I’ve heard many other stories similar to this. Do you think he really died twice and saw Heaven and Hell?
A MAN who attempted suicide claims he saw hell and was told to clean up his life or “this is where you will spend eternity”.
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Matthew Devalle has died twice within his lifetime – once when he was 12 in a swimming accident, and decades later when he attempted to take his own life.
The first experience came in his youth where Mr Devalle attempted to swim the length of a pool underwater, where he accidentally inhaled and died.
In an interview with ABC television, Mr Devalle said: “The instant I took a breath underwater, a white light engulfed me. I was completely happy to be in this place, and I just wanted more. And out of the middle of the light came an individual, just a beautiful creature.
“There was Jesus Christ, and he grabbed me by the wrist and said you’ve got to go back. Then I woke up on the side of the pool.”
It was this experience that left Mr Devalle pining for that place of peacefulness once again.
But he was unable to reach this level of tranquility which led to a pit of depression.
The American then spent years battling a cocaine and alcohol addiction which just sent him further into despair.
This led him to the conclusion that the best option for him was suicide.
Mr Devalle has died twice
Mr Devalle: “It will be the answer to all my problems, and I get to go back to Heaven.”
After buying a bottle of gin and three bottles of sleeping tablets, Mr Devalle pulled up on the side of an isolated road and consumed the drugs and alcohol he had bought.
He said: “I get a flash of light and suddenly I’m outside. I’m thinking ‘how the heck did I get out here?’
“I notice that there is no colour, everything is grey. And the moment I closed my eyes there was another flash. I’m then in free-fall into a pit that’s pitch black.”
It was in this moment Mr Devalle said he realised he was in hell.
He continued: “It was hot, extremely hot, very humid and dense. There was smoke coming out of the ground and I am split into seven.
“Two of me are living in my past and I’m experiencing all the people that I had met throughout my life and they would come to me and get in my face and start pushing and screaming and I would relive a moment where I caused them pain.”
He then saw the suffering that his death would cause: “My mother, I was there when she collapsed when she found out I was dead from the suicide.
“My daughter, she was 18, she would sit on the floor contemplating suicide because I wasn’t there for her.
“I was weeping for Jesus to save me.
“I was then lifted up from the back of my neck and very slowly lifted out of this pit.
“A voice told me ‘you have work to do and if you continue to live life as you are, this is where you will spend eternity’.”
Mr Devalle then woke up from his experience a day later in his bed with no idea how he got there.
However, the sheer trauma of the experience caused him to quit his $1000 a week drug habit “cold turkey”.