I just watched a video of a man who claims that he died twice on the operating table and has lived to tell about the experience. He describes being in a place that he referred to as paradise. There were about 200 to 250 people there and they all welcomed him affectionately. Then he saw a man, whom he took to be Jesus, standing on a large mountain. He said this person was about 15 feet tall. ‘Jesus’ eyes were piercing but kind. Going up and down the road on the side of the mountain were multitudes of people.
This 15 foot ‘Jesus’ questioned our narrator about his life, year by year and the question was, “What have you done for your fellowman?” When he couldn’t think of anything in any particular year a wall in the side of the mountain would turn into a movie screen and that year would play out showing some good deed he had done during that time. Then a group of women began to chant calling for “Ebie” to be brought out. The man in our story took “Ebie” to be his mother Elizabeth, who had died earlier. The 15 foot ‘Jesus’ on the mountain kept saying no!
Then we get a couple of cut aways where we hear (supposedly) the doctor in the operating room, telling about reviving this man.
Now, other than the initial reaction of “I think I am going to be sick to my stomach,” I have several things to say.
1. I do not doubt this man’s experience. The depraved mind is capable of imagining all kinds of weird things.
2. Isn’t it interesting that we have had a rash of these stories lately, and some of them have turned a pretty penny?
3. Isn’t it also interesting that in the New Testament the few people who ever traveled to heaven and came back were loath to talk about it. When Elijah and Moses met Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration we are expressly told that they talked about Christ’s death (Luke 9:30-31). The Apostle Paul said that when he was caught up to paradise he heard inexpressible words that he was not permitted to utter (2Cor. 12: 3-4).
The only one who tells us much about it at all is the Apostle John. Concerning his experience on the island of Patmos he reports having a vision of Jesus (Revelation 1) and a vision of the Lamb, as he had been slain, sitting on the throne of heaven (Revelation 5:6). The people that worshipped Him are said to have washed their garments and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14). Any vision of the after life that does not make the substitutionary death of Christ for His people the cornerstone of entrance into heaven is, at worst a delusion, and at best an outright lie.
4. Finally, I would ask one favor from those who have seen the pearly white city…who have floated over walls of jasper or talked to a 15 foot ‘Jesus.’ Would you please check the facts of your experience by the Bible, and if it doesn’t line up with that, would you please denounce it and forget about it as quickly as you can?
And those of you who are ready to believe this stuff just because someone tells it…would you memorize this verse? Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”