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Heavens vs Heaven, how many heavens do we have?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by mattjtayl, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. mattjtayl

    mattjtayl New Member

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    Ok it bugs me I thought there was only one heaven, so why do I read in some of the new and old testament books, "above in the heavens" ? Throughout the new testament I will read heavens instead of heaven when in the gospels Jesus refers to one heaven?
     
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  2. ReformedBaptist

    ReformedBaptist Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes the sky and universe are referred to as heaven in Scripture. Sometimes paradice is referred to as heaven. Let the context give you the meaning.
     
  3. canadyjd

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    1st Heaven= Firmament/sky where the birds and airplanes fly.

    2nd Heaven=Space: where the stars are

    3rd Heaven=Paradise/Abraham's bosom: Place where God exists with the angels and spirits wait for the resurrection. Where Paul and John were taken to recieve their revelation.

    peace to you:praying:
     
  4. ajg1959

    ajg1959 New Member

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    I know of a pastor that teaches that there is an "intermediate heaven" that saved folks go to between the time they die and the time that Jesus comes back and raises their bodies from the grave.

    But his theory assumes that God is confined by time, and is waiting for tomorrow to come just like we are. I think that if God created the concept of time, then He is certainly not confined by it, therefore there is no need for an "intermediate heaven".

    Have any of you heard of this two heaven theory? I had not before this pastor told me about it.

    AJ
     
  5. Amy.G

    Amy.G New Member

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    Sounds like a combination of pergatory and open theism. Both of which are wrong.

    I agree with CanadyJD.
     
  6. Marcia

    Marcia Active Member

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    Sounds like what some think was Abraham's Bosom from Luke 16.

    But we know from what Paul wrote that "absent from the body, present with the Lord."
     
  7. SBCPreacher

    SBCPreacher Active Member

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    I remember a big ugly debate on that phrase just a few months ago. I, too, agree with what canadyjd said.
     
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