The Doctrine of Heaven – Part 2

Truth and Love from God's Word

II. The Three Heavens

Because of the presence of the word heavens, there must be more than one. The Apostle Paul affirmed this in 2 Corinthians 12:2 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” Let us now begin our study of these three heavens.

HeavenThe First Heaven – The word Heaven is found 7 times in the first chapter of the Bible alone. It is the 7th word into the Bible. In Genesis 1, we see that it means more than the Celestial City.

In Genesis 1:8 – “And God called the firmament Heaven…” the word firmament means “expanse of sky.” The first heaven, then, is what we call the atmosphere where we see blue skies, clouds, airplanes, and…

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