My Glimpse of Eternity
Betty Malz, published by Spire Books.
About the book and her "near-death" experience, the inside cover reads: "We all wonder what life after
death will be like. Upon occasion God breaks into human lives to give us a glimpse
of what lies ahead for us. In
My Glimpse of Eternity, Betty Malz describes her experiences on the other
side of that dividing line we call 'death.' Her vivid account is good news for
all of us haunted by our own mortality, for it provides an emphatic, 'Yes, there
is life after death.' But it is also the story of how God worked through Betty
Malz's life, 'death' and new life to bring her closer to Him."
It must have been sometime around 5:00 A.M.
when my body functions apparently stopped, much as they had earlier in the day.
Only this time there was no one at my bedside to call for the emergency equipment.
"The transition was serene and peaceful. I was walking up a beautiful green
hill. It was steep, but my leg motion was effortless and a deep ecstasy flooded
my body. Despite three incisions in my body from the operations, I stood erect
without pain, enjoying my tallness, free from inhibitions about it. I looked
down. I seemed to be barefoot, but the complete outer shape of my body was a
blur and colorless. Yet I was walking on grass, the most vivid shade of green
I had ever seen. Each blade was perhaps one inch long, the texture like fine
velvet.; every blade was vibrant and moving. As the bottoms of my feet touched
the grass, something alive in the grass was transmitted up through my whole
body with each step I took.
"'Can this be death?' I wondered. If so, I certainly had nothing to fear. There
was no darkness, no uncertainty, only a change in location and a total sense
"...I saw no sun--but light was everywhere. Off to the left there were multicolored
flowers blooming. Also trees, shrubs. On the right was a low stone wall...
"...We [she was traveling with an angel] came upon a magnificent, silver structure.
It was like a palace except there were no towers. As we walked toward it, I
heard voices. They were melodious, harmonious, blending in chorus and I heard
the word, "Jesus." There were more than four parts to their harmony. I not only
heard the singing and felt the singing but I joined the singing... After a while
the music softened, then the unseen voices picked up a new chorus. The voices
not only burst forth in more than four parts, but they were in different languages.
I was awed by the richness and perfect blending of the words--and I could understand
them! I do not know why this was possible except that I was part of a universal
"While the angel and I walked together I sensed we could go wherever we willed
ourselves to go and be there instantly. Communication between us was through
the projection of thoughts. The words sung in all the different languages were
understandable, but I don't know how or why. We all seemed to be on some universal
"The angel stepped forward and put the palm of his hand upon a gate which I
had not noticed before. About twelve feet high, the gate was a solid sheet of
pearl, with no handles and some lovely scroll work at the top of its Gothic
structure. The pearl was translucent so that I could almost, but not quite,
see inside. The atmosphere was somehow filtered through. My feeling was of ecstatic
joy and anticipation at the thought of going inside.
"When the angel stepped forward, pressing his palm on the gate, an opening appeared
in the center of the pearl panel and slowly widened and deepened as though the
translucent material was dissolving. Inside I saw what appeared to be a street
of golden color with an overlay of glass or water. The yellow light that appeared
was dazzling. There was no way to describe it. I saw no figure, yet I was conscious
of a Person. Suddenly I knew that the light was Jesus, the Person was Jesus...
I felt bathed by the rays of a powerful, penetrating, loving energy.
"[As she began to return to her body]..I looked into Terre Haute (Indiana) as
the worlds of spirit and time and space began to fuse back together. Ahead of
me were many church steeples glistening in the morning sun. I was suddenly aware
of God's love for all His churches. It was a sudden bit of knowledge, as if
I were being told this on the inside by the Holy Spirit. At that moment I loved
all His churches too; and as my prejudices dissolved, I loved all His people."
What is Heaven Really Like?
From: "Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind" by Jesse Duplantis, Harrison House Publishers.
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
"'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."