Book Review III
Heaven Is For Real
By Pastor Russ Peters
Colton’s supernatural experiences that we discussed in Book Review II occurred at the hospital in North Platte, Nebraska, and were narrated in the Prologue.
The first eleven chapters of the book cover the events leading up to Colton’s sickness, two surgeries at the hospital, and four months of family life after the surgeries. They are pertinent, but not covered by this review.
In the twelfth chapter, Eyewitness To Heaven, Colton begins to reveal more of his supernatural experiences. Starting at the bottom of page 62:
· Colton’s Dad-Hey Colton, remember when you talked about sitting on Jesus’ lap? “Yeah.”
· Well, did anything else happen? Colton nodded yes, “Did you know that Jesus has a cousin? Jesus told me his cousin baptized him. I don’t remember his name, but he was really nice.”
· “Hey, Dad, did you know Jesus has a horse?” A horse? “Yeah, a rainbow horse. I got to pet him. There’s lots of colors.”
· Where are there lots of colors? “In heaven, Dad, that’s where all the rainbow colors are.”
· You were in heaven? “Well, yeah, Dad.”
The last episode described in the Prologue had Colton seeing himself on the operating table and his parents in two separate rooms praying for him, all in the hospital. This second batch switches from the hospital to heaven! Remember, the surgery lasted for only 90 minutes, yet already in that time Colton’s conscious self has been ministered to by the angels and Jesus in the hospital, and has made the trip to heaven and is interacting with Jesus there!
What distance was covered? How long did it take? What was the means of conveyance? Apparently Colton had no awareness of such things. Colton notices no difference between the Jesus that comforted him in the hospital and the One he is now talking to in heaven. What incredible implications! What illustrations of 1 Corinthians 13: 12, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now we know in part, but then we shall know just as we also are known.” How I look forward to that time—Maranatha (Oh Lord, come)!
Colton had been scared at the hospital, but was truly comforted by the angels singing to him and Jesus presence, and is perfectly calm and with it in heaven. John the Baptist happens to be there when Colton arrives. Jesus introduces them, explains that John is His cousin and had baptized Him. Colton thought John was nice.
Colton also met Jesus’ “rainbow” horse and got to pet it. He was fascinated by the vivid colors, and explained that heaven is the place where all the rainbow colors are. Hmmmm-I seem to recall that in many near death and out of body accounts mention is made of the gorgeous colors. That Jesus has a horse is not so strange to us, for in Rev. 19:11 He (and we) arrive from heaven on white horses. Apparently Jesus’ white horse was reflecting the rainbow colors of heaven?
“Hey, Colton, can I ask you something else about Jesus?” Colton nodded yes. “What did Jesus look like?” (picking up at page 65):
· “Jesus has markers.” What? “Markers, Daddy…..Jesus has markers. And He has brown hair and He has hair on His face. And His eyes…..oh, Dad, His eyes are so pretty!”
· What about Jesus’ clothes? “He had purple on. His clothes were white, but it was purple from here to here (left shoulder to right hip). Jesus was the only one in heaven who had purple on. Dad, did you know that? And He had this gold thing on His head.” Like a crown? “Yeah, a crown, and it had this…..this diamond thing in the middle of it and it was kind of pink. And He has markers, Dad.” You mean markers like you color with? “Yeah, like colors. He had colors on Him.” Well, what color are Jesus’ markers? “Red, Daddy. Jesus has red markers on Him.” Colton, where are Jesus’ Markers? Colton pointed to the palms of his hands and the tops of his feet, and said, “That’s where Jesus’ markers are, Daddy.”
Bullet one-When asked what Jesus looked like, Colton immediately said, “Jesus has markers. Markers, Daddy…..Jesus has markers” (the nail scars on Jesus’ hands and feet from being crucified). Even though he later explained that the markers were red, and where they were located, Colton didn’t understand their significance till months later. Even so, they were more evident to Colton than Jesus’ hair, beard, or “so pretty” eyes! “So pretty” was no doubt the way a four year old would say “filled with love.”
Why do you think the nail prints on Jesus’ earthly body were carried over to his perfect heavenly body when He was resurrected? They did prove to “doubting Thomas” that Jesus was alive from the dead (John 20:26-28), but is that enough reason for Him to be so marked forever in heaven? Perhaps they add to the glory that He had with the Father before He came to earth to save us. John 17: 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
Bullet two-When asked about Jesus’ clothes, Colton said that they were white, with a purple sash (Colton didn’t know that word) and that Jesus was the only one in heaven who wore purple (the color of royalty). He also noted that Jesus was wearing a diamond studded gold crown (another symbol of royalty). Philippians 2: 9-11 “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Hallelujah! Glory to God in the highest. Thank you Jesus!
I continue to be blessed by this book as I prepare each segment. I hope it has the same effect on you! I’ll be back soon with the next one.