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Real Answers™
Copyright: ©2012 James J. Jackson
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By: James J. Jackson

Lying on his deathbed, Jobs stared deeply into the eyes of his wife and children. He then appeared to look beyond them, over their shoulders. He spoke his final words, “Oh, Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow”. What he saw that amazed him to the point of making that final utterance must have quite been profound.


Jobs didn’t utter, “Oh No”, as if he was frightened by what he saw, but the secret of his last words before entering into eternity is buried with him.


Many people have written and spoken of 'end of life experiences', or 'near-death experiences', but, these people survived to share their experiences. I, too, had what I believe was a near-death experience, which I previously shared only with my wife, Donna. I was in the hospital following surgery, and I began running a very high fever. The staff tried as they might, but could not break the fever. I felt as though I was burning up, and finally fell into a deep, almost semi-comatose sleep. Strangely, I found myself hovering above my bed, and I could clearly see myself lying motionless in the bed below. I then floated away from the scene in the hospital room. I was enveloped into a light that was brighter than any light I had ever seen. I entered through a passage way and was surrounded by the most beautiful musical strains I had ever heard. There was no fear, just an indescribably wonderful feeling of well-being and total peace that surrounded me.


I proceeded further into this blissfulness, wanting to remain there forever. An angel appeared out of nowhere, and I asked, “Where am I? Have I entered into the presence of the Lord?”  I felt that only one place could be this peaceful, and that was with God. The angel said, “No, you have only entered into the 'presence of the praise' of the Lord. He has so much more in store for you, but, not now. You must go back until it is time.”  I awoke to find my bedding and my body soaked with sweat, but the fever was gone, and I felt fine, except that I felt the glow from being where I had been.


To this day, it brings chills to me to recount the event, even though it was many years ago. I was alone in my hospital room, so I do not know if I uttered anything audible. Steve Job's family heard his utterances, but had no idea what he was witnessing or experiencing at that moment. I have found no information as to Steve's spiritual situation, or whether he trusted in Jesus Christ for eternal life. Only Steve Jobs and the Lord know for sure.


We do know that John 3:16 declares that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”. As pointed out in a recent sermon by Pastor Dean Poellet, “It does not say, “...whoever believes and prays fervently from the heart; whoever sings with joy, or whoever gives the church, should not perish...”. It simply says whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


So, we don't know if Steve Jobs was trusting in eternal life, and we don't know what he saw that made him say, “Oh Wow.”  But, I know what I felt in my 'near-death' episode (or whatever you may want to call it), and, “Oh Wow!" does not begin to express the joy felt then, and when I am called home to be in the Lord's presence forever!

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