The movie “Risen,” which is currently in theaters, addresses the real historic Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and ongoing debates, discussions about these topics. On March 31, National Catholic Reporter, addresses the resurrection of Jesus Christ after three days in a grave, “… isn’t a resuscitation. There’s something totally different about the resurrection of Jesus. He had been dead; now he’s alive, but in a totally different form, a different way…” The Bible tells that the children of God will ultimately be like Him and see Him as He is.
The topic of new bodies which are recognizable in heaven of those who have died in Christian faith and who have been there to greet those who have died, experienced heaven, and then returned to their earthly bodies has been addressed in other current and recent movies in theaters: “Miracles in Heaven,” “Heaven is For Real,” and “90 Minutes in Heaven.” Having been involved with exclusive interviews for these movies with actors and the people whom these movies depict, Austin Movie Examiner has observed commonalities with descriptions of heaven and interactions with those already there in new but recognizable bodies.
In an exclusive, AXS/Austin Movie Examiner interview with Don Piper, whose story is told and picturized in “90 Minutes in Heaven,” he tells Austin Movie Examiner of dying and being immediately greeted by loved ones who had gone to heaven before him. They had new bodies but were recognizable. They touched him and spoke to him. CBN also tells from an interview with Piper how he described, that ” ‘When I was killed, I was instantly transported to heaven’s gate… surrounded by familiar faces… ‘I did not see a single person that I did not know…relatives…friends that died in high school…They were smiling…embracing me… welcoming me…in the process of taking me through the gate of heaven.’ ” The Christian Post quotes Pipe from an interview, “….I was …surrounded by people I had known and loved in life who had preceded me in death… they were literally in perfect condition. Many of them had died in old age here but they were perfect and healthy there…”
Colton Burpo has also told of dying when he was very young and of immediately going to heaven where it was vibrant and where he also recognized loved ones who had gone before him. In various interviews, Colton has told about meeting his great-grandfather and a little girl (who turns out to be his miscarried baby sister) in heaven and most importantly sitting on Jesus lap. He tells how Jesus had “markers” in his hands and feet. This is reminiscent of the apostle Thomas wanting to see the mark in Jesus’ hands to believe that he had been resurrected and Thomas’ being able to do just that.
Anna Beam, who at nine years old, died and went to heaven describes heaven, as have Don Piper and Colton Burpo, as intensely beautiful to the senses and of seeing loved ones there. Like Colton Burpo, she also describes sitting on Jesus’ lap. Christy shares, “The next day after they released her from the hospital … we were driving down the road … and she just turned to me out of the blue … and she just said, ‘You know mommy, I went to heaven when I was in that tree,’ and that’s how it started,” Beam said. ”My very, very first thought was, ‘Did you hit your head really hard? Was it just a dream … what is she talking about?’” But Beam said she began to take her daughter’s story more seriously. For one, Anna described seeing her great-grandmother, who she said looked much younger in heaven, and an encounter with Jesus. “She said that she sat on Jesus’ lap and that they talked and that he said that the firemen will get her out and when they do there will be nothing wrong with you,” Beam tells. “And [Jesus said], ‘I’m going to send my guardian angel to light the tree and to stay with you.”
Anna asked Jesus if she could stay in heaven because she had no pain there, but that that would not be possible. “He said, ‘I know you want to stay Anna, but I have plans for you on Earth that you can’t fulfill in heaven,’” Beam tells. It wasn’t long after that event that Anna said that she was suddenly aware that she was back inside of the tree, but that there was a light source that she believed came from an angel — a light inside the deep, dark of the tree. This light helped her find the ropes and pulleys that the firefighters had rigged up.
Mother Christy Beam says that the key moment that convinced her that Anna was telling the truth came when she said that she saw a little girl in heaven who God told her was her sister. Christy says, “I had had two miscarriages, and one of them had been the creation of life.” (One of the pregnancies resulted in a blighted ovum, a situation in which a fertilized egg doesn’t develop.) She says that she had once told her daughters that she had two miscarriages, but did not go into detail about the blighted ovum. “When Anna was telling me about [heaven], Christy recounts how Anna said, ‘…I saw a little girl in heaven, mommy, and she looked just like you … and [she] said, ‘I know that face and I asked God who is that little girl and he said, ‘Anna, that’s your sister’ and that did it for me…I just remember thinking there’s no way for her to have known.” Beam says that she remembers thinking at the time that, if Anna were lying, she would have said that she saw two children in heaven; but, instead, Anna said she only saw one. Because one of the pregnancies progressed, Christy says she was amazed.
All of these movies are based on eye witness accounts and have impressive correlations and commonalities. All of these movies are based on amazing true stories and documentation. Other elements of these movies make them oustanding: excellent: good acting, comic relief, captivating cinematography, and most of all profound, compelling content. They are all not-to-miss movies.