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Within Heaven's Gates

Within Heaven's Gates

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by Rebecca Springer

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This text is the true, condensed record of the authors experience of life between time and eternity. The author's vision of heaven.


This text is the true, condensed record of the authors experience of life between time and eternity. The author's vision of heaven.

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The Journey Begins

Several hundred miles away from home and friends, I had been very ill for many weeks. I was entirely among strangers, and my only attendant, though a kind person, knew nothing about caring for the ill. As a result, I had none of the many delicate attentions which maintain an invalid's failing strength. I had received no nourishment of any kind for nearly three weeks, scarcely even water, and was greatly reduced in both flesh and strength. Consciousness seemed to wholly desert me at times. I had an unutterable longing for the presence of my distant loved ones. I needed the gentle touch of their beloved hands and their whispered words of love and courage. But, they never came-they could not. Responsible duties, that I felt must not be neglected, kept these loved ones away, and I would not recall them. I lay in a large, comfortable room, on the second floor of a house in Kentville, Canada. The bed stood in an alcove at one end of the apartment and faced a large, stained-glass window, which opened upon a veranda overlooking the street. During much of my illness I lay with my face to this window and my back to the room. I remember thinking how easy it would be to pass through the window to the veranda, if one so desired. When the longing for the loved faces and voices became more than I could bear, I prayed that the dear Christ would help me to realize His blessed presence. Since the beloved ones of earth could not minister to me, I longed to be comforted by other dear ones who are "all ministering spirits."

A Vision

I especially asked to be sustained should I indeed be called to pass through the dark waters alone. It was no idle prayer, and the response came swiftly, speedily. All anxieties and cares slipped away from me, as a worn-out garment, and peace, Christ's peace, enfolded me. I was willing to wait God's time for the coming of those so dear to me and often said to myself, "If not here, it will be there. There is no fear of disappointment there." In those wonderful days of agonized suffering and great peace, I felt that I had truly found, as never before, the refuge of "the Everlasting Arms." They lifted me; they upheld me; they enfolded me. I rested in them as a tired child upon its mother's bosom. One dark, cold, and stormy morning, after a day and night of intense suffering, I seemed to be standing on the floor by the bed, in front of a stained-glass window. Someone was standing beside me. When I looked up, I saw it was my husband's favorite brother who had "crossed the flood" many years ago. "My dear brother-in-law Frank!" I cried out joyously, "how good of you to come!" "It was a great joy to me that I could do so, little sister," he said gently. "Shall we go now?" and he drew me toward the window.

Leaving The Earth-Life

I turned my head and looked back into the room that I felt I was about to leave forever. It was in its usual good order: a cheery, pretty room. The attendant sat by the stove at the farther end, comfortably reading a newspaper. On the bed, turned toward the window, lay a white, still form with the shadow of a smile on the poor, worn face. Frank drew me gently, and I yielded. I went with him through the window, out onto the veranda, and from there, in some unaccountable way, down to the street. There I paused and said earnestly, "I cannot leave Will and our dear boy." "They are not here, dear, but hundreds of miles away," he answered. "Yes, I know, but they will be here. Oh, Frank, they will need me-let me stay!" "Would it not be better if I brought you back a little later-after they come?" "Would you surely do so?" "Most certainly, if you desire it. You are worn out with the long suffering, and a little rest will give you new strength." I felt that he was right, so we started slowly up the street. He had drawn my hand within his arm and tried to distract me as we walked. But my heart clung to the dear ones whom I felt I was not to see again on earth. Several times I stopped and looked wistfully back the way we had come. He was very patient and gentle with me, always waiting until I was ready to proceed again. At last my hesitation became so great that he said pleasantly, "You are so weak I think I had better carry you." Without waiting for a reply, he stooped and lifted me in his arms as though I were a little child. And, like a child, I yielded, resting my head on his shoulder and laying my arm around his neck. I felt so safe, so content, to be in his care. It seemed so sweet, after the long, lonely struggle, to have someone assume the responsibility of caring this tenderly for me.

Entering Paradise

He walked on with firm, swift steps. I think I must have slept, for the next I knew, I was sitting in a sheltered nook, made by flowering shrubs. I was resting upon the softest and most beautiful turf of grass, thickly studded with fragrant flowers. Many of them were flowers I had known and loved on earth. I remember noticing heliotrope, violets, lilies of the valley, and mignonette, with many similar species wholly unfamiliar to me. But, even in that first moment, I observed how perfect each plant and flower was. For instance, the heliotrope, which on earth often runs into long, ragged rays, there grew upon short, smooth stems. Each leaf was perfect and smooth and glossy. Instead of being rough and coarse looking. The flowers peeped up from the deep grass, so like velvet, with sweet, happy faces, as though inviting the admiration one could not withhold. What a scene I beheld as I rested upon this soft, fragrant cushion, secluded and yet not hidden! Away, away-far beyond the limit of my vision stretched this wonderful field of perfect grass and flowers. Out of it grew equally wonderful trees, whose drooping branches were laden with exquisite blossoms and fruits of many kinds. I found myself thinking of John's vision in the Isle of Patmos and "the tree of life" that grew in the midst of the garden, bearing "twelve manner of fruits... and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations" (Revelation 22:2). Beneath the trees, in many happy groups, little children were laughing and playing. They were running around filled with joy and catching bright winged birds that flitted in and out among them, as though sharing in their sports. All through the grounds, older people were walking with an air of peacefulness and happiness that made itself felt even by me, a stranger. All were clothed in spotless white, though many wore or carried clusters of beautiful flowers. (Continued)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Ruter Springer's vision of heaven was first published in the early 1900s. Mrs. Springer was unconscious for some days while the vision was unveiled to her; the vision itself covers a period of years. Rebecca Springer said that each person would need to draw his or her own conclusions about the vision, but that she had reported it as it had come to her at the time. She came to understand the vision as a series of basic instructions about heaven rather than a revelation of the past or future. She said the initial instructions from the vision came in the form of illustrations, in a style as if one were teaching truths to children. Then the application and meaning of these illustrations were given. Rebecca wrote, "I am painfully aware of the fact that I can never paint for others the scenes as they appeared to me during those wonderful days . . .With the hope that it may comfort and uplift some who read, even as it then did, and as its memory ever will do for me, I submit this imperfect sketch of a most perfect vision."

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Within Heaven's Gates 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a 'heaven' that gave me a peace about eternity. This book gave birth to an optimism in me for my life now. I have a new awareness of all the beauty of Heaven that is here for us today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book I've ever read! Truly an amazing glimpse into eternity... My entire family has read it, and it has become a blessing to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this book when I was really depressed. I had been a zealous Christian for years, and had finally come to a point of burn-out and self-loathing. This book comforted me during that time. The conservations depicted between the author and Jesus, and her friends in heaven ministered to me. As they spoke words of rest and comfort to each other, God comforted me. Heaven seemed too good to be true. But it is true, isn't it? God made a way through His Son, Jesus, the Christ. And we don't have to work ourselves to death as Christians like I did. We have only to enjoy God's wonderful gift to the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me after my mother died. I have read it several times in the 12 years since then. I usually keep several copies of this book on hand to give to friends or relatives when a close family member or friend dies. It is truely a comforting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me to get up, after the passing on of my only two children. It is truley incouraging, inspiring, and a blessing to me. It is worth reading more than once!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enspiring read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sons LIVE in heaven and this book has been an incredible encouragement to me. I've given more out than I can count and have a friend who bought a case to give out at her Retail Flooring Store after her son moved to heaven. It's just a tad more than a greeting card but offers so much more. I hope you'll read it and remember it when you need to share it with a friend or loved one. My husband read it out loud to me on one occasion. Thankfully, the Lord has healed our hearts and I must say, this book has helped us.
official_gracecutty More than 1 year ago
this book is really great i will use it to my book report!! can anyone would like to help me!! i'm not finised to the summary and reaction about the book itself!! please
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djwpar_2000 More than 1 year ago
Good in its imaginative quality but not believeable. Writing was sporadic and choppy and not very original. Overall very disappointed expected enlightenment and felt is was a stamp of many other books.
debster More than 1 year ago
As a Christian bookstore owner and manager, I came across this book being used by many churches and ministries to help people dealing with the loss of a loved one. It's one woman's journey to heaven and back after her near death experience. God sends her back to share about heaven with the world. It gives hope, joy and peace back during such a difficult time. It has the salvation message throughout and tells what to expect, as a believer, after death and what awaits you in heaven. I've seen lives changed by this book. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! My 9 year old grandson son passed on unexpectantly and the owner of a Christian bookstore gave me this book. I couldn't put it down. It gave me so much comfort and peace for my grandson and what I can look forward to. I've read it many times and I get something different out of it everytime. I've been blessed by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
actually i was sick in the hospital very bad at the time [cancer] my aunt bought this book for my mother and bought one for me,,,its avesome must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
If God is taking a load, I'm ready to go!!! Amen brothers and sisters!