For many years now I have interviewed individuals who have experienced something sublime. Included are people from all walks of life—mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, relatives and friends, who have mysteriously experienced contact with children before they were born . . . or even conceived. I have chosen to call these preborn children “morning stars,” based on a biblical reference. Just as the world has “movie stars” and “sports stars,” the Bible has its “stars.” Job was asked by God: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? …When the MORNING STARS sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4, 7, emphasis added.) This reference implies that while the earth’s foundations were being created, before anyone had been born or placed here, souls known as “morning stars,” sons (and daughters) of God, sang and shouted for joy.
Who were these souls? “Morning” implies early or rising. “Star” has double meanings: a cosmic entity that gives light; a person who is special or outstanding. Could the “morning stars” have been the early, rising spirit children of God, beings of light who were “joyous” about living on this earth once it was created? Is this our true heritage? If so, before birth we were all “stars!” And Jesus, being the firstborn and the brightest, was the “Bright (supreme) Morning Star”—“I Jesus . . . am the root . . . and the BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.” (Revelation 22:16 emphasis added) As to the singing and shouting for joy, can you imagine the grandeur of witnessing an earth in creation? Who would not burst into song?
The Job account is not the only Biblical suggestion of existence prior to conception. Jeremiah was told: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) Jeremiah was not only known before entering the womb, he was known so well as to be entrusted with an earth mission before he was even born. Could that be a pattern for all of us—receiving personal missions before our birth?
The concept that we come from a “life before” is found in other ancient writings, including the Jewish: “The rabbinic view of preexistence . . . has been summarized by Ferdinand Weber as follows: ‘All of the human souls which . . . will enter human bodies existed prior to Creation [of earth]; they were located, as they are now, in the seventh heaven in a storehouse from which they are fetched in order to be united with the bodies they will animate (Abodah Zarah, 5a; etc.). These souls are thought of as actual living and active beings.’”
Is there outside evidence to support Biblical implications that unborn souls exist before conception? I believe there is.
Morning stars, the bright unborn souls of children, have actually appeared in various ways to mortal witnesses. The unborn may be classified as a new category of angels, for there are times when they warn, protect and guide us. However, it appears they appear most frequently to announce it is their time to experience mortality—their time to be born on earth. Contact with these unborn souls I have called Prebirth Encounters or Prebirth Experiences (PBEs). Prebirth encounters teach that before coming down we live a premortal life in another part of the cosmos. We shall call that realm heaven, not in the heaven vs. hell sense, but in the sidereal sense as the cosmic place or places where we live as spirit children of God before birth. In that heavenly realm it appears we are taught, trained and prepared to come to earth:
1. to pre-selected parents
2. at an appointed time
3. with a unique purpose or mission.
This paradigm has been intimated in ancient texts and cultural legacies that depict God as our Eternal Father who created all of us as his spirit children before our time to come to earth. For example, in Ecclesiastes 12:7 we read, “[at death] . . . the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” To return, one must have been there before. In the Book of Thomas (Logion 50), discovered among the Nag Hammadi Scrolls, Jesus said, “If they say to you, from where have you originated? say to them, we have come from the Light. . . . If they say to you, who are you? say, we are His sons and we are the elect of the Living Father.”
So, the idea that we come from a previous existence where we lived as spirit beings or souls is not new, but the evidence presented herein is. And it provides a deeper understanding of our origin, purpose and relationships on earth.
Our research suggests that prebirth encounters are more widespread than one might think. They can occur so simply as to go unrecognized. If you have dreamed about, sensed the presence of, heard or seen a child, grandchild, brother or sister before that person’s conception or birth, you may have had a prebirth encounter, a PBE. As for the preborn announcing their time to be born on earth, the event is so common in some cultures that it is labeled “the announcing dream”.
Here is a photo of my family at Tadd and Heather’s wedding in 2002. I marvel every time I see a photo of these guys. Each child is unique and special in their own way. As a family we strive to work together, to forgive, to love, that our relationships may be eternal.
I know that we lived as spirit beings in the presence of God before we came into this world.