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BIBLE STUDY - HEAVEN.
The Bible teach that God created more than one heaven.
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Isaiah 42:5, "Thus says God the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out". See also Isaiah 45:18 and Isaiah 65:17. 2 Chronicles 16:26b, "But the Lord made the heavens." Proverbs 8:27a, "When He prepared the heavens I was there." 2 Peter 3:10, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise. See also Matthew 24:29; Hebrews 1:10; Matthew 3:16. Deuteronomy 10:14, "Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it."
Earth is a real place. Heaven is a real place. If we think of Heaven, we must not think that Heaven is invisible, we must think in terms of distance.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:2b, "God knows - such a one was caught up to the third heaven."
WE HAVE THREE SPHERES AWAY FROM OUR EARTH:
1. THE FIRST HEAVEN:
The first heaven is the atmosphere around the earth that we live on. Here we have theclouds etc.
2. THE SECOND HEAVEN:
The second heaven is the solar system, the sun and our moon, all of the planetsaround the sun and the stars.
3. THE THIRD HEAVEN:
The third heaven is the stratosphere. It is outside the furthest planet and star from the earth,beyond our solar system and the stars. In this sphere we find the place called Heaven - the abode of God the Father, Jesus Christ, all angels and heavenly beings. This is the place that the Bible refer to in more than 1500 Scripture verses. There are lots of Scriptures to proof that God the Father lives in Heaven. This is also where Enoch and Elijah has been for a long time, this can be seen from Genesis 5:22; Hebrews 11:5 and 2 Kings 2.
A. People are living in Heaven. Jesus had a tangible body of flesh and bone when He was takenup, into Heaven, Luke 24:39 - 51.
B. Jesus is seated on the right hand of God the Father in Heaven, Mark 16:19; Acts 7:55;Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 12:2; 2 Peter 3:22 and Psalm 110:1.
C. Jesus will come back to earth from Heaven in the same manner as He ascended.Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8.
D. Angels are living in Heaven, Genesis 21:17; Matthew 18:10; Matthew 22:30; Matthew 24:36; Matthew 28:2; Mark 12:35; Luke 2:13; Luke 22:43; Galatians 1:18.
E. There are mansions in Heaven, John 14:2.
F. There are cities, Hebrews 12:23.
G. There is food in Heaven, Exodus 16:4; Psalm 78:25; Psalm 105:40; John 6:31 - 51;Luke 22:16 - 18; Revelation 2:7; Luke 14:15.
H. There is a Temple in Heaven, Revelation 7:15; Revelation 11:19; Revelation 14:17;Revelation 16:17.
I. There are trees in Heaven, Revelation 22:1 - 3; Revelation 7:9.
J. There is fruit in Heaven, Revelation 22:1 - 3.
K. There are books in Heaven, Revelation 3:5; Revelation 5:1 - 7; Revelation 10:1 - 11;Revelation 20:11 - 15.
L. There are diamonds, gems and gold in Heaven, Revelation 4:3; Revelation 8:3;Revelation 15:7; Revelation 21:12 - 21.
M. There are clothes in Heaven, Daniel 7:9; Revelation 1:13; Revelation 6:9 - 11.
Heaven is also referred to as the kingdom of God, Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke6:25; Luke 18:39; Acts 14:29; 1 Corinthians 15:50; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 1:11.
Not every person will go to Heaven, 1 Corinthians 6:9 - 19, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God". Read Matthew 7:21 - 23; Matthew 22:13; Luke 13:28; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5 and Revelations 22:15.
Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.
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