How many heavens are there?


Men have been puzzled for centuries by Paul's statement in his second letter to the Corinthians (12:2) where he said, "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago - whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows - such a one was caught up to the third heaven".

What is he talking about? Some religions have adopted this into their theology saying there are three levels of heaven with different degrees of glory, and a person's admittance into any one of them depends on their performance on Earth. Hogwash. A simple hermeneutic study would show that this is a cultural reference that the original audience would have understood without second thought.

So what is the third heaven? Well, the Jewish people referred to the air where the birds fly and the clouds float as the First Heaven. The sun, moon and starts existed in the Second Heaven. Jehovah Himself resided in the Third Heaven. Paul was saying he was caught up to heaven where God was. Nothing mysterious about it. Did you know this? Now you do.

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