Joy of Heaven (3 of 6) by Stephen Whitney
This content is part of a series.Joy of Heaven (3 of 6)
Series: Our Eternal Destiny
On January 18, 1989 Don Piper was on his way back home to Huston from a pastor's conference. As he drove down Texas
highway 19 he crossed a narrow bridge over Lake Livingston.
Just as he got to the other side of the bridge and eighteen-wheeler weaved across the center lane and hit his 1985 Ford Escort head-on. The truck sandwiched his small car between the bridge railing and the driver's side of the truck. All of the truck's wheels went on top of his car completely smashing it.
The police report said that the truck was driving too fast - at least 60 miles an hour when it struck his car. When medical personal
arrived they examined Don, found no pulse and declared that he had been killed instantly.
While Don's body lay lifeless inside his car he experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the accident while a minister was praying for him, Don miraculously returned to life with only the memory of the heavenly
bliss he had experienced. He wrote about his experience in a book
titled 90 Minutes in Heaven.
He wrote, "Simultaneous with my last recollection of seeing the bridge and the rain, a light enveloped me, with a brilliance beyond earthly comprehension or description. In my next moment of awareness, I was standing in heaven.
Joy pulsated through me as I looked around, and at that moment I became aware of a large crowd of people. They stood in front of a brilliant, ornate gate. As the crowd rushed toward me, I didn't see
Jesus, but I did see people I had known. As they surged toward me, I knew instantly that all of had died during my lifetime. Their
presence seemed absolutely natural. They rushed toward me and
every person was smiling, shouting and praising God.
Everything I experienced was like a first-class buffet for the senses. I had never feasted my eyes on such beauty. Heaven's light and ...
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