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Friday, April 12, 2019

RICHARD SIGMUND 3

MY TIME IN HEAVEN:
MY TRUE STORY OF DYING AND COMING BACK
PART 3

XIII. MYSTERIES OF GOD

How unsearchable God's judgments and His paths beyond tracing out. Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor? Romans chapter 11, verses 33 through 34.

As you might imagine, I had many questions. There were things I wanted to know. For example, I saw other levels of heaven that I didn't understand. When we started floating up into the sky, another level of heaven appeared with ground, buildings, and sky, but I couldn't see it from the first level.

OTHER LANDS, OCEANS, AND SEAS.

Supernaturally, I knew that there were other continents, islands, freshwater oceans and seas far away. The seas are large bodies of water surrounded by land, but open to the oceans. I was not allowed to know anything about them, but I knew they existed. To me, heaven seemed like a very large planet, millions of times the size of Earth. Things there were tangible but not physical.

INFINITE LAYERS

If Heaven is a planet, then it's God's personal planet. And if heaven is God's personal planet, then it is multi-layered as I mentioned before. No matter where I was, however, I could see the throne of God off in the distance. It's the very center of the universe, the center of all existence. That's where everything began. It is awesome.

I saw only four of these layers, but they seemed to go on to infinity. How big is God and how big is His universe? There are vast places in heaven, where people will never go or see.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

For some reason, I could talk to only a few people. There were streets that I wanted to walk down in order to look at other things but I was not allowed. There were buildings that I couldn't enter. I was told that there were some buildings people would never be allowed into.

Again, I marveled at the children. They were so advanced and yet still children. Apparently, even in heaven, people grow at different rates.

I wondered where the lumber came from for the buildings because no tree has ever been cut in heaven. Who made the bricks? What was made in the factories, they were huge. I learned that the diamond trees were made before the creation of the earth. I thought to myself that I could find out how old the earth is by asking how old the diamond trees are. That was to remain a mystery. I was not allowed to know. But they were miles in diameter. Had they been growing since the beginning of creation, or were they made that way?

It was a mystery to me how the animals communicated. There were birds singing Amazing Grace.

I knew every language along with a heavenly language and I could speak to anyone with perfect understanding. How could this be? And there were people there who had not died yet. I have heard others say that about heaven. I saw them. And I wondered about this mystery.

Continents, oceans, transparent buildings full of people, kitchens without cooking, factories without power lines, angels with supernatural strength. The mysteries went on and on and kept growing.

I wanted to know but was not allowed to know. I knew there was something but what it was I didn't know. I asked and asked the angels who are guiding me. Regularly they told me, "It is not for you to know at this time."

Finally, after many questions about the mysteries I wanted to understand, the angel on my right who was doing most of the talking looked at me and sternly said, "The mysteries of God are none of your business."

XIV. PROPHETIC HEAVEN

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 2, verse 2.

There are areas in heaven that are prophetic. They depict things to come. I saw the black tornado of judgment. I saw revival and judgment. There was a prophetic area that had a landscape that looked like Colorado, with mountains, trees, rocks, and rivers. It had a white pine pulpit. Two fists came through the sky, between the Shekinah Glory. The right hand was gold, God's blessing. The left hand was steel, God's judgment.

SEVEN PROPHETIC SIGNS

I saw the falls of God's glory, one stream of water falling into vapor on Earth. We on earth can rise up to that level, we can rise into the midst of the falls of God's glory. And I saw the tidal wave, the last great move of God. It was seven tiers tall. Prophetically I was told seven signs.

One, the last great move of God will be in out of the way places, day and night.

Two, signs and wonders will increase and be fought against.

Three, laws of physics will be suspended so that the miraculous can flow.

Four, laws of time and space will be made known to men.

Five, knowledge of Man will increase and never be based on fleshly things.

Six, Sevenfold tidal wave, the last great move of God breaking on the shores of eternity. The greatest part will be poured out in rural areas. "I seek My bride in humble places. I was born in a stable."

Seven. Awareness is given My people in days and weeks just before My return. Mass multitudes will be involved in this revival, which will be through people who give all praise to the Lord. It is coming to root out and destroy the phony. It will keep the faithful and it will be the introduction to the coming of Christ.

AMPHITHEATER OF PROMISES

I saw Abraham's amphitheater. It was like a football arena only hundreds of times larger. There was a cloud in the playing field area. In the cloud, I could see all the promises that have come to pass for and because of Abraham. The promises were for the entire world, not just for the Jews. Refer to Acts chapter two, verses 38 through 39.

There were what looked like 2 to 3 million seats with names on them. People had specific Promises, promises related to David's throne and the lineage of kings. Each of the patriarchs had an amphitheater, the angels helped people to remember the promises.

On the way to the throne, I saw the amphitheater of David. I didn't go into his building, but I knew about it when I went by. Somehow I sensed in my spirit, I knew. In heaven, you just know things. That was where David and his descendants went to see their promises coming to pass. But everyone is welcome.

I saw a building in the shape of a castle like a cornucopia, or a horn of plenty. It was a prayer center. Angels were traveling in and out of the archway at the speed of light. To go through the archway was to go into the presence of God. The angels were carrying golden censers that carried prayers. They held them by the bowls of the censers. The prayers are precious cargo and are treated as such. No prayer goes unanswered, even wrong prayer. The prayers are brought before the face of God. Instantly the angels go back for more.

FIELDS OF SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY

I was taken to an area where I looked down upon what looked like millions and millions of acres under cultivation. There are huge fields of grain in heaven that are constantly moving in the breeze. They are a supernatural supply for others of various kinds. There is a heavenly harvest that is prophetic.

At one time in my grandfather's life, he had some land that he had set aside to pay tithes. When he didn't have cash, he used the income from the crops grown on that land to support his church. A drought came, corn wouldn't grow. Beans wouldn't grow. So he planted wheat in this land because he determined that wheat would grow in pretty dry circumstances.

That year of drought, the tithed land produced stocks of wheat that were seven feet tall. The people in the area saw and could not explain what it happened except that it was the hand of God. Some said it was a species of wheat they had never seen before. The harvest from that field by itself filled the local grain elevator. That is the wheat I saw in heaven.

I saw it seemed like thousands and thousands of trees filled with fruit. Multitudes of people were coming and picking fruit and taking it away in baskets. They took it to their homes in heaven.

And there is also a bank in heaven, our bank, this is how it works. Every time you give anything, it is recorded in heaven. Angels go to a doorway with a slip, they receive golden coins and bring them to Earth. The coins are changed to what we need on Earth. These are supernatural finances.

HORSES IN HEAVEN

The book of Revelation tells us that the Lord will return riding a white horse. Refer to Revelation chapter 6 verse 2, Revelation chapter 19, verses 11 through 16. I have often wondered about that. What would a white horse from heaven actually look like?

I was taken to an area where there were supernatural horse-like creatures. Some of them had wings. Some had abilities that we don't have on Earth. They could walk on the air if they needed to. I saw thousands of chariots and beautiful horses to pull them.

All the horses I saw were entirely white. They had red hoofs, fiery crimson red hoofs, and huge nostrils. They were about 10 to 15 times bigger than the biggest horses I have ever seen on earth. And they were all muscle, no fat.

There was no horse byproduct to clean up and I do think they ever ate. They were there for a specific purpose. Some of it had to do with the rapture of the church.

The prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. Refer to the Second Book of Kings chapter 2, verses 9 through 11. And I can tell you there was a chariot there, that was the Lord's. It was bigger and nicer than the rest, and it was pulled by the most awesome steed.

There were other supernatural animals also. I saw a beast that had the body of a giant boar, the neck of a camel and the head of a horse. An Angel was sitting on it. I was not told about its purpose.

XV. CLASSES OF ANGELS

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.

There are governments in heaven even though it is an absolute theocracy. God rules over all from His throne. But He also gives various responsibilities to people and angels according to His purposes. Although all believers in heaven are spiritually equal, they have different functions. And certain people may be responsible for overseeing groups of people of various sizes, depending on what God has given them to do. Yet everything is done as a labor of love, never with a sense of superiority over others. This is the government that exists among the saints of heaven.

Angels in heaven also have different ranks and duties. For example, the Bible talks about the Captain of the host of the Lord, Joshua chapter five, verse 14, and Michael, one of the chief Prince's, Daniel, chapter 10, verse 13.

I saw at least 70 classes of angels in heaven, they follow their orders to the letter. I first became aware of just how many classes of angels there were when I was walking on the golden pathway and smelled the fragrance that renewed my strength. I noticed more and more angels of every description and I believe, of every rank. They were busy with the people and they were beautiful and were everywhere. Some were in groups, others were by themselves. All were busy doing the business of heaven. As they performed their business, they would stop every few feet and bow their heads, giving silent praise and worship to God.

But I noticed something as I mentioned earlier. In heaven, there is no such thing as tomorrow and no such thing as yesterday. It was and is always right now. I asked one of the angels how time is measured in heaven. He looked at me with a puzzled expression on his face.

He said, "You mean time as you know it?"

"Yes."

He continued, "Time here is not measured in such trivial things as years, but in ages where the glory of God rolls on forever."

That settled the subject in a big hurry.

The angels took on a new meaning to me. The classes of angels looked like they were family members. Some wore shirts with drawstrings, some wore pants, some had shoes, their hair was never longer than their ears. None had a shaved head, but some had beards. They looked like they were about 30 in human years.

I think saw some angels who looked 12 to 15 feet tall, and were as wide as four or five of the biggest linebackers on any NFL team. Some had swords and some did not. But they were all huge. I was told that they were warfaring angels on their way to do battle. I stopped, bowed my head and backed up a bit. But the angels with me and the voice behind me with a gentle touch - again, I believe this was Jesus - said, "You have nothing to fear. They are about the Father's business."

RECORD KEEPING ANGELS

Then I noticed other groups of angels, some were tall and slender. One of them I had seen before in several visions I have had in my life. He was there. It was the first time I had noticed him. He was standing off to the side watching everything I did and listening to everything I said. And he had a large book, he was writing it with a quill that must have been six feet long. It was huge and golden. The book he was writing in was made out of some type of golden looking material and might have weighed several hundred pounds on Earth. But he held it in his left hand, writing with his right. It was as if it weighed nothing to him. I know I had seen him before.

Now the word tells us that God keeps a record of every thought and every deed and every action that we do on Earth. Refer to, for example, Hebrews chapter four, verse 13. I wonder about this when I saw this angel writing. Now I understand that everyone has an angel or angels to record everything that he or she says or does, and God knows it.

In the book of Revelation, we find that, The books are open 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. Revelation chapter 20, verse 12.

THE ARMIES OF GOD, WARFARING ANGELS

I saw what I call the armies of God. I was taken to a very large area that wasn't in the city. I don't know where it was, and I don't know what part of heaven it was in. But I was taken there in an instant. I was in the air and I looked down on possibly hundreds of thousands of angels lined up in ranks and in units. They looked just like soldiers getting ready to go on parade. I knew I understood supernaturally that they were standing right where they had positioned by God when He first created them for His purposes. They were God's warfaring angels, and they would leave heaven and come down to fight battles for us. Then they would go back to heaven and stand in formation until they were needed again.

Some of them had swords that looked 15 feet long and were on fire. The swords look like they were made of a flaming material. These angels were not what you would call tall and slender, such as I had seen in some parts of heaven. Nor were they friendly looking or kindly looking like other angels I saw in heaven and still see today. I have seen these warfaring angels before. God has shown them to me here on Earth, but not as often as other types of angels.

These were fearsome angels dressed in battle garb. They didn't have helmets, but they had huge shields, flaming swords, and spears that were about 30 feet long. They must have stood 20 feet tall and weighed the better part of a ton, according to earthly measurement. They were huge muscular angels. They looked like a Mr. America, but considerably larger. Some of them had short sleeved garments, while others had long sleeved garments. Some were dressed in a type of a tunic and pants outfit with drawstrings around the neck. Others were clothed with just light.

They had supernatural weapons that I do not know how to explain. I knew that some of them could speak words and cause whole nations to crumble and fall into the sea. They were armed, some with words, some with swords, some with spears that had special purposes, and all with the power of God. And they knew their jobs. They're highly specialized jobs. Nobody had to tell them how to do that.

God just told them where to do them. All the angels whom I saw were very specialized, and each one had an intended purpose. Some of them were clothed with the power to move the earth, and others were clothed with the power to bring judgment. But they all had the power to defend and to keep God's children.

I looked down and said, "Look at those mighty angels."

The angels standing with me stood attention and said, "Behold the warfaring angels of God, they are mighty to the pulling down of the strongholds of the evil one." Refer to the Second book of Corinthians, chapter 10, verse four.

I noticed that all their hands were clothed with power. And I asked, "Why are their hands aflame?" I was told that they are ready at any moment to come and do battle against the powers of the devil that assail us. They are ready at any moment to come and be on assignment to deliver from the power of the devil. The power of God is in their hands to accomplish all that He wants them to do. They were mighty, and they were lined up, rank and file, hundreds upon hundreds of them.

I looked at them and knew that they are released to fight for us, the minute we mention the name of Jesus. I saw thousands of them coming and going from their rank and file in the place where they stood to come and do battle on Earth. They would come out of the ranks almost at the speed of light and disappear. I knew that they were going to Earth to help someone. Oh, the power of God that is there and available for us. If we only knew how much the angels have to do with our victory here, and how God wants us to have victory all of the time.

WISDOM GIVING ANGELS

I saw that there were multitudes and multitudes of angels in another place who were given to us for wisdom. They would go to the library of God's knowledge and get wisdom and bring it to us, or they would go with a special instruction to bring it and cause it to happen on Earth.

I also saw that the Holy Spirit was in charge of it all. He leads, He guides, He directs and He gives instructions to the angels. The angels do not act on their own but only under the auspices of the Lord Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Only the name of Jesus can loose the angels for us. When we mention the name of Jesus in our prayers, the Holy Spirit immediately begins to direct the action and the angels of God to come into play for us.

PROTECTING ANGELS

I saw that each person who is born again doesn't have only one or two angels. There are literally legions of angels who are at the disposal of the Holy Spirit on our behalf. I saw angels who are in charge of the weather, and I saw angels who are in charge of protection.

Many times in my life God has sent angels to me. One time while we were driving, I was given a vision of angels mounted on beautiful white horses, and they were traveling along with us beside our automobile. I could see them just like I saw them in heaven, and I could hear them. We had been praying for protection, and my wife was driving.

Suddenly, my spiritual eyes and ears were opened, and I heard one of the angels say to me, "I can go faster than you can." I thought that was strange. And I told my wife. She said she had been thinking, "I wonder what would happen if I put my foot on it." Angels were listening. It is important that we as the children of God, keep our thinking right, keep our words right, and allow God to go into action for us.

ANGELS FOR ALL OF GOD'S PURPOSES

I saw what appeared to be millions and millions of angels for the many purposes that God has intended in heaven. But I was not allowed to see all of them. The angels would not speak to me unless it was the perfect will of God for them to do so. They are totally obedient to God.

Anytime Jesus was near, the angels would stand at attention and look at Him with the greatest adoration. They would fall at His feet if He wanted to speak to them. They were actually there to serve us as children of God and to serve God in whatever capacity He desired. They were energized to do that, they were empowered to do anything that He wanted them to do.

ENTERTAINING ANGELS UNAWARE

I somehow knew that there were other areas of heaven where I could not go and that there were other classes of angels I was not allowed to see different types. I was not allowed to know anything about them. But I do know that some of the angels took the form of people and came to earth. Scripture tells us that we may have shown hospitality to angels without realizing it. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews chapter 13, verse 2. Certainly, we all have heard stories of people believing they have encountered angels in such a way. I saw that the angels who took the form of people actually came from Heaven to do the purpose that God intended.

XVI. CASTLE OF DREAMS

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37 verse 4.

My angel companion to my right said, "I have brought you here to observe this portion of heaven." He said no more. And he wasn't going to. The angel on the left, who usually said very little, bowed his head in deep respect and adoration and began to praise the Lord. I fell silent. I just wanted to do the same thing.

Immediately in front of me was the largest castle I could ever imagine. It was suspended in the air many thousands of feet above ground, and there were mountains all around. It was the most beautiful castle imaginable.

It was completely crystal clear. The castle seemed to extend for miles in all directions. From the outside, you could not see anyone inside, even though you could see right through it. Yet when I went through the massive gates, I saw that it was filled with what looked like thousands of people. These people seemed to be heavenly beings who took care of the business of the castle.

There were also great rooms of books with thousands of angels tending them. Three diamond trees grew in the courtyard. They were smaller than the first one I had seen but just as splendid. The angel said, "Remember this," and suddenly, we were gone. At the time I didn't understand the meaning of the castle.

Later, however, the Lord took me aside and shared it with me. "Remember the Crystal Castle in the Sky?" He asked. "That is the place where the hopes and the dreams of My people are kept and fulfilled."

God keeps the hopes and dreams that He wants to fulfill in our lives.

While I was there, I knew the name of the castle, but it was wiped from my mind. All I know is that there is a place where the hopes and dreams that God gives us are stored for us. The angels became very respectful in the presence of the hopes and dreams God has for us. They bowed low.

"Now it is time for your appointment before the throne."

They bowed low at the very thought. Then they simultaneously stood tall, erect and at attention. The angel spoke to me, "Your time has come to go to the throne."

XVII. THE THRONE OF GOD

Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb. Revelation chapter 7, verse 10.

Instantly, we were at the throne of God. From the moment I got there, I understood that everything in heaven flowed into and out of the throne. It poses like a dynamo. Everything was drawn to the throne. Everything cycled around the throne of God. The Throne building was huge beyond my ability to understand. It was the biggest building in heaven. It looked several hundred miles wide and at least 50 miles tall, and it had a domed roof. There were living statues with flames coming out of them. And there were columns that looked as if they were 30 to 35 feet across.

STEPS TO THE THRONE

Thousands of steps led up to the throne. I don't know the exact number but I do know that each step was significant and prophetic. As we began to go up the stairway I saw hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of people going into and coming out from the throne. They were worshipping and praising God.

One person said, "He is all I thought He was and much more." I heard someone else say, "I just want to go back so bad." He was answered with, "When God's time is right, you will be back here."

A 1000 STEPS UP

Every step had a purpose. Something was done to me to be able to withstand the presence of God. The closer I got, the more magnificent everything became. Proximity causes tangible things in heaven to become more and more splendid. The entry area or gateway had columns.

The number of Columns was also prophetic. Like everything else, they were huge. And I have no idea how many there were. There were additional columns that were tremendously tall and looked like they were 1000 feet across. They were in the doorway leading into the throne.

Suddenly, we were through the columns. There were millions multiplied by millions of people prostrate on their faces toward the throne of God, which somehow faced every direction at the same time. The Throne looked like it was 25 miles tall. From any part of heaven, you can see the throne of God.

PROSTRATE BEFORE GOD

The throne was still quite a far way off in the distance. But even at this distance, the angels were in awe and were prostrating themselves. I found myself on my face before God. All I wanted to do was worship and praise Him. The throne was made out of some heavenly material. It was crystal clear yet it consisted of what appeared to be gold and ivory and silver, and precious gems and jewels, all sparkling. It gave off what looked like light rays, which came out of the material it was made of. Great waves of glory swept through it, liquid fire going through the building material. The building itself gave off rays of glory. Something had happened to my eyes, and I was able to look at the things of God, or else they would have been too brilliant for my natural eyes.

GOD ON THE THRONE

From this distance, I could tell that there was a Being on the throne, but He was covered with a cloud of glory that radiated from Him and all-consuming enfolding fire. That was the glory of God Himself. He dwelt in a fire of glory. And the fire must have been the same thing Moses saw in the burning bush. Whatever it was, it's surrounded the Being on the throne. I could tell that there was a throne, and I could tell that there was a Being in the fire, and I could tell that He was looking at me.

I felt like a grain of sand on the seashore, and I wanted to crawl under other people. I was actually in the presence of the Almighty God. Such reverential fear fell upon me, not dread, but a reverential fear of actually being in the presence of the Almighty God. Unbelievable. That reverential fear fell on everybody as they got closer and closer to the throne. I could not stand.

Thousands upon thousands of people were going in and out. There were millions of people around the throne worshiping God, some were standing. I'm not sure why, perhaps they had already been lying down or God had instructed them to stand. But most were lying on their faces before God, thanking Him for what He had done for them.

None of us stands before God on our own merits, but only through the righteousness of Christ applied to us.

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God. First Book of Peter chapter 3, verse 18.

Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God, that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. The First book of Corinthians chapter 1, verse 30.

Inside the throne room were seven big pillars. And then there were nine pillars of a substance near to God. I believe they are the gifts of the Spirit. There was an inner court surrounded by pillars. There was also a pavement area with millions of people lying prostrate, some on their backs, all facing the throne. The pavement was like the pavement Jesus had stood on with what seemed like 100,000 acres of inlaid jewels. The Throne had a foundation, but I was not allowed to know more.

COALS FROM THE ALTAR OF GOD

As I got closer to the throne, I noticed an area with a railing. Actually, there were three levels of railings. Humans are not allowed beyond them. The railings are made of gold and some other kind of material that radiates the glory of God and may be the same as the glory of God. Angels stood at the railings.

Around the area were stones that were on fire. Living stones shaped like a potato gave off blue and amber Shekinah glory. They were from the altar of God and roughly two feet in diameter. They looked like they were coals from the altar of God. And on each one of them was a name.

My name was on one of these coals before the altar of God. Again, I was instantly on my face before Him. All I wanted to do for all eternity was give glory, honor, and praise to God. The feeling was multiplied millions of times over, stronger and stronger. But it is the same feeling that I have now on Earth when I am in deep prayer and seeking God. I don't want to come out

THE GLORY OF GOD

While I was in the glory cloud, I was not allowed to look very far. When I would try to lift my head, something would push it back down. It was not as if I could see God clearly. I couldn't. But I could tell there was a Being on the throne.

Again, I never saw God plainly. I was not allowed to see Him except for one of His feet. His foot seemed the size of the United States, and His toe looked the size of Tennessee. I don't understand how this could be, but this was my impression. These are just my words in an attempt to describe the indescribable.

The Word declares: This is what the Lord says, Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Isaiah chapter 66 verse 1.

I understand now how the world could be His footstool. The glory He was clothed with radiated from Him sounding like millions upon millions of dynamos surging current, whooshhhh, whooshhhh.

There was just a surge upon surge of power. Supernaturally I knew that these surges of power were answers to someone's prayer. God answers prayers from His glory.

Then there was a raised area beyond this magnificence. There were beings on the throne and flames went in and out. Around the throne were winged creatures that flew around and around saying, "Holy, holy Lord God Almighty." I actually saw them doing just that, but I can't describe them.

I know that every time they went around the throne, they saw a different aspect of God. He was totally revealed to them. Refer to Isaiah chapter 6 verses 1 through 3. Revelation chapter 4 verses 6 through 8.

Four Rivers flowed from the throne. They came out of the glory cloud and washed over the coals from the altar of God, but did not extinguish them. There was no hissing sound, they could not be put out. The rivers came out as one from the throne, float across the pavement, and then continued on to the areas prepared for them as they became four distinct flowings of water. The small streams looked about half a mile wide, they flowed through heaven and appeared bottomless.

One of the rivers was the flow of the mercy and grace of God.

All this time I saw memorials to the glory of God for what is done. I saw Jesus talking to others, and yet He always seemed to be behind me. There was what looked like a band shell at the throne of God. Jesus was there. He looked at me and I just had to no words. I still cannot describe how I felt as He looked at me. It seemed important to Him that I noticed Him. Everything in heaven notices Him, but for some reason He wanted me to remember this. I looked on Him and He smiled.

There is a scripture that says not to fear those who can destroy the body, but fear Him who can destroy the body and soul in hell. That is God alone. He has the power of eternity.

And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew chapter 10 verse 28.

In front of the throne, I saw a laver or basin filled with the blood of Jesus.

Liquid plasma waves of glory flowed out from the throne. The hopes and desires of everyone who has ever lived flowed into the throne. And out of the throne flowed God's love and the answers to our prayers. All were there.

I noticed that the people who were in heaven did not necessarily get to see God right away. Sometimes they had to wait for a long time. I think they have to be there for a while to be able to withstand being in His presence.

There is something about eating that fruit and smelling those beautiful leaves as you come into the garden that helps you to withstand the very presence of God to keep you from just melting.

There were waves of liquid love coming out of God. The fragrance would choke you on Earth, but the aroma of God's presence is beautiful beyond belief.

Sometimes in revival services here I have noticed a heavenly fragrance that has been released. We have smelled it many times but not at the intensity that it was in a place called heaven.

Out of the glory of God, I saw a puff of smoke that went by me like a big plane, millions of dynamos. This was my anointing being sent.

I watched the angels who brought prayers. They were given the substance of God's sent with an answer everything. All answers are designed out of His glory. When it is time to leave the throne, you migrate back to what you are to do. Every person has a God-designed purpose.

UNBELIEVABLE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY

I was before the throne for what I thought was a long time but suddenly I was no longer there. I had been carried from the throne because I could not walk. I was glowing with light and could not speak either. But I was not the only one in this state. All who had come from the throne were in about the same condition and all were giving God the glory. Unbelievable peace and tranquility. Indescribable.

Then the angel told me, "You have an appointment with the Lord."

Instantly I was in a park-like setting traveling at the speed of thought towards something like a gazebo (canopy).

XVIII. AND AUDIENCE WITH THE MASTER

The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. First Book of John chapter 4, verse 4.

I heard a voice saying, "You are destined to an audience with the Master."

Jesus stood on a platform in a gazebo. He appeared to weigh about 180 to 190 pounds in earthly terms and He had a reddish-brown beard. He had scars on His face and neck, open wounds that were not healed. His feet were also scarred. He wore a seamless robe of light and was engulfed in a glory cloud of light.

There were seats around the gazebo. The Lord turned and His attention was on something else. When He turned I fell flat on my face. The power of God just knocked me right down. Somehow He stood me on my feet. He must have touched me. The angels were also on their faces. He told them something but I don't remember it.

"Sit. I have somewhat to say to you," He said. There was a golden chair. Again it was shaped like wrought iron.

Jesus told me, "When you were a child, I came to you."

When I was seven years old, I saw Jesus come down on a golden stairway. When I was four years old, I was caught away to heaven while I was at my grandfather's house. My grandfather was quite a gentleman and a Bible reader. He was a protege of evangelist Billy Sunday. They were great friends.

That day, I had gone outside to catch grasshoppers before my grandfather and I were to go fishing because he had told me, "It's my time to pray." He sat praying and watching me from the dining room window. I remember reaching down to pick up a grasshopper and the next thing I knew I was in heaven standing before the throne of God. I'll never forget it. There were royal purple tapestries everywhere and big columns.

Jesus was sitting on the throne. He looked down at me and smiled. He said, "Never drink, never smoke, never sin. There's work for you to do later on."

Then I remember jumping. And I don't know how long I was frozen in that posture. But when I looked up to the window again, I saw that grandpa had a big grin on his face, because he knew what had happened. He had probably prayed for it and then prayed it through. I told him and he was very excited about it.

Now in my heavenly audience with the Master, Jesus said to me, "I have called you as a prophet to the nations. In many ways, you have succeeded. In many ways, the evil one hindered and overcame you, but fear not. I have overcome him. I was there when you were born. I was there when you were four and the evil one tried to destroy you."

As a young child, I had contracted measles, scarlet fever, and other sicknesses. The doctor had given up on me. My mother was rocking me while my dad was in the field plowing. Suddenly the house filled with smoke as if it was on fire, but there was no smell of fire. My mother cried out, 'God, if you spare this boy..." Out of the cloud came two hands that healed me.

"Son, I'm going to take you to the other place." Jesus now said, "I want to do more through you. Richard, I need your help. You were never designed to be more than what you are. This is heaven, where I want My people to come."

Thousands of people were listening to what He was saying to me. He told me about people who are currently in my life and those who would later come into my life. He told me some very personal and private things about my life. He told me some of the heartaches and troubles that I would have, the things I would go through.

"One is and will not be, and one is next to come. Beware, the evil one would send you to wrong people."

Jesus said that the great revivals were about to spring out in His church. He was going to cause great revivals to come in small places, and I would be on earth to see them. He also talked to me about many other things. Holding His hands out flat, He gestured and said, "All is taken and brought together."

XIX. THE OTHER PLACE

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Matthew chapter 10, verse 28,

"Come, My Father wills you to see the other place," Jesus said.

Immediately I felt dread and did not want to go.

Jesus looked at me and said, "There is no disobedience in heaven," and I was ready to go.

I knew that because I was with Jesus, I would be perfectly safe. Jesus picked me up and carried me like a baby. There was no fat in His body. It felt as hard as steel. He has all-powerful arms. He is the strongest Being in the universe. Instantly we descended into a gray, nasty stench, like a rotting carcass. I buried my face in His robe.

"You will not want to see," He said, and I was scared.

I had both my arms wrapped around one of Jesus' arms. We descended to a flat area, and I was at the gates of total destruction. I quickly realized that hell is the exact opposite of everything that heaven is.

The gates were as big as the gates in heaven. But these were made of black material. I remember stairs, and there were hideous, grotesque beings as tall as the angels who guarded the gates of heaven.

Some cartoon figures of demons approached, how hideous these creatures were. When they saw the Master, they screamed in horror. There were also flames of punishment. I felt the doom and despair there. I heard people crying out. It seems that demons take people to torture them to the same level of pain the demons themselves are in, or worse. People were naked. There was no one there who is not old enough to know what sin was. There were no babies.

Jesus urged me to tell people what I saw. "I want you to tell others of this place and warn them that unless they are washed in My blood, unless they are born again, this is where they will spend eternity."

There were demons all around screaming, screaming, screaming at the very presence of Jesus. They could not stand to be in His presence. As soon as they saw Him, they screamed and ran in terror.

There were people begging and pleading with Jesus to get them out of there, but He would not hear them because their judgment was fixed. Refer to Hebrews chapter 9, verse 27.

I cannot describe everything I saw because it makes me violently ill. I don't want to remember. But I can tell you that there is an absolute horror. When you die, you have a spiritual body. This spiritual body has the exact properties that your physical body had when you were alive. You are a spiritual being, yet all physical senses are present.

I saw people in hell who were no more than walking skeletons, with the flesh of some kind hanging off of them, rotting off of them. There were maggots, and the smell was unbelievable. People were being raped, serpents ate undigested parts of people. Then the people were restored, and it happened all over again.

I witnessed people being ripped apart by demons, parts of their bodies were hanging on boulders and rocks and the demons would take the parts and eat them and pass them through. And then the body was whole again for the process to be repeated.

A young girl had hot coals forced into her mouth as demons mocked, "You really thought you were getting by with something."

There were groups of people in small cages that were on fire. People were put into small burning cages that were then dipped in a lake of fire. However, their bodies were not consumed. The bodies were never consumed. They were half skeletons, half beings.

Demons poured liquid fire on people. There were what looked like cold pits burning. People had cancer with all its pain and suffering forever. One man had a rotting arm. It took 100 years to rot off. Then it was restored, only to begin rotting off again. There was another man with part of his head blown off from war. He had to keep looking for the rest of his head.

I saw the lake of fire with people in it bobbing around. Every torment you can imagine is multiplied a million times. There are degrees of punishment in hell. The people who are punished the greatest are those who knew the most and didn't do what they should have done. I thought of Hitler and I thought of God's justice.

There was a hole and in the bottom of the hole, demons were chained. When they saw Jesus, they screamed out, "We're coming to get you."

But Jesus said, "No, you won't."

I pleaded, "Please, I don't want any more."

There were pits of hell that were empty, empty now, but waiting for whole nations. It was dark and there were demons and serpents everywhere. The demons inflicted more pain than they were going through themselves.

And they will be going out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me. Their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched and they will be loathsome to all mankind. Isaiah chapter 66, verse 24.

Then I saw the place reserved for the devil and his angels. He will have flaming slimy fire over his head for 1000 years. The lake of fire had depths that got worse and worse and worse.

"Son, you have fulfilled what God wanted," Jesus said.

We ascended to the platform again.

I asked, "Who am I going to tell?"

"Tell others about a place called heaven and the other place, the place of separation."

He took my face in His hands and tilted it so that I had to look directly into His face.

Then He said, "Don't ever forget how much I love you and what I have done for you. Never forget how much I love those whom you are going back to and the place I have prepared for them, and how much I love them."

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RICHARD SIGMUND 2


MY TIME IN HEAVEN:
MY TRUE STORY OF DYING AND COMING BACK
PART 2

VI. GOD KNOWS OUR TOMORROWS

In Him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be for the praise of His glory. Ephesians chapter 1 verses 11 through 12

I was taken into a very large building that had a huge archway. Inside were rows upon rows of shelves with books. The shelves seemed to be miles long and miles high. And the books looked about 15 feet tall. There were hundreds of angels servicing the books. They were going in and out, there was a lot of activity.

THE ARCHIVES OF HEAVEN

God keeps records and this large building was the archives of heaven.

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. Revelation chapter 20, verse 12.

The archives of heaven contain different books about our lives. And these are the books that are taken to God when judgment time comes. The books are the records of our works here on Earth. If a person sins, it is recorded in the book. I was given the understanding that when we repent, anything that we have done that was wrong or sinful in nature and was recorded in the books is erased for eternity. No one can find the record, not even God.

I saw another very large building different from the archives. In that building is a book corresponding to every person on earth. There are other books about our lives, which are pictorial records. Every thought, and every reaction, everything is recorded in heaven. There were many different books for each person. Tall, slender angels took care of the huge books.

These angels appeared to be eight to nine feet tall. And they wrote in the books using a golden quill that was about five feet long and apparently could write forever. An angel would hold a book in his right hand and make the record with his left. I saw angels pull out books with their left hands and open the thick pages. In each page was something like a video screen, except the images were three dimensional. The images contained the history of life, and the books were written. The pictures were created before time.

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

GOD ORDERS OUR TOMORROWS BY OUR PRAYERS TODAY

God is able to go forward or backward in time. He created time; He invented it. God sets up our tomorrows because of our prayers and our seeking Him today. God knows what is coming tomorrow. He orders our tomorrows, but He orders them because we pray today. As we pray, God gives us our tomorrows by a system of weights and measures. In other words, we can know what is coming tomorrow because of the checks and balances in our spirits. The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirits and causes us to pray and to seek God. He also confirms His plans to us and gives us direction in life telling us, "Yes, no or not yet." Invariably, when we are praying about tomorrow or what is going to happen down the line, it is because God has a blessing in store for us and the devil wants to steal it away or trip us up. When we pray earnestly, it releases God to go into our tomorrows and lay a trap for the devil and make sure our blessings are there right on time. This is something I was told by the Lord when I was in heaven. I was also told that all of our tomorrows are God's yesterdays.

A LESSON ABOUT SEEKING GOD

I was taken to a place that I didn't understand at first. I was standing on the edge of the universe, and I saw all of the universe as a great spiral. From this vantage point, it looked like a huge wound up clutch spring. The center was pure white, and the light got dimmer and dimmer as it got out to where I was on the edge.

I was closer to this than some of the other people were. I could see people way behind me and they thought they were close. People up ahead of me also thought they were close, but they were ahead of other people in time. And then I learned a lesson about seeking God. Men everywhere ought to seek God and be thankful for where they are with Him. Do not be envious of others who may be a little bit ahead and pray for those who are behind you. Altogether, we form a group that is seeking God.

Let us not give up meeting together, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as some are in the habit of doing but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews chapter 10, verse 25.

The Word tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and even more so as we see that the day of the Lord's return is fast approaching.

There is strength in numbers. And when you are seeking God, the greater the anointing is and the easier it is to pray. I learned this, God is way ahead of us because our tomorrows are God's yesterdays. He has already laid victory in our path. The Holy Spirit makes you aware if you are really close to God, that you need to pray because there is something in your pathway you need to know about. How many times has He done this for all of us? I don't know. I can tell you only about myself. Many times He has, and I have always been better off praying about tomorrow, knowing that God is there already. He is going to take care of me if I take special pains to pray today.

GOD CREATED OUR BLESSINGS BEFORE TIME BEGAN

The angels who were with me told me that some of the things I was seeing in heaven for myself, were created by God before the beginning of time. Before He invented time, He finished heaven and the host of heaven, and He created the blessings I would need when I got there.

I was in a store that contained clothing that was exactly what I would require in heaven. I had my own section, God created everything that I would have need of in heaven before Time was even created. He knew I would be there.

Yet, even though certain things were made before time began, there were other places in heaven where I saw homes being built. There were angels at work, people busy at work, creating homes and putting blessings there that we couldn't receive on Earth, blessings received in heaven.

VII. THE LIBRARY OF GOD'S KNOWLEDGE

Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. Romans chapter 11, verse 33.

Another building I was taken to contain the written part of God's knowledge. God wrote some of His knowledge so that we would have something to relate to. There were individual symbols, each having the interpretation of the symbol written by God. When you are in the library of God's knowledge, your mind is automatically stimulated.

I talked with one man who was in this building, and he said, "Brother Richard, I have been here for two millennia, and I've only gotten to page two."

Millions of angels come and go from this library, as well as the same number of people of the inhabitants of heaven. These angels are on their way to Earth.

Many times in this life we don't know what to do, and we pray for wisdom. Again, the Bible says that angels are ministers to the heirs of salvation.

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

The library of God's knowledge is where the angels go to get wisdom, and we can receive it. Sometimes it is brought directly by the Holy Spirit Himself. People in heaven have access to it and never forget.

There are great universities in heaven. I mean, great, and there are many of them. Our education is not complete when we leave Earth. We have only just begun. I saw two giant buildings that were colleges for people. The people were taught by angels and other people. All subjects were taught even singing. Every song, every note, every word you are taught stays with you throughout eternity. There is no end to learning. All of your minds are illuminated to the wisdom and knowledge of heaven. 100% of your mind is used and it is increasing in capability. You can do anything in heaven that your heart desires to do because your desire is for the things that are right.

The university buildings appeared to be a mile or two long and a mile or two deep. They were great buildings with the capacity to hold hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people. The classrooms were huge auditoriums. I could see them through the windows as I walked by. People were learning and praising God inside. And I was told that anything you learn in heaven, you'll never forget. I remember standing for just a moment in utter amazement. I could hear everything that was said. People were praising God and many secrets of God were being made known.

VIII. MEMORIALS

That the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Second book of Corinthians chapter 4, verse 15.

On my tour, I was taken to a building that looked like a huge layered wedding cake. The bottom layer, which was big and round, was about 15 feet tall. It had a lit archway and above the archway was a name. I went in. Inside were walls on which revivals scenes were being played over and over. These were the revivals I had been involved with since I was a child. God was continually getting the glory as they were displayed over and over. In three inch letters it was written: THE GLORY GOD GETS OUT OF RICHARD'S LIFE.

I saw other memorials. In the memorial of Cornelius the centurion mentioned in Acts 10, who was generous toward the poor and needy, there was much almsgiving. His Memorial looked a lot like the Washington Monument, but not as tall. It had writing on it and angels were standing there making announcements about the almsgiving that Cornelius had done. It was a place where people came to see what was mentioned in the Bible. I never saw Cornelius and I don't know what he looked like. But I felt in my spirit that he wasn't very far away. He was talking with people and giving God the glory.

There were more memorials everywhere. Each Memorial depicted some great victory that one of God's children had won down here on Earth, memorials told when someone a very bad sinner came to Christ. Memorials told when some great battle was fought and one for the glory of God's Spirit.

I saw a memorial about a service that Billy Graham had held in Southern California. It told about the glory that God had received there, and the number of people who had been saved and the words were sealed in God forever.

I saw other memorials. It was a glorious place to be. I saw Smith Wigglesworth Memorial. I did not get to talk with him because he was at a distance. But he looked my way and smiled, waving his hand. He was busy directing people here and there and telling them how much God loved them and what He had in store for them in heaven. Smith Wigglesworth was doing in heaven what he had done on Earth, helping people.

Since there are no sick people in heaven for him to pray for, he was talking with all the new arrivals who had read his books and heard him speak and wanted to talk to him. But he was very humble going about his business of helping others.

The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew chapter 23, verse 11. He who would be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all. Refer to Matthew chapter 20, verse 27.

That is one of the rules that heaven is run by, you are a servant of all. You are a servant to all and you are a servant of the Lord. The way to go up with God is to go down and get beyond yourself to where there is nothing of you left. The death of self is worth much in the sight of God.

I was told by the angels who were with me that there are things that God highly prizes. He highly prizes someone who is absolutely truthful and totally honest, who prays before he makes any decision and to make sure that all his decisions are what God wants him to make. God highly prizes someone who will pray and seek Him in all things and be obedient. Above all, is obedience to God. Those are principles that heaven is run by.

THE WAY OF THE ROSE

I was taken to an avenue named "The Way of the Rose." I somehow knew that there were important and long-lasting events connected with this avenue. I asked the angel on my left if he would tell me why I was here at this beautiful place. He replied, "It is for you to obey, not to question God." He spoke with a stern voice. So that's settled that.

There were some homes still under construction. One of them had names carved in beautiful letters above the entrance. These names were Paul and Judy, of the family Hegstrom. At that time, I didn't know who they were, and I didn't have the nerve to ask. I noticed that the other homes had similar construction. They were all joined together by beautiful turf green yards with flowering trees that were thousands of feet tall. All of them were made so that the back and the front looked very much the same. In addition, all of the houses were three stories tall. They had many spacious rooms decorated with rose-colored woodwork, and the rooms were filled with exquisite furniture. It all looked as though it was taken right out of Buckingham Palace in London. In the backyards, there were many sitting areas with golden furniture which again looked much like wrought iron lawn furniture. The seat cushions were made out of spun gold.

Behind the homes was a large lake as well as ornamental hand carved scenes of heaven. These scenes have live figures that moved and talked but remained part of the scene. They were carved out of woodlike substance. Again, I cannot explain it. I can say only that this is what I was shown. The laws of physics that apply on earth did not apply there.

The main libraries in these houses were lined with books that were embossed with gold. They were heaven's pre-copies of books that have been written, and that will be written in the time to come. Of the library at the Hegstrom's home, Jesus said to me, "These books were written by My Spirit at the beginning of time. They were given to Paul Hegstrom to write on earth when he was there. You will meet him later. When you do tell him that there is much to do and not to slack in the pace." Then Jesus said, "I will tell you more later."

Every member of a family was represented by his or her own home. Some of those members were already there. On the front of the Hegstrom's home was a memorial to the glory that God had received from the yielded life of this man. Again, I was made to know that I would meet him later in His season. I wept in praise and gratitude, and the angels began to praise God.

WHERE THE ROSES NEVER FADE

This incident will not mean as much to you as it did to me. I still get all emotional when I remember it. It brings to mind an evangelist friend of mine who was somewhat like a father to me. He would always sing this song for me, "Where the roses never fade." I never have quite gotten over his sudden death. The people all around me grew very quiet. And I felt that a very special moment was about to happen. I was aware of someone coming my way. I recognized him as an old friend who had been killed in a car accident many years ago. I was astonished to see him there. I was not aware that he had been converted. Once again, I was at a loss for words. What a glad reunion day we will have in glory.

IX. MUSIC, LANGUAGES, AND CLOTHING IN HEAVEN

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 five, verse 13.

God does not want to lose one bit of the talent and skill that people have developed on Earth. As I wrote before, when that talent is brought to heaven, it is multiplied a million fold.

MUSIC EVERYWHERE

I saw and heard Johann Sebastian Bach on a huge organ that had notes below and above what people normally hear on Earth, and I heard all of it. As he played the choirs of heaven joined in praise and worship. Everyone joined in the music.

I noticed something else in heaven. Music was everywhere. People in the various villages and cities were praising God in song. One village would sing one song, another village would singing a different song.

As I went up in the air, I could hear music from the different villages at the same time, yet they were all singing in concert. The higher I went, the more villages I could hear. Yet everyone seemed to be singing the same song in perfect harmony. I thought of it as the song of heaven. I saw choirs from a distance, then I saw them closer. I had heard them in the background, and I had also seen smaller groups singing. Sometimes the choirs were groups of angels.

Apparently one of the songs was specifically for me. While I was there, I knew what it was. Now I do not understand the song or its meaning, nor do I remember the melody or lyrics. It was for me to know only while I was there. I understood that the songs the angels sang had something to do with ministry and something to do with what God was saying to people in heaven.

The songs that people sang were different. Sometimes groups were made up of two or three people. Sometimes there were large groups. I saw a large group in the setting of an amphitheater, and they seemed to be standing on air, even though they also looked like rising. They were singing songs similar to what we sing here on Earth. One song I remember is, "The King is Coming," but the title was slightly different, "The King has Come." They went through the whole story from Heaven's point of view, and it was the most beautiful song. I remember hearing it but now I can't recall all the words.

When you leave Heaven, you lose the ability to understand some of the things that you heard spoken there. Much of it you don't remember because you don't have earthly words to express it. And the closer I came to the throne of God, the greater the number of people there were in choir. I remember a choir of what seemed to be 50 or 60,000. While I was there, I knew the exact number but now I don't remember. They sang with the deepest base and the highest soprano, beyond the ranges of anyone on Earth. They could be heard pleasantly in the background all over heaven. It was music in the language of God.

HEAVENLY AND HUMAN LANGUAGES

In Heaven, you can speak in a heavenly language anytime you want, and the people there can understand you completely. I heard a language that sounded like Russian spoken by certain groups of people, yet other people whom I knew were not Russian could walk up to them and speak perfectly in that dialect. These people also have spoken a heavenly dialect, and they spoke perfect English as well. It seems that in heaven you have the ability to speak all human languages, in addition to heaven's own language.

HEAVENLY GARMENTS

There are stores in heaven, but they are unique stores aimed specifically at whoever walks through the door. There was a jewelry store with diamonds that represented a specific woman in a man's life. Again, one store I walked into had only suits and robes tailored specifically to my taste. In another store, I saw garments that had been made before the beginning of time. These had been put on the shelf and were in pristine condition as if they had just been placed there. Of course, no one would disturb them because they were for someone else. It is for your joy to make sure that others receive what God has for them.

I saw what seemed to be a gathering place like a community center. Thousands of women were sitting at tables and benches in a park like setting. In the center of them was a pile of beautiful clothing. They were sewing but did not have needles and thread in their hands. They were just putting pieces of cloth together and telling them what to be. The cloth became what the women said. The women were making garments for people who were soon to be there. I believe that the garments were rewards that were being heaped up in heaven. In Heaven, God rewards us for what we give on earth that is known only to Him. He knows what we give in secret. I saw this.

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. Matthew chapter 6, verses 3 to 4.

DRESS IN HEAVEN VARIED

Some people were dressed in some sort of pants and pull over shirts that were pure white. One outfit I saw was bright yellow, but I saw others have different colors. I saw people dressed in suits, similar to what we wear here on Earth, but much more expensive looking. I also saw people dressed as one would think angels would dress in long flowing robes. Clothing was made out of heavenly material. I saw the Lord many times. He had gold around the ends of His sleeves and around His collar. He also had a golden waistband and gold around the hem of His long flowing robe.

I cannot put into words how beautiful it was to see all these different people with their fabulous adornments. It was because of the anointing. Nowhere did I see people wearing jewelry. It wasn't necessary. The glow of God's presence just makes a person beautiful.

"I want to see God," I heard myself say. The angel corrected me, "No, you have an appointment." Angels do not go before God unless they are bidden.

X. BALCONIES AND CHIMES IN HEAVEN

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 one.

BALCONIES OVERLOOKING EARTH

I walked by groups and groups of people and I could hear them talking. It was like the buzzing and busyness of people waiting at an airport or a train station. They were obviously waiting for someone. They were preparing something also. "We did this because we knew he would like it. Wait till he sees this."

It became obvious that these people were involved in the preparation of a mansion for a family member or friend. They were talking about this person who was about to arrive. Oh, the excitement they showed in anticipation of someone coming home. As I said earlier, there were announcement centers letting people know when a loved one was coming to heaven.

These centers looked like band shells, except that they were made out of glory clouds. They were solid yet you could see through them. And they seemed as if they lit up from the inside with a great amount of the glory that permeated everywhere. It was all different colors like fire shooting through it, amber and gold. There were sparkles and an aroma, the fragrance of God. At this band shell, someone was announcing a homecoming. There were a great number of people in the crowd and supernaturally I knew it was a pastor coming home after many years of service to his church. He was on the way to the announcement center. He had already come through the veil, and there were great joy and wonderment in the people.

Again, there are balconies and bleachers in heaven that look over the events on Earth. People come to watch prayers come to pass. They are the cloud of witnesses.

Therefore, 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.

People in heaven watch births and weddings on Earth. They are a cheering section hollering out encouragement to us.

DIAMOND-LIKE AND MULTICOLORED CHIMES

I was shown chimes in heaven that were very loud and beautiful. They looked like diamonds and were about 15 feet in either direction. They were suspended from a pole that was solid diamond and about 500 feet tall. Nobody had to ring the chimes. Angels would rub them and they would chime for what seemed like 20 minutes. As they chimed people would join in with them singing. The chimes were like a huge minaret. They were tree-like and were everywhere. The pipes of the chimes were huge and had a deep, full sound that filled the air with harmonies that you could hear it a great distance. I was told that whenever someone got saved, the chimes made a sound.

At one time I found myself hundreds, perhaps even thousands of feet in the air while being shown around heaven. Being high up and looking down, I could see many chimes. They were multicolored, some of the chimes had glory coming out of them. They were like the crystal diamond tree and gave off a wavering sound that was beautiful. It was like an organ playing continually. Whenever somebody got saved, they would chime a loud and beautiful song.

I also saw chimes near the balconies of heaven. There were seven large towers there with chimes hanging from them. The saints of God would go to the balconies and begin to pray and worship God. Looking down on Earth, they could see their promises coming to pass. Or they would look in on a revival meeting as they often did. They would say, "Preach it, preacher!" They would join in with the service and the chimes behind them would begin to give off the most beautiful heavenly sound, a song of worship and praise.

Here on Earth, there have been times in revival services when we have heard the anthems of glory being sung, and the beautiful music in heaven playing along. From what I saw during my time in heaven, I believe we heard the chimes that were near the balconies of heaven. In those services, our praise and worship reached high enough to commingle with those that were coming down from heaven. Then there was a steady flow of God's Spirit. Oh to be set in high places with Christ Jesus. We can experience being seated in those heavenly places if we pay the price to stay in the Spirit of God. That is what this scripture means. God has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians chapter two verse six.

HEAVENLY REWARDS DEPARTMENT

The angel who accompanied me on my right told me about a rewards department in heaven. I did not see it, and I did not go there. It was explained to me, however, and I heard others talking about it. It is a huge records building. This is where records are kept of the rewards that we do not receive on earth for some reason or other. An example would be the reward for giving to others or almsgiving to the Lord. Because of the love and compassion we have in our hearts, we give to the greater need. What we give here, we will receive back in heaven.

I was taken to a large building, large even by heavens standards. There were many rooms inside, and the rooms were beautifully decorated. The furniture was extraordinary beyond description. I saw what looked like a chair similar to a recliner. I didn't get to sit in it, but I saw someone else sit in it. As he did, the chair molded itself around him providing tremendous comfort. A book was given to him and he began to read out loud to others around him. I don't know what he was reading. I wasn't allowed to hear it. But everyone was smiling and praising God. I really felt that within this book contains the desires, wants and wishes of a Christian man here on Earth. Plans were being laid according to what was written in the book. In the ways he had been a blessing to others, he was going to be blessed in heaven. And they were planning the home in which he was going to live in heaven. They were planning the heavenly events in store for him. God had made it known and had it written in this book.

I believe that the good things you make happen to others on earth will happen to you in heaven. In this one building in this one room, were the intentions of God for the works of one man and how God was going to bless him. The building reflected the fact that God desires to bless us even more than we desire to receive from Him. There were other rooms in this huge building. The rooms were mammoth, sometimes beyond description and size. Some of the rooms had huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

There were three chandeliers is in the first room where the man was sitting in the chair. Each one was several hundred feet across. All three chandeliers were doing the same thing at the same time. There was no electricity, but they glowed beautifully. They were lit with a glow from within. Like the diamond tree, they continually glowed in different colors with what we're almost like bursts of fire. They glowed and gave off energy. The energy seemed to go through everything in heaven. I believe it was the Shekinah glory of God. The Lamb Jesus is the light, the power, and presence of God.

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.

All through this huge room, people were reading to others out of books and making plans. I heard one person say, "Now let's do this." As he made a gesture in the air arcs of what looked like fire spring off of his hand, and they sparked like fireworks that hung in the air for a few moments. I thought, wow, I wish I could do that. One of the angels who stood by me heard my thoughts and said that in heaven, you have the ability to do things that you can't even think of on Earth. You can do them in heaven because it pleases God. In heaven, the laws that govern Earth are done away with and the laws of heaven govern everything. And that's all he said about it. I realized that anything that is possible in heaven and that gives glory, honor, and praise to the Lord can be a reward for things done on Earth, especially in this room.

I was also told that those who don't seek rewards on earth receive the biggest rewards in heaven. The people in this room were planning other rewards from books that were spoken, written and recorded by the Lord. There were many other rooms but I was not allowed to go into them. The gentle reminder was always there. You have an appointment with God, I had to stick to the path. The angel would say, "No, you must be about the Father's business."

I really wanted to see this other large building because I somehow knew that it contained all the miracles that we need on earth for our bodies. I don't know the heavenly law concerning it. But I do know that God created everything we have need of for our bodies.

In this and other large buildings, there appear to be great factories. I don't know what was done in them. There were no smokestacks, power lines or power plants. Only worship and praise came from them. I could hear it. And there were lots of people coming and going in and out of the buildings. For a factory, the architecture was beautiful - spires, arched doorways, and columns all around. This was the typical architecture of heaven.

Off in the distance, I could see the temple of God or throne building, the biggest and most beautiful building in heaven. Every time I would look in its direction something would stir within me. I have an appointment with God.

XI. JESUS CAME MY WAY

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice is like the great deep, how priceless is Your unfailing love. Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house. You give them drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life. In Your light, we see light. Psalm 36, verses five through nine.

There were fountains everywhere in heaven. Where did the water come from? I wondered. Some of the fountains were the size of a city block. You could see right through some of them. They look like ice but they are a kind of crystal. The figures in them were alive. They moved.

FOUNTAINS WITH MOVING STATUES AND COLOURFUL WATER

The seemingly thousands of fountains in heaven depict different things. One that I saw had a statue of Jesus pouring out a large pitcher of glory. The glory was falling on little children and grownups who had their hands up wanting to drink. Again the statues were somehow alive, for they moved, yet they were made out of stone. I could see Jesus Himself in the distance and the image of Him moving in a fountain right in front of me. "How does stone live?" I thought. Jesus looked at me and smiled.

At another fountain, hundreds of people were standing around watching. The water turned hundreds of different colors and flowed down over a beautiful mountain with trees. The water shot into the air and came down in a mist over it. The mist clung to the trees as tinsel does on a Christmas tree. It sparkled yet the trees on the mountain were the most vivid green and other colors.

The water wasn't like the water we have here on earth. And yet, it was. It was water but it could do anything you wanted it to do. It turned into ice that was not cold. There were sheets of ice on the trees that were dazzling. I could not tell where the water drained. There were no pipes in the ground. There was apparently no need for plumbing.

There are no bathrooms. None of the houses I saw in heaven had bathrooms. You don't have to eat in heaven. And if you did eat, you wouldn't have to go to the bathroom anyway. You don't even need to take baths in heaven.

Similarly, there is no electric current but there are lights everywhere, including big chandeliers. Nothing in heaven casts a shadow. The light is even from every direction.

Just as there are no tangible shadows in heaven, there are no emotional or spiritual ones either. There is no variable illness, no shadow of failing. Things cannot fail in heaven. They are set for eternity.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James chapter 1 verse 17.

The closer I got to the throne, the greater were the wonders.

TELL MY PEOPLE I LOVE THEM

I saw Jesus coming my way. I stopped and the angels stood at attention and backed away from me a couple of feet. Then they bowed low, backed up and stood at attention again with looks of adoration on their faces.

Jesus walked in my direction and I fell on my face like a dead man. He stopped a few feet from me. And I remember looking at the nail holes through His feet. They shone with light from the inside of beautiful, beautiful Jesus. He suffered this for me. I had no words. Evidently, He touched me and I was able to stand. I did not feel worthy to stand or to look at His face.

He reached out His fingers, lifted my chin and said, "Son, look at Me. I love you. Even though you have been disobedient and haven't done what I have told you to do, I still love you. And I desire for you to tell My people about this place called heaven. I desire for you to tell My people the glorious things that My Father has made for them, that they might want to come here. I have chosen you and ordained you for this one work above all others that I might speak to you on this day of these things."

He took my hand and began to walk with me like a father would with a little child. We walked a little further down the street and He said, "I have many things to tell you. I will come to you again in just a short time. I have something else to tell you. But right now there is more for you to see, more for you to witness and experience. Tell My people I am coming soon. I love them."

And then He gave me a big hug and kissed me on the cheek and said, "I love you too." He held out His hand in front of me and I saw the nail scars. The wounds were open shining with beautiful light. I saw my name written in His hand looking almost as if a knife had carved it there.

"See," He said, "Your name is carved in My hand."

I knew then what that scripture meant. See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. Your walls are ever before me. Isaiah chapter 49, verse 16.

Then He looked at me again and said, "I have more to tell you later." Again, He said this, and He said, "Go with the angels. They are going to take you to see more people and to see more things. I have an appointment and I have to go. My Father wants me. I must go. I am always obedient to My Father."

Suddenly He was gone. He just vanished out of sight and was gone. In a fraction of a moment I saw Him off in the distance, walking and talking with people going toward the throne, and then the angels came back around me.

THE FOUNTAIN OF ALL PEACE

Throughout this wonderful experience in heaven, I felt a peace and tranquility, such as no human on Earth has ever known, ever. Several times I glimpsed in the distance what I would call a mountain-sized fountain. There are no adequate words to describe it, but I will try. The fountain was very high. It appeared to be about 10 miles in circumference at the base.

At the top was another living statue of Jesus. He had an altar cup in His hands and was lifting it up before the throne of God which was in the distance. His hands were extended toward the throne of God, and the vessel He held up was overflowing with what appeared to be the living blood of our Savior which was shed on Calvary Hill. He was standing above the fountain suspended in midair. A duplicate of the cross of Calvary was there too. Jesus was not on it. He was the master of it.

Below Him and the cross of Calvary were several layers of scenes carved into the stone, which was pure white, almost transparent, and alive. The scenes were about the price paid at Calvary and the redemption of the Lost Souls.

In the lower layers were scenes that told the redemptive story of mankind. Again, the carved scenes were alive and were playing over and over the complete life of Christ on earth. I can't explain it any better than this. I can only tell you what I was shown. The blood pouring out of the altar cup became a torrent of pure crystal clear water that seemed to be alive. It sparkled like jewels in the sun.

There was a glory cloud of I was told the peace of God. It was the peace of His presence, which surpasses all understanding. Refer to Philippian chapter four verse seven. It was the third most beautiful and glorious place in heaven.

The first most glorious place I saw was God's throne with God sitting upon it. The second and equal to it was the Lord Jesus. The third was the fountain of all peace. There were what seemed like millions of people simply shining in its glory. The glory of it reached to all of heaven and to all existence. In times of trouble, I think about the fountain of God's peace, and I am totally at peace once again.

Again, there are no words to properly explain it even though I experienced it all over and over again.

THE LIVING ARK OF THE COVENANT

I was told that I was expected at the meeting place. The angels seemed anxious for me to get there. There was an excitement that was vibrating all over my body. I noticed that the people around me were as excited about it as I was. Way down deep inside, it was an awesome feeling. I wondered what I was going to see there. Then Jesus was there again, and He said to the angels, "Take him by way of the living Ark." And as fast as the blink of an eye, we were there. I found myself standing in front of a raised platform with an exact duplicate of the original Ark of the Covenant. Another living statue of Christ was suspended above the ark with His precious blood dripping down on the area around the ark. Nothing else needed to be said. I was weeping with gratitude, and thousands of others were doing the same. It was a living memorial to the love of God.

THE MEETING PLACE

From my seventh birthday on, my life has been a series of experiences with God. I will never really know why God chose me, for I am the most ordinary man you have ever seen. It was simply the will of God for my life. I have met men and women of God who have had similar experiences and they didn't understand why they were chosen either. God alone knows. On Earth, I have experienced a very powerful encounter with God in which I was caught away to heaven where I received supernatural peace. That experience of peace was about to be repeated.

Yet first I was taken to a wooded area, which was some distance from the City of God. It was in the beautiful countryside about a mile from any houses. All along the street where we walked through this wooded area, hundreds of people were having joyful reunion parties. There were tears of joy flowing from every eye. I noticed that some of the people were stopping, looking toward me and saying, "There is Brother Richard." I had the feeling that we had met, perhaps in a revival meeting somewhere. So I waved to them and said, "God bless you."

A little boy of about six years old ran up to me and hugged me. He said, "Do you remember me?" I didn't remember at first, but then it came to me. God had suddenly put it in my mind.

The angels smiled. Then the angel who did the talking said, "The boy was a crippled child who could walk after prayer."

"Yes," I said, "I remember now."

The boy said, "I just got here. Jesus came and got me just now. See, I am not sick anymore."

People began to shout, "Glory!"

And it made me think of the excitement on earth when a revival is about to break out.

"I will see you later," the boy said as he ran off toward a group of children who were playing nearby.

I was taken to an amphitheater. Inside there were seats along one side, then up to the ceiling. It was like a movie theater. Where the stage would have been there was a window that reached from the floor, clear up to the ceiling, and from one side of the building to the other. You could look out over all of heaven. It was breathtaking.

Everyone sat in complete silence adoration of God while waiting for someone to speak to them. I was told to be silent, as none may speak there. To behold the beauty of heaven seemed to be the purpose of all who were sitting there. I was told that this is the meeting place. This is where all the cares that people had on Earth are cleansed away. Everyone leaves there having had his or her first encounter with the cleansing of heaven's glory. And then I was aware of why I had been brought here before. When it had happened earlier while I was still on Earth, I had been in a war with the evil one. Here I had felt at peace and quietness that had made the problem I'd been facing, just melt away. I fell on my face and my spirit within me cried, "Holy, Holy, Holy."

It was joy unspeakable and full of glory. First Book of Peter, chapter one, verse eight.

XII. THE CITY OF GOD

Glorious things are said of you, oh the City of God. Psalm 87 verse three.

I had been walking on the pathway up to this point, though I had seen other people floating. Now, something really different happened to me. I myself went up. I was going up through what looked like clouds, but they were actually groups of people. I could see the entire city. The higher I got, the more of heaven I could see. And it was a busy, busy place. In the distance, I could see the throne of God.

MOUNTAINS WITH SNOW AND TOURIST PARKS

There were mountains that had to be 50,000 feet tall. They had snow that never melted even though the temperature was always just right. I was taken to the base of a mountain. The mountains were covered with tourist parks. I noticed what I was told was conveyances. These conveyances floated like boats in the sky. They were made of carved wood and metal. People sat in them and talked with each other as they floated around. In them angels minister blessings to the people traveling together.

THE SEA OF GOD'S GLORY

I was taken to the ocean, the sea of God's glory. It was crystal clear and seemed to have no bottom in places. There were what seemed like millions of people in the water and under the water. As I said before, no one could drown and people were playing under the water. One man had built a castle out of rocks on the bottom of the ocean. In heaven, there are conveyances on the oceans, the seas, and the four major rivers just as there are in the air. They are like boats in the water. Some are very large, some are hand carved with biblical sayings on them. Some are guided by angels. There are also land conveyances which travel on golden roads. They seem to exist so that people can sit and enjoy each other's companionship. It was as if these vehicles were the past time building projects of someone who enjoyed making conveyances.

HEAVEN'S CAPITAL CITY

From up in the air, I could see the City of God. I had seen other cities in heaven. For example, I had been shown and visited a city on a peninsula extending out into the ocean. Yet the City of God appeared to be heaven's capital city. It was built around the throne and contained what looked like beautiful apartment buildings. I saw a waterfall coming off of one building. There were villages in the countryside surrounding the city of God. They appeared to be hundreds of miles from the outskirts of the city. These villages were of many different styles, just as there are around the world today. But all were clean and beautiful with flowing fountains everywhere. I saw buildings suspended in the air thousands of feet above the ground. This is when I floated high in the air and heard the villages singing their songs in perfect harmony.

LAYERS OF HEAVEN

It seemed as though heaven was layered. There was a layer with an atmosphere and thousands of feet of air, and then there was another layer with an atmosphere and thousands of feet of air. I don't know how big it was, I was taken up to an altitude of what seemed like 30 to 40,000 feet, and yet it was just a skip in the air. In Heaven, you can travel anywhere in moments of time. You can take a leisurely stroll to the layers just by walking through the air.

JESUS AT THE AUDITORIUM

Wherever I went, angels and people were around, sometimes just a few, sometimes large groups. They were standing around talking with great joy and worshiping. At times they were laughing with hilarious joy, evidently over a loved one coming home or a promise that had come to pass. And they were always talking about Jesus. I can still see Him going here and there among the people.

There was an auditorium that was an announcement center. The Lord Himself was on stage there. He was with me, but also I could look down and see Him as He was with groups of people walking through the air. In Heaven, Jesus is omnipresent. And instantly at the right moment, He was on the stage of that auditorium, which seemed to have seated 10 million people. I looked and He was there always and right now.

The stage was beautiful. There was a throne on it, and I believe that it was where Jesus was sitting before He suddenly stood. There was no pulpit but there was an area that was both gold and silver and had precious jewels. There were a fragrance and aroma that was indescribable and beyond measure, the fragrance of God Himself. The auditorium was open to the sky.

In addition to the stage, there were bleachers and beautiful hand carved seats that were unbelievably comfortable to sit in. Anything you sit on in heaven is comfortable forever.

And again, the Lord suddenly was there on the stage of gold, ivory silver, and the material I didn't recognize. I was given the understanding that there are other theaters throughout heaven where announcements are made. But this was the theater where Jesus announced that He was going to be born of a virgin. Someplace in heaven, there is a reenactment of the manger scene and the virgin birth to the glory of God, an eternal Nativity, that declares the miracle, God became man.

Some place in heaven you can feel and hear the throbbing heart of God, loving yearning, churning. You can feel His deep, loving compassion. He will do everything in His word that He has promised. The sacrifice of His son indicates that He was and is willing to do everything to redeem us.

He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans chapter eight, verse 32.

We often think that what is contained in the word is the sum total of what God will do for us. But it is not. In a sense, God limited Himself when He recorded His word for us. He didn't include all that He is and all that He can do, because He is infinite. While we are on Earth, we cannot comprehend or receive what He has planned for us ultimately. We cannot fathom the capacity of God, but in heaven, there are no limits.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians chapter three verses 20 through 21

In heaven, there is no yesterday and no tomorrow. There is only right now. The right now situation needed Jesus there in the auditorium, and that is where He was. He walked on stage to thunderous praise, worship, and adoration that seemed to go on forever. It was glorious. Jesus stood and looked at the people so lovingly. It was wonderful how He just looked at them and love them. You could feel the Shekinah glory love that came out of Him. It was awesome. Once again, words fail.

Slowly the people quieted down and a holy hush came over the auditorium. Jesus was about to speak. Suddenly He began to speak in a deep bass voice, the sound I have heard so often like rushing waters metallic. Refer to Ezekiel chapter 43 verse 2, Revelation chapter 1, verse 15.

I do not know what He said, I was not allowed to remember it. But I do know the topic was eternity, and what it means to God and what God has in store for His people. And it was awesome.

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