E. Godís 7 Kingdoms; Jesusí Resurrected/Glorified Body Ascends into 2nd Heaven Updated 4/20/7 †††††††††††††
Verses below; all Diagrams in a row without individual verses after each one
# Faithful; those who followed God before Christís death - Believers; those who loved Jesus after His death
Begin Earth 27; 2nd Heaven 28; 1st Heaven 28a; Earth 29 Ė 33
3rd Heaven (First Kingdom) is Godís home, has always been, will always be; is too big to imagine. Here
God; created the universe and all in it, will create Hell, the New Heaven/Earth. New Jerusalem is here.
2nd Heaven (Second Kingdom); Holy Spiritual Kingdom of God, Heaven of Heavens, Paradise
Where God sits on His moveable Throne; has His original Temple on the Heavenly Mount Zion
28. Now Jesus sits at right hand of His Father who pours out the promised Holy Spirit on faithful/believers†
1st Heaven around earth (Third Kingdom); unholy/evil, satan prince over 1st heaven
Godís Court: Unholy spiritual beings (satan/demons, unfaithful/unbelievers) canít enter Holy 2nd Heaven;
so all angelic/human spiritual beings judged here. God is judge, 24 angels jury.
28a. Jesus is our Advocate after He ascended 2nd Heaven; replaced Lordís Angel, satan still our accuser. If we die; spiritual beings faithful/believers go to 2nd Heaven, unfaithful/unbelievers to Hades. Disruptive demons sent to Abyss
†Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom:
This rest not needed after Jesus died for sin; when faithful/believers die, spiritual beings go directly to 2nd Heaven ††††††††††
-Enoch + Elijah never physically died; remain here in their physical bodies, will return as 2 Prophets/Witnesses
Earth (Fourth Kingdom);† satan prince over
27. Jesus taught His disciples for 40 days after Resurrection Sunday; then He ascended into the 2nd Heaven ^
29. 50 days after Jesus Resurrection on Feast of Weeks/Pentecost Iyar 22, 30AD; gifts of Spirit given disciples, 1st for Jew then Gentile. Indwelling/gifts of Spirit given faithful Jews/Israel who accepted Jesus.
30. 5 yrs later 35AD Spirit 1st given Gentiles (Cornelius); then Peter/apostles quit sharing gospel with Gentiles
31. 7 years later 42 AD, Holy Spirit given to Gentiles by unknown believers in Antioch. 1st called Christian here to distinguish themselves from disciples. Then Saul/Paul with apostles/evangelists brought gospel to Gentile world
32. After Jesus died in 30AD, God gave faithful of Israel/Jews 40 year transition period to believe in Jesus as their God/Savior. Ended 70AD; Jerusalem Temple destroyed, ending faithfulís ceremonial sacrifices for sin
33. Now if any die, the spiritual beings; of only believers go directly to the 2nd Heaven, all others go to Hades
Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades; separating them
Bottomless Pit in depths of earth
Hades (Fifth Kingdom) in depths of earth
All who† reject God, when their bodies die; spiritual beings come here to torment; till White Throne Judgment
Abyss (Sixth Kingdom) in deeper depths of earth
Disruptive demonic spirits (angelic beings who sinned); held in severe torment till thrown in Hell/Lake of Fire
Tartarus prison in Abyss in deepest depths of earth
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
Hell/Lake of Fire (Seventh Kingdom); created after Christ comes, defeats beast/antichrist/ man of sin
Earth will disappear, all kingdoms in it; but after Hell/Lake of Fire is created it will be eternal
E. Godís 7 Kingdoms; Jesusí resurrected/glorified body ascends 2nd Heaven ††
Definitions used in this message:
# Faithful; those who followed God before Christís death†
# Believers; those who loved Jesus above all things after His death
27. For 40 days after His resurrection; Jesus taught His disciples, then ascended into the 2nd Heaven
40 is the number for a transition period of Godís plan of salvation; here referring to the 40 days Jesus would teach His followers to come into the New Covenant of His grace. To believe that His death atoned for the sins of believers, He had really arisen from the dead, and to accept His new glorified spiritual body; which no human had ever seen or heard about.
*To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Ac 1:3 NASB+
*So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1Co 15:42-44 ESV+
40 transition number: Israel 40 years come into promised land (Nu 32:13); 40 days Jesus tested by satan (Mk 1:13); 40 days disciples to accept Jesus teaching that now through Him all would be saved (above); 40 years accept New Covenant of Jesus atoning sacrifice only way to be saved (32. below).
Then forty days after His Resurrection, on Thursday Iyar 26, 30AD, Jesus came to the Mount of Olives; here He would ascend into the Kingdom of God, the 2nd Heaven, Paradise. All present there were witnesses to Jesus ascending into the 1st Heaven over earth; saw the 2 angels who told them Jesus was taken up into in the 2nd Heaven, the Kingdom of God, Paradise.
*And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ďMen of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.Ē Ac 1:9-11 ESV+
The same place Jesus will return from in power to begin His 1,000 year kingdom on earth.
*Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. Zech 14:3-4 ESV+
Many believe over 500 hundred people were gathered on the Mount of Olives and saw Jesus ascend up into the 1st Heavens over earth. Though others believe the 500 were on a hill in Galilee.†††
*After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 1Co 15:6 NASB+
Jesus was the firstborn/firstfruits to ascend into the 2nd Heaven with a glorified body; the first to complete His Fatherís plan of salvation. Assuring us we will likewise be saved, given glorified spiritual bodies like Jesus was, and be brought to Heaven to be with Him forever.
*He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Col 1:18 NASB+
*So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, Eph 2:19-20 ESV+
28. Now Jesus sits at right hand of His Father who pours out the promised Holy Spirit on us†
*looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2 NKJV+
*God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Ac 2:32-33 NIV+
We cannot come to Jesus without the Holy Spirit, and when we give up our human will, want to follow Jesus; our Heavenly Father forgives our sins, gives us indwelling of Spirit so we can accept Jesus as our Lord and we become holy children of God. See 4 Things Save Us
*Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed "; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 1Co 12:3 NASB+
*However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:9-10 NASB+
28a. Jesus is our Advocate after He ascended to 2nd Heaven; replaced Lordís Angel, satan still our accuser. Spiritual beings faithful/believers go to 2nd Heaven, unfaithful/unbelievers to Hades. Some disruptive demons sent to Abyss
The only change which was made to Godís Court in the 1st Heaven; was Jesus replaced the angel of the Lord, and became the Advocate for all believers in His Fatherís Court. God will always rule in Jesus favor when He intercedes for believers, for Jesus atoning sacrifice on the cross will forgive the sins of all believers who repent of them, who strive to commit them no more. Jesus has defeated death, defeated satan, who will still accuse believers day and night in Godís Court in the 1st Heaven.††††
*My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1Jn 2:1-2 NASB+
*Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Ro 8:34 NKJV+
*And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ďNow the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Rev 12:10 ESV+
29. 30. 31. Being corrected, be up very soon
32. After Jesus died in 30AD, God gave faithful of Israel/Jews 40 year transition period to believe in Jesus as their God/Savior. Ended in 70AD; Jerusalem Temple destroyed, stopped faithfulís ceremonial sacrifices for sin.
God gave Israel/Jewish faithful 40 year transition period to accept Jesus as their God after His death on Passover Day Nissan 14, 30AD. Period ended 70 AD when Godís Temple in Jerusalem destroyed; not able to offer ceremonial sacrifices. Now only those who believe is the Son of God who died on the cross, arose from the dead and sits in Heaven in a glorified body at the right hand of God receive the indwelling of Holy Spirit will be saved. When any die; believersí spiritual beings go to 2nd Heaven, all unbelieversí spiritual beings go to Hades.††
40 is a transition number of time to adjust when our Godís plan of salvation changes; there was a 40 year transition for Israel to come into the Promised Land; for 40 days Jesus transitioned His disciples to understand His resurrection from the dead forgave believersí sins, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they became children of God (see 30. above). Now God would give Israel a 40 year transition period for them to change from Old Covenant ceremonial law; and accept Jesus as their Messiah who died for their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit into their hearts.
*When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, And said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'" Ps 95:9-11 NKJV+
*because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Heb 10:14 NIV+
*But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 2Thess 2:13 NASB+
God gave Israel 40 years after Jesus was crucified Passover Day Nissan 14, Passover 30AD; to accept Jesus as their Messiah. Then on Passover Day Nissan 14, 70AD the Romans trapped Israel in the Temple at Jerusalem when they came to celebrate Passover; and soon after destroyed Godís Temple at Jerusalem so no more offerings to make Israel righteous or holy could be offered up. Just as God gave Israel 40 years after He rescued them from Egypt, to follow His ways, obey His commands; or they could not enter into His Rest called Abrahamís Bosom.
*For forty years I loathed that generation and said, ďThey are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.Ē Therefore I swore in my wrath, ďThey shall not enter my rest.Ē† Ps 95:10-11 ESV+
The 40 year transition period to become righteous and holy by Old Covenant Ceremonial laws, ended when Jesusí prophesy about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD happened. And Israel was unable to offer up any more Old Covenant ceremonial sacrifices to forgive their sins, to make them holy.
*Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matt 24:1-2 NKJV+
*For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Gal 2:19-21 ESV+
The only means by which we are now saved is Christís atoning grace on the cross; the only way we can receive His grace is by accepting the Holy Spirit into our hearts; so the Spirit can introduce us to our Lord. The only thing we have to do is give up our human will so our Father can give us the indwelling of His Spirit. And all without the Holy Spirit living in their hearts when they physically die; will have their spiritual being cast into Hades.
*However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Ro 8:9 NASB+
33. Now when any die; the spiritual beings; of only the believers go directly to the 2nd Heaven, all others go to Hades
Jesus lives in the hearts of all who give up our human will and are given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. When we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our spiritual being (soul and spirit) has been judged in Godís Court; found holy by the blood Jesus shed on the cross which has atoned for all of our sins. We are saints, spiritually joined together with Jesus as one spirit with Him; and through Jesus we are united together as one with all other saints.
*that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3: 16-17 NKJV+
*But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1Co 6:17 NKJV+
Saint means holy ones; believersí holy spiritual beings whether living in our bodies on earth, or by themselves in 2nd Heaven after our bodies have died
*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+
*so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. 1Thess 3:13 NKJV+ Jesus brings all the saints; believers spiritual beings from Heaven down to the clouds over earth, to receive a glorified body
Because we are spiritually one with Jesus, while we still live on earth our spiritual being comes into the Kingdom of God with Jesus as He sits on His Fatherís Throne; though our human mind covers our awareness of what is happening. When our body and mind die, our spiritual being goes directly to Heaven as a self-contained unit, where they have already been; we do not have to go through Godís Court again. When Jesus lives in our heart we are saved forever.
*But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:4-7 NKJV+
*For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Phil 3:20-21 NKJV+
The Holy Spirit continues to sanctify believers, forgive our sins when they happen; so our spiritual beings remain holy, so the Holy Spirit can continue to dwell in them. The Spirit immediately forgives our sins when we strive not to sin, but fall short; as long as we continue to love our God above all things. But if we willfully continue to commit sins after we have received the truth of Godís Word; we face the Judgment of God when we physically die, or Jesus returns in the clouds for those still living on earth.
*that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Ro 15:16 NKJV+
*If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Heb 10:26-27 NIV+
The only other judgement a believer, a saint will face is on the works we have done for our God. God is judging the works we have done on earth out of our love for Him, for all people; according to the abilities He has given us. We have been laying up blessings and treasures in Heaven for what we have done on earth, and God will reward us with stature in Heaven for doing them; some will be given many blessings, others little. But all who have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit have been eternally saved as children of God; will not face any other judgment, we have been saved forever as children of God.
*"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; Matt 6:19-20 NASB+
*each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1Co 3:13-15 NKJV+
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