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Published On: Fri, Apr 19th, 2013

Ricky Randolph (Part I)

Ricky Randolph (Part I)

In December 1982 Ricky Randolph was a Department of Corrections Officer in Georgia. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at the age of 17.

I was looking forward to this morning, as I had planned a hunting trip on the ninety-eight acre farm, bordering the Chattahoochee River, where my family and I lived. I gathered my gear, trying to start as early as I could. My wife had already left for work. I usually telephoned her when I was going hunting but, being in a hurry, I didn’t.

I had about a two mile hike to my hunting stand in the trees, and arrived there around 10:15 a.m. My stand was about 20 feet high with the front side facing a thick patch of pines. The rear of my stand overlooked the river below and dropped down to huge boulders in the river below. I tied up my rifle ready to be pulled up after my climb to the top, and began my upward ascent. I reached the top and positioned myself to pull my rifle up. Then without warning I heard a snap! I would later return to this site many times to reflect on my life. On one visit with a friend I measured the distance from the top of the stand down to the boulder I landed on – the distance was eighty feet!

As I began my fall to the river below I could see the river coming up fast. I knew this was the end for me and, though it was just seconds before impact, it was as though I was falling in slow motion!

So many thoughts raced through my mind. My wife, my daughter, my family, and nobody knew where I was! Would I ever be found? Then, darkness descended! I do not know how long this darkness lasted.

Then something wonderful happened! I felt myself leaving my body! I was floating a few feet in the air above the river! I looked on my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding from my mouth, my nose, and my ears, and saw a trickle of blood underneath me on the boulder. As I was reflecting on the state of my body, I felt a pulling sensation, and began to rise very fast! I was travelling very fast up through the atmosphere!

As I left the atmosphere, I looked back and could see the Earth! It was such a beautiful sight! It was so brilliantly lit! As I looked ahead I could see the planets! I thought to myself this cannot be! Where is Jesus? I was never told anything like this could or would happen when I died! The speed increased faster and faster! I saw other star systems and galaxies as I raced onward! I entered what seemed to be a long, dark hole of some sort.


However around me I saw streaks of light made up of every colour in the spectrum! I saw a faint light growing brighter and brighter in the distance up ahead. As I entered the light I felt it all through my being. I was not afraid anymore!

Then all of a sudden I was standing before a massive set of steps! They led up to what seemed to be a bridge of some kind. In the distance I saw a magnificent and astounding sight, a city made up of what seemed to be glass or crystal!

The lights were of many colours that radiated from the city. Never have I ever seen such a sight! I began walking toward the city in a daze of unbelief! So many questions raced through my mind. I had to know where I was. What was happening to me? I reached the front of the city and saw a double door that seemed to be about thirty feet or so in height and width! It shined as if it was polished! As I stood there wandering, the doors began to open. I took a step back and looked inside. I could see what appeared to be people walking about on the inside, much like they do in a shopping mall here on Earth. These people though were dressed very differently!

For one thing, they all seemed to be dressed in some sort of robes with hoods! I entered through the doors in amazement at what I was seeing! The inside was massive! It seemed to be square in shape, with a balcony all around that led down to different levels! I walked up and looked downward over the balcony. It seemed to go on forever!

As I looked up I saw many people passing by me, yet no one seemed to notice me! Then as one was approaching me he suddenly stopped! He slowly raised his head and I could see his face! His hair was snow white! I wanted to speak, but before I could do so, he turned and pointed to a long hallway! Though we never spoke I knew I was expected to go down to this hallway. Then, as if nothing had happened, he continued on. I knew I had to as well.

Something beckoned me forward. I walked a long walk down to the end of this hallway. I did not turn to the right or the left. I knew somehow that my questions were about to be answered! Again I saw before me a massive double door. It seemed to be of some type of metal – I could not tell if it was made of gold or not.

Suddenly the doors opened! I heard a voice, though not an audible voice, but from inside of me. It seemed, to say, “Enter!” I did as I was told and the doors shut suddenly behind me! I was afraid for the first time! Total darkness! Total silence!

Then, after a length of time that I could not determine, a bright light began to glow in the room! Brighter and brighter it became! It was somewhat above me and in front of me. I tried to look but was almost blinded by it! I held my hands up in front of me and could make out the appearance of a Figure sitting on some type of seat!

Then, without warning, a voice asked, “What have you done with your life?” The voice penetrated my very being! I had no answer!

Then to my right I saw what seemed to be like a movie, and I was in it! I saw my mother giving birth to me, then I saw my childhood and friends! I saw everything from my youth up! Before my eyes I saw everything I had ever done!

As my life played out before my very eyes I tried to think of good things I had done. I was raised in church and had been very active in church functions, yet as I pondered on this, I saw a man in his car that had ran out of gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a local store about a year ago. I had bought him some gas as he had no money and helped him get on his way! I thought to my self, why am I seeing this? The voice was loud and clear. “You did not hesitate to help this soul, and asked nothing in return! These actions are the essence of good!”

I saw all the people I had hurt as well, and was shown how my actions had set in motion the actions of others! I was stunned! I had never thought of my life having an effect on the actions of my friends, family, and others I had met. I saw the results of all I had done, and I was not pleased at all!

I looked on until the events came to an end. Indeed I had done so little with my life! I had been selfish and cruel in so many ways! I was truly sorry I had done so little. Then again loud and clear I heard the voice speak again, “You must return!”

I did not want to return. I was quite content to stay, and longed to stay even after the things I had seen and heard. “I have so many questions,” I replied, “Things I need to know and do not understand.”

“You must return and help others to change by changing your life! Doctors will want to perform surgery on you. Do not let this happen! If you do you will never walk again! Someone will visit you, and bring you answers to the questions you have. When I call you will come again! You will recover from all that has happened if you do these things. Look and see what lies ahead!”

                                                                                                    To be continued…

Source:  The Final Frontier 

Thanks to: Ricky Randolph

  Abad of Jesus Christ,

   Stulo Robinson.S.




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