Some speculate about when it came into existence, and others ponder what it really looks like. Some wonder if it’s really there. What about you. Have you thought about heaven?
There are 691 references of the word in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. It’s mentioned first in Genesis 1:1 where it says, “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.” (Notice it mentions Heaven before earth, and in the KJV the heaven translates as singular as opposed to plural of the New International Version (NIV). Though singular in the English KJV translation, the meaning is plural.)
Three heavens exist. One is the sky. The other are the planets and their system. The third is God’s place of abode. Although the age of the others aren’t identified either, the third is the one that puzzles me most.
In Hebrew, the word samayim means to be lofty; this word for sky appears in text until the book of Daniel. The word then changes to samayin. Strong’s word study describes this word as corresponding to samayim, which doesn’t tell us what it means. The verse it’s first used in is Daniel 2:18, “That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” (Did Daniel reach into the higher, more lofty habitat of God, and if so, where is this domicile?) The book of Daniel continues using this version of the word until Daniel 7:27, then it doesn’t appear in the Old Testament again.
Where is this? Rev. 21:2 says, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Jerusalem literally means a place of peace.
As to determining the age of this metropolis, it’s unfathomable. However, as believers, there’s no payment due from us for entrance to this breathtaking place of peace. Jesus Christ paid it in full when He died on the cross.
Who do you know you’d like to invite?