Near Death Experiences
A topic that is not preached a great deal about in the Christian pulpit today is: Death. It’s not a popular subject. And yet, it is as natural an event as a baby being born into this physical realm of existence. By analogy, so is the case with a redeemed soul after the body physically expires on earth and is birthed into heaven’s realm of existence. But just as a baby shockingly awakens to find itself in a strange world, so would be the case for an unprepared or unbelieving soul who crosses over to awaken in what appears to be a strange place.
Most of us have read or heard about NDE’s otherwise known as: Near Death Experiences. These are supernatural and often documented experiences during a period of time when an individual is on the brink of death or who has clinically died and who has sensed, heard and seen things. Some report wonderful experiences while others report having experienced the opposite. That having been said, not all NDE’s are genuine. But it cannot be discounted that those who underwent authentic experiences have drastically changed their lives afterwards. They often bring back with them a testimony for the rest of us here on earth. Especially inspiring, captivating and revelatory are those who have encountered the Light of Jesus, the living Christ.
A Peculiar Death Experience
But what I want to share with you all today is a different experience that took place some years back. Although I was never pronounced clinical dead to experience an NDE, I was shown in a vision and in symbolic form someone else’s death experience, at least in part. It’s about an individual who died but who was not allowed to come back to share what happened to him.
In this particular vision, a sparse grey-haired, middle aged, man sitting on what appeared to be a bench was shown. Darkness surrounded him in this area. As I looked at him, it was clearly visible that he was ‘thawing out.’ And by that I mean that ice crystals were seen attached to his hair and body. Faint droplets of water were streaming down his head, face and body as the ice melted. But this man looked, well, shocked and confused at his surroundings. As this scene unfolded. a voice then spoke and said: “He is surprised to find himself in this place.”
The vision ended and with it questions about the identity of this man remained. A few days later, a close acquaintance called me. He sadly proceeded to disclose that a man (whom will be called Peter) who had been like a father to him, had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. At the time of his death, Peter had been seen happily rowing a boat when he suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack. That day, the individual who called sent a photograph of the deceased. And there in full color looking back at me was the exact resemblance of this middle-aged, sparse grey-haired man.
The Impact of Truth
The full impact of the vision was afterwards very well understood. This was someone who had died and was waiting to face heaven’s tribunal. Something we all, at one time, will also have to face. But this man was not expecting death to happen! One minute he is rowing a boat and the next minute he is surprised and shocked to find himself in this strange place. Thawing out symbolized that he had undergone the process of death during which time the breath of life exited his cold body and he was now waking up in another dimension. Although, I certainly cannot stand in judgment of this man, I did wonder if he had been redeemed and had found salvation in the sanctifying Blood of the Lamb? Did he have time to repent of wrongdoings, of sins? Was he prepared to confront Judgement? Of course that all remains between him and GOD. But the vision did serve a significant purpose, and that is to witness about the importance of being prepared for the next – and at times sudden and unexpected – stage in life as we transit into eternity. Tragically, many opt not to do so as the cares, earthly ambitions, countless distractions and worries of this earthly life pull them away from investing their precious time toward GOD.
Consider Jesus’ Words when He instructed:
…..The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Lk. 12-17-21)
Be Prepared At All Times
So, so much can be written on this subject and is currently being prepared for the next You Tube video, along with other visions relating to this topic. But I would like to close this message today by noting the importance of finding salvation, mercy, forgiveness and victory in Jesus Christ. Of repentance and of living a righteous life in Him. Of taking time out to study the Word, to do the works of faith, to pray, to worship and do whatever stimulates a close and personal relationship with GOD while we still can. Yes, it’s true that after our personal physical death or after the Lord returns, we will all face the judgement seat. But when we are properly secured under Jesus Christ’s New Blood Covenant, we ought to feel excitement and joy unspeakable instead of being surprised or shocked. No eye has fully seen, ear not fully heard, nor heart fully conceived what the Lord has unfathomably prepared for those who love Him. (Jn. 14:3; 1 Cor. 2:9) It will be ‘out of this world’ awesome! Be blessed with that inspiring thought and truth today.
For we must all appear before the judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10)
Keep the Faith,