Ricky Randolph's Near-Death Experience
1982, Ricky Randolph, a Georgia Department
of Corrections Correctional Officer, was
involved in a hunting accident and had a
near-death experience. Since then, he has
had many psychic occurrences which have
been verified by family and friends. Ordained
as a Baptist minister at age 17, his life
even in childhood was filled with psychic
events. The following is his unique near-death
experience reprinted by permission. It can
be described as unique for a very good reason.
The reason is miraculous. As the saying
goes: "Miracles happen." His near-death
experience appears in Kevin Williams' book,
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A Prelude to a Miracle
I was looking forward
to this morning, as I had planned a hunting trip
on the ninety-eight acre farm, bordering the Chattahoochee
River, my family and I lived on. I arrived home
and gathered my gear trying to get as early a start
as I could. My wife had already left for work as
most people do who have normal working hours. I
usually called her when I was going hunting but
being in a hurry on this particular morning I didn't.
I had about a two mile
hike to my tree stand and arrived there around 10:15
a.m. My stand was about 20 feet high on the front
side facing a thick patch of pines. The back side
faced the river below and dropped off to huge boulders
in the river below. I tied off my rifle to be pulled
up after my climb to the top and began my upward
ascent. I reached the top and positioned myself
to pull my rifle up. Then without warning I heard
a snap. I would later return to this site many times
to reflect on my life. On one visit with a friend
I measured the distance from the top of the stand
down to the boulder I landed on - eighty feet!
As I began my fall to
the river below I could see the river coming up
fast. I knew this was the end for me and though
it was just seconds before impact, it was as though
I was in slow motion.
So many thoughts raced
through my mind. "My wife, my daughter, my family,
and no one knows where I am! Would I ever be found?"
Then, darkness. How long
this darkness lasted I don't know. Then something
wonderful happened. I felt myself leaving my body.
I was floating a few feet in the air above the river.
I looked on my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding
from my mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle of
blood underneath me on the boulder. As I was reflecting
on the state of my body, I felt a pulling and began
to rise very fast. I was traveling at a high rate
of speed upwards through the atmosphere.
As I left the atmosphere,
I looked back and could see the Earth! Such a beautiful
sight! It was so brilliantly lit. As I looked ahead
I could see the planets. I thought to myself, "This
cannot be! Where is Jesus?" I was never told anything
like this could or would happen when I died.
Faster, and faster the
speed was increasing. I saw other star systems and
galaxies as I raced onward. I entered what seemed
to be a hole of some sort. It was long and dark.
However around me I saw streaks of light made up
of every color in the spectrum. I saw a faint light
growing brighter and brighter in the distance up
ahead. As I entered the light I felt it all through
my being. I was not afraid anymore.
Then all of a sudden
I was standing before a massive set of steps. They
led up to what seemed to be a bridge or walk of
some kind. In the distance I saw a sight so magnificent
and astounding - a city made up of what seemed to
be glass or crystal!
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A Miracle is Foretold
The lights were of many
colors that radiated from it. Never have I ever
seen such a sight. I began walking toward the city
in a daze of unbelief.
So many questions raced
through my mind. "I had to know where I was." "What
was happening to me?"
I reached the front of
the city and saw a double door that looked to be
about thirty feet or so in height and width. It
shined as if it was polished. As I stood there wondering,
the doors began to open. I took a step back and
I could see what appeared
to be people walking about on the inside, much like
they do in a mall here on Earth. These people though
were dressed very different. For one thing, they
all seemed to be dressed in some sort of robes with
I entered through the
doors in amazement at what I was seeing. The inside
was massive. It seemed to be square in shape, with
a balcony all around that led down to different
levels. I walked up and looked downward over the
balcony. It seemed to go on forever!
As I looked up I saw
many passing by me, yet no one seemed to notice
me. Then as one was approaching me he suddenly stopped.
He slowly raised his head and I could see his face.
He appeared to be human
in every respect but one. His eyes. No pupils! Yet
they seemed to change colors in colors of blue.
His hair was snow white.
I wanted to speak but
before I could he turned and pointed to a long hallway.
Though we never spoke I knew I was to go down this
Then as if nothing had
ever happened, he continued on. I knew I had to
as well. Something was beckoning me forward.
I walked a long walk
down to the end of this hallway. I did not turn
to the right or the left. I knew somehow that my
questions were about to be answered.
Again I saw before me
a massive double door. It seemed to be of some type
of metal - whether gold or not I could not tell.
Suddenly the doors opened.
I heard a voice, though not as we speak, but from
inside of me it seemed to say, "Enter." I did as
I was told and the doors shut suddenly behind me.
I was afraid for the first time. Total darkness.
Then after a space of
time the length of which I could not determine,
a bright light began to glow in the room. Brighter
and brighter it became! It was somewhat above me
and in front of me. I tried to look but was almost
blinded from it! I held my hands up in front of
me and could make out the appearance of a figure
setting on some type of seat.
Then without warning
"What have you done with
The voice penetrated
my very being. I had no answer.
Then to my right I saw
what seemed to be like a movie, and I was in it.
I saw my mother giving me birth, my childhood and
friends. I saw everything from my youth up. I saw
everything I had ever done before my eyes!
As my life played out
before my very eyes I tried to think of good things
I had done. I was raised in church and had been
very active in church functions.
Yet as I pondered on
this, I saw a man in his car that had ran out of
gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a local
store about a year ago. I had bought him some gas
as he had no money and helped him get on his way.
I thought to my self, why am I seeing this? The
voice was loud and clear.
"You took no thought
to help this soul and asked nothing in return. These
actions are the essence of good."
I saw all the people
I had hurt as well and was shown how my actions
had set in motion the actions of others. I was stunned!
I had never thought of my life having an effect
on the actions that friends, family, and others
I had met would take. I saw the results of all I
had done. I was not pleased at all.
I looked on until the
events came to an end. Indeed I had done so little
with my life. I had been selfish and cruel in so
many ways. I was truly sorry I had done so little.
Then again loud and clear I heard the voice speak
again, "You must return."
I did not want to return
though. I was content to stay and longed to stay
even after the things I had seen and heard.
"I have so many questions,"
I replied, "things I need to know and don't understand."
"You must return and
help others to change by changing your life. Physicians
will want to perform surgery on you. Do not let
this happen. If you do you will never walk again.
You will be visited by one who will bring you answers
to the questions you have. When I call you will
come again. You will recover from all that has happened
if you do these things. Look and see what lies ahead."
I turned and saw the
Earth in turmoil. Wars and death. Terrible sights.
Cities fell and new ones were built. I saw the United
States and a volcano exploding covering many cities
in darkness. I looked on and saw the collapse of
our government as we know it. People killing for
food and water. Horrible sights. I saw what seemed
to be a giant explosion in the Earth's atmosphere
and much land was destroyed. I looked on and
saw a new type of people, younger and of a peaceful
nature. The cities were few that were left, but
these people seemed to be content.
"It is time for you to
go," I heard again.
But I wanted to see more!
Then the doors opened
and I felt myself almost being carried down the
hallway. I passed through the doors of the city
and felt myself shooting through this hole I had
came through. Faster I went, unable to stop.
I entered the atmosphere
of Earth and saw the river below. I saw my body
still lying there motionless.
Then it was like an electric
shock so tremendous I felt my body jump. I opened
my eyes and saw the trees above and the skyline.
Then, Oh God, the pain! I was struggling for every
breath, choking on my own blood.
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The Miracle That Happened
I managed to roll onto
my stomach. The pain was all I could bare. I looked
at the sky and saw the sun was lower than I remembered. I
looked at my watch. It was 5:30. My only thoughts
were how I could get help. I noticed my rifle
was not far from me, still attached to the rope
I had tied around my waist. I began pulling
it toward me. I managed to grab hold of the barrel
and pulled it up to me. I fired a shot about
every ten minutes hoping someone would come.
It was getting late and
I knew I would not make it much longer, so I began
crawling on my stomach, pulling myself with the
stock of my rifle. I managed to crawl up a trail
that ran down to the river. As I crawled and
crawled, the pain was so great I passed out many
times. Through thick brush and briar patches I crawled.
I wanted to give up I was so tired and in so much
pain. I knew though I had to make it at least to
where I could be found - I hoped.
I looked out in front
of me and saw the road I lived on through the trees.
I could hear sounds in the distance!
"Yes, thank you God,"
I thought to myself!
I finally found myself
at the road and began a feeble cry for help. I was
too exhausted though and just lay there in the road.
My father-in-law was
returning from work and found me lying in the road.
"It's all right," I heard
him say. "Help is on the way."
That was the last I remembered
until I saw the lights inside the ER. A doctor stood
at my feet.
"Can you feel this?"
"Feel what?" I asked. He
had been sticking my feet and legs. I was paralyzed!
"We can not help you
here son," he said. "We are sending you by ambulance
to a hospital that can handle your injuries."
Whether from the pain
or medication, I was out like a light.
The next afternoon I
awoke to find two doctors standing at the foot of
my hospital bed. They introduced themselves as my
attending physicians and proceeded to explain to
me I must undergo surgery at once. The bones in
my back that were broken were putting pressure on
my spinal nerve causing paralysis. Then I heard
the warning I had heard before.
"Do not let them perform
surgery, or you will never walk again."
I understood completely,
but I knew they would not. I told them I must
see my wife and daughter first.
My wife arrived with
my daughter shortly after the doctors' visit. I
told her what they had said. She advised me that
I must realize they were doing what was necessary
to help me. I did not know how to tell her what
I had experienced. I tried to tell her it was my
belief that I should not be operated on. Although
she disagreed, she honored my wishes.
When the doctors returned
and I told them of my decision, they were very upset.
I listened to lecture after lecture.
"OK," one of them said,
"if you never want to walk again that's up to you."
Then they left.
That night I lay upon
my bed and wept sorely. Was I insane? What was I
A light began to fill
"You will be well," I
heard a voice say.
Then it was gone.
I composed myself and
dosed off to sleep.
Days turned into weeks,
weeks into months.
Then one morning I felt
a tingling in my feet! I was overcome with joy!
I told the nurse I wanted to get up and walk. She
stared at me and said, "We'll see, we'll see." I
knew I was healed without a doubt. The nurse put
a call in to my doctor and the next morning he stopped
"So you think you can
walk?" he said.
"Yes," I replied.
"Well, we will see."
A few hours later I was
taken down to the physical therapy room. They carried
me down and raised me up to a vertical position.
The nurse helped me in front of a set of parallel
bars. I gripped the bars and placed my feet firmly
on the floor. One step. Two steps.
"My God, he's walking!"
the nurse said to the nurse who had brought me down.
The next few days were
hard. I took many trips to physical therapy, and
had numerous x-rays done per my doctors' orders.
My wife and family were all amazed, yet I knew.
I had been told! The rest had to be true as well.
My doctor was more amazed
when he found no bones pressing on my spinal nerve.
I use his quote: "This is not normal. It seems a
Higher Power has done for you what we were going
to try and correct with surgery. I have never seen
anything like this before.' End quote.
Since that day, my life
has changed and I have been able to help others
in ways I never dreamed. I wanted to share this
with all, as it is what has led me onward in my
quest for truth.
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"Death when unmasked
shows us a friendly face and is a terror
only at a distance."
- Oliver Goldsmith
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