FYI: What is the ‘third heaven’ in 2 Corinthians 12:2?
FYI: What is the ‘third heaven’ in 2 Corinthians 12:2?The Bible speaks of three different heavens. Genesis 1:1 says that God created “the heavens”—plural. The first heaven is the atmosphere around the earth. In describing the rain that brought on the Flood of Noah’s time,
The second heaven is commonly referred to as “outer space.” Exodus 32:13 is one of many references to “the stars of heaven.” Stars are not in the skies from which the rain falls, but in the space beyond our atmosphere.
A “third heaven” is mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4. Paul also called it “Paradise” in verse 4. That word is from the Greek word for park or garden—not just any park or garden, but a magnificent one.
Revelation 4:2 reveals that God’s throne is in heaven, but which one? Obviously, God’s throne is not in the sky where the clouds are and the birds fly—the first heaven. Nor is it in the visible confines of outer space—the second heaven. Putting this reference together with what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, we discern that the third heaven, then, must refer to the location of the throne of God.
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