On August 3, 1979, Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister for 35 years, died while on the operating table during surgery and had a near-death experience. After angels showed him the second and third heavens, he was taken before the very throne of God where he was given a message to share with the world. The following is the message that he claims to have received from God. Everything that follows is in accordance with the scriptures.
Point Number 1: For those who call themselves Christians, this is the Laodicean Church Age in which we live. A high majority of so-called Christians are, in fact, living a deceived life. They talk Jesus and play church, but do not live it. They claim to be Christians and then live like the devil. They have bought the great lie from Satan who tells them that they are alright. He tells them that it is alright to go to church on Sunday and attend mid-week services but as far as the rest of the time is concerned, they are to get all they can out of life. As far as their Christian life is concerned, they believe they are comfortable and have need of nothing and as a result, they are only lukewarm Christians if Christians at all.
Point Number 2: Satan is a personal devil.
Point Number 3: To the whole world, this is Noah’s second day. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the son of man. Humans took no thought of what Noah was saying nor did humans believe that anything was about to change. Humanity could see the storm clouds over the horizon, but yet did not believe the rain was imminent. Notice the close parallel today. Humanity can see all the signs of the last days, yet humanity does not believe that anything will change. He does not believe in the impending coming of our Lord and he does not prepare to meet God.”
Point Number 4: For those who claim to be Christians, they are supposed to be ambassadors for Christ here on earth. One cannot have any true witness or power in his life unless that one lives his Christian faith at all times, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To be a true Christian one must live it, not just talk it. To honor God with your lips and not your heart is not acceptable. Those who accept the responsibility of teaching, preaching, or any leadership role have much for which to answer.
Point Number 5: God is now in the process of recruiting an army with which God will shake this old world one more time. By working through his soldiers, God will produce great miracles that will shake the established hierarchy of the so-called organized religion that is in this world today. These soldiers that God is now recruiting will demonstrate the power of God to a greater extent than did the disciples in the Pentecostal age. Now the recruitment has begun in earnest because God is about to perform the great miracles through his army that God promised us God would do in the Bible. John the Baptist brought the spirit of Elijah into this world and he did not even know he had it. John denied it, but Jesus confessed that it was so. The purpose of that spirit was to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord.
The early church began on the day of Pentecost, and their message went throughout all of the world. The first believers first heard the gospel, then repented, and were all baptized. They also received daily instruction from the apostles themselves, beholding the signs and miracles done them. The apostle Paul would later receive the same revelation, and was baptized calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus. He later wrote about fourteen letters or epistles. We must remember that Jesus commanded all believers to be baptized in His name alone. (Matthew 1:21; 28:18; Mark 16:15-17; Luke 24:45-47; John 5:43, 10:9, 14:6, 14:26) The apostles performed it exactly as he told them. (Acts 2:38; 8:12-18, 10:36-48, 18:8, 19:5, 22:16) Until a majority of believers return back to the old landmarks or the faith once delivered unto the saints, there will only be mediocrity.