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Caught Up Into Heaven Paperback – July 1, 1999
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From the Back Cover
Within Heaven's GatesDuring a nine-day visionary journey, Marietta Davis saw many breathtaking aspects of heaven and hell, including* The place where death, sin, and pain do not exist* Infants who have perished being carried to heaven by guardian angels* The peace and harmony that exist among all the inhabitants of heaven* Ministering angels going on errands of mercy* The horrors of an eternity without GodHere is an eyewitness account of the glorious beauty, pleasures, and joys of heaven that await every Christian, as well as a look at the coming torment for unrepentant souls."God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16 NKJV
About the Author
Born in 1823, Marietta Davis was only twenty-five years old when she fell into a deep sleep for nine days while her spirit visited the eternal world. Upon her return to consciousness, she put her spiritual vision into words--a vision of heaven and hell that we have today in the form of "Caught Up into Heaven." She died seven months after her vision, just as she had predicted. Her departure was marked by her singing a hymn with her family; by the hymn's end she had passed on. The hymn that began with her friends on earth undoubtedly concluded with the angels in heaven. She died in 1848. Marietta lived with her mother and sisters in Berlin, New York, where they attended a Baptist church.
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This dear Baptist young lady from New York had become intensely troubled about the afterlife, under so much consternation that she had no rest in her heart and soul, deeply seeking and inquiring about what happens to people when they die. The testimony is that she fell ill and slipped into an unconscious state for nine days when her visions and visitations occurred. Like Marvin J. Besteman, after her experience, she only lived long enough to complete the writing and then passed from mortal life.
The descriptions of paradise and its appearance, atmosphere and order are fascinating and intriguing. Much of what she wrote bears deep resemblance to descriptions given by Mary K. Baxter, Kat Kerr, Marvin Besteman, Rebecca Springer, Oden Hetrick and others. The outer darkness and the abyss parts were difficult to understand until I reread the book and realized the second time through that those confusing parts were not meant to depict hell, but rather they were representations designed to give understanding about the SPIRITUAL suffering and psychological torment in perdition that goes beyond prison cells and fiery pits.
It was difficult to receive all the instruction from the angels and heavenly guides. I felt like how dare I reject it if it’s God’s knowledge, but how dare I swallow it whole if it isn’t. There was a great abundance of sensible but foreign information about the spirit world and how the spiritual laws of that dimension function. So I read the book attentively but dismissively at the same. As a person who knows his Bible extremely thoroughly, it was near disturbing to me to take in so much spiritual information I was not immediately able to confirm or deny by recalling Scripture. It is our obligation to be guarded and judge all things by the Word. I read the book with healthy skepticism like I read all books about people’s supernatural experiences. One has to remember that while a revelation that’s from God is perfect, the person relating it is very imperfect. The human expressions of things that are perfect are still imperfect. Any commentary on the revelation is inevitably skewed by human understanding. While I didn’t immediately accept all concepts, I found nothing that went against the inspired, written Word.
In the end, I give the book 5 stars because I felt God’s Spirit deal with my life many times as I read certain pages and certain paragraphs. I felt convicted by Him as I read for not allowing Him to change me at the pace He would like to. I felt convicted for not cooperating with His processes that have been for my betterment. As I read, the truth broke through to me that the things I have resented God for have been to prepare me to live in His paradise.
I read cautiously, aware that I’m not obligated to accept it as Gospel. The Bible alone is sufficient to teach us all we need to know to be saved and receive entrance to Heaven. The Bible is the only book for which we will give account if we believed it or not. It’s a pretty sure sign though that a revelation is from God when it brings you closer to Christ and helps develop in you a desire to strive for greater holiness in your spiritual walk.