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Saturday, April 13, 2019

RICHARD SIGMUND 5


MY TIME IN HEAVEN:
MY TRUE STORY OF DYING AND COMING BACK
PART 5

SELECTED SCRIPTURES

GOD RULING AND ACTING FROM HEAVEN

Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep His decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time. Deuteronomy chapter 4, verses 39 through 40.

Look down from heaven, Your holy dwelling place and bless Your people Israel and the land You have given us as You promised on oath to our forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey. Deuteronomy chapter 26, verse 15.

I saw the Lord sitting on His throne with all the hosts of heaven standing around Him on His right and on His left. First Book of Kings, chapter 22, verse 19.

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly saying, Praise be to You, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, oh Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor. For everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Oh Lord, is the kingdom. You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You. You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. First Book of Chronicles chapter 29, verses 10 through 12.

You alone are the Lord, You give life to everything and the multitudes of heaven worship You. Nehemiah chapter 9, verse 6.

The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers gathered together against the Lord and against His anointed one. Let us break their chains, they say, and throw off their fetters. The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, I have installed My King on Zion, My holy hill. Psalm 2, verses 2 through 6.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14 verse 2.

From heaven, the Lord looks down and sees all mankind. From His dwelling place, He watches all who live on earth. He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance. Despite all it's great strength, it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33 verses 13 through 19

O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Isaiah chapter 37, verse 16,

The Lord declares, as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth, it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah chapter 55, verses 9 through 11.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi chapter 3, verse 10.

This then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew chapter 6, verses 9 through 10.

I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. And whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. Matthew chapter 18, verses 18 through 19.

Do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father and He is in heaven. Matthew chapter 23 verse 9.

Some people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and could hardly talk and they begged Him to place His hand on the man. After He took him aside away from the crowd, Jesus put His fingers into the man's ears. Then He spit and touch the man's tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphatha!" (which means "Be opened!). Mark chapter 7, verses 32 through 34.

I looked and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me, like a trumpet said, Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this. At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow resembling an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven Spirits of God. Also, before the throne, there was what looked like a sea of glass clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front, and in back. The first living creature was like a lion. The second was like an ox. The third had a face like a man. The fourth was like a flying Eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stopped saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, and who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever endeavor. They lay their crowns before the throne and say, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power for You created all things and by Your will, they were created and have their being." Revelation chapter 4 verses 1 through 11.

And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in them singing, "To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever." Revelation chapter 5, verse 13.

After this, I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God saying, Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength, be to our God forever and ever. Amen! Revelation chapter 7, verses 9 through 12

This seventh angel sounded his trumpet. And there were loud voices in heaven which said, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever. And the twenty-four elders who were seated on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God saying, We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was because You have taken Your great power and have begun to rein. The nations were angry and Your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead and for rewarding Your servants, the prophets and Your saints and those who reverence Your name both small and great, and for destroying those who destroy the Earth. Then God's temple in heaven was opened and within His temple was seen the ark of His covenant and there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hail storm. Revelation chapter 11, verses 15 through 19.

HEAVEN REVEALED ON EARTH, INTERACTING WITH EARTH.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the word on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham! Here I am, he replied. Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son. Genesis chapter 22, verses 9 through 12

When Jacob reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord and He said, I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. He was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven. Genesis chapter 28, verses 11 through 17.

The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, Moses! Moses! And Moses said, Here I am. Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Exodus chapter 3, verses 2 through 5.

As Elijah and Elisha were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them. And Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Second Book of Kings chapter 2, verse 11.

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord filled it. Second Book of Chronicles chapter 7, verses 1 through 2

The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people and God heard them for their prayer reached Heaven, His holy dwelling place. Second Book of Chronicles chapter 30 verse 27

Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Look, he said, I see heaven open, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. Acts chapter 7, verses 55 through 56.

I know a man in Christ to 14 years ago was caught up to the third heaven, whether it was in the body or out of the body, I do not know - God knows. And I know that this man - whether in the body or apart from the body, I do not know but God knows - was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. Second Book of Corinthians chapter 12, verses 2 through 4.

ANGELS AS GOD'S HEAVENLY SERVANTS AND MESSAGE

God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and was grieved because of the calamity, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, Enough, withdraw your hand. The Angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.

David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He called on the Lord and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering. Then the Lord spoke to the angel and he put his sword back into its sheath. First Book of Chronicles chapter 21 verses 15 through 16, verses 26 through 27.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven and His kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His Word. Praise the Lord all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the Lord, all His works everywhere in His dominion. Praise the Lord O my soul. Psalm 103, verses 19 through 22.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook became like dead men. The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen just as He said. Matthew chapter 28, verses 1 through 6.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. Luke chapter 2, verses 8 through 15.

Jesus withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will but Yours be done. An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. Luke chapter 22, verses 41 through 43

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews chapter 1, verse 14,

JESUS' HEAVENLY ORIGINS, MISSION FROM HEAVEN

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call Him Emmanuel, which means God with us. Matthew chapter 1, verses 20 through 23.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him and a voice from heaven said, This is My Son whom I love. With Him, I am well pleased. Matthew chapter 3, verses 16 through 17.

John gave this testimony. I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove, and remain on Him. John chapter 1, verse 32.

I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. John chapter 1, verse 51.

It is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. John chapter 6, verses 32 through 33, verse 35.

I have come down from Heaven, not to do My will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me. But raise them up at the last day. For My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John chapter 6, verses 38 through 40.

Jesus said, Now My heart is troubled and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name. Then a voice came from heaven, I have glorified it and will glorify it again. John chapter 12 verses 27 through 28.

THE NATURE OF HEAVEN, GOD'S KINGDOM

I am always with You, God, You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel and afterward, You will take me into glory, whom have I in heaven but You and Earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. Psalm 73, verses 23 through 26.

I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You have established Your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 89 verse 2.

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew chapter 5, verse 19.

Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother. Matthew chapter 7, verse 21, Chapter 12, verse 50,

Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. See that you do not look down on one of these little ones, For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven. Matthew chapter 18, verses 3 through 4, verse 10.

Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew chapter 19, verse 14,

At the resurrection people will neither married nor be given in marriage, they will be like the angels in heaven. Matthew chapter 22, verse 30,

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke chapter 6, verses 35 through 36.

There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke chapter 15 verse 7.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans chapter 14, verse 17.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians chapter 5 verses 19 through 23.

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews chapter 12, verse 1.

The wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James chapter 3, verse 17.

In keeping with His promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. Second Book of Peter chapter 3, verse 13.

JESUS RULING FROM HEAVEN

Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. Matthew chapter 28, verses 18 through 20.

Jesus said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe in My name, they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues, they will pick up snakes with their hands, and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all. They will place their hands on sick people and they will get well. After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God. Mark chapter 16, verses 15 through 19.

Jesus said, I am going to send you what My Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. When He had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke chapter 24, verses 49 through 51.

God has raised us up with Christ and made us sit together with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians chapter 2 verse 6.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him, all things hold together. Colossians chapter 1, verses 15 through 17.

The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs. Hebrews chapter 1 verses 3 through 4.

We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one. He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. Hebrews chapter 8 verses 1 through 2, chapter 9, verse 24.

Jesus Christ has gone into heaven and is that God's right hand with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to Him. First Book of Peter chapter 3, verses 21 through 22.

HEAVENLY BOOKS OF RECORD BOOK OF LIFE NAMES WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

Your eyes saw my unformed body all the days ordained for me written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139, verse 16.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Luke chapter 10, verses 19 through 20.

I asked you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the book of life. Philippians chapter 4, verse 3.

You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly to the church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews chapter 12, verses 22 through 24.

He who overcomes will like them be dressed in white, I will never blot out His name from the book of life, but will acknowledge His name before My Father and His angels. Revelation chapter 3, verse 5.

And I saw the dead great and small standing before the throne, and books were opened. another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that was in it. And death and Hades gave up the dead that was in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation chapter 20, verses 12 through 15.

Nothing impure will ever enter the holy city, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation chapter 21, verse 27.

HEAVENLY ETERNAL REWARDS.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. For in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew chapter 5, verses 10 through 12.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil end the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. So that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew chapter 5 verse 44, through chapter 6 verse 6.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew chapter 6, verses 19 through 20.

Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven, but whoever disowned Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven. Matthew chapter 10, verses 32-33

Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. Matthew chapter 10, verses 41 through 42.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again. And then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew chapter 13, verses 44 through 46.

The Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels and then He will reward each person according to what he has done in Matthew chapter 16 verse 27

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. Luke chapter 6, verses 22 through 23.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Luke chapter 12, verses 32 through 34.

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers, you are God's field God's building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it, but each one should be careful how he builds, for no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. First Book of Corinthians chapter 3, verses 7 through 15.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. Second Book of Corinthians chapter 5, verse 10.

Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not men because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians chapter 6 verses 7 through 8.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians chapter 3, verses 23 through 24.

Do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For, in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews chapter 10 verses 35 through 39.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as having greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews chapter 11, verses 24 through 26.

Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. Second Book of John chapter 1 verses 8 through 9.

Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. Never again will he leave it, I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from My God. And I will also write on him My new name. Revelation chapter 3, verse 12.

Behold, I am coming soon, My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who washed their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolators and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. Revelation chapter 22, verses 12 through 16.

JESUS CHRIST'S RETURN FROM HEAVEN, RULE OVER EARTH

In my vision that night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power. All peoples, nations, and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel chapter 7 verses 13 through 14.

In the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Matthew chapter 26, verse 64

Jesus said to them, It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them, Men of Galilee, they said, Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven. Acts chapter 1, verses 7 through 11.

God made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Christ to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one the head, even Christ. Ephesians chapter 1, verses 9 through 10.

God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Philippians chapter 2, verses 9 through 11.

Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. Philippians chapter 3, verses 20 through 21.

Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ and God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians chapter 3, verses 1 through 4.

The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God ... on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. Second Book of Thessalonians chapter 1, verses 7 through 8, 10.

I looked and there before me was a white horse. It's rider held a bow, and He was given a crown, and He rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Revelation chapter 6, verse 2.

I saw heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty, on His robe and on His thigh He has this name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. Revelation chapter 19, verses 11 through 16.

OUR HEAVENLY HOME ETERNAL LIFE

In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you will also be where I am. John chapter 14 verses 2 through 3.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God and eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile, we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. Second Book of Corinthians chapter 4, verse 16, through chapter 5, verse 9.

We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints, the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven, and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. Colossians chapter 1 verses 4 through 6.

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again. And so we believe that God will bring with Jesus, those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. First Book of Thessalonians chapter 4, verses 13 through 17.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. The First Book of Peter, chapter 1, verses 3 through 5.

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. He who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Revelation chapter 21, verses 2 through 5.

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation chapter 21 verse 23.

This concludes My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund.

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RICHARD SIGMUND 4


MY TIME IN HEAVEN:
MY TRUE STORY OF DYING AND COMING BACK
PART 4

XX. THE SECOND THRONE EXPERIENCE

You alone are the Lord. You give life to everything and the multitudes of heaven worship You. Nehemiah chapter 9, verse 6.

I knew that I was not yet going to get to stay in heaven. I was told very plainly yet softly and tenderly that I would have to go back. I found myself standing by Jesus' side. He was talking to some people gathered around Him and He was telling them how much He loved them. I could do nothing but stands speechless. Until you have heard the Master speak and express His love for you, you cannot completely understand why I was unable to speak.

The meaning that we humans give to love pales in comparison with the purity, the depth and the true meaning of what His love is like. We know so little next to the One who loved so much that He gave His life for all so that we could someday live with Him in heaven. And then Jesus put His arm around my shoulder and hugged me to Himself, and I wept uncontrollably. I was engulfed in a torrent of the flood of the greatest love and most absolute acceptance that I have ever known.

AT THE CENTER OF ALL EXISTENCE

Then instantly I was in the throne room again. I fell like a dead man. All I knew was that I was at the center of all existence and that the Creator of all things was there. I was completely bathed in His love. With all that is within me, I yearned to go back to heaven for eternity. There were scenes there so beyond my understanding that I don't even want to speak of them, for you would not believe them.

There was a fragrance that permeated everything that seems to be a link between the very presence of God and all of heaven. It was absolutely a rapture of pure wonderment. I was told it was the fragrance of God. I fell before the Lord prostrate when I heard these words. Everywhere I looked, I saw people completely at peace, absolute joy and total love as the rule in heaven.

There were sights and sounds that I can never adequately tell or articulate in any human vocabulary. There were structures and amphitheaters beyond description. You would not be able to comprehend or believe the total scope of what I was allowed to witness for the sake of my generation. The laws of Earth, the laws of physics and all the laws of the universe as we know them in our human understanding, did not apply there. Only the will of God in a heavenly sense applied there.

All the time I was allowed to be in heaven, I witnessed wonder upon wonder. The Lord Jesus was always there at the moment that was perfect for His appearing. I cannot explain it any better. So I will say it again, I am just telling you what I was shown. People would silently look with adoring eyes and whisper, "He is coming." I witnessed the absolute worship of our Savior that human beings will never be able to enter into this life. I shall always hold this most dear to my heart forever.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOT IN HEAVEN

The throne room of God was the most beautiful spot in heaven. During my second visit to the throne room, I was taken to an area that I had not noticed during my first visit because I had been so overwhelmed by the presence of God. I was to experience even more this time.

In this area, there were what appeared to be rooms in a high arched Cathedral. They were all along the side wall across from a living statue of the Lord Jesus. Again, the statue was alive, it moved and it spoke. I have no way of explaining it. I can only tell you what I witnessed in the best way that I know how.

THE COVENANT OF JEHOVAH

The rooms had arched entrances that led to a large area that was totally private. I saw my name, "Richard of the family of Sigmund." And under it, these words, "The Covenant of Jehovah and the Redeemed of the Lamb."

I was shaking and unable to make even a sound. Sometimes silence is golden.

On a beautiful pulpit-like structure was a book that looked like a Bible. It was signed across the front with these words, "My covenant will not break, I will not alter the thing that has gone out of My mouth."

I was astonished. I was reminded of the shed blood of the Lord and of the price He paid to redeem me. And again, I wept uncontrollably. The book opened by itself, and then suddenly Jesus was there by my side.

He said, "This is My plan for your life and I will honor it as long as you honor it and live under My Father's demand for your life."

I fell at His feet and cried, "Holy is the Lord my God."

I never knew the power of covenant in that realm before and I will never forget it. It shall stand for eternity.

There were other rooms also one for each born again believer. You see, God has plans for each one of us, eternal plans.

A CITY OF HOMES BY THE SEASHORE

I didn't want to leave but somehow I knew that I had no choice. Yet I had great joy and knowing that it pleased God to speak so personally to me. I was overjoyed, to say the least. I was then taken to an area near the crystal clear seashore. It was a city of homes that actually floated above the treetops. The buildings were smaller than some of the others I had seen but were magnificent to look at. I was told that some of heaven's citizens desired homes on the seashore, and other places as well. Then there were those who wanted to have their homes anywhere that they happen to be.

I marveled at the love of God, how He loves to provide our hearts' desires when our ways please Him.

I saw children and older people too floating down from their homes and walking on. I also saw some people walking on the water. I marveled again at this and I was told, "With God, all things are possible." Refer to Matthew chapter 19, verse 26.

I felt a desire to walk on the water. There is no fear or dread in heaven or anything like that. There are no negative emotions. They simply do not exist there. Instead, there is a deep desire to please God. There is joy, peace, and love. There is perfect harmony.

I then stepped out on the water. I turned to look back and there was Jesus beaming with joy. He was smiling the same type of amused smile people have when they see a wide-eyed child opening presents on Christmas morning. It brought joy to Him. And it reminded me of God's Father nature. I couldn't help but give glory to God.

THE ROSE GARDEN

"Come, you have another appointment with Jesus," the angel said as he bowed his head in complete humility. "Come now, the Master awaits."

I was taken to a beautiful rose garden. The Rose Garden is God's personal place in heaven, His favorite place.

There were actually rose bushes that were as large as trees here on Earth. They had roses of every type and description. Some were nearly transparent, yet they exploded in a burst of thousands of colors. Most of these colors would be impossible to capture here on Earth. I marveled exceedingly.

There in the center was a sitting place with garden type furniture made of solid gold. But most of all, and best of all, Jesus was there waiting for me. Again, I fell at His feet, but the only sound I could utter was a very weak, "My Lord and Savior."

I was weeping with great joy. Everything in heaven seems to stand still when the Lord Jesus speaks. There were several of the ministering class of angels there. The Lord was giving them instructions. I could not hear or was not supposed to hear what was being said.

There were several other people there too. Somehow I was able to grasp the significance of the moment. Who was I to be there? I will never know. I recognized one of the men from my ministering years on Earth. I wanted to reach out and embrace him. It was so good to see him.

There were others I knew personally, and some I had only heard about. There were also some who were Bible figures. I was so wobbly in the knee that I just stood there and trembled. And then it seemed as though all of them in unison with their words, let me know that they would see me again soon. And we would have a reunion that would last a century. This pleased me very much.

THE MASTER SPEAKS

I was told to sit and just listen. It seemed again as though all of the heavens grew silent. I really believe it did. As the Lord approached, I once again fell at His feet. A hand as strong as steel lifted me up. As I was looking into the Master's face once again, He gave me a loving, all-knowing look of absolute acceptance. I was trembling with ecstasy and peace. He said, "Sit down," and I sat immediately still trembling.

Then Jesus drew back a few steps and began to speak.

"For centuries, men have tried to interpret My word, some were correct in as much light as they had. Some were wrong, and some of them were sent by the Evil One to lead My Father's creation astray. From the day that My grace was extended to redeem creation, the Evil One has tried to steal it from My hands. But until the day that I will soon return that which My Father has committed to Me will not be taken from Me. I have worked to make salvation available to all. I was there when the first rays of My glory created the universe. I was there when the planets were made. I did it. I created everything to work perfectly after its own order. For millennia, everything was perfect. I fellowshipped with the first created man in these gardens until sin became a reality. My Father cast the Evil One and all those who followed him into outer darkness. They were cast far away from this perfect abode that I have prepared for My bride of faithful believers. The days of creation are numbered. My Father alone knows the number of days. He alone. Soon I will take the heavenly armies that you have witnessed, along with these elders that are here and go to get My people. It will be the happiest time of all eternity. You will go back." He said.

Immediately I began to weep at the thought. It hurts so. He reached out and touched my shoulder and a great peace came again.

"Go tell My people what you have seen here and tell them to get their temples clean and full of My Holy Spirit. Only with My help, can they endure to the end.

XXI. YOU ARE GOING BACK

Behold, I am coming soon. My reward is with Me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who washed their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation chapter 22, verses 12 through 14.

Jesus said, "You are going back."

I sighed and Jesus rebuked me. "The will of My Father is never grievous. Stand to your feet. You must go back. You will come back to heaven. You will have angelic visits." He said.

Then Jesus hugged me. Suddenly my body was full of pain. There was a sheet over my face. I could feel my bones knitting together. I was being healed. I heard a voice say, "He's been dead all these hours."

I could feel my left wrist where the bone had been protruding. I could feel it popping into place and healing up.

"It is about time to embalm him."

I remember sitting up and saying, "I ain't dead yet."

Someone hollered in the hall, "He's alive, that dead man is alive."

I remember a doctor coming in and saying, "I pronounced him dead and he is dead."

Then I was sitting up. Other doctors and nurses came in and I began to tell the story of where I had been and what had happened. People were weeping. Doctors said, "This must be a miracle of God."

Since my time in heaven, and to this day, nobody knows how the accident with my van happened. There were no other cars around. It looked as if both the front and the back of the van had been hit by Sherman tanks at the same time. The policeman said that it looked like God had clapped His hands and I'd been in the middle of them.

As you can imagine, my time in heaven changed the nature of my life on Earth. All I've ever wanted to do was to win the lost to Jesus, pray for the sick and help believers become filled with the Holy Spirit.

Telling about my experience in heaven has made it easier for me to minister in these ways because people come to my services with a greater sense of expectation of what God can do. I've always had large numbers of people attend my meetings but my testimony seems to have open things up much more. It has had an impact that is beyond anything that occurred before and it's been the work of God all the way.

SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATIONS AND INCREASED MINISTRY

Since my heavenly experience, I have continued to have visitations of the Lord. God has poured out His Spirit into my life. I have witnessed the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk and I have literally seen the dead raised.

A man dropped dead across from my driveway. By the time the ambulance arrived, the man hadn't breathed for 15 minutes. But after prayer, he came back to life. In another case, a man was working on building a church in Mexico when an adobe brick fell on his head and crushed his skull. He died instantly. Everyone gathered around him and prayed and God raised him up. Then he said, "I was in heaven, and I didn't want to come back."

So this happens more often than we think. When I was about 14 or 15 years old and was ministering with AA Allen, we went to see a young woman in the hospital, who had kidney disease and had suffered a stroke. She had died in that hospital and been pronounced dead. But AA Allen and others prayed for her, even though she had been dead for about an hour. The woman's father who was an undertaker came to see about her body, but when he got to the hospital, she was alive again. The very next night she went to church, and she didn't look like she'd been sick a day in her life. That was a miracle.

There have been other miracles as well. There was a man in the hospital who had a broken leg, which the doctors couldn't seem to realign so that it could heal. They called my friend Pastor Randy Wallace and me to come and pray. God set that bone before our very eyes and his leg was healed.

In every service, I see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God performing the miraculous. When I tell my story, there are always a great number of people who want to get right with God. If I were in their situation, I would too. I would want to go to a place called heaven. I also continue to have angelic visitations. Even though I have never again, seeing the two angels who escorted me through heaven, as far as I know, I have had numerous other angelic visitations. And God is much more rich and much more free to me.

I have a depth of God in my life now that I never knew was possible. It just seems like this type of Revelation is more than any man could ever have. This type of experience with God would seem like one out of 100 or once in a lifetime, but it now happens to me on a daily basis.

Every day I hear the audible voice of God in some manner. Every day I see the angels of God and I have seen Jesus on numerous occasions. In revival meetings, the angels are visible to me. The cloud of glory is visible to me. The sickness and diseases in people's bodies are visible to me. The demons that afflict them are visible to me. The glory that comes upon them when God heals them is also visible to me.

FULFILLMENT OF HEAVENLY PROPHECY

Over the years every once in a while I have met someone whom I was told in heaven that I would meet on Earth. One of those people is Paul Hegstrom whose heavenly home I'd seen under construction on the avenue named The Way of the Rose, and whose heavenly library contained the books he would write. Refer to chapter eight.

I met Paul through pioneer TV evangelist Dr. LD Kramer, who is a friend of mine. LD mentioned Paul's name to me and I said, "I know that name." Then I told him what had happened to me and how I had seen the names of Paul and his wife Judy, on their home under construction in heaven.

Since LD Kramer was well known, he got in touch with Paul on my behalf and he came down to see me in Texas. However, I was so scared to meet him at first. I didn't know how he would react to what I would tell him. So I made an excuse that I had to be away from the house. Yet I knew I needed to tell people about my experience. And here God was bringing things to pass, just as He'd said.

Later, when Paul and I met, we became instant friends and we remain very good friends today. I told him the names of the books I'd seen in his heavenly library, and he said, "We're just now writing those books."

Another person I had been told I would meet was Sid Roth. I'd seen many things about Sid in heaven. I met him when he called me one day out of the clear blue and wanted to know if I would be on his radio and TV programs. At the time, I was just getting over kidney failure and a stroke and I wasn't able to get around yet. So we did a phone interview for his radio program, and we've been friends ever since. Sid said that when I told him my testimony, the presence of God just about knocked him out of his chair. It's been very powerful.

INDIVIDUALS TOUCHED BY GOD

People continue to be touched by God through my ministry and the story of my experience in heaven. Some of these testimonies are included later on in this book, but I will share one of them here.

An army general serving in Iraq got in touch with me and asked me to ship two cases of an earlier edition of this book. A chaplain distributed the books to the soldiers. One day one of the soldiers brought his book with him out on patrol. He and his fellow soldiers became pinned down and thought they were all going to be killed. So of course, they became very religious.

They didn't have a Bible. So the soldiers started reading out of my book. The soldiers were trapped behind a wall with the opposing forces closing in. All of a sudden there was a big thump, like a hand grenade going off, but it seemed to come from the enemy's location. The soldiers peeked over the wall and saw 30 or so enemy combatants running frantically to get away. Immediately they got out of there.

The next day, they caught some of these combatants and asked them what had happened. Why had they run away? They didn't answer at first. But finally one of them said, "Well, it's those giants in the sky."

Then several of them related seeing these huge men standing in the sky holding big long swords. I believe they were angels. One of the angels took his sword and hit the ground right in front of the militants, and that is when they fled. Something sharp had cut down that brick wall in two. Bullets won't do that. God had revealed the power of His presence and protection to those pinned down soldiers who were reading of heaven.

Are you ready for eternity? God has truly poured out upon me a prophetic ministry of signs, wonders, and miracles. I am to tell the story that Jesus is coming soon. Before He sent me back to work, Jesus told me that I would return and that when I did, I was to tell Jesus is coming back so that we might go with Him to a place called heaven, His people to get ready. These were the words of the Lord. He said, "Prepare yourselves and get ready because I am coming back soon at a time when people don't think I am coming back. I am coming back." Refer to Matthew chapter 24 verse 44, Luke chapter 12 verse 40.

He is coming back for His sons and His daughters. He is coming back for those who serve Him. He is coming back for all of us so that we might go with Him to a place called heaven.

Are you ready? Are you really ready? If you aren't, you can be. Turn away from your sins. Believe that Jesus Christ died as your substitute and confess Him as your Savior and Lord.

If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans chapter 10 verses 9 through 10

Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come." He said, "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good news." Mark chapter 1, verses 14 through 15.

Now is the time of God's favor. Now is the day of salvation. The Second book of Corinthians chapter 6, verse 2.

EPILOGUE WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET

Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians chapter 3 verses 1 through 4.

Multitudes of people who have heard or read my testimony have asked me about the balconies of heaven, and how much their loved ones are able to know about those who remain here.

CAUGHT UP INTO THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN

Heaven and earth are more connected than most people know and in ways that are beyond our comprehension. The very nature of Heaven is a complete involvement in the plans of God for eternity. Everything has an eternal purpose. Heaven and earth are joined at times when the spiritual atmosphere and praise and worship are flowing together in perfect harmony. When this happens, we are caught up into the atmosphere of heaven itself. No sin, sickness or disease can dwell there. You are dwelling near the throne of God. To access this life-giving flow, we must be in total abandonment to God in adoration, worship, and praise. Only then are we able to be in a complete union in this aspect of God's provision for the eternal human spirit. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we all may dwell there.

EVENTS ON EARTH AND IN HEAVEN

In addition, when great movements of the Holy Spirit are happening here in the earthly church, there are corresponding events of praise and worship in heaven. While I was there, I was shown a group of people who had attended a church together on Earth. In Heaven, they were reunited and attended many heavenly functions together. On this day, they were all sitting in the balconies of heaven, joining in praise and worship with members of their Church on earth. When it was time, everyone would say Amen in perfect harmony. Sometimes the angels of God would join in as well. People were told when and where the next event on Earth would take place.

I was told that during Billy Graham's crusades, there were millions of people participating in his services in heaven itself. In addition, legions of angels were dispatched to convict people of sin. This is what happens when we pray and seek God. Heaven gets involved. There are literally tens of thousands of angels who are dispatched to confirm God's word.

GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH

Jesus taught us to pray that God's kingdom would come to earth and that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. Refer to Matthew chapter 6, verse 10.

We need to pursue the nature of God's kingdom, embracing God's character and His purposes for the earth. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans chapter 14, verse 17.

It is imperative that we all live godly, holy lives in the fear and admonition of God. When we do, we may enter into the fullness of Christ, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians chapter four verses 12 through 13.

For in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Colossians chapter 2 verses 9 through 10

NINE STEPS TO THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST

How do we enter into the fullness of Christ? By applying the nature of Christ to our lives. There are nine steps to the fullness of Christ. They are contained in Galatians chapter 5, verses 22 through 23. The nature of Christ is revealed there. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

During a time of intense seeking of God, a friend of mine was driving through the mountains of Arizona. He often passed a particular mountain and when he did, he always had the urge to climb it. When he drove past it, he would say, "Someday I am going to climb this mountain and see what this is all about."

One day as he was passing the mountain, he decided that would be the day. He climbed until he reached the top. He could see his car way down at the bottom. He was hot and tired, so he stretched out on a rock to rest for a few moments. He must have fallen asleep because when he awoke, it was well past dark, and the stars were all shining brightly.

As he looked up, a bright shining light shone down out of heaven. Where it struck the ground an Angel stepped out of the light beam. He held up a scroll and said these words, "There are nine steps to the fullness of Christ. You must become perfect in these."

On the scroll were the fruit of the Spirit. The first was compassion. You must become perfect in compassion. Then when compassion has its free course in your life, love will also manifest God's plan in your life. You can't have compassion without extraordinary amounts of God's love. If you want the favor of God, begin to show the compassion of Christ. You must die to self in order to get there.

The medium of exchange in heaven is kindness. This is the Gospel itself. It is the law of love. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore Love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans chapter 13, verse 10.

The entire law is summed up in a single command, love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians chapter 5, verse 14.

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right James chapter 2 verse 8.

Near the end of my experience in heaven, Jesus said these words, "My people have lost their compassion. I highly desire compassion in My children. In this, they show My Father's love. All creation must show love after God's order of being, to stand in the favor of God."

I was shown how all heaven follows after the laws of God's nature. Everyone there was totally engulfed in the perfect nature of God. When He told me this, I began to weep. I knew how much I had failed God in my lifetime. I fell at His feet in worship and praise. He touched me on my left cheek. Then somehow I was standing again. I knew I would never be the same again.

GOLDEN TESTIMONIES

And then I was taken to a beautiful building that stood near the most beautiful trees I have ever seen. They were all different, but somehow the same, I can't explain it. I can only tell you what I saw. In the beautiful building, there were what seemed like hundreds of millions of scrolls on golden shelves. All were solid gold of some heavenly kind, with a gold type of material used as a form of paper. Very reverently, an angel unrolled the scroll. He read from it, saying, "I give God all the glory for my healing. When I surrendered my life to Christ, I was instantly set free from a life of drugs and sin. Now I am the wife of a pastor here in Milwaukee. Jesus has made it all possible."

When I knew who it was, I fell in praise and worship again. All of the testimonies that have ever been given are stored there. Not one is ever lost ever. The angels of God stand in absolute wonderment while a testimony is read. They will never know the saving grace of God. They were created to serve God, and they were created to be His ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation, all Born Again believers.

In the next chapter, I share some of the testimonies I have received. My desire is to encourage you to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ so that you might be present at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Refer to Revelation chapter 19, verses 6 through 9.

It is also to inspire your faith so that you might believe God for your miracles of healing.

TESTIMONIES OF SALVATION, HEALING, AND DELIVERANCE THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF RICHARD SIGMUND

INTRODUCTION

I claim no power to heal the sick. The miracles of healing come from God. The Bible gives us many precious promises of God's healing power. Refer to Mark chapter 16 verses 17 through 18. John chapter 14 verse 12.

They are God's continuing provision for His people. In the following testimonies of salvation, healing, and deliverance, many excerpted from letters I have received, names are included where permission was granted. The testimonies have been lightly edited for clarity. Richard Sigmund.

Dr. Loretta Blessing Game and I were staying temporarily and the guest cottage of some friends. Dr. Blessing Game suffered a severe fall on the concrete walkway at the cottage and badly injured her head, back, knee, hip, and foot. The pain was unbearable. She was bleeding and had scratches all over her body. She had actually slid on the walkway and her left hand and arm were gray from the color of the concrete.

Our friends were away at a meeting so immediately after calling them for help on my cell phone, I used my phone to call Reverend Richard Sigmund to pray Dr. Blessing Games' miracle through.

The Lord revealed in a vision to Reverend Sigmund that her left foot was broken. As he continued to intercede, he saw in a vision the Lord Jesus placing His hand upon the shattered bones, and he watched as the bones knit together, perfectly healed. Reverend Sigmund remained on the cell phone for over an hour praying over each injured part of her body. The pain ceased and the swelling subsided and she was able to sit upright on the sidewalk.

Amazingly, the blood and scratch marks also disappeared. Two days later, we decided to have Dr. Blessing Games' healing verified by a doctor and we went to a clinic facility. Many x rays were taken and it seemed as if the prognosis was dire as the X rays showed that a bone in her left foot was badly fractured and out of place.

However, while they were taking more x rays we were praying, "Lord, do not let the doctors see anything wrong. Let them see what You have done."

After these additional x rays were taken, the attending physician came in and announced with amazement, "There are no broken bones."

To God be the glory and how blessed we were to be able to reach God's chosen servant, Reverend Richard Sigmund.

NW McAllister, personal assistant to Dr. Loretta Blessing Game.

At one of Richard Sigmund's services, a 76-year-old man came who had lung cancer and had been given six months to live. After Richard prayed for him, this man was able to breathe better and felt a difference in his lungs. He went to the doctor the following week and was 80% healed. He then went to his doctor a second time and was 100% healed. To God be the glory. The doctor's visits took place within the week after he was prayed for.

Another time I was asked to go with a friend to visit a young man who was about 32 years old and does had stomach cancer and couldn't eat solid food. I could tell that he had lost weight and was a bit thin for his size. I felt impressed to call Richard on my cell phone. So I asked this young man if he believed in healing, and if he liked prayer for healing, and I told him about Richard and the anointing that is upon his life. He wanted prayer and Richard prayed for him over the phone. Then Richard asked him to push in on his stomach. He did and there was no pain. That week this young man went to his doctor and was found to be 100% healed from stomach cancer. Praise God for His goodness. It's awesome to know that God's anointing can touch people even over the phone. Reverend Carol Frazier, founder director on Eagle's Wings ministries, Bloomington, Minnesota.

I had been a backslider for many years. I was away from God and I was very heavily into drugs. There was nothing I would not do to get drugs. It was a very dark time in my life. Then I heard your testimony on the Sid Roth program, It's Supernatural. I was listening to a rock concert when the radio station was suddenly changed. No one had touched it. I heard Sid Roth begin to mention your name and immediately I could not move. I wanted to change the dial but I could not move. As I listened to your testimony, I began to feel convicted about my sins and wanted to make things right with God. I wept many bitter tears. When you prayed for those who are listening, I was ready. I am now reunited with my husband and family and all of us are attending an Assemblies of God church in Missouri. May God continue to use your heaven testimony. Susan B.

I was a member of Pastor Randy Wallace's church in Midlothian, Texas when my daughter who was seven months pregnant became very ill. The doctor said that her baby had died in her fourth month and that it would have to be surgically removed. You came to church there on a Sunday. I urged my daughter to have prayer so that the surgery would go well the next day. You said, "Come here. God has a miracle for you." As you prayed for her, her stomach began to grow. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Then the dead baby began to kick and move. The baby is now three years old. We still weep over the miracle God did that Sunday. What a big God we have. Lopez Sanchez. Note. This testimony has been affirmed by Pastor Wallace.

A lady in our church was pregnant and came to the Sunday church service after going to the doctor on Friday, and learning that the baby she was carrying inside her was dead. There was no heartbeat whatsoever and the baby wasn't growing. After the service, Richard Sigmund prayed for her since she was scheduled to have the baby surgically removed the next day. She went back to the doctor and asked him to check the baby again. Not only was there a heartbeat but the baby had also increased in size substantially. After that, the baby grew incredibly fast and she was born healthy. I see her from time to time and there's nothing wrong with her.

Richard and I worked together in a healing revival at Grace Cathedral in Lancaster, Texas. The church had two weeks of evening services. And during that period of time, there were over 270 miracles. Richard would be under the power of God to such an extent that he could not stand up and I would hold him up. So I was right there when things were happening and saw miracles firsthand.

There was a lady who had something wrong with her back and he prayed for her. She was wearing a pantsuit and I remember looking down at the floor, noticing that her pants suddenly became too short as she was instantly healed. I estimate that she grew three inches.

People who had been diagnosed with all kinds of cancer were healed. Several of them had been dying in the last stages of the disease. One man had stomach cancer and hadn't been able to eat anything for a long time. He couldn't hold anything down. I think he was being fed through a tube. Richard prayed for him and then told him, "Go out and eat a steak." The man looked at Richard as if he was insane. But he went out to a restaurant that night and order to steak and ate the whole thing. He came back the next night with that testimony, and he grew better and better as time went on. We didn't have a doctor's confirmation but the man said he was healed. If you cannot eat for a long period of time and then you are able to eat everything that isn't nailed down, you have a pretty good idea that you're healed.

There was a pastor's daughter who was about 17 or 18 years old, who was brought to the same service in which the man with stomach cancer was healed. From birth, this girl had never been able to hear. Richard prayed for her and she started screaming. At first, we thought something was wrong, that she might be in pain. But that wasn't the case. She was actually frightened because she was hearing for the first time in her life and she wasn't used to the sound.

In addition, I saw people healed of hernias and heart disease. People also gave testimonies that they were healed of their diabetes during those two weeks of services.

I have seen other miracles through Richard Sigmund's ministry as well. When I first met Richard, we went to pray for a man in the Veterans Hospital in Lancaster, Texas, who was dying of AIDS. After Richard prayed for him, he no longer had that disease according to the doctor's report. This man also had a big knot on his leg. And Richard laid his hands on it and prayed. When he removed his hands, the knot was gone.

These are things I saw personally. I always looked at what was going on objectively to see if it was really a miracle. When the anointing of the Lord falls on Richard as he's ministering things happen. God also uses him as a prophet. He once told my wife that when we took a trip, one of her family members would become deathly ill. However, my wife would see a candy cane, which would be a sign for her that everything would be all right. And that's all he told her.

Two years later, while we were visiting my wife's family in Kentucky, her sister had a heart attack. They didn't think she was going to make it and my wife got in the ambulance with her. As they were driving across the Ohio River, my wife looked down and saw a tugboat coming up the river. It smokestack was painted just like a candy cane. The moment she saw that, she remembered what Richard had said, and she thanked the Lord. My sister in law did not stay in the hospital for even two hours. She recovered that quickly.

I've seen some pretty amazing things through Richard Sigmund's ministry. God definitely uses him in the working of miracles. Pastor Randy Wallace, New Hope Christian Center, Midlothian, Texas.

I hadn't been in church for such a long time when I attended your meeting in Dallas, Texas. I really didn't want to go but to satisfy my friend I went. I am so very glad I did. No one there knew that I had a severely twisted spine and was in pain all the time. I thought I will just have to live with it. That night I recommitted my life to Christ. And I felt so much better knowing that all my sins were washed away. Then you pointed to me and said, "God is about to make your back as straight as an arrow." God revealed my need to you. No one else knew. When you prayed for me, you said, "Now watch her feet and ankles." Everyone could see my legs grow out as my spine was straightened. I grew three inches taller instantly. My life has not been the same since. How I praise God for His miracle-working power. Wanda Piston.

I attended your meeting in a small town in Southeast Missouri. People were talking about the miracles that were taking place in every service. I had a rather severe heart condition. The doctor said I might need surgery and even then it might not help. So I decided to come out to see if it were all true. When I came into the auditorium, you were standing to the back of the stage area quietly praying. You looked up when I came in and I somehow knew you could look into the very depths of my being. Something said, "This is your night." After your altar call, it came time to pray for the sick. I was anxious to receive but it seemed like everyone else was getting their healing and the service was about to end. The last person you prayed over was a teenage girl who had severe tooth misalignment. Her mother said she is going to have several jawbone operations that might leave her disfigured for life. Her jawbone grew back into place while we watched. Everyone was rejoicing. And then you look toward me and just smiled. I let out a scream of delight. Some people laughed but I was ready to receive. You looked at me and said, "Are you the same lady who came through the entrance and I looked toward you. When I laid my eyes on you, God showed me your need. You have had some severe shortness of breath and some pain shooting down your left arm. It seems like you have a cement block on your chest at times." Everything you said was entirely accurate. Then you said, "God is going to do something about it tonight." When you prayed for me, I hit the floor. When I got up all the heaviness and difficulty in breathing was gone. The next day my neurosurgical examination showed me to have the heart of a young lady. The doctors were completely baffled. God had worked a miracle before their eyes. Norma and Fred Fraley.

I watched your program on TV on Friday night. You said for everyone to place their hand where a healing miracle was needed. I was blind in my right eye. When you prayed I began to see out of my right eye for the first time in 26 years. I now have 20/20 vision for the first time in my life. We are telling everyone what God can do. Anonymous.

I am a soldier stationed in Iraq and I am a born again believer. We have a group of 23 other believers in our platoon. I received a copy of your book. I was completely engulfed in the presence of God's glory for several days. Brigade Chaplain Mark Sorenson was having services in our district. When he left he gave us several more copies of your book. As a result, many have come to know Jesus and we are having an outpouring among the troops here. Chaplain Sorenson gave a copy of the book to our Commanding General. We were told that he sat down and read the whole book without stopping. He has since become a believer in Christ and is seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit. To God be all the glory. Tommy Sanchez.

I am a United States Marine currently serving in Iraq. I have always believed in God but never worshiped Him. For most of my life, I have sinned. I've done some really bad things in my life that I have regretted. My wife and I hit a hardship in our lives and it was because of my sins. I felt lost and didn't know where to go. My wife then asked me to go to the chapel and ask God for guidance. Well, I did that to help myself and hopefully fix my life. From that point on, I found God and confessed all my sins. I opened my heart and confessed my love for Jesus. Well, that all sounds good. But here's where my problem set in. I led my company through the streets of Fallujah. I feel that I didn't do my job 100%. I took one casualty who is in the States and doing fine. I took the least amount of casualties in any unit that went on the assault. I've beaten myself up over all my sins and ways I could have saved that casualty differently. Well, I went to church today and the chaplain had your book. He said it was sent for us to learn more. I sat there feeling depressed like I was a failure to both my family and my Marines. I was thinking that Jesus had turned me away. Well, something kept telling me to grab that book on the way out. I did, and I read it non stop. And I read numerous times Jesus saying, "Tell them I love them and look what I have already done." It has opened my eyes again. Jesus is always with me. He knows my pain. I am a sinner that I have opened back up to Jesus. I just wanted to say thank you. Sid.

I called your prayer line number seeking someone who could pray and agree with me as I had many needs. As we talked, you began to tell me everything about myself, including things I had forgotten. You even named my children. I had never spoken to you. And I know for sure no one had ever mentioned my name to you before, but you were told so very much. And then you said these words. "Within 24 hours you will start to receive the beginnings of a complete turnaround. God has heard my prayers and help is on the way." I was rejoicing. My wife came back the next day and my old boss called me back to work with a large raise in pay. You were insistent that God should receive all the glory. So I wanted to return this testimony of praise to God. Ernest W. Des Moines, Iowa.

I live in Sydney, Australia. I saw your TV broadcast while visiting during the marketing break. I did as you said and prayed with you for my healing. I had been struck by some type of disease. The doctors could not determine what the illness was. I lost so much weight that I was down to 96 pounds. I was going fast. When I touched the telly screen, I was shocked. It felt like a current went through me. Afterward, I became very hungry. I hadn't been able to eat anything solid for about a year. Since then all my weight has returned. I can jog for two miles. I could not do that before at all. I continue to let everyone know what God has done for me. Lawrence Morris.

Remember, with God, all things are possible. Matthew chapter 19, verse 26.

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