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Richard W's Experience

Experience description:   

I'm not sure of the exact date but it was in January 1973 I do know it was a Saturday night and I had just finished watching "All in the Family" on television. After the show ended at 8:30pm I turned the television off and climbed up to by bunk for bed (I slept on the top bunk). As soon as I got to the top and was ready to lay down I noticed standing at the foot of my bed an individual (who I believe to be an angel). I then crawled to the end of the bed and sat with my feet hanging over the end. I remember that the angel was very tall at least 8 feet as I can remember looking up to see his face the light from the outside streetlight struck him at about his shoulders. The angel was dressed in a solid white garment.

The first thing that I recalled saying to myself, "I'm dreaming" but then I looked out the window and I could hear and see people talking and walking over to the base bowling alley I could hear and see cars on the street. I then turned back to the angel and asked, "who are you? and how did you get in here?" His reply was, "that's not important, the Lord has some things to show you." He then reached down and took me by the hand and I can remember leaving the room at incredible speed and in the next instance I remember landing feet first in a very large room and as I looked around I could see a throne and on it sat one that I know was God (by the way I never saw his face). He never spoke a word to me but he would point to his left and to his right and the area where he pointed would light up like a movie screen. As the area would illuminate images would scroll by at a speed that was too fast to see with one's natural eye (but I now know that every image was imprinted in my mind). As I was standing there in disbelief it seemed as if God knew my thoughts. This is when he spoke to me and let me know, "so that you will know it's me, your friend ________ that cannot have anymore children will have a baby girl.

In 1976 my friend and her husband gave birth to a baby girl. It was then I looked and saw the sunrise and I awakened laying on my back with my arms lifted to the ceiling tears streaming down my face and I was speaking in a spiritual language that I could not understand. When I finally got myself together I thought, "where have I been, no one will ever believe this." I then noticed that I was laying on top of my covers and the bed had never been turned back. I looked at my clock and it was 3:00am I then realized about 6 and one half hours has passed since I went to bed and again I said, "where have I been?" The last thing I remember thinking before I decided to get up was thinking, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day" At the time I had no idea that what I said was actually in the Bible until about 7 years later when I was thumbing through the Book of Revelation and I came across that verse in chapter 1 verse 10.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   No 

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No    

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I would say during the experience I felt a high level of consciousness.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness  

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   My vision seemed about the same as my every day vision.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   My hearing was not any different than normal

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   I thought why did God choose me to reveal these things to?  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   Uncertain  

Did you see an unearthly light?   Yes   I remember that the only light that I saw ( in what I'll call the throne room) was the light that came from the throne and the one that sat on it. Everything else in the room was completely dark.

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)?   Yes   Jesus

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   Everything about the universe

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Yes
I would say it was a great room.

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  Scenes from the world's future 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   Yes   Jesus said he would return some day.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   There was a throne in the place I was and the Lord sat on the throne.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   Yes   That it is not business as usual on the earth and that the end of this age is near (not the physical end of the earth)

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   I now know that there is a God and he is the creator of all things.

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience?   I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience  

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   I accepted my call to the ministry a few years after the experience.

My experience directly resulted in:   Moderate changes in my life

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
No  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No  
    
Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  I shared it within a month after it happened. Some thought it was wonderful while others thought I was too young to experience something like that.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   No  

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   I feel the experience was real because I was dressed as I was when I got ready for bed that night and after almost 7 hours my bed had never been turned back.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   I feel this way now because as I study the Scriptures the word seem very clear to me and I have a good understanding.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   I believe that I am accountable to God for the things I do. I also now believe that God is an inter-dimensional being that operates outside time and space. This was something I did not know before the experience.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No     

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes