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Lord, help me as I study this lesson on Heaven, to realize that Heaven
is a real place for real people, and also it is a prepared place for prepared
people. Help me to get excited about spending eternity there with You;
and also, to try to help other people to prepare to go to Heaven, by accepting
JESUS CHRIST as their personal SAVIOR. I ask this in JESUS' Name, Amen."
Review the "POINTS TO REMEMBER" for all preceding lessons. Do the test for Lesson 5.
Read the Memory verse 5 times.
(1) First Heaven is the Atmospheric Heaven, where the clouds, birds, are.
(2) The Second Heaven is the Starry or Planetary Heaven. Most Bible scholars believe that it is Satan's abode, as in (Ephesians 2:1-2) it says that Satan is "the prince of the power of the air."
(3) The Third Heaven is the abode of GOD. The throne of GOD where JESUS now sits on the right hand of GOD, making intercession for the saints upon the earth. It is this Third Heaven that we are studying in this lesson.
In our Memory Verse, John 14:2, JESUS said, He was going to prepare a place for us that has been nearly 2,000 years ago. What a beautiful place it must be!
But our question was WHERE is Heaven? From the account in Isaiah 14, ( the record of Lucifer's, now Satan, sin of wanting to be GOD) the 13th verse reads: "For thou hast said in thine heart, "I WILL ascend into Heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of GOD; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north." We always say "Up to Heaven"; and North is always up. The North Pole is at the top of the earth: here is a quote from Curtis Hudson in his book, "Heaven": "Heaven is real; it is a fixed location in the sides of the North, beyond the highest star. I am told that the farthest star man has been able to locate through his most powerful telescope, is 500 million light years away. Light travels a little more than 186,000 miles per second. That means if you could go 186,000 miles per second it would take 500 million years to reach the last star that man has been able to locate. Heaven is somewhere out BEYOND the highest star, "In the sides of the North," according to Isaiah 14."
Next, what is Heaven like? I think that can best be answered by using the Scripture itself - the last two chapters of the Bible. (Revelation 21 and 22):
"And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down from GOD out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of GOD is with men, and HE will dwell with them, and they shall be HIS people, and GOD Himself shall be with them, and be their GOD. And GOD shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And HE that sat upon the throne said, 'BEHOLD, I make all things new'. And HE said unto me, 'WRITE: for these words are true and faithful.' and HE said unto me, 'It is done. I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all and I will be his GOD, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murders, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.' And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying 'Come hither. I will shew thee the bride, the LAMB's wife.' And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewd me that great City, the HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of Heaven from GOD, having the glory of GOD; and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as a crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.
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