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I Kings 8:27

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“Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee...”

I Kings 8:27.

“…And hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place...”-I Kings 8:30.

There are three different heavens discussed in the Bible, First, there is the atmosphere just above the earth…air, clouds, etc. Second, there is the stellar heaven containing the stars and planets. Finally, we have what the Bible calls “the third heaven.” The third Heaven is where God’s throne is located. It is the place called Paradise, where the saints of God are waiting for the resurrection of their bodies.

Where is Heaven? How do you get there? What is it like?

Well, we don’t know all the answers, but we know that Heaven is always referred to as “up.” We know there’s no stairway leading there. We can only imagine some of the answers…we should take some time and just imagine…but the Bible tells us quite a bit as well:

There are windows in Heaven. The windows are always spoken of as being open to pour out things from God. Sometimes blessings are poured out (see Mal. 3:10; II Kings 7:2), sometimes curses (see Isa. 24:18), and sometimes the same thing that is a blessing to some is a curse to others (see Gen. 8:2).

Concerning the door in Heaven, John tells of his experience in Revelation. “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1).

The first thing he saw was a throne. This is God’s throne. He was sitting on His throne. It looked like a jasper, sardine stone, or an emerald. It is hard for the finite mind to grasp infinite things. We cannot imagine the beauty and radiance of God.

Consider the famous Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian. A thick, shatterproof glass wall and an armed guard protect it. {Kimberly has a “hope diamond” too…one she’s hoping for!} The many people that wait in line to see the Hope Diamond express an awe, and a feeling of rapture

seems to come over those who view it. A spirit of excitement is set off by the thought of the tremendous value.

But this is nothing, this is dirt compared to God.

The psalmist cried out, “The Lord is in his holy temple, the

Lord’s throne is in heaven...” (Ps. 11:4). Behind the throne was a sparkling rainbow. The twenty-four elders, clothed with glistening, white garments and pure gold crowns on their heads, were seated upon the twenty-four seats. Thunder and lightnings were proceeding out from the throne and voices could be heard. There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.

The Tree of Life was there. This same tree was in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. After the fall of man, an angel was posted at the gate with a revolving sword, to keep them away from this tree lest they should eat of it and live forever in their fallen state. On this tree grew twelve different kinds of fruit each month. The leaves were for the healing of the nations.

The beautiful River of Life was flowing out from under the throne and pure water of life was freely accessible. The streets were made of pure, transparent gold, suggesting the elimination of all impurities which cloud things on the earth.

As John continued to look, he saw twelve gates of pearl; three on the north, three on the south, three on the east and three on the west. Twelve angels stood at these twelve gates. But Jesus will be what makes it heaven for me!

Part of what will make it heaven is what won’t be there…

There will be no tears, no death, no sorrow, no crying, no pain, no night, no more curse, no hunger, no thirst or hundreds of other things that have plagued us here. The great host of angels, or messengers, will be busy serving God and carrying out every desire. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God sent a multitude of angels to earth to praise and cry out, “Glory to the Lord!” Surely, it must have been a great blessing for John to see all of this.

Stephen had been privileged to look on this scene, too. As he was dying, after being stoned, he spoke of seeing Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Before he could tell much of what he saw, God called him Home.

Paul the apostle got a glimpse of this on the Damascus Road. The vision was so bright, in contrast to his sin, that it blinded him. He later spoke to Herod Agrippa, saying, “Whereupon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Later, Paul tells of an experience of ascending up to the third Heaven. “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago. . .such an one caught up to the third heaven. . . How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (II Cor. 12:2,4).

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Johnnie Holloway

commented on May 14, 2008

I thoroughly enjoyed your picturesque sermon on heaven. You stay close to the Scripture and end with a wonderful invitation.

Thomas Chapman

commented on Aug 7, 2008

Thnks for all your help. Great Job.

Thomas Chapman

commented on Aug 7, 2008

Thnks for all your help. Great Job.

Jayson Tulabot

commented on Feb 7, 2009

It makes me homesick. Good message.

Andrew Mayne

commented on Apr 1, 2009

It is great that this sort of comunication exists between Australia and USA. Thanks a ton for this and may God continue to bless you in your work.This sermon makes me fly and tremble at the same time because I look forward and at the same time see my past and am not proud. Thank-you and look forward to the future

D. E. Shotwell Sr.

commented on May 29, 2009

Thanks a lot this sermon lifts me up.

James Brannon

commented on Aug 29, 2010

What a stirring message - it was like having a photo album of heaven and looking at it page by page.

Garry Dock

commented on May 23, 2011

While preaching over the past 30 years I have had to burry my wife when she was 42 years of age. My younger brother at the age of 45 and my Father who preached the gospel for 60 years. This is one of the greatest messages on heaven I have ever heard. It brought comfort and encouragement after all these years.

Oliver Canja

commented on Jul 19, 2011

nice message good job keep it up

Oliver Canja

commented on Jul 19, 2011

nice message good job keep it up

Oliver Canja

commented on Jul 19, 2011

nice message good job keep it up

Don White

commented on Jul 22, 2011

Great sermon Bro. Jerry

Randy Thrower

commented on Aug 17, 2013

Makes you both cautious of life here, but longing for your life there.

Sam Martin

commented on Feb 23, 2015

Excellent message

Todd Ernst

commented on Feb 4, 2017

I enjoyed this message as a launchpad for a lesson in heaven, but you applied verses about the New Jerusalem to Heaven, which are two separate items. Revelations 21:1-2 talk about the New Jerusalem coming out of Heaven and descending to a new heaven (atmosphere) and new earth. Now, I'm NOT a Phd by any stretch of the imagination, so forgive me if I'm wrong on this, but I believe we will spend eternity in the New Jerusalem and be able to ascend and descend to Heaven as the angels did in Jacob's dream.

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