Fifty years ago, this man died for an hour. His recount of what he experienced will blow your mind...
Is there life after death? Well, it depends on who you ask. Most religions teach that some kind of ‘promised land’ awaits those who live beneficial lives and conduct good deeds during their years on Earth, but the truth is that no one really knows.
Though individuals such as Gary Wood claim to have an idea of what awaits those after death, the experience is still largely subjective because of peoples’ uniqueness. Regardless, there might be something to be learned from those who find peace when they contemplate the idea of dying (again). Death is inevitable. We will all experience it someday. Perhaps his insight on what happened to him as an eighteen-year-old will inspire you to research or discern the subject further…
When Dr. Gary Wood was eighteen-years-old, his car crashed into an illegally parked truck. Suffering near fatal wounds and injuries, he was declared dead at the scene. While those around him wept and tried to process his absence, Woods claims he experienced something ‘out of this world’.
In an interview (50 years after the incident), Wood recalls that immediately he was “just relieved of all the pain” from the accident, which crushed his larynx and ripped off his nose. Wood recalls:
“Dying is just like taking your clothes off and just laying them aside.
I stepped out of this body, this Earth suit, and then was lifted up through the top of my car and my whole life just passed before my eyes in just an instant.
Then I was caught in a swirling massive funnel shape cloud that grew brighter. Then this cloud opened up and I saw this giant golden satellite, suspended in space that the Bible calls Heaven.”
He claims the entire experience was very “tranquil” and that he ascended up to the ‘heavens’ and met a 70-foot tall angel. Reportedly, the gates the angel guarded were “500 miles wide.”
The angel he met had gorgeous, gold hair and held a sword. Inside the gates, he saw another angel that was holding some books. After the two communicated, Wood was allowed into the city beyond the gate. There, he met a childhood best friend.
“About 500 yards from the throne room of God, my friend took me and I was captivated by the sign on the outside that said ‘Unclaimed Blessings’.
When I opened the door, to my astonishment I saw legs hanging there from the wall, real legs.
Every part of one’s anatomy was there in that room and people asked my ‘why do you need a place like that?’ Because God has a spare part when God has a miracle.”
Perhaps the part that had the most profound effect on Wood’s life was that he claims to have met Jesus. In fact, the biblical figure inspired him to become a minister.
“I was sent back to tell people that Heaven is real, there is a song to sing, there is a mission or journey to take, there is a book to write. You’re unique in purpose on this Earth.
Jesus told me to give a specific message – there will be a spirit of restoration that would prevail throughout the land, there would be a teaching and emphasis on prayer.”
Though Wood’s sister, Sue, had been a part of the same accident, she came out of the ordeal relatively unscathed. She was calling his name over and over. That’s when Wood’s friend told his ethical body: “you’ve got to go back, she’s using that name.”
“And so I just shot right back down into my body. They noticed life signs, they rushed me to the hospital to stabilise me.”
Though it’s been fifty years since Wood died and ‘visited heaven,’ he is still just as moved by the experience as when he woke up in the hospital thanks to modern medicine. Though his account has met much criticism, it’s also been well-received among those who believe in life after death. If you’re interested in learning more, Wood published a book on the subject entitled “A Place Called Heaven.”
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