Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind
Jesse Duplantis, Harrison House Publishers.
Theological views of Heaven
Personal accounts of Heaven

On 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!"

Excerpts 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 here.'

"'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)

Chapter 10

"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 here?'

"'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."