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Brian Miller died, went to heaven and then was sent back


In an interview with Megyn Kelly of FoxNews, Brian Miller, 41, a truck driver from Beachwood, Ohio told his story of what happened after he died.

Brian had ended up in the ICU of University Hospital’s Ahuja Medical Center after a heart attack. On his arrival, the medical staff were able to stabilize him and he seemed to improve.

However, the next night Brian’s heart suddenly stopped. He suffered from Ventricular Fibrillation, which happens when the heart quits pumping and just quivers. Without treatment, it is almost 100% fatal.

The staff tried to revive Brain, but after 45 minutes they were unable to restart his heart. 

But as Brian lay lifeless on the hospital bed, something else was happening.

He said, “I [saw] the light and just kept walking toward it. And then all of a sudden, it opened into the most beautiful path of flowers.”

As he continued down the path, Brian ran into his deceased father and mother-in-law. His mother-in-law had died just a week or so earlier from cancer. She grabbed Brian by the arm and told him it was not his time to die and he needed to go back. He was literally sent back to life.

Then suddenly after being dead for 45 minutes, Brian miraculously came back to life. His heart started beating. But even more amazing despite the lack of oxygen, Brian suffered no ill effects. He is completely healthy.

According to ICU nurse Emily Bishop:

“He [Brian] had no heart rate. He had no blood pressure. He had no pulse. His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes. So the fact he is up walking, talking, laughing and everything — I mean, that’s amazing.”

When Megyn asked Brian if he was religious. Brian said he believed in the Lord and went to church lots when he was a young child. But after he married and started trucking, church fell by the wayside.

He said the incident convinced him of heaven’s reality and caused him to reconsider his life.

Heaven and hell

There are many accounts of people like Brian, dying and going to heaven. Many have very similar stories.

In the Bible, the believer who dies is awaiting a new resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). However, until that event, we go to a spiritual place to wait, which is commonly referred to as heaven.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells of the death of Lazarus and a rich man and we see some similarities between this and Brian’s testimony.

Jesus says after their death, the rich man ended up in Hades and angels carried Lazarus to a place called Abraham’s bosom.

The story focuses mostly on the rich man who ended up in Hades — a place of torment (v 23).

Similar to Brian’s testimony, people are not only aware of each other, but can verbally communicate. Despite the fact, there is a chasm between the two areas, the rich man calls over to Abraham and asks for help and Abraham answered him (v 25 and 26).

Though the rich man does not have a physical body at this point, he has the appearance of a body and asks Abraham to send over Lazarus “that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue” due to the severe heat (v 24).

Similarly, Brian had a body and felt his mother-in-law grab his arm.

The rich man was also fully aware of the state of his family back on earth and even asked for someone to be sent back to warn his five brothers of what lay ahead if they didn’t turn to God (v 27). Abraham did not say this was impossible to do, but told rich man no one would be sent because:

 “‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” (v 31 NASV)

At this point to two accounts vary. In Brian’s case, his mother-in-law told him there was unfinished work for him in the physical world and Brian was raised from the dead.

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