You cannot not listen to the testimony of Bro. Mardave Maala. You just can’t ignore it. It’s arresting. It is one of those rare and powerful revelations from God that if you value most your salvation, you just have to listen and be in awe of God who never gets tired to speak to His children.
In 1994, still a young man, Bro. Mardave came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry. But he didn’t continue in following the Lord. He turned his back to God for the lures of the world. He became immersed with his “barkada” (worldly friends).
Two decades passed before God would touch his life once again.
On November 10, 2013, after receiving his monthly salary, he went drinking with his friends. They were in a drinking spree for two days straight.
On November 11, he drove his motorcycle. He was so inebriated (drunk) and was driving so fast. He overtook a jeepney on the right side. There was a hole and before he knew it, he was flying. When he landed, his head hit a Meralco steel post. His skull cracked, splitting it from one ear to the other ear and spilling out a portion of his brain. He died instantly.
He thought he was just asleep, but he felt so hot and in so much pain and he woke up.
As soon as he opened his eyes, he saw that his surroundings was engulfed in fire. He saw a vast sea of boiling sulphur and brimstone and multitudes of people burning in the crackling fire.
The devil approached him and made him drink liquor, saying, “Whatever vices you indulged yourself in while on earth, you will also do it in hell.”
Bro. Mardave didn’t want to do it because the liquor was actually boiling sulfur. Because of that, the devil punished him by whipping him with a whip attached with nails and sharp blades at the end. Every time the whip lashed at his body, pieces of his flesh came with it. Because of the unbearable pain, he was forced to drink the boiling sulfur.
While drinking, he was bathed with boiling sulfur to take away his drunkenness so he would not stop drinking. He was not supposed to stop. Once he did, the devil would punish him again and again. There was no relenting of the torture and anguish.
Then, he was brought to a place where a multitude of women were being punished. He came to know that these women used to work in nightclubs and beer houses. They were brutally speared in their private parts. snakes with thorns on their heads entered their private parts and came out of their mouths. This went on and on without respite.
Bro. Mardave didn’t only see adult men and women, teenage boys and girls, but also kids as young as 7 years old. These are the ones who loved to watch bad cartoons. The characters in those cartoons were the ones who punished them.
From there, he was brought to a place where there were many people dancing. He saw fat worms came in and out of the holes of their faces.
Bro. Mardave testified that in hell, one could still feel hunger, but there’s nothing to eat except worms. And the worms there don’t die.
He was ordered to dance. During the time that he turned his back to the Lord, one of the things he loved doing was dancing worldly dance. He saw there a man who was a famous singer and dancer on earth. He was dancing the “moonwalk”. “Moonwalk” was how the demons walked in hell.
The angry devil pushed him into the burning sulfur. He felt the worms start to crawl to his head and entered the holes of his face.
While this was happening to him, his mother didn’t stop praying and the Lord instructed her to bring his picture to the beloved Hon. Pastor Wilde Almeda to be prayed over and laid hands on.
The moment the beloved pastor laid his hand on Bro. Mardave’s picture, he felt relief instantly. The searing heat and intense pain eased. He woke up, and this time, he found himself in a desert. He was crying for help. He couldn’t walk, he couldn’t take a step. When he looked down at his feet, he saw two hands gripping them, red-black hands.
He looked behind him and saw a deep ravine. At the bottom of the ravine, he saw hell once more. People were screaming in terror, a deafening, blood-curdling sound. The two hands gripping his feet were trying to hurl him back to hell but they couldn’t.
In his fear, he faced them again, and as he did so, he saw a towering figure. The figure was wearing white that shone in brilliance. His face was shining brightly. Bro. Mardave was offered a hand and when he took it, he woke up and found himself in the hospital, in East Avenue Medical Center,
The doctors attending to him were shocked that he came back to life. He was comatose for 2 months and had only 1% chance of ever regaining consciousness.
But he woke up healed and was immediately discharged from the hospital.
The portion of his brain that was removed affected his memory functions. He couldn’t recognize his mother at first, but his full memory came back when he uttered “Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry.”
Bro. Mardave became a choir member and full-time pastoral worker.
Truly, our dearest Lord Jesus Christ is amazing! Merciful, gracious, and His love is beyond comprehension!
ALL GLORY, HONOR, PRAISES, AND THANKSGIVING TO OUR GOD ALONE, OUR DEAREST LORD JESUS CHRIST, FOREVER AND EVER! AMEN AND AMEN!
~ written by Sis. Rina R. Peru