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Heavenly Experience

Don Piper, a Baptist minister in Texas, was on his way home from a conference (in January of 1989) when his car was hit head-on by a truck. He was pronounced "dead" immediately—until he woke up about 90 minutes later! In his book 90 Minutes in Heaven he described the heavenly experience he had in those 90 minutes. 

He said he found himself immediately outside a "brilliant, ornate gate." The gate loomed above him, was massive, and "glowed and shimmered." The wall in which the gate sat stretched "out of sight in both directions," and upward as well. Inside the gate he saw streets of "literal gold," as if "paved of gold bricks." Brilliant light was everywhere, especially shining out of the gate. 

The moment he arrived a large group of people rushed toward him, "smiling, shouting, and praising God." This was his "celestial welcoming committee." They hugged and kissed him and pumped his hand. They were all believers who had gone before him and influenced him in some way for Christ. He said, "I had never imagined anyone being as happy as they all were." 

Don said: "Everything I experienced was like a first-class buffet for the senses. I had never felt such powerful embraces or feasted my eyes on such beauty. Heaven's light and texture defy earthly eyes or explanation. Warm, radiant light engulfed me. As I looked around, I could hardly grasp the vivid, dazzling colors. Every hue and tone surpassed anything I had ever seen."  What he remembers the most is the music. He described it "as a holy swoosh of wings," but magnified "thousands of times." He said, "It was the most beautiful and pleasant sound I've ever heard, and it didn't stop … I felt awestruck … I didn't just hear music … it played in and through my body." The music came from various sources, including some that "sounded instrumental" (he wasn't sure), but the most amazing was the sound from "the angels' wings." There were all kinds of music: "hymns of praise, modern-sounding choruses, and ancient chants." The songs were all "about Christ's reign as King of Kings and our joyful worship for all he has done for us and how wonderful he is." It filled Don "not only a deep peace but the greatest feeling of joy I've ever experienced." He knew they were moving into God's presence as they approached the gate, and he "felt deliriously happy." But just as he was about to pass through, he returned to Earth—someone was praying for him.

Reference: Don Piper with Cecil Murphey, 90 Minutes in Heaven (Revel, 2004), pp. 15-36

More Than Harps

The Christian science fiction series The Lamb Among the Stars, by Chris Walley, portrays a future in which redeemed mankind goes from planet to planet (in spaceships), making them habitable. They use th... [Read More]

Reference: Chris Walley, The Lamb Among the Stars Series (Tyndale, 2006)

Utopia

Mankind has always dream of a Utopia, a better world in which to live. 

In 1887 novelist Edward Bellamy wrote Looking Backward, 2000-1887, which depicts a citizen of his day falling into a hypnotic sleep and ... [Read More]

Reference: Looking Backward, 2000-1887, Edward Bellamy; "Miracles You'll See In The Next Fifty Years," Popular Mechanics, February 1950, pp. 270, 272; compiled in The 100 Most Entertaining Predictions About the 21st Century.

Going Home

The Bible teaches that when believers die, their soul goes to be with the Lord immediately (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

When Don Piper, a Baptist minister in Texas, was on his way home from a conference... [Read More]

Reference: Don Piper with Cecil Murphey, 90 Minutes in Heaven (Revell, 2004), pp. 20-21

Heaven Is For Real

The bestseller Heaven is for Real—A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back tells the story of not yet four years old Colton Burpo, who almost died of an emergency appendectomy in 2003. Aft... [Read More]

Reference: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, Heaven is for Real - A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Thomas Nelson, 2010), pp. 93-97

Make Reservations Now

The historic Congressional Cemetery is using a light touch to advertise open burial spaces. One ad reads: "You don’t have to be rich or famous to be buried in Congressional Cemetery. You just have to be dead." Another... [Read More]

Reference: Joseph Weber, "With style and humor, forgotten Congressional Cemetery seeks more residents," foxnews.com (5/18/14)