My thoughts on Near Death Experiences and Vision to Heaven and Hell
  • As Isaiah, Ezekiel, Apostles Paul, and John have seen Heaven in some fashion, it is possible others have as well
  • All such visions/experiences outside the Bible is a grey area and should be extremely secondary information
  • Excellent article on true vs false visions
  • If this does happen most likely the experience is somewhat unique based on the person
  • Perhaps some go straight to one or the other, and some might have a bit of process before they do
  • Like reading Revelation, the person who describes what they see doesn't really understand all that is going on
  • Some who relate their experience may be very misled as Bryan Melvin relates in his video
  • Most NDE's are rather short, but vivid, likely a very exterior view of Heaven
  • Keep in mind Heaven and Hell must be massive places and the view anyone would receive would therefore be very limited
  • Likely some NDE's are completely false, but I don't think all of them are.
  • Christ's warning to us is clear: "Take heed that no one deceives you . . . Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many" (Matt. 24:4, 11).
  • If an NDE or a vision contradicts or is completely outside of scripture then consider Rev. 22:18-19
  • 'If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book'.
  • If Heaven is about loving God and loving others, Hell is about love of self and love of earthly things
Literature Reading List
One Minute After You Die: Bestselling author Erwin Lutzer urges readers to study what the Bible says on this critical subject, bringing a biblical and pastoral perspective to such issues as: Channeling, reincarnation, and near-death experiences
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife Oct 23, 2012 by Eben Alexander
To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal
  • Story of a Near-Death Experience by surgeon Dr. Mary Neal during a kayak drowning in South America
  • Video Testamony
My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life, Sep 1, 2012 by Marvin J. Besteman and Lorilee Craker
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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Paperback, October 31, 2010 by Todd Burpo
  • Story of Colton Burpo who visited Heaven while sick as as young child.
90 Minutes In Heaven, by Cecil Murphey and Don Piper 10 Years Later Video
  • Story by Pastor Don Piper who had a Near-Death Experience in a terrible car crash in Texas
Heaven and Hell, Emanuel Swedenborg 1758
  • Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744. It culminated in a 'spiritual awakening' in which he received a revelation that he was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity. According to The Heavenly Doctrine, the Lord had opened Swedenborg's spiritual eyes so that from then on, he could freely visit heaven and hell and talk with angels, demons and other spirits.
  • Intro Video on Swedenborg
  • Full Text of Heaven & Hell
Scenes Beyond The Grave, Marietta Davis, 1856
Dante's Paradiso
  • Third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice, who symbolises theology. In the poem, Paradise is depicted as a series of concentric spheres surrounding the Earth, consisting of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, the Primum Mobile and finally, the Empyrean. It was written in the early 14th century. Allegorically, the poem represents the soul's ascent to God.
  • Heaven is based on the four cardinal virtues (Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude)
  • and the three theological virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity).
  • Full text:Full Text of Paradiso
My Time in Heaven, Richard Sigmund
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