Here is a little add on segment to tonight's bible study on The Three Heavens.
Job 14:I Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. When a person is born and grows and comes to the age of knowing right from wrong, the pleasures they have from "getting in trouble " ( committing sin ) is called a Heaven. Anything a person puts between them and God becomes an Idol God to them. The pleasure they get from serving that lust for it is called an unclean and exalted heaven.
Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.These heavens are obviously not God's Heaven
We know that nothing unclean will enter God's Heaven where his throne is.
Acts 7:49 - "Heaven is my throne" and also Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
So these unclean heavens had to be here on the earth. When something or someone is your God then you are living in their heaven.
Matthew 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. Here is a whole city exalted unto heaven. Why is it called exalted heaven?
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; These things that get a strong hold on people are not God, but imaginations and high things that exalted itself against the knowledge of God. These canbe brought into captivity by Jesus Christ.
There is a way out of the miry clay! There is a way out of the bondage of sin that is in the first heaven.
John3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.2nd Birth: Being Born Of The Water And Spirit 2nd Heaven: The Heavenly Places That Are In The Church ( The Body Of Christ )
Romans6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Of the water is baptism of the Spirit is the Holy Ghost ( newness of life )
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Being born again raises us up to a higher state of living. Our feet are no longer in the miry clay. Raised up to sit together in heaven places in Christ Jesus. The next verse tells us where that is.
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
The Church, being in Christ, being born again puts you in the 2nd Heaven. Each birth places you in each heaven. The first birth "born of a woman" = First Heaven. We must be born again to go to the 2nd Heaven. Finally
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Notice firstborn from the dead.
We have to be born from the dead like Jesus was or be changed from mortal to immortality to go to the THIRD HEAVEN which is the Paradise of God.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven
3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
In verse four Paul declares that the Third Heaven is the Paradise of God.
Jesus was the man caught up into Paradise. It is the final birth and the highest heaven of all. The eternal home for God and all his children.
Hope this sheds a little light on this subject.