Friday, November 6, 2009


I recently read the book Ninety Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, 2005, this is an excerpt about his book:

      Immediately after being killed in a car accident nearly fifteen years ago, Don Piper went to heaven. EMTs on the scene determined he had been killed instantly after a semi had swerved into his lane, crushing his car. But Piper was unaware of the chaos swirling around his body on earth - he knew only that he was surrounded by loved ones and friends, magnificent light, a sense of pure peace and the most glorious music he had ever heard. 

     "When I died, I didn't flow through a long, dark tunnel. I had no sense of fading away or of coming back. I never felt my body being transported into the light. I heard no voices calling to me or anything else. Simultaneous with my last recollection of seeing the bridge and the rain, a light enveloped me, with a brilliance beyond earthly comprehension or description. Only that. In my next moment of awareness, I was standing in heaven," writes Piper, in 90 Minutes in Heaven."

The Bible says that Heaven is God's dwelling place, yet it's not a divine haven where God can isolate Himself from earth. It is the divine workplace, where He sends blessings to His people. (Deut. 26:15; Isa. 63:15) and punishment on His enemies (Ps 2"4; 11:4-7).  Heaven is a channel of communication between God and humans. (Gen 28:12; 2 Sam 22:10; Neh 9:13; Ps 144:5)

The Psalms talks about Heaven is God's creation which praises Him and displays His glory and His creativity.  The Old Testament speaks of Heaven to show the sovereignty of God.  The most popular passage in the Bible dealing with Heaven is Revelation 22:1 through 22:5.  Heaven is portrayed in three different images :
                               (1)  the tabernacle (21:1-8)
                               (2)  the city (21:9-27)
                               (3)  the garden (22:1-5)

The symbolism of the tabernacle portrays heavenly life as perfect fellowship with God. While the city portrays heavenly life as perfect protection.  The garden shows heavenly life as perfect provision.

The book of Revelation is attributed to the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, and the author of the Gospel of John.

Chapter 21 is titled "The New Jerusalem" with verses 1-4 describing what he saw: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven (the sky) and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "now the dwelling of God is with men , and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  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.

The visual image and the beauty of Heaven is described below from Revelation 21:

Verse 11-It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel like jasper, clear as crystal.  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.

Verse 16-The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide.

Verse 19-The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.  The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

What really intrigued me is 21:22-23. "I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Jesus) are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."

If you want to read more descriptions of Heaven, just look at the book of Revelation. I personally am looking forward to spending eternity with God, in His wonderful Heaven.



 I am finding out that this is a diversely located group, so far I've learned some are from the UK, USA, and India . If you have time and want a good read, check out the other members contributions. It always amazes me how people can see the same subject but come up with different interpretations.


Rummuser said...

You say "I personally am looking forward to spending eternity with God, in His wonderful Heaven."

I say to you Thathaasthu.

Grannymar said...

As Ramana says: Thathaasthu, so be it!

Judy Harper said...

But what does Thathaasthu mean?

Grannymar said...

Judy, Thathaasthu means 'so be it', in Hindusatani!

arlee bird said...

Nice observations, Judy, with good references.

I enjoy reading various interpretations about what different people envision Heaven to be like. One of my favorites is a quaint little book written in the 1890's by Rececca Ruter Springer originally titled INTRA MUROS, now rereleased as MY DREAM OF HEAVEN. It may have some theological flaws, but it is a wonderful peace-inducing read.

gaelikaa said...

Thaatastu. That has to! What else?
Arree, Ramanaji, darwaza bandh kar! Hai na?

Judy, what can I say? Amen! And Amen! And Amen!

Conrad said...

Judy, a beautiful post and nicely educational as well. I haven't read Piper's book, but it sounds intriguing!

Marianna said...

Piper's account intrigues me.

There is so much that we don't know and only seem to get glimpses of through events such as Piper's.

You've just added another book to my ever-increasing reading list. :)

Anonymous said...

what an interesting post!