A. Godís 7 Kingdoms; from Adamís sin to Christís Death on Cross Ė Edited 5/27/19

All Diagrams in a row without individual verses after each one

 

Begin 1. First Heaven and go down; verses by number below

Faithful; those who followed God before Christís death - Believers; those who loved Jesus after His death

 

1. First Kingdom: Third Heaven; Godís perfect New Heaven - New Earth - New Jerusalem

 

1a. Paul, later John; saw the New Jerusalem when their spiritual beings were taken into the 3rd Heaven

 

1b. Godís new Heaven and Earth will be created after the White Throne Judgment

 

 

2. Second Kingdom: Second Heaven; Holy Kingdom of God/Heaven/Paradise

Where God sits on His moveable Throne, in His original Temple on the heavenly Mount Zion

 

No one came into 2nd Heaven until Jesus died on cross for all our sins. The spiritual beings of faithful

who died before Christís death, were kept in Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom; taken here after Christ died. (2a)

 

 

3. Third Kingdom: First Heaven around earth; evil for satan is prince (ruler) over this kingdom

 

††††††††††† 3a. Godís rest; Abrahamís Bosom††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3c. Godís Court

When O.C. faithful died their spiritual beings†††††††††††† The Lordís Angel advocate for faithful against satanís

†††††† came here; until Jesus died for their sins.†††††††††††† accusations; so their spiritual beings could enter Godís Rest

 

3b. Enoch + Elijah never died, live here; will†††††††† 3d. Angels are the jury here; judge human spiritual beings,

†† return as the 2 Prophets/witnesses††††††††††††††††††††††††† angelic spiritual beings, and demonic spiritual beings

 

 

4. Fourth Kingdom: Earth; evil as satan is prince (ruler) over the kingdom of earth

 

†††† 4a. Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades; separating them

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4b.Bottomless Pitin depths of the Earth

 

5. Fifth Kingdom: Hades

Spiritual beings of all humans who reject God; come here when their physical bodies die;

to wait in torment until judged at the White Throne Judgment

 

6. Sixth Kingdom: Abyss

Disruptive demonic spirits (Godís angelic beings who sinned, became demons, satanís angels); are

sent to Abyss by God, to be held in severe torment until thrown in Hell/Lake of Fire

 

6a. Tartarus; prison in the Abyss

God chained angels, who became demons when they married human women; here in the

deepest part of the Abyss; worst torment possible, till thrown in Hell/Lake of Fire

 

 

7. Seventh Kingdom: Hell/Lake of Fire; created after Christ comes, defeats beast/antichrist/ man of sin

 

 

A. Godís 7 Kingdoms; from Adamís sin to Christís Death on Cross

Verses

All verses in this section help explain events in the following sections of this series

 

To understand this diagram, the verses for them; one must know what our spiritual being (soul and spirit) and physical being (mind and body) are.

Faithful; those who followed God before Christís death - Believers; those who loved Jesus after His death

 

Paul is referring to himself, when he said a man in Christ who was caught up into the Third Heaven by God; to avoid being conceited, for God gave him a thorn in the flesh to remind him not to boast.

*I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heavenówhether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 2Co 12:2 ESV

*I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say. 2Co 12:5-6 NIV+

 

Paul did not know whether his spiritual being was taken up to the third Heaven, or whether he had a vision and his body remained on earth; for Paul knew that flesh and blood could not come into the Kingdom of God. We believe his spiritual being (soul and spirit) was taken up into the 3rd Heaven; for a man in Christ is spiritually one with Christ, His spiritual being comes everywhere Jesus comes, all Jesus has to do is open Paulís mind to what is happening.††

*And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knowsó2Co 12:3 NKJV+

*I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

 

Paulís spiritual being (soul and spirit) was taken through the 1st heaven over earth which is evil for satan is prince over it. Then Paul was taken through the 2nd Heaven which is the Holy Kingdom of God, Paradise; where the spiritual beings of faithful and believers are waiting for Jesus to return and give them glorified bodies. And finally Paul was taken into the 3rd Heaven to see the New Jerusalem, which will come down from Godís New Heaven into His New earth, the greatest Paradise there will ever be; where we will eternally liv in glorified bodies with our Heavenly Father, Jesus our brother, the Holy Spirit, and all who are Godís children.

*I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heavenówhether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 2Co 12:2 ESV

*Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Dt 10:14 ESV+

 

1. First Kingdom: Third Heaven, Godís perfect New Heaven - New Earth - New Jerusalem

 

1a. Paul, later John; saw the New Jerusalem when their spiritual beings were taken into the 3rd Heaven.

 

Paul, trying to keep from being conceited, told about a man he knew who was taken up to the 3rd Heaven; though the man Paul was referring to was himself. See 3. above

 

Paul

*I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heavenówhether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 2Co 12:2 ESV

John

*Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Rev 21:1-2 NIV+

 

Paul could not tell all he saw in the 3rd Heaven; for God wanted to keep him from becoming conceited about the surprising revelations he saw. God gave Paul a thorn in the flesh from satan to torment him (maybe poor eyesight Gal 6:11); so Paul would remember not to tell what he had seen in the 3rd Heaven; for Jesus wanted to reveal the 3rd Heaven to us later through John.

*how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 2Co 12:4 NKJV+

*To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 2Co 12:7 NIV+

 

The same way we believe Johnís spiritual being (spirit, soul inseparable; Heb 4:12) was also taken up into the 3rd Heaven and saw the New Jerusalem. The only ones Godís Word tell us came into 3rd Heaven were the spiritual beings of Paul and John.

*Immediately I was in the Spirit [or in spirit]; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. Rev 4:2 NASB+

*And he carried me away in [or in spirit] the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Godhaving the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. Rev 21:10-11 NASB+

 

Paradise is the most beautiful place God has prepared for believers; when they physically die or are alive when Jesus returns in the clouds. From the comfort in the 1st Heaven of Abrahamís Bosom (Lk 16:25); to the Paradise of being with God in the 2nd spiritual Heaven (Lk 23:43; Rev 2:7); to finally the greatest Paradise there ever will be; being eternally with God in glorified bodies in His New Heaven, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem which Paul and John saw in the 3rd Heaven. (2Co 12:3; Rev 21:1).

 

1b. Godís new Heaven and Earth will be created after the White Throne Judgment

 

At the White Throne Judgment the earth and 1st heaven over earth, after being refurbished, made new for Christís 1,000 year Kingdom; will be no more. God will create a new holy eternal Heaven and Earth where we in glorified bodies will live eternally with our God.

*Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. Rev 20:11 NKJV+

*Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Rev 21:1 NKJV+

 

Believers will not be judged at the White Throne Judgment; we will already be saved with glorified bodies. Unbelievers who have died, their spiritual beings taken to Hades, will have their physical bodies resurrected, reunited with their spiritual beings; and with unbelievers living on earth, will be judged and thrown in the Lake of Fire; the 2nd death. See 4 Resurrections in Revelation

 

2. Second Kingdom: Second Heaven; Holy Kingdom of God/Heaven/Paradise

 

Paul went through the 2nd Heaven where the spiritual beings of all who have believed in our God have a rest. While waiting for Jesus to return in the clouds over earth to resurrect their physical bodies from the grave, glorify them, and make them holy and eternal.

*Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2Co 5:6-8 NIV+

*For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Phil 1:21-23 NKJV+

 

Godís Throne is Heaven and earth is His footstool; for Godís Throne is sovereign over the entire universe, everything there is.

*The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Ps 103:19 NASB+

*"But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of Godor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. Matt 5:34-35 NASB+

 

Yet Godís Throne is also a real moveable Throne with wheels which He sits upon; Read Eze chap 1

*As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. Eze 1:16-17 ESV+

*And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. Eze 1:26 ESV+

 

In the second Heaven in His original Heavenly Temple and Mount Zion which were copied on earth

*In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Isa 6:1 NASB+

*Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left 1Ki 22:19 NASB+

*Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, Heb 8:1 NKJV+

 

In the 1st Heaven where in His court He passes final judgments

*ďAs I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. Da 7:9 ESV+

*A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. Da 7:10 ESV+

 

Even on earth over His Temple in Jerusalem Read Eze chap 10

*And I looked, and there in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubim, there appeared something like a sapphire stone, having the appearance of the likeness of a throne. Then He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, "Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with coals of fire from among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city." And he went in as I watched. Eze 10:1-2 NKJV+

*Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the temple when the man entered, and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord. Eze 10:3-4 NASB+

 

2a. No one came into 2nd Heaven until Jesus died on cross for all our sins. The spiritual beings of the faithful who died before Christís death, were kept in Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom; taken here after Christ died.

*No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. Jn 3:13 ESV+

*Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Heb 9:15 ESV+

 

3. Third Kingdom: First Heaven around earth; evil for satan is prince (ruler) over this kingdom

 

The heaven over earth would become an evil kingdom after Adam sinned and satan was made prince over this kingdom. satan/devil was an angelic being, either a beautiful angel set apart by God with a Cherub as a guardian; or a powerful anointed cherub who covered/guarded Godís throne in Heaven; depending on the translation used. Satan was on the holy mountain in Heaven, when God found unrighteousness (sinfulness or evil) in him.

*With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you [Meaning of Heb uncertain]; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. Eze 28:14-15 NRSV*

*"You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. "You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you. Eze 28:14-15 NASB+

 

Godís Throne has 4 cherubim as cover/guardians; who guide the wheels of Godís throne when He goes around His universe. We believe God created satan as a beautiful, powerful, special angel; who was given a throne much smaller and under Godís Throne, with only 1 cherub as a cover/guardian of satanís throne. This throne would carry satan around for all the angels to see the glory God adorned him with; when God created satan in the Garden of Eden, before man was created.

ďYou were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. Eze 28:12-13 ESV+

 

If satan was a cover/guardian cherub for Godís Throne, satan would only be one of 4 cherubs, who were beside or under Godís Throne, guiding the wheels under it to go in any direction; with wings to hide their body, and no angelic being would see the glory God had adorned satan with. Eze 1:4-28, 10:1-22

 

satanís heart became full of conceit because of his beauty, the great wisdom God gave him; was corrupted by his splendor. satan grew tired of all the angels worshipping God, and not him. So satan decided to establish his throne over the stars (here refers to Godís angels) on Godís holy mountain in the 2nd Heaven; so they would worship him, for satan wanted to be equal with or greater than God. satan had now sinned, by breaking Godís greatest command; that He alone is to be worshipped and obeyed. satan now being evil, could not remain in Godís holy Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven; he had become Godís most powerful enemy. So God cast satan to the ground on earth.

*"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; Isa 14:12-13 NKJV+

*"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you. Eze 28:17 NASB+

*And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightningLk 10:18 20 NASB+

 

When satan was thrown to earth, he possessed a serpent to deceive Eve, then Adam who was watching and knew it was a sin; also sinned by choosing Eve over God, sinned with her by eating the apple instead of obeying God. This brought sin into the physical world on earth (Gen 3:1-24).

*So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. Gen 3:6-7 ESV+

*Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Gen 3:17 NKJV+

 

Since satan used a serpent to deceive Eve; he has always been symbolized as a serpent, along with those he possesses, or deceives.

 

satan was not a cherubim guard in the Garden of Edom, for no cherubim were needed as guards in the Garden before Adam sinned, for it was a holy place without sin, there was nothing to guard. After satan deceived Eve to sin, God would not have put satan, an evil Cherub, to guard Adam and Eve from coming back into the Garden of Eden.

*So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 3:24 NKJV+

 

After sin was brought into the world God promised to send us a Savior; the Son of God would be born, become the Son of Man, Jesus in a woman. Though satan would bruise this Jesusí heel, force Jesus to give His physical life on the cross as atonement for Adamís sin of death, for the other sins we will commit. Jesus will bruise satanís head, destroying satan and the physical death satan brought into the world; for all who will give up our human will, accept the Holy Spirit into our hearts, so Jesus can live there also.

 *And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Gen 3:15 NKJV+

*By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall returnGen 3:19 ESV+

 

Though God will always be King over everything He created; since the world was now sinful; God made satan the prince (ruler), over the earth and the 1st heaven over it. God would use satan to test all those who would come into the world, to see who would love Him above all things, become children of God; and who would follow satan/devil (same evil spiritual being), desire the pleasures of this world more than God, and become satanís children.

*And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, Eph 2:1-2 NKJV+

*You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Jn 8:44 NIV+

 

Jesus tells us in the verse above satan was the father of all lies, there was no truth in him; that satan possessed or deceived Abel into murdering Cain, becoming the first murderer from the beginning.

 

Some of Godís angels (maybe 1/3 of them) followed satan, became satanís angels, evil demons; who were thrown out of Godís holy 2nd Heaven, down to earth and the 1st heaven over earth, just like satan was. satan and his demons are powerful; can impede Godís angels when they come to help us with our problems or bring messages to us. Michael is the chief prince, guardian angel over Israel. Da 12:1

*Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding [Lit standing opposite] me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Da 10:12-13 NASB+

Then he said, "Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince [I.e. Satanic angel] of Greece is about to come. "However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince. Da 10:20-21 NASB+

 

We must studyEph. 6:10-20 and put on the whole armor of God; to protect ourselves from the spiritual forces of evil in satanís domain in the 1st heaven over earth. For demons are organized with satan as their leader, some are very powerful, become princes (rulers) over sections of the heavens over earth, with many other demons under them, who can possess or deceive us.

*Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:11-12 NIV+

 

3a. Godís rest; Abrahamís Bosom

 

At the time Jesus was ministering on the earth, no human spiritual being had ever ascended into the 2nd Heaven; not until after Jesus atoning death on the cross could any of the faithfulís spiritual beings before Christís death become holy, come into the holy Kingdom of God in the 2nd Heaven. Now all believersí spiritual beings come directly into the 2nd Heaven when we physically die.

*No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. Jn 3:13 ESV+

*But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NIV+

 

Our spirit, or our soul can refer to our complete spiritual being, both our soul and spirit; for they are inseparable. Jesus used ďspiritĒ to refer to Hishuman spiritual being (soul and spirit) which left His body when He died; yet Jesus also used ďsoulĒ to refer those human spiritual beings (soul and spirit) who were in Godís Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven. Our soul and spirit are connected together like a physical joint, and only God, His Word can divide our soul and spirit to look into our hearts to see our thoughts and intentions.

*Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ďFather, into your hands I commit my spirit!Ē And having said this he breathed his last. Lk 23:46 ESV+

*When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord , holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Rev 6:9-10 NASB+

*For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:12 ESV+

 

Godís rest, later called Abrahamís Bosom was a place of comfort, where all the faithfulís spiritual beings from the beginning of the world came to wait when they physically died. Until Jesus gave his life on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, so their spiritual beings could become perfectly holy; and they could come into the 2nd Heaven, the Kingdom of God. A beautiful Paradise beyond human imagination, where their spiritual beings will always be in the presence of their Heavenly Father, Jesus their brother, and the Holy Spirit.

*Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Heb 9:15 ESV+

*And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Heb 11:39-40 NASB+

 

Jesus told us a story about a beggar who came into the comfort of the Bosom of Abraham, and a rich man who went into the torment of Hades. The rich man received the torment of Hades for not loving God enough to help those in need; give some of the blessing God had given him to the poor like Lazarus, so they would have food to eat. Lazarus though he did not have earthly possessions, was given the comfort of Abrahamís Bosom because he loved God.

*So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosomLk 16:22-23 NKJV+

But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. Lk 16:25 NKJV+

 

Notice Lazarus lifted his eyes up and saw Abraham afar off; in the 1st Heaven over earth. Since Abrahamís Bosom was in the 1st heaven which was ruled by satan and evil; the spiritual beings in Hades could see, communicate with the spiritual beings in Abrahamís Bosom. Since Godís 2nd Heaven is holy, all the spiritual beings of the faithful before Christís death, and believers after Christís death live in perfect joy and peace; cut off from sight or communication of the evil world and the 1st heaven over it; unless allowed by God.

 

3b. Enoch + Elijah never died, live here; will return as the 2 prophets/witnesses††††††††††

 

In 3a. above we learned no human spiritual being had ever ascended into the 2nd Heaven, until Jesus died to atone for the sins of the world. The faithful spiritual beings before Christís death could not come into the 2nd Heaven, the Kingdom of God until they were made perfectly holy by the blood Jesus shed on the cross.

 

There is also no mention about the 3rd Heaven in the Old Testament; for it was not revealed until Paul was taken there. In the Old Testament only 2 heavens were mentioned; the heaven over earth, and the 2nd Heaven where Godís Kingdom was, the Heaven of Heavens. Paul told us no human body of flesh and blood could be made holy, could come into the 2nd Heaven, the Kingdom of God until they were glorified.Isa 65:17 was talking about the earth being refurbished before Christís 1,000 year kingdom on earth; not Godís new Heaven and Earth.

*"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! 1Ki 8:27 NASB+

*I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

 

So when God took Enoch from this life without dying, and Elijah without dying was taken up in a whirlwind to heaven; they could only have been taken into the 1st heaven over earth. They were the only 2 men taken in a physical body, without dying, into Godís Rest, later called Abrahamís Bosom; which was protected by God. To be with all the faithful spiritual beings before Christ died, who were waiting for Jesus to give His life on the cross to make them holy; so they could come into the 2nd Heaven, Godí Holy Kingdom.††††

*By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Heb 11:5 NIV+

*Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2Ki 2:11 NKJV+

 

God will bring Enoch and Elijah back to earth, use them in the end times for 3Ĺ years; to bring back Israel to God, at Godís New Temple in Jerusalem. Just before the beast/antichrist/man of sin comes to rule over earth for a an equal 3Ĺ years.

*And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." Rev 11:3 NKJV+

*Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." Mal 4:5-6 NKJV+

 

After Enoch and Elijah finish their testimony, they will be killed by the beast/antichrist/man of sin; and like us they will only have to physically die once.

*And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Heb 9:27 ESV+

*When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. Rev 11:7 NASB+

 

3c. Godís Court

 

Godís Court is in the highest part of the 1st heaven over earth, called heaven; it is not Godís Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven which was called the Heaven of Heavens in the Old Testament. Godís Court had to be in the 1st heaven over earth, as this court tried the spiritual beings of those who died before Christ died for their sins; their spiritual beings had not been made perfectly holy, and could not come into the 2nd Heaven (see 3a. above). Because satan is the accuser of the spiritual beings which are tried in this court and satan is evil; God threw satan out of His Holy Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven, the Heaven of Heavens. And God will never allow satan to come back into the 2nd Heaven where His Holy Temple is.

*Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Dt 10:14 ESV+

 

We have seen in 1. 1st heaven around earth above, that God sits on His Throne with fiery flames under it, which is guided with wheels to move around His universe; this includes the many times God comes down on His Throne from the 2nd Heaven, to sit as judge over His court in the 1st heaven. Godís chosen angels also sit on lesser thrones as a jury in this court.

*ďAs I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. Da 7:9 ESV+

 

Godís angels come down to His Court in the 1st Heaven over earth to present themselves to God, for they help Him run His Court here and some are on the jury. satan watches for these angels to come into his kingdom, so he can follow them into Godís Court; where he enjoys accusing those who are living on earth whom he or his demons enticed into sinning, or those he saw sinning while roaming around through the earth.

* One day the angels [Hebrew the sons of God] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan [Satan means accuser.] also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Job 1:6-7 NIV+

 

The earth and the 1st heaven over earth which satan is prince (ruler) over, are the only places he can go; he cannot go into Godís Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven.

 

3d. Angels are the jury here; judge human spiritual beings, angelic and demonic spiritual beings

 

At Godís Court there are many angels present, and some helped him by keeping the books of the court; which included the Book of Life. Book of Life will be discussed last section of this message.

*A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. Da 7:9-10 ESV+

*And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

 

God will continue to rule in His court with His angels who sit on thrones; until the antichrist/man of sin/beast comes to this court, and the angels rule against the extension of time antichrist/man of sin/beast wants to rule over the earth. This court will rule he will only have 3Ĺ years of dominion over the earth; then his dominion over the world will be taken away from, and Jesus will consume and destroy the antichrist/man of sin/beast forever in the Lake of Fire. Then the kingdoms under the 1st heaven shall be ruled by Jesus as their King in Jerusalem in His 1,000 year Kingdom; with some of the saints of God in glorified bodies being with Jesus in His Kingdom on earth.

*He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. 'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. Da 7:25-27 NKJV+

 

When the faithful before Christís atoning death on the cross died, their spiritual being came up to be judged in Godís court. When Joshua was accused by satan, the angel of the Lord was Joshuaís advocate; the Lord judged Joshua, rebuking satan and pronounced Joshua worthy to have his sins (iniquity) forgiven. The angel of the Lord took away Joshuaís sins (erased them from being recorded against him), gave him festal robes for his faithfulness, and then took him to Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom to await Jesus redeeming grace on the cross.

*Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angelHe spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, "Remove the filthy garments from him." Again he said to him, "See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes. Zech 3:1-4 NASB+

 

When Jesus ascended to Heaven 40 days after His resurrection, and sat at the right hand of God; He became our Advocate/Intercessor.

 

4. Fourth Kingdom: Earth; evil as satan is prince (ruler) over the kingdom of earth

 

Though God is King over the universe, everything He created; we too often forget who the prince, the ruler of this world is, satan. satan offered his authority over this world to Jesus, if Jesus would just bow down and worship him; which Jesus refused to do. We must always remember we are only strangers, foreigners here on earth; believers (saints) are citizens of the 2nd Heaven, will be citizens of the 3rd Heaven after the White Throne Judgment; which will be our permanent home through all eternity.

*Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Lk 4:5-6 NKJV+

*Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Eph 2:19 NKJV

 

This is why we have a constant battle to fight the evil desires satan and his demonic horde will tempt us with, so we will sin against our God; the suffering they will put us through so we will reject our God. satan walks around his earthly kingdom, trying to entice all to follow him as god; so we become his children, remain his children.

*We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1Jn 5:19 NIV+

*Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1Pe 5:8-9 NIV+

 

We must studyEph. 6:10-20 so we can put on the whole armor of God to protect ourselves from spiritual forces of evil in satanís domain on this earth, in this world. For our struggle is not against evil men and women, but against satan and his demons who control them.

*Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:11-12 NIV+

 

Always remembering in Christ we can have peace in this world; for Jesus has overcome every obstacle in this world for us. Gives us the authority to tread on serpents (satan, those he possesses or gives power to), scorpions (demons), and power over all of our spiritual enemies. But more important than having power over these evil spirits; we should rejoice that our names are recorded in Heaven, so we will come in Godís eternal new Heaven and Earth, with glorified bodies as children of God.

*"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." Jn 16:33 NASB+

"Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." Lk 10:19-20 NASB+

 

4a. Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades; separating them

 

God made a barrier, a spiritual chasm to keep those who were sent to Hades which is in the Bottomless Pit; from coming into Abrahamís Bosom in the 1st Heaven over earth. This chasm would also prevent satan, any demonic spiritual beings in the 1st Heaven ruled by satan, to come into Abrahamís Bosom; and this chasm still protects Elijah and Enoch who never died, are waiting in Abrahamís Bosom to return as the 2 prophets/witnesses. See 3a. above

*And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' Lk 16:23-24 NKJV+

*And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to usLk 16:26 ESV+

 

Since the 1st heaven is under satan and therefore evil, not holy; it was possible for spiritual beings in Hades to look into Abrahamís Bosom, talk with spiritual beings in Abrahamís Bosom. Yet all evil spiritual beings in the 1st heaven, in the Bottomless Pit or on earth; cannot look into or communicate with any holy human spiritual being in the 2nd Heaven, Godís Holy Kingdom, unless God permits it. Nor can any human spiritual being in the 2nd Heaven see or communicate with any evil spiritual being in the 1st heaven, in the Bottomless Pit or on earth; nor any person living on earth; unless our God enables them to.

 

4b. Bottomless Pit in depths of the Earth - See Hades Ė Abyss Ė Tartarus - Hell

 

The Bottomless Pit is a gigantic furnace deep in the earth, in which there are 3 distinct places; where God holds the sinful spiritual beings of humans, the disruptive demons, and vile demons who are chained in a prison.††

*When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. Rev 9:2 NIV+

 

5. Fifth Kingdom: Hades

 

Hades is the highest place in the Bottomless Pit; where the human spiritual beings (souls + spirits) of all the unfaithful and unbelievers are held after they physically die on earth. These spiritual beings are kept here until the White Throne Judgment, when they are reunited with their resurrected physical body and thrown in Hell, the Lake of Fire. Since Hades is the highest place in the pit, it has the least heat, the least torment, though it is severe. Here there will be varying degrees of punishment depending on what one has done while living on earth.

*"But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. "And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! Lk 10:14-15 NASB+

*And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Lk 12:47-48 NKJV+

 

6. Sixth Kingdom: Abyss

 

The Abyss is the middle place in the pit where the demons who become disruptive on the earth, disobeying what God allows them to do, while testing people on this earth; will be kept. There is more heat, more torment here, for these angels who became demons have seen God in His 2nd Heaven, know who He is; and deserve more punishment. The demons kept here will be turned lose in the 5th and 6th trumpet of Rev, to help complete Godís end time plans; yet all the demons will eventually be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire.

*Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Lk 8:30 NKJV+

*Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Rev 11:7 NIV+

We believe all of satanís demons will be thrown into the Hell/Lake of Fire with satan see 7. below

 

6a. Tartarus; prison in the Abyss

God chained angels, who became demons when they married human women; here in the

deepest part of the Abyss, worst torment possible, till thrown in Hell/Lake of Fire

 

Tartarus is a prison in the deepest part of the Abyss, where the greatest heat, the greatest torment is present; where the angels who became the most treacherous demons are chained. These were the angels who guarded the entry into Godís 2nd Heaven to keep satan and the angels who followed him (now demons) out of Godís Holy Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven. The angels became the most treacherous demons when they were looking down through the 1st heaven to earth; saw the attractive human women on earth and married them.

*And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. Jude 1:6 NIV+

*the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Gen 6:2 ESV+

 

We believe God had physical human bodies in Heaven for the angels to use; for the manna God gave to Israel was the food of angels, and we know angels appeared as men on earth many times, even ate food.

*He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heavenMan did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance. Ps 78:24-25 NASB+

The 2 angels with the Lord; ate the food Abraham provided for them. Then the went to warn Lot about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Gen 19:1.

*Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. Gen 18:8 ESV+

*Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Heb 13:2 ESV+

 

Children born to the sons of God (angels who became demons for marrying women) when they married women were called Nephilim, or giants. Since the Holy Spirit did not give these children an eternal spiritual being, they were just physically reproduced like animals, without a heart, to guide them they were ruthless like animals. Without an eternal spiritual being they did not need God, they could not become His children; for when they died they were no more, and returned to dust; which would destroy our Godís plan for creating people to be His eternal children.

*The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. Gen 6:4 ESV+

 

The Greek word Tartarus is used once in the Bible; refers to the prison/dungeon where certain angels were chained who committed the terrible the sin of altering the human race when they married human women, reproducing the Nephilim or giants which had no spiritual being; when they reproduced like animals and their offspring would likewise have no spiritual being. God held them in tremendous torment, to keep other angels from doing this.

 

Tartarus has been incorrectly translated to Hell, which in Greek is Gehenna, not Tartarus. Peter calls Tartarus a prison, a dungeon in the NIV translation below, in . See Hades Ė Abyss Ė Tartarus - Hell

*in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prisonwho once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water 1Pe 3:19-20 NASB+

*For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, [Greek Tartarus] putting them into gloomy dungeons [some manuscripts into chains of darkness] to be held for judgment; 2Pe 2:4 NIV+

 

7. Seventh Kingdom: Hell/Lake of Fire; created after Christ defeats beast/antichrist/ man of sin

 

Hell is the Lake of Fire, which God will prepare for satan/devil; into which all the angelic spiritual beings who will disobey God and become demons will be thrown. Then at the White Throne Judgment as the heaven and earth of Christís 1,000 year reign on earth disappear all the unfaithful and unbelievers from the beginning of the world will be thrown into the into Hell, the Lake of Fire. This will happen just before God creates His eternal New Heaven and Earth for us.

*Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: Matt 25:41 NKJV+

*and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Rev 20:10 ESV+

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. Rev 20:11 NKJV+

 

At the White Throne Judgment after all of the unfaithfulí and unbelieversí physical bodies in the sea, and any of their physical bodies which have died; together with all the physical bodies of the spiritual beings in Hades, which are resurrected and reunited with their spiritual beings, giving their bodies life. They will all be judged on their works to humiliate them, to see how severe a punishment they will get; then they will be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire. Anyone still living on earth was judged on whether their name was in the Book of Life; if not they were also cast into Hell, the Lake of Fire.

*The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev 20:13-15 NKJV+

*"Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt 10:28 NASB+

 

There will be different degrees of punishment, of torment in Hell, the Lake of Fire.

*And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Lk 12:47-48 NKJV+

 

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