On the 3rd of August 1979 Howard Pittman, a Baptist Minister, experienced a major artery rupture and died whilst being rushed to the hospital.
When he was fighting for his life in an ambulance vehicle, asking God not to let him die, he heard an audible voice encouraging him to stop breathing. He at first thought it to be the voice of God because it was so beautiful and enchanting, but at the point of giving up on life he received a revelation from the Holy Spirit that it wasn’t God speaking to him but Satan trying to fool him and make him die.
When Howard realized the deception, Satan fled and angels appeared to take him before the throne of God. But before getting to the Third Heaven, where God’s throne is, angels took him to the Second Heaven, where Satan and his Kingdom is, to show a well organized kingdom of Satan, as well as how demons operate.
I’ve described exactly what he saw in the Second Kingdom in another post which I will publish soon, whilst this current post will be about what Howard saw when he was taken to the Third Heaven – God’s Throne.
On his way to the Third Heaven, he saw some people also heading towards the gates of the Third Heaven. The angel explained to him that these were the Christian saints heading home. He saw fifty saints enter through the gates, one by one, for no two could enter at the same time.
The Holy Spirit explained to him that at the same time there were 1,950 other people who died – and went to hell. So he was explained that only 2.5% of people entered Heaven.
I would like to emphasize the significance of what I am saying in my message and if you have the spiritual ears to hear, then please, do so! Hear what I have to say about the condition of our churches because the Lord Himself has stated that their condition is identical to the church at Laodicea. (Revelation 3:14-22)
They think they are healthy and in need of nothing, when, actually, they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked! Hear what I was told! Many individuals who think they are doing just fine, are, in fact, on the very threshold of eternal damnation! So many profess with their mouths to know the Lord when, in reality, they are absolutely BLIND!
The devil has deceived them so completely that they might as well be atheists! This “lip-service” may fool others, but it certainly doesn’t fool the Lord. As long as their hearts remain in the world, they will be in danger of everlasting punishment. From the scriptures we clearly understand that, where a man’s heart is, there his treasure is also; and that anyone whose heart is in the world will not even have his own soul to treasure. I cry to you as a voice beyond the grave, “Oh man who hath an ear, please hear!
When the last of the fifty saints had entered into the Third Heaven, I started to enter but my escort stopped me. He told me that if I entered I could not come out and that I would have to stay there until the Father brought me back. The angels told me that all who enter the Third Heaven must remain there until brought back to this physical world by Christ Himself.
This is glorious news, my friend. I always believed the Bible and what it stated about the Lord coming back and bringing His saints with Him. This fact was testified by the angels themselves as we stood before the gates of the great Heaven. Dear reader, this should bring great joy to you. There should never be any doubt now. He IS coming back!
So in order for Howard to be able to come back into his physical body, he could not enter through the gates and had to present his case outside the gates. The angel assured him that God would hear him from there. Assured that his request for life extension would be granted due to his works on Earth, Howard started presenting his case.
He reminded God what a life of love, sacrifice and worship he had led as a Baptist minister, and he also told Him all the works he had done, telling God that now he needed His help as he wanted to return to life.
When he finished speaking, he heard an audible voice of God which was nothing like Satan’s sweet voice who tried to deceive him whilst he was fighting with death. It was a powerful voice which if you would even add all the world’s storms, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes together you wouldn’t be able to imitate it.
God’s tone of voice was angry and this totally floored Howard. God proceeded to tell him what kind of life Howard lived from God’s point of view, for human righteousness isn’t the righteousness of God, as most humans falsely understand, and as it’s told in the Bible, in Isaiah 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags (…).”
God told him that:
- His faith was dead
- His works were unacceptable
- He labored in vain
- It was an abomination for him to live such a life and then dare to call it a life of worship
God also told that those who live this way are in danger of experiencing God’s everlasting wrath.
Howard was stunned at receiving such God’s judgement. He really thought he had been working for God all his life. He couldn’t believe that God was talking about him; God told that all those years he was working not for God but for his own self! He preached Jesus so that his own conscience might be soothed, and only when this took place, did he do works for God. This made his priorities wrong, because he was placing his own self first, and therefore his own self was God to him.
It’s very clear in the Scripture that our Father is a jealous God and will not have any other gods before Him. If you put your self first, you are worshiping the false god called the “Self” and therefore transgress God’s commandment of not having any other gods but Him. Whatever you put above God is the false god that you worship, be it some person, yourself, some idol, or anything else.
God told him that in order for our works to be acceptable before Him, we must work in a way that’s outlined in Matthew 6:33 which states that we should firstly seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
When Howard’s real motives were revealed to him, two scriptures became clear to him. The first scripture was Matthew 16 24:26 which says:
(…) If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Another passage was Luke 14 26 to 35 which says:
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
So in this passage Jesus says that those who aren’t willing to give up everything for Him cannot be His disciples.
God told Howard that the Christian life he lived was unacceptable to Him and that many Christians who think they are saved are not.
I had thought that the Most High God was the only God of my life, but I was not fulfilling that part of scripture which tells us that if we allow anything to come between us and the Lord, (whatever it may be) it becomes our “God.”
I realized that each day of my life was devoted only to MYSELF! My whole life I was preoccupied with MY needs FIRST and THEN I was concerned with what the Lord wanted. The money to help the church, the poor, or anything else was secondary because I was my own “god.”
Naturally, the devil was contended with allowing me to remain in that condition because as long as I was in that condition, I was of no use to the Lord and His Kingdom.
So although Howard thought he was doing God’s service, his life was life wasted in God’s eyes, as he didn’t bring any good fruit to His kingdom as his motives were selfish. Christians must prove they really are Christians by examining their motives to make sure God always comes first, and that they take actions for the praise of God and not to glorify themselves.
When we repent of all selfish motives and promise to follow God and not our own desires, we must back that up with actions, because words only are useless in the sight of our Heavenly Father.
When the talk with God was finished, he was quickly taken through the Second Heaven to the earthly realm into the hospital bed. The conversation with God was ended abruptly and Howard wasn’t given a chance to plead for his life. He kept appealing to angels to bring him back to God because God never discussed if his life extension was granted.
And angels did take him back to the Third Heaven, and he was given a chance to plead his case before God. God told him that he was given chances before, but misused them. Howard had good intentions and he really meant in his heart what he was saying, but God quickly pointed out that good intentions didn’t count, which reminded Howard of a saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Satan often uses our good intentions to justify our wrong actions.
Having run out of anything to say, Howard was left only with a promise to do better next time. God answered him that he promised this before and he somehow managed to break all of such previous promises.
Having absolutely nothing more to say, he fell on his knees and said “Amen”, and he fully understood that if at that moment God would decide to throw him to hell, it would be the right choice.
When he finally submitted to God in this way, his soul was filled with light and the scales were taken off his eyes. He realized that God indeed was his Real Father, and that He loved Howard thousand times more than his earthly father did. When this realization came to him, it also became obvious just how much he had sinned against his true Father, and how much he had hurt Him. This realization was so painful that it felt like a physical pain.
From this moment on God no longer dealt with him in anger but with sorrow and pity. Howard understood that God was hurting too. Although God allowed Howard to suffer this pain, God suffered this pain with him too, being a true Father. This made Howard realize just how much God cares for each earthly child, that when a child is in pain, God is in pain too. God loves each human being so much that it’s incomprehensible to the human mind.
When he broke down the selfish self, Howard realized that his earthly life did not matter, and what really mattered was doing the will of his Father. So for the first time of his life his Father’s will became the most important thing in his life. And only at this point when Howard understood that his earthly life didn’t matter, did Father give that earthly life back to him.
Since this full breaking down and submitting to God’s will signified the prodigal son returning to his Father, now God could tell the reason why he was given this trip to Heaven and the message He wanted to give to the people on Earth.
If the world could only know of the worth of the individual. My discovery that day was that if YOU had been the only one, Jesus would have died for you. You have heard it said that Jesus died to save the world, and He certainly did. However, beyond that unimaginable sacrifice, of which we are absolutely unworthy, Jesus died to save YOU!! Salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus, and YOU, the individual, are the most precious thing on this Earth to Him.
If you don’t know Him as your real Father, your very best Friend, then turn to Him now by praying the simple but earnest prayer for the Lord to take over your life in every way and to forgive you for all your sins. If you seek Jesus sincerely, you WILL find the True source of all happiness and peace.
Here are the five messages that God gave him to tell the people of this earth:
1st. Most Christians live a deceived life. They talk Jesus and play church, but don’t live it. They claim to be Christians but act like devils. They were fooled by Satan that they are fine living this way. They believe in Satan’s lie that they can separate their Christian life and a worldly life, that they can attend church and then get all they can from life. This makes them lukewarm Christians, if Christians at all. Because of this Lord is going to spew them out of His mouth.
2nd. Satan is not just an evil force. He is a personal devil. He deals on a personal basis with each individual. Just like Jesus deals on a personal basis with each individual, so does Satan. The soul of each individual is actively sought out both by God and Satan, however the numbers game has long been won by Satan. Satan is wining because of his excellent deception skills. He has a vast array of demons who have the same skills and abilities to assist him in leading souls to hell. One of the greatest Satan’s weapons is owning a large portion of the so-called Christianity. Those Christians don’t even believe that Satan is real, let alone a threat. We all know that no one can resist an enemy that is thought not to exist at all.
3rd. These are the last days. In Noah’s days also almost nobody believed that the world would be flooded. They saw the signs of warning, but didn’t believe that they would result in anything. The same applies for today. Humans see warning signs, but they believe that nothing will change. Humanity therefore isn’t prepared to meet God. Instead of repenting and preparing for it, humans are more interested in gathering earthly treasures.
4th. Those who claim to be Christians are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ on this earth. Christians cannot have any true witness or power in this life unless they live in their Christian faith all the time, twenty four seven. To be a true Christian one must live it and not only talk about it. Honoring God with your lips but not with your heart is unacceptable and those who worship God in words only will be spewed out of His mouth. He wants not only words but also deeds from those who claim that Jesus is their Savior. Those who proclaim to know Jesus had BETTER know Him. Those who take any leadership role in a Christian movement had better be called to do so by God. Those who accept the responsibility of teaching, preaching or any leadership role have much to answer which again leads us to Matthew 6:33 which says:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added onto you.
5th. God is now in the process of recruiting his army with which he will shake up the the hierarchy of the so called religious institutions and will produce great miracles. These soldiers that God is now recruiting will demonstrate the power of God to even a greater extent than Jesus’ disciples did. It will be through faith that His power will be demonstrated through these soldiers on Earth. For a long time God has been recruiting a few but now He is starting to recruit more because God is about to perform great miracles through His army that God promised us He would do in the Bible.
These soldiers, like John the Baptist, will bring the spirit of Elijah in this world, to make the crooked paths straight for the coming of the Lord as He is about to come again. You are about to be called to do great work, and you who are new to the faith pick up your Bible and start studying it diligently, and seek Lord’s will in every aspect of your life. Time is short for your spiritual training, but you will be used in ways you never thought possible if you seek the Lord FIRST in your life.
You who are to be chosen are to be the soldiers of the latter rain as referred to in scripture. This recruitment is for the end of the great revival spoken of by the prophet Joel and begun on the day of Pentecost. The end-time of that great revival is the beginning of the latter rain, so you must prepare for the battle with the discipline of a professional soldier.
Know this also. There shall be a time or process of “culling” those who are not qualified to be a member of this “Gideon’s” army. Just as Gideon’s army in the Bible, only a select few will be fit for service in the army of Christian soldiers the Lord will use in the battle of the latter rain.
When Howard came back to life, he had a task assigned to him by God to spread his message wherever he was asked to share his testimony. God forbid him to recruit any associates or followers, and told that God would supply all his needs and direct him to any help he might need. God also told him that he was healed, and he indeed healed.
Howard walked out of his employment and without any financial support, trusting in God only, in ten month’s time managed to visit fifty states and twenty countries sharing his testimony, thus proving the power of God, and the power that Christians can have when they trust God fully.
He had to learn to live completely by faith and he’s doing this to this very day. God remained true to His word, and He keeps supplying Howard with all that’s required for him to live and spread his saving message.
Here’s a closing message I’d like to share from Howard:
I use all of this to try to encourage you, the reader, this very day. If you do not know for certain that you are a member of this army that God is recruiting, if you do not know for certain that your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, if you do not know that you are a born again believer and are saved, I plead with you: Do not go any further with what you are doing until you get on your knees and make yourself right with God.
Be born again. I testify to you that everything God told me that He would do, He has done without exception. He has already done what He said He was going to do in my ministry, so how could anyone say that this was a hallucination, or a dream, or a bad trip? It all has come to pass.
What I am trying to say to you, my friend, is this: From the very beginning I have tried to say it and now I’ll try to put it in simpler terms. We have come down to the end of time as we know it and time is about to be drastically altered any day now.
Time is very precious for you and for me. Speaking as one who experienced death, I went into Heaven and was given a second chance. Now I plead for you. It may well be that when you keep your appointment with death that you may not have the second chance.
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