By Solomon Benjamin Shaw - Cutting Edge Ministry

is rooted in religious mystical experience and can be found in mystics writing as early as the 2nd Century and continuing throughout the Dark Ages, the Reformation, and the Age of Enlightenment. Mystic and researcher considers these prominent Universalist mystics to be among the greatest: (160-220), (183-253), (295-386), (335-394), (810-877), (1575-1624), and (1625-1704). The Carmelite Priest and mystical researcher Bruno Borchert adds these Universalists: (329-390) and (1500-1527). In my view, no list of Universalist mystics would be complete without (1703-1793).

, who founded a society of Universalists called the in 17th Century London, described her mystical experience in which the nature of post-mortem punishment was revealed to her. Recorded in her book, , she states that God's love triumphs, that punishment is for reforming, and that all are reconciled with God in the end. -- physician, preacher, and mystic -- wrote of his Universalist mystical religious experience and his in-depth near-death experience in his book entitled, . Like Jane Lead, these personal experiences convinced De Benneville that Hell is for purification and that, in the end, all will be united with God.

Throughout the history of Christianity, mystics not identified formally as Universalists have nevertheless advocated Universalist ideas. This is hardly surprising, as in the West the Catholic Church had as heretical, and Universalism had to go underground until the Reformation. In contrast, the (Oriental Orthodox, a.k.a. Nestorian Church or Assyrian Church of the East) accepted Universalist theology. Greats such as placed Universalism solidly in the liturgy. Additionally, Universalism is recorded in the Eastern Church's 13th century (Chapter ). Universalist thinking continues in less emphatic form in the liturgy of the Eastern Church today.

A good example of Universalism in the writings of "unofficial" Universalist mystics is the great 14th century English mystic, . Though her Universalist mystical experiences of God were contrary to and , she wrote that both must be true in some sense, though she did not see it. This "dance" she did between church dogma and her mystical religious experiences was enough to keep her in the good graces of church officials. Nevertheless, her Universalism shines through. She writes:

HELL and the Salvation Of All Mankind..

Death is swallowed up in victory and Jesus Christ is triumphant over all of his enemies.

Hell and the Salvation Of All Mankind..

I believe Paul is referring to the same thing, that when Jesus body was dead, His spirit was alive and He went down where they were bound and He announced His triumph over them. So you have at the cross an unjust suffering; you have at the cross a terrible persecution, and in the midst of it all, a triumphant sin-bearing and a triumphant sermon. And Jesus in the midst of His suffering triumphs over sin and triumphs over Satan, hell, demons and death at the very same time. Isn't that a marvelous triumph? Peter wants us to understand that when we suffer, we may triumph as well. Will you bow with me in prayer?

or Biblical Universal Reconciliation

Readers were invited to send him their responses. Ten years later, based on the first 3,000 responses he had received to this question (of which 95% were positive). Over the years, organizations like the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Center, the , and the at the University of Chicago have found the numbers of people responding positively to survey questions on religious experience in developed countries range from 35-50%. When people are interviewed rather than surveyed, the response rate goes up to around 65%. In one study, one-fourth of the respondents reported that they had never told anyone else of this experience for fear of being thought "mentally ill" or "stupid."

have completed a major research project entitled, . They surveyed 3,196 Chinese using a semi-structured questionnaire. Since religion is suppressed in China, it should be no surprise that few gave a religious affiliation; however, 56.7% reported religious/spiritual experiences. Using Buddhism as an example, only 2.3% of the Chinese reported being Buddhist, but 27.4% said they had worshiped Buddha within the past year and 18.2% reported a religious experience involving Buddha or bodhisattvas at some time during their lives.

Spiritually transformative experiences that point to an afterlife (e.g. , , and ) also show a remarkable similarity across time and culture. Regarding afterlife, the unresolved difference is , even though it retains a minority opinion in virtually all religions.

In one of the most important cross-cultural studies ever done on spiritually transformative experiences, documents 1,708 cases of deathbed visions recorded by physicians and nurses in the United States and India. The study also included . The apparitions of the dying in both the U. S. and India primarily involved dead relatives and religious figures, and in NO case in both the U. S. pilot study and the cross-cultural study was the "take-away" person (the relative or religious figure who came to take the patient to the afterlife) an apparition of a living individual. It should be noted that virtually all reincarnation religions have an of Heaven and Hell before rebirth. In general, death-bed visions were similar in both countries, but there were some differences. The most striking difference was that the religious figures that came to take the person into the afterlife corresponded to the person's religion. Christians saw God, Jesus, angels, and Mary; Hindus saw (the Hindu god of death), as well as , , , etc.

The final two lines imagine Christ triumphant, standing on the “spoils” of his victory over sin.
In Christian theology, the Messiah is the saviour of the Jewish people and humankind

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Where did He go? Well it says He went, very clearly here, and made proclamation. He went and made proclamation. He gave a sermon. He went somewhere to preach. He went and gave a triumphant sermon. So even before His resurrection now, even before His resurrection on Sunday morning, He was moving freely in the spiritual realm, okay? And He went to...to preach. Now the verb here "to preach," or to make a proclamation, is not , to preach the gospel. He didn't go somewhere to preach salvation. It is the verb , which means to make a proclamation or to announce a triumph. It is the word “to herald.” And military generals and kings would have a herald announce their victories. He went somewhere to announce His victory. No, He was not preaching the gospel to some people in the spiritual world, or some beings in the spiritual world. He was announcing, proclaiming, heralding a triumph. About what? It must be pretty obvious, about His triumph over sin, about His triumph over death, about His triumph over hell, about His triumph over demons, about His triumph over Satan. He went to proclaim His triumph. That's the implication of the verb here, to proclaim victory. That's what the passage is all about. That's what the context is all about. It's all about triumphing in the midst of unjust suffering.

Here are sermons by many famous preachers on the subject of the death of Christ

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"My dear brother, rejoice with universal and eternal joy, as you are favored with the heavenly visions! it is in this manner that our adorable royal high priest, mediator, and intercessor, shall restore all my descendants to the glory of our God, and their eternal and universal salvation for the kingdom of eternal love hath power sufficient to draw all mankind out of their bondage, and to exclaim and say; O death, where is thy sting, etc. But my dear brother, this love of our God in Jesus Christ, by the power of his holy spirit, shall not only gain the victory over all the human species, but also surmount or overflow the kingdom of Satan entirely, with all the principalities of the fallen angels, and shall bring them back in their first glory, which they have had in the beginning. I will make all things new, said the Lord of hosts, and the end shall return into its beginning, 'O my Lord and my God, what great wonders hast thou caused to pass before mine eyes! Who am I, O my God, dust and ashes, an ungrateful and rebellious creature, I should not dare to lift mine eyes towards the heavens if the blood of Jesus Christ thy son did not plead for me. My soul rejoices and is glad, she shouts for joy; 'O my God, whom I adore, love, and respect; before whom I desire to be without ceasing, self-annihilated at thy feet. O my God and my love, the seraphims and cherubims burning with the fire of thy heavenly love, adore and honor thee; give me thy grace also, O my God, that I may be consumed before thee, while I sing the majesty, glory, and the memory of God, who hath created and redeemed me. I would praise him incessantly, not in shadow or figure, but in reality and truth. I would continue devoted to thee, and always be swallowed up in the ocean of love without a wish to leave it."

Did Christ Descend Into Hell? by Lambert Dolphin. Vologda, late 15th century

The Meaning of Michelangelo's David - Sandstead

Now, as these verses unfold, Peter shows us four areas in which Christ triumphed in His death. First, it was a triumphant sin-bearing. Secondly, there was a triumphant sermon. Thirdly, He accomplished a triumphant salvation. And fourthly, a triumphant supremacy became His.