Our Near Death Experiences showed us thatGod has prepared a future for you filled with more exhilaration and excitement, most breathtaking beauty, more love and depth with friends and family than you have ever experienced on earth. “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away …He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1, 4
How did hundreds of people — doctors, airline pilots, bank presidents , tenured professors– who didn’t need to make up wild stories to make money (and would lose professional credibility doing so), come to describe an amazing similar place.
The prophets like Isaiah were told by God that the new Heaven and new earth will have similarities to the beauty of the present earth, but restored and improved:
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.:” Isaiah 65:17,18;24,25
God tells Isaiah His Holy City will be a place of beauty and joy, with plants and trees, vineyards and fruit, mountains and valleys, where all the creatures finally will live in harmony — as we intuitively know it should be.
A FEELING OF OVERWHELMING LOVE
In 69% of the cases, NDErs felt that they were in the presence of an overwhelming love in the company of family and friends or other mystical bodies. “The kind of love I experienced cannot be expressed in words” in an unworldly realm. It is beyond our finite, earthly language.
The ability to communicate with the people or entities through a kind of mental telepathy was reported by 65% of the experiences.
Meeting a figure that appeared to be God or some divine being was reported by 56% of experiences. Interestingly, 75% of people who consider themselves atheists reported these divine figures.
A tremendous joy of being in this place: free of their bodies and earthly troubles, and in the presence of loving beings. This incredible peace was experienced by 76%. It was a heightened sense of being more alert than normal: no more pain and doubts.
Many times (56%) they were in the presence of unlimited knowledge, and sometimes even received some or all of this knowledge, as if the wisdom and secrets of the universe were shared with them (which were lost on returning to earth). Heavenly travel was at the speed of thought.
They traveled through or were made aware of different levels or realms. Some were even shown – even experienced – what they thought was Hell, a place a great anguish.
TOLD NOT READY
Just less than half (46%) of NDE they say that their time in the afterlife came to a kind of barrier where a decision had to be made: to stay in the afterlife or return to life on Earth. They are reluctant to return, even if they are told they have a mission to complete. Is it any wonder why they would not want to return to earth.
SHOWN THE FUTURE
In 44% of the cases, people were given the knowledge of future events. They could be future world events, or they could be events specific to the life of the person.
The “tunnel of light” has become almost a trademark of the near-death experience for 65% of people. Others feelings include feeling out of the body, rushing toward a mystical brilliant light, moving rapidly through a passageway or up a staircase.
A DEBATE WITHOUT RESOLUTION
Most people who experience the NDE cannot be convinced that what they went through was not real, and it is proof for them that there is life after death.
The review of one’s life was common in 62% of the cases. Some felt like they were witness to every event and detail of their lives. In some cases, a small kindness turned out to be significant.
“For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Matthew 10:26
In this life review, the person can see what s/he did in life that really matters to God. Ultimately, what matters to God is how we treat others. Do we love unconditionally the way God loves us? Are we living a life for ourselves, fulfilling our desires but maybe not what God wants for us, OR are we living a life that allows God’s will to be done. That is, are we living a life for His purpose or ours?
Paul was reflecting on his own Near Death Experience: Continue reading NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES