A gentleman named Don Piper says that his death experience was “beyond spectacular” and he says that he smelled aromas he has never smelled, music so good he couldn’t explain. Dozen of people who died in the past, including his grandfather, greet him in front of a magnificent gate.
Piper is an ordained Baptist minister, and claims it was no dream. He explained it all in his book, a New York Times bestseller called “90 Minutes in Heaven.“
“It was the most real thing that ever happened to me,” he said.
His afterlife began on a bridge in Texas in 1989. A truck plowed into Piper’s car, leaving him with horrible injuries.
“(The) steering wheel impaled me in the chest and then the car’s roof collapsed on my head so there’s just no way you could survive this accident,” he said.
Piper was declared dead, and he was without a pulse for 90 minutes. But before he came back to the living, he said he was communicating with the dead.
“I took my last breath here in the car and I took my first breath there at the gates,” he said.
There were lights reflecting off the gates, which looked like they were “pulsating with life. That’s because in heaven there is no artificial light, God illuminates it with his glory,” he said.
In front of the gate stood his grandfather, welcoming him “home.”
“I was heartbroken when he died,” he said. “Now I’m at the gates of heaven (and) he’s the first person to greet me.”
“You know, if I was having a dream about it, this wouldn’t be in it,” he said. “Some of these people who met me at the gates, I haven’t thought of in decades.”
AS Piper’s body was in the car after the wreckage, a couple stopped by and pulled up to the scene of the horror. They were told Piper was dead, but Dick Onarecker, the husband, decided to pray over Piper’s body.
“The Lord just impressed on me very emphatically very urgently that I was to pray for him,” Dick, who died in 1996, said in an interview before his passing.
Piper regained consciousness and heard Onarecker singing “We Have a Friend in Jesus.” All of a sudden Piper joined him in the song.
“He’s singing, and, and I’m singing, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘What happened here?” Piper recalled.
Piper was alive, but the road to be the same person again wasn’t easy. He had to undergo 34 surgeries to fix his body and had to learn to walk again.
“I knew I was not going to be the same physically, because of apparently how badly I was injured. But I also know what I’ve seen,” Piper said.
He believes he was sent back to spread a message: “Heaven is a real place.”
Piper wrote a book called “90 Minutes in Heaven” which has sold more than 4 million copies. He spreads the message of the things he saw there, and looks forward to stand before those gates in the future.
“It’s not that I mind being here, I’m actually very excited to be here,” he said, but “this doesn’t seem real to me now, because I know how temporal and fleeting it is.
“I know it happened in my very soul, my very being,” he said. “It is now my reality. And so I can’t wait to go back there.”