Firsthand Authors Describe Heaven and Hell Experiences
by Brian Connors
Our earthly existence demands that we plan for our future in the best way that we can. We must conduct our affairs in this life in a prudent manner regarding investments, education, insurance and such to guide us towards the goal of safety and contentment. But what about a strategy regarding the afterlife when our brief stay on this planet is over?
Bill Wiese and Don Piper are two authors who describe in vivid detail the ultimate outcomes of our worldly lives in books respectively entitled "23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in that Place of Torment" and "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life". The aptly named books describe firsthand the reality of two extreme destinations one of which lies ahead of each of us according to our own freewill choices.
Wiese's "23 Minutes in Hell" began at 3:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23, 1998 when he found himself being hurled through the air completely out of control before landing in what appeared to be a prison cell. He was "fully awake and cognizant" throughout the entire event during which he was led to experience a peril well beyond what can be imagined in this life.
"There is never any peace of mind. No rest from the torments, the screams, the fear, the thirst, the lack of breath, no sleep, the stench, the heat, the hopelessness, and the isolation from people." Bill adds that "this place was so terrifying, so intense, and so hostile that it would be impossible for me to exaggerate the horror." The hideous, seething creatures together with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness made one trapped in a "sea of tormented souls".
The other end of the spectrum is explained by Don Piper's "90 Minutes in Heaven" which describes his experience while declared dead after his car was struck by an eighteen-wheeler at about 11:45 a.m. on January 18, 1989. He was greeted in the heavenly realm by what he called a "celestial welcoming committee" of incredibly joyous people whom he had known previously that had passed on from earthly life.
Piper described the sensational level of bliss by stating that "everything I experienced was like a first-class buffet for the senses. I had never felt such powerful embraces or feasted my eyes on such beauty. Heaven's light and texture defy earthly eyes or explanation. Warm, radiant light engulfed me. As I looked around, I could hardly grasp the vivid, dazzling colors. Every hue and tone surpassed anything I had ever seen." Don was in another dimension and felt "fully alive" in a state of awe that human words are not capable of expressing.
The hell and heaven experiences of both authors are precisely in line with another source that has displayed irrefutable accuracy over time. This book is a compilation of 66 works written by about 40 authors over the course of approximately 1,500 years in three different languages on three different continents. The book that calls one's attention to what awaits all in the afterlife is called the Bible.
The evidence is clear that the Bible gives harsh descriptions in regards to the reality of the "damnation of hell" ( Matthew 23:33 ). It warns of "everlasting destruction" ( II Thessalonians 1:9 ), "place of torment" ( Luke 16:28 ), "fire that never shall be quenched" ( Mark 9:43 ), ), "weeping and gnashing of teeth" ( Luke 13:28 ), "where their worm dieth not" ( Mark 9:44 ), "everlasting fire" ( Matthew 18:8 ), "outer darkness" ( Matthew 8:12 }, and "lake of fire burning with brimstone" ( Revelation 19:20 ) to name but a few of the wake-up calls regarding the "danger of hell fire" ( Matthew 5:22 ).
Heaven, on the other hand, is a place where "they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more" ( Revelation 7:16 ) and "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." ( Revelation 21: 4 ). It will be an indescribable "eternal weight of glory" ( 2 Corinthians 4:17 ) for those who cherish and abide by the Bible's teachings. It will be a place of pure love beyond our finite comprehension.
Bill Wiese gives his support and states that "the Bible is far more unique than any other book written. It has been scrutinized by an endless array of scholars, historians, archeologists, scientists, mathematicians, and the like for thousands of years. There have not been any discrepancies or errors that could not be cleared up with good scholarship."
Bill supports this claim by listing quotes from both acclaimed scholars and respected historical figures who support the absolute reliability of the Bible. Don Piper is also one who conveys his full conviction with respect to the truth of the Scriptures without question.
So what guidelines are to be followed to enter the gates of heaven and avoid the described torments of hell after reading "23 Minutes in Hell" and "90 Minutes in Heaven" and the most popular book in the history of the world? The answer is clearly to pay close attention to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as the only "mediator between God and men" ( 1 Timothy 2:5 ) to gain our heavenly triumph.
Both Bill Wiese who suffered the anguish of hell and Don Piper who had to leave the indescribable bliss of heaven to an agonizing recovery believe that their lives are meant to tell the world of the consequences that await us all. They are using their experiences to warn anyone and everyone about the realities of what they lived through. They also wish to share the truth that the only way to escape the eternal and hopeless trappings of hell is a commitment to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
My own unfortunate life events are what led me to find this truth. I have suffered the effects of having been comatose for 11 days, walked away from a burning car wreck, been struck by a Mack truck and have escaped a handful of other potentially deadly or crippling circumstances. Failure has certainly not been a stranger in my life in other ways as well. I share a belief with the authors that my experiences in this life are meant for salvation on both a personal level as well as for readers who simply need to get right with God through Jesus Christ.
My advice? Find and join, if you haven't already, a true Christian church that bases its teachings strictly on the verses contained in the Bible. Avoid at all costs any "feel good" or watered down alternatives that compromise the truth for the sake of profit or political correctness. Finally, believe the words of Jesus in John 14: 6 of "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Your eternity depends on it.
( Bill Wiese's "23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in that Place of Torment" and Don Piper's "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life" and the Bible can be purchased at
About the Author
Brian is self-employed and attends Christian worship services in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He can be contacted at
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