LEVELS of Heaven?
Question: Are there different levels of heaven according to the Bible?
Answer: Regarding levels of heaven and whether the Bible teaches it or not, the very first verse of Genesis 1 does reference more than one when it says, "In the beginning God created the HEAVENS . . ."
Although the KJV translation uses the word "heaven" in the first verse of Genesis, most modern Bibles correctly translate this verse as it is listed above. But does God's word teach a single spiritual realm that has levels or were multiple places created?
We can begin to track down the answers to our questions by looking further down in Genesis 1. Verses 7 and 8 are the first place a specific spiritual domain is mentioned when it says "Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament . . . God called the firmament HEAVEN . . . " (Genesis 1:7 - 8).
This celestial location is the atmosphere that surrounds the earth, the place where clouds exist and birds, along with jets, fly in every day. Jeremiah confirms where this place is located in the fourth chapter and verse 25.
The place were airplanes and birds fly in we call SKY. The book of Revelation states this fact when it says, " . . . birds that fly in the midst of HEAVEN . . ." (Revelation 19:17).
The second 'heavenly' place the Bible says God created can be found in Genesis 22, where it states that Abraham's descendants would be as "the STARS OF THE HEAVEN" (Genesis 22:17). This is where our moon, the sun, the planets in our solar system, distant stars and galaxies, and the rest of the universe is located.
Where, you might wonder, does God's throne exist? The Lord's throne cannot be in the FIRST place mentioned above (the sky) since God does not yet dwell with mankind. Could it be in the second, what we call space? Job 22 sheds a little more light on the subject when he writes "Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!" (Job 22:12).