Thank You, precious Lord Jesus, for explaining to us the laws of Heaven and Holiness. Mercy Lord, Mercy.
“My dear ones,” Clare continued, “all the prayers in the world will do little for the man or woman who belittles and emotionally injures their spouse. Do you suppose you can go to church, tithe, go to men’s Breakfasts or Women’s Aglow meetings, come home — and despise your spouse? Do you really think that will make up for your meanness of heart? Let me tell you plainly, it will not. I have not discussed this topic yet, but it is time: People are of the impression that when they die they go to Heaven or Hell. That is not the case — not according to Jesus or the teaching of the Apostles, the Early Church, or even the Jewish people. They most frequently go to a place of purification that Scripture describes as ‘Prison.’
1 Peter 3:19 “After being made alive, Jesus went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.”
1 Peter 4:6 “For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.” [emphasis mine]
“The Catholic Church gives the name ‘Purgatory’ to the final purification of all who die in God’s grace and friendship but are still imperfectly purified. Judaism also believes in the possibility of after-death purification and may even use the word ‘purgatory’ to present its understanding of the meaning of the similar rabbinical concept of Gehenna.
Matthew 5:25-26 “Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
“There needs to be some clarification about the doctrine of Purgatory and the Roman Catholic Church, which is NOT the same Church that we are following. We’re following the Early Church: pre-Rome — before Rome and all the changes that came. We will call ‘purgatory’ by the Bible’s name: ‘Purification.’ This is not a doctrine of the Catholics; it is the doctrine of the Early Church from Peter to Tertullian. But because of the perversion of the doctrine, where people were told their loved ones wouldn’t go to Heaven unless they paid for a Mass, or paid their tithes, etc, it became a lever to force more dollars out of the poor and the widows. This was one of the most despicable things that was done, and caused Martin Luther to leave the Church, but that does not excuse Christianity from not following the teachings of the Apostles.
“I know you will say, “Purification gets done on our way to Heaven, doesn’t it? You know, like a great spiritual shower, washing away the spots, wrinkles and blemishes?” Well, apparently not — or Jesus wouldn’t have said in Matthew 5:26 “Truly, I say to you, you will never get out [of prison] until you have paid the last penny.” The ‘penny’ represents the most minor sins that one commits.
What is Purification?
“My dear ones,” Clare continued, “let me share with you what I believe this purification truly is. Have you ever done something really, really wrong that you didn’t acknowledge as wrong before you did it, but tried to explain it away? Have you ever gossiped and hurt someone’s reputation, causing them to lose their job, or trouble in a marriage? Or perhaps you were in an accident where a child or adult was killed, and the accident was your fault. When you found out that you were in the wrong, and were responsible for the suffering of innocent people, how did you feel?
“I have done things in my past that I was very ashamed of. And when the Lord confronted me with what I had done and who I had hurt, it was like molten metal being poured over my body. My face turned red, my knees started to shake, and I had to sit down.
“Possibly you got some bad news that caused that reaction in you. I believe that feeling is the fire of purification in realising what I had done. It was shock, and I couldn’t put my mind around it. All I could do was be dumb until God gave me the grace to acknowledge and face it.
“Now for us on this Earth, we inhabit a body which acts as a buffer or insulation from the spiritual world, which is very intense energy. But when we leave the body behind, there is no longer any buffer. We are without food, water, distractions, bodily comforts, friends to call, excuses to make. We are stripped down to the naked soul, which is now under the fire of conviction — with no Ben and Jerry’s to eat, no wine to drink, with no one nearby to blame. We are like raw skin before the Lord. Every slight little breeze stings and burns when the top layer of skin has been removed.
At this point I thought, “You know, Lord, maybe You should explain this?” Jesus answered me and said, “No, you are doing quite well. And this should be explained from a human point of view to understand what it is that burns. So, please proceed.”
Clare continued, “Okay. For example, when I was in the world and sinful, I thought I had a health problem, because my feminine cycle had stopped. I just shoved it under the rug and kept on getting photography assignments. And right in the middle of a National Geographic assignment, I noticed some body changes. My belly was getting bigger and my pants wouldn’t zip. And I thought, ‘I must be sick.’ Well… I went to the doctor, and after testing me he said, “You’re pregnant.” I nearly fainted. I had been in denial. I have never ever felt anything so earth shaking. Conviction flowed through me like fire. I was paralysed and didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I was in shock.
“Purgatory — Purification — is very real: a very real place. And if I died today I think I would go there. You see, my attitudes are at times sinful and not holy. This leaves a filthy stain on my Bridal Garment and ways in which I have damaged others and not repented for. Christ atoned for our sins on the Cross, but He did not repair the damages we incurred. We still have reparation to do. And if repentance is only skin deep, we are not under the conviction we need to be to dissolve those ugly stains off our wedding gowns.”
“So, if we mentally, physically, or emotionally injure others, there will come a time when we have to repair the damages and change the state of our heart that caused us to think that way and do those things. If it doesn’t happen before death, the Lord has mercifully made a provision which has been referred to as the ‘Prison’— and has come to mean a place of purification. It is a place of suffering where those who die in the state of grace, but have not yet changed their toxic attitudes, can work with grace to arrive at purity of heart and perfect brotherly love.
“Let’s say that a Christian man gets into an argument with his wife and says cruel things to her, then he walks out the door and is hit by a car and dies. Let’s say that man is a good Christian — with a temper he has never mastered. He is not a criminal; he doesn’t beat his wife physically. He feeds the poor and takes care of his children, but indulges in a bad temper and wounds her with his words. When he dies, he should go to Heaven. But there is only one problem: a toxic attitude like his cannot enter Heaven, which is a place of eternal joy. At that point, he sees himself as he is. Without the distractions of a physical body, clothing, and such. He sees the state of his soul and knows he cannot enter Heaven that way. And it hits him like a Mac truck. But instead of being run over, it ignites his heart with true contrition that burns like an atomic fire in his soul. He sees his sinfulness and what it has done to others — and the flames of remorse consume him.
“Have you ever had that happen to you? An unpleasant reality you were avoiding looking at, or were blind to, all of a sudden becomes real — like getting a positive result on a pregnancy test when you’re 16 and your whole world just collapses in waves of fear all around you. Purgatory is a state of such grief over the habits of sin in your life that you refused to give up, that you are consumed in the spiritual fires of purification without anyone to comfort you, anyone to talk to, any food to eat or distract you, any water to drink. It is a place of total spiritual torment. Yet, if you were to ask the person if they wanted to get out, they would answer, “Not until I can go to Heaven!” Heaven looms before them. Jesus visits them. The Blessed Mother visits them. And they do get occasional consolations and strengthening graces.
“Jesus has made a provision — whether this place is a physical place (which I tend to believe) or not. The man is shocked by the state of his soul and is on fire in his spiritual body, with pain and remorse for this terrible habit. So, Jesus takes him aside into a place where other souls are undergoing purification, and grace works with him until he totally repents and is free from this attitude. Then he is cleansed and ready to enter Heaven.
“For those who are abusive to your spouse, your children, or even your elderly parents — this is a major wake up call. Please, change your ways while you are still on this Earth, dear ones. You don’t want to go to Purgatory for even five minutes.”
I was reminded of these Scriptures:
Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
Hebrews 12:23 “To the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as if through the flames.”
“Well, I believe that this is what purification by fire is all about. Burning conviction with no way to escape. Your life rolls out before you and you feel like a complete fool. You’re stunned, because you are seeing the consequences of your sins for the first time in God’s mirror.”
1 Corinthians 15:29 “Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?”
1 Peter 3:18-22 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water. And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into Heaven and is at God’s right hand — with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” So, here Peter talks about the Lord making proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.
Clare asked Jesus, “Lord, have you something to add?”
Jesus replied, “My heart for you, My People, is that in the hour of your death, you fly Heavenward. Unimpeded — straight into My waiting arms. That you eat the fruits and herbs of the trees along the River of Life and are fully healed and restored from the damage done to you on Earth.
“I want every one of you to see Me face to face. But this cannot happen clearly and completely until the layers of film from sin are washed clean.
“Each day, I come to you with the things that must be changed in your nature, by an act of your will. I shower you with love and affirm you. So that strengthened, you can avoid occasions of sin. I love you tenderly, so that you can in turn change your anger and rancor to love for others and avoid the fires of Purgatory.
“But if you will not come to Me each day and spend the time necessary for these healings to take place, you will walk out the door and continue to offend one another — because you are lacking in compassion and love. You are lacking, because you are not putting the right priority on being with Me, One on one.
“When that Day comes, the day of your departure from Earth, stripped of all earthly distractions and sensations — you will stand before My mirror and see every imperfection and habitual pattern of sin. You will feel your lack of love and your anger keenly and recognize yourself as being full of the toxic poison of rancor, greed, lust, and so many other sins that you have allowed to take root and live in you.
“You have known those things were there, but you didn’t realize that a time would come when YOU, not I, would have to work through them to pass through the gates of Heaven.
“Oh, what a day that will be!! Glorious for those of you who wept over your shortcomings and sins. Because though you may have been weak and fallen before coming to Heaven, if you were resolute and daily conquering yourself, mercy will be extended to you. It was your resoluteness, backed by action, that gained the pardon.
“But for others who have been avoiding that Day, it will be terrible. You will shake before My mirror and want to run and hide, so filthy will you appear to yourself and all in Heaven. Please, please, make it the number one priority to spend deep prayer time with Me and repent for your indiscretions. Repent and repair the damage you’ve done to other souls.
“Come to Me asking for the grace of true contrition and Mercy. I, on My part, will do what I can to bring you along to the state where you can finally be with Me and the Saints in Heaven.
“But My children, you must pass through the fires of remorse for your habitual sins you have refused to conquer. These cannot come with you into Heaven; they must be completely overcome.
“I know that you who are from a Protestant background are going to kick at this teaching and this reality. But should I refrain from giving it to you because others lied to you and did not form your conscience properly? Or should I give you the opportunity to change while there is yet time for you? I love you dearly. I cannot withhold the truth from you, lest you incur greater debts in your lives” [emphasis mine]
“When I told the parable of the guest at the wedding feast, I mentioned that one was improperly clad. That one had not put forth any effort to correct his faults and repair the damage he did to others — that is why he was excluded. And so, you can ascertain from this that you will not be taken in the Rapture — unless you have either conquered your faults, or are sincerely committed to conquering them every day. In which case, you will be sure to receive Mercy and come with Me.”
“I love you, Beloved Brides. I love you so tenderly as I see you struggle each day to overcome temptations and sins. You bring great joy to all of Heaven with your commitment to be Mine and Mine alone. Oh, how I cherish you!”
Clare spoke again:
Jesus is coming for a holy Church that is entirely without spot, wrinkle, or blemish
A spot comes when you are involved in something unclean, and it splashes on you. Like gossip. It splatters all over your wedding gown.
A wrinkle is what you develop from habitual patterns of sin that you refuse to deal with.
A blemish is an uncleanness from inside of you that manifests as a stain from beneath your gown. It can also be a rip or a tear from being careless.
“In any case, these are things that you know you should deal with, but you cover them with denial until they hit you upside the head, and you can no longer avoid or deny them. And I believe that if you have these patterns of sin and have not addressed them, that you will need to be purified before you can enter Heaven.
“But I also believe that if you are not in denial, and you have been working on them with all your strength, I believe the Lord in His mercy may wipe them away. That is, however, if you have exercised mercy towards others. “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
“So I relate to the place of purification by fire as an inner state of searing conviction that causes me to review my actions and repent. God in His Mercy has established, I believe, a place where we can go through this purifying fire and come out ready to enter Heaven.
“Think about it for a moment. Let’s say I was jealous of someone and spread malicious lies about them to ruin their reputation. I knew it was wrong, but I was driven to do it anyway by my bitterness. I tried and tried to smear them so they would never have a good reputation again. And this was a lifelong habit I kept hidden from others, but still did to every person that offended me or made me jealous.
“Then let’s suppose I got into a car wreck, was thrown 50 feet in the air and died on impact. I had accepted the Lord as my Saviour, gone to church, prayed, tithed and fed the poor. And I really did love Jesus. But I was self-righteous in my thinking, and thought of the persons that offended me, that they should be brought down. So, I continued in this evil habit, ruining the lives of many people along the way. (Now, I didn’t do that. I’m just giving you an example.)
“So what do you think? Should Jesus take such a person to Heaven where they will no doubt be jealous of everyone? Should He send them to Hell? Or should He take them to a place of purification where they can truly learn that what they were doing was wrong. And at the same time, truly want to stop? You see, Purgatory, or the place of Purification, is God’s great Mercy at work.
Some encouraging news
“The souls undergoing Purification can pray for us! They have already made the same mistakes we are making, and they can relate to our weakness. In their situation, they have nowhere to go; only time to repent and cry. So, the Lord gives them an opportunity to be charitable to other souls that are on Earth and do not know how bad off they are in God’s eyes. And we in turn pray for them to be released quickly.”
Jesus Longs For Every One Of His Brides To Be With Him At The Wedding Feast
Jesus said to Clare, “My Dove, you have done very well. Yet no one can plumb the depths of My Mercy and predict who will be detained in the purifying fires, and who will not. This is one reason why My Father is taking so long to give the word for the Rapture to begin.
“I do not want to see any of My Brides excluded from the wedding feast because they were detained for purification. Yes, there will be some who will. But the ones who were willing to suffer and work hard on their faults, they will come with Me to the Wedding banquet.
“This is another reason why I told the parable of the wedding feast and the man improperly dressed. His sin had worn his clothing threadbare, filthy, and unfit for a celebration. He had a long habit of not repenting, and therefore he was unfit for the Feast. He was saved, though, by his confession of Me as his Savior.
“But the others came to Me each day and wept over their sins, begging Me to deliver them. And doing many acts of reparation — not only for their sins, but for the sins of others.
“You ask, what is reparation? It is the soul who sees the evil that is done in the world, and is struck to the core by insults against Me, abortions, dishonest governments, and all manner of unrighteousness. And there are those who are so united with Me — when I grieve, they grieve. And in this way, they are repairing the damage of those who sinned against Me. And that brings Me comfort.
“There is no pat answer as to whether or not you will need purifying. But if you love Me with all your heart, your mind, and your strength, and love your brother as yourself, you have very little to worry about. Rather, you will constantly be aware of temptations, faults, and lapses — and you will repent immediately.
“Remember, My Heart is a heart of Mercy. And I see every tear drop you cry over others and cry over your sins. And though you are weak, I am full of Mercy for you, because of the way you have been merciful to others.
“Purify yourselves, My Brides, especially in this hour, from sloth, which hurts the entire Body and deprives them of the nourishment you could have given if only you had tried a little harder.”
Clare added, “That was the end of Jesus’ message. And I feel very convicted about it. In conclusion, I want to say that we are returning to the Early Church, the way it was before Rome. The truths the Lord has given us are the living fulfilment of His many allegories and teachings that were strictly defended and adhered to by the famous Christian leaders such as Saints Cyprian, Ambrose, Jerome, Pope St. Gregory, Tertullian, St. Anthony, other early church apostles and martyrs that formed the bedrock foundation of His Church — Living Stones.”
Note from So Greatly Loved
I am sure that, like me, many will now be taking on board the teaching Clare gives us here from the Lord, and are praying for the grace of ongoing deep contrition for our sins. I, personally, have benefited considerably from this teaching. How true it is that “Nothing is more valuable than the time you have today.” What an awesome message this is — and one that we should all take extremely seriously without delay, for our own sake.
My own background and how this teaching changed my life
I was raised Methodist, then attended an evangelical Anglican Church throughout my University years; later I became Pentecostal. This message left me reeling in shock! Some seriously hard, life-changing decisions have been made since I heard this teaching! I am now frequently praying in tears for the grace of ongoing, searing contrition over my sins. Tears are a gift from God that He will readily give to us if we ask Him. This message has indeed been a major wake-up call for me. I am now also praying for souls in ‘Prison’ — something I would never have known was the right thing to do until very recently.
It has struck me what a terrible shock my devout, staunch Methodist parents would have had if they found themselves undergoing the fires of purification when they died — we knew nothing at all about it then. How privileged we are nowadays to be Heart Dwellers, taught by Jesus through His chosen vessel, Clare du Bois, by the Grace of God.
Note: Ezekiel and Clare du Bois are not Catholic but, during the years when the Lord was preparing them for the ministry, He led them to spend a period of years in various very different denominations. They found Jesus in every one of the churches. Clare’s testimony is extremely interesting; you can access it on the website at heartdwellers.org