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What do we think of people like Mary K Baxter who claim to have dreams, visions and revelations of Jesus, heaven and hell?

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  • I agree with most of the comments here. As an ex-satanist she was involved in a lot of evil things and like all satanists very exposed to deception in this treacherous and deceptive world. There is a lot of deceptions in this world. People who turn to Christ from a place like this are bound to struggle with a lot of issues. My opinion is that they struggle to discern between by what they learned and the reality or the truth.
    That said, dreams and visions are a reality, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament Christian world. Just take a look at these Scriptures:

    Genesis 15:1
    After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great."

    Job 4:13-16
    "Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,

    Genesis 46:2
    God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here I am."

    Genesis 41:1-7
    Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

    Exodus 3:2-3
    The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.

    Numbers 12:6
    “If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.”

    Acts 7:30-32
    "After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush.

    Judges 7:13-15
    When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, "Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat."

    2 Samuel 7:4
    But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,

    Isaiah 6:1-8
    In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of his robe filling the temple.

    Ezekiel 1:4-14
    As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.

    Ezekiel 8:2
    Then I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man; from his loins and downward there was the appearance of fire, and from his loins and upward the appearance of brightness, like the appearance of glowing metal.

    Ezekiel 11:24-25
    And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles in Chaldea so the vision that I had seen left me.

    Ezekiel 37:1-10
    The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.

    Daniel 2:28
    "However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.

    Daniel 4:5
    I saw a dream and it made me fearful; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me.

    Daniel 2:19
    Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven;

    Amos 7:1-9
    Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, He was forming a locust-swarm when the spring crop began to sprout. And behold, the spring crop was after the king's mowing.

    Amos 8:1-6
    Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit.

    Amos 9:1
    I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said, "Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake, And break them on the heads of them all! Then I will slay the rest of them with the sword; They will not have a fugitive who will flee, Or a refugee who will escape.

    Zechariah 1:8
    I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him.

    Zechariah 3:1
    Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

    Zechariah 4:2
    He said to me, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see, and behold, a lamp-stand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;

    Zechariah 5:2
    And he said to me, "What do you see?" And I answered, "I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits."

    Zechariah 6:1
    Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains.

    Matthew 2:12
    And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

    Matthew 2:13
    Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."

    Matthew 27:19
    While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him."

    Acts 9:3
    As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

    Acts 16:9
    A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

    Acts 18:9
    And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;

    Acts 22:18
    And I saw Him saying to me, 'Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.'

    Acts 27:23
    "For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,

    2 Corinthians 12:1-4
    Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

    Acts 9:10-11
    Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

    Acts 10:3
    About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, "Cornelius!"

    Acts 10:9-17
    On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

    Revelation 1:12
    Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands;

    God really speaks through symbols to people. Man was created that way. We do not grasp the abstract so well. We want to see pictures. That is the reason why Jesus spoke and taught by means of parables. Have you ever heard someone asking, “Don't you understand? Must I draw you a picture?” God will never stop speaking to us this way. At least not until “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”.

    A very important Scripture to confirm that God speaks to us through dreams and visions is Joel 2:28-29 and Acts 2:14-18

    Joel 2:28-29
    And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

    Acts 2:14-18
    14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
    15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
    16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
    17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
    18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
    We are in fact living in the last days. That is why we dream and that is why we see visions.
  • I think when you start veering away from God's word you are on a slippery slop. We need to be careful when speaking "Revelations" especially when they are considered divine. After all Jesus in speaking about revelation said, and I quote,

    "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book". Revelation 22:18-19, NASB

    So we need to consider scripture in all of our endeavors and need to be careful in what we decide what's true and what's not. Because as the book of 1 Peter says,

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
    1 Peter 5:8
  • The word of God is enough for me
  • I would not want to say that every person who has a dream, vision or revelation, and says it is from God, is insincere. People really do have experiences like that. The question is where do they come from? it seems to me that someone who seeks guidance from dreams, visions, etc. had better be careful because they risk being led astray. I believe God does sometimes still speak to us in this way, but what God may say to me in a dream, etc is usually specifically for me or someone close to me. i am very skeptical of anyone who has such experiences and then promotes them publicly in a book or whatever and personally don't follow any teaching, or accept as valid, from any book except the bible.
  • In general I believe these people are just trying to get attention for pride or money. They might have actually had some sort of dream and embellished it. Very little of these claimed dreams and visions have anything really biblical. It bothers me because the less educated might actually be led astray.
  • I just had to do a google search to find all I needed to know to form an opinion of her. She has incorporated under her name (Mary K Baxter Inc.) and has a website as her home page for that corporation. Most of the entries for her on Google were ads for her book(s), "A Divine Revelation of Hell". While I believe in Holy Spirit revelation to man, this woman, as Dr. Derek writes below, just doesn't feel right in my spirit either.
  • Until now I had heard nothing of this woman. However, I try not to pay any attention to claims such as hers. I simply have a problem with those who make claims such as hers. My personal opinion, possibly close minded but so be it. I must admit, though that I am not the best educated on this type of thing.
  • Lots of problems with this woman, I have never heard of her previously but looking at her web-site my indwelling spirit started to rebel. The site is very much Mary K Baxter focused, she claims that Jesus Himself took her through heaven and hell and told her to write it down in a book, for which she asks $18. I really have problems with people who purport to have prophesies or visions, and then attempt to 'sell' them, it is tantamount to selling God's word, if it is of God. Another thing that occurred to me is this; if God/Jesus had wanted what she was shown made general knowledge, then why was it not included in the Bible. Seeing as how the Bible is very clear that Hell (as we know it) will only exist after the establishment of the New Earth, or the 'Judgement', until then no judgement has been made, so consigning someone to Hell before judgement is an injustice, and God is not unjust. As she talks about Hell existing in the present tense, then I do not believe her and would assign her as a false teacher.
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