Tenterfield River of Life: Ian McCormack shares his miraculous story

In 1982, Ian McCormack of the film The Lazarus Phenomenon was an adventurous 26-year-old. He was diving for lobster on the island of Mauritius one evening and was stung by five box jellyfish.

The deadly poison of just one, can kill a person in four minutes. When an ambulance came, his body was completely paralysed, and necrosis had started to set into his bone marrow.

On the way to the hospital, McCormack began to see his life flash before him. He knew he was near death. He was an atheist and unsure if there was an afterlife. As he lay dying, he saw a vision of his mother, a Christian, praying for him. She encouraged McCormack to cry out to God from his heart and God would hear him and forgive him. He didn’t know what to pray, so he cried out that if God was real, God would help him pray. Instantly, God showed McCormack the Lord’s Prayer.

Coming out of the end of this tunnel, he found himself standing in the presence of awesome light and power.

The ambulance reached the hospital and the doctors tried to save his life by injecting anti-toxins and dextrose into his body, but it didn’t help. Within a few minutes, McCormack’s  body lay lifeless for about 15 minutes. During this time, McCormack was in a very dark place, and he didn’t know where he was. As he reached out, he found he wasn’t touching anything. When he tried to touch his face, his hand would go right through it. McCormack began to sense that it wasn’t just a physical darkness, but a spiritual darkness. He had a cold, eerie feeling that someone else was there looking at him.

Then, a luminous beam of light radiated through the darkness and started to lift him upward. He found himself being translated up into it. McCormack then entered an opening and found himself inside a long narrow tunnel. At the far end of the tunnel he could see the source of the light. Then he watched as a wave of the light broke off the source and moved up the tunnel towards him. This light passed through McCormack, and he could feel a wave of warmth and comfort flood his soul.

Coming out of the end of this tunnel, he found himself standing in the presence of awesome light and power. He wondered if this was just an energy source or if perhaps there could be someone standing in the midst of this light. A voice immediately responded to his thought and asked him, "Ian, do you wish to return?" McCormack responded, "I don't know where I am, but if I am out of my physical body, I wish to return”.

The voice then said: "If you wish to return, you must see in a new light."

Words appeared in front of him, "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)”. McCormack had never read a Bible before, so he didn't know these words came straight out of it. The voice was Jesus. Ian was then encouraged to look behind him. He saw his mother and realised if he didn’t return, she would think he had died without faith. So he asked to be returned to earth and next minute he woke in the morgue with a tag on his toe.

The woman attending to the “dead body” screeched as he returned to life.  Since 1988, Ian as a Christian and now a pastor has travelled the world sharing his miraculous experience. You can google his name and learn more or follow youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59mRZ1Vj8ZU