About 25 years ago (pre-Church in Marshall), I spent a short time, at Fort Myers Florida.
I spent time at 3 churches there. I was newly spirit filled and untrained in God’s word and God’s ways.
At one church, at one of my visits they played a video about a man who claimed to have visited heaven over 80 times. This was around late 1989 or early 1990. It was an awesome video that actually set me on a revelation path I am still on today.
For years, about 25, I spent a good amount of time trying to locate that video. I didn’t remember the church name, the man who testified of the account or even how many times he went. I know now because I succeeded! I contacted ministries, churches, searched the internet, and so on to no avail.
Then on Easter Sunday, I was researching the Biblical stance or failure of the new film “Is Heaven Real”. I had been asked by a couple of people about it, and a friend went to see it.
I had not heard about the film until it was released, but am skeptical of stories of heavenly visits. I found that the film has 2 unbiblical statements:
1. Humans have wings like angels and halos
2. They state the time frame of Christ’s return
Years ago I learned that halos are originated in pagan art! And of coarse there is no Biblical mention of humans having wings.
People who know me, know I am good at finding things online. I don’t know if the video I was searching for wasn’t online, I had recently got better, or destiny had another purpose. But on Sunday I decided once again to take up the search to compare it to this latest film.
In less than 3 minutes I found it.
I decided not to make note of it to anyone until I rewatched the video, now that I know the Bible and am more mature in the faith. And I did so.
While the video is lengthy and very dated, it still is wonderful. The man’s name is Rev. Oden Hetrick and he is NOT flashy nor exploitive. Nor does any of his story contradict scripture, that I can find.
The next best testimony of a heavenly visit that I know of would be Jesse DuPlantis, but I find him flashy and slightly exploitive.
Most of these type of stories are NDE’s, near death experiences. And some are hoax’s, others are misunderstandings and wrong interpretations of what occurred. In the film and book “Is Heaven Real” how are we to trust the opinion and understanding of a boy who is 3-4 years old? I think the boy was exploited and what he saw misunderstood.
But with Reverend Oden Hetrick, you get a humble man who knows God’s word fairly well, who isn’t exploiting his experience.
His message about what he says about what’s outside of New Jerusalem inspired my own studies 25 years ago and continues today which currently can be found in my teaching here:
But without further ado here is the video: