Neurosurgean Dr. Eban Alexander had a profound experience of being in heaven while he was brain-dead. He miraculously recovered and wrote about his experience in the book "Proof of Heaven." In it, he describes encountering God in a thick darkness. Now, this sounds very odd, however, there are many passages of Scripture that describe God dwelling in a thick or deep darkness. Here are some of them:
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:21)
And He [God] made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. (2 Samuel 22:12)
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. (Psalm 18:11)
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. (Psalm 97:2)
Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. ( 1Samuel 22:12, 2 Chronicles 6:1)
Other Scriptures such as 1 Timothy 6:15-16 speak of God dwelling in light.
The Hebrew word here for "darkness" is araphel-which means, "cloud, heavy cloud, gloom, gloomy, thick darkness."
Now, why would God "dwell in a deep darkness"? Well, in both the Hebrew and ancient Egyptian Temples, the inner sanctum, or "Holy of Holies" was not well lit. It was a very dark chamber. Also, smoke from the incense altars and the smoke from the sacrifices filled the Temple.
However, at the theophany at Mount Sinai, where God appeared to Moses and the Israelites, there was this "thick darkness" within which God appeared.
A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then, Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.
Alexander's story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.