Raised From The Dead

Author: Andrew McDanell

Review and Follow-Up of: Raised from the Dead R.Bonnke

Nigerian Daniel Ekechukwu was traveling home from his father's when he lost his breaks, ran into a ditch, and into a pillar. The impact thrusted his chest into his steering wheel, and his head into his windshield. He was taken to a local hospital when he and his wife requested they be taken to his doctor. During his trip there, according to his account, he was taken away by two angels after telling his wife to take care of the family.

Upon arriving at the other clinic he was pronounced dead. No breathing, no heart beat, no pulse, and eyes were dilated. Upon the request of the wife, his body was taken to his father's house then to the mortuary. The Mortuarist claimed again that he had no signs of life. As described before, but also stiff now. The father paid the Mortuarist for embalming and then left with the wife.

That night the wife requested to Daniel's father to take him to a nearby Evangelist event in Onisha to have him before an anointing aura. She felt the anointing spirit in the area would anoint him. He denied her request. Later she came before God and prayed that her husband be returned. She claimed Heb11:35 “Women received their dead raised to life again”. She claimed violators to have taken her husband away. She sought to prove God again. To stand firm for her God that He will help her.

After hearing her cries, the father the next day allowed Daniel's wife to take his son to the event. This day he would be 3 days dead. Upon arriving there they were confronted by security and ushers. They denied her request to bring Daniel in as they feared it would scare the crowd. Security checked the casket to see if it was a smuggled bomb. Then after some debating and pulling back and forth, they allowed him to be removed from the casket and taken into the basement.

When they got into a room in the basement they placed his body on the table. Shortly after, Daniel began to breath. The men began praying over him. Touching him, they said he felt like a stock fish. His hands stiff to his sides. They then called others down and many began praying and singing. The two first with him began massaging his neck and hands to help the circulation. After a while he got warm and he opened his eyes. Screams from the crowd woke him up in a panic. The brought him to the above floor to give him more breathing room. The whole while he asked for “my file”.

The account of Daniel during his death was as follows. The two angels carried him away while in the ambulance. The angels handed him to another angel. The angel said they would be visiting paradise. When they approached he saw multitudes of people that looked the same as the angel with him. White apparel, pure white everything. Cloths seemed not removable from the body. They said its the saints that have died. They were singing praises and felt there was a force to make them move the same. Raising their hands, bowing, all at the same time so no one was the first or the last. He also heard instruments but seen no instruments.

He wanted to go, but the angel said that he had more to show. He said “I will take you to the mansion Jesus built for you”. It was beautiful. The flower looked like gold. The angel said it was ready but the saints are not.

He then said “Now we go to hell”. He spoke it and in a twinkle of an eye they were there. The gates were so big and large. “Welcome to the Gates of Hell,” written above it. The angel raised and waved his hand down and the doors opened. Daniel started hearing lamentations. He seen people scared and all looked of every color. They seemed to see Daniel but not the angel. They never asked the angel for help just Daniel. One said “I am a pastor I only stole church money I'm ready to refund it”. Daniel never seen flame, but they were burning inside. He was writing them down in a file, that's why he was asking for his file. The angel said Daniel had another chance. He mentioned the wish of the rich man. It was requested of the rich man for this generation.

Afterthought I.

Although there are many criticizing this story, there's one true lesson to this. The wife of Daniel showed something some of us may lack. TRUE faith. She called to God and stood firm on her belief. She did not doubt. She did not question. She stated and went to God. When you go before God, do you hold doubt in your heart? Or do you stand firm before God and be truthful to Him and yourself? God has already made his promise to you. Do you believe it?

Bonnke finishes the film with the following Sermon of the rich man in the book of Luke.

In Luke 16:19. What was that thing that the rich man coveteth. He was a rich man when he was on earth. Can it be that the man went to hell because he was rich? No, the rich man does not go to hell because he was rich, the poor did not go to heaven because he was poor. When the rich man closed his eyes in earth, he opened them in hell. When that man was in hell. He looked up right into heaven. He seen the poor man in the hands of Abraham at his house. Conversation take place. The rich man screamed “father Abraham, send Lazaruth with a drop of water because he's tormented in this place.” Abraham said this is not possible because there is no bridge. No one goes up and no one goes down. When the man realized he couldn't get help, he begged and said his brothers do the same things as him and they will join him in hell. He asked that someone warn his brothers. But if they don't have the Word of God, the will not believe that someone would raise from the dead with this warning. Bennke finishes his sermon by explaining why he thinks the rich man went to hell. In verse 30 the rich man screamed from hell to heaven. In by saying “No” to Abraham for the mention of the Word saving one, it may explain that he also said no to God himself and His Word.

Afterthought II.

Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Faith without Works is Dead:

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

James 2:8-9: 8) If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9) But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

James 2:19-26: 19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22) Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23) And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24) Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25) Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.