HEAVEN 

HEAVEN 

When the term “heaven” is not used symbolically in Scripture, it usually refers to one of three realms. 

(1) Our Immediate Atmosphere 

(2) Outer Space (The Sun, Moon, And Stars) 

(3) The Home Of YAHUAH ELOHIYM 

Consequently we find the Scriptures speaking of more than one heaven or multiple heavens. 

More Than One Heaven

The fact that YAHUSHA passed through the heavens gives evidence there is more than one heaven. 

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, YAHUSHA the Son of ELOHIYM, let us hold fast our profession.

IVRIYM (HEBREWS) 4:14 את CEPHER

Third Heaven

Furthermore the Scriptures refers to the third heaven. 

I knew a man in MASHIACH above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: YAHUAH knows;) such one caught up to the third heaven.

QORINTIYM SHENIY (2 CORINTHIANS) 12:2 את CEPHER

If there is a third heaven, it seems there must also be a first and second heaven. The Scriptures, however, does not mention a first and second heaven. 

1. The Atmospheric Heaven – The First Heaven

The atmospheric heavens include the air that we breathe as well as the space that immediately surrounds the earth. The technical term for this is the “troposphere.” It extends about twenty miles above the earth. The space above this is called the “stratosphere.” The Scripture uses the term heaven to describe this area. 

And YAHUAH said, I will destroy את eth-man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for I repent that I have made them.

BERE’SHIYTH (GENESIS) 6:7 את CEPHER

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?

MATTITHYAHU (MATTHEW) 6:26 את CEPHER

The word translated “air” is ouranos, the same Greek word that is elsewhere translated “heaven.” We have another example of this use in the book of Ya’aqov (James). 

And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

YA`AQOV (JAMES) 5:18 את CEPHER

2. The Celestial Heaven – The Second Heaven

This use of the term heaven refers to outer space or the stellar heaven. It includes the sun, moon, and stars. 

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

MATTITHYAHU (MATTHEW) 24:29 את CEPHER

Stars are said to be in heaven. 

And lest you lift up your eyes unto the heavens, and when you see את eth-the sun, and את eth-the moon, and את eth-the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, which YAHUAH ELOHAYKA has divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

DEVARIYM (DEUTERONOMY) 4:19 את CEPHER

Heaven Of Heavens

The Scripture speaks of heavenly spheres beyond that which is visible from the earth. It is called the heaven of heavens. 

Behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens belongs to YAHUAH ELOHAYKA, the earth also, with all that therein is.

DEVARIYM (DEUTERONOMY) 10:14 את CEPHER

The psalmist wrote. 

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

TEHILLIYM (PSALMS) 148:4 את CEPHER

3. Heaven As The Home Of YAHUAH – The Third Heaven

The Scriptures is clear that YAHUAH cannot be limited to any one geographical place. 

But will ELOHIYM indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built?

MELEKIYM RI’SHON (1 KINGS) 8:27 את CEPHER

Yet Scripture also teaches us that there is a certain geographical place where YAHUAH resides. It is also designated heaven. The writer to the Hebrews said. 

NOW of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

IVRIYM (HEBREWS) 8:1 את CEPHER

Stephen knew he was going into the presence of YAHUAH ELOHIYM. 

But he, being full of the RUACH HA’QODESH, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of YAH, and YAHUSHA standing on the right hand of YAHUAH,

MA’ASIYM (ACTS) 7:55 את CEPHER

Heaven is called the presence of YAHUAH. 

For MASHIACH is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of YAHUAH for us: 

IVRIYM (HEBREWS) 9:24 את CEPHER

The location of the abode of YAHUAH is not revealed in Scripture. 

Summary

Sometime the word heaven is used symbolically in Scripture. When used of an actual place, Scripture speaks of three heavens. 

1. The first is the atmosphere above us. 

2. The second heaven is the stellar heaven, the sun, moon, and stars. 

3. The third heaven is where YAHUAH resides, above the other two regions. 

YAHUAH, however, is certainly not limited to one geographical place.

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