I was dead in 23 Hours         
        Angelica Zambrano
        Originally in Spanish,
Transcribed into English from Video


My name is Maxima  Zambrano and we attend the 'Casa de Oracion' Church in El Empalme.  We were fasting for fifteen days, and crying out to God.  My daughter Angelica, also joined us.  During those fifteen days of fasting, I was able to see beyond the natural, which I've never done before.  We were praying and fasting at the retreat, and even continued praying and crying out at home, waiting for God to speak to us.
The Lord gave us much encouragement.  Because of our trials, we were often ready to give up, but the Lord was there to help us.  He gave us Jeremiah 33:3 'Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.' My daughter had been emphatically requesting that from Lord, though I didn't know it at the time.

(El Empalme, September 29, 2009, 7pm)
Angelica (The daughter):

My name is Angelica Elizabeth Zambrano Mora.  I am 18, and study at the 'Colegio José María Velazco Ibarra', here at El Cantón, El Empalme, Ecuador.  I first accepted Christ when I was 12, but I told myself, 'None of my friends are evangelicals and I feel strange amongst them', so I walked away from God, and lived a bad, terrible life.  But God pulled me out of there.  On, my 15th Birthday, I was reconciled to the Lord, but I was still double-minded.  The Bible says (James 1:8), 'A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways' and I was one of those persons.  My dad would say, 'You don't have to be like that, it looks awful, it's wrong,' but I would reply, 'This is the way I am, and how I want to be, nobody has to tell me how I should be, nor what I should do, nor how I should dress, or behave.' He would respond,' God is going to deal with you.  He is going to change you.'

Durring my 17 birthday, I came closer to the Lord.  On the April 28th I came to Him and said, 'Lord, I feel so bad, I know that I'm a sinner,' and I told Him how I felt. 'Lord, forgive me.  I want You to write my name in the Book of Life and to accept me as Your child.'  I repented and gave back my life to the Lord.  I said, 'Lord, I want You to change me, to make a difference in me.' I cried with all my heart, asking the Lord to change me.  But, as time passed by I felt no change.  The only difference was that I began to attend church, to read the Bible and to pray.  That was the only change in my life.
Then, in August, I was invited to fast for 15 days.  I decided to join, but before entering I said,' Lord, I want you to deal with me here.'  During the fast the Lord was speaking to almost everybody, except me!  It was as if the Lord had not seen me, and that hurt.  I would pray, 'Lord, aren't You going to deal with me?' I would cry alone and continue, 'Lord, do You love me? Are You here? Are You with me? Why don't You speak to me like You do to everyone else.  You speak so many things to other people, even words of prophecy, but not me.'  I asked for a sign that He was with me, and the Lord gave me Jeremiah 33:3, 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'  I said, 'Lord, did You just talk to me?" Because I heard His audible voice and had a vision of the words written in Jeremiah 33:3. 

I said, 'Lord, is that for me?' I kept it to myself, while everyone else was testifying what the Lord had given them and what they had seen.  But I kept secret and would only meditate on the words: 'Call unto Me' means to pray, but what did 'great and mighty things' mean?  I though, 'This can only mean heaven and hell.' So I said, 'Lord, I only want You to show me heaven, but not hell, because I've heard that it is a horrible place.' But I then prayed with all my heart, 'Lord if it is Your will to show me what You must, then do so, but change me first.  I want You to mark a difference in me; I want to be different."

When we finished fasting, there were trials and difficulties and sometimes I felt faint, unable to continue walking with the Lord.  But He gave me strength.  I started to hear His voice and know Him better.  We became good friends. The Lord is our best friend, the Holy Spirit.  I told Him, 'Lord, You are my best friend.  I want to know You better,' and shared all my thoughts with Him.

I prayed during all of August and then in November, a servant of the Lord came to our house and said, 'May the Lord bless you.' I replied, 'Amen.'  He then said, 'I am here to bring you a message from God...you must prepare yourself, because the Lord will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.  He is going to show you Heaven and Hell because you have been asking, from Jeremiah 33:3.'  I asked, 'Yes, how did you know?  I haven't told that to anyone.'  He responded, 'The same God that you serve and praise, that very same God I also praise told me everything.'

Soon we began to pray. Some sister from our church, and others from my family were there with us praying.  But as soon as we started praying, I began to see Heavens opened.  So said, 'I see the Heavens are opening, and 2 angels are coming down!'  The man said, 'Ask them why they are here.'

They were tall and beautiful; with beautiful wings.  They were large and shining, and seemed transparent, brilliant as gold. They wore crystal sandals and had on holy garments. 'Why are you here?' They smiled and said, 'We are here because we have a task to carry out...We are here because you must visit Heaven and Hell and we will not leave until all of this comes to pass.' I responded, 'Very well, but I only want to visit heaven, not hell.'  They smiled, and stayed there, but did not say anything more.  After we finished prayer, I could still see them there.

I also started to see the Holy Spirit; He is my best friend; He is Holy, He is omniscient; He is omnipresent! I could see Him, transparent and brilliant at the same time; with a brilliant countenance, I could see His smile and His loving gaze! I can hardly describe Him, because He is more beautiful than angels.  The angels have their own beauty, but the Holy Spirit is far more beautiful then they are!  I could hear His audible voice, a voice full of love, a passionate voice.  I just can't explain His voice; a voice like lightening, yet at the same time He would say, 'I am with you.' so I would strive to continue walking with God, even as trials surrounded us. We were going through very difficult moments, but victorious ones at the same time.  So there I was, 'Lord, let your will be done.'  I continued to notice the angels even at school, and in my classes. I was so happy, so full of joy because I could actually see them! 

The servant of the Lord, who visited my house, told me to prepare myself, because I was going to see Heaven and Hell.  But also told me something difficult. He said, 'You are going to die.' It wasn't easy when I heard this.

'How am I going to die? I'm so young', I asked. He replied, 'Don't worry about anything, everything God does is perfect, and He will bring you back to life, so that you testify about Heaven and Hell, which is what the Lord wants all of us to know about.' I said, 'Amen, but will I be run over by a car, how will I die?'  Ideas came rushing into my mind, but the Lord told me not to worry, everything was under control.  I said, 'Thank you, Lord!'

"On November 6th, after I returned home from school, the Angels were still with me, even while praising the Lord. They would not speak to me; all they would say was, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Hallelujah,' giving glory, honor and praise to our Heavenly Father.  The Holy Spirit was there along with the angels and I would rejoice.  Many people say that the gospel is boring, but that is a big lie from the devil to keep people from searching for God's presence.  I also used to believe this, but after I met the Lord and the Holy Spirit, I know the gospel is not boring, it is the most beautiful experience you can have on Earth!

I could see them; play with them, and even talk to the Holy Spirit.  But the angels would not talk to me, but they would praise the Lord.  I would say, 'Holy Spirit come along with me to do this or that' and He would be there.  I could feel and see Him.

I saw Him when He would rise and get up on his feet, and would even prepare a seat for Him.  Although many can't see Him, He is here!  That relationship has continued, there's no reason to stop it, once you've experienced it…there's no way that I would withdraw.  When I consider where He pulled me out from, what I was before, I am so thankful for His mercy, for all His love toward humanity and toward me!

On November 7th, when I was returning home, I heard a voice that said, 'Be prepared, for you will die today,' I knew it was the Holy Spirit because I could see Him.  I ignored His voice and said, 'Lord, I don't want to die today!' But He repeated, 'Be prepared, for you will die today!' This time He said it louder and with greater force.  I replied, 'Lord, I know it's You talking to me; I only ask for a confirmation and after that, do with me as You will. I'll do whatever You ask, I'll surrender, even if I'm afraid, because I know You are with me and You are real.'
I prayed, 'Let that person you used before, bring me the message.  Let him be at my home this instant, before I arrive, and let him tell me that today I will die.'  Now, somehow the Lord knows our past, present and future. He knew what I would request of Him. So when I arrived home, the servant of the Lord was already there.

When my daughter got home, we were in the kitchen.  When Angelica she saw the servant of the Lord she said, 'May the Lord bless you.'  The man of God responded, 'God bless you.  Are you ready? For today is the day that the Lord will take you, at 4 PM.'  She just stood there, astonished that the Lord had granted her request.

When I heard this I said, 'Amen...but I don't want to die, I can't die! No, Lord, I'm afraid, very much afraid, terrified!' The servant of the Lord said, "Let's pray that your fear will leave now in the name of our Lord.'  I said, 'Amen' and we prayed.  Soon I felt all fear leave me, and an indescribable joy came, thinking that death was the best thing that could happen to me! I started to smile and laugh while everyone was looking at me.  They could all see that I went from being dismal to joyful.  I was smiling, jumping and singing. 

My daughter instantly felt joy in her heart and started eating.  She had a little bit of everything, saying, 'If I don't return, well I've eaten and I'm full.'

Everyone started laughing and asked, 'Why are you behaving like this instead of being sad, you're happy, you're joyful?' I told them, 'Of course: I'm going to see the Lord, I'm going to be with Him, but I don't know if I'll be coming back so I want to give away all my things.' They all stared at me and asked, 'You're going to give away all your belongings?' My Mom's eyes were wide open in surprise!

My daughter started giving her things away.  She gave everything away, everything! Our church sisters were with us, as usual, and she gave something to everyone of them.  When I questioned her intentions and she said, 'If I return, they can give everything back to me, but if I don't come back, then they can keep everything.'

I can imagine how sad my Mom must have felt when I said that.  But I felt so happy started giving everything away: my clothes, my bed, my cell phone, everything, with one condition: If I come back, everything must be returned to me.  They all started laughing.

She was very determined, but as a mother I felt so much sorrow.  It wasn't easy. I wondered, 'Lord when the moment comes, how will it be?' I couldn't understand.  As they started praying, I was arranging thing in the house.  They said, 'Sister, come let's pray.' But I replied, 'You go on, I will join you shortly.  Just let me finish this task.'

They were all observing me as we prayed.  I prayed, 'Lord, I want to do your will.  You're not a man that you would lie or repent, I know You are real.  If I am going to fail you, then it's best if You just take me with you; but If I am going to do Your will, then bring me back, but help me say the truth, prepare me, help me to preach and to tell people to repent.' That was my shortest prayer.  I told this to the servant of the Lord and said, 'Don't tell my Mom what I said to the Lord.' He replied, 'I won't tell her now, but once the Lord has taken you, I'll tell her.' We continued praying and came together in a prayer circle.

At 3:30 PM, the Lord told his servant and to anoint my daughter. So some of us went into the room and anointed her along. He gave us two minutes to anoint her all over, from her hair down, everything, all her body. She was fully anointed.

My Mom and another church sister, Fátima Navarrete, anointed me with oil. But as they were anointing me, I felt something covering me, like a glass that was surrounding me.  It's hard to explain, I felt covered with something like an armor, and I couldn't explain how I was covered.  After that, when they tried to touch me, they no longer could.

As we were praying over Angelica, I was trying to lay my hands on her, but I couldn't touch her!  She had some type of covering around her.  It was strange, nobody could touched her! This covering started at the top of her head to her feet, about 30cm (12 inches).  That was what shocked me the most.  I've laid my hands on people before, in service to the Lord, but something like this had never happened before!  I said, 'Oh, something must be happening,' and I started to praying and to give thanks to the Lord.  Suddenly, I felt great joy.  The sorrow in my heart was gone, the pain was gone, and I now felt joyful and happy! We continued praying and about at 4:00 PM, my daughter fell to the floor.

During prayer, I felt shortness of breath; I couldn't breathe.  I felt a pain in my abdomen and in my heart.  I felt my blood going dormant, and tremendous pain all over my body.  All I could say was, 'Lord, give me strength, give me strength!' because I felt I couldn't go on. I had no strength, it was leaving me!  When I looked up to heaven, in the spiritual realm, not with my physical eyes, I saw heaven opening up.  I saw angels, not two nor ten, but millions of them gathering together.  In the midst of the millions of angels, I saw a Light, 10,000 times brighter than the sun. And I said, 'Lord that is You who is coming!'


When she fell down, we tried to stand her up, but she was unable to stand on her own.  At this time, we were able to touch her.  She was saying, 'Pray.  I don't have strength, Mommy, I don't have strength and I feel pain.' First, she felt pain in her heart, and then it went down near her abdomen.  We kept on praying and pleading with the Lord.  The Lord took her life!

Never before in my life had I seen anybody die.  I had to see my daughter, as she was agonizing!  It was not easy at all!  I couldn't understand her last few words, and at the end she stopped.  I placed my hand on her face, and a mirror to her mouth, to see if she was breathing.  She had no breath, she just stood still.  I held her, she was still warm, as normal.  I took a sheet and covered her up, and in a short while she started to get cold, very cold.  Her hair was set back, like the hair of a dead person, and she turned icy cold.

Jesus was coming down, and I felt my body dying.  As Jesus and the Angels got closer, I felt I was leaving, that I was no longer me.  I was no longer alive, I was dying, and it was agonizing!  When my body fell to the floor, they were already here. My house was full of angels, and in the midst of the angels I saw a Light, stronger than the sun!  It was very difficult; I felt tremendous pain, as my soul and spirit were being torn away. 
I was crying and screaming, as I saw my body on the floor. I asked, 'Lord, what is happening? What is happening?'  I wanted to touch my body and get inside it again, but when I tried, it was like to grabbing air: I couldn't touch it.  My hand went straight through it.  None of those who were praying there could hear me! And I shouted, 'Lord, help me!'

My husband arrived while we were praying, and he saw her there.  The Lord gave me strength and at that moment because I didn't know what to do.  It was like she was in a coma, but I knew she was OK, because it was the Lord's work. So I said 'Lord, let Your will be done.'

The Lord Jesus Christ

At that moment I hear the Lord's voice, a beautiful voice with thunder and love, 'Fear not, Daughter, for I am Jehovah, Your God, and I have come here to show you what I have promised you.  Arise, for I am Jehovah, who holds you by your right hand and tells you, 'Fear not, I will help you.' Suddenly, I arose.  I had been kneeling down, looking at my body, wanting to get back in but not being able to.  When I heard His voice, fear had left me, and I was no longer scared. 

As I started walking, the angels began to open a path. There was a strong light shining, and as I gazed at it, I felt peace.  As I looked, I saw a beautiful, tall, elegant, muscular man. Light was projecting from Him. There was too much light for me to see His face! But I could see His beautiful hair of brilliant gold and a white garment with a wide golden girdle that crossed His chest.  It read, .'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.'

I looked at His feet, He was wearing shiny golden sandals, of brilliant gold.  He was so beautiful! He extended His hand to me. When I took His hand, it wasn't like when I touched my body, my hand did not go through it.  I asked, 'What is happening?' And He said, 'I am going to show you hell, so that you return and tell humanity that hell is real; that hell exists.  And also, My glory will I show you, for you to tell my people to be prepared, for My glory is real and I am real.' He said, 'Daughter, do not fear'- He said it again and I said, 'Lord, it's just that I want to go to heaven, but not hell, because I've heard that it's horrible!' He said, 'Daughter, I will be with you.  I will not leave you in that place and I am going to show you that place because there are many who know that hell exists, but they have no fear.  They believe it's a game, that hell is a joke, and many don't know about it.  That is why I am going to show you this place, because there are more that perish than those that are entering My glory.'  When He said that I could see tears streaming down to His garments.  I asked Him, 'Lord, why are you crying?' He replied, 'Daughter, because there are more that perish, and I will show you this, so that you will go and tell the truth and so that you will not return to that place.'


Suddenly, as He was speaking, everything started to move.  The Earth shook and split open, and I saw a very dark hole below. 
We were standing on a sort of rock with angels surrounding us.  I said, 'Lord, I don't want to go to that place!' He said, 'Daughter, do not fear for I am with you.'  In a split second we descended into the dark hole. I tried to see but there was a terrible darkness.  I did see big, a huge circle, and hear millions of voices. 

I was so hot, I felt my skin burning. I asked, 'Lord, what is this? I don't want to go to this place!' The Lord said that this was the tunnel to hell.  There was a horrible, repulsive and nauseating smell, and I begged Jesus not to take me.  He responded, 'Daughter, it is necessary for you to come and know this place.' I cried, 'But why, Lord, why?' And He said, 'So that you can tell the truth to humanity; humanity perishes, it's lost and few are entering My Kingdom.' In saying this, He would weep.  His words strengthened and encouraged me, so I continued walking.

We arrived at the end of a tunnel, when I looked down I saw an abyss covered in flames.  The Lord said 'Daughter, I give this to you.' It was a large binder with blank sheets of paper. 'Daughter, take this pencil so that you can write all that I will show you, what you will see and hear.  You will write everything as you are observing it, as you will live it.'  I said, 'Lord, I will do it, but I am already seeing so much, Lord.  I am seeing souls being tormented, and immense flames.'


Time was going by and I was wondering, 'Lord, what is happening? Tears were coming out of her eyes and that really had an impact on me.  When I saw her tears, I wiped them away with a napkin but they would start to run down her cheeks again.  I asked the servant of the Lord, 'What is going on?' If I placed a mirror to see if she was breathing, nothing happened.  We checked her pulse, expecting a sigh; placed a hand on her stomach- nothing.  So I would ask, 'What is happening?' He would explain, 'Look, what is happening is that the place where she is, is not a place of smiles, it is a place of torment.  That is where she is right now.'
I will testify that hell is real, that hell exists, but take me out of here now!' And he replied, 'Daughter, we haven't even entered that place and I have shown you nothing yet, and already you want me to take you out of this place?' 'Lord, please take me out of here!' And we started to descend.  Instead of the Lord taking me out, we were going straight down into the abyss!

And I started to cry and scream, 'Lord, no, no, no, no- I don't want to go!' and He would reply, 'You need to see this.' And I started to see horrible demons, extremely horrible and I began to observe them.  There were giant demons, small ones, of all types.  I watched as they ran and ran in an inexplicable way; their speed was so fast! I watched as they were carrying something in their hands and I asked, 'Lord, why are they running like that and what is it that they carry between their hands?'

He answered, "Daughter, they run that way because they know their time is running out, because time is too short to destroy humanity and especially my people.  That which they carry in their hands are darts to destroy humanity, because each demon is given a name and according to the name that is given to them, they have a dart to destroy that person and bring her to this place; their goal is to destroy that person and bring her to hell.'

And I would see the demons running and exiting toward Earth and He told me.  'They are going to Earth to bring and throw humanity into this place.' And when this happened the Lord would weep, He would weep very much- He was weeping all the time and I would cry too.  What was going on in that place was not easy.  One thing is to narrate it and listen to it and another is to go through it, to live it- It was so difficult, so inexplicable at the moment.

She was in that state for 23 hours.  I did not notify the authorities.  I did not look for a physician for one reason: 'Lord, I will wait for 24 hours.  If my daughter is not back in 24 hours, I will call a doctor.' But there was no need for that: before 24 hours were up, He brought her back.

Later the Lord said to me, 'Are you ready to see what I am going to show you?' And I said, 'Yes, Lord,' and He took me to a cell where I could see a young man.  This young man was being tormented among the flames.  Abruptly, I looked up and noticed that the cell was enumerated, but I couldn't understand the numbers- they seemed to be backward.  I also saw a huge plaque in that cell and as I observed the young man he had a '666' on his forehead, and on his chest he had a big plate that was encrusted into his skin.  The worms on him were unable to do anything to this plate; neither did the flames burn it.  And this young man would scream, 'Lord, have mercy on me.  Take me out of this place.  Forgive me, Lord!' He would cry and plead to the Lord to take him out of that place.  At that moment the Lord said, 'it's late, too late: I gave you opportunities and you would not repent.'

 I asked Him, 'Lord why is he here?' Something that hurt me was that as I observed him, I realized that I knew him.  On Earth, this young man knew the Word of God and abruptly, he walked away from the Lord preferring alcohol, drugs and walking on the wrong path.  He did not prefer the way of the Lord and the Lord warned him many times on what could happen to him.

Then the Lord told me, 'Daughter, he is in this place because anyone who rejects my Word already has a judge: The Word that I have spoken will judge him in that last day,' and then, He wept.  But the Lord doesn't weep the way that we do on Earth; He would weep with this pain in his heart and He would sob profoundly: 'I did not create hell for humanity!' 'Then why is humanity here, Lord?' He answered, 'Daughter, I created hell for Satan and his angels, who are the demons; but, because of sin and the lack of repentance, humanity ends here and there are more that perish than those that reach my glory!'

He continued weeping and it would hurt me so much to see how He cried.  'Daughter, I gave my life for humanity so that it would not perish, so that it would not end up in this place.  I gave my life out of love and mercy so that humanity would proceed to repentance and could enter the Kingdom of Heaven.' And it hurt me so much because He would moan as someone who can no longer withstand what he is living.  That's how much pain he felt watching people in this place.
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