February 24, 1991
H E A V E N
JESUS CHRIST said John 14: 1 - 6.
Let's address some strategic questions regarding Heaven.
I. HOW MANY HEAVENS ARE THERE?
One is the earth's atmosphere called "the open firmament of
heaven" (Gen. 1:20).
Another is the stellar heaven spoken of in Ps. 8:3,4.
The other is called the "third heaven" II Cor. 12:2.
II. IS HEAVEN AN ACTUAL PLACE?
Jesus said, "I go to prepare for you a PLACE..."
Rev. 21 - 22:5 describes the New Jerusalem which is simply one
city. It is not just a place - it is a huge place.
III. WHEN AN OLD TESTAMENT BELIEVER DIED, WHERE DID HE GO?
The Old Testament dead were said to be in SHEOL (Hebrew), the
New Testament equivalent of HADES (Greek). The term simply
refers to the unseen world which spirits of the dead enter. It
does not distinguish the destiny of the saved from the lost.
In Luke 16 Jesus told of two men who died and they had different
destinies. The believer was said to be in Abraham's bosom.
Abraham is called "the Father of all them that believe" (Rom.
Since Christ's resurrection, believers are said to "be with
Christ which is far better" (Phil 1:23).
In Luke 16 the unsaved was said to already be in torment. He
still awaited the "Great White Throne" at which the degree of
suffering for the lost will be decided just as the "judgment
seat of Christ," which determines the degree of reward for
On the cross Christ told the repentant thief, "Today you will be
with me in Paradise." This is a Persian word meaning "the kings
garden." Kings had lovely gardens around their palaces where
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