We have seen in recent times a proliferation of purported visions of and visits to heaven. The Bible expressly forbids necromancy, or the practice of talking to the dead. Lev. 19:31; Deut. 18:9-12, 15; 1 Sam. 28; 1 Chron. 10:13-14; Isa. 8:19 are some of the Scriptures which may be cited.
The passage in Isaiah is quite to the point regarding communication with the dead: “And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and psychics, who whisper and mutter,’ should a people not seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:19-20). Unfortunately, that has not stopped individuals such as Rick Joyner from reporting such encounters, and, worse having the gall to have the alleged “Paul” say things that contradict the Scriptural account.
For example, in his book The Call, Joyner reports of one walk through heaven where he encounters the Apostle Paul seated upon a throne. Joyner speaks of the honor he feels when meeting Paul, but the apostle quickly tells Joyner that the honor really should be his as he is involved in the “last battle.” Going further, Paul “confesses” that he “…fell short of all that I was called to do” (Joyner, The Call, p. 131-133). This hardly agrees with the words of Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
There have been quite a number of books written by or about people who claim to have personally visited Heaven. Some of these authors profess to be Christians while others do not. The descriptions of their experiences vary regarding such things as entering into a dazzling white light at the end of a dark tunnel and being greeted by deceased loved ones, or being in the presence of God and seeing the shed feathers of angels dotting the grand floor of His throne room. Many of their stories contain information that would seem to be beyond their ability to know at the time--or at all. How do we know who is giving us an accurate and truthful account? Let's apply biblical admonitions and critical questions to a book that is having an impact on Christendom and the American public: Heaven Is for Real.