How many heavens are there

sky - Bible lexicon

The words that have been translated from the original text as heaven are shamayim, from "the heights", and ουρανός. They are used in different meanings:

1. The atmosphere in which the birds fly and the lightning appears, and from where the rain falls (Gen. 7:23; 5 Mo 11:11; Dan 4:18; Lk 17:24). It will perish (2. Pet 3: 10, 12).

2. The firmament or the expanse in which the sun, the moon and the stars can be seen (1. Mo 1,14.15.17).

3. The abode of God, where his throne is (Ps 2,4; 11,4; Mt 5,34). From there the Lord came down, there he went up, and there he was also seen by Stephen (Mk 16:19; Acts 7.55; 1 Cor 15:47).

4. The abode of the angels (Mt 22.30; 24.36; Gal 1.8).

It is important to see that when God created the present universe, he created heaven on this earth so that the earth should be ruled from heaven. The blessings on earth, material or moral, depend on their relationship with heaven. The blessings will be full when the kingdom of heaven is established through the Son of man and he appears in the clouds of heaven (Ps 68:33, 36). It is the place of angels' power. In Ephesians 3:10, in connection with angels, “the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” are spoken of. Satan and his angels, although they have fallen, are still among them (Job 1: 6; 2: 1; Rev. 12.7-9).

That there are different heavens is obvious, because Satan cannot have access to glory, and Paul speaks of being in the "third Heaven "(2 Cor 12: 2). The Lord Jesus is by gone up the heavens and we read of the "heavens of the heavens" (Deut. 10:14; 1 Kgs. 8:27). Very little is told that the saints will go to heaven, although their citizenship is already there there is (Phil 3:20). But they will be where the Lord Jesus is, and he went to heaven to prepare a place for them (John 14: 1). In Revelation there are twenty-four elders in heaven see how they sit on "thrones". Then it will be said: “To him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, blessings and honor and glory and power for ever and ever! Amen! "(Rev 5,13). The believers" expect a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells "(2 Pet 3,13; Rev 21,1).