Howard O. Pittman was a Baptist minister for 35 years after being a law enforcement officer for 26 years. On August 3, , his aortic artery ruptured and, within hours, he suffered physical death. His spirit was lifted from his body by his guardian 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.
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Howard O. Pittman was a Baptist minister for 35 years after being a law enforcement officer for 26 years. On August 3, , his aortic artery ruptured and, within hours, he suffered physical death.
His spirit was lifted from his body by his guardian 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 in 2 Corinthians 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. The following is an excerpt reprinted by permission from his booklet, Placebo , which documents his amazing near-death experience.
The illustrations on this web page are from Howard Pittman's booklet " Placebo ". I added a little bit of color to them to enhance their appearance. These illustrations depict entities which Pittman labels as "demons. 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. 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. 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 George Ritchie's and Howard Storm's NDEs and they behave in the same manner we would traditionally think of as "demons". Webster's Dictionary defines "placebo" as " a medication prescribed more for the mental relief of a patient than for the actual effect on his disorder, or something tending to soothe. 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.
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 "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 In the year , I retired from the New Orleans Police Department and moved my family to a sixty-one acre farm in Mississippi.
Around August 7, , 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.
They took me into surgery where they worked on me for an additional seven hours Read his book for the full description. 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 What 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. At the 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. When 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. For 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. 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.
The 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. As we 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. 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.
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On August 3, , Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister, suffered physical death as the result of a massive internal hemorrhage. He appeared before our Lord in the Third Heaven where he pleaded for an extension of his physical life. There God showed him what kind of life of worship and service he had really led, and Howard Pittman was graciously transformed from a Laodicean-type Christian to a Philadelphian-type Christian. See Revelation chapter 3 He was miraculously healed and sent back to this world with a five-point message from Heaven — The Greatest News Since Pentecost!
Placebo - Howard Pittman
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On August 3, , Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister, suffered physical death as the result of a massive internal hemorrhage. He appeared before our Lord in the Third Heaven where he pleaded for an extension of his physical life. There God showed him what kind of life of worship and service he had really led, and Howard Pittman was graciously transformed from a Laodicean-type Christian to a Philadelphian- type Christian. See Revelation chapter 3 He was miraculously healed and sent back to this world with a five-point message from Heaven — The Greatest News Since Pentecost! Chapter 5 — Preparation.