The first time I met Patrick Heron it was instant friendship. It was at Denver, Colorado at a Christian Booksellers’ Association (CBA) annual convention many years ago. We had heard of each other through our books’publications, but had never talked by phone or in person. From the moment our hands clasped, it was “Paddy” and “Terry”–none of this “Mister” stuff. Paddy was a great friend, and a down-to-earth man. His understanding of the topics he broached, however was stratospheric–in the spiritual sense. Those topics often involved areas of the Bible most within Christianity rarely consider, because Christian seminaries, preachers, and teachers very rarely deal with the subjects therein contained.Some who dialogued with Paddy about his books simply didn’t understand the truths from God’s Word he imparted. Things about antediluvian times, the fallen angels, and nephilim simply escaped their cognitive level of functioning many times. He was, nonetheless, one of the very best communicators I’ve known. Whether through his superbly written books, his radio and television interviews or presentations, or through one-on-one conversation, Paddy could and did lay out his understanding, thus beliefs, as well as any person of my acquaintance. On matters involving Genesis chapter 6, he, as it is said, had no superiors, and very few peers.
His book, The NEPHILIM and the PYRAMID of the APOCALYPSE, is a work of incisiveness and insight into those strange intrusions by the fallen angels into human history that continues to be the apex scholarship, and it serves as the trail-blazing volume, in my view.We stayed in touch over the past years. We sometimes would spend an hour on the phone–Paddy in Dublin, Ireland, and me in central Arkansas. Mostly, our discussions involved Bible prophecy in one or the other elements of its many facets. We didn’t always agree on every one of those elements, but we listened to the other’s points of view. After thinking on his explanations of why he believed as he did, more often than not I found that he was most likely right in his view. Paddy was a strong-willed Irishman; of that there was no doubt. But, when it came to his will or God’s will, the Irishman didn’t hesitate to bow his head and knee to his Lord. God’s Word was everything to him, and if you could point to Scripture that made your case, surrounded by proper context, Paddy Heron was on God’s side with you.
I can’t know, of course, if Paddy had the same magnificent experience I had when I died clinically those three times on Good Friday of 2011 due to a “widow-maker” heart attack. I do know, on scriptural authority, however, that he had a homecoming celebration beyond anything that our finite imaginations can conjure. He is with His Lord, and wouldn’t trade places with us here on this fallen sphere.
Nonetheless I, like so many who knew him, will miss him until we join him there.
My thanks to the website: link for the following note from his family.
FROM HIS DAUGHTERS ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE:
Hi all, this is Paddy’s daughters here. Our Dad passed away peacefully at home yesterday, January 2nd, at noon. He was very brave and had fought courageously since his diagnosis last July. We are so grateful and blessed to have had such an amazing father. His faith was relentless and when he asked God to take him he went swiftly minutes later. God truly answered his prayers. He is home. Thank you for your well wishes and prayers from us and our Mam, Catherine.
Apologies to those who are only seeing this now who we didn’t reach in person. Arrangements will be in the newspapers tomorrow.
God Bless, Emily, Leah & Klara.
Patrick Heron (born February 2, 1952) is an Irish author, born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He became interested in bible prophecy concerning the “end times” around 1996.
His first book, Apocalypse Soon was published in 1997 and became a bestseller in Ireland. Heron believes his book, The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, is the first ever book proving who built the pyramids and why.
Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. WHOM HAVING NOT SEEN YOU LOVE
1 Peter 1:8
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.