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Herewith another powerful testimony of a woman, Choo Thomas, who was taken to Heaven and Hell.
I have only skimmed the attachment but am impressed to send it to you together with the previous two items.
There are elements of the message that are distinctly different to what i have written but i have been told that it is for each one to pray about these issues and draw their own conclusions, i have been told to simply post the report without editing or comment.
This message is from http://spiritlessons.com/ there is more material at that website.
May Yah bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and grant you His peace.
Warm regards and blessings
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Heaven is so Real
by Choo Thomas
Choo is a woman of God who epitomizes what it means to put first things first. The Lord Jesus Christ is truly the cornerstone of her life. The level of intimacy that Choo has encountered with the Lord rests on the precipice between heaven and earth. This book compels the reader to take a journey beyond the Pearly Gates. The throne room of God will no longer be an ambiguous undefined location, but rather a very inviting and viable encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. This book is a must-read for those who have ever doubted the authenticity of what awaits us beyond the veil.
SENIOR PASTOR, CHURCH FOR ALL NATIONS
Choo Thomas, whom I know to be a godly woman, gave me a condensed manuscript of Heaven Is So Real, which I read several times. I am convinced she has had an authentic supernatural experience with our Lord Jesus Christ in the spiritual realm. Taken into heaven, she witnessed both current and future events that faithful Christians as well as unfaithful believers and nonbelievers will face when they leave this earth. As a result of these things, I believe a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit has come upon Choo. In Heaven Is So Real, she stresses the importance of absolute obedience to our Lords direction if we are to please Him and be used by Him. This work is both a vivid description of what Choo saw in heaven and a graphic illustration of how we all should live while still on the earth.
--WALKER V. FREDERICK
CHURCH FOR ALL NATIONS
VOLUNTEER CHAPLAIN, PIERCE COUNTY JAIL
A wise man once said: There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. More powerful than the right time for a good idea, however, is the appointed time for the Son of God to return. For He warns that when He comes back, His people must be prepared for Him. You must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him,Jesus said in Matthew 24:44. For the last seven years, the Lord Jesus has given Choo Thomas visions with heavenly visitations so He could use her to help prepare His people for His coming in the season just ahead. This book can help you make yourself ready so that you neednt fear His return. May we greet Him with joyful expectation!
PASTOR OF PRAYER AND INTERCESSION
PUGET SOUND CHRISTIAN CENTER
We have been close friends of Choo Thomas for years. Choo is a genuine Christian and her book is a result of her actual experiences. Jesus is using Choo to reach many people. Jesus is coming soon for His people.
--GEORGE AND LORRAINE FERRA
I have known Choo Thomas for almost two years now. I have watched her great love for the Lord and her obedience and dedication to Him. We have talked about the love God has for each of us and the way He wants us to grow in Him. Choo is the kind of witness for God that makes you want to know God more and more. I know that in talking to her, I want to be good enough to join her in this glorious kingdom she has told me so much about. Thank you Choo.
YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST
Choo has been part of Church For All Nations for several years, along with her husband Roger. I know Choo as a committed Christian, a woman of Godly character, fully committed to her husband and faithful in attendance in the Sunday morning worship services. She has a desire to see others know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
--PASTOR RAYMOND WUERCH
ASSOCIATE PASTOR, CHURCH FOR ALL NATIONS
SENIORS AND PASTORAL CARE MINISTRIES
I would like to dedicate this book to our Lord Jesus, who chose me to do His End-Time work. He took care of everything this book required, from the beginning to the end of the publishing process. He spent thousands of hours with me over a seven-year period to prepare me for publishing this book and to train me for my ministry.
Awesome God, I praise You, Lord. I thank you so much, Holy Spirit, for helping me write Heaven Is So Real! Without Your help, I could not have done anything. I give You all the credit.
To the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit I give all the glory for this book. I pray that whoever reads it will glorify You, Lord. I love You and praise You, Lord.
I want to thank Lloyd Hildebrand for the great service he has rendered to me in both believing in this book and helping me to write it.
After the Lord showed me the divine revelations I have chronicled in Heaven Is So Real!, I had such a burden to communicate my experiences to others. But I felt very insecure with my own ability to do that. In addition to having a lack of confidence in myself, I questioned where I would find someone to help me write my book, and I questioned whether or not anyone would believe me when they heard my revelations of heaven--even though the Lord had told me that He would take care of every detail related to this book.
Thats when the Lord brought Lloyd to me. Lloyd asked me to send him the manuscript, and upon reading my first draft he decided to help me write this book. He told me he believed everything in my manuscript and that he thought it would be a very exciting book to write. In particular, he said he thought the segment about the rapture would be the most exciting.
Lloyd is an excellent writer who is filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lloyd, and God bless you.
I want to say a special thanks to my husband, Roger. Because English is my second language, and because Roger is used to my writing, he helped me with spelling and grammar throughout the book so that Lloyd could better understand what I was trying to say.
I sincerely appreciate all the work he did. And I especially appreciate his support of everything related to this book--whatever needed to be done--as well his support in every area of my ministry. He was also patient with me and did not complain during my seven years of preparation for ministry.
Thank you, honey. Gods favor is on you.
IN THIS BOOK I will be sharing with you the experiences I have had in heaven with Jesus. From the outset, I want you to understand the circumstances surrounding each of these visits to heaven.
A passage from the first letter by the apostle Paul to the Christians in ancient Corinth will help make this clear. It says:
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality... then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. --1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-54
This pericope of Scripture refers to the End Times, when those who know the Lord will go to be with Him forever. When this happens, we will have to exchange our mortal bodies for incorruptible, heavenly bodies.
Every time I have gone to heaven with Jesus this exchange actually has occurred. God would give me a new body--a body in which I looked remarkably like I did when I was a teenager. Sometimes this transformation would take place at a beach on earth that He escorted me to. Other times I would be clothed in my incorruptible body in my bedroom at home.
People often ask me, Were your experiences in heaven like visions or dreams, or did you actually go there?My only response to these questions is that I know Ive seen heaven, and I know that heaven is so real. Whether we place my experiences in the category of supernatural dreams, visions or actual experiences, I will leave to the theologians. All I can say is that they were very real to me.
Each time the Lord has visited me, I have been lying on my bed under the total control of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Just before He visits each time, my earthly body quivers and quakes for at least twenty minutes. I do not understand everything about this, but I know that He is releasing His power into my being. Sometimes these preparatory periods last for a half-hour or more.
Please dont ask me why this is necessary, because only He knows the reason for each experience. He has simply told me, over and over again, that He is getting me ready for the ministry He has called me to.
Usually when this occurs, my body shakes and my stomach tightens. Deep groans emerge from my spirit, and I perspire profusely. I believe the groans are those described by the apostle Paul: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered(Romans 8:26).
I believe the perspiring comes from the heavy anointing of the Lord. The Bible often describes the presence of the Lord in terms of fire, heat and glory, and now I know what these images mean. I personally have experienced the intense heat of His presence.
Usually these manifestations are followed quickly and suddenly by a tremendous surge within and a pulling, jerking sensation without. Then I see my transformed body with the Lord on the earthly beach. After He takes me to heaven, we always return to the same beach we started from.
Whenever and whatever has happened, which I admit I do not fully understand, my earthly body has remained in bed during each of my visits to heaven. During these experiences I am both a participant and an observer.
I have been able to see everything--all of what has happened to me--with the eyes of my earthly body. I have been able to observe all that has happened as I have gone with Jesus to the beach, as my body has been transformed and as He has escorted me to heaven.
My earthly body often reacts to my experiences in heaven as I am having them. It participates in the dancing, rejoicing, praising, laughing, crying and other manifestations occurring in my transformed body.
When my transformed body is happy, my physical body reacts with happiness. When my heavenly body is sad, my physical body reacts with tears. When my transformed body sings, I sing; when it dances, I move my hands; when it laughs, I laugh. When I, as a young woman within my transformed body, am talking with the Lord, my earthly body responds with words from my heart; and my mouth and head move accordingly.
I watch my transformed body as I walk with the Lord in heaven. When I sings songs of joy and praise, I can see the happiness reflected on my face. My voice, quite miraculously, emanates from my earthly body.
When I, in my transformed body, ascend to and descend from heaven, my real body feels as if it is being lifted up and gently lowered. These sensations last for only a second. Sometimes, when my physical body feels as if it is being lifted from my bed, I have screamed in fright.
Even though I can see the features of my own transformed face quite vividly, I cannot see the Lords face. However, I can see His hair, hands and clothing, and I can tell that He has a very large frame. His wavy hair is parted in the middle, is curled in at the bottom, comes down to His neck and is as white as silk. The skin on His hands is olive-colored, and His fingers are long and slender.
I can see the Lords mouth moving when He speaks to me. His stature and build make Him appear as if He is a young man, perhaps between the ages of thirty and forty. His height, it seems, is approximately six feet.
Although I cant make out His distinct facial features, I can tell when He is angry, happy, sad or concerned. I know Him to be very gentle and loving, and He enjoys playful moments. Remember, however, I am seeing the Lords spirit body (just like I am able to see my spirit body).
Since May 27, 1996, the Lord has taken me to the earthly beach early every Monday morning in fulfillment of a promise He made to me. We often have walked along together in the sand. Sometimes He has lifted me in His arms and spun me around like a child. During such playful moments, the Lord and I have greatly enjoyed each others presence, and we both have laughed with genuine joy.
The Lord has a very human personality, even though He is the Son of God. I love Him more than my life. He is a person of very few words. When He speaks, He always does so purposefully. He shares only those things He thinks are significant for us to know.
When He disappears after the exhilarating visits to heaven, my transformed body disappears as well, and my physical body is free to move in accord with its own needs and desires. At this point my body feels relaxed and restful.
After these marvelous experiences, I can get out of bed--immediately, if I choose to--but usually I lie there and reflect on the wonderful experiences Ive just seen and lived. Then I write these experiences in my journal.
I am amazed that the Lord called me to write this book. I am a Korean-American whose use of the English language is somewhat limited. Nonetheless, the Lord chose me to do His work. He told me to tell everything I experienced and heard, and that is the purpose of this book.
How thankful I am that I have been privileged to have this foretaste of glory so I can share it with you. God wants me to let you know that He already has prepared a place for you in heaven if you only will believe in His Son and receive Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
I want only to do the will of the Lord. My prayer for you as you read this book is the same as the apostle Pauls prayer for his beloved Ephesian brothers and sisters, recorded in his letter to them:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
I ask only that you receive this book in the same way it was written--with total openness to the Lord and His will. Evaluate my experiences in the light of the Word of God. I believe you will find that the things I share about heaven and my experiences with the Lord are thoroughly biblical.
In My Fathers house are many mansions;
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
--John 14:2 (emphasis added)
THROUGH A PROPHETIC utterance given by a pastor named Larry Randolph, God spoke directly to me on December 3, 1995. Pastor Randolph prophesied:
I saw the blessing of the Lord in the realm of prophetic ministry and the Lord opening your spirit in a great way to prophetic ministry, dreams and words of knowledge...I saw the Lord speaking to you in the night seasons, between 11 P.M. and 3 A.M....[He will] begin to awaken you and visit you, give you dreams, visions and insight...God told me that youre one of the daughters that Hes put His Spirit upon to prophesy.
Pastor Randolph spoke these words over me during a special Sunday service at Puget Sound Christian Center in Tacoma, Washington. As he did, the familiar anointing of the Holy Spirit welled up deep in my spirit, and my body began to shiver and quake under the power of God.
I began to weep tears of joy and gratitude as I realized that God had chosen me to be one of His servants in these last days. The Lord flooded me with His loving warmth, and the heat of His presence made the experience seem as if I were resting on a feather bed on a summer day.
I was reminded of the words of the prophet Joel:
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth.
Could it be, I wondered, that these prophetic words were being fulfilled here and now? Was I to be one of the Lords special maidservants who would see wonders in heaven and earth?
What an honor to be selected as a vessel of the Lords love, grace and power in these last days. Certainly this prophetic calling of God was not something I would have chosen for myself, because I am ordinarily a very shy person. I soon learned that all the shyness and bashfulness vanishes when I am experiencing the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
I recalled another scripture:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Clearly, God was choosing me to go forth in His name in order to bear lasting fruit--fruit that would remain. He was showing me the power of prayer and the importance of getting close to Him.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
The overwhelming excitement and burning anointing of the Holy Spirit continued to intensify as the pastor went on with his prophetic utterance. I literally felt as if I were on fire for God. Pastor Randolph continued:
Theres been a misunderstanding at times in the way you respond to God or the way you connect with God. The Lord says Hes going to remove the misunderstanding...they wont say, Shes an enigma.Theyll say, Shes just different....Its a godly difference...God has given you a uniqueness. Hes going to minister to you in a unique way. Hes going to speak to you things that only friends would tell friends. Hes going to give you secrets in the night seasons.
To be a close, personal friend of Gods, as Abraham was, has been my hearts desire since I became a Christian. I treasure moments alone with the Lord. I know His voice, and when my heart is quiet before Him, He is able to speak to me: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me(John 10:27).
Through this compelling message from God, I knew the Father was answering the cry of my heart--to get to know Him better by building an intimate personal relationship with Jesus. My heart was soaring like an eagle while I listened to Him speaking to me through Pastor Randolph:
Its not showing off what God gives you; its keeping secrets. Gods going to tell you things about people that youll never tell people. Youll pray for and intercede [for them], and hold them up in prayer because youre going to be a friend of God--and thats a true prophet. Its just a friend of God. A friend of God.
Hes going to tell you secrets about other peoples lives and about things Hes doing in the earth. So, get ready in 1996 for a fresh anointing of the prophetic to come upon your life. And in the new year, as you wait before the Lord, Gods going to put a fresh Spirit upon you, an anointing of prophecy is going to come upon you.
I knew the words were beautiful and deeply meaningful even though I did not understand all they implied. I felt as if I were clay in the hands of the divine Potter, and He was shaping me, molding me and forming me in preparation for a special ministry that would begin in the very near future. As I spun on the Potters wheel, under a mighty anointing of the Spirit of God, I sensed that major changes were already taking place deep in my spirit.
A tinge of fear was soon extinguished by the oil of the Spirit that seemed to drip over every part of my being. My mind tried to find its way into the old channel of questioning, because I felt so unworthy to receive such a wonderful personal message and calling.
How can God use me? I thought. I am a Korean-American, and my use of the English language is not as proficient as it should be. Why would God pick me to be His friend? Why me?
It was all so surprising, but even though I was a young Christian I had already learned the truth of Jesus words, Without Me you can do nothing(John 15:5). I decided right then and there to accept the Lords message by faith, and in my heart I prayed: Father, thank You for giving me this word. I will always say yes to You.
This was my commitment even though I did not fully understand everything the Lord was saying. One thing I did realize, however, was that He would have to prepare me for the ministry He was leading me into.
I remembered the words of one of my favorite verses: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths(Proverbs 3:5-6).
Little did I realize where those paths would lead me, but I was firm in my resolve to trust the Lord without leaning on my own understanding. After all, isnt this the essence of the spiritual life? Were spiritual beings on a human journey. Our true essence is our spirits. Heaven is our true home, and as Ive discovered, heaven is so real.
Since the moment God called me to a prophetic ministry I have learned that many believers dont truly believe. Some are not sure that heaven even exists. Others dont seem to care. Too many go through life as if this world is all there is.
God has shown me an entirely different picture. He has taken me to heaven seventeen different times, and He wants me to let everyone know that heaven is so real! When we truly understand this, it changes everything about us--our motives, attitudes, values, relationships, dreams, plans and perspective. My prayer for you is, you will catch more than a glimpse of heaven as you read and that you will be changed--as I was--and experience the security of knowing Jesus has already prepared a place for you and your loved ones.
VISITATIONS AND VISIONS
On Heavens Road
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
MY NAME IS Choo Nam Thomas, and I am Korean-American. I am the only daughter of my parents, who are deceased, and I have two brothers: one younger and one older. I am married and have two children, a son and a daughter, both of whom are married. I also have two grandsons and two granddaughters.
In Korea, my family was not religious in any way. I never heard about Jesus until I went to church. I had only heard about church and God.
I became a Christian in February 1992. I literally fell in love with Jesus after I attended church a couple of times. When I found out what He did for me, I made up my mind that I wanted to give all of my being to Him for the rest of my life.
God responded by answering my prayers, and this enabled my faith to grow stronger day by day. I began to lose my old desires each day, very quickly. I could think only about Jesus every waking moment. I was so much in fear of God that I couldnt knowingly do anything against His will. I wanted only to please Him, and I wanted to know everything about Him so I could tell others.
A VISION AND THE FIRE OF GOD
I received the fire of the Holy Spirit while I was praying at home in January 1994. About a month later, I saw the Lords presence while I was worshiping at the Neighborhood Assembly of God in Tacoma, Washington. He was sitting by the pulpit. His legs were crossed, and I could see Him as clearly as a real person, except I couldnt see His face.
As I perceived Him, He had silky white hair and was wearing a pure white robe. His person was visible to me for almost five minutes. After seeing Him my body was on fire with unspeakable joy, and I became wholeheartedly committed to Jesus. Soon after this life-changing experience, my family and I began attending Puget Sound Christian Center in Tacoma, Washington.
I had another profound spiritual experience on Easter Sunday 1995. While attending services with my family at Puget Sound Christian Center, my body began to shake violently, and we had to stay for second service. I was experiencing the same phenomenon known among Quakers, Shakers and early Pentecostals.
Since then, my body never stops shaking in church or during my prayer time at home. Two weeks after this Easter Sunday experience, I received the gift of tongues while at home and began to sing in the Spirit. While watching a Benny Hinn crusade on television, I stood up and lifted my hands in prayer. Then I fell on the floor for almost three hours. The anointing of Gods Holy Spirit was so strong that I couldnt get up, and all I could do was sing and talk in tongues and laugh.
During every worship service after that, I could see the presence of the Lord Jesus in church. The visions I continue to receive of Him are not quite as vivid as the first one, but they are just as real.
A WILLING VESSEL
I BELIEVE THESE exciting and unusual experiences are preparation for the work God has called me to. I have a strong desire to receive healing and soul-winning gifts, but I dont know how to serve Him, except by telling everyone who Jesus is.
At first, some family members and friends rejected my message and disliked me for always talking about Jesus. Now, however, things are different. No matter who I am with, I only want to talk about the Lord, and He has given me the privilege of leading many people to Him, including my relatives and friends. All of my loved ones are saved now.
Jesus is always in my thoughts and on my tongue. When difficult times come, I think about what Jesus did for us. When I remember all that He has done, I realize nothing is too hard for me. When someone hurts me, I simply meditate on all Jesus did for me at Calvary, and peace comes instantly.
Preceding the Lords first visit with me, I had some very special dreams about clouds. These dreams reminded me of something my father had once shared with me.
He told me that my mother had had a very special dream about clouds. He often mentioned that my mother also had had a special dream about me before she became pregnant with me. He said she never forgot that dream about a clear day that suddenly became very cloudy. The clouds came toward the front of the house. One of them came into the room where she was sleeping and filled the room with a white glow.
My mother had been sick most of her life, and she died when she was only forty. She never shared these dreams and visions with me, but my father told me many times about them, especially about the clouds. I never thought seriously about them until I had my own experience with dreams and visions.
My fathers interpretation of the dream about the clouds was that I could have become very successful if I had been a boy, because in those days many Oriental men believed that only boys could attain success in life. I believe, however, that the dream was a sign from the Lord. As you read this book, you will see that clouds have played an important part in the preparatory work the Lord had done and continues to do in my life.
Since meeting Jesus, I have had a strong desire to pray for others. I have become a true prayer warrior. Intercessory prayer has become a way of life for me. I regularly attended a Bible study at a Korean-American church for about a year before my husband, Roger, was saved.
I didnt do any full-time church work or know many of Gods words, but He chose me for His special work anyway. According to my Lord Jesus, He wanted me to first get to know Him and to learn to obey Him and focus only on Him. By showing me heaven and all the other visions I have been privileged to experience, He began to prepare me for the ministry He has called me to. Now Im learning about Him through prayer and the study of His Word.
REVELATION OF HEAVEN
THE REMAINING CHAPTERS of this book, as you will soon discover, record some remarkable journeys that God has taken me on since I turned my life over to Him. He has asked me to record these experiences in this book so that others will see and understand. Why He chose me for this important work remains a mystery to me, but I do understand that He wants me to warn people in the world and in the church that we dont have much time left in which to complete the work He has called us to do.
The Father in heaven wants everyone to know how much He loves them and desires to bless them, if they will trust Him and obey His Word. He has shown me that many believers are, in reality, functional atheists--they dont really believe there is a heaven. I can say with all the certainty that it is possible for us--on this side of eternity--to know that heaven is so real. Furthermore, I now know that our God is able, as His Word says, to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us(Ephesians 3:20).
The purpose of this book is to give Him glory: To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen(Ephesians 3:21).
Please read these pages with an open mind and heart, and let the Lord speak to you. He has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. He has prepared a home for you in heaven. Like me, you can discover the thrill of knowing that you are bound for the Promised Land.
All Power in Heaven and on Earth
Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, All authority has been given
to Me in heaven and on earth.
THE YEAR 1996, AS pastor Larry Randolph had prophesied, became the most wonderful, exciting, meaningful and empowering year of my life. It all began on New Years Eve 1995. The anointing of the Lord was so very real to me throughout the entire evening. In fact, His presence was literally so hot that I could hardly breathe.
I had experienced the presence and power of the Holy Spirit before, but this night was so different. It was a time of intense love and excitement, and I sensed that something uniquely wonderful yet mysterious was about to happen to me.
What I was experiencing defied reason and logic, but the presence of the Lord was so real that I felt like I could have reached out and held His hand tangibly. It was a spiritual reality, but it far exceeded anything I had ever experienced in the natural realm.
There was an expectancy in my heart. Somehow I realized that all I needed to do was to continue waiting in the presence of the Lord, and He would speak to me and show me wonderful things. Throughout that long, yet pleasant night, I held onto a verse from Jeremiah that contains a promise from our Father: Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know(Jeremiah 33:3).
While I waited with eager anticipation, I could hear the firecrackers and other loud noises of revelers ringing in the new year. As 1995 turned to 1996, I continued waiting, and throughout the wee hours of the morning until daybreak I waited. Nothing happened, but I was determined to hear from God.
January 1, 1996, was a cold, damp day in the Northwest, but there was a precious warmth in my heart that no winter wind could chill. The Word of God spoke to my heart, Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!(Psalms 27:14).
Waiting--one of the hardest things in the world to do, and yet it is the key to so much empowerment in the spiritual life. The Lord wants us to wait in His presence, because it is in this way that we develop the patience we need to grow and to serve.
Even though I had not slept at all the previous night, on New Years Day I felt rested, happy and alive while my family and I celebrated the holiday. From 9 P.M. until 11 P.M. of New Years Day the heat of the Lords presence reminded me to keep the night watch once again. I slept briefly, then awoke refreshed, yearning to hear the Lords voice speaking to me.
This almost sleepless schedule continued throughout the first half of January. Still I had not heard the Lord. By faith, however, I sensed that He was preparing me for a personal encounter with Him.
TREMBLING IN THE NIGHT
ON JANUARY 19 I awoke at 3 A.M. My body was shaking. This had never happened in my sleep. Since Easter Sunday 1995, however, my body had been shaking during worship services at church and in moments of personal prayer.
Theres something about the night--a time of quietness and few distractions--that affords a special opportunity for the Lord to draw close to His people. This was certainly the case with me.
Sometimes the anointing of God was so heavy on me that I felt as if I would faint. At other times it would leave me feeling dizzy and weak. Often I would lay in bed completely immobilized by the overpowering presence of God. It is all too wonderful to fully describe, but I will endeavor to show you what it was like.
The Bible is replete with examples of people quaking and shaking in the presence of the Lord. Sometimes this manifestation is accompanied by fear, but most of the time it is preparatory; God is about to do a great work through a yielded vessel. Certainly the latter was true with the prophet Jeremiah, who heard Gods voice pleading with him: Do you not fear Me? says the LORD. Will you not tremble at My presence?(Jeremiah 5:22).
The one who would become known as the weeping prophetanswered Gods plea: My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, because of the LORD, and because of His holy words(Jeremiah 23:9).
The Word of God shows us that trembling and shaking are appropriate physical responses to the presence of the Lord. Other examples are found in Daniel 10:7; Psalms 99:1, Pslams 114:7; Habakkuk 3:16; and Matthew 28:4, as well as in Acts 4:31, one of my favorites: And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU
ON THE NIGHT of January 19, the Lords presence was so intense in my bedroom that I shook, perspired and felt very weak for more than an hour. Then I heard something. Was it the voice of my Lord and Master?
I turned my head on the pillow to look in the direction of the sound, and there, all aglow, was a figure dressed in white garments. The radiance that emanated from this unknown visitor was so brilliant that I could not see His face, but in my heart of hearts I knew that I had been blessed with a special visitation from the Lord.
How could this be happening to me? I wondered, as I began to tremble even more violently and weep tears of love and joy. It was the Lord--the Lord of heaven and earth--and He had willingly chosen to visit me in this special way. I felt so humbled by His presence. I could not stop crying.
My daughter, Choo Nam, I am your Lord, and I want to talk to you. You have been My special daughter for a long time.
The impact of His voice, His words, His message hit me with a supernatural force that left me reeling. My body shook harder, and I felt my spirit rising within. The gift of tongues began to flow, followed by a clear interpretation.
I moved as close to the edge of my bed as possible so that I wouldnt waken my husband, Roger, asleep next to me. For a moment I wondered how he could possibly sleep with such brightness in the room and the incessant shaking that seemed powerful enough to make the bed collapse. But this was a special moment for me to receive from the Lord, so Roger continued to sleep.
The Lord spoke once more in His calmly reassuring yet very firm voice: Daughter, you are such an obedient child, and I want to give you special gifts. These gifts are going to serve Me greatly. I want you to be happy about these gifts.
I knew at that moment God was choosing me to do an important work for Him and that this must become my single-minded purpose. I knew I had nothing to give Him except my heart and my life, and I was willing to do whatever He wanted, to go wherever He wanted. It was a night of commitment, challenge and purpose. My wonderful Lord was beginning to reveal His will to me.
I have known since then that when my body begins to shake from the inside out, God soon will be speaking to me. I also knew then that His words would be life and victory.
My body stopped trembling, and I fell into one of the most peaceful, restful sleeps I could remember having in years. Throughout the next day I felt so anointed and happy because I had met the Master face-to-face. That morning I asked Roger if he had felt or heard anything during the night.
He shook his head. I guess Im just a deep sleeper,he said.
God had chosen me for a specific work. It was too wonderful to imagine, and yet it was exciting beyond words. I opened my Bible to the book of John and read these stirring words that coincided with Pastor Randolphs prophecy: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you(John 15:16).
The Lord had chosen me to go and bear lasting fruit. This is what I wanted more than anything in the world. His Word, His presence, His anointing confirmed His calling in my life. I committed my heart to obeying the Lord from that moment on, no matter what the consequences.
Then my eyes fell to the preceding verses: You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you(John 15:14-15).
God was confirming His rhema word to me--from Pastor Randolph--through His logos, the Bible. The pastors words came back to me: Gods going to tell you things about people that youll never tell people. Youll pray for and intercede, and hold them up in prayer because youre going to be a friend of God--and thats a true prophet; its just a friend of God. A friend of God. Hes going to tell you secrets about other peoples lives and about things Hes doing in the earth. So, get ready in 1996 for a fresh anointing of the prophetic to come upon your life.
Now it was happening, and I could hardly wait to discover what God would tell me next.
A PROPHECY FULFILLED
ON JANUARY 20 I awoke between 3 A.M. and 4 A.M. The anointing of the Lords presence awakened me and was accompanied again by intense heat. I was half asleep, but suddenly the Lords voice woke me completely, saying: Daughter, I am going to visit you many times before this work is done. Therefore, I want you to rest during daytime hours. I have many special plans for you. I will use you in a great way, but it will take awhile to get you ready for the work Ive called you to do. You must write down what you hear during each of My visits.
The whole experience stunned me, and I was amazed to think that He would visit me again and again. Surely one visit with the Lord should be enough. Yet He said He would be returning to me personally so that He could get me ready for the work He has for me to do.
Just as suddenly as He came into my bedroom, He departed. I could neither hear nor see Him. The shaking dissipated. His reassuring words, and His wonderful visit, left me feeling very happy, peaceful and certainly curious.
It was as if I had climbed a high mountain in my native land of Korea from which I could see clearly for miles and miles and as if I were breathing the rich, clean air of the mountain heights. My mind was focused, my heart was joyful, and I felt healthy and happy. I determined to obey the voice of the Lord by taking one step at a time, because I knew He would lead me each step of the way.
HOUR OF EMPOWERMENT
IT HAPPENED AGAIN the next morning. Between 2 A.M. and 3 A.M. I awoke suddenly. My body was shaking uncontrollably, and I was perspiring heavily. The anointing of the Lords presence was upon me.
The Lord said, You are My precious daughter. I will be with you always, wherever you are. I love you just as you are.
As I lay there, soaking in His every word, I was overcome by awe and adoration. He went on: I am giving you the power that you will need for the work Ive called you to do. I am preparing you to serve Me. Your body shakes as the power flows into you. I am giving you all the spiritual gifts. I am releasing your spirit so you will be completely free to serve Me.
A few days before this I had had a dream during which I had climbed a mountain. When I reached the summit I was able to touch the clouds. The Lord reminded me of that dream and explained its spiritual significance to me.
You will go to that height as you minister in My name,He said.
For the first time during one of His personal visits to me I raised a question.
Lord, I said, what do You want me to do? I dont really know anything about ministering.
I will guide You and show You what I want You to do.
What about my husband?I asked.
Dont worry about him. I will bless him and minister to him also.
Once again His words were wonderfully reassuring, liberating and empowering. Truly I felt the power of His words unleashing power in my spirit. When He stopped talking to me that morning, the shaking stopped as well.
ON FIRE FOR GOD
THESE WONDERFULLY NEW experiences were quickening my body with joy. My heart was soaring, and my mind was filled with childlike curiosity. Where I once had felt insecure, I felt completely free. I realized my new future would be entirely different because all my hopes and dreams truly depended on the Lord. I was truly alive, and it was a vibrant life beyond all my expectations.
On January 25 the Lord talked with me from 3 A.M. until 4 A.M. This time, I had awakened before He arrived on the scene, and while I lay silently in my bed, I anticipated another meeting with my Lord and Savior. The familiar shaking began precisely at 3:00. By now I had learned that this meant my Savior would soon be with me. I had learned to sense His presence, and when I turned in the direction where He usually stood, I saw Him.
His radiance, His strong voice, His loving presence always transport me into a different world. Im sure its the realm of eternity where time and space hold little significance, and physical and material things do not matter. It is a realm of the spirit--so bright and peaceful--a place where life takes on new meaning and purpose. It is a little bit of heaven on earth.
The shaking continued for twenty minutes. I began to view it as being like a spiritual transfusion. The power of the Holy Spirit was coursing through every nerve, sinew, muscle and organ of my body. It was setting me on fire with the power of God.
This must have been what the disciples experienced on the Day of Pentecost when the Lord baptized them with the Holy Spirit and fire. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting(Acts 2:2). When the power of God falls, strangely wonderful things begin to happen in our lives.
That night Jesus spoke to me in His inimitable way, I am your Lord, My daughter. I want You to hear and remember everything I tell you. When You write it down, use My exact words. You are sleepy, but do not miss any of the words I tell you. I will be visiting You many times in the future because I have important work for You to do. You are the child I am going to use to do this work for Me, so be prepared.
A FEW DAYS later, on January 28, I awoke, shaking again. It was between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. I felt so overcome by the presence of the Lord that I was weak. My body was so hot that I was perspiring. It seemed as if I was dreaming, but I soon realized that this was no dream.
I am your Lord, My daughter,Jesus said. Then I glanced toward the window, in the direction of His majestic voice, and I saw His radiant figure standing there.
I know You have been so hungry to serve Me, but You did not know how to serve Me yet. I know you do not want to be embarrassed when you come before Me. I know all your thoughts, and I love your thoughts.
This message from my Savior spoke volumes to my heart. I now knew what once I had only believed--that Jesus hears and answers prayer. I had prayed that God would help me serve Him so I will not be embarrassed when I stand before Him. I had told Him, so many times, how much I wanted to serve Him, and I always told Him that I didnt know how.
It is for this reason that I always read the Bible both in English and Korean--to gain the deepest possible understanding of the Word of God so I can share it with others. Serving the Lord was my deepest desire after I learned what the Lord had done for me.
Daughter, your prayers have been answered, and you will serve Me greatly. You will have much work to do for Me. What you will do for Me will please you. You are My faithful daughter, and that is why I am giving this important work for you to do.
The shaking subsided, and the Lord departed from my room. My mind was drawn to His Word: Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him(1 John 5:14-15).
I now know the truth of this wonderful prayer promise. It is an infallible premise of the Word of God that He does, in fact, hear us when we pray according to His will, and His will is revealed in the Bible.
It is His will for us to bear lasting fruit in His name. It is His will for us to minister to others. It is His will for us to believe when we pray. It is His will for us to spend time in His presence, to wait upon Him.
Therefore, when I pray according to these aspects of His will, as they are revealed in His Word, I know that He hears me. This is a very firm realization to me now.
The visitations from the Lord have given me the growing confidence that comes from spending time with God. He was there; He is always there. I know He will never leave me or forsake me. He is my friend, my constant companion, my Lord and Master. He is my loving Savior.
I now know, beyond all doubt, that God loves me and hears and answers prayer. He knows my thoughts and feelings, and He cares.
MANY CHURCHES TO VISIT
THE NEXT DAY, January 29, provided me with an inkling of Gods plans and purposes for the ministry He was preparing me for. He came to me early in the morning, just before daybreak, and said, Daughter, I want you to look at something.
In the spirit He transported me to an unknown church--a very large church filled with dark-skinned men. There were no women present in this particular assembly. Jesus explained, You will visit many churches as you do My work.
Never had I experienced anything like this. It was as if I were able to fly with the Lord to a different time and place. It was an incredible sensation. He told me more.
My daughter, I have many surprises for you, He said, so expect to receive them all. I will be with you everywhere. You will never have to worry about anything while you are on this earth. I want you to be happy every day of your life.
Then He disappeared. After this visit, I knew that each visit thereafter would provide me with new clues about my future. When the Lord told me that I would never have to worry again, I rejoiced because I had been prone to worry and insecurity since my early childhood. He was healing me on the inside while He was preparing me for ministry.
The sweetness of His presence can only be described as total peace. It enabled me to live and walk in the truth of His Word: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid(John 14:27).
All Things Are Possible
But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
With men this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.
--Matthew 19:26 (emphasis added)
ON FEBRUARY 1 the Lord visited with me as soon as I went to bed, around 11 P.M. Because of the trembling of my body that always accompanied the Lords visits, Roger was now sleeping in the guest bedroom. It was a good thing he had made this change, because on this particular evening the shaking was more intense than ever before, and it was accompanied by other manifestations of the Lords presence as well.
Immediately the Lord spoke to me, My precious daughter, I must show you My presence and talk with you before this work begins.
His radiant presence had always been stunningly brilliant, but this time He was dressed in white and shining like the sun. His form was beautiful to behold, and so very compelling.
I responded this time by speaking in tongues and singing in the spirit. As I sang, my hands lifted in front of me and they began to move in rhythm with the singing. It was as if I were dancing, but I remained in bed.
I lost control of the movement of my hands and watched them sway back and forth as if they were being moved by a silent wind. It was the wind of the Spirit of God that was moving them, and, upon realizing this, I was overcome with joy and began to laugh. Though I could not see the Lords face, I heard Him laughing as well.
This phenomenon is known as holy laughterin some circles. I can say without any reservation that I know it is a manifestation of the Lords presence.
The Bible tells us:
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
We should not be surprised by joy and laughter when it occurs during times of worship and adoration in the presence of the Lord. It is thoroughly biblical, and we will spend all eternity in His presence, singing, worshiping, laughing, celebrating and experiencing His pleasures. In fact, this is what He wants for us because we are His children. The name of Isaac--the miracle child of Abraham--literally means he laughs,and God wants us to enjoy His presence through the gift of laughter.
Although many of the psalms are songs of sadness, there are some that reflect the joy and laughter that are the true inheritance of Gods people. For example, we read in Psalms 126: When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad(vv. 1-3).
When people raise questions about the shaking, singing in the Spirit and holy laughter, I point them to these passages. Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, tells us that there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh(Ecclesiastes 3:4). Its a shame that so many people believe Christianity needs to be stiff and formal, when it is clear that the Lord wants us to experience a full measure of joy. Nehemiah proclaimed, The joy of the LORD is your strength(Nehemiah 8:10), and the book of Proverbs declares, A merry heart does good, like medicine(Proverbs 17:22). Now I know the true meaning of these healing words.
I was really encouraged by the laughter of my Lord as He visited with me that night. He seemed so pleased with me. As I sang in the spirit, even my own voice took on a different quality. It was my voice--I knew that--but it sounded so different, so beautiful, clear and resonant.
Around midnight the Lord said, I love you, My daughter, and I will continue to visit you.As He departed I felt lighter and freer than I had ever felt before, and I was thrilled with the prospect that He would soon revisit me.
EXPECT MANY SURPRISES
THE NEXT DAY, February 2, began with a very special visitation from the Lord. He began to share many things with me, as He had promised, I am releasing all the power you will need to do the work Ive chosen you to do.As I did the night before, I was trembling and singing in the Spirit.
The Lord continued His personal message to me: Daughter, the way I am going to use you will be so different. Many of My children will be surprised. I have gifts for all My children, but I will give each one different gifts. Daughter, I want you to be pleased with what you are going to receive.
It was an exhilarating promise. The Lord assured me that He was preparing me for a special ministry. I wanted only to please Him.
From 2:20 A.M. to 4:18 A.M. the next day He returned to my room to tell me more about the power of prayer. He stood before me in glowing garments of white.
My daughter, do not be afraid to pray for others, because you are receiving the gift of healing and all the other spiritual gifts, He said. I know that you always want to pray for others and to make them happy. That is why I am giving you these spiritual gifts.
At first His words were difficult for me to hear. I felt very unworthy to receive so much from my Lord and Master.
He went on: You have a special heart, and that is why I answer your prayers. I notice that your heart is pure, and you are an obedient daughter. I trust you with many things. This is why I have chosen you to do this important work. Your faith makes Me very happy, and so does your will power. Your heart is strong and independent, and I am very pleased.
Obeying the Lord has been so important to me as a Christian. My main goal has always been to please Him. It was so wonderful to hear Him tell me I was pleasing to Him and that He had purified my heart and had seen my obedience. His message to me that night made me even more determined to follow Him in all my ways.
This is why your faith has grown so strong and you gave up the worldly things for Me, Jesus continued. If you were not what you are, I could not use you for the work I have prepared. What I am going to do with you will surprise you, My daughter. I am your Lord. Remember, nothing is impossible for Me on earth or in heaven. I will release My power to you so I can use you.
The way the Lord addressed me as My daughterover and over again always caused me to shed tears of love. He was so different from my earthly father. The Lord was tender, respectful, encouraging and sensitive in all His dealings with me. I knew that He knew my needs before I expressed them to Him. I knew that He was my safe place--my Rock of refuge--and that compared with Him, any other refugewas sinking sand.
He then explained the shaking in my body. Your body shakes for a long time because you need power for this work. I want you to expect many surprises.
More surprises? I wondered, with joy. I felt like I had already experienced enough to last a lifetime. His visits, my time in prayer and the Word, the precious moments of worship at my church--all of these were having deeply revolutionizing effects in my life.
My faith in the Lord was growing at an accelerating pace. I knew, beyond all doubt, that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). The shaking in my body was His power at work in me. He was preparing me for the time when He would prove His ability to do exceedingly abundantly through me.
DURING THE NIGHT of February 12, my body shook more violently than it ever had. I was almost hurled me from the bed because it was so forceful. I tried to grab the sheets to steady myself, but I couldnt because I had no control over my body. The shaking was unremittingly forceful, and I grew afraid.
My thoughts began to run away with me. Is all this a deception of Satan? What is happening to me? Am I going crazy? I wondered.
Then I remembered what someone had once shared with me--When you are about to receive a blessing, Satan will try to destroy it.Was this violent shaking the work of Satan or the work of God? I thought it might be Satan trying to harm me. I rebuked the enemy, and then the Lord interjected, Daughter, do not fear; I am your Lord.
That was enough for me. His sweet voice turned my fear into laughter. I heard the echoes of His soft laughter near the window. In a most pleasant and peaceful voice, He said: No one will harm you because I will be with you always and I will protect you from the evil things of this world. You are My precious daughter.
A passage of Scripture came to mind and complemented His words. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us(1 John 4:18-19).
The love of the Lord in my life was more real than it had ever been. I knew He loved me. In light of such an amazing love, how could I ever be afraid? The experience of that evening taught me I never again needed to fear Satan, evil or myself, because the Lord had promised that He would be with me forever.
His Word backed up this promise: I will never leave you nor forsake you(Hebrews 13:5).
I knew that He had called me to help fulfill His Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age(Matthew 28:19-20).
The verse preceding this tells us how this is possible: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth(Matthew 28:18). His power, His authority, His strength and His might will prevail in every situation when we yield ourselves to Him.
The Lord gave me additional assurance of His will and His love when He said: I am giving you all the gifts you will need to enable you to begin the ministry Im giving to you. Keep a record of the day and times when I meet with you.
Your husband, Roger, will have gifts for the ministry too. You need never worry about anything because I promise you that I will take care of you while you are on earth.
Deep in my heart I knew I didnt need to worry about anything again. He was taking care of everything not only in this life but also in the afterlife. His liberating promises called Psalms 23 to mind, and I focused especially on the final verse of that inspiring psalm: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever(Psalms 23:6).
With such peaceful thoughts I grew sleepy, and the Lord said: I know you are tired. Go to sleep.The Lord does, indeed, give His beloved sleep.
A NEW BODY
FROM 11 P.M. TO 1:08 A.M. on February 19 and February 20, the Lord took me walking with Him. Once again, the familiar hard shaking of my body and the intense heat of His anointing alerted me to His imminent arrival. His presence was stronger than ever before, and then I heard His voice: I am your Lord, My precious daughter, and I am about to release all the work Ive prepared for you to do.I could see Him standing by the window, and His glorious form was clearer to me than it ever had been before.
Daughter, I must show you some things,He stated as He extended His hand in my direction. Next, I felt the strange sensation of my body being lifted from the bed. Not knowing what was happening, I began to scream and flail my arms wildly. It seemed as if the insides of my body were detaching from the rest of me. It was an experience that truly defies description. I even felt my body to see if it was still the same. I wondered if I was dying.
My mind was clear, and I was groaning in my spirit. Then I recognized that I was with the Lord, wearing a white robe like His. My body was new. I was like a young girl again. Even my hair was long and straight.
I realized I was walking along a deserted beach with the Lord. Perhaps you can imagine how surprised I was. He had transported me from my bed, home and body and had given me a new body that enabled me to fly and walk with Him. The Lord of heaven and earth had suspended the laws of gravity, life, time and space in order to show me some things that I will never forget.
The Bible says, Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption(1 Corinthians 15:50). I was about to discover the true meaning of these words by the apostle Paul.
As I began to take notice of my new body, I felt that it looked like me, but it wasnt me. I had heard of out-of-the-body experiences before, but in this case I had been taken out of my body and deposited in a body that was not me--yet it was me.
It was me as I was when I was a young adolescent. I had the same hair I had as a teenager. I couldnt see my face clearly, but I felt certain it was the face of the bewildered youth who had been without God and without hope. This time, however, the young girl knew God, and she was filled with hope. It was so fascinating. What did it all mean?
A SHINY TUNNEL AND STONE WALLS
WHERE HAD THE Lord taken me? Why had He taken me with Him? I couldnt wait to hear His answers to these questions, because I knew they were for me as well as for all those He would lead me to.
First, we went to the right side of a hill that was alive with foliage. I could see a narrow, winding road snaking its way to the summit. Then we walked alongside a narrow river that flowed with the most crystal-clear water Id ever seen. We followed the river to the entrance of a shiny tunnel that seemed endless. It was high and wide and, in comparison, the Lord and I were quite tiny. We walked through the mysterious tunnel, and when we emerged on the other side, we walked down to the beach again.
We are going to a very high place,The Lord said.
The minute He spoke these words He took my hand, and my body began to lift above the surface of the beach. As it did, my physical body on the bed trembled furiously. My hands and arms began to move in all directions as if I were swimming desperately in an effort to not drown. The groanings that emanated from my spirit grew louder and stronger.
We were literally flying through the air. We landed at a location that was filled with trees and grass, and our feet set down on a narrow, winding road.
The Lord and I walked along the road that came down from the top of the hill. Eventually we reached a huge white gate that stood in front of a large white building. We walked through the gate and proceeded toward the white building.
We entered and walked down a long corridor that led to a very large room, which we entered. As I looked down, I realized for the first time that I was wearing a different robe than I had on at the beach, and I could feel something heavy was resting on my head. I reached up and discovered a beautiful crown had been placed there without my realizing it.
Then I looked directly at the Lord. He was sitting on a throne, and He wore a radiant gown and golden crown. Others were there with me, kneeling on the floor and prostrating themselves before Him.
The walls of the room were made of large shiny stones that glowed. The multicolored rocks provided an effect that made the room seem warm and happy, as well as mysterious.
WHERE ONLY THE PURE-HEARTED CAN GO
THEN, JUST AS quickly as I had been transported up the mountain and into the white building, I found myself on the beach again. As I had been doing all along, I found myself alternately laughing, screaming, crying, shaking, flailing my arms and perspiring. The joy was so intense, I felt as if I could touch it. I knew I had been transported to a different world, but where was it? Why was this happening? What did it all mean?
The Lord answered my questions clearly and emphatically. My daughter, we went to the kingdom.
He quickly recognized the question that was forming in my heart: How did we get there?
The only ones who will go there are the obedient and pure-hearted children.
The Master paused for a moment and then went on, Tell My children to preach the gospel. I am coming soon for those who are waiting and ready for Me.
Now I knew my primary mission. I had seen the kingdom of heaven, and it was so very real. Ill never forget all the wonderful things I saw.
The Lord added, Those who dont tithe are disobedient children.
Should I tell this to anyone, Lord?
I want you to tell it to everyone.
Then He reiterated something He had commanded me to do several times before: Write down everything I show you and tell you.
Tell me more, Lord.
Another time, My daughter. I know you are tired. Go to sleep.
As He left, so did my transformed body. I reached over to the nightstand and got my pad and pen and began to write everything I had experienced on my exciting journey to the kingdom of God. I felt so numb and humble. There were no words to describe the feeling. I felt that I didnt belong to this world anymore.
From then on, all I could think about was the Lord and heaven. I longed to return to the kingdom. That longing must have been heard as a prayer, for, as you will see, the Lord took me with Him many times after that.
Sooner Than You Think
He who testifies to these things says,
Surely I am coming quickly.Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
MY DAUGHTER, CHOO Nam, I am your Lord. It was the familiar voice of my Master speaking so compassionately and confidently in my bedroom during the wee hours of February 24.
The shaking in my body had already awakened me around midnight. This time I watched the clock to see how long the trembling would last. After approximately twenty minutes, the groaning from deep in my spirit began. I continued to shake, and the heat of the Lords anointing was causing me to perspire. It was after this time of preparation that I heard the Lord speaking to me.
I was getting somewhat accustomed to His presence. Most of the time I greatly enjoyed His visits. On this occasion, the image of His presence was very clear. His figure was bathed in a soft, warm glow of pristine whiteness. He reached His hand toward me as I continued to shake even more intensely, and my arms began to flail in every direction.
As I had experienced the week before, my spirit lifted from my body, and I could see myself as a young girl with long, straight hair. Once again I was walking on the beach with the Lord. We walked and walked and walked. It was a quiet time. Jesus seemed to be thinking, and for the longest time He did not speak a word.
One thing He did say eventually, over and over again, was, We have a lot of work to do.
WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN
THE MASTER AGAIN took me into a huge tunnel. Again--unlike most tunnels--it was bright and shiny. I soon realized this was the same tunnel He had taken me through the first time. I reasoned this must be the tunnel that people who have near-death experiences frequently describe as the passageway from this life to the next.
In most such cases of out-of-the-body experiences, people report that they are hurled into a long, dark tunnel at a rapid pace. At the far end of the tunnel they can see the glorious brightness of heaven. This, I thought, must be the doorway to the indescribably wonderful kingdom of heaven. Now my Lord and Savior was taking me there again.
We walked by the beautiful, crystal-clear river once more, and then we returned to the beach. Jesus then said, We are going to heaven.
My heart leaped into my throat as my soul was flooded with excited anticipation over the realization that I was going to heaven. I was going home, and Jesus was giving me a personal tour of the afterlife so I could write about it and let others know. It was so thrilling to be chosen for such an honor, and I could hardly contain the joy that overwhelmed me.
No sooner had Jesus announced our destination than I began to fly. I had flown in airplanes before, and those flights were always exciting and exhilarating; but this time my body was taking flight like a bird. I remembered the passage from Isaiah: But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint(Isaiah 40:31).
I had always interpreted that verse from a spiritual perspective, but now it had become a living reality. I was flying and soaring like an eagle, and I was not afraid, because I knew Jesus was with me.
The experience of flight did not last long, however. It seemed like only a second. Soon we touched down on a narrow, winding road that was beautifully bordered by tall trees and lush, green grass. Just ahead I could see a huge gate that was set in a white fence. As we approached the gate I noticed that the road on the other side of the fence was all white, and on both sides of the lane, gorgeous flowers of every type and hue displayed their varied colors and tender blossoms.
I had never seen such beauty before, and another verse came to mind:
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Then I began to understand more clearly why God was permitting me to visit His kingdom. I realized at that moment that if mortals on earth could see what I was seeing, they would never worry again. I knew I had to tell everyone I met about my experiences so that they, too, would never need to worry again.
God indeed does take care of everything in our lives. God is working His purposes out. His love for His children is unrelenting. His Word is true. Now the burning desire of my heart is to help people to understand, to see, to believe the truth. My experiences have taught me that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose(see Romans 8:28).
HEAVEN IS BETTER
THE ARRAY OF flowers was more spectacular than any garden Id ever seen. I found myself thinking, Im happy to know there are flowers in heaven. They had the most lovely blossoms Id ever seen, and they seemed to grow brighter and more colorful as we approached the entrance to the large, white palace we had been walking toward.
Jesus led me up the steps to the double doors at the front. I noticed that the entry was framed with gold, and beautiful stained-glass panels were on both sides. We walked through the doors onto a white marble floor. The shiny stone walls of the corridor reminded me that I was in the vicinity of the throne room of God once more, and with each step we took, my heart pounded more intensely.
We entered the room, and it was even more awe-inspiring than before. The Lords glistening, golden throne stood atop a raised, oval-shaped platform. Beams of radiant glory streamed from the center of the room where this platform was located.
I was directed by an angel to a little room on the side, and I was surprised to discover a powder room there. A full-length mirror covered the entire wall on the left side of this room, and many beautiful velvet chairs were neatly arranged in front of the mirror.
A beautiful being stood in front of me, and I immediately perceived that I was with an angel. The being opened a large, walk-in closet that contained many robes, gowns and crowns. The angel selected one of the gowns and put a crown on me. Each robe had rich embroidered colors. I thought the garments were the most stunning and expensive clothing Id ever seen.
After I was dressed, the angel escorted me back to the main room. The Lord was waiting for me. I noticed that He was wearing a gown and crown like mine.
He took me to another building that looked like the pictures of medieval European castles Id frequently seen. There was a rock wall on both sides of the castle, and magnificent flowers were planted all around. As I took in the scene in front of me, I felt like I was in a wonderland of beauty, peace and happiness. I did not want to return to earth.
The Bible says we all will worship the Lord before His throne: All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God(Psalms 86:9-10). In another place the psalmist proclaims, The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word(Psalms 103:19-20). The prophet Isaiah says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool(Isaiah 66:1). Heaven is such a glorious place, and it will be a joy to worship God there throughout eternity.
I once heard a chorus about heaven that proclaimed: Heaven is better than this / Praise God / What joy and bliss / Walking down the streets of solid gold / Youll enter a land where youll never grow old (source unknown). Now I know the truth of this song. Heaven is far better than this earth. Truly, there is no comparison between earth and heaven.
We entered the castle, and I immediately noticed how colorfully carpeted the foyer was. The elegant furniture was selected to fit the color and style of the carpeting. The walls were sparkling and shiny--so brilliant, in fact, that they almost blinded me. At the end of the hallway, just ahead, I noticed a sliding door. I wondered what we would discover on the other side.
THE SPECIAL POND
THE SLIDING GLASS door, I soon discovered, did not lead into another room; rather, it was a doorway to the castles garden. In the center of this glorious place there was a pond. The entire back yardwas surrounded by a rock wall. Flowers of every type and description formed a sea of beauty everywhere I looked.
I noticed that a variety of fruit trees grew close to the rock wall. These trees were filled with the biggest, most luscious-looking fruits Id ever seen. They were ringed by a magnificent profusion of lovely flowers. Scattered throughout this amazing garden were huge, gray boulders that seemed to be strategically placed for sitting and resting.
The pond really intrigued me, and as soon as I saw it, I began to sing in the Spirit and to dance for joy. I cant really explain why I reacted to the scene with such enthusiasm, but something supernatural was propelling me to express my gratitude, happiness and peace in a demonstrable way. The Lord sat on a rock and watched me dance.
I recalled a verse from the Old Testament: Then David danced before the LORD with all his might(2 Sam. 6:14). The pond reminded me of a verse in the book of Revelation: And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come!And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely(Revelations 22:17). Yes, there are bodies of water in heaven, and the water of this pond was clear and placid. It shone like crystal.
He, the Lord, spoke to me, This is a special pond.
I knew it was, but I could not understand why. The Lord did not explain His statement to me at that moment, but I surmised that the pond held many spiritual secrets that I would eventually learn, one by one. I wondered: Is this where my sins, and the sins of all other believers, have been buried? Is the pond a symbol of the water of the Word of God?
Certainly, water typifies the cleansing from sin that our Lord has provided for us. His Word tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (see 1 John 1:9). Words of Jesus, as recorded by the apostle John, entered my mind: Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God(John 3:5).
JESUS IS READY...AND WAITING
AFTER A FEW moments of pure enjoyment, as I danced and sang nearby the pond, the Lord took me back to the white palace where I changed into the clothing I was wearing when He took me to heaven. Then we walked back to where we had landed on the mountain covered with trees and green bushes.
We are going back to earth,the Lord said.
He took my hand again and we began to fly from the heavenly firmament to earth. We went back to the place where we had begun this particular journey--the beautiful, peaceful beach along which we had strolled before.
Jesus said: My daughter, now you know how special you are to Me. I want you to remember it took Me a long time to prepare you to bring you to My kingdom, to show you these things so you could tell the world.
I nodded my agreement with what He was telling me.
The Lord continued: I want you to remember everything I tell you and show you. Make sure you write everything down. I will make sure everyone understands all the things I show and tell you.
This part of His message lifted the heavy load of responsibility that I had been feeling since He first told me that I had been chosen to do His work. Now I knew that He would simply speak through me and reach out to others. I only had to be willing to be used by Him. There was nothing hard about that, after all that I had experienced and seen.
Jesus went on, Many people think I will never come for them, but I tell you, I am coming sooner than they think.
When He said this, the tone of His voice changed. He seemed to be almost angry, or at least I sensed a great urgency in His words. It was a warning. It was a message I had to share--and share now. The End Times are truly upon us. Jesus is coming soon.
I believe the Lord is ready for His people, but His people are not ready for Him. He sounds very urgent. This is why I must get this message out. I have no alternative--I simply must obey the Lord. People need to be warned that the coming of the Lord is near. People need to get ready for His Second Coming by repenting of their sins and receiving Him into their lives.
The Bible is very clear about this:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus--the living Word of God--was telling me to go quickly and tell others that He is soon to return. Thats what He meant when He said, We have a lot of work to do.
POWER IN THE BLOOD
THE END OF February 1996 was even more thrilling than the beginning had been. From 4 A.M. to 5:30 A.M. on February 28 the Lord was with me. He came to me and said, Choo Nam, I am your Lord.
He reached out and took my hand, and we were miraculously transported to the beautiful beach. He held my hand as we walked along the shore, and this time the Lord seemed eager to talk with me. It was as if He had a burning desire to share many things with me.
We sat down on the sand near the edge of the ocean. As the waves ebbed and flowed in front of us, an amazing thing happened. The edge of the water turned to blood. A dark red, foaming surf surged in front of us. It seemed as if the blood was filthy, and I asked, Why is the blood so dirty?
It is My blood, Choo Nam, He said. It has washed away all the sins of My children.
I began to weep as I heard this statement. He had shed His blood for me, to cleanse me of all my sins. He who knew no sin became sin for me so I could be clothed with the righteousness of God. The blood of the perfect Lamb of God had washed me clean and set me free. It is His blood that enables me to defeat the enemy in my life. The tears I cried came from a deep reservoir in my soul as I recognized with gratitude all that Jesus had done for me.
Dont cry, My daughter,He said.
He took my hand, and off we flew once more. As I ascended with the Lord, I knew He was going to reveal more truth to me. I was filled with eager anticipation.
We are going to heaven,He stated.
My transformed body was devoid of physical sensation as we lifted from the beach. The sensation of flying in my transformed body does not make me feel light-headed or dizzy because my transformed body does not react like my earthly one would in similar circumstances.
THE SCARLET THREAD
WHEN WE ARRIVED in the kingdom of heaven, we walked along the familiar road, went through the now-familiar gate and entered the white palace. We changed into the beautiful gowns of the kingdom. Then we went to the pond again.
The pond--it is such a special, extraordinary place. Once more I sang the songs of the Spirit and danced before the Lord. He simply sat on a rock and watched me enjoy myself. It seemed to please Him to see me dancing and singing and praising God.
Do you like this place, My daughter?
Yes, my Lord,I said, smiling.
I will bring you here each time you come to heaven.
This announcement thrilled me for two reasons--I wanted to keep on coming back, and I loved this particular, extraordinary setting near the pond. It was an oasis from the cares of this world--a place of refreshing, discovery and joy. I loved it here.
Before long, we left the pond and walked to the white building where we changed to regular robes and flew down to the beach on earth. I wondered why He didnt show me anything new when He took me to heaven this time. We walked by the river where the tunnel is that I saw before, and I saw the river turn to blood. Jesus pointed out, That is My blood--the blood I shed for My children.
His words caused me to cry. I bowed my head and began to sob.
The Lord touched my head and said, Do not cry, My daughter.
It was the pleading sadness in His voice that caused me to keep on weeping. He wanted His children to know He had willingly shed His blood for them, but so many failed to recognize this powerful provision in their lives. Again, the truth of Scripture echoed in my mind: He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him(John 1:11). I could tell that this fact caused pain and grief in my Lords heart, and I felt so honored and thankful that He had chosen to share these feelings with me.
I did everything for My children, He said. Even so, some of them do not believe, and even some who do, do not live by My words.
The hurt in my Lords voice was very real. I remembered how He had once wept over the city of Jerusalem because the people there had forsaken Him. I remembered how He had been saddened by the fact that His disciples did not understand Him. He had really been bothered by the fact that some of them fell asleep instead of praying on the night of His betrayal.
How it must have hurt Him when Peter denied that he knew Him, and how deeply He must have suffered when Judas Iscariot betrayed Him. Yet every day, as He acknowledged to me, His children turn away from Him, betray Him, forget Him and lose sight of the power of His blood that He shed for them. I sensed the deep pain my Master was feeling.
Now I knew more than ever why my calling must be fulfilled. People--both the saved and the lost--need to know the power of the blood of Jesus. They need to understand all that He accomplished for them at Calvary.
The people of God, as well as people in the world, need to know that Jesus has made a way for them to overcome the world, darkness, evil and all the works of the enemy. The blood of Jesus--a scarlet thread that weaves the entire Bible together--has made a way for them.
They need to know that the truth of what Jesus said in Revelation is upon us even now:
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
My Kingdom Is Ready
Because of the hope which is laid up for
you in heaven, of which you heard before in the
word of the truth of the gospel.
--Colossians 1:5 (emphasis added)
THE ONLY ONES who can come here are the ones whose hearts are as pure as the water, Jesus assured me after we arrived in heaven during the early hours of February 29. My daughter, Choo Nam, the work Ive called you to do is very important to Me, and it needs to be completed soon.
I stood in His glorious presence amazed. He had arrived in my room at 4:15 A.M.. We went to the tunnel Id seen before. This time it was brighter and shinier, and the walls of the tunnel sparkled with a magnificent array of colors. It was like a mine that contained diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies. It was breathtaking.
The next stop was the beach, where I noticed the water was a dirty bloodlike color once again. The edge of the sand, where the waves had washed up, was dirty and blood-colored, too.
It is My blood,the Lord told me again.
The Master is a very patient teacher. He frequently repeats the most important parts of His message so I will be sure to understand what He is preparing me for. Every time He shows me the blood He shed for His children, including me, I begin to weep.
Upon seeing my tears, Jesus comforted me by saying: My kingdom is ready for My children. Whoever is ready and wants to come will be permitted to be here.
I DONT DESERVE IT!
WE WALKED PAST a beautiful white gate that seemed to be inlaid with pure ivory and smooth pearls. Then we entered the majestic white palace where an angel escorted me into the powder room and I put on the beautiful gown that had been prepared for me.
Next, Jesus took me to a river. A gray stone wall ran alongside the stream, and stately evergreens formed the backdrop. I noticed how clear and still the water was. It sparkled like the finest crystal Id ever seen.
The Lord reiterated the invitation He extends to all who want to follow Him and have an eternal home with Him in heaven, The only ones who can come here are the ones whose hearts have been made as pure as the water.
I then noticed other beautiful white buildings in the vicinity of the beautiful river, just behind the tall trees. Jesus took me to one of the dwellings. It was a white mansion sumptuously landscaped with a profusion of colorful flowers and leafy trees. The most wonderful flowers Id ever seen graced the doorway. The doors were lovely as well, decorated with extraordinary stained-glass panels.
Inside the palace, everything was colorful and shiny. The great room was filled with people who were wearing beautiful gowns, and each person was wearing a crown that was set with jewels of every variety. I felt like Cinderella at the ball.
Many men were present in the room, but there were very few women. The Lord didnt explain who these individuals were or why they were there, but He did tell me, You will be like them.
I responded to this prophetic word with tears. Every time the Lord gave me new insights I would cry because I felt so humbled by His goodness and His grace. I was so humbled, in fact, that I said, I dont deserve it!
The tone of the Lords voice reflected anger as He rebuked me, Dont say that again, daughter.
THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS
AFTER CHANGING INTO our heavenly robes and crowns, the Lord and I walked and talked together by the peaceful pond I had seen before. It was my third visit to this special place of communion with Him.
I took hold of the Masters arm and said: I dont want to leave here. I want to stay here with you forever.
Not yet, My daughter. You have a lot of work to do for Me first. I must show you so much of heaven, and I will bring you here many more times. I want you to be happy, My precious daughter.
We returned to the palace and changed into our regular clothing. Then we went back to the beach on earth and sat down on the shore. The Lord held my hand and told me: I am giving you healing power and the other spiritual gifts. Wherever you are, Ill be there to guide you. You will serve Me all over the world.
Such a message should have filled me with eager anticipation, but it actually overwhelmed me. Lord, I dont know anything.
You dont have to know anything. I will do everything for you. Also, your husband will be with you. He will serve with you.
That part of His announcement brought a measure of relief to me. It was calming to know Roger would be a part of the ministry God was preparing me for. I had often leaned on my husband for strength and encouragement, and it was comforting to know that he would be my partner in ministry. At the same time, however, I sensed the Lord was calling me to depend totally on Him--not on Roger or myself or anyone except Him.
A passage sailed across my mind: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths(Proverbs 3:5-6). I determined that I would claim this promise from that moment on. I knew that the Lord would direct my paths each step of the way. I also knew the truth of His Word: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path(Psalms 119:105). I committed myself to walking in the light of Gods Word from then on.
I believed that Jesus would always be with me. Therefore, I would never need to fear anyone or anything. He had spoken to me. He had held my hand. He had comforted me. He had made personal promises to me. How could I ever doubt His presence, His reality, His truth?
I would never be the same. Jesus, my Lord and Savior, had taken me to heaven in order to prepare me for a ministry that would share the truth of eternity with others. He had called me, chosen me and selected me for this important work.
As I was reflecting on these wonderful things, I realized I was truly happy for the first time in my life. I had found my purpose and my completion in Him, and He was altogether lovely to me.
Though my confidence and my faith were growing, I still responded meekly to the Lords words.
Lord, I am very shy, and I dont really know how to pray for others in public.
I will take care of everything, He answered. I will be with you always. I want you to tell everyone what I show you and tell you. The whole world will know these things very soon.
YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A BOOK
THOUGH I WAVERED from time to time, Jesus was always faithful. He patiently and lovingly reminded me of the power of His presence that I had experienced firsthand.
My daughter, Choo Nam, I want you to be patient, He continued, because it is going to take a while to show you and tell you all I have to reveal. There is much to do because you are going to write a book for Me.
This announcement was truly shocking news. I didnt say the words aloud, but I thought, How can I write a book, since I dont know anything?
By this time I knew better than to disagree with the Lord. I was learning that if He told me to do something, then He would enable me to accomplish it. I never asked for the gifts He was so lavishly and graciously pouring upon me, but I did remember praying for the gifts of healing and ministry that would enable me to lead others to Him. Now He was answering those prayers in ways that far exceeded my expectations! Thats the kind of God we serve.
Jeremiah wrote, Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know(Jeremiah 33:3). This was one prayer promise that was proving itself true and dependable in my life. Over and over again the Lord honored me with abundant spiritual blessings that I did not deserve.
I do not want you to miss anything I show or tell you, He instructed. Nothing more; nothing less. Everything has to be exactly as I reveal it to you.
A GOLDEN BRIDGE
AS THE GLORY of springtime neared, I realized that nothing on this earth could truly compare with the glorious beauty of heaven. Early in the morning of March 1, the Lord visited me once more, in the usual way, saying, My precious daughter, we have work to do. He reminded me of several things He had already spoken: I chose you, My daughter, because of your obedience to Me. I like your will power and your faith.
Since becoming a Christian, I have never once seriously doubted my Lord. In fact, my reverential fear of Him, mixed with my great love for Him, has led me to conclude that I must never displease Him. These convictions keep me on the path of obedience in my walk with God.
The Lord said, I must show you more of the kingdom.He took my hand and we went back to the seashore. Then my body began to ascend into the heavens. I realized this time that the journey upward was more like floating than flying. I was being gently lifted from the earth.
I often wondered why we departed from the beach, rather than somewhere else, and I concluded that it must be because the site is usually deserted so early in the morning. I chuckled when I thought what might happen if someone saw us ascending into heaven. More than likely they would think they were seeing an alien abduction or a hallucination. They probably wouldnt mention it to anyone for fear of being called crazy.
Then it occurred to me that some people could think the same about me when I would begin to tell my story. The thought was extinguished by a wonderful sense of peace that washed over me as I realized such concerns do not matter because I know that Jesus has fully accepted me. Therefore, why should I ever worry about what others think?
A Golden Throne
JESUS HELD MY hand as we were being lifted from this planet. We landed in the same place as usual, and He led me to a fruitful orchard. It was huge, and every row of fruit trees was in a perfect line. Each tree was laden with ripe, luscious fruits. They all produced a different kind of fruit. The orchard was so vast that it seemed endless.
The Lord picked an oval-shaped purple fruit and handed it to me. Then He did the same with a round, deep-red fruit. I ate them, but I could not taste them very well.
I reciprocated by picking a small, round, pink fruit for the Lord to eat. Though I could not see His face clearly, I sensed that He was smiling and I knew He was very pleased by what I had done.
Next, we went to the now-familiar white palace where we changed into our heavenly attire. The Lord took His seat on His golden throne. Once again, the room was filled with people who were wearing beautiful gowns and crowns like mine.
The atmosphere in the room was one of peace and worship. The people were humbling themselves before the Lord. I tried to join in, but my sense of amazement and wonder did not permit me to focus on worship as quickly as I would have liked.
Before I realized all that had transpired, the Lord had changed back into His regular gown. He reached out, took my hand and led me outside. The experiences Ive had in the kingdom of God occur so quickly that it sometimes seems as if Im living out the fast-forwarding of a video tape.
The Lord led me across a golden bridge that arched over a fast-flowing river. The banks of the river were very fertile, and magnificent trees and flowers grew on both sides. The trees and flowers in heaven are different is so many ways from those we know on earth. There are many varieties, and they are bigger, healthier, more colorful and more beautiful than any plants Ive ever seen.
I felt as if I were in a fairytale land like those illustrated in the picture books I would read to my children--except this was no fantasy.
I WILL KEEP THEIR BABIES!
AFTER WALKING OVER the beautiful golden bridge, the Lord led me to a place where babies and infants--many of whom looked as if they had just been born--were kept. It was a huge room, like a warehouse, and wasnt fancy or pretty. It was filled with babies who were naked and lying close to one another.
Why are there so many babies here?I inquired.
These are babies of mothers who did not want them. I will keep their babies!the Lord answered.
What are you going to do with them, Lord?
If their mothers are saved, they can have their babies back.
What will happen if their mothers are not saved? What will you do then?
Other mothers will have them when all My children come into the kingdom.
I then understood that these babies had been aborted from their mothers wombs, and I began to cry. Jesus shouted, I do not like abortion!His voice and His demeanor grew harsh and angry, and I realized, then and there, that this was a message I would soon be sharing with all who would listen.
The Lord does not like abortion. It is one of the worst of all sins to Him. It was Jesus who had said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God(Mark 10:14). Jesus loves little children, and I could see His tender compassion for these aborted babies as I watched Him and listened to Him.
Nearly 1 in every 4 pregnancies in the United States today ends in abortion. How this grieves the Lord. The United States has the most permissive abortion laws of any democracy, and the number of abortions continues to accelerate. Ill never forget what I saw that morning in heaven, and Ill never be able to remain silent about the horrendous sin of abortion again.
Since that time I have been praying for the women of our nation, asking God to open their eyes to the truth about abortion, to keep them from making the wrong choice. I now know that the choice of abortion has eternal consequences, and I pray that the numbing of the American conscience with regard to this form of murder will be lifted.
I can still hear the Lords angry voice trembling with emotion as He said, I do not like abortion!Heaven is better than this / Praise God / What joy and bliss / Walking down the streets of solid gold / Youll enter a land where youll never grow old.
A PLACE FOR THE FAITHFUL
THE LORD TOOK me to a barren site outside the gate of the kingdom and showed me many people wearing sand-colored robes were in this region, standing very close together, and I noticed that they looked forlorn and lonely even though they were in the midst of so many others.
I had no idea who these individuals were, but I knew the Lord would answer my questions about them when He determined I was ready. He took me up a little hillside that was dotted with white buildings on both sides. A body of water separated the two sides from each other, and trees surrounded the water.
In front of the buildings I noticed many adults and children who were wearing white gowns, and some of them were wearing crowns. They were simply standing there with very happy looks on their faces. I sensed the Lord was showing me a vivid contrast between those who were happy and those who were sad. I assumed the happy ones were people who had given their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The next stop on our heavenly itinerary was the huge white mansion where Jesus had taken me before. Again, I noticed that inside the great room were numerous men, but very few women. Who are these people?I asked.
These are people who sacrificed for Me.
I wondered how many of them were the patriarchs and saints of the Bible, and I remembered faiths hall of fame in Hebrews 11, which lists the great men and women of faith, such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, and what they accomplished through faith. Then I was reminded of a very important verse: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him(Hebrews 11:6).
Abels sacrifice was more excellent than Cains because it was presented in faith and obedience. Abrahams willingness to sacrifice His own son, Isaac, to the Lord confirmed his faith and His desire to please the Lord. And now I knew that God honors such sacrifices. In fact, He calls us to surrender everything to Him.
By showing me this room that was filled with people wearing beautiful gowns and bejeweled crowns, Jesus was portraying the importance of sacrifice. I remembered Pauls words:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
CALLED TO TELL THE WORLD
MY HEART LEAPED within as I committed everything to my Lord and Master. This, I realized, was the sacrifice He required of me.
After seeing all these scenes, we went to the white palace and changed into beautiful gowns and crowns. Then the Lord took me to the peaceful pond where we had spent such wonderful times of fellowship together. This time we just sat and talked.
Then it occurred to me that the only places where the Lord really opened up and shared His heart with me were on the earthly beach and at this heavenly pond. At other times, when He was showing me different aspects of the heavenly kingdom, He would rarely talk. I loved the more relaxing times when He was able to tell me the things that were important to me.
He went on to remind me, I am telling you all this and showing you these things so you can tell the world. Then He reiterated the importance of all these experiences by saying, I know that a lot of My children dont think I will come back for them for a long time. Some even think I will never come back for them, but I want you to tell them that My kingdom is ready for those who are ready and waiting for Me. I am coming very soon.
Again, there was such a sense of urgency in His voice. Whenever I am in heaven, the only one who ever speaks to me is the Lord. His words are so vital. Even the angel who helps me to change my robes does not speak to me, but constantly smiles in such reassuring ways at me.
The Lord showed me the ocean of dirty blood once more, and then He concluded that visit to heaven with these words: Ill never leave you. Ill be with you forever. I will guide everything that you do. You will not have to worry about anything because I will be there to do it for you. I am releasing My power to you and in you. You will be able to heal the sick and do the same things I did when I lived on earth. The key to these gifts is your faith, My daughter.
His words, so tender and uplifting, opened fountains of tears deep within my soul. Do not cry, My daughter. He continued. I want you always to remember how precious you are to Me. I will talk with you again.
From that day forward I have felt like Im living more in heaven than on earth. My visits to heaven have wrought permanent changes in my life. I dont even require as much sleep as I used to, because I feel supernaturally energized by power from on high. Truly, I know that heaven is so real, and this makes all the difference in this world.
A Place Called Hell
And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes
and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then
he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and
cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
--Luke 16:23-24 (emphasis added)
ON MARCH 2 the Lord awakened me at 3 A.M. His visit lasted for three hours. As usual, we started our journey at the seashore. This time the Lord and I walked for a while. I wondered where He was taking me.
I noticed that the hill with so many trees and bushes was to our right. At the bottom of the hill, close to the sand, were many large and small rocks. We sat on a large rock, and I noticed that the clear water suddenly turned to blood. It always disturbed me to see this reminder of the Lords sacrifice, so I began to look up, turning my head away from the sea.
Just then I noticed that the nearby mountains were ablaze with bright red flames. I was very surprised at this scene. The brightness of the blaze was soon replaced by a dark, smoky haze that covered the entire scene.
People were fleeing from some unknown location and heading toward the beach. I noticed that some of them were naked, as if they had had to leave their beds so quickly that they had not had time to dress. Panic was on their faces, and they were running as fast as they could. Some stumbled, and the throng ran right over them. They seemed to be fleeing from some terrifying monster.
Soon the entire beach around us was filled with these frightened people. The fire they were fleeing from now filled the surrounding area. Most surprising was that flames began to leap from the bloody ocean. It was as if the world was coming to an end right in front of me.
Outbursts of flame were popping from the ocean as if from miniature volcanoes, and the flames began to creep toward the shoreline. It was intensely frightening, and I began to sob as I listened to the screams of the mob around me.
Before this time, we had only sat peacefully on the sand on this beach. The scene taking place in front of me was horrifying and terrifying. I knew the Lord had a purpose for showing these things to me. Suddenly the scene changed back to normal.
Why are you showing this to me, Lord?I asked.
All the things you see are going to happen very soon. So many people do not believe My Word, so I have chosen you to help them see the truth. What I show to you, I want you to tell the world.
There was anger in the tone of the Lords voice.
We left the rock where we were sitting and walked along the sand. Jesus spoke once more.
I must show you more of the kingdom,He said.
We went through the usual processes to get there. I had the privilege once again of standing before the Lords throne with so many others who were humbling themselves in His presence. I joined in the worship that all of us were experiencing, and it was a wonderful time of peace, adoration, joy and blessing.
My visits to the Lords throne room have opened my eyes to the great importance of worship in our lives. This is what we have been created for--to worship God and to enjoy Him forever. This is how we will spend all eternity.
The scene in front of me was exactly as it is described in the book of Revelation, in which John writes: Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald(Revelations 4:2-3). How exciting it was for me to realize I was going through the same experience the apostle John had reported about in the last book of the Bible. The Lord had spoken to him in the same way He had invited me, Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this(Revelations 4:1).
I knew from what the Lord had told me that people were not heeding the words of the Revelation, and now He wanted me to reiterate its message so that as many as possible would truly believe.
FLOWERS, MANSIONS AND CASTLES
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