A 2nd meaning for the word heaven is OUTER SPACE, as we can see from the following passage:
A 3rd meaning for "heaven" is other PLANETS AND GALAXIES, as we get from the following passages:
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void;
And to the HEAVENS, and they had NO LIGHT.
Thus says the LORD, "If My covenant for day and night stand not, and the FIXED PATTERNS OF HEAVEN and earth I have not established, then I would reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, not taking from his descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
In those examples just quoted, God is talking about the STARS AND PLANETS far away from Earth. Scientists now realize that the lights from heaven are really far away "suns" and galaxies. They now understand the vastness of the universe.
In one of these galaxies far
away God is building a new city, the New Jerusalem.
But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a CITY.
2 Peter 3:13
But according to His promise we are looking for NEW HEAVENS and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
The word "heaven" in these passages refers to a place away from this Earth -- a place where people are good and righteousness dwells. This is the place Yeshua promised to take us. This is the place we are awaiting. Read the Rapture.
There is yet a 4th meaning for the word "heaven."
For Christ hath not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into HEAVEN itself, now to appear in the PRESENCE OF GOD for us.
As we can see, "HEAVEN" in these passages means "IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD." Jesus ascended to this "heaven" and sits at the right hand of God. Satan used to have access to this "heaven" when he used to accuse Job in the presence of God Job 1:9.
In the presence of God Himself no flesh can enter, so we believe this place is only for spirit beings such as angels. This might also be the place referred to in the Bible as "THE HEAVEN OF HEAVENS."
You alone are the LORD.
You have made the heavens,
The HEAVEN OF HEAVENS with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.
With the meanings for the word "heaven" elucidated, the next question is:
What about Enoch?
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he WOULD NOT SEE DEATH; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
Here the Bible states that God took Enoch out of this Earth so that he would not die. On this earth all men die, but on Paradise, where there is the fruit of the tree of life, men could live forever in human form.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.
Remember, Paradise is where Paul's friend was taken to.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a man was caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN. And I know how such a man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows--was caught up into PARADISE and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
Paul states that the third heaven is called PARADISE. This is probably the place where Enoch was taken so that he would not see death.
If Elijah is still alive, he must also be in the "third heaven" or Paradise.
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