the back cover: "In this book, Jesse Duplantis shares several events that have
happened to him in his relationship with God--events he calls close encounters
of the God kind. One of these events is his trip to heaven in 1988. He tells
of the wonderful things the Lord has in store for us, both in heaven and on
earth... As you read this book, you will discover the depth of the compassion
and love God has for you... It is God's desire that everyone spends eternity
in heaven. So enjoy these close encounters of the God kind and join Jesse Duplantis
in spreading the wonderful message that Jesus is coming again soon!"
from Chapters 6 and 7
"Looking around me, I realized that God has with Him in heaven some of the things
He created on the earth. I was surrounded by lush, gorgeous valleys, lots of mountains
and streams of water. I even saw snow, yet it wasn't cold. I was amazed.
"There were flowers in heaven that I have never seen before in my life and fragrances
I have never smelled. I have never seen colors quite like those I saw there, either.
There were reds, greens, purples, blues, yellows. The gold looked gold, yet it
was transparent like crystal...
"I had always thought that everybody who went to heaven was grown up. But I saw
children too. I also noticed horses, dogs and large cats like lions.
"Everybody seemed headed towards God's Throne in the Holy City, which I could
see way off in the distance. His Throne was high and lifted up, and it could be
seen from every direction...
"All of a sudden, I heard kids singing and praising God. Then I saw them. They
were carrying little harps.
"I thought, Now what are these kids doing here? As I mentioned earlier,
theologically I had been taught that there were no kids in heaven. So I asked
the angel, 'Where did all these children come from?'
"'These are children that the earth did not want,' he said. 'God brought them
"'But I thought people went to heaven because they chose to go.'
"'No, Jesse, children must be taught the oracles of God.'
"I saw that many people were teaching those kids, so I realized that God was using
people as well as angels to teach others in heaven about Him.
"Then I asked, 'Are you talking about abortions?'
"He said, 'Yes. These children can't wait to see their mothers.'
"The ages of the children I saw seemed to be from about three to ten years. Babies
were off in another place...
"The people had been shouting joyfully and those little children were playing
beautiful songs on their harps and singing. They were all excited. Then I heard
a whispering. The people in gowns were looking toward the city. People around
me began saying, 'He's coming! He's coming! He's coming!'
"I asked the angel, 'Who's coming?'
"'You shall see the Holy One,' he said.
"All of a sudden, I saw a Light coming out of the city, but it was far from me.
The children ran toward the Light. I knew then that it was Jesus!
"I couldn't see His face because I was too far away. All I could see were His
hands reaching out to the kids as they played and sang and hugged Him. Those kids
adored Him. Then I heard Him say, 'Suffer the little children to come unto Me...for
of such is the kingdom of God.' (Mark 10:14)
"I saw people of many different races there. Then I noticed a group of Oriental
children being taught the oracles of God by a lady. I asked, 'Are their parents
"'Some are,' David said, 'but most of them are not. They come to an age when they
have to accept or reject God. The parents may reject God and go the other way,
but the great God is merciful; He doesn't reject their children. Sometimes children
pass away at an early age, so we teach them and they grow.'
"I knew parents who had recently lost a baby would be happy to know that they
would meet their child here. Their child will be taught the oracles of God."