Summary of Chapters 26-27

by The Quicklet Team

This chapter is a free excerpt from Quicklet on Heaven Is For Real.

Chapter 26: The Coming War

“What’s the problem, Dad? I’ve told you: I’ve skipped to the last chapter, and the good guys win.”

A few months later, Todd takes Colton with him on a 60 mile drive. They discuss where Pop is buried, and Colton says that Pop has a new body in heaven, but those who don’t go to heaven do not receive new bodies.

Colton also mentions that there will be a war in heaven, where Jesus, angels, and good people, will defeat Satan, monsters, and bad people. The women and children stand back and watch, while the men fight.

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Chapter 26: The Coming War

“What’s the problem, Dad? I’ve told you: I’ve skipped to the last chapter, and the good guys win.”

A few months later, Todd takes Colton with him on a 60 mile drive. They discuss where Pop is buried, and Colton says that Pop has a new body in heaven, but those who don’t go to heaven do not receive new bodies.

Colton also mentions that there will be a war in heaven, where Jesus, angels, and good people, will defeat Satan, monsters, and bad people. The women and children stand back and watch, while the men fight.

Todd wonders again about “heaven time” and decides that somehow Colton must have been shown the future in addition to seeing dead people in the present. However, he finds Colton’s description of “monsters” consistent with depictions in Revelation 9. The battle will end with Satan being thrown into hell as told in Revelation 20.

Colton says Todd will definitely fight in the battle, though he can’t remember whether his father wields a sword or bows and arrows.

Chapter 27: Someday We’ll See

“I accepted the idea of heaven before, but now I visualize it. Before I heard, but now I know that someday I’ll see.”

Todd shares Colton’s story for the first time on January 28, 2007, in a sermon about doubting Thomas, the man who refused to believe in Jesus’ resurrection until he saw and touched the wounds for himself. While discussing Thomas’ lack of faith, Todd brings up his own lack of faith when he saw Colton wheeled away to the operating room, and the way God confirmed his faith through Colton’s story.

That night the church is packed with people eager to hear more about Colton, and the family spends 45 minutes after the service answering questions.

Friends tell the Burpos about another unusual child, a girl from an atheist family who began having visions of heaven at age four. Her accounts are surprisingly similar to Colton’s. Now at age twelve, she paints professional looking artwork inspired by her visions.

Todd shows Colton a picture by the girl (Akiane Kramarik) depicting Jesus. Finally, after years of dismissing pictures of Jesus, Colton says this one looks right.

Other meaningful encounters come out of sharing Colton’s story. A woman who birthed a stillborn baby asks Todd if her baby is in heaven. Todd reassures her that the child must be, since God had shown Colton his sister in heaven, and God would care as much about the woman as he did the Burpo family.

Years earlier, when Colton was still in the hospital, one of the nurses who came to marvel at Colton told Todd that no one thought Colton was going to survive: that she considers his recovery a miracle.

The Burpos still wonder if, as “ordinary people from a one-horse town in Nebraska,” they are qualified to answer the deep questions people ask them. But they decide that what happened to them is part of a larger plan to share the truth of heaven on a more personal level.
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