Sid Roth - Find Out What I Saw in Heaven
Jeanette Meadows scored in the top 10% on intelligence tests until she died on the operating table. When she returned to life, she didn't know the alphabet. It took her eight months to learn to just take a bath. It is a medical miracle she can think and speak so clearly.
Sid Roth: Hello, I'm Sid Roth, your investigative reporter, and I'm speaking with the most amazing, amazing circumstances. In 1977 - you think you have problems! Jeanette Meadows, what happened to you in 1977, in a few-month period?
Jeanette Meadows: In two months and 11 days my best friend died, I found out I had glaucoma, I broke my back in two places, the dog got stolen, and my only child, Annette, died as the result of an accident.
Sid Roth: Well, how old was Annette?
Jeanette Meadows: Almost 16. She died 13 days before her 16th birthday.
Sid Roth: It must have been really hard.
Jeanette Meadows: Heartbreaking. We were best friends.
Sid Roth: How did she die?
Jeanette Meadows: She was struck by a truck.
Sid Roth: Did she have any premonition that this might happen? That she might die?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. She told Debbie up the street that "When you talk to the Lord, he talks to you. He, me, I'm ready. I'm going to heaven". And Debbie started to cry, and Annette said, "No, it's okay. He told me I'm ready. I'm going to heaven".
Sid Roth: And you know, the picture I saw of her - actually, so much like the glory of God was on her.
Jeanette Meadows: It was. The picture was taken 1-5 days. It was in her camera in her room, so if I had just given the camera away without taking the film out or looking at it, I would have missed one of my greatest blessings, because you can see the glory of the Lord all over her. And she said, "Mommy, unless I'm doing something for you, I'm in continual communion with my Heavenly Father". And I thought, well, maybe I shouldn't have her do, you know, the usual things she's supposed to do, and then I thought, "No, not right way to raise child: back to original program".
Sid Roth: But you began to have some physical health problems. What happened to you?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I broke my back on may 27, 1977.
Sid Roth: How'd you break your back?
Jeanette Meadows: I slipped and fell, and I never broke anything before in my life, so I had a hard time believing that I broke it. I mean, I knew I was in terrible pain, but, you know, it was just a foreign concept.
Sid Roth: I mean, how much can someone take? You broke your back, and so what did they do for it?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, in the beginning you just had to rest and they give you pain pills, and then when you got a little bit better they wanted you to have therapy. And finally, after it didn't heal, they operated, 15 months later.
Sid Roth: And what happened at the operation?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, first, before the operation, I had a complete psychiatric evaluation to make sure I'd survive. They gave me a clean bill of health, and the day I went for surgery I prayed before - while they were wheeling me down the hall - and I asked God, I said, "If it's okay, can I see my daughter and my grandparents? If it's not, forget I said anything. I just repent now in the name of Jesus". And as soon as they started the procedure, they gave me the first shot. My spirit left my body, and I went through the ceiling of the hospital into the presence of the Lord.
Sid Roth: What was happening to you medically, though, from a doctor's viewpoint?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, they have to medicate you really strong because the surgery I had was very bloody, so your blood pressure is really low, like about 40. I mean, it's just really low, because they took bone off the back of my right hip, and I've been cut that far from above my waist, all the way down to the end of my spine. So, I mean, you don't really need to be in your body, and I knew that.
Sid Roth: But did you die on the operating table?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. Well, and in the recovery room, too, because I was in surgery for four hours and in the recovery room for five. I came out not knowing my alphabet. I died long enough to have a brain injury. It took me eight months to learn how to take a bath and get it straightened out.
Sid Roth: But when you died, you slipped out of your body. Was it painful or scary?
Jeanette Meadows: No. It didn't hurt to die. When I came back into my body, it did hurt.
Sid Roth: So, you slipped out of your body -
Jeanette Meadows: No, I went speedily, through the ceiling of the hospital, escorted by two angels into the presence of the Lord.
Sid Roth: Were you fearful at all?
Jeanette Meadows: No! Not at all, and it happened so quick: I mean, it's like the blink of an eye: the speed of light. It was that fast. Now, when I came back into my body, I came at a slower speed, but when I went through the ceiling of the hospital, it was just, blink.
Sid Roth: Well, you know, it says in the Bible, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". You experienced that. So what was the first thing you saw or felt when you left your body?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, the two angels escorted me in to be with the Lord. And he talked with me, and then I got - I came out this way, went down this way and over this way, and I was in a garden. And my grandparents and my great-grandmother was there, and they looked young, like their wedding pictures, but my granddad had hair. I mean, he always just had fringe.
Sid Roth: I understand.
Jeanette Meadows: And then, I mean, I thought I was going to get to stay. I didn't know I couldn't stay at that time, but one angel came with me, and we went over this way and down this way, and there was the garden, by a river - and that's where I saw my daughter - and we went wading in the river. And when you get out of the river and you step on the grass, it pushes down just like your grass at home, but then when you move your foot it's up again.
Sid Roth: It has that much life in it.
Jeanette Meadows: It's - everything in heaven is flawless. It's perfect. It is - the colors are magnificent. They're so vibrant. It's so beautiful. And the music is so clear, you can - if you try to sing along with it, it's almost like you can't keep up. It's just awesome. It's just like - it's the place you belong. It's where you were created to be, if that makes any sense.
Sid Roth: Now, out of curiosity, you saw some of your relatives. Did - were all your relatives in heaven?
Jeanette Meadows: No. The Lord told me a lot of my relatives didn't make heaven.
Sid Roth: How'd that make you feel?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I thought, that's really too bad, but what can I do about that? I mean, I didn't realize I was coming back.
Sid Roth: Oh, you thought you were there! You thought you had a one-way ticket!
Jeanette Meadows: You bet!
Sid Roth: Did you want to come back?
Jeanette Meadows: No. Absolutely not! Because it's so peaceful, so beautiful, so glorious. The love of God just permeates everything. I mean, it's like - it's like you're created for that. It's so hard to explain.
Sid Roth: I have felt, like right now, a presence of God on me, but how does - and you've felt presences of God on you. How does that compare to heaven?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, when you feel the presence of God on you, it's not all the time. But when you're in heaven, it's all the time, and it's such a way of life that it seems natural, even though it's supernatural. I mean, I know I'm probably talking in riddles. The natural thing seems - it just seems, or rather, the supernatural seems natural in heaven.
Sid Roth: What did the Lord tell you as to why you had to go back?
Jeanette Meadows: He said he had something different for me to do, and when I was finished I could come back home again.
Sid Roth: Just out of curiosity, are you looking forward to coming back home again?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes, sir!
Sid Roth: What is the first thing you remember when you went back into your body?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I came through the wall of the hospital at a slower speed, and I remember feeling myself and looking around, see where I was, and everything looked very gray. And I thought, well, I never came through the wall of anything before, and my body was laying over there on a gurney, and I had no pain and no brain injury until I got into my body.
Sid Roth: And then what did you feel?
Jeanette Meadows: Excruciating pain.
Sid Roth: Hold that thought. You're going to find out about what the Lord said as far as when he's going to return. Be right back after this.
Sid Roth: Hello, I'm Sid Roth, your investigative reporter. I'm speaking to Jeanette Meadows, who died on the operating table: instantly left her body, and she was in the presence of Jesus. She saw her daughter. What was it like to see your daughter?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I was delighted. I mean, we were just telling each other how much we loved each other and we were laughing and giggling. You know, we waded in the river and just, you know -
Sid Roth: What do you mean "Waded in the river"? You just took your shoes off and -
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I didn't have any on that I know of, and we just waded in the river and we just - you know, and when we got out on the grass, you know, we stepped down, and it was perfect when you moved your foot. And the river was just sparkling gems - I mean diamonds, rubies, emeralds - all kinds of beautiful things. It's just - and the streets were solid gold. They're not paved with gold - God's not cheap.
Sid Roth: And did you say anything to your daughter? Your daughter say anything...
Jeanette Meadows: We were telling each other how much we loved each other and, of course, I missed her, but, you know, in heaven how can you miss anything, you know? But we just couldn't - we never could stand to be away from each other. In fact, the past year before she died, we had practiced spending time away from each other because I knew one day she was going to go away to school or get married, and it wasn't, you know, we had to have a balance in our life - a healthy balance.
Sid Roth: Did the Lord tell you anything in heaven?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. Well, besides about my ancestors, that a lot of them didn't make heaven. Some of the other things he said was that it hurt him when we didn't spend time with him and be intimate with him, and I thought, wow, there's so many people that are Christians - or say they're Christians - I wouldn't think that one of us would matter if we didn't spend time, but we forget, because in our natural thinking we can only spend time with so many people, but we have a God that's omnipotent and omnipresent, and so therefore he has a greater ability to fellowship with us than we do maybe to fellowship with a room full of people. And, I mean, I didn't realize he was that hurt. I guess I didn't realize how special we were, or we are, to him, to the Lord.
Sid Roth: It must have been very, very difficult for you to leave that type of love and come back to earth.
Jeanette Meadows: Oh, for sure! Because it's perfect! It's flawless! It just engulfs you. You just feel so much a part of everything. That's why I really didn't think I was going to come back. Now, I didn't go all over heaven. I didn't see everything. But, I mean, I just felt like such a part of it. I mean, just every atom of your being just felt like it should be there, it should stay there. It just is incredibly awesome. It's like that's what you're created for: the fellowship, the worship of the Lord -
Sid Roth: What a shock it must have been when you found yourself back in your body. What is the first thing you thought or felt when you slipped back into your body?
Jeanette Meadows: I really couldn't think clearly because I - I was thinking clearly before I got back into my body, about coming through the wall of the hospital and feeling myself to see if I had substance, but after I got into my body, my head was fogged up. I couldn't think.
Sid Roth: What did the doctor say happened to your brain?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, they said I had a classic Broca's Aphasia.
Sid Roth: What is that?
Jeanette Meadows: Lack of blood and oxygen to the brain. It's like when a person has a stroke or they die.
Sid Roth: Now, before this surgery, they evaluated you psychologically, and as far as your intelligence, and what did they tell you about your intelligence?
Jeanette Meadows: Dr. Ryback had said that I was in the top 10% of the nation in intelligence.
Sid Roth: And afterward, how bad were you - after the surgery?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I had poor intelligence, I did not know my alphabet. I couldn't remember the most simple things. I couldn't remember - I was trying to - in my room there was a TV, and I was trying to push a button on the TV but I couldn't. I was too weak and sleepy. I was trying to find words because I knew I needed to have words, and somebody - I didn't even know the meaning of the word "No". I thought it had more than one meaning so I never said "No" because I just didn't know what it meant. I shook my head and then they'd say, "Don't move"! So, I mean -
Sid Roth: What about just simple tasks, like eating? Were you able to do that?
Jeanette Meadows: I would - well, not in the beginning - but sometimes I would stick my face with a fork, and if I wanted to smell something, I would hit you in the face. Not intentionally, but it was very embarrassing. I would just hit the person in the nose.
Sid Roth: Is it - but, you know, to come from that - from heaven! And then come back to life like this. I imagine you wanted to get back "Home" real fast!
Jeanette Meadows: Yeah, well, I cried a lot and I prayed a lot.
Sid Roth: So, and what was going on with your back at that time?
Jeanette Meadows: I was in excruciating pain.
Sid Roth: How did your husband take the death of the daughter? You're now an invalid, you can't even do normal functions: what did your husband do about this?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, he was traveling in business so I didn't see him a whole lot, but he was - but my girlfriend sandy was taking care of me, and she took care of me it was supposed to be for three weeks, but it was more like three months. Because of me dying, I needed more care. I mean, I would walk - I would trot - this is months after - maybe two months after the surgery, and after I died. I would be walking around the store and I would forget who I was, where I was. I would go to sign my credit card and sandy was with me, and you know, she said, "She's really who she says she is". Or, you know, "Who the plate says she is. She's just, you know"...
Sid Roth: I mean, even now, how are you functioning so articulately with what happened to you, to your brain?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, I've had lots of prayer, speech therapy, learning disability therapy. I've been to school a second time in my lifetime. In fact, one doctor said I have a unique opportunity to have two lifetimes in one: two educations, two occupations, and two families. And dr. Ryback at nih in Bethesda, Maryland said that if anyone could be in my recovery room, chart it's medically impossible for me to be this well. And he also has a private practice.
Sid Roth: But you told me that you speak mostly by the Spirit of God rather than your mind.
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. Because if I - if you wanted me to - let's say you were having a meeting and you wanted me to speak to people. I would have to write it out like a report and read it, probably.
Sid Roth: So how are you speaking to clearly now?
Jeanette Meadows: I believe it's the Spirit of God, because in the natural, when I need to do something, if it's not a pretty mundane thing, I have a time getting it together. You know, I don't always have the resources to figure out what I'm supposed to do to fix something or do something, or I might overlook a point.
Sid Roth: Well, I understand that the Lord told you about his return. He told Jeanette exactly what the time would be of his return. We'll be right back and discuss that.
Sid Roth: Hello, I'm Sid Roth, your investigative reporter, and I'm having fun with Jeanette Meadows, because Jeanette, by all right, should be a vegetable. In fact, a doctor told you that.
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. Dr. Robert brown. He used to be at st. Joseph's hospital in port Charlotte. He told me by all rights I should be a vegetable.
Sid Roth: But you're functioning just fine. Oh, Jesus told you about his return!
Jeanette Meadows: Yes.
Sid Roth: I almost forgot! We'd have so many upset people! What did he tell you?
Jeanette Meadows: He said, "I am coming soon - sooner than you think".
Sid Roth: So you really believe that?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes. Because many people that are older than me have, you know, had the Lord tell them that, and so I figure if they're older than me, they're closer to heaven - naturally speaking - than I am.
Sid Roth: Well, I mean, I can see what God did with your brain. I can see because you walked in here just fine with what God did with your back. You were supposed to be an invalid the rest of your life.
Jeanette Meadows: Well, they said it was medically - they were surprised. It was a miracle that I didn't have a severed spinal cord because every time - they didn't know this until the operation - even though I had all the tests, because every time I reached up to get something or stoop down to pick something up, the l5 vertebrae literally flipped.
Sid Roth: And what about that glaucoma? Do you see okay?
Jeanette Meadows: Yes, fine.
Sid Roth: You know, we were talking about a nephew of yours, something very amazing. You were driving a car. He was in the car. Tell me about that experience with your nephew.
Jeanette Meadows: Okay. He had a vision of hell, while we were driving down the road. We were talking and he got real quiet. He sounded like he was crying, and I said, "Chris, is something wrong"? He said, "Aunt Jeanette, I'll tell you in a minute". I said "Okay", and he said that he saw hell, he felt hell, and he smelled hell, and he saw two people there he knew.
Sid Roth: Whoa!
Jeanette Meadows: And he said that it smelled like sulfur, that the people he saw that he knew died and they had on the clothes they had on when they died, and they were almost burned off. I said, "How do you know what they had on"? But I didn't ask him that then. I asked him that later. But he said "You know", and he told me how he knew. And then - because he had seen them about that time just before they passed away, so he said there were demons biting people, had long teeth and claws, I believe he said, and he felt the heat of hell. This is all while we were driving down a mountain road.
Sid Roth: What was he like before this experience? Was he a very religious type of boy?
Jeanette Meadows: No.
Sid Roth: Close to God?
Jeanette Meadows: No. A little bit, but not really. He said - first he said, "I'm never going to disobey you again". I said, "What"? He said, "I'm going to do everything you ask me to do". I said, "Christopher"! Because it had such an impact on him.
Sid Roth: Jeanette, you realize there are people watching this right now, and some of them are even laughing, saying, "Hah! There's no such thing as hell"! What would you say to them?
Jeanette Meadows: Well, no matter what you believe, one second after you stop breathing, you're going to know the truth of heaven or hell. I don't care who you are or what you are. You will no longer be an atheist, or whatever you think you are. One second after you stop breathing, you will know the truth of heaven and hell.
Sid Roth: You know, I'm thinking, and I'm reflecting right now, and I'm saying to myself, you still struggle a little bit with your mental ability because of the brain damage that occurred, so you told me you were 100% dependent on God to function because you operate through your spirit. But you know something, Jeanette? I believe that what God has done with you is a great blessing, because most of us are so dependent on ourselves, and we don't recognize the need to be dependent on God.
Jeanette Meadows: I know. You know, I wondered if that was why I had to die: that I might bear fruit. I mean, it seems kind of a drastic measure, but, I mean, when your brain just switches from six different things continually, and you're just, you know, when you're super-intelligent it's really hard to trust God sometimes. And even though I had faith, I believe - well, I know I'm closer to God now. Absolutely closer, because I know that I have to pray and ask God to send someone to help me if I need to do something, and I have to ask God for his wisdom for the situation I'm in, to know what to do, and I have to wait until I hear because I can't trust myself. And I know I can't because in the past I do say things backwards: I get them out of order, and I know my weak points, and I kind of have to guard it, you know.
Sid Roth: Well, Jeanette, between you and me, is there a part of you that's angry with God? Because he could like that you could be perfect in this earth.
Jeanette Meadows: No. I'm not angry with God at all.
Sid Roth: Why not?
Jeanette Meadows: Because I love him.
Sid Roth: It's almost - that's an illogical question. It doesn't compute, does it? That's a totally illogical question.
Jeanette Meadows: Well, the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy: not God.
Sid Roth: And why are you here on earth, and not in heaven with your daughter, who you love?
Jeanette Meadows: Because the Lord wants me to share my testimony and tell people what I saw, and that heaven is really real, and that we're going to be with him one day if we choose.
Sid Roth: God's called you to do this.
Jeanette Meadows: Yes.
Sid Roth: Would you look into that camera straight ahead of you and tell people the reality of heaven and hell, and the love of God? Tell them.
Jeanette Meadows: Well, this is a wake-up call to the earth, to every person. Each one of us is a breath away from eternity. And it sounds simplistic to say it's life or death, or heaven or hell, but you'd better know where you stand, because when you stop breathing, it's going to be over. It'll be your last chance. There'll be, you know, no other opportunity, so make your peace with God now, because God loves you. He wants to communicate with you and be intimate with you, and he just loves us so much that we can never even - he loves us more than any earthly parent figure or father, and think how much we love to bless our children. I couldn't do enough for my daughter. She was an exemplary child. She couldn't do enough for her mom or her dad. She was just a wonderful child, and I mean, God loves us more than that. His love is perfect, and we need to receive that love. It's so, so important, and I just believe I'm supposed to tell people that there's such a wonderful place. I mean, he's already told us in his word, and he sent people back before. But it's so important to just seek God while he can be found.
Sid Roth: And you know, the one thing that really affected me that you said, is that Jesus told her that he's hurt that you don't spend time with him. I mean, that's hard for us to fathom! That Jesus is hurt. And you think, "Well, I don't hear anything", "I don't feel anything", so why should I spend quiet time with him? Why should I pray to God, tell him how much I love him? He's hurt. He's hurt. I tell you, he's hurt because he loves you so much. Spend time with him. Tell him - yes, Jeanette?
Jeanette Meadows: And sometimes even when there's no communication between you. If you're just kind of sitting there in the presence of the Lord, and you've just let the Lord know you're going to stay there. You have a half hour, whatever, to spend. Sometimes his presence just engulfs you, that you feel the presence of the Lord around you even though there's no actual verbal communication. And in heaven you can speak by thought transfer, you can speak by the way we're speaking.
Sid Roth: But the one thing we don't have is any more time. I'm gonna take this time to warn you: you don't know when your end will come, so do something about it now! Cry out, "Jesus"! That's what you should do.