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Heaven: 1. Definitions. The phrase "heaven and earth" is used to indicate the whole universe (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 23:24; Acts 17:24) According to the Jewish notion there were three heavens, a. The firmament, as "fowls of the heaven" (Genesis 2:19; 7:3,23)

(Psalms 8:8) etc., "the eagles of heaven" (Lamentations 4:19) etc. b. The starry heavens (Deuteronomy 17:3; Jeremiah 8:2; Matthew 24:29) c. "The heaven of heavens," or "the third heaven" (Deuteronomy 10:14)

(1 Kings 8:27; Psalms 115:16; 148:4; 2 Corinthians 12:2)

2. Meaning of words in the original, a. The usual Hebrew word for "heavens" is shamayim, a plural form meaning "heights," "elevations" (Genesis 1:1; 2:1) b. The Hebrew word marom is also used (Psalms 68:18; 93:4)

(Psalms 102:19) etc. as equivalent to shamayim, "high places," "heights." c. Heb. galgal, literally a "wheel," is rendered "heaven" in

(Psalms 77:18) (R.V., "whirlwind"). d. Heb. shahak, rendered "sky" (Deuteronomy 33:26; Job 37:18; Psalms 18:11) plural "clouds" (Job 35:5; 36:28; Psalms 68:34) marg. "heavens", means probably the firmament. e. Heb. rakia is closely connected with (d), and is rendered "firmamentum" in the Vulgate, whence our "firmament"

(Genesis 1:6; Deuteronomy 33:26) etc., regarded as a solid expanse.

3. Metaphorical meaning of term. (Isaiah 14:13,14) a. "doors of heaven" (Psalms 78:23) b. heaven "shut" (1 Kings 8:35) c. "opened" (Ezekiel 1:1) (see) (1 Chronicles 21:16)

4. Spiritual meaning. The place of the everlasting blessedness of the righteous; the abode of departed spirits. a. Christ calls it his "Father's house" (John 14:2) b. It is called "paradise" (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 12:4; Revelation 2:7) c. "The heavenly Jerusalem" (Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12) d. The "kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 25:1; James 2:5) e. The "eternal kingdom" (2 Peter 1:11) f. The "eternal inheritance" (1 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 9:15) g. The "better country" (Hebrews 11:14,16) h. The blessed are said to "sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," and to be "in Abraham's bosom" (Luke 16:22; Matthew 8:11) to "reign with Christ" (2 Timothy 2:12) and to enjoy "rest"

(Hebrews 4:10,11)

5. In heaven the blessedness of the righteous consists in: a. the possession of "life everlasting," "an eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17) b. an exemption from all sufferings for ever, c. a deliverance from all evils (2 Corinthians 5:1,2) d. and from the society of the wicked (2 Timothy 4:18) e. bliss without termination, the "fulness of joy" for ever

(Luke 20:36; 2 Corinthians 4:16,18; 1 Peter 1:4; 5:10; 1 John 3:2) The believer's heaven is not only a state of everlasting blessedness, but also a "place", a place "prepared" for them

(John 14:2)

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