LEVELS of heaven?
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Question: Are there levels of heaven?
Answer: Let's first, regarding heaven and whether or not it has levels, take a look at Genesis 1:
"In the beginning God created the HEAVENS and the earth." (Genesis 1:1, NKJV throughout)
Although the King James Version Bible uses the word "heaven" in Genesis 1:1, most modern Bibles correctly translate this verse as it is listed above. But does the Bible teach the existence of a single heaven that has levels? Or did God actually create multiple heavens?
We begin to find our answer by going a bit further down Genesis 1 to the very first place where a specific heaven is referred to:
"Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. God called the firmament HEAVEN . . . " (Genesis 1:7-8)
This first heavenly location is the earth's atmosphere, which is the place that has air and clouds and which airplanes fly in every day. A confirmation of where this is located is found in the book of Jeremiah:
"I beheld, and indeed there was no man, and all the birds of the HEAVENS had fled." (Jeremiah 4:25)
Birds fly within the earth's atmosphere which we call SKY. Revelation 19 further substantiates this definition:
"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of HEAVEN . . ." (Revelation 19:17)
The second heaven God created can be found in Genesis 22:
" . . . blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the STARS OF THE HEAVEN and as the sand which is on the seashore; . . . " (Genesis 22:17)
This is where the sun, moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the rest of the universe is located.