By Michael H. Brown

We've been talking of late about near-death experiences. Some years ago, while speaking in New Orleans, I met a Louisiana woman who described a brush with death and what she had seen during what sounded like an incredible experience. Her name is Sondra Abrahams (from a small city called Sulphur) and she says she "died" in 1970 after undergoing a hysterectomy.

During that experience she allegedly encountered Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and the Archangel Michael. And she claims she was shown certain aspects of the future. She says she was shown the crisis of abortion (this was just before Roe v. Wade) and also something that for years she referred to as "duplication" -- but which she now knows as "cloning."

As Archbishop Philip Hannon points out in the video (which his organization, Focus Worldwide Network of New Orleans, produced), Sondra's insights are private revelations that one can accept or reject. We always study such accounts, and as Scripture advises, take from them only what is good -- discerning not only the root experience, but also aspects of the content. But if you're like us, you find such insights informative and even fascinating.  

How was Jesus?

Sondra still weeps when she discusses it, as she does in a new video. "I literally died on the emergency room table," she says. "I saw the doctors working on me. I went through the tunnel toward the light and Jesus was in it." He embraced her, she recounts, with a love that is far beyond any love experienced in the world. "I touched His tears and I will always cry His tears," says Sondra, who still weeps when she speaks of an event that occurred 33 years ago.

"I want to get people back on the track to God, because I don't want anyone to end up in hell," says Sondra, who saw the netherworld, as well as purgatory. "I have had souls come asking for prayers. Sometimes I hear a voice coming like on the wind: 'pray for me.' When you get to purgatory, once you leave here, this earth, this life, you can do nothing for yourself. You are at Christ's mercy. You have to be cleansed of any blemish on your soul. Some go right through and right out. You really judge yourself. You know why you're there. You understand it. It's our prayer, our Rosaries, our Masses, that get them out. When I saw my soul, I knew I didn't belong in Heaven. My soul was dark gray. When I looked to heaven and saw the souls and how radiant they were, I knew I couldn't stay. It was just beautiful. I knew I couldn't stay, even though I wanted to."

How do we know how long we could spend there, she was asked by interviewer Mary Lou McCall?

"You don't know," says Sondra.

What about non-Catholics?

"There are prayers for the forgotten dead," says Sondra. "Everyone has a chance for Heaven. It's not just Catholics. Heaven is for everyone -- every religion."

When a person suddenly comes to mind, when someone we never think of appears in our dreams or thoughts, could that mean anything?

"It could mean they need just one prayer to get out of there," says Sondra.

What about priests? And the current sexual scandal?

"If you noticed, these problems began around Vatican II," asserts Sondra. "A lot of these changes that were made were not supposed to be made. Things from Vatican II were taken out of context and put into the Church. I love my priests and I have wonderful priest-friends, but I have to say that many of the priests and some of our bishops became very materialistic. They get caught in the materialistic world like we do. They need to be very careful in the seminaries. I communicate with many seminarians. I'm worried about the Church. It will survive, but there are many things introduced right now that are wrong. When we're told not to genuflect during Communion, people don't like that. They moved the tabernacles to the side. Now when you genuflect in the pews, you have to turn to the sides. It should be in the center of the Church. That worries me. We're taking things away from Him."

Were you warned about pedophilia, she was asked?

"I saw a priest falling, just falling [into hell], because of bad things. And Christ told me He was going to cleanse His Church, and He meant it. But there are so many good priests, and some are being accused of things that happened 30 years ago, and they have never done anything since, and those we need to use. Christ forgave. I'll probably get some flak on this, but if [victims] forgive, they'll find a healing."

You received an overwhelming message of love, that it can heal all?

"That's right. Forgiveness and love. That's why Christ came. Right now we're on the brink of war because we can't forgive. We have to forgive. No one wants to forgive."

You saw babies in test tubes and so forth. We're hearing they cloned a baby, said McCall. What about that?

"I don't think they really cloned a baby yet. And saying they named it 'Eve,' that's really a slap. Either there's something wrong with the baby or they didn't do it. The one thing God told me was that when we tried to become God that He would come down on us, that He would come down on us [she weeps]. You noticed when all this cloning was announced, the weather got horrible everywhere? That's God saying He's still in control. The other thing I was shown was a war. And it won't be like any kind of war we've ever had before, and it's going to be here on our land too. I'd like to write to the President and ask him not to do this.  It won't just be a war of guns and planes but nuclear, and every little nation that has a nuclear weapon will get in on it. I've seen it. He showed it to me. Fires out of the sky, people burning, death everywhere. I can still even smell the smoke. I've never talked about it because I wanted to keep the focus on love. Peace can happen, it can happen, but we have to pray."

But what about those who say we have to show that we're strong? What about responding to terrorism?

"There has to be another way. Right now it's like, 'you hit me I'll hit you back.' That's not forgiveness. This year is going to be one crazy year. The end of the world? No. But a punishment. There will be famine and extreme cold and we will not have medical supplies and we will have to go backwards. That's all there is to it. We've become so advanced with things like cloning and we think we're so smart that we have to go back to find God."

For years Sondra kept silent about her experience, telling only family members, but began to speak publicly after another spiritual experience. She says she saw a ball of fire came from a tabernacle and re-experienced her near-death brush. Oil has allegedly exuded from her. On her chest, there was a perfect cross. She claims to see angels.

Again, we must discern each claim individually, but there is no denying the power behind Sondra's experience. What about those who think such experiences are hocus-pocus? Sondra shrugs that off. Every person, she says, has been born, has been sent, on a mission. It's up to us to fulfill that mission. And to pray. With prayer, she says, we can stop the otherwise looming wars.

[resources: Her Life After Death, Her Return To Life, After Life]


Sondra Abrahams Near death vision in 1970 predicts cloning

The other day we caught up with Sondra Abrahams, a Sulphur, Louisiana, woman
 we first met while researching people who have had "near-death" experiences.
 In the case of Sondra, the event occurred in 1970 when, following a
 hysterectomy, she had a violent reaction to an anti-nausea drug.
 During that experience, which transpired in the emergency room of a hospital
 -- where the doctor later told her he had "lost" her -- Sondra says she lapsed
 into a supernatural state and was led to a tremendous light in which were
 angels, the Virgin Mary, and Christ.
 "All of a sudden I felt a pull, like something pulling me," she says. "And I
 was, like, up at the ceiling looking down and I was going through the dark
 tunnel. On each side of me there were little sparkly lights, like tiny
 firebugs all around me, and I looked up and remember seeing this light that
 was way down, this little bright light that, as I was getting to where I was
 going, was getting larger. I knew I had to go to that light, that there was
safety in that light. I went into the light and it was brilliant and the Light
 was Christ."
 As with all such experiences, we offer it for your discernment and with the
 caveat that we cannot verify each detail of such accounts, nor all aspects of
 a person's mysticism. But there is no doubt that Sondra underwent a
 life-changing transformation. And after He reviewed her life with her, says
 Sondra, Christ reviewed the future.
 In that preview was euthanasia, which was shown to Sondra as many elderly
 dying in hospitals; abortion, which was indicated by the vision of many
 babies; and cloning, which, for the longest while -- until she learned the
 term for it -- Sondra referred to as "duplication."
 "It looked like babies, thousands of babies, in jars that were moving, like
 artificial wombs, and it was their eyes," Sondra told Spirit Daily. " It's
 always what I remember. The eyes were just dead. There was nothing there. And
I kept hearing Jesus say, 'You see, man is going to try to become God,' and
 over and over I heard that. I called it 'duplication' because they were all
 identical, they all looked alike. I didn't understand it until a few years
 ago, and then I realized it was cloning. That's what He was showing me."
 The mention of artificial wombs came just a few days before news hit that
 indeed scientists have developed an artificial womb that will allow embryos to
 grow outside the human body.
 As a result, Sondra believes there will be a long-running series of events
 that will come to the world as a purification. She claims she still "hears"
 the voice of Jesus, and that she heard Him last October 2001, not long after the
 terrorist attack. "He said, 'Many will call to Me for mercy when more things
 start happening. I've sent mercy with my Mother for years and years.' I know
 that attack could have been stopped, but it was a wake-up call to us, to show
what evil is in the world, a call from the Father. He was letting us see how
far we had gone. This cloning, they're determined to push on with it, and
that's going to be our downfall."
We have indicated other prophecies that said a "great new evil" related to
reproduction would arrive and cause a huge challenge for humans, one that, if
the wrong choice was made, would lead to events that would first occur (as was
the case with September 11) on a regional scale. Indeed, the main headline in
The New York Times on the morning of September 11 related to a push by
scientists to open the way for human cloning, ostensibly because it is needed
for stem cells.
Sondra says she is especially concerned about the youth, which she has been
"told" will be a focus of future attacks. She urged an end of all literature
related to the , and is concerned about other forms of attack. "The only
thing I got was that the other attacks coming would be on children," claims
Sondra. "I don't know whether He was talking about schools or what. There are
 more and more children ending up with rare cancer, and I don't know if that's
 part of what's happening. There are still going to be things happening. I
 don't see things lessening, because people are wishy-washy. They got back to
 God and fell on their knees and prayed after September 11 and then went back
 to how they were before. I really think there are things that are still going
 to happen in the United States, and it's going to be when we've gone back to
 normal -- when we least expect it."

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