In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
Genesis 1:1

 

Visiting Heaven

Several years ago I was at a church and getting ready to go into a Bible Study.  A gentleman about 60 years of age approached me and said, "You know, it is all true what the Bible says about Heaven!"  Surprised at that sudden revelation from a stranger, I looked deeply into  into his eyes and asked, "What do you mean?"  He replied, "I had a heart attack recently and was dead for some minutes.  I had no breathing or heart beat.  At that time, I went there and saw it all." 

He stated that the streets really did look like gold.  Revelation 21:21 (King James Version) "...and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."  I encouraged him to tell me more about it in the short time we had, but he really couldn't put it into words because it was so different than anything on earth.  I surely wish we could have talked longer, but I feel very blessed to have had that conversation.   

Scriptures from the Bible about Heaven

John 14:1-3 (King James Bible)  Mansions in heaven

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:1-8  (Living Bible)  Our heavenly bodies by Paul the Apostle

For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down, when we die and leave these bodies, we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God himself, and not by human hands.  How weary we grow of our present bodies.  That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies which we shall put on like new clothes.  For we shall not be merely spirits without bodies.  Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home with Jesus.  And we are not afraid, but are quite content to die, that then we will be at home with the Lord.

Since the recent passing of my parent's from this world to the next I have thought a lot about heaven.  I am so grateful that our heavenly father and his son have prepared a place for us to continue our lives in our new heavenly bodies.  I am so glad my parents are now together in heaven with the Lord and their many relatives and friends that are there rather than still suffering.

 

Orval and Dorothy Elizabeth Witherspoon Price
Dad and Mom in their 20's in 1945

Although stories of near death experiences do not prove the existence of heaven, I think they do tend to bolster our belief in it.  But when it all comes down to it, it is a matter of faith and belief in what the Bible has told us.  It certainly is a comforting thing for me to have that belief because, to quote a good friend of mine who I am sure is in heaven now, Ray Farmer, "No one is getting out of here alive."

Even though it sounds so obvious, one of the biggest lessons I learned from mom and dad leaving and going to heaven is how we come into this world with nothing and we leave it the same way.  All those material things we have accumulated on earth that seem so important when a person is alive have absolutely no value any more.  When you find yourself going through every one of your parent's belongings it really hits home.

To Learn More About My Parents Click Here.

 

 

Book Recommendations - books are marked in this color

Be sure and read this book Heaven is for Real, A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.  This is one of the most outstanding, astonishing books I have ever read and I recommend it highly to everyone.  Todd Burpo is a Wesleyan minister and father of Colton Burpo described in the book.  Colton, age 3 at the time, went to heaven during surgery for a ruptured appendix.  You will be so amazed and intrigued at all he saw and came back to tell his family.  I just couldn't put the book down.  The movie is now out also!!!

Heaven is for Real Website with Video

Heaven is for Real Facebook Page

 

A very interesting book I read recently on a near death experience is 90 Minutes in Heaven:  A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey.  Pastor Don Piper died in a horrible car crash, went to heaven, and came back.  I would really recommend it.  Please note:  This story has just been made into a great new movie and is at theaters.

90 Minutes in Heaven Website with Video

 

Book by Julie Kemp called Faith Has Its Reasons: A Journey of Grief and Healing.  Julie is the mother in this story.  Book available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.

      Click here to read about this story above - Dead Boy Returns From Afterlife to Tell His Mom About Heaven

Man claims he went to heaven 3 times after crash as a child

 

Another excellent book down this line is Flight to Heaven, A Pilot's True Story. The author is Capt. Dale Black.

Flight to Heaven Website with Video

 

Be sure and check this book out - To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal, a board certified orthopedic spinal surgeon.  She died from drowning while kayaking on a South American river, went to heaven and came back.  I have seen two great interviews by her on television describing her experiences. 

Washington Boy Says He Spoke to God After Flesh-Eating Bacteria Threatened His Life

 

Remarkable new book called Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.  He had a mind boggling near death experience.  Be sure and read this one.  Articles about the book:

 

"Heaven is Real": Neurosurgeon Who Once Doubted Out-of-Body Experiences his Own

 

 

New book Erasing Death:  The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death by Dr. Sam Parnia, a critical care doctor and the Director of Resuscitation Research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine

 

"God held me": Coming Back from the Brink of Death is Possible, Says Doctor

Story by Scott Stump, Today Contributor about Dr. Sam Parnia

 

 

"Erasing Death": Retrieving Life From the Brink by Sam Parnia, M.D.

Dr. Parnia questions the boundaries between life and death

 

Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived -

No Heartbeat for 20 Minutes

 

God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence

for God and Near-Death Experiences

By Jeffrey Long, M.D. - Radiation Oncologist

Book came out June 28, 2016

 

 

Other Near Death Experience Links

 

 

Life after death? New techniques halt dying process

 

What Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Saw When Her Heart Stopped for 45 Minutes

 

Waking up in Heaven: Oklahoma woman shares her miraculous story

She is now a best selling author with her new book

Book - Waking up in Heaven, A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again

 by Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble

 

A second book by the same authors

Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski

Chasing Heaven:  What Dying Taught Me About Living

at Amazon.com and other book stores

 

"Do You Believe in Angels?" Deceased Teen's Sister Opens Up About

His Heavenly Visions and the Touching Message He Left Behind

Featuring Ben and Ally Breedlove

Book - When Will the Heaven Begin?: This is Ben Breedlove's Story

by his sister Ally Breedlove

Amazon and Barnes and Noble

 

Book - Proof of Angels: The Definitive Book on the Reality of Angels

and the Surprising Role They Play in Each of Our Lives

by Ptolemy Tompkins and Tyler Beddoes - Available at Amazon and other book stores

 

'There is an Afterlife':  Main Claims He Visited Heaven During Near-Death Experience

 

Brought back from the Dead - more effective resuscitation techniques

 

Life after death? Largest-ever study provides evidence

 that out of body and near death experiences may actually be real

 

 

Miracles - Defying Death

Author Believes God-Ordained ‘Miracles Exist’ — and Here’s His Death-Defying Proof

Toddler Survives Near-Drowning After 101 Minutes of CPR

Stuns doctors, mother calls it a miracle and an act of God

 

 

Good Article on Angels

 

God's Secret Agents

by Greg Laurie

 

Another book I (Nancy Allen) recommend is

REVELATION - Through My Eyes

A Study Guide for Sunday School Teachers and Students - left

Author - Ted Naman - right - I have known him since the early 1970's

He worked 3 years to complete this book.

 

Dr. Paul Francel Recommends

The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary.

Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof that Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives by Mario Beauregard.

Dr. Paul Francel told me recently that he had a patient who died, went to heaven, and came back to tell about it.  He is as fascinated about this topic as I am!

PLEASE NOTE

Although books may be listed as available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, they are often available at many other places.

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