Category Archives: Heaven

Going to Hell is a choice…

The firmament shows his handiwork and the heavens declare his glory (Psalm 19:1)…. creation beckons there is a God!

He placed within each of us a conscience (Romans 2:15), that bears witness that God exist!

The light came into the world, but men loves darkness more than light. (John 3:19). Therefore, anyone that goes to Hell, goes not from an absence of truth, conversely, they go from the despising of truth. This, in effect, is the only unpardonable sin (Mark 3:28).

Please, think on this fact: Of all the people you know who have died, how many do you believe were born again? Of those who weren’t born again, know this, like the rich man (Luke 16:19-31), those people are in Hell today, and everyday since their death they have been responding in the same manner as the rich man.

There will be those, who after the reaping of the harvest, stand realizing that mere knowledge of Christ wasn’t enough (Jeremiah 8:20). Will you be among the fools, the prideful, who stands crying out “wait!”, “what about me?!”, “I believed”. When the summer has ended, the harvest is over, reaping will be no more.

Imagine for a moment you were in Brentwood and you were driving the interstate the 27 miles to Goodlettsville, Tennessee. And, along the way, notwithstanding the pot holes and curves, you encountered more than 406 specific warning signs that danger lie ahead. The signs repeatedly advising that suffering, loss, even death were imminent if you remained on this road – would you continue to Goodlettsville? Probably not. Yet, the 27 New Testament chapters advise that without true repentance, without death of self, without whole reliance upon Christ – there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. And many, despise these warnings and continue as dead men walking.

If YOU are one that merely believes that god exist, if YOU are one that walked an aisle because it was the thing to do, if YOU are not completely confident of your salvation in Christ, then this blog posting is yet one more sign along the road you are traveling. He who has an ear, let him hear.

The creator of the universe willingly laid His incarnate body in a pool of His own blood, for YOU.

a bondservant of Christ and eternal brother to you,

Heaven

What is ‘Heaven’ like?

Hebrew word usually translated heaven is, shamayim, is a plural noun form that literally means “the heights”. The Greek word translated heaven is ouranos. It refers to that which is raised up or lofty. Scripture uses both to refer to three different places.

First Heaven
“Atmospheric Heaven”

Genesis 7:11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Daniel 4:12 It had fresh green leaves, and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. All the world was fed from this tree.

Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.

Psalms 147:8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

In the above verses, the word heaven refers to the blanketed atmosphere surrounding the earth. This heaven contains the air that we breath.

Second Heaven
“Planetary Heaven”

Psalms 19:1 The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.

Genesis 1:14-17 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

The second heaven is where the stars, moon, and planets are.

Third Heaven
“Third Heaven”

II Corinthians 12:2 I (Paul) was caught up into the third heaven fourteen years ago.

I Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

This is the heaven that Paul speaks of in II Corinthians 12, it is the heaven where God dwells with His holy angels and those saints who have died. The other two heavens will pass away (2 Peter 3:10); this heaven is eternal. This heaven is NOT limited by height, width or dimension. This paradise of eternity is revealed as a magnificent kingdom where both heaven and earth unite in a glory that surpasses the limits of the human imagination and the boundaries of earthly dimensions. Heaven transcends all known and normal limits. Perhaps this is best described by saying that God inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15).

The Father is there (“ Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” Matthew 6:9) Jesus himself is at the Father’s right side, Hebrews 9:24 says “Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself”. So Jesus is there as our intercessor (Hebrews 7:25) and God the Father is there.

Our brothers and sisters in Christ are there also (Hebrews 12:23).
Our names are recorded there (Luke 10:20).
This is our inheritance (I Peter 1:4)
Our citizenship is there (Philippians 3:20)
There will be no crying, tears, pain, sorrow in heaven (Revelation 21:3-7)
There will be no death there (I Corinthians 15:26)
There will be no more night (Revelation 21:23)
The walls and streets are made up of precious jewels (Revelation 21:17-21)
The river and tree of life are there (Revelation 22:1-2)
There will be no marriage there (Matthew 22:30, Luke 20:35)
There will be a great feast there (Matthew 8:11, Luke 22:30)

Where Is Heaven?

What is ‘Heaven’ like?

Hebrew word usually translated heaven is, shamayim, is a plural noun form that literally means “the heights”. The Greek word translated heaven is ouranos. It refers to that which is raised up or lofty. Scripture uses both to refer to three different places.

First Heaven
“Atmospheric Heaven”

Genesis 7:11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Daniel 4:12 It had fresh green leaves, and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. All the world was fed from this tree.

Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.

Psalms 147:8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

In the above verses, the word heaven refers to the blanketed atmosphere surrounding the earth. This heaven contains the air that we breath.

Second Heaven
“Planetary Heaven”

Psalms 19:1 The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.

Genesis 1:14-17 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

The second heaven is where the stars, moon, and planets are.

Third Heaven
“Third Heaven”

II Corinthians 12:2 I (Paul) was caught up into the third heaven fourteen years ago.

I Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

This is the heaven that Paul speaks of in II Corinthians 12, it is the heaven where God dwells with His holy angels and those saints who have died. The other two heavens will pass away (2 Peter 3:10); this heaven is eternal. This heaven is NOT limited by height, width or dimension. This paradise of eternity is revealed as a magnificent kingdom where both heaven and earth unite in a glory that surpasses the limits of the human imagination and the boundaries of earthly dimensions. Heaven transcends all known and normal limits. Perhaps this is best described by saying that God inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15).

The Father is there (“ Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” Matthew 6:9) Jesus himself is at the Father’s right side, Hebrews 9:24 says “Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself”. So Jesus is there as our intercessor (Hebrews 7:25) and God the Father is there.

Our brothers and sisters in Christ are there also (Hebrews 12:23).
Our names are recorded there (Luke 10:20).
This is our inheritance (I Peter 1:4)
Our citizenship is there (Philippians 3:20)
There will be no crying, tears, pain, sorrow in heaven (Revelation 21:3-7)
There will be no death there (I Corinthians 15:26)
There will be no more night (Revelation 21:23)
The walls and streets are made up of precious jewels (Revelation 21:17-21)
The river and tree of life are there (Revelation 22:1-2)
There will be no marriage there (Matthew 22:30, Luke 20:35)
There will be a great feast there (Matthew 8:11, Luke 22:30)

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