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Are There The 3 Heavens Recorded in the Bible

What Bible Study topic, subject, or chapter would you like to learn in more detail? We are opening those again now that the Father is once again, sending His Spirit to gather His saints once again for the last time; we feel the need to address questions.

Many of the questions are not asked clearly, but we’ll do our best to answer them as well as we can.

Questions and Answers from BSM Newsletter

Today’s question is:

The 3 Heavens

Great questions. We answered three types of love in the previous post, this post, question 3, is on the three heavens. Most people do not consider this but there are direct scriptures to take note of concerning this topic.  

The Heavens, Plural; Why? We should clear this up! 

There is a scripture where the first-century historian and apostle, Paul wrote to the Corinthians. He recalled the event where CHRIST appeared to him. What Paul made clear was that he was not sure about CHRIST’s appearance at the time.

All he knew was that it was like someone caught up to the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2). Paul spoke about the concept of the “third” heaven. A “deductionist” (one who logically deducts things) we’re not sure deductionist is a real word)) would conclude that the use of the term “third heaven” denotes there is the second and first heaven. We agree with such a deduction. 

The Third Heaven Written by Paul

According to Paul, everything beyond or above the firmament was considered the third heaven. The second heaven, although it is not identified precisely as the “second heaven,” would be the firmament or section over the earth (dry land).

The second heaven consists of the sun, moon, stars, and clouds. The first heaven would be the earth (although we would not scripturally see it written as the “first heaven”). 

As it is written, it is laid out like a building with three floors; the first floor is the earth. The second floor is everything up to the firmament, and the third floor, which no man can go to, is the Heavenly Kingdom or the portal that leads to which. There is even a basement, the great deep, and the foundations. Can we scripturally quantify the earth as heaven?

The Heaven of heavens

The psalmist wrote for everyone to praise the Sovereign LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens (plural). Praise the LORD in high places. All the angels praise Him, all His hosts; the sun, moon, and stars. The Heavens of heavens were commanded to praise the LORD, specifically the waters that are above the heavens (that is the waters that are on the other side of the firmament-remember?). 

We’ll look at it again through a different lens. Praise the LORD from the heavens, is the earth, praise Him from the high places are the high places of the earth (mountains and hills, which symbolically represent governments and high things). That is the first heaven. 

The angels and the hosts are in the firmament (this will be shown later), the greater light, lesser light, and the stars; the second heaven. And last but certainly not least, the heavens of heavens, the waters above the heavens are those in the third heaven.

The Earth Also Considered a Heaven

They all praise the LORD because He commanded and they were created. Three heavens; but that in itself is not fully convincing for all people, so we’ll have to dig a bit deeper.

Here is an instance where the LORD ALMIGHTY referred to the earth (dry land) as heaven. This is where the children of men were and are required to praise the LORD. In the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth chapters of Deuteronomy, Moses addressed the children of Israel regarding the curses and blessings; for them to keep God’s covenant. 

In the thirtieth chapter Moses plainly expressed to them that he already knew they would not keep the covenant and would end up being cursed and scattered into all nations of the earth. However, if they decided to collectively or individually return to the LORD their POWER and obey His voice with their whole heart and soul, then the LORD would reverse their “cursed” conditions. 

Furtherest Extents of Heaven

Yes, He’d reverse it, have compassion, and return to the earth to gather them from all the nations He’d previously scattered them to. This must be on the earth, as the LORD then says, “If any of them (Children of Israel-(COI)) are driven to the outmost parts of heaven, from there will the LORD your God gather and fetch you.”

The LORD will go to the farthest extents of heaven (the first heaven here on the earth) to bring back His people who have turned their hearts and soul back to Him. 

There are no humans living in the clouds and sky unless they live on a tall mountain or in a cave in it. Still, that would still classify and be considered to be here on the earth, just elevated. The heavens thus include the earth (dry land). 

Heavens of Old

Peter, an apostle of CHRIST, wrote an edifying warning for those of the faith dwelling in the last days. We should know that in the last days, plenty of scoffers will arise as they walk after their own lusts.

They will mock those of the faith regarding the delay or so-called delay of the LORD’s return to the earth. Yes, they will say things like since the beginning of the creation when the ancestors died, things continue as they were. They will be willingly ignorant about everything, including by the Word of GOD that the heavens were of old and the earth stood out of the water and in the water at the same time. 

Is that not how it is today?

It has always been like that, yet the waters covered the earth. However, since the generations of Adam, the earth stood out of the waters and in the waters (at the same time), and Peter wrote it as the “heavens” were of old or were redone first.

The old world was overflowed with water and perished, but the heavens and earth that are now or here today were by the same word kept in store and reserved for the day of judgment. Therefore, the earth is a heaven, the host of heaven is a heaven, and there is a Heaven of heavens, the third heaven.

We will tackle “the” rapture and Armageddon in the next post.

I pray this has been edifying in the name of the Son of God.

Elder Ishe / Brthr Nhmyh

BibleStudyMinistry.com


 

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