Heaven is mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. It means high, lofty, and raised up.Heaven is prominent in Bible and in culture, just not in our heart.Heaven is not a spiritual funk or a state of mind. Heave is a physical place. It’s often referred toas kingdom, a country, or a celestral city. But most of all, it’s our Father’s house. Heaven is notan imaginary place, or a benevolent state of mind, or whatever you make of. It is not a figment of your imagination. It is not a projection of feeling or emotion. It is not a beautiful aile of something where thoughts form. It is not a projection of the best in your or a vision of longed-for utopia. Heaven is not a pleasing hope, nor the invention of men. Our thoughts do not makeHeaven. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. In the Bible, the Heavenin Greek, the New Testament language, means place where you can locate. Heaven is a literal place.
P2: The Plurality of Heaven
The Biblesays that there are three heavens. Thefirst heaven is the atmospheric heaven,where birds fly and clouds flow; it ismentioned in Isaiah 59:9.Isaiah 55:9(NJKV)“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts.”The second heaven is the stellar heaven, the outer space where the space shuttles travel andcountless stars are hung and planetary bodies display their beauty.Genesis 1:14-17Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day fromthe night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then Gomade two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on theearth.Finally we come to the third heaven, the most important heaven, the heaven of heavens. This iswhere our Lord resides and where His throne is.Paul described his experience of being caughtup in the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. This is the heaven where our God is and to wherewe are aspired to go.2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NKJV)I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to
the third heaven-whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know-God knows. And I know that this man-