So, “What is Heaven?” you ask! The scriptures say there are three heavens and define them as follows:
1. the clouds—the atmosphere around the earth (Gen. 1:6-9; Job 26:8; Matt. 24:30);
2. where the stars are—space (Gen. 1:14-19); and ,
3. Heaven—the actual place (II Cor. 12:1-4) that was created by God (Psalm 8:3); where He dwells (I Kings 8:30, 39, 43, 49); and, where His throne is located (Isaiah 66:1).
This ‘third heaven’ is the focus of our lesson. Paul was caught up there. He wasn’t doubtful of where he was; he was sure that he was in third heaven. What he was unsure of was whether he was there in body or out of body.
This Heaven is our inheritance. Christ will return and take us there to dwell in God’s presence. II Thess. 2:8-12 comes alive in these occurrences. When believers are caught up (raptured) and the Holy Spirit is taken out of the earth then the anti-Christ will be revealed.
The good news is that from the very beginning God has chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth. He now calls you to himself by his written and preached Word. God’s desire is that no one should perish but that all come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9).
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