to get past the great gulf? There's one exception, however. Jesus descended into Hell and preached to the prisoners (Ephesians 4:9-10 cf. 1 Peter 3:19-20). The Apostle John makes it clear in Revelation 20:11-15 that Death and Hell will be delivered up to be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment. This is a candid statement, but I must say it: The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthian believers that Satan has the power to transform himself into an angel of light, as well as having the ability to give his ministers the power to transform themselves into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), and many will follow their pernicious ways (2 Peter 2:1-5). Also, Jesus preached that many will debate with Him when they are judged, prior to being cast into the Lake of Fire. They will insist that He remember how they prophesied in His name cast out demons in His name, and done many wonderful works in His name only to hear Him say, 'I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity' (Matthew 7:23 cf. verses 21-22, and verse 24). It grieves my heart that so many highly recommend Mr. Wiese's book since fiction is so prevalent and is accepted as Biblical truth. Apparently these people are not students of the Word (2 Timothy 2:15), and are included in the list of Scriptures written in Second Timothy 4:1-4. It's dangerous for a minister to twist the Scriptures to his own taste (2 Peter 3:16). I hope those who read this review will take into consideration how serious it is to accept false doctrine. As believers in Messiah, we need to have discernment. Those who are babes in the LORD are unskillful in the Word of Righteousness, but strong meat belongs to them that are of full age (i.e. mature)...having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:13-14).
kevin-hurst More than 1 year ago
Maybe I missed something, but after reading the other reviews, I feel I have to say something. This book changed my life. I had a very theologically distorted and intellectualized understanding of the Bible before I read this book, and it was this book that started me on my journey out of addiction and anger and disillusionment. Perhaps how the author reacted to his vision leaves some people skeptical or even dismissive, but it reminded me of how I reacted when I read the book. I was like a new Christian all over again, kind of fanatical and wanting to save everybody. I have since "come back down to earth" so to speak, and approach people with more maturity and compassion and not judgementally. So when you cut on this book, it cuts on me. It's not about the author or his reaction, it's about what he saw. When I was not even 1/3 of the way through this book, I stopped reading and started praying for God to renew my life and haven't stopped since. If you read this and are skeptical, I recommend reading "90 Minutes in Heaven" and "9 Days in Heaven". If you're already a student of the Bible, I recommend "Enoch: The Lost Book of the Bible". If you haven't heard of this book yet, you will.
Spunkyskunk More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. A short read, but really sticks in your mind for a long time after. It does a great job not only telling the author's testimonial, but others who have had the same types of experiences. It also has a large number of Bible verses giving strength to this amazing, but terrifying vision.
trez More than 1 year ago
This is a very hard subject for a lot of people. None of us want to believe we could actually go to hell. This impacted me very much. This story to me, is so scary, but I find it undeniably terribly truthful. I've done a lot of research on this and many times people explain the experiences in very similar ways. I have done my own research. I don't hold a PhD, but when I'm interested in something, my brain goes into computer-style memory mode! (I have also studied Heaven.) Hell was originally made for the devil & the fallen angels, not man. We weren't even supposed to die. We weren't created to experience such loss, that's why it physically hurts sometimes when our loved ones pass on. Ahhh...it always goes back to the Garden...Adam & Eve were not supposed to die. That's why after they disobeyed God, there were Angels guarding the Tree of Life, so they could not eat from it & live forever in a fallen world on earth. So when they were very old, God let their physical bodies die & their spirits went to Heaven. In one of the accounts in this book, the big ugly demon that was there to physically torture, was described by another person with hauntingly similar characteristics. I've heard the screaming recorded (by accident) by scientists who were drilling into the earth's core. It was so unimaginable. There are so many similar accounts by so many different people, it's unnerving. (sp?) God made the Universe, the Cosmos, etc. He can show any of us WHAT He wants WHEN He wants. Chasm or no Chasm. We tend to put limits on God because we have finite minds & He is infinite. I fully believe in scripture, but I feel it does no good to say Mr. Wiese's account couldn't have happened, that's putting God in a box. Also, He will never do anything contrary to His character... I don't mean to offend, so if I did, please forgive me. I wish this book wasn't true, but if you could hear this man speak, like I did, you would understand that he is not a person making this up, he's not at all about 'hype' and is not the type of person that is doing this for money. About the 'no one could ever be good enough to get to Heaven' as far as the author's comments go, I would like to comment on this part. In the future there will be a greater division between the people who are going to be drawn to the light and the peolpe that will be drawn to the darkness, so to speak. The pure will become purer and those who are not will become increasingly more evil. There will be an ever growing visible distinction. I believe that is the point the author is making there. We all have to walk out our salvation with fear and trembling, the Bible says...I don't like that, but it's true. Not that we're to fear God, but realize He is loving, AND Holy & Just. He will be our Judge someday. He cannot let people who love Him half-heartedly enter Heaven, or it will be filled with sin, just like on earth...it wouldn't be Heaven at all. We will have to be FULLY devoted to Him before we die. I'm running out of space, so...may God keep you in the palm of His hand. Please don't let the enemy of our souls deceive you. Read Matthew 25:31-46 & my favorites: Rev 3:20-22 & Psa 139:17-18. Shalom: may all go well with you, be blessed & be made whole in every way! Those who look forward to His appearing keep themselves pure, just as He is pure. He is coming soon!
Mrs_Brown More than 1 year ago
I read this book last summer, and finished it in 2 nights. This book is so powerful! Now, maybe I'm biased due to the fact that I am a Christian; however, most people, regardless of their spirituality, have questioned the idea of a 'God' at some point in their lives, and if you are one of those that believe there is Someone out there bigger than us, then this is a book you should DEFINITELY read!

I was a little skeptical when I first picked up this book... afterall, people don't just go to hell everyday. I figured that this guy was trying to fool people, but I was curious nevertheless. I can now honestly say that I believe Bill's story 100%, primarily because his main focus was not to become famous or wealthy, but to warn others about where they could end up. How lovely is that?

I cried when I read this book, because I thought about my unsaved friends and family members who will go to this place he talked about if they don't come to know God. I sent an email at some absurd hour to many of my friends and relatives saying that they had to read this book. It's one thing to say you believe in God, but if your actions aren't lining up with his commands, or if you 'hang the fence' so to speak regarding accepting Jesus, then that's not good enough.

I've shared this book with my high school students, some who are struggling readers. I read the first few pages then allowed them to check the book out if they wanted. Several of the girls shared the books with their parents.

You've come this far for a reason, so if you haven't read this book yet, I urge you to read it and really apply it to your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband has been ministering to the local county jail and this book has brought many a lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Get copies and leave them where ever you go!
GLOPEZ More than 1 year ago
I'm not really religious. I don't know a lot about Hell or the Bible. I haven't experienced the Bible much. But the book overall is a good book. The book is thrilling. As soon as you start reading the book it gets to the point: you get the "thrill" of Hell. It's very visual and you can really imagine yourself in the position that he is in. He talks about his adventure in spreading the word of his experience, as he goes on his journeys, he tells us that he touches many people. Many people converted into the Christian religion and changed their lives forever because of him (is this true?). It gets your attention very quickly. What was very confusing to me, were the examples from the Bible that he used. Like others it got my attention and made me want to learn more about Hell and the Bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The author was so informative and sincere in his writing. I believe this book could be life-changing for many people. I recommend it to anyone who has questions about the here-after.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book jumped right out at me because I enjoy reading anything and everything that has to do with someone expericencing the after life and given the opportunity to come back and tell others about it. Bill does a fantastic job of painting the perfect picture of what he experiences while he was in hell. In my opinion, you don't have to be a very spiritual person to enjoy this book. In fact I challenge anyone to read the first 20 pages and try to stop there....you'll have to keep reading just as I did. You could look at this book as either fiction or non-fiction, whatever it takes to get you to open the cover! I believe this is a true story! I had goose bumps as he described his horrifying experience in hell! I highly reccomend getting your hands on a copy of this awsome book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for everyone. Please give your life to Jesus, so you don't end up in hell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reader's interest is peaked on the first page, but be prepared for an intense trip into the depth of hell. To the majority of readers, it is frightening but definitely a message that has to be told so that no one will go there! There IS an easy alternative -- pray & be forgiven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why take the chance and be an Atheist? It can't hurt you to believe in the Lord. However it surely will hurt you if you don't!If I were an Atheist and read this book, at least I'd have the opportunity to reconsider the possibility of God, Heaven/Hell before crossing over to the other side only to find out that in fact there IS a God and OH NO, IT'S TOO LATE TO CHANGE MY MIND! Especially since once you've crossed over into that spiritual realm as a non-believer, your only option is HELL since you were not a believer in Life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say about this book. I read some of the reviews and can see how some people would doubt the authors claims, but I also believe what one reviewer said about how God has the immense power to decide if He wants to show someone hell-He has no limitations to what He can or will do...however, even though I am a Bible student, I must still have a long way to go because I am not sure how I would rate the authors experience. However, I still recommends this book because I think it makes people think and perhaps research scripture to determine whether this could be true or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Christian and am interested in reading accounts of NDE's and "paranormal" religous experiences. I have charasmatic Christian friends who have had life-changing revelations similar to the author's and that has piqued my interest. I am convinced that the author's experience was real and that he is sincere. However, I take umbrage with his work and the marketing tactics used by him and his publisher. The entire account of the author's experience could be told in 20 pages or less, the remainder consisting of "filler" made up of interminably unnessessary and redundant quotations, references and cross-references excerpted from the Bible and other works. It's obvious that great pains were taken by the author and publisher to turn a simple pamphlet into an 83 page "book" that could be sold at four or five times its true value. That's right...83 pages, hardly what you could legitimately call a "book"; which goes hand-in-hand with B&N's deceptive and totally inadequate four page read-before-buying sample that basically consists of the cover, table of contents, and paragraph or two of the intro. Against my better judgement and the admonitions of a few other reviewers, I took a chance and bought the book. To say I feel shortchanged is an understatement. Woe is me, I've been had again! Also, the author claims to be a "simple realtor" but reveals himself in the contact information on the last page to be the head of some sort of Christian ministry. How disengenious is that? I'm sorry, that just doesn't pass the smell test in my book and methinks the odor eminating from it is beginning to take on the essence of the horrible stench the author describes in his account of his visit to hell. I give the "booklet" two stars only because I believe his experience was real and worth reading about. Recommend readers borrow a copy from the library or a friend or pick one up in a used book store. Don't spend a lot of your hard-earned cash to buy this one unless you can find a way to write it off on your taxes as a charitable contribution.
MandoS2014 More than 1 year ago
23 Minutes in Hell, written by Bill Wiese is a phenomenal book, which tells of one man's journey as he wakes up in Hell on the morning of November 23, 1998. Bill Wiese has truly written an extraordinary book that not only answers our questions here on Earth about Hell but expresses his every pain and feeling of hunger and thirst. He writes of the fear, the thoughts of eternal separation, the darkness, and the loneliness he felt, as he sat in the prison-like, isolated cell. Bill explains in his novel, the flames of the fiery pits, the horrified screams, and the torments he receives from the demons, as he visits Hell for 23 minutes. Bill Wiese includes notes, research, and scriptures after each chapter, to answer any questions of Hell you may have. He also includes not only one, but two appendixes which explain; the Pit of Hell, the location of Hell, the torments in Hell, and the different degrees of punishment in Hell, all backed up with scriptures from the Bible. After reading Bill Wiese's book, 23 Minutes in Hell, his testimony obligates me to make changes in my life, so that this book will be the closest I ever come to experiencing Hell for myself. Bill Wiese has proficiently mastered creating a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book that I decided to discuss is 23 Minutes In Hell written by Bill Wiese. The book is about a night in which Weise will never forget. The book is about Weise’s trip to and rescue from Hell. The book then goes on to discuss how Wiese’s trip to hell is shared and how sharing of his trip has changed so many other people’s lives. One frightful night Weise went to bed, but this will become one night that he will never forget. While sleeping, Weise had all of a sudden fallen into a cell and ended up in Hell. While in Hell he was tormented by demons and was subject to extreme heat. He then escapes to a pit of fire where souls were being tormented and demons cover the walls. During the entire time in Hell, Weise can only think about his wife and how he will never be able to tell her about what has happened to him and to warn her about what he had seen. He has a feeling of hopelessness accompanied by sickness and weakness. is Weise is not able to fully express how awful, dark, and hopeless it is in Hell. When Weise sees no way out and no way to warn his family, he is whisked away by Jesus. When he is in Jesus’ presence “Peace had replaced terror, and safety took the place of danger. The feelings of worthlessness, shame, and humiliation disappeared”. ( Weise, 2006) He then has a discussion with Jesus, where Jesus tells him that his experience is so he knows that Hell exists and he can share his experience with others. Jesus has done this due to Jesus wants all souls to be spared from the pits of Hell. Jesus shares a tiny bit of his grief with Weise and Weise could not handle the small amount of grief. After talking with Jesus, Weise wakes back up in his living room where he fell asleep. Weise then shared his story with his family and then some years later he started to share his story with all those who would hear his message. He was never quite sure why he was selected for this information, since he has been a true believing Christian for many years, but Jesus had given him the duty to share this story and Wiese happily carried out that duty. His story had changed so many other lives and the book goes on to share some of these life altering events. Not everyone believes his story, some see it as a dream, some see it as a made up story, and some believe it word for word. In the book Weise does include scripture from the Bible to support his descriptions of Hell and to hopefully assist those that were not quite sure about his story and turn them into believers. Weise had a life changing event when he was sent to Hell for twenty three minutes. While he was in Hell he suffered beatings, agony, weakness, darkness, extreme heat, and hopelessness. For the entirety of his time in Hell he can think only of his wife, how he will never be able to tell her what happened to him or warn her about Hell. Weise is desperately trying to escape Hell, but the hopelessness is too much to handle, Weise sees no way out of Hell. Jesus rescues him from his torment, so that Weise can share his experiences about Hell. Weise eventually does so and changes many peoples’ lives.
n j More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! 90 Minutes in Heaven is a great read too!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
If u read this u also need to read 90 minutes in heaven both very eye opening I LOVED them
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always kind of believed in hell and was losing sight or belief in it, but this book really opened up my eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that the expierence that this gentleman had was truely amazing, and I know that by reading this book has not only changed my walk with the Lord, but it has also opened my eyes to what Hell really will be for the unfortunate lost souls that will go there, and thats why I think that we as Christians should do what we can to reach everyone that we can to keep them from this eternal torment. I want to say God Bless you Mr. Wiese, and I want to thank you for having the courage to write this book. I think that the ones that will read it and believe it, will impact thier lives greatly, and I just want to say thanks to you and God Bless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and came away with a more profound thankfulness to Jesus for giving me a born-again life which is heaven-bound for all eternity. The horrors of hell are described in such detail and gruesomeness as to prayerfully change the disinterested thousands to searching with all their hearts into just who Jesus is and what is the life all about. Is there more? And where? I could not put the book down until it was finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an amazing true story and testimony from a man that we were fortunate enough to have as a guest speaker at our church. It should be read by anyone from any background or religion.
jushar More than 1 year ago
This is an account of one man's descent into the real Hell. It contains many scriptural references that support what he saw and experienced. From a Christian point of view, all people need to read this story. Others who do not believe will still benefit and be shocked by what waits on the other side. Must Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People have different taste so it may have reached out to different people i however will not touch this book i believe the author scares you in believing jesus christ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago