C. Godís 7 Kingdoms; Jesusí Spiritual Being Ascends to 2nd Heaven Ė Edited 5/21/19 ††

All Diagrams in a row without individual verses after each one

Bottom Tartarus 13; up to 1st Heaven 15; 2nd Heaven 16 down to 20; verses by number below

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

 

First Kingdom: 3rd Heaven; Godís New Heaven - New Earth - New Jerusalem

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

Paul, later John; saw the New Jerusalem when they were taken into the 3rd Heaven

 

Second Kingdom: 2nd Heaven; Kingdom of God/Heaven/Paradise

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

 

16. Jesus firstborn/firstfruits; 1st human spiritual being to enter into 2nd Heaven after His physical body died

 

17. Jesus entered into the most Holy Place in Godís Temple in the 2nd Heaven; to redeem us from our sins

 

18. All spiritual beings in Abrahamís Bosom entered 2nd Heaven by Christís grace;1st for Jew, thenGentile.

 

19. Criminalís spiritual being welcomed into 2nd Heaven by Jesus on Passover Day; day they were crucified

 

20. Now believersí spiritual beings taken directly here when their bodies die; live here until Jesus brings them to the clouds over earth; joins them with their resurrected/glorified body, takes them back here again

 

Third Kingdom: 1st Heaven around earth; satan prince over this heaven

†††††††††††††† Godís rest; Abrahamís Bosom†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Godís Court

†† 15.All the Old Covenantís spiritual beings †††††††††Lordís Angel is the advocate for the faithful against satanís

†††† here; followed Jesus up to the 2nd Heaven ^ ††††††††††accusations; so their spiritual beings can enter into 2nd Heaven

†† Enoch + Elijah never died, will live here until†††††††††† Angels are the jury, judge human spiritual beings, angelic††††

†† they return as the 2 prophets/witnesses†††††††††††††††spiritual beings; including those who become demons ††††††††††††††††

 

Fourth Kingdom: Earth; satan prince over earth

 

14. Criminal on the cross Jesus promised to take to Paradise, for he believed in Him; will die after Jesus died

 

Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades; separating them

 

Bottomless Pit in Earth

Fifth Kingdom: Hades

All who reject God, when their bodies die; spiritual beings come here to torment; till White Throne Judgment

 

Sixth Kingdom: Abyss

Disruptive demonic spirits (angelic beings who sinned); held in severe torment till thrown in Hell/Lake of Fire

 

Tartarus/Prison in Abyss

azazel, angels who followed him, became demons when they married human women. God chained them

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

 

13. Jesusí spiritual being as the scapegoat, deposited all the worldís sins He carried here to Azazel, his demons. His spiritual being was holy once more; so His spiritual being could ascend into the 2nd Heaven ^

 

 

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

 

 

C. Godís 7 Kingdoms; Jesusí Spiritual Being Ascends to 2nd Heaven ††

Verses

All verses in this section help explain events in other 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

 

13. After Jesusí spiritual being deposited all the worldís sins He carried here to azazel and his demons, as the scapegoat; His spiritual being was holy once more; so His spiritual being could ascend into the 2nd Heaven

 

We left 2. Godís spiritual Kingdoms with Jesus depositing the sins of the world in Tartarus, the prison of the Abyss; the deepest part of the Bottomless Pit in the earth. Since Jesusí spiritual being nor longer carried our sins, His spiritual being became perfectly holy once more; could now ascend higher than all the heavens over earth, into the 2nd Heaven, the Kingdom of God.

*But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." (What "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) Eph 4:7-10 NIV+

 

Jesus was the firstborn, was our eldest brother who would show us how we would be saved, come into the Kingdom of God by doing everything first; so we can have confidence in our Godís plan of salvation for us. This included Jesus being the first to have His spiritual being come into the 2nd Heaven when His physical being (mind and body) died. Assuring all believers that when our physical being (mind and body) die, our holy spiritual being (soul and spirit) will likewise come into Godís Paradise, His holy Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven.

*For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Ro 8:29 ESV+

*He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, Eph 1:5 NASB+

 

Believers can be confident our spiritual being will come into the 2nd Heaven when our bodies die; because our eldest brother Jesusí spiritual being did; it corrects any false notion or false teaching that we just are in a deep sleep until Jesus returns to give us glorified bodies.

 

14. Criminal on the cross Jesus promised to take to Paradise, for he believed in Him; will die after Jesus died See Specifics

 

When Jesus was crucified there were 2 criminals crucified with Him, one on Jesusí left and one on Jesusí right. One wanted Jesus to save all of them from dying on the cross; but the other believed in Jesus, asked Jesus to bring him into our Saviorís Kingdom. Jesus told this criminal that because he believed in Him, that today, Passover/Preparation Day; after the criminalís body died on the cross, his spiritual being would come into Paradise to be with Jesus.

*But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." Lk 23:40-42 NKJV+

*Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Lk 23:42-43 NKJV+

 

The Jewish leaders asked Pilate the Roman governor to have the legs broken on the 3 who were being crucified, for they did not want their bodies left on their crosses on the Sabbath. The Jewish day began in the late afternoon at sundown (around 6 PM), went through the night, then through the daylight until sundown (around 6 PM) the next day (6 hours off our time when a day starts at 12 AM ends 12 PM). Jesus died around 3 PM, and the other 2 criminals had their broken (around 5PM) so they would die in time to take them down from their crosses before sundown (around 6 PM).

*Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. Jn 19:31 NIV+

*but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. Jn 19:33-34 NASB+

 

Crucifixion is a slow painful death that suffocates one slowly; with their arms stretched out the cross one must push up with their feet to breathe, and eventually they become too tired to continue doing this and suffocate; die. Jesus had already died around 3 PM so the soldiers did not break His legs, but put a spear in His side to make sure He died; which produced water and blood together confirming Jesus had died. Not getting any broken bones (Ps 34:20) and having a spear stuck in His side (Zech 12:10), fulfilled 2 prophecies about His death in the Old Testament.

 

15. Godís rest; Abrahamís Bosom All the Old Covenantís spiritual beings followed Jesus up to the 2nd Heaven

 

Now all the spiritual beings (souls and spirits) who were waiting in Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom for Jesusí death to atone for their sins; could be made perfectly holy by Christís sacrifice on the cross. They could now be taken up to Godís Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven, Paradise, in the 2nd Heaven. All these spiritual beings followed Jesus spiritual being as He came up from Tartarus in the Abyss; they were a train of saints coming upto be eternally with their Heavenly Father in the Paradise of the 2nd Heaven.††††

*But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." (What "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) Eph 4:7-10 NIV+

*For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Heb 9:15 NASB+

 

Saints: means holy ones; those whose spiritual beings have been made holy by faith in the atoning grace of Jesus. Whether our spiritual being is in our body as we live on earth, or in Heaven separated from our body; they are the same pure and holy spiritual being. They make up the body of Christ; His one holy invisible church.

Saints on earth; have holy spiritual being living in their physical being while they await glorified bodies

*To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 1Co 1:2 ESV+

Saints in 2nd Heaven: body died, holy spiritual being living in 2nd Heaven; awaiting glorified body when Jesus returns with them to clouds over earth

*so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 1Thess 3:13 ESV+

 

16. Jesus firstborn/firstfruits; 1st human spiritual being to enter into 2nd Heaven after His physical body died

 

We know Jesus is the firstborn, first fruits, preeminent; He was the first to complete all parts of Godís plan of salvation which show us how we will be saved, become children of God. Jesus was the first to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so He could be guided by the Spirit, could come into the Kingdom of God while He lived on earth. The first to have His spiritual being come into the 2nd Heaven when His physical being died; the first to have His body resurrected from the dead, reunited with His spiritual being coming down from Heaven, and given a glorified body; and the first to come into Heaven with a glorified body.

*And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. Col 1:18 ESV+

*But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 1Co 15:23 NKJV+

 

Note; the only thing Jesus was not the first fruits of, was being taken to Heaven without dying. Jesus tells us in Revelation that the first fruits of believers, who go to the 2nd Heaven without dying, will be the 144,000 from the tribes of Israel; who will be given glorified bodies and taken into the 2nd Heaven just as the beast/antichrist/man of sin begins his reign. The 144,000 will be able to sing a song no one else will be able to sing in the Kingdom of God; about coming into Heaven in glorified bodies without dying. Until the first general resurrection of believers happens when Jesus returns in the clouds over earth to bring all believers who are living on earth up to Him, and give them glorified bodies. See 4 Resurrections in Rev

*and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. Rev 14:3 ESV+

*It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, Rev 14:4 ESV+

 

17. Jesus entered the most Holy Place in Godís Temple in the 2nd Heaven; to redeem us from our sins

 

All the faithfulís spiritual beings coming up from Abrahamís Bosom had to wait to be made holy, until Jesus was presented at His Fatherís Temple in Heaven; after Jesus had ascending there from His triumph in Tartarus, the prison of the Abyss. Jesus entered into the Most Holy Place in his Fatherís Temple in Heaven, to offer His sacrifice upon the cross, the torment in Hades; as complete atonement for all the sins the faithful and believers have or will ever commit. His Father accepted His sacrifice and the 2nd Heaven was now open to all the saints (faithful and believers).

*When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Heb 9:11-12 NIV+

 

18. All spiritual beings in Abrahamís Bosom entered 2nd Heaven by Christís grace; 1st for Jew, then Gentile.

 

Our Fatherís plan of salvation would always be first for the Jews then for the Gentiles, this included the spiritual beings of the Jewish faithful who were in Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom; because they were waiting for Jesus to die on the cross. They were the first human spiritual beings after Jesus, to come into the 2nd Heaven; as they followed behind Jesus when His spiritually being ascended into the Kingdom of God (2nd Heaven, Paradise) on Passover/Preparation Day (Good Friday).

*I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Ro 1:16 NIV+

*For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show Godís truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, Ro 15:8 ESV+

 

We know the faithful before Jesus grace on the cross came into the 2nd Heaven, for Jesus when He comes down to the clouds over earth will give them a glorified body; and in a glorified body take them back to Heaven to be at His Table to celebrate His Supper again with them. They cannot be given glorified bodies unless their spiritual beings are in Heaven, or come back to celebrate Jesus supper with Him. More in section 6. Which will be written after Easter

*But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Matt 26:19 NKJV+

*I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth Matt 8:11 ESV

 

19. Criminalís spiritual being welcomed into 2nd Heaven by Jesus; same day they were crucified

 

Just as the day Christ was crucified was ending; Jesus would welcome the criminal on the cross spiritual being into the 2nd Heaven. This criminal might have been the first person who physically died under Christís sacrificial grace on the cross and his spiritual being came into the 2nd Heaven; for Jesus died around 2 hours before he did. Now Jesus had provided the means by which the criminalís sins could be forgiven, so his spiritual being (soul and spirit) could come into Paradise, the 2nd Heaven. For this criminal believed Jesus was God, had faith in Jesus, which is the way his sins were forgiven.

*But the other rebuked him, saying, ďDo you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong  Lk 23:40-41 ESV+

*Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Lk 23:42-43 NKJV+

Paradise is being with God in a beautiful place, a serene garden that God has prepared for believers to live with Him; when they physically die or are alive when Jesus returns in the clouds and gives believers glorified bodies. From the comfort in the 1st Heaven of Abrahamís Bosom (Lk 16:25); to the Paradise of God first in His spiritual Kingdom in the New Heaven (Lk 23:43, Rev 2:7); then to 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 is in the 3rd Heaven (2Co 12:3; Rev 21:1) which Paul and John saw.

*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+

 

Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom is not Paradise, has never been referred to as Paradise in Godís Word, but merely a place of comfort for the faithfulís spiritual beings to wait, until Jesus sacrifice on the cross could make them perfectly holy; so they could live with God once more. Once earth was made sinful by Adam and Eve, and it will never be completely holy again; the faithful and believers will live in Godís spiritual 2nd Heaven, until God creates His New Heaven and Earth after the White Throne Judgement.

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+

 

20. Now believersí spiritual beings taken directly to Godís Paradise the 2nd Heaven when their bodies die; live here until Jesus brings them to the clouds over earth; joins them with their resurrected/glorified body, takes them back here again

 

The blood Christ shed on the cross, the torment He suffered in Hades, redeemed us from our sins, made us spiritually holy after it was accepted by His Father on the day Jesus was crucified. Now all believersí spiritual beings can go to Heaven, just like the criminal above. Yet our physical bodies will turn to dust until Jesus returns in the clouds to give us glorified bodies.

*knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1Pe 1:18-19 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+

* For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph 2:8-9 NASB+

 

All believersí spiritual beings are united together with Jesusí spiritual being as one; while we physically live on earth. Jesus spiritually lives in us, and we spiritually live in Him; wherever Jesus goes, we spiritually go with Him. When Jesus sits on the right hand of our Father, we are spiritually in Him, spiritually sitting at the right hand of our Heavenly Fatherís Throne with Jesus. Though while we live in our physical body, we will not be physically aware of going to Heaven; but our spiritual being will have the peace and certainty to know that we are one with Jesus wherever He goes.

*But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1Co 6:17 NASB+

*even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:5-6 NASB+

 

When we physically die; we will see Jesus face to face, for He lives in our hearts. He will take our spiritual being to the 2nd Heaven, to live with Him. We shall also know all the saints (faithful and believers) living in this Paradise as Jesus knows us; for we are all one in Jesus. What a blessing this will be!!! ††

*Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1Co 13:12 NIV+

 

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