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WHERE IS HEAVEN?
Unknown quintillions of creatures will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven via the "GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT", so, where is Heaven and what will it be like? We will continue with the "dispensation of the fulness of times" and the Kingdom of Heaven later.
Also, when we conclude that every creature, every thing and every body ends up happily in eternity, we will study the present; the immediate future, the second coming and the thousand years of peace (or millennium) with it’s horrifying end.
2 Chronicles 30:27 "Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place even unto Heaven."
Thus! God can hear us from Heaven.
Psalm 139:7 "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence… 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,…"
Thus! God can see us from Heaven.
Job 2:1 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present Himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, from whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
The word earth here is translated from the Hebrewאֶדֶץ ERETS meaning in this context, world or planet.
Job 2:6 "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head."
We must conclude here, that Heaven is somewhere else apart from this planet, but that commuting between Heaven and Earth takes virtually no time at all, because at this particular time Satan was moving from one place to the other at will. So! With Proxima Centauri (our closest neighboring star, but invisible to the naked eye, [Alpha Centauri can be seen with the naked eye but is 4.4 light years away]) being 4.3 light years distance from us (a light year being the distance that light covers traveling in a vacuum for a period of one year, approximately 5.878 trillion miles, or about 186,282 miles per second), we can be sure there is only one logical answer to this question of "where is Heaven"?
Heaven is in another dimension – another space time continuum; a realm other than the material/physical universe; a realm that has often been speculated about both fictionally and by various branches of theoretical science.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 "…And there is no new thing under the sun: Is there any thing whereof it may be said, see, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us."
Acts 7:55 "But he (Steven), being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into Heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, behold, I see Heaven opened, and the Son of man (Jesus the Christ) standing at the right hand of God….And they stoned him (Steven) and he died."
Matthew 3:16 "And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the Heavens opened unto Him, and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove."
So! These speculative and theoretical writers who envisage more that these atomic/physical dimensions, are far more right than they realize – but it is only spiritually discerned.
Many people believe that Paradise is Heaven, and that people who have lived (so-called) good lives go there immediately their temporary (or earthly) bodies die. This is not so. Neither Paradise, nor Heaven, is the abode of the (good?) dead until the "Great White Throne Judgment." (This does not refer of course to the chosen ones who are given this greatest of all honors at our Lord’s Second Coming). The word Paradise isπαράδεισος PARADEISOS which means garden or park – a well watered place much to be desired, and is mentioned only three times in the scriptures. Here are the three verses.
Luke 23:43 "And Jesus said unto him (the thief on the next cross), Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in PARADISE." (K.J.V.)
This translation is WRONG. Firstly because the thief did not die that day; he was taken down from the cross and had his legs broken.
(σŵμα SOMA) meaning LIVE bodies) should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was an high day, [an annual Sabbath]) (and the weekly Sabbath was two days later), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs:"
John 19:31 "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies
Secondly, Jesus Himself did not go to Paradise or Heaven on that terrible/wonderful day – He went to HADES.
Acts 2:31 "He (King David) foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to HADES (the abode of departed spirits), nor did His flesh see corruption…. For David did not ascend into the Heavens…." (R.S.V.).
1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also He went and preached unto the spirits in PRISON, which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah."
The word PRISON here isΦνλακή PHULAKE which means a place of guarding, not necessarily behind bolts, bonds or bars; which word is δεσμωτήριον DESMOTERION.
John 20:17 "Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father;" (This was more than three days after He was crucified.).
So! Because our Lord did not go to Heaven or Paradise at the time of His death, how can we correlate the thief on the cross supposedly going to Paradise the same day? (Especially when scripture says he did not even die that day).
Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto him (the thief on the next cross), Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (K.J.V.)
In the original language of the New Testament, there are no punctuation marks like the comma; these are inserted by the translators. So! Here is how Luke 23:43 reads from some later translations. (Note that the COMMA is AFTER the wordTODAY and NOT after the word YOU.
Luke 23:43 "And Jesus said unto him; Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise."
Surely: the ex-thief will be in Paradise after the Great White Throne Judgment because he has already acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
SO! Because of the misplacement of just one comma by translators who were gradually coming out of the terrible dark-ages – untold millions of people have believed they go to Heaven when they die. There will be more about this subject further on which will prove that for most people the waiting place of the spirits is a good place, but right now we will continue with Paradise – the Kingdom of Heaven and Eternity.
Here is the second reference to Paradise.
2 Corinthians 12:2 "…such an one caught up to the third Heaven….How that he was caught up into Paradise (in a vision), and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
Here is the third and last reference.
Revelation 2:7 "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."
So! As the word Paradise means a well watered place much to be desired, it is conclusive that paradise is that part of Heaven through which runs the great river, on whose banks grows the wonderful tree of life, whose literal leaves(see the "TREE OF LIFE" chapter 4) are for the healing of all those that are out there in outer darkness.
Paradise, therefore, is the starting off place for those Saints who will be traveling the endless universes with the leaves; and this thief who was crucified with our Lord will sooner or later be allowed access to (according to his soul’s record at the judgment), and he may even be the one designated to take a leaf to the other thief who is living a life of misery way outside and believing there is no reprieve.
Heaven is where God is now, is where Jesus is now, is where all the good Angels and other heavenly creations have their mansions (but a very large number of them right now are here on this planet protecting us).
Hebrew 1:14 "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
And to where Lucifer/Satan and His followers used to have access.
Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in Heaven: Michael (one of the highest of the archangels) and His angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and His angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their (their own) place found any more in Heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: He was cast out into the earth, and His angels were cast out with Him.
Revelation 12:12 "Therefore rejoice, ye Heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! (marine creatures) For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
So there is now a great barrier across the frontiers of Heaven which is closed to any creature trying to make unauthorized entry (such as a spirit without a spiritual or a glorified body [they are different] and we will examine this later also).
John 14:2 "In my Father’s house (abode) are many (abundant) mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you,… And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, so that you may be where I am."
HEAVENLY REAL ESTATE
Imagine!The biggest, the HUGEST, the RICHEST, and most glorious stretch of Heavenly real estate that you can possibly imagine in the material/physical sphere (it is very difficult to imagine on a spiritual plane) – say a trillion or so galaxies with a billion stars in each one – each star having multiple planets and moons – with every planet being lush and temperate – filled with all manner of precious metals and gems – with all manner of glorious creatures inhabiting them including creatures which in times past, whether on this earth or in Heaven have suffered terribly because of the effects of sin, but which now have new Heavenly bodies (all these creatures were originally created to live forever), and of course many creatures which you as a person loved (whether pets or not) which will be relegated to your estates; - all these creatures are not only wonderfully happy, but when their ROYAL MASTER (you) is in residence they are ecstatic at your presence, and seeing that your love/compassion had fashioned/nurtured many of them, their exultation is sometimes almost overwhelming. THIS is the sort of mansion that our Lord is preparing for each one of us. Why it will take some chunk of eternity to even inspect our mansions. If you think this sounds far-fetched – here are scriptures.
If you know anything about astronomy, you will know that these innumerable galaxies are ALREADY there – we can see further and further out towards the end of the ‘observable’ universe right now and the scope stretches our finite minds to the absolute limit.
Isaiah 64:4 "…far beyond our dreams, far beyond all that men have heard of; no ear has ever heard, no eye has ever seen the mighty deeds thou wilt do for those who look for thee." (Moffat).
1 Corinthians 2:9 "…That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him." (Douay-Rheims Catholic version).
So! For those of you who think we are going to spend eternity on a revamped old planet like this earth – you have got a shock coming!
To be sure, our God and our King are going to have a capital city of Heaven – here is an insight into what it will be like – how enormous it will be – also where it will be: but first another few words about symbols.
I repeat, that many misled people try to symbolize away huge hunks of the scriptures (usually because their minds cannot conceive of the GREATNESS of our GOD); but, in the Bible not one original word is wasted, so if a very detailed account of some thing or event is given; and that thing or event is not very clearly explained as a symbol in another part of the Scriptures, then regardless of how those Scriptures are claimed to be symbols (because it would refute the claimant’s [charlatan’s] beliefs or teachings to accept them as authentic) – ; they are not symbols but must be accepted as absolute literal truth.
THE CITY OF GOD
The city of God is of unimaginable magnificence, for it is built of pure gold.
Revelation 21:17 "And he (the angel) measured the wall threof, an hundred and forty four cubits (about the same height as a modern twenty one story building), and the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was of pure gold, like unto clear glass….
17 And the twelve foundations of the wall were adorned with all manner of precious stones, jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, onyx, sardius, chrysolite, , beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, and the twelfth foundation was amethyst. And the gates were twelve pearls, each separate gate being built of one solid pearl."
Can you imagine the size of the sea creatures which produced pearls of that enormous size before the sin which our Lord has abolished was eradicated at the CROSS.
HOW BIG IS THIS CITY OF GOD?
This city isHUGE, ENORMOUS, VAST.
Revelation 21:10 "And he (the angel) shewed me that great city the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God,…
16 And the city lieth foursquare;… and he (the angel) measured the city, twelve thousand furlongs (1500 miles). The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal."
The weight of a city of this magnitude, extending into space for over two thousand four hundred kilometers would soon send a small planet like ours rapidly wobbling out of equipoise, so the new earth of Revelation 21:1 will be very very much larger than our present Earth.
new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven (airy heavens) and the first earth (this planet) were passed away and there was no more sea."
Revelation 21:1 " And I saw a
The word here translated new isκαινός KAINOS, and in this particular sense signifies – brand new, newly made, not used before as in the following verses.
Luke 5:36 "And He spake a parable unto them; no man putteth a piece of new garment upon an old; if otherwise then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old."
Luke 5:37 "And no man putteth new wine into old bottles (made of skin) ; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved."
John 19:41 "Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man laid."
Within the dimensions of a city like this, on a new planet of inconceivable size, every human ever conceived can have a "town house" one mile square, by as many hundreds of stories high as they want, which can accommodate as many guests as they could ever wish, in as much luxury as pertains to their position in Heaven – and this is only their city residence where they come to pay homage and thanks – to worship their God and their King every eternal Sabbath/Feast. Their rural estates are way out there in infinity.
So! Here we have this brand new world (which is not three quarters covered with heaving salt seas – but most likely dotted with fresh water lakes or their more glorious spiritual counterparts), which will not deteriorate by shrinkage – no volcanoes or earthquakes, no seasons; for this new Earth will not revolve around a sun.
Revelation 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine on it: for the glory of God did lighten it."
It is hard to even begin to imagine how wonderfully glorious this new Earth is going to be –BUT this we do know, ONE DAY, EVERY CREATURE, ALL OF US WILL ALL BE THERE at some time or other in our God’s glorious eternal city for some eternal feast or other.
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