Where is Heaven?
The Three Sections of Heaven in the Bible
This Hub is in response to answer a question posted by my friend OpinionDuck.
Where is heaven? OpinionDuck asks many other good questions in his hub, but I only deal with the first question, Where is Heaven. I used to have the link posted here, but it appears the hub is no longer posted.
The Holy Bible (KJV) is my final authority. If you have a different view, or no view on a final authority, naturally you may not agree with these conclusions. That’s ok, we can still be friends as far as I am concerned. With that said, I would ask you to acknowledge that heaven is a biblical concept. Heaven comes from the Torah, the first five books of Moses in the Bible. It did not come from science, it came from the Hebrew's religion and today is a biblical concept, thus I see no valid reason why biblical references should be casually set aside.
So where is heaven?
The most simple answer is, “up.” But we know that will not do.
The Bible describes “heaven” with three sections. The first reference is given in Genesis starting in 1:1 "God created the heaven and the earth."
In the bible, what we call the universe was called “the deep” and it was solid water. Jumping to verse 6 we read, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
So, what is a firmament? Today we call it outer-space. Even the Bible describes the process where one can easily understand.
Gen.8: And God called the firmament heaven…
Gen.14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years;
Gen.15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth; and it was so.
Gen.16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.
We can see the sun the moon and all the stars in this verse. Clearly we see a picture of outer space, however, the firmament includes earth’s atmosphere too as we see in Genesis 1:20. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and the fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Applying logic the waters that are above the firmament are also above the sun the moon and the stars, in other words, somewhere at the end of deep space is a whole bunch of water. This may be difficult for some to believe, but that is what the verse is saying.
So where is the throne of God?
God’s throne is the third section of heaven. I avoid saying three heavens, but rather prefer one heaven in three sections, much like one house with 3 stories. It is this third section where the throne of God is. And… it is above the waters, the sea of separation.
The first heaven = our atmosphere
The second heaven = outer space
The sea above outer space = the sea of separation
Above the sea of separation is the Third Heaven, God’s Throne.
Note the following verses.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: … (Genesis 1:6-8 KJV)
"Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that [be] above the heavens."(Psalms 148:4 KJV)
"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."
(II Cor. 12:2 KJV) The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: …
(Revelation 4:6 KJV)
And why was the water like crystal?
"The waters are hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen."
(Job 38:30 KJV)
In geology rocks are considered to be in a frozen state. Geology also considers Ice a rock in its frozen state.
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
(Revelation 15:2 KJV)
"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."
(Revelation 21:1 KJV)
I hope this helps answer the question, where is heaven?