Understanding Christianity [2]

Tuesday 17th November 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Mark 12:28-34
Topic:- Understanding Christianity [2]
Text:- Mark 12:29

The earth has wondered what is above it for thousands of years and it has taken its curiosity as far as searching for answers by building structures to ascertain a direct contact with the heavens.
The first attempt of man was disrupted when God came down to man and scattered them across the face of the earth by taking away what gave them unity, their language.
Eventually, man grew more curious and this time man had the technology. Man went to space to seek what is beyond them, they found nothing but space.
Now is that evidence that the heavens do not exist? Well, No. Heaven is not a place that man can see with his physical eyes.
Man has to become like the heavens and the beings in the heavens to see the heavens.
Heaven exists in a place beyond us as physical beings and as mortals so for us to see heaven we must transcend the physical care that is our body.
Now, we understand as believers that heaven is promised to us. However, we need to understand that the heaven that we know is the one promised to us as believers.
Nonetheless, there are more or at least to books and writings, there are heavens just before the heaven we are promised.
Now, as a young man, growing up in a white garment Church, I caught glimpse of a lot of things, I saw people go into trance and speak things into existence.
I saw people speak of the past and the future without being present. Now, during this period, there was a song they sing. A song that clearly states that there are seven heavens.
Let’s not take my word for the existence of the seven heavens and for those who are skeptical because this information is used mostly in white garment Churches, let’s dig deeper. Walk with me.
In religious or mythological cosmology, the seven heavens refer to seven levels or divisions of Heaven. The concept, derived from ancient Mesopotamian religions, can be found in the Abrahamic religions such as Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; a similar concept is also found in some Indian religions such as Hinduism.
Let’s put our focus on the Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Christianity.
In Judaism, there is a clear mention of these seven heavens in fact, with their names. Now, these seven heavens have their names and their purpose.
According to the Talmud, the universe is made of seven heavens (Shamayim). 1. Vilon (וילון). See Isaiah 40:22.
2. Raki’a (רקיע). See Genesis 1:17.
3. Shehaqim (שחקים). See Psalm 78:23.
4. Zebul (זבול), See Isaiah 63:15, KJV.
5. Ma’on (מעון). See Deuteronomy 26:15; Psalm 42:9.
6. Machon (מכון). See 1 Kings 8:39; Deuteronomy 28:12.
7. Are both (ערבות).
The Seventh Heaven where of anim, the seraphim, and the hayyoth and the throne of the Lord is located.
Although, Enoch mentioned something about the seven heavens in the book of Enoch. Although the book of Enoch is not canonized, the information in its pages cannot be totally dismissed.
The Second Book of Enoch, also written in the first century CE, describes the mystical ascent of the patriarch Enoch through a hierarchy of Ten Heavens.
Enoch passes through the Garden of Eden in the Third Heaven on his way to meet the Lord face-to-face in the Tenth (chapter 22).
Along the way he encounters vividly described populations of Angels who torment wrongdoers; he sees homes, olive oil, and flowers.
The mention of the existence of more than one heaven is not only in Judaism, it is also mentioned on different occasions in Christianity( The Bible). One of these occasions is the mention of the 3rd heaven. See 2 Corinthians 12.2–4

Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, let Your Holy Spirit dwell mightily in me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have A Wonderful Tuesday!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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