Reverend Howard Pittman's Near-Death Experience
Howard O. Pittman was a
Baptist minister for 35 years after being a law
enforcement officer for 26 years. On August 3, 1979,
his aortic artery ruptured and, within hours, he
suffered physical death. His spirit was lifted from
his body by his
angels and taken into what he refers to as the
"Second Heaven" or "Satan's dominion" which is known
by NDE researchers as the "Earthbound
realm". While Reverend Pittman was there, he
was allowed to see many startling things corresponding
with other testimonies of other NDE experiencers
who have visited this realm. Angels took Reverend
Pittman to what he refers to as the "Third
Heaven" which the Apostle Paul also mentions
2 Corinthians 12:2-4. While in the Third Heaven,
Reverend Pittman appeared before the Throne of God
where he pleaded for an extension of his physical
life. The "God of wrath" whom Reverend Pittman expected
to see after death showed the reverend the woeful
kind of life of worship and service to Jesus the
reverend had really led. Rejected and dejected,
the reverend left the Throne of God to return to
his physical body but remembered he had not asked
God the question he had wanted to asked. He then
returned to the Throne of God where, this time,
he encountered the "God of unconditional love" he
had never expected to see. The difference was not
with God; but with the reverend's own flawed belief
in a "God of wrath." After basking in the unconditional
love of God's light, the reverend was given a message
to bring back to share with the world. The following
is an excerpt reprinted by permission from his booklet,
Placebo, which documents his amazing near-death
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| 1. A Note
From Kevin Williams the Webmaster
illustrations on this web page are from Howard Pittman's
I added a little bit of color to them to enhance their appearance.
These illustrations depict entities which Pittman labels
as "demons." Pittman observed these entities while in a
realm he calls the "Second Heaven" - a realm that exists
in the same space as the physical realm but cannot be seen.
Because of Pittman is a fundamentalist minister, the description
of his NDE is filled with Christian terminology - just as
anyone would reasonably expect. When reading the testimonies
of NDEs by people who have a strong bias - whether it is
religious, philosophical, scientific or whatever- it is
best to keep in mind an important fact. Jody Long, an NDE
stated this important fact perfectly. She said,
"One of the near-death experience
truths is that each person integrates their near-death experience
into their own pre-existing belief system." In Reverend
Pittman's case, I believe he has integrated his NDE into
his own pre-existing Christian fundamentalist belief system.
Such biases in NDE testimonies are obvious to people who
have read many NDE testimonies from a wide variety of people.
And this is a big reason why I find his testimony very interesting
when compared to NDEs by people who are less religious and
would perhaps use different terminology. For example, what
Reverend Pittman labels as "demons", I would prefer to label
them as "discarnate earthbound human souls" who are
temporarily attracted to some earthly desire or habit for
various reasons. Such entities have been observed in other
NDE testimonials such as
NDEs and they behave in the same manner we would traditionally
think of as "demons". Also, according to Reverend Pittman,
he was given the identity of the "false god" which Christians
know to be "Satan"
but, in reality, is "SELF!" So I would
caution people who are not used to Christian terminology
to understand that Pittman's testimony can also be described
using non-Christian terminology.
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| 2. Introduction
(Foreword of Placebo)
Webster's Dictionary defines
medication prescribed more for the mental relief of a patient
than for the actual effect on his disorder, or something
tending to soothe."
The doctors tell us that if we
know we are being treated with a placebo, it does not work.
In our minds we must think that it is a real medication
and has the strength or power to heal. If the patient believes
this, then the treatment has been known to work wonders
in many cases that otherwise could not have been treated.
Placebo treatment is, in fact, nothing of substance, but
in the mind of the patient it is real. In order for this
kind of treatment to work, the doctor must convince the
patient of the work of the medication.
I declare unto you that this is the exact "treatment"
that most "mouth-professing" Christians are using
today. The doctor administering this "medication"
is Satan himself. He gives the "patent" a sugar-coated
religion, a shallow experience, and whispers half-truths
into his ears. He then tells the "patient" that
it is real and that it is all the "patent" needs.
The "patent", having been taken in by Satan, believes
this and goes on his merry way declaring to all that he
has been born again, his salvation is real, and this experience
is all that he needs. Doctor Satan will allow his "patient"
to continue to go to church and will allow him to take part
in any church, that is, singing, leading in prayer, teaching
Sunday School, and even preaching. He will allow the "patient"
to make any kind of statement in connection with his "mouth-professing"
religion, even to the point of the saving power of Jesus.
Yes, he will allow the "patient" to do all and
say all with one exception. That exception is that the "patient"
will not be allowed to live the life that he confesses with
his mouth ...
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| 3. Preparation
(Chapter 5 of Placebo)
year 1978, I retired from the New Orleans Police Department
and moved my family to a sixty-one acre farm in Mississippi.
Around August 7, 1979, I was suddenly stuck with a grave
and disastrous illness. The night before the tragedy I went
to bed as usual. On awakening that morning I was slightly
nauseated and skipped breakfast. My wife asked me if was
not going to eat. I replied that I had to hurry to keep
my appointment with some folks who I hoped would support
my candidacy for sheriff with campaign contributions. I
was unaware that God had also made an appointment for me
that day. Let me remind you that the Bible says that it
is appointed once unto man to die and, without warning,
my appointment came. Like a flash of lightning, the main
trunk artery in my body cavity ruptured causing a devastating,
sudden, blood loss So at midnight they carried me
into ICU and at 6:00 a.m. the following morning, my vital
life signs failed again. The chief physician came out of
ICU and told my wife, It is something else.
They took me into surgery where they worked on me for an
additional seven hours ...
[For the sake of brevity, a large
amount of Pittman's description of his Emergency Room experience
is not reprinted here. Read his book for the full description.]
in that period of time when the physicians were working
on me, I came to myself and realized that I was dying
Knowing that only God could give me back my life and that
only God could change this appointed time to die, I prayed
a strange prayer. My prayer was that God would allow me
to appear before His throne and pleaded for an extension
of my physical life. In any other time and place this sort
of prayer would be unusual, however, all of this was planned
by God to ultimately serve His purpose. The thought to pray
such a prayer was instilled in my mind by the Holy Spirit
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| 4. The
Grand Tour (Chapter 7 of Placebo)
happens next is so incredible that some people find it hard
to believe. May I say at the outset that I know the difference
between dreams, visions, and a real experience. May I also
point out that if you do not believe in Satan and demons
as being real, individual beings, then you do yourself and
the Kingdom of God a great disservice. It stands to reason
that you cannot understand or even withstand an enemy if
you do not believe he is real.
moment I resisted Satan, he fled from me. The angels were
there and they took my spirit from my body. These angels
were present all the time that Satan tempted me although
I did not know it because I was still in the flesh. The
angels did not attempt to help me until I had resisted Satan
with my own will. The only help I had was the supernatural
revelation from the Holy Spirit that the voice I was hearing
belonged to Satan and not to God. Whether or not to obey
that voice was my choice.
the angels lifted my spirit from my body, they carried me
immediately to the Second Heaven. We did not have to leave
that hospital room in order to enter the Second Heaven.
We entered there in that same room where my body was, just
by passing through a dimension wall. It is a wall which
flesh cannot pass through, only spirit.
you the reader, to understand what was happening, you must
understand the separation of the spirit from the flesh.
To know how this works, we must know how we, ourselves,
are made. The Bible states that we, as humans beings are
made in the image of God. To understand this, we must know
what God is. The Bible states three immutable things about
God: 1st God is Spirit, 2nd God is invisible and 3rd God
is immortal. If we are made in His image, then we are spirit,
we are invisible, and we are immortal. Therefore, when we
look into a mirror we do not see our real selves. We see
only the body, or earthen vessel, in which we live. Since
we are all made in the image of God, we would all be mirror
images of one another without our earthly, physical bodies.
Therefore, we were given a soul to separate us from one
another to make us an individual.
animals in this world also have a soul. The only difference
between their souls and ours is that our soul belongs to
the spirit. Their souls belongs to the body. When their
body perishes, their souls perishes with it. When our body
perishes, the soul remains with the spirit. When the spirit
was lifted from my body, my soul came with it. I suppose
the simplest way to identify the soul would be to say that
it is one's personality. The entire time I was away from
my body I remained an individual, that is, I retained my
own personality. I retained all my faculties. In fact, they
were greatly enhanced.
moved through that dimension wall into the Second Heaven,
I found myself in an entirely different world, far different
from anything I had ever imagined. This world was a place
occupied by spirit beings as vast in number as the sands
of the seashore. These beings were demons [devils], or fallen
angels, and were in thousands of different shapes and forms.
Even those in similar shapes and forms were contrasted by
diverse coloring. Many of the demons were in human shapes
or forms and many were in forms similar to animals familiar
to our present world. Others were in shapes and forms too
hideous to imagine. Some of the forms were so morbid and
revolting that I was almost to the point of nausea.
When I first arrived in the Second
Heaven, I knew immediately in what direction I must go to
where God was. I don't know how I knew that, but I did.
I also knew that if I was going to get my prayer answered,
I was going to have to appear before God the Father in the
Third Heaven. I was aware that I was traveling in that spirit
world under the protection of the Holy Spirit, and that
the angels who were escorting me were also moving about
under the protection of the Holy Spirit. It might seem strange
to you, the reader, that the angels needed the protection
of the Holy Spirit, but remember where we were, the Second
Heaven. The Second Heaven is the place where Satan presently
has his throne located. Satan is not yet in Hell although
Hell is to be his final destiny.
All the spirits in that world
were aware of our presence and were aware of the Holy Spirit's
protection over us. To give you an idea as to why that protection
was necessary, let me give a Bible reference to the power
of Satan as demonstrated in the Second Heaven. The
tenth chapter of the book of
Daniel tells about
God sending one of His angels to deliver a message to Daniel.
Because of the importance of that message, Satan did not
want it delivered. In order for the angel sent from God
in the Third Heaven to reach Daniel, he had to pass through
the Second Heaven. Satan sent one of his princes, or one
of his archangels, to stop the angel. The angel had to fight
and could not get through alone so he had to call for reinforcements.
God had to send one of His prices, or the archangel, to
help the messenger and even this took twenty one days. After
the angel delivered the message, he reminded Daniel that
he, the angel, would have to fight his way back through
the Second Heaven.
moved about there in that world, I was greatly disappointed
that my escort did not take me in the direction of the Third
Heaven where God was. Instead, we moved in the opposite
direction. As we moved from place to place in that world,
I learned many things about demons.
things differently in the spirit realm than what we do here
in the physical world. For instance, we do not communicate
with our mouths and ears, but rather, we communicated with
our minds. It was like projecting our words on thought waves
and receiving the answer the same way. Although I could
still think to myself without projecting, I discovered that
this really did not benefit me because the angels could
read my mind.
hear different sounds in that world, but I did not hear
with my ears. I heard with my mind, but I was still able
to hear those sounds. When we traveled, we traveled
mostly at what I call the speed of thought.
When we traveled at the speed of thought, there
was no sensation of movement. The angel would say where
we were going and we were there. There were other times
when we did not travel in that manner, and I was very much
aware of movement while traveling. One of those times when
I was aware of movement was when they brought me back into
the physical world and allowed me to see the demons working
here. We moved about here somewhat like floating on a cloud.
Still, I had the sensation of movement.
no mistake about demons for they are very real. The Bible
makes more statements about demons than it does about angels
and it points out in
that demons are evil.
indicates how numerous they are and Matthew 10:1 shows that
they are unclean.
states that they are under the command of Satan and
shows that they can possess humans.
demon world, there is a division of power much like a military
structured chain command with rank and order. Certain demons
carry the title of prince, which is always the demon in
charge of a principality. A principality is a territory,
an area, a place or a group that may range in size from
as large as a nation to as small as a person. When Satan
assigns a prince a task, the prince is given the authority
to act in the name of Satan and use whatever means necessary
or available to him to accomplish his task.
we started the tour of the Second Heaven, the angels began
by showing me the different types of demons. Each demon
was revealed to me in a form that indicated his area of
expertise, and I soon discovered that there is no such thing
as a general practitioner in all the demon world.
They have only one area of expertise which they do very
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| 5. Demons
(Chapter 8 of Placebo)
As each type of demon was pointed
out to me, I quickly discovered a social order, or rank,
that existed among them. Those at the top of that order
were revealed in forms similar to humans. As we moved down
the order, or rank, I saw demons in shapes or forms that
looked like half animal and half human. I saw demons in
forms resembling animals we know in this present world and
I saw demons in forms and shapes so revoltingly morbid that
you cannot possibly imagine them.
very top of the order were the warring demons which were
the cream of Satan's crop. They
moved about the Second Heaven and event his present, physical
world at will always traveling in groups, never alone. Wherever
they went, all other demons moved out of their way. These
warring demons were revealed to me in human form. They looked
like humans with the exception that they were giants. Appearing
to be about eight feet tall, they were rugged and handsomely
constructed, somewhat like giant athletes. All of the warring
demons were colored bronze. They were giant, bronze soldiers.
All of the other demons seemed to be subject to them.
second most powerful type demon was also revealed to me
in human form and these demons looked like ordinary people.
All of those possessing this area of expertise seemed to
group together at about the second place of command. Chief
among this group was the demon of greed and contained within
this same group were demons of hate, lust, strife, and a
third most powerful type and group of demons were revealed
to me in mixed shapes and forms. Some had human form while
others had half human and half animal forms. Others resembled
animals in their forms. These demons possessed skills in
the dark arts area such as witchcraft and other related
areas. Also among this group were demons of fear and the
demons of self destruction as well as those demons which
are expert in mimicking departed human spirits [familiar
spirits] and in manifesting themselves to the physical world
we got down to the fourth group, or order, all the demons
of this rank were revealed in forms other than human. Some
had forms like known animals while others had unknown forms.
In this group were the demons of murder, brutality, sadism,
and others related to carnage.
moved even further down the order toward the end of the
chain of command, all the demons were revealed in horrible
and morbid forms. Some were so revolting that their appearance
produced nausea. They are so despised by their own companions
that they always seem to be lurking off to themselves while
in the Second Heaven and even while in this physical world.
They do not associate with the other demons except in the
line of their duty.
was another group of demons that I was able to see, but
I do not recall much of their ability. It was purposely
taken away from me as I was not permitted to learn or retain
too much memory about them. I don't even know where they
rank in order and their form was not revealed to me. I am
not sure of their entire area of expertise, however, I am
vaguely aware of their powerful hold on the flesh. It seems
that this mysterious group of demons work differently from
all other demons and are used in only special cases and
special situations of which I do not clearly understand.
As I stated, I was not permitted to retain too much in my
memory about this particular group of demons. I was only
permitted to retain that portion which I am now reporting
to you and this, in itself, is very vague.
also aware that these particular demons are harder to deal
with than any of the rest. It seems their great strength
rests in their ability to remain anonymous in their work
in the human being. Among this group is the one that is
able to manifest himself as a form of epilepsy in the human.
I am not sure but I seem to recall that some other demons
in some of the other groups also have the ability to mimic
epilepsy. I do not know if demons cause epilepsy, per se,
but I do recall very vividly that they can mimic this condition
in human beings.
time during this tour of the Second Heaven, I watched the
demons within their own related group and I experienced
an awful feeling. It was an overwhelming, oppressive, and
morbid feeling. This feeling came to me shortly after I
had entered the Second Heaven and I wondered what was causing
it. It was at this time that I learned that the angel could
read my mind because my guardian angel said to me,
That feeling you are wondering about is caused by the fact
that there is no love in this world. The angel was
telling me that in this Second Heaven there is not one bit
of love! Wow! Can you imagine all of those demons serving
a master they don't love and the master ruling over beings
that he doesn't love? Worse than that, these companions
are working together for an eternity and they do not even
love each other.
reflecting on what our physical world, called the First
Heaven, would be like without love. If God had not introduced
His love her in our world, then we would be living in a
no love atmosphere like the Second Heaven. By God giving
us His love, we are able to return that love and then love
one another. Can you imagine what it would be like in your
own home or your community it was totally void of love?
I was made aware of the fact that no love existed among
the demons, I wondered even more about their motivation
and zeal. What makes them work so hard? What makes them
carry out orders so rapidly? They don't love one another,
yet they carry out these orders so quickly and with such
zeal that any military organization on Earth would be proud
to have such loyal and obedient employees. I wonder if their
motivation could have anything to do with the judgment and
sentence that awaits them. It seems that since their first
rebellion ages ago while in the Third Heaven, they have
reached a place in their existence where they can no longer
rebel. Whatever it is that motivates them seems to excel
in their very being while they, in turn, are expressing
their fury upon the flesh. It may just be that the only
enjoyment of their entire existence is to create misery
for the flesh. Even though I was permitted to go among them
and watch them while they worked, many things were not explained
fully or made clear to me. Some of the things that I saw
in entirely, I was not permitted to retain in my memory.
I knew the high order of the demons resented my presence
and would have withstood me had I not been under the protection
of the Holy Spirit. One of the warring demons came right
up to me and leered into my face, but I did not flinch for
I was not afraid. I knew it would not be me with whom he
would have to contend but, instead, it would be He who brought
me, the Holy Spirit. The demons in the middle order seemed
to totally ignore me and went about their existence as if
I were not there. Those of the lower order seemed to display
slight fear of me or fear of the angel that was escorting
me, however, the higher order of demons had no fear of me
or the angel.
informed me that he wanted me to see a demon in the process
of actually possessing a human being. At this point in the
trip, I was escorted back through the dimension wall separating
the Second Heaven from the physical world. When we came
back into this world, we were in the same hospital with
my body but in a different room. The room appeared to be
an employee's lounge. I saw tables, chairs, dishes with
food, and in the room were a young man and a young lady
facing each other while laughing and talking. It was obvious
that they could not see nor the angels, yet I was so close
to them I could almost reach out and touch them. I could
hear and understand every word they said. They thought they
were alone and as they laughed and talked, they were unaware
of the horrible creature standing between them. This demon
was so horrible in the appearance of his shape and form
that I recognized him immediately to be from the lower group,
the perverted group. The angels, the demons, and I were
in the spirit in that room and were aware of everything
that was happening. Those in the flesh were only aware of
themselves for they could not see or hear us even though
we were back in this physical world. Since we were in the
spirit, we still communicated with our minds.
was not really paying close attention to the words the two
were speaking. My entire attention was focused upon the
demon. He was a most horrible looking thing, reminding me
of an over grown, stuffed, slimy, green frog all out of
shape and proportion. He moved slowly up into the face of
the man then, suddenly, like a puff of smoke, he seemed
to disappear into the face of the an just as if he went
through the pores of his skin. When the demon had entered
the man, the angels said, Now it's done. The
angel then proceeded to tell me how it was that this man
was possessed. He stated, The demon made himself desirable
and attractive to the human. The angel then pointed
out to me that mankind has a sovereign will, all his own,
beyond which the demons cannot come. He also pointed out
to me that the angels could not come beyond that sovereign
will of man. God, Himself, will not violate that will. We
are made in the image of God, therefore, we were given,
like God, a sovereign will, the right to choose our destiny.
I was not permitted to retain all that I learned along these
recall that there is another process under certain given
circumstances whereby demons may possess or be allowed to
enter small children. It seems as though those demons from
that mysterious group are the ones that are allowed to do
this. From what I recall about this, it is only under the
most unusual circumstances that this can happen. According
to what the angels told me, over ninety percent of all cases
of demon activity in human beings is restricted to those
humans who are at or over the age of accountability.
During the course of this talk
the angel was giving me, he pointed out that all of God's
children have been given power over all demons and can cast
them out, however, this power is based on the faith of the
Christian. It will only work when the Christian knows without
a doubt what he is doing. There are certain Christians who
have received a special gift in this area. They are those
who have been called specifically by the Holy Spirit to
a deliverance ministry and in almost every case, those called
to a deliverance ministry have also received the gift of
discernment. When one is commanding demons, it is most important
to know what spirit one is dealing with. In those rare cases
where children are possessed [not so rare anymore folks
a number of children are possessed today because of the
opened doors to the enemy.], it takes a special effort and
divine insight in each case to deliver them. Such a case
was reported in the Bible in
All Christians potentially have the ability to command demons.
told me that they wanted me to see demon activity in the
outside world. I was then escorted outside the hospital
directly through the brick wall into the streets of that
city. I was amazed as I watched all the activity of the
humans in the physical world. Going about their daily pursuit,
they were completely unaware that they were being stalked
by beings from the spirit world. I was totally flabbergasted
as I watched and horrified as I saw the demons in all shapes
and forms as they moved at will among the humans.
I learned about demons not being able to work in a person's
life against their will, I also learned the angels cannot
do it either. Each born again Christian has a guardian angel
and before that Christian's life is over, it might take
a whole host of angels to keep him. I learned that guardian
angels fight for us, but they cannot fight in the area of
our will. The fighting they do is sort of like protecting
our blind side. They oppose the demons when
the demons come against us outside the area of our will.
They cannot oppose the demons when the demons come against
us through our own will. Remember, we are made in the image
of God, like God, we have a sovereign will.
that the demons will fight the angels if they must, but
they prefer not to do so. They find that it is easier and
safer to destroy us through our own will where the angels
are unable to interfere, rather than go outside our will
where they would have to fight angels personally. Because
of this, the demons have developed great skills in the area
of deception. They move through our lives by deceit and
trickery and keep us totally unaware of their activity.
made aware of the fact that not all demons are in the Second
Heaven. There are some demons so awesome that they are reserved
in chains in Hell, however, Satan and his army of demons
are not in Hell, presently. Neither do they want to be there.
I was not permitted to look into Hell, nor was I permitted
to view the chained demons. I do know that these demons
who are chained went beyond the limitations of their domain.
in His wisdom has allowed Satan and his demons certain bounds
or limitations within which they may work. They may not
go beyond those limitations established by the Lord, however,
those demons who are chained in Hell did just that. Because
they went beyond the restrictions established by the Lord,
they are now chained in Hell.
The Bible points out this fact
in many places, especially in the book of Jude. Any time
Satan goes beyond those bounds, he must receive permission
from God. In the case of Job, he was granted the permission,
but in Peter's case he was not granted permission. The demons
who work in children under the age of accountability are
allowed to do so only after obtaining this special permission.
It was not made plain to me what sort of circumstances must
be present for God to grant permission, although it was
made clear that in certain circumstances permission is granted.
However, permission to work in children under the age of
accountability is rarely granted. The majority of the time
Satan is denied this special permission, but in these last
days we can expect a substantial increase I demonic activity,
not only in adults but in children as well. This increase
in demonic activity is what the Lord warned us about in
when He spoke of the incredible miracles that false prophets
would perform in the last days. It is difficult to understand
why the Lord would allow demons to work through children
The demons that are reserved
in chains did not obtain permission for their activity which
violated the restrictions established by our Lord. Their
illegal deeds are recorded in
Because they did not obtain permission, they received immediate
punishment. Specific punishment for the devil and his demons
is scheduled for the end time and is recorded in
As you well know, the lake of fire was created for the devil
and his demons as their eternal fate.
In this age we must be on guard
for Satan's fiery darts of deception and temptation that
are allowed within the limitations of the Lord's permissive
will. There is a time limit set by the Lord in which demons
may work, but that time period has not yet been fulfilled.
As Christians we are able to have them bound
under the authority of Jesus, however, this is NOT permanent.
We can NOT cast them into HELL for only God can do this.
That is why it is very important for someone who has just
been delivered to be properly instructed I remaining in
the Lord's will lest they become afflicted again. A Christian
CAN cast out demons from a lost person, but unless that
person gets saved and abides in the Lord's will, there will
be the possibility of the demons returning. (See
are real, individual, spirit beings and they are the ones
manipulating all the evil in the world today. This was shown
to me while I was in the spirit world traveling through
the street of a city and watching in horror as the demons
went about their task of corrupting humans.
humans are spirit beings, we are confined to physical bodies.
The great spiritual warfare that rages today is between
the spirit of man and the spiritual forces
of evil directed by Satan which are contending for control
and manipulation of our fleshly, physical bodies. Our spirits
fight by faith and through our sovereign will; while the
devil and his angels fight through deceit, cunning, trickery,
and temptation. You must make no mistake about this war
or the weapons involved because the scriptures are plain
and empathic on both. I actually saw these demons contend
for control of that human body.
seem to you that mankind is vastly over powered by these
spirits because these spirits are able to see and hear everything
we think, say, and do; while we are totally unable to perceive
any of their activities. It is very difficult to fight an
enemy you cannot see, hear, and feel, but as long as you
trust the Lord, you have nothing to fear. At times, even
the strongest Christian may doubt their existence and activities,
thus making it easier for them. However, man was not left
defenseless. Being made in the image of God, man, like God,
has a sovereign will and no spirit can violate that will
without the permission of the person himself. Because of
this, these demons have developed great skills in deception.
The basic principle of their operations is to make something
evil as desirable, beautiful, and non threatening as possible
so that the person being tempted will lower his guard and
accept whatever it is that is being used to cause SIN. Once
someone is deceived, it becomes easier for the deception
to remain. In the case of possession, it becomes easier
for the demon to maintain his control.
Another great defense man has
is the guardian angel. The guardian angel is not assigned
to all mankind, but only to those who are saved and
belong to God. Remember, just like the demons the
guardian angel cannot violate the will of any man which
is why most of his activity is reserved to protecting that
individual outside his sovereign will. Man's greatest weapon,
however, is the Word of God. In his description of the weapons
used in our spiritual warfare, Paul insists the Word of
6:11-18) as the only
offensive weapon mankind has. Although vastly outnumbered
by these beings (thousands to one individual), man is adequately
prepared for battle. Because of a sovereign will, guardian
angels, and the Word of God, man has superior defense and
is much more potent in the battle for his soul than the
I say to everyone if you are serious in your
commitment to fight this war and win, fear not! Your commander
in chief, teacher, healer and sustainer the
Holy Spirit will NEVER leave you NOR forsake you.
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| 6. The
Way Home (Chapter 9 of Placebo)
the angels decided that I had seen enough of the demons
at work in this physical world, I was taken back into the
Second Heaven just by passing through the dividing, dimension
wall. Once back inside the Second Heaven, my escort guided
me in the direction of the Third Heaven and I was happy
at last. After all, this was where I had wanted to go all
the time. Even at this stage, my physical life was still
my primary concern.
we came to a most beautiful place. I know that I've already
reported how terrible that the Second Heaven was, so you
can imagine how surprising it was to find anything beautiful
over there. God would not allow me to retain the memory
of why this place was so beautiful. I do remember that it
was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen. This place looked
like a tunnel, a roadway, a valley or some sort of highway.
It had a most brilliant light all its own and was completely
surrounded with an invisible shield. I knew that the invisible
shield was the protection of the Holy Spirit.
in this tunnel, or along that roadway, or valley, or whatever,
was what appeared to be human beings. I asked my escort
who they were. He told me, They are saints going home.
These were the departed spirits of Christians who had died
on Earth and they were going home. Each of these saints
was accompanied by at least one guardian angel and some
had a whole host of angels with them. I wondered why some
saints were accompanied by only one angel and others had
many. I was watching as the saints passed through the way
that all saints must take to go home. Here it was, the passageway
from Earth to the Third Heaven. I found that only
authorized spirits were allowed in that tunnel. No
demon was permitted there.
my escort had finished explaining to me about the homeward
trip of the saints. I started into the tunnel. The angel
stopped me and told me that we had to travel alongside the
tunnel and not inside of it. I traveled, therefore parallel
with but outside the tunnel where the saints were. While
we were traveling here alongside the tunnel, we did not
move at the speed of thought. Instead, we traveled
as it floating on a cloud. In other words, there was no
cloud but the mode of traveling felt as if I were floating
on a cloud.
see the saints at all times moving along inside the tunnel.
They were in the form and shape of humans, yet I could not
detect any race, age, or sex. They were all clothed alike
with the garments appearing to be made up of two pieces.
There was a blouse or shirt and a pair of slacks. The color
of the garments was a pastel, baby blue with one of the
garment pieces being a shade lighter than the other piece.
The blue was so light that it was almost white. I realize
that these saints I was viewing had not yet received their
glorified body because that must wait until the first resurrection.
I was disappointed that I was not permitted to travel in
the tunnel with the saints, but the disappointment was eased
when I was told that we were going to the same place they
were going. After all, I knew that if my physical life was
going to be extended, I would have to appear before God.
Even now, my physical life was still the uppermost thing
traveled along, I noticed all around me that the demons
were beginning to drop behind. The Gates came into view
and the closer we got to those Gates, the farther behind
fell the demons. When we arrived before the Gates there
were no demons in view. Although the Gates of the Third
Heaven opened out into the Second Heaven, no demon could
of allowing me to enter, the angel stationed me before the
Gates, slightly to one side. He instructed me to stay there
and watch as the saints were permitted to enter into Heaven.
As the saints were allowed into Heaven, I noticed a strange
thing. They were permitted to enter only one at a time.
No two were permitted to enter those Gates at the same time.
I wondered about this but it was never explained to me.
I've studied about this often since I have returned and
now I think I know why. I believe this is a tribute or a
salute to the individual. After all, that individual made
the choice with his own sovereign will. Remember, it had
been pointed out to me specifically that we, as images of
the Living God, possess a sovereign will through which we
have the right to choose our own destiny.
As the saints were being admitted,
I was wondering why I was not being allowed to do what I
came to do. I was so impatient to get my request before
God that I missed the whole point of what I saw. This point
was so important that the Holy Spirit told me Himself. I
watched the fifty saints enter Heaven but the point I missed
was the time frame involved. It was explained to me that
at the same time those fifty saints died on Earth, 1,950
other humans also died; or only 50 out of 2000 made it into
Heaven. That other 1,950 were not there. Where were they?
That was only 2 percent going to Heaven! Ninety
seven point five percent did not make it! Is that representative
of the entire would today? If so, 97 and percent
of the population of this world today is not ready to meet
God. The sad part, my friend, is that is exactly representative
Laodicean Church Age
in which we live today. We are now in the time when the
great majority of church goers are only mouth professors
and not heart possessors.
the outset, I stated that I would not try to convince anyone
of anything I said. However, I would like to offer as evidence
the parable of the sower as told by Jesus in the
thirteenth chapter of the book
of Matthew. If you
read this chapter closely, you will notice that three out
of every four people who heard the gospel preached, turned
it down. That is seventy five percent anyway you look at
it. I am talking about three out of every four people who
bothered to hear the gospel, turned it down! The sad part
about this is the overwhelming majority of the people that
did turn the gospel down, do not know that they have turned
it down! They have bought a lie of Satan and have been deceived.
They have been led to believe something that is not the
truth and they been fooled by Satan into rejecting the gospel!
Place the seventy five percent who turned down the gospel
with those in the world who made no pretense of hearing
the truth and you have the overwhelming ninety seven and
one-half percent of the population today!
As I contemplate this fact, I
now understand the Lord's disgust with the Laodicean-type
Church. I also clearly understand the verses of scripture
in Matthew 7:22-23 that describe how many people will stand
before the Throne at the Judgment pleading, "Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy Name? and in thy Name have
cast out devils? and in thy Name done many wonderful works?"
only to have the Lord profess to them, "I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
We find in scripture that at
times when our Lord was about to reveal a great truth, He
would say, "To him that has an ear, let him hear." When
you come across that phrase in your studies of God's Holy
Word, I admonish you to be very careful how you interpret
what follows because a deep mystery of God is being revealed.
At this point it is easy to be deceived. These great truths
are preceded by that exhortation simply because the importance
of the verse requires a special effort on the part of the
reader to be careful how he receives what is being said.
These particular passages offer an important insight into
what the Lord is saying and one might liken it to a teacher
raising his voice above normal while lecturing a class of
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| 7. The
Rude Awakening (Chapter 10 of Placebo)
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
o 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 to 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!
When the angel said I could not
enter unless I stayed, I protested. "But if I can't come
out then my body will die! That will defeat my whole purpose!"
was my emphatic rebuttal. Still my physical life, even at
this point in time, was more important than anything else.
like to emphasize the significance of what I am saying in
my message and if you have the spiritual ears to hear, then
please, 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 3:1 4-22). 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 an atheist! 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 wherever 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 from beyond the grave, "Oh man who
hath an ear, please hear!"
My escort told me to stand to
one side of the Gates and present my case. He assured me
that God would hear and answer my request. As I stood before
the Gates, the sense of joy, happiness, and contentment
radiated out from Heaven. I could feel the warmth it produced
and as I stood there to plead my case. I could feel the
awesome power of God. No being could possibly appear before
Him, even separated by a gate as I was, without experiencing
this awesome power, might and majesty. At first I had a
sense of fear, sort of guilt feeling that is always produced
in me when I believe I have imposed on others. In my mind's
eye I could just visualize a busy God who was annoyed with
me for taking Him away from important things. Then, just
as suddenly as this feeling came, it passed. I then found
strength or boldness in my belief that I had served my God
faithfully for many years. To me, I was convinced that this
request of mine would be a snap!
I came before the throne and started out by reminding God
what a great life of love, worship, and sacrifice I had
lived for Him. I told Him of all the works I had done reminding
Him that I was now in trouble and only He could help by
granting me an extension on my physical life. God was totally
silent while I spoke. When I had completed my request, I
heard the real, audible voice of God as He answered me.
voice I heard was not like the sweet voice that Satan had
used to trick me before in the valley. You could put together
the noise of all the storms, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes
and they could in no way imitate what I heard. The sound
of His voice was in no way like the sweet voice I talked
about earlier. The sound of His voice came down on me from
over the Gates even before the words hit me. The tone of
His anger knocked me on my face as God proceeded to tell
me just what kind of life I had really lived. He told me
what He really thought of me and even others who did as
I had. He pointed out that my faith was DEAD, that my works
were NOT ACCEPTABLE, and that I had labored in VAIN. He
told me that it was an abomination for me to live such a
life and then dare call it a life of worship. Furthermore,
He said to those who do it, they are in danger of experiencing
His everlasting wrath. As God dealt with me, He displayed
His wrath to me. Notice, it was not His everlasting wrath.
He did say there are some who will experience His everlasting
I could not believe He was talking
to me in this manner! I had served Him for years! I thought
I had lived a life pleasing to Him! As He was enumerating
my wrongs, I was sure He had me confused with someone else.
There was no strength left in me to even move, let alone
protest, yet I was panicking within myself. No way He could
be talking about me! All of these years I thought I was
doing those works for God! Now He was telling me that what
I did, I did for myself. Even as I preached and testified
about the saving grace of Jesus Christ, I was doing that
only for myself in order that my conscience might be soothed.
In essence, my first love and first works were for myself.
After MY needs and wants were met or satisfied, in order
to soothe my conscience I would set out to do the Lord's
work. This made my priorities out of order and unacceptable.
Actually, I had
become my own false God.
He makes it plain in His teachings
that He is a jealous God and will have no other gods before
Him; flesh, stone, blood, or whatever. He will have no other
gods before Him. God told me that He would not accept this
kind of worship in the day of the Pharisees and He certainly
was not about to accept it now in this the
Laodicean Church Age.
He put it to me as plain as words and actions could make
it. In order for our works to be acceptable, we must work
according to His command in
which empathically states, "But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and His righteousness; and all these other things
shall be added to you." As God told me about my true motives,
the verse of scripture in
became so clear to me. In
it states, "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, 'If
any man will come after me, let him DENY himself and take
up his cross, and follow me, for whosoever shall save his
life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for
my sake shall find it.'" In
Luke 14 beginning with verse
26 it is stated, "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?" In verse 23 of this same
chapter Jesus makes the following statement which is the
cornerstone of the two portions of scripture previously
stated: "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that
forsaketh not ALL that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
now as I was here before Him being chastised did those two
portions of scripture become crystal clear to me as to their
true meaning. As God told me about my TRUE MOTIVES, I could
see plainly for the first time how MY WORKS were DEAD. Because
God was displaying His wrath toward me, I could not stand
nor could I speak. No strength was left within me as I was
nothing more than a wet rag lying there writhing in agony.
It indeed, was fortunate for me that this was not God's
everlasting wrath, only temporary wrath. However, at this
time I did not know this was only temporary.
It needs to be stated that at
no time while God was chastising me did He say I was not
saved nor did He say that my name was not in the Lamb's
Book of Life. He never mentioned salvation to me at all
but only spoke about the works produced through my life.
He told me the type of life I lived was an unacceptable
life for a true Christian. As He spoke to me of my dead
works, he indicated that there are some people who are not
saved but think they are. These people will experience His
everlasting wrath. He also made it plain to me that there
are others of His children who will find themselves in my
present condition on Judgment Day. This revealed to me the
true meaning of
1 Corinthians 3:15
which states, If any man's works shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet
so as by fire.
first time I started to enter the Third Heaven, the angel
stopped me. At that time he did not tell me I could not
enter. He only said that if I went in I could not come out
again and that I would have to remain there until God brought
me back with Him. Notice that I made the choice not to enter
Heaven but to have my physical life restored. I was unaware
that I had made that choice at that particular time. I thought
I had been living in the Lord's will and I was not thinking
in terms of unfinished work. My choice was based entirely
on SELFISH MOTIVES.
are no words that can describe the pain I endured as God's
wrath was upon me for this life of so called service. The
agony was beyond the scope of the imagination and the remorse
that I felt produced a very heavy burden similar to a physical
weight pinning me down or an enormous stone crushing me.
Growing weaker and weaker, my mind was frantically racing
in an effort to grasp what the Lord was telling me while
recalling each actual incident. God leaves no room for error
and that includes whatever is in our minds.
surprise was so overwhelming in its magnitude that it rendered
me senseless. My strength left me immediately, just as though
I had been hit by a bolt of lightning. Even if God would
have ceased and allowed me to speak on word of protest,
I would not have been able to do so. I had absolutely no
strength whatsoever to utter anything or to project my idea.
In my mind I was constantly DENYING the wrong in my life
while acknowledging the fact that I had committed them.
My conscience was asleep but my mind was NOT.
it all began to be absorbed by me. Remember how the Bible
tells us to have no other gods before us? 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 contented 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.
this to occur because I was really indifferent to the things
of the Lord. It was too uncomfortable to change and I was
convinced I could remain as I was without having to really
DO anything (such as following the Lord's commandment about
DENYING myself and picking up my cross daily to follow HIM.)
For this reason, my life was wasted and amounted to absolutely
nothing in the Lord's eyes.
that you understand what it is that I am saying because
it is the whole point of this chapter. The fact is we must
prove we are really Christians by first examining our motives
behind each deed in our lives, and then repenting and recommitting
ourselves to follow the Lord daily. When we decide to serve
Him FIRST, this decision must be followed by ACTION or it
will be as useless as if we did not decide to do so in the
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Real Father (Chapter 11 of Placebo)
When God was through with me
the interview was over as suddenly as one would turn off
a faucet. I was not allowed to linger or even reflect on
what God said. The angels immediately carried me away as
if I were as wet rag having no strength in myself. Totally
annihilated, I could not even gather my thoughts.
angels carried me back through the Second Heaven, through
the dimension wall, and into the hospital room where my
body was lying. It was not until I reached the bed upon
which my body lay did I regain my composure. As I regained
my composure, I vehemently protested, "No! No!" I
told the angels, "God did not answer me! He did not
say yes or no to my request! Please, oh please, take me
back!" I pleaded with the angels.
is a God of order and He never does anything haphazardly.
Since all of this entire experience had been planned by
God, the angels complied with my request to take me back.
God was dealing with me gently and tenderly through His
great LOVE knowing what was necessary for me to experience
in order for me to have the scales fall off my eyes.
the time God was displaying His wrath toward me, I thought
this wrath was terrible and painful. I found out later that
it was nothing compared to the pain the lost will experience
when they receive His everlasting wrath.
in route back to the Third Heaven, I was beside myself trying
to come up with a logical reason or legitimate basis on
which to plead my case. God had already told me that my
life had been a failure, therefore, I could not offer my
past life as evidence of my intentions to serve Him. Somehow
or another, the thought of Hezekiah came to my mind. When
God sent word for him to put his house in order, he cried
and prayed and God heard him. God extended his life for
fifteen years. I remembered from my studies about him that
Hezekiah was the good old boy type, similar
to me. I remembered how he had good intentions in his heart
but how he had trouble translating out those intentions
into everyday living. Since this seemed to be the same kind
of trouble I had in my life, I concluded that God dealt
with Hezekiah based on the intentions of his heart. Because
of this assumption, I concluded this reasoning would be
the basis of my plea.
my arrival back before the third heaven, I was brought to
the same place from which I had previously pleaded my case.
Not nearly so bold this time, I remembered how God's wrath
had floored me beforehand. Nevertheless, I had asked God
for a favor and God had not answered. Wanting his answer
no matter what it was, I timidly started pleading my case
time God did not knock me down but let me talk. God did
not talk to me in anger but started out answering me in
a tone of pity. Before it was all over, God was speaking
Opening my plea by quoting scriptures
to God, I began by telling him all about
I told God that I figured out that Hezekiah was the "good-old-boy"
type, that the intentions of his heart were pure, but he
seemed to be unable to translate out those intentions into
everyday living. Here I was, an insignificant nothing and
the smallest creature in all his universe, bartering words
with this great and awesome God who had created it all.
of it all! He left it all for a moment, just to deal with
me. He could have snuffed me out in the blink of an eye
or He could have left me to be dealt with by an underling.
There was an unnumbered host of things He could have done
whereby He would not have had to deal with me Himself. He
did not choose to do any of these things' Instead, He chose
to deal with me Himself. Can you imagine it? The wonder
of it all! He patiently dealt with me through His tender
love and concern and patiently heard each proposal I made.
While displaying His concern, He showed me how this same
thing had long ago been tried and had failed.
In patient, loving care, He listened
while I would make another proposal. It was like a long-suffering,
loving parent dealing with a wide-eyed, anxious child. similar
to a child asking to play in the street while an enduring,
loving parent tries to explain why that would not be possible.
It was as if His only concern was my problem and helping
me. I was now desperately searching for some word that would
justify His giving me another chance, but my life had failed.
No works had preceded me into Heaven and I had nothing on
which to stand, no basis from which to plead. It did not
take Him long to point out that intentions, no matter how
good, do not count. It has rightly been said, "The road
to Hell is paved with good intentions." Satan often uses
our intentions to justify our actions to ourselves.
somewhere in all my vocabulary there must be some word or
at least one word that I could offer as justification for
Him to extend my life. After all of the words had been said
and having come down to the very end, there was only one
thing left. Reaching the bottom of the bag, all that I had
left was the one thing that had worked for me many times
before, my promises.
I said, "Father,
if You will grant this request, I promise you I will do
better the next time."
Lord answered me thusly, "Howard Pittman, you have
promised before." He did not have to say another word.
There they were, all the promises I had made to a holy God
in my past entire life. Not one of them remained whole.
Somehow, someway, I had managed to break them all. With
nothing left to say, no words in all my vocabulary, nowhere
to go, I fell on my knees before him. All I could say was "Amen"
to my own condemnation. I knew that if at that moment God
would banish me into the pits of hell, it would be just
to say "amen" to my own condemnation.
praise His Holy Name!! I shall never cease to thank Him!
At that moment He did not demand justice but showed me mercy.
The scales fell from my eyes and my soul was suddenly filled
with light. That powerful, awesome, all-consuming God was
now not evident. There on that throne dealing with me was
my REAL Father. God was no longer a distant God, but a real,
genuine Father. The realization of his being my true Father
and my best friend came to me for the first time in my life.
The wonderful relationship I had enjoyed with my physical
father and the wonderful love we shared for each other was
suddenly brought to mind yet magnified a thousand fold.
For now I was with my real Father, the one who loved me
so much that God left all of his creation to deal with me,
the prodigal son.
the first time in my life, I saw in my mind's eye who God
really is. For the first time I met God as God truly is,
my real Father, my very best friend. As the realization
of who God is flooded my soul, great and painful sorrow
also came. Sorrow came when I realized that through disobedience
I had hurt my Father. This realization and sorrow produced
actual pain which was not just a guilt feeling but actual
pain similar to what one would experience in the flesh when
one sustains a physical injury. At this point in time, God
started dealing with me in sorrow and no longer did the
tone of his voice express pity. Instead, the sound was of
genuine sorrow. I suddenly realized that God was hurting
too. God was hurting because I was hurting. Being a true
and just God as God is, God had to allow me to suffer the
pain and God could not lift it from me. Although God had
to allow me to suffer the pain, God would not allow me to
suffer it alone. God the most High, the most Supreme, the
Creator of all, the Father of all would not let me suffer
alone. Can you imagine what was happening? The Alpha and
Omega, the Cause of all the universe's existence was hurting
because a mere Earth child was hurting. Oh, what Love! What
Understanding! It was so far beyond anything a mere Earthling
can understand. Oh how precious just one, little, insignificant
Earth child is to that Great God.
time I suddenly realized that my physical life was not so
important after all. What I was really concerned about now
was what my Father wanted. His will had suddenly become
the first thing of my life and my physical life was no longer
important. This is when God gave me back my physical life.
Only when I reached a place that my life did not mean anything
to me, did God give it back to me. Now that the prodigal
son had returned, the Father could talk at last. God could
tell me what my trip to heaven was all about and that God
had a message God wanted me to tell people on Earth.
"Oh Amazing Grace, How Sweet
the Sound that Saved a Wretch Like Me. I Once Was Lost,
But Now I'm Found. Was Blind But Now I See." When the scales
had fallen off my eyes and I saw my Father for what He really
is, He hurt because I hurt. What great Love I experienced
that day! There is no way that I can convey to you how precious
you really are to Him; how much He loves every, single,
solitary individual on this planet Earth; and how very precious
you are to our Lord.
world could only know of the worth of the individual. My
discovery that day was 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.
don't know Him as your real Father, your very best Friend.
then turn to Him now. Surrender your will 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.
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| 9. Wake
Up! (Chapter 12 of Placebo)
God gave me has long been in the Bible. He never told me
one thing that is a secret to the world for the Bible testifies
to each of the five points of the message that God gave
me for the world today. Just the tenth chapter of the book
of Matthew alone testifies to almost the entire message.
repeat for you point by point the entire five point message.
that God gave me to deliver to this world today.
Point number one:
For those who call themselves Christians, this is the Laodicean
Church Age in which we live. A high majority of so-called
Christians are, in fact, living a deceived life. They talk
Jesus and play church, but do not live it. They claim to
be Christians and then live like the Devil. They have bought
the great lie from Satan who tells them that they are all
right. He tells them that it is all right to go to church
on Sunday and attend mid-week services but as far as the
rest of the time is concerned, they are to get all they
can out of life. As far as their Christian life is concerned,
they believe they are comfortable and have need of nothing
and as a result, they are only lukewarm Christians if Christians
at all. Because of this our Lord said He would spew them
out of His mouth. The Bible describes the condition of this
type Christian in Revelation 3:14-22.
Point number two:
Satan is a PERSONAL Devil. Did you know that Satan is a
god? Did you know that Satan deals on a PERSONAL basis with
each individual? Just as Jesus deals with each individual
on a personal basis, so does Satan. The soul of each human
being is actively sought by both God and Satan, however,
the numbers game has long been won by Satan. He is winning
this great numbers game because of his great skill in deception,
deceit, trickery, and outright lies. He also has a vast
array of demons who have the same skills and abilities to
assist him in this battle. One of the biggest weapons Satan
and his demons have is a large portion of so-called Christianity.
These Christians do not even believe that Satan is real
and that his demons are real, let alone a threat. We all
know that no one can resist an enemy if that one does not
even believe that enemy exists. To him that hath an ear,
let him hear. Learn from the Word of God how to resist the
me onslaught of Satan.
Point number three:
To the whole world this is Noah's second day. As it was
in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming
of the Son of Man. Commerce, planning, building, expansion
were all practiced by the human race in the days of Noah
right up to the time he entered the ark. Man took no thought
of what Noah was saying nor did man believe that anything
was about to change. Mankind could see the storm clouds
over the horizon, but yet did not believe the rain was imminent.
Notice the close parallel today. Mankind can see all the
signs of the last days, yet man does not believe that anything
will change. He does not believe in the impending coming
of our Lord and he does not prepare to meet God. Instead,
he plans, builds, trades, and gathers unto himself earthly
treasures. Even as the storm clouds of tribulation gather
on the horizon, he will not hear nor does he believe. He
still refuses to believe.
Point number four:
For those who claim to be Christians, they are supposed
to be ambassadors for Christ here on Earth. Ambassadors
are supposed to represent their government at all times.
One cannot have any true witness or power in his life unless
that one lives his Christian faith at all times, twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week. To be a true Christian one
must live it, not just talk it. To honor God with your lips
and not your heart is not acceptable and to those who worship
Him in words only, God will spew them out of His mouth.
He does not want words only, but deeds from those who claim
Him as their Savior. Those who publicly proclaim to know
Him had BETTER know Him. For their own sakes, those who
take a position of leadership in the Christian movement
truly had better be called to that position by Him. Those
who accept the responsibility of teaching, preaching, or
any leadership role have much for which to answer. All of
what has been said comes down to this point which is directly
related to His commandment as recorded in Matthew 6:33,
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God. and His righteousness:
and all these things shall
Point number five:
This is the greatest news since the day of Pentecost! God
is now in the process of recruiting an army with which He
will shake this old world one more time. By working through
His soldiers, God will produce great miracles that will
shake the established hierarchy of the so-called organized
religion that is in this world today. These soldiers that
God is now recruiting will demonstrate the power of God
to a greater extent than did the disciples in the Pentecostal
age. Some will be even greater demonstrations than that
of Elijah. This is fantastic! This is the greatest news
of all time! God's recruitment for this army has been going
on for some time. Some of these soldiers have been brought
up to a certain level of faith and placed in a "holding"
position where they shall remain until He has brought all
the new ones up to that level. Remember, the Bible says
that He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is going
to be through the faith of the soldiers that God will demonstrate
His great power. As was stated earlier, for a long time
He has been recruiting a few. Now the recruitment has begun
in earnest because God is about to perform the great miracles
through His army that He promised us He would do in the
Bible. John the Baptist brought the spirit of Elijah into
this world and he did not even know he had it. He denied
it, but Jesus confessed that it was so. The purpose of that
spirit was to make straight the paths of the coming of the
unto you that you the soldiers who are being recruited now
to join with those who have been recruited in the past,
will bring to this world the spirit of Elijah. Again the
purpose is to make straight the paths of the coming of the
Lord for He is about to come again! You that sleep, now
is the time to awaken! You that have been in that "holding"
pattern for years, look up! You're about to be put to work!
To the new recruit, I would say study the Bible diligently
and seek the 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.
who are to be chosen will 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
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 in 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.
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| 10. Faith
(Chapter 13 of Placebo)
all was over and His message had been made plain to me,
God gave me the command to repeat to the world my experience
and this entire message. The Holy Spirit revealed that my
ministry for repeating this message was limited to three
years. I was not told what would happen after the three
years or even if I would have the entire, full three years.
The counting period for my ministry of three years began
May 7, 1980.
I had been instructed on what to do, God then placed restrictions
on me that made it impossible for me to do what He said
I must do. He told me not to recruit associates or followers.
God said He would supply my needs and direct to me any help
that I may need. God then gave me back my life and He told
me that I was healed. He called my name and said to me,
"Howard Pittman, be it unto you according to your faith."
he had thus spoken, the interview was over. The angels placed
their hands on me and I remembered nothing until I opened
my eyes back inside my body in the hospital room. The first
person I remember seeing was my doctor who was standing
at the foot of my bed. As my eyes opened, I saw a faint
smile on his face. I saw him turn toward the nurse and say
to her, "Come see the miracle man!" I tried to talk to him
about my trip into Heaven, but he would not listen. Even
though he refused to discuss with me anything about my experience,
he had confessed from his own mouth that a miracle had happened!
look back at the great revelation session that I had with
God, I wonder about some of the things they would not allow
me to remember, but I see clearly why it had to be that
way. Even though I stood before God in counsel and even
though I received from Him this message, it was still necessary
that I walk by faith. Almost daily my faith has been tried.
of the first trials was the healing God gave me. Not only
did he heal me of my ruptured artery, but he also healed
me of another semi-rare, incurable ailment. This ailment
had nothing to do with the ruptured artery or the miracle,
but was something I had to deal with for twenty years. It
was a condition the doctors called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea
is an ailment that somehow causes the automatic respiratory
functioning to fail when one is sleeping. When I would have
one of these attacks I would be awakened with a start, unable
to breathe. When I sat up and touched something, I would
start back to breathing. It was a frightening experience,
but it bothered me only when I was sleeping. Having received
treatment for this ailment over the past twenty years from
four different physicians, I was told that the cause was
unknown and that they knew of no cure. In fact, the only
treatment they gave was advice about diet and sleeping habits.
On different occasions, physicians would try experiments.
but it all amounted to the same thing, basically. There
was no improvement and no cure.
last attack I had was approximately one week prior to me
great miracle. It came about midnight and I was awakened
with a start, unable to breathe. Sitting up in bed, I grabbed
my wife's hand and still could not breathe. Jumping out
of bed, I made it into the bathroom. By the time I could
get a glass of water, I was on my knees. When the water
touched my lips, my breathing started back. Needless to
say, I did not go back to bed that night and as soon as
the doctor's office was opened that morning, I was there.
The doctor seemed frustrated with me because he did not
seem to think I was taking his advice seriously. He told
me, "Mr. Pittman, you do not seem to be aware of the seriousness
of this ailment." I assured him that I did appreciate his
advice and that I did realize how serious this problem was.
He advised my wife to take training in how to start my breathing
if it failed again. She was to learn how to start it through
I asked God for healing, I was asking only for healing of
my ruptured artery. however, when God told me that I was
healed, it was for both conditions. God healed both conditions,
but both were healed in different ways. He healed me of
sleep apnea instantly. This type of instantaneous healing
is what is known as miracle healing. He healed me of the
ruptured artery by divine healing which occurs through a
process or over a period of time. He told me I was healed
but for a period of three months or more after I returned
from the hospital, my body did not feel healed. Sometimes
the pain was so great that it seemed I could not stand it.
During these times, my wife pleaded with me to return to
the hospital for help, but I could not do that. God told
me I was healed and I had to believe Him. If God had not
told me I was healed, then I would have returned to the
hospital for help, however, I had to trust God no matter
how much I hurt. After a few months, my body finally found
out that it had been healed. God had healed me of two serious
ailments and had done it in two different ways. Each way
for each ailment was His choice, however, my faith was involved
in both healings.
trial of my faith was necessary because I had to learn from
actual experience that there is more than one kind of faith.
The Bible speaks of four different kinds of faith: a temporary
kind, a dead kind, an intellectual kind, and last but not
least, a saving and real kind. It was necessary that I know
what real faith is because my entire walk with God in bringing
this message to the world was going to be by faith. Of course
it would have been disastrous if I had tried to walk with
Him in the wrong kind of faith. In order for one to know
the difference, let me take examples of all four from the
Bible. Let's take as our first example, temporary faith.
Luke 8:13 states that "They on the rock are they, which,
when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have
no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation
fall away." Notice how it says "for a while" they believe
and then "fall away", having only temporary faith. Had my
faith been only temporary, I would never have received my
healing that God told me I had. Additionally, my healing
for sleep apnea would have only been temporary.
number two is intellectual faith. James 2:19 states, "Thou
believest that there is one God: thou doest well: the devils
also believe, and tremble." Just saying with your mouth
that there is a God is not enough, for the devils acknowledge
Him. I could have said all day that I was healed and still
have gone on to the doctor just to have it checked out,
but this would have been a demonstration of intellectual
faith. I would have been acknowledging with my mouth but
not believing with my heart.]
number three is dead faith. James 2:1 7 states, "Even so
faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." When
God told me that I was healed, I believed Him. I, therefore,
went about my business in spite of the accompanying pain.
I could have stayed in bed and said, "I'll wait for my healing
to come." Had I done this my healing would still have not
arrived. I had to put my belief into deeds, or action, in
order for it to be alive. Without actions or deeds, it would
have been dead. God said I was healed and I WAS healed!
Although all the evidence was contradictory, I went about
every day just as if that contradictory evidence did not
number four is the saving or real faith. Romans 10:9, 10
states, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation." When the Bible speaks of the heart,
it is not talking about that physical organ that pumps the
blood throughout your body. Instead, it is talking about
your innermost being, your spirit. So, it was with my heart,
my spirit, my innermost being that I believed God and I
acted on that belief. What God told me came to pass because
I believed. I practiced that faith every day and it stood
the test on a daily basis. The test did not come one day
and was over. The test did not come two days and was over,
nor did it come three days and was over. The testing came
day after day after day, week after week after week, and
month after month after month. I had to face every day believing
in what God said and going about my business as if my body
believed it too.
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| 11. Interpretation
(Chapter 14 of Placebo)
in the book I told about the series of dreams that I had
had seven years prior to the great miracle. By the time
the dreams had concluded, I knew God was giving me a message
but I did not know what it was He was saying in the message.
I told every person or group that would listen about the
dreams in hope that God would send me an interpretation
through some listener. This did not happen until after the
miracle which occurred seven years after the dreams. Even
after the miracle, I had to wait nine months
God gave me the command on May 7, 1980, to go tell the world
about my experience, He sent me the interpretation of part
of my dreams through my good friend, Larry Boone, who was
in one of the dreams. Larry also was used of God in organizing
the New Philadelphian Nondenominational Church which had
come into being for the purpose of authorizing me to go
as a messenger to the world by the authority of the church.
On May 7, 1980, seven of us signed the charter of the New
Philadelphian Church. God used seven people brought together
specifically for this purpose. He assembled these seven
people from diverse sections of the nation and directed
them to me without my asking them. Some of us were separated
by as much as 1,200 miles. On the day we signed the charter,
my command to go tell the message came into existence. Larry
Boone came to my home at this time and announced that God
had given him a partial interpretation to my dreams. I brought
my original tape recording of my dreams from their storage
and as I played each tape, Larry gave the following interpretations.
number one: My sleep in the rocking chair symbolized my
attitude toward the real church and my work in it. I thought
I was comfortable and in need of nothing. My dying mother
represented the real church for which I had no concern.
The dog represented Satan whose biting of my hand showed
that it was going to take a physical occurrence to awaken
me. The invisible shield around me was the protection of
the Holy Spirit. The fact that I got Satan out of the front
door symbolized my victory over Satan and the act of his
trying to return via the back door indicated that Satan
will not stop in his efforts to destroy me. Receiving such
a jolt when the dog's body hit the door indicates the severity
of Satan's attack.
number two: When I saw myself standing on the doorstep of
an old, empty, three-story building, I was looking at Christ's
true church. The building was old, yet it was new to me.
The three stories represented my three year ministry in
His church. The inside of the building had no furniture
or people indicating the lack of true soldiers and material
possessions of His true church today. The white dog in the
closet represented Satan while the black dog represented
the true congregation. Today Satan is holding down the true
congregation which, as far as the world is concerned, is
visibly dead. In the eyes of the world, the white dog appeared
to be good while the black dog seemed to be bad, however,
the exact opposite is true. The fact that I was able to
withstand the hypnotic eyes of the white dog indicated that
God had given me the victory once again over Satan. For
a while, Satan fled from the true church, but when he returned,
he was disguised as my best friend. Once again I received
supernatural help in order to recognize him and I was able
to expose him for what he truly is. This will not stop him,
however, for he will be back. Being disguised as my friend
indicated one of the methods that Satan is going to use
to try to destroy me and this message. He will come at me
through those considered to be my friends.
Dream number three: In this dream
I was on a missionary journey. The bag of dog food that
I had on my shoulder was the message God had given me to
take to the world. The people in the house represented God's
children to whom I had been sent. The dog's effort to attack
me represented Satan's unending assault against the message
God was delivering through me. The announcement from the
sky predicted a great supernatural event of some nature
that would occur while I was on one of the missionary journeys.
Larry concluded with the interpretations of these three
dreams, he stated that that was all that God had given him.
He had no further interpretations for dream number four
and five. While Larry was giving the interpretations, the
Holy Spirit quickened his words to me and I knew that they
were true. I knew God had truly given him the correct interpretations
of these three dreams.
alone in my room at night approximately two months later,
the Holy Spirit gave me the interpretation for the fourth
dream. He simply stated that this dream was indicative of
my being sent to foreign mission fields to carry this message
and while in England, another great supernatural event would
occur. The interpretation then ceased. At the present time,
I have not received the interpretation for the fifth and
know that all of these dreams had to do with the great miracle
that God worked in my life, the message that He gave me
to deliver to the world, and the events that are going to
occur in these three years of my ministry.
It all boils down to the message
that I am giving to the people today: To the Christians
who are true children of God, time is very precious. It
is so valuable because time as we know it is about to change.
I say to you at the conclusion of this chapter, "Look up,
my friend, for your redemption draweth night!"
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"The Alpha and Omega, the Cause
of all the universe's existence was hurting because a mere
Earth child was hurting. Oh, what Love! What Understanding!
It was so far beyond anything a mere Earthling can understand.
Oh how precious just one, little, insignificant Earth child
is to that Great God" – Howard Pittman
and Christianity Index |
by Howard O. Pittman
defines "placebo" as a pharmacologically
inert preparation prescribed more for
the mental relief of the patient than
for its actual effect on a disorder;
or something tending to soothe. Medical
studies show that if patients know they
are being treated with a placebo then
it will not work. However, if patients
do not know they are receiving a placebo,
in their minds they may behave as if
it is real medication and be healed.
In other words, if the patient believes
the placebo they take is real medication,
then such treatment has been known to
work wonders in many cases that otherwise
could not have been treated. Placebo
treatment is, in fact, nothing of substance,
but in the mind of the patient it is
real. In order for this kind of treatment
to work, the doctor must convince the
patient of the work of the medication.
Reverend Pittman states, "My friend,
I declare unto you that this is the
exact 'treatment' that most 'mouth-professing'
Christians are using today. The doctor
administering this 'medication' is Satan
himself. He gives the 'patient' a sugar-coated
religion, a shallow experience, and
whispers half-truths into his ears.
He then tells the 'patient' that it
is real and that it is all the 'patient'
needs. Doctor Satan will allow his 'patient'
to continue to go to church, sing, pray,
teach and even preach. But the 'patient'
will not be allowed to live the life
that he confesses with his mouth.
The Covert War (Deception)
Reverend Pittman has a Bible
verse for every aspect to his NDE: (1)
"I met my appointed time to die" (Hebrews
9:27). (2) "I came back from
that appointment" (Isaiah
38:5). (3) "In an attempt to
kill me, Satan disguised himself as God" (2
Corinthians 11:14). (4) "My
spirit was taken from my body and into the spirit
world where I was allowed to see many startling
Corinthian s 12:1-4). (5) "I
was allowed to look upon the ruling council of Satan,
as this council was planning spiritual warfare against
the saints" (Ephesians
6:12). (6) "I was allowed to
look upon the shapes and forms of demon spirits"
16:13). (7) "I saw demon spirits
possess human beings" (Matthew
8:28). (8) "I was allowed to
see demons afflict saints" (2
Corinthians 12:7). (9) "I was
allowed to look upon the saints going home on the
Heavenly Highway" (Isaiah
35:8-10). (10) "While looking
upon the saints going home on the Heavenly Highway,
it was revealed to me that in eternity, there is
no age, sex or race" (Luke
Galatians 3:28). (11) "I saw
that only a small percentage who claim to belong
to God are really saved" (Matthew
Luke 13:24) (12) "I was allowed
to stand outside the gates of the Third Heaven and
plead my case" (2
Corinthians 12:2). (13) "I
thought I had been in God's service for thirty years,
but God said my life of service was not acceptable
to him because I was a 'Laodicean type Christian"
The Day Star
Reverend Pittman has even
more Bible verse for every aspect to his NDE:
(14) "God said the good works of my life
were in vain because I did them for a 'false god'"
20:4). (15) "He identified
my false god as 'SELF'" (Matthew
16:24-26). (16) "After I was
allowed to see the truth, and the 'spiritual scales'
fell off my eyes, so to speak, I was given my life
back and allowed to return, with two restrictions.
Number one: I
was to go wherever I was asked (Matthew
two: I could not ask anyone to help me" (Matthew
10:9-10). (17) "In total I
was given the five point warning to the
one: This is the "Laodicean Church Age',
when most so called Christians are only playing
church. Because of this, God is going to spew them
out of His mouth (Revelation
two: Our adversary, the devil, is a real
and powerful enemy, whose ability we ought to know
and respect. But as born again believers, we are
to give no place in our life to the devil, no love
or no fear (Jude
James 4:7). Number
three: In order to experience any of God's
power in our physical life, we must live the total
Christian life (James
1:22). Number four:
This Noah's second day (Matthew
number five: God is going to cleanse His
Church before His return (Ephesians
5:27), by the third and final baptism, the baptism
of fire! (Luke
The Mystery Demon:
Buffeting Their Flesh?
According to Reverend Pittman,
spiritual warfare is real. The devil is real. Demons
are real. Great truths that have been known by every
civilization in history. In the early history of
the church, about one third of most member's time
was spent in learning about the reality of this
war. An examination of the four Gospels, Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John reveals that of all the recorded
activity of Jesus, about one third of His time was
spent in dealing with, teaching about, or exposing
the devil and his demons. In fact, the first authority
granted to man by Jesus, was NOT the authority to
preach or teach, but WAS the authority to deal with
demons spirits. (Matthew
10:1) Only in the modern history of the Church
have Christians rejected these truths. It was a
subtle rejection brought on by a clever designed
plan. The plan was designed by our spiritual adversary
and implemented through our traditions, line upon
line, precept upon precept, until we had been accustomed
to the deletion of these great teachings. Our time
is short, the ahead is tremendous. We have precious
little time to re-learn these great truths. This
book is an attempt to bring these truths to the
surface in our daily Church life once again.
Demons: An Eyewitness Account
During his near death experience,
angels took Pittman into the second heaven and was
shown the strategies of Satan and his demonic army.
According to Reverend Pittman, this book is the
only one of its kind that exposes the end-time plan
of Satan and goes into great detail describing the
appearance, powers and abilities of each level of
demonic spirit in Satan's hierarchy and their end
time purpose. Reverend Pittman was told to write
this account of his experiences in the spiritual
realm where spiritual warfare goes on in the physical
realm. A treasure trove of information to aid the
Christian in spiritual warfare, each chapter deals
with a different aspect of the spiritual realm and
how it effects the physical realm.
This book is about the invisible
spirit realm and the spiritual warfare going on
within it. Reverend Pittman wrote this book as the
result of questions asked of him on the subject.
In the past seven years as he has travelled over
the world he discovered an amazing lack of knowledge
in the Church concerning spiritual warfare. A large
percentage of Christians seem to be ignorant of
the fact that they have all been called to war!
He discovered many people are totally ignorant of
the invisible spirit realm and the fact that their
enemy has an individual plan dedicated to their
Son of Perdition (Man of Sin)
The book cover is a graphic
illustration of Revelation Chapter Six, Verse two,
which is John's description of the false hero who
will come as a world savior! Look at him. The crown
stands for the authority he will rule. Notice he
has no sword or arrows. The bow he holds in hand
shows he will conquer, but without weapons. He will
come as a man of peace. He is not a dictator. A
man without weapons, or armies, nevertheless he
will conquer the whole world!
The Helmet of Salvation:
Battered and Misunderstood
Reverend Pittman says, "This
book was written as the result of questions asked
concerning salvation. I found that so many people
who had been taught all their life that they must
be born again, but had never been taught HOW to
be born again. I also found that many preachers
could not give a clear outline of the second birth.
It appeared that a large number of fundamentalist
and Pentecostal Christians do not understand what
it means to be born again. So many seem to believe
that the second, or spiritual, birth came as the
result of an intellectual acknowledgement. So many
believe that all one had to do was just walk down
an aisle somewhere and make an intellectual commitment
in their mind, and that this is what it means to
be born again. With that one acknowledgement they
have made it forever. I believe this book will pull
back the dark veil and shed the true light of salvation
into the understanding of many people!"
The Curse of the Lord
Why are so many Christians
always sick? Why are our hospitals overflowing with
Christians? It seems that we can't train enough
doctors to handle the overflowing workload! Have
you ever wondered why so many Christians never seem
to receive a "divine healing" even when many people
pray for them? This little book will reveal some
startling answers to these and other questions that
you might have on the subject. Howard Pittman challenges
every reader to compare the teaching of this book
with God's Word. If this book doesn't pass the test,
then throw the whole thing out, but if you find
it to be true and it lines up with the Bible, then
this book would be well worth your time as you consider
the truths taught in it. This book deals with the
inherited sickness in the family line and reveals
the prophecy of the same in the Bible. Listed are
the causes and the cure!
The Fourth Beast
This book explores a list
of Bible facts concerning the future world leader
as well as many other bizarre Biblical facts that
have been overlooked by Bible scholars. Daniel 7:7:
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold
a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong
exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured
and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with
the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the
beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns."
Christian's Hebrew Heritage
This book discusses Biblical
prophecy throughout the Bible and the end times.
It also discusses the role of the Jews, and how
Christians have our heritage in the tribe of Judah.
The Way Of The Eagle (The Gos-Pil)
How does the eagle renew
his youth? Learn how, and you can do the same! Consider
the way of the eagle, that at about 45 to 50 years
of age, the eagle can go through a process to double
his life span. "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good
things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Job proved the same can be true for a human. (Job
33:25-26 and 42:16) This book is about healing and
restoration by applying the procedures outlined
in the Holy Bible. We don't have to die sick! This
is not just another book on healing. Rev. Pittman
offers well over 100 Scripture references within
the 113 pages of this book, to demonstrate what
the Gos-pil can do for you and has done for him.
It's never too late to start doing things right.
Dreams, God's Chosen
Method Of Communication
Since God is the source
of all knowledge, He is well aware of our frailty
and limited abilities. Therefore, when He established
His method of communication, He used the one we
frail humans could best understand, so He talks
to us in pictures. Just like a kindergarten teaches
teaches kindergarten children to read with pictures,
God talks to us in picture letters. As we go on
into this book we will show how God writes letters,
and how we must learn to read them.