Heaven – What Is the Biblical Meaning?

Biblical Heaven – What Is It?

In this post, we will be talking about the doctrine of biblical heaven — what it is, and where it is — but at the outset I want to bring your attention to a verse in the Bible that is critical to our attempts to accurately understand the Scriptures, including the doctrine of heaven.  This Scripture tells us the purpose for the Bible – why it was written and what it should be used for:

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Conspicuous by its absence in this verse is any mention of literal history. This verse does not say to us that the Bible is profitable for telling us how the material world came to be. No, the Bible is a book about spirituality. Its aim is to instruct us in righteousness, to reprove us and to correct us in matters concerning the spiritual. It is about spiritual doctrine. The Bible, along with ALL of the “things of God” is to be interpreted spiritually, rather than naturally (1 Cor. 2:14). You will need to keep this in mind as you read this article.

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The biblical concept of heaven, on the surface and from a literal standpoint, seems so simple. God is in heaven and man is on earth. God lives “up there,” while man lives “down here” (on a literal earth).

But is it really so simple?

What is Heaven? Heaven is in you.

The primary reason for our inability to understand the Scriptures, including the doctrine of heaven, is our insistence on reading them from a literal (i.e., natural) perspective. However, the Scriptures say this about trying to understand the things of God from a natural perspective:

But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor. 2:14)

The doctrine of heaven is no different than any other biblical doctrine.  We must understand its spiritual significance if we are to derive any spiritual benefit from the doctrine.

We need eyes that see and ears that hear.

By instilling fear in you, man has the ability to control you. Yet, you are free; you just don’t realize it yet. Fear is a part of the great biblical concept of Egyptian bondage. You will learn over the course of time that there is nothing to fear, despite what we have always been taught.

“Cursed be the man that trusts in man” (Jer. 17:5)

The doctrine of heaven is a critical concept to understand if we are to progress along the spiritual path, because it has everything to do with your being created in the image and likeness of God, which is the purpose for the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  YOU are the creation of the Bible.

The Bible tells us that WE are the temple of God, and that “the spirit of God dwells in us” (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 6:16; 19). The Bible further tells us that it is “Christ IN YOU that is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Further, the Bible also says that “God is a spirit” (John 4:24). Therefore, a better phrase would be “the spirit that is God dwells in you” (the word “of” in the above verses is a preposition that is translated in many different ways throughout the New Testament, and the translators translated it in the way that made the most sense to them, albeit in many cases, incorrectly).

It is critical to note here that far from simply noting that you are where God and Christ dwell, the Scripture here is also defining for you the Old Testament Temple that Solomon built. The Scripture is telling you that YOU are that temple. It is the Bible interpreting itself, and if the Bible interprets itself, all we have to do is search out the definitions – we do not have to create our own.  This is all part of the great spiritual mystery. Hopefully, by the end of this article it will all make a little more sense to you.

This book is not about history, but about spirituality, and so the Old Testament doctrine of the Temple of God has nothing to do with a literal building. It is describing YOU from the standpoint of your spiritual journey toward being created in the image and likeness of God.

The most critical thing you need to understand about the New Testament is that it explains the Old Testament, rather than does away with it, contrary to popular opinion and belief. All of the doctrines of the Old Testament apply to us today, but they are codified – written in symbols. Once we begin to understand the symbols, it becomes easier and easier to understand. To understand all of this a little more in-depth, please refer to my video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C5OLc3xihs

Christ and God, as you understand if you have studied my materials to this point, are powers that reside within us, as the Scriptures forcefully assert. If that is the case, then the doctrine of a literal heaven “up there” where God dwells is either a contradiction within the Scriptures themselves, in which case we cannot trust them, or it is a misunderstanding by our religious teachers.

So let’s begin to take a look at biblical heaven, and let’s see if we can determine what it really is. We will start by laying out the groundwork for this study. We will first take a look at the Scriptures that deal with the subject of God’s dwelling place. This is very important in order for us to make sense out of what seemingly makes no sense. At the end of this study, you will be astonished to know the true nature of heaven, and how it ties in to your spiritual development.

First, the Bible proclaims that God’s dwelling place is in heaven:

And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. (1 Kings 8:30)

Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, thou only, know the hearts of all the sons of men). (1 Kings 8:39)

Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name. (1 Kings 8:43)

The Bible also says that YOU are God’s dwelling place, that YOU are the house of God, that YOU are the temple of God:

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Rom. 8:9)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Cor. 3:16)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Cor. 6:16)

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb. 3:6)

The house of God is called the temple of God:

Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. (Neh. 6:10)

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (Ps. 27:4)

Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. (Dan. 5:3)

The “house of God” is “in Jerusalem”:

And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God in Jerusalem. (Ezra 1:4)

And [some] of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place: (Ezra 2:68)

Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD. (Ezra 3:8)

Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God at Jerusalem: and with them [were] the prophets of God helping them. (Ezra 5:2)

And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter [and] to destroy this house of God at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed. (Ezra 6:12)

So shall ye know that I [am] the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. (Joel 3:17)

The Scriptures also inform us that God will dwell on the earth (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chr. 6:18; Rev. 5:10) (the earth spoken of in the Scriptures is NOT planet earth, I deal with that concept here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHfSM9fMcQA).

My Father's House is in Heaven.

God’s throne is in heaven:

The LORD [is] in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne [is] in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the sons of men. (Psa. 11:4)

Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (Zech. 6:13)

But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: (Matt. 5:34)

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (Rev. 7:15)

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. (Rev. 16:17)

((Take note of the phrase “temple of heaven,” because it is a critical phrase as it relates to the understanding of biblical heaven. It clues us to the fact that the temple of God is in heaven.))

God’s throne is in his house:

And I will fasten him [as] a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. (Isa. 22:23)

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? (Isa. 66:1)

Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest? (Acts 7:49)

Zion IS Jerusalem:

Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD. (Psa. 135:21)

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. (Isa. 30:19)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. (Zech. 9:9)

The city of Zion is the mountain of God, Mt. Zion:

[[A Song [and] Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, the mountain of his holiness. (Psa. 48:1)

In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which [was] as the frame of a city on the south. (Eze. 40:2)

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (Rev 21:10)

So let’s recap here. First, the Bible proclaims that God’s dwelling place is in heaven. It also says that YOU, who are the house and the temple of God, are God’s dwelling place. The “house of God” (YOU) is in Jerusalem. God’s throne is in heaven. God’s throne is in his house (and YOU are that house). It also tells us that Zion IS Jerusalem, and that the city of Zion is the mountain of God, Mt. Zion.

Are these contradictions? Many of our religious teachers infer from all this that God dwells everywhere.

I know this is a lot to digest, and I’m sure you will have to read this over and over again until it sinks in, but it is worth the energy because quite frankly, your spiritual life depends on it.

Now what can we learn about biblical Jerusalem? Is it a literal city in the Middle East, or is there a spiritual connotation attached to biblical Jerusalem? Remember that ALL of the things of God are to be spiritually discerned. In addition, the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD. (Psa. 116:19)

And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, (2 Chr. 20:5)

To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem. (Psa. 102:21)

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together. (Psa. 122:3) (cf. Eph. 2:21:  “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:21).)

Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD. (Psa. 135:21)

Virtually the entire religious community sees the biblical cities as literal, primarily because in the attempts by the spiritual writers to confound the wise, they use historical names, places and things as part of the overall allegory; but in the Bible these things have vastly different meanings than they do from the secular, or natural, perspective. The emphasis on the salvation of literal Israel, for example, has completely blinded the minds of our religious leaders to the spiritual truths that the allegory of Israel represents.

What, then, is biblical Jerusalem?

YOU are biblical Jerusalem.

YOU are the bride that Christ the bridegroom is coming to marry.

Let’s take a look at this. Remember, YOU are the temple of God.

New Jerusalem – The Bride of Christ that Comes Down out of Heaven

The Scripture says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature:

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

Notice the phrase in this verse, “old things are passed away,” because it is significant as we read the following verses:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth ((**the old things**)) were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God OUT OF HEAVEN, prepared as a BRIDE adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God. (Rev. 21:1-3)

Now you saw above that Mt. Zion is the holy city where God dwells, that it is where the temple is located, and that YOU are that temple. It is YOU who are being created in the image and likeness of God that is the “new creation.” You are in the process of being created anew. This is all spiritual, NOT literal or historical. The Bible is a spiritual book. It is not a history book, or a book to be taken literally. It is the spiritual writers informing you of who you are and how you best function. It is the spiritual writers showing you the path to the “Kingdom of God,” where you meet God (inside yourself), and what happens after you meet God.

This New Jerusalem is called the “bride of Christ.” If you have read this far, it should be crystal clear that we are not talking about a literal city. This is a spiritual city within you. This should not be such a difficult concept to grasp once you understand that …

… The Kingdom of God is Within You

One of the most important verses in the entire Bible is Luke 17:21:

Neither shall they be declaring `Lo! here!’ or `Lo! there!’ for lo! the kingdom of God is inside of you” (Luke 17:21 CLV)

This one verse defines virtually everything you have read in this article to this point.  God rules in his kingdom, God sits on his throne in his kingdom.  God’s throne is in heaven. New Jerusalem, the bride of Christ, comes down out of heaven, where God’s kingdom and God’s temple is. God’s throne is in heaven, where God’s kingdom is. YOU are the temple of God, and the spirit that is God dwells IN YOU! Christ comes in YOUR flesh, (1 John 4:2-3) and “greater is he that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). This is why the Apostle Paul “labors in travail until Christ be formed IN YOU.”

((Note: Who is the Apostle Paul and what does he represent? The Scripture both asks and answers this question in the same verse, and we will deal with it at a future point, but I wanted to share this extremely critical verse with you – a verse you probably have never seen before:  “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man (1 Cor. 3:5). Indeed EVERYONE has a Paul within him. Much more about this in a future post.))

A kingdom has cities, nations, peoples and tongues. The allegory of the Kingdom of God shows all of this to be inside you. You cannot understand these things from a literal perspective. “The letter kills (spiritually), but the spirit gives life (spiritually).”

What is Heaven “Above”

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above (H5921) the firmament: and it was so (Gen. 1:7).

Strongs H5921 (Hebrew “al”) is a preposition the translation of which is left to the reader. What is so interesting about this particular preposition is that in the King James Version this word occurs 48 times in 48 verses, while the Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC), through the ISA (Interlinear Scripture Analyzer), shows it to be occurring a whopping 5,779 times in 4,889 verses!  This means that, in general, either the KJV translators virtually never translated that word into its corresponding English texts, or the Strong’s Concordance writers omitted the number for the Hebrew word in the overwhelming majority of its occurrences.

In the New Testament, the corresponding Strong’s number is G1909 (Greek “epi”) and it occurs 896 and 898 times in the KJV and ISA, respectively. In looking at the ISA, the dominant English translation is either “on” or “over,” and there is no authority that directs this word to be translated as “above” (as in “atmosphere”). The same word is used in the following two Scriptures:

One God and Father of all, who [is] above (G1909) all, and through all, and IN YOU ALL. (Eph. 4:6)

But Christ as a son over (G1909) his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb. 3:6)

In both of the above instances, the word denotes authority, as opposed to location.

Firmament

Praise ye the LORD.  Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power (Ps. 150:1).

The firmament that is heaven is God’s sanctuary (H6944). The sanctuary is the “firmament of his power.” Note that this sanctuary is built within the temple – YOU:

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD. (1 Chr. 22:19)

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion. (Psa. 20:2)

Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God? (Ps. 77:13)

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth (Ps. 102:19) ((**Note: This scripture is informing you, as are other scriptures noted above, that the sanctuary is in heaven, that it is in the temple, and that both of them are in the same place – IN YOU.**))

And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD. (Eze. 44:27)

They who have ears to hear, let them hear.

I hope you are seeing the picture here. You meet God within yourself, in the sanctuary, which is in the temple, which is in heaven, which is in you. You cannot understand these things without understanding Bible symbology. Thankfully, as I indicate above, the Bible explains its symbols; we just have to learn how it does that.

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Until next time, this is Paul Young saying, flee from the crowd and dwell with the Christ within you.  Christ IN YOU, your hope of glory.

20 Comments

  1. Revelation 3:20 – I stand at the door and knock…The number one goal of every Christian should be to invite the Lord God Almighty into the Temple of the Living God – our bodies – so that we may sup with Him – chit chat back and forth as God intended.

  2. Your work is wonderful – thank you. I feel compelled, and I have no reason why, but I feel compelled internally to direct you to the work of Allan Cronshaw. His website makes him look like a crackpot, but you might want to give it a chance as you might find much of what you are saying independently verified.

    Here is a link: http://gospelofthomas.nazirene.org/#Anamnesis

    He is not really about the Gospel of Thomas so you might want to get his main page. Anyway, I’m just a stranger here and so will drop back into the background.

  3. Hey Paul,

    I was wondering if you could do one on Apostle Paul and what he symbolizes? I was thinking about what you said in your article about who does Paul represent. And how you said we all have a Paul within us. The name Paul itself means”Humble” which makes sense and I remember the story in Acts of when he was riding on a horse and got knocked off of it with a light and a voice which means so many things. A horse represents freedom.

  4. Paul, I just found your site a few weeks ago. Have been looking for all of this truth myself with a similar beginning story as yours. Have you moved to somewhere else? I see you haven’t posted anything since 2016.

  5. Thanks for sharing your revealed knowledge from within. it has truly blessed me, I sent you an email but still waiting for your responds, what’s your thought on tithing and giving offerings to churches to help spread the Gospel. Also have you heard of Neville Goddard & Rev Ike they both also interprets the Bible symbolically here is a link to Neville’s blog http://masterkeywisdom.com/

    • Hi Victor. I just responded to your email, and as it relates to this comment, I again reiterate that the biblical church has nothing to do with a building that people to go to hear the word of God. Christ is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13), you are the house, and therefore the church, of God (Heb. 3:6; 1 Tim. 3:15), and thus you go to church (inside yourself) to hear the Word of God (the inner Christ).

      Scripture says “cursed be the man that trusts in man” (Jer. 17:5). To believe in the literal church is to trust in man to teach you about God. But Scripture also says that there’s “none righteous, no not one” (Rom. 3:10). A long time ago I asked “God” (as I understood God at that time), “if you are real, and if you are omniscient, when why do I need man to teach me about you? I believe you are able to do that yourself.” I then stopped going to any man to learn about God, and truth after truth has since been revealed to me. The last truth revealed to me is that I don’t know anything, and thus I should stop trying to teach people about God. There a saying that goes “one cannot teach what one does not know.” All that I have learned I learned through personal study and personal prayer.

      I would suggest forsaking the teachings of man and going inside yourself to learn the truth. This means you will have to start trusting your thoughts, which are no less inferior to the thoughts and opinions of anyone else seeking to teach you. You are great and genius lies within you. When you are able to forsake the thoughts and opinions of others, you will learn that there is so much genius within yourself. Perhaps this is unfathomable to you. Give it a try, exercise patience with the things you don’t [yet] know, and pray to have faith in yourself.

      Blessings.

      • Hi:
        I have gone through several of your(Paul) topics. I agree with you that a great deal of the bible has a spiritual explanation. There is a saying “As above, so below”. We are spiritual beings, but we are also physical beings. We all accept what makes sense to us at the place we are in. If we are not ready to hear a new concept we will reject it.

        I agree with a lot of your spiritual parallels, As we grow in life we discover that the truth we thought, was not the truth at all. We are together the body of the church and bride of Christ. The ark of Noah was a real physical boat. It is also a representation of Jesus Christ. The crossing of the red sea in exodus really happened. It also represents the baptism of Israel. The ark of the covenant was a real vessel. and carried the manna, the staff and the law. Mary was the vessel that carried Jesus who is the bread of life, the king of kings and the law of Love which sums up the whole law. Jesus while on the cross restored the relationship between God. man(John) and woman(Mary) that was broken in the garden of Eden. Like you say, there is no end to the spiritual references of physical things in the bible.

        I too would suggest forsaking the teachings of man. I kindly disagree that we should go it alone as we are together the body of Christ and together make up the church. If you are the mouth and have no tongue or a foot and have no leg you are useless to the body. As the apostle says, if anyone comes and teaches anything bother than Jesus coming to earth in the flesh, physically dying on the roman cross for our sins, buried in a tomb, rising back to life in a physical body, that one is a lair and there is no truth in him.
        Our work is to believe in the one sent from the Father whom lives in us, the hope of glory.
        God Bless you.

  6. Thank you M. Young for the work that you are doing. I am glad for the fact that I am finding people who think the same way, who don’t view the Bible as literal true history and try to decode the symbols of Scripture. Thank you for all the efforts! Thanks to you I have made some interesting “discoveries”. But i have a question which isn’t directly related to this article. Nevertheless. I viewed your videos about hellfire where you said that at the end the tongue was the fire and that, basically, our words were our fruits and that we, by speaking, could determine our condition, we get what we seed. Did you try it and have you seen some noticeable results ? I am curious

    This reminds me also of Neville Goddard. A great mystic. Interestingly enough, he was also teaching that our mental conversations were affecting, attracting our lives ( it’s very close, if not the same thing as you said ).

    • Hi Nikolay. There is actually another aspect to our spirituality that I believe is critical for us to understand, and that is the concept of fiery trials. Matthew 24 denotes the path to the Kingdom of God, and that path goes through suffering. We are promised we are going to go through “hell” on our way to the kingdom (1 Cor. 3:13-15), and that we are to be patient in the midst of our fiery trials (1 Pet. 4:12-13, Dan. 3:19-27, Job 13:15, Job 23:10). I myself am still learning about how to employ all this in my own life, so I am in no position to teach you how to do it. I do believe, and in fact do have personal experience, in going to “God” for myself and getting answers, but again it is critical that each one of us does that for himself/herself. This means not only praying, but watching, because answers are always going to come, but in most cases, not in the way you are expecting them. I don’t want to deprive anyone of the personal experience you can have by trusting in God, as you understand that concept, for yourself.

      Remember that “no one who comes to me will I in any wise cast out” (John 6:37). The million dollar question here is this: are you truly coming to “Christ,” (the power and wisdom of God within you), or are you coming to “man” to teach you about Christ? There is a big difference.

  7. I found this site recently and I am glad I have because there are not many people out there that I can relate the things I understand at times. But just wanted to bring up in Ephesians in chapter 2 where it states that we are seated with him in heavenly places. To me heaven is a place of higher consciousness and we sit with him because we are one. It is true, we must die or become blind to our ignorance(carnality) to see it and know it. I’ve told many there is not one place it says when we die physically we go to a place called heaven or hell. We simply return back to God as Ecclesiastes states in chapter 12, but what that pertains to is a mystery because until we physically die then we will experience whatever ever that is. But back to topic people have to see it for themselves. You can show them but they have to see it and awaken to it on their own. We truly can be on earth and in heaven at the same time since earth is also us.

    During my time in religion I began to see some of these things, but rejected them because when I would mention them to my pastor at the time;he would basically scold me for such thoughts. But as I began to allow the father to speak things to me that were so foreign to what I had been taught by religion, I just wanted to know truth from then on.

    • Hi John.

      I’m glad you found this site and I hope you find it a blessing to you. Indeed, there is no place in the Bible where it says we physically go to heaven when we die. That is merely an interpretation based on what we have come to understand about Jesus being in heaven, and us being “lifted up together with him in clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” I find it very unfortunate that the translators of the Scriptures sought not only to translate them, but also to interpret them for us. They apparently had no understanding of Rev. 22:18-19. When we truly understand the nature of Jesus, and that he dwells in us, and that we are the earth, and that Jesus lay in the heart of the “earth” for three days and three nights, then some of this will begin to make some sense to us.

      Scripture also tells us that “no one understands, no not one.” I wonder who that doesn’t include. Yet everyone thinks they understand. I have come to the conclusion that I know absolutely nothing regarding spirituality. Even the Proverbs tell us to “lean not unto thy own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy steps” (Prov. 3:6). So this is why we go inside, where Christ resides. Only the Christ has the answers, and we will never be able to understand them cognitively, because our natural minds cannot understand the things of God.

      Oh, if we could only hear these things! Thanks so much for your comment, John.

  8. Once again, as usual Paul, you bring us concrete evidence straight from the Bible about things which are not to be understood concretely but rather abstractly. As Joshua Tilghman above states, in his second paragraph, heaven is inside us. When we find this inner peace, we become Christ personified. Christ is a personification of the perspective of unconditional love which inner peace, realized inside us, brings forth. Once we reach heaven inside us, we start spreading it outside of us thus the importance of spreading and teaching the “gospel”. We have to die to see heaven, which only means we have to let ego die to reach inner peace. With ego come all inner attachments to material things, things of the flesh that have a limited lifespan and which bring about inner turmoil, e. i. hell. I also think that to reach inner peace, it is vital for one to understand that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it changes form. For me God is just a word for all life, everything in existence put together which is an eternal, conscious being. Since it is everywhere it is thus inside us as well. The following explains the perspective of God, reached by philosopher Boethius that we also must reach and is called “ascension”:

    ”Let us examine, so far as we lawfully may, the character of the divine nature, so that we may be able to learn what its knowledge is. The common opinion, according to all men living, is that God is eternal. Let us therefore consider what is eternity. For eternity will, I think, make clear to us at the same time the divine nature and knowledge. Eternity is the simultaneous and complete possession of infinite life. What we should rightly call eternal is that which grasps and possesses wholly and simultaneously the fulness of unending life, which lacks naught of the future, and has lost naught of the fleeting past; and such an existence must be ever present in itself to control and aid itself, and also must keep present with itself the infinity of changing time. Since then all judgment apprehends the subjects of its thought according to its own nature, and God has a condition of ever-present eternity, His knowledge, which passes over every change of time, embracing infinite lengths of past and future, views in its own direct comprehension everything as though it were taking place in the present. If you would weigh the foreknowledge by which God distinguishes all things, you will more rightly hold it to be a knowledge of a never-failing constancy in the present, than a foreknowledge of the future. Whence Providence is more rightly to be understood as a looking forth than a looking forward, because it is set far from low matters and looks forth upon all things as from a lofty mountain-top above all. Why then do you demand that all things occur by necessity, if divine light rests upon them, while men do not render necessary such things as they can see? Because you can see things of the present does your sight therefore put upon them any necessity? Surely not. If one may not unworthily compare this present time with the divine, just as you can see things in this your temporal present, so God sees all things in His eternal present. Wherefore this divine foreknowledge does not change the nature of individual qualities of things: it sees things present in its understanding just as they will result some time in the future.” (Boethius 475-526, Consolation of Philosophy)

    We are consciousness (soul), spiritual beings, that have existed since forever and will exist forever. Looking back into the past infinity of the universe, trying to trace our DNA back to the first ancestor, we could never ever find the first one. “We” (souls) have been around since forever and will be around forever changing temples (bodies) because nothing in existence can ever dissappear! This is what “reincarnation” means and cannot be understood concretely but rather abstractly. Our souls are always one with God in his eternal dimension but “he” sends/manifests parts of itself (souls) into temples (bodies) in order to observe itself and manifest balance in its own creation. “He” can upgrade or downgrade us (souls) according to the level of our consciousness we have achieved – if we have reached ultimate consciousness of oneness and we manifest it everywhere we go in this life, then we are upgraded into more advanced temples. If we reach this perspective but remain selfish, spreading the illusion of separateness, then we get downgraded in order to get a chance to learn again.This is why there is an evolution of bodies on this planet. Only in a human body – temple can one find God (the perspective of oneness, eternity, balance,etc). In human form we are “image of God” which is a potentiality we must realize. This is why the Bible emphasizes love and brotherhood and forgiveness etc.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Mike. The quote from Boethius is interesting. I just had a conversation with Josh Tilghman the other day where we discussed the definition of the word “eternity.” I absolutely love Boethius’ definition. It’s something for all of us to think about. Your comment that “[w]e have to die to see heaven” is very astute, and of course this death is not physical death, but is what the “death of Christ” is all about. “It is appointed to all men once to die, but after this the judgment.” This is spiritual, and it is very powerful. This is why Jesus calls Peter “Satan” when Peter says to him “thou shalt not die.” The seed of Christ within us HAS to die in order to bring forth fruit. When the Christ within us dies (or “leaves the temple”), we die. Our hope is for the resurrection of Christ within us. He is the life (John 14:6).

  9. Thanks Paul, for pointing out (or for now alluding to) the truth of the Biblical character named “Paul.” He is no different than the other characters in the bible that reside within us. I haven’t studied much in a while, as it seems I have been forced to do other things and take care of people right now. But I’m interested and will be waiting to see how you bring out the symbolism in the name change also from “Saul,” the Christian persecutor to “Paul,” the one entrusted by God with the Gospel. And also how he alludes to the “super apostles,” and whatever they are not mattering to him. Finally, one that used to irritate me until I realized it was NOT literal, how and why he “called Peter out” about eating meat, but not eating it around the Jews. I think I got that right. I haven’t picked up the Bible in close to a year because I burnt up my field taking in too much at once…..and am just now able to start reading a little here and there and take it slow. The words are only pointers to get me where I need to be anyway. Unlocking the entire Bible will not do it for me. So I had to back off for now. But I did enjoy this one. You have a gift with remembering scripture. Thanks for this and hope your wife and family are well.

    • I was reading 1 Thessalonians yesterday, and so many things jumped out at me. One of the deepest things I’ve learned (and I am in the midst of studying it) is that Paul, Silvanus and Timotheus represent our higher consciousness that is speaking to us and teaching us. It is amazing how when you come to understand the symbols of the scriptures, you can start putting things together in a way that makes sense. For example, “… he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly” (Rom. 2:27). So when the scriptures speak about Peter not eating meat around the Jews, the significance of both “meat” and “Jews” — and even the biblical definition of the word “name” (as in the name change from Saul to Paul) — is much deeper than what appears on the surface.

      As to Saul/Paul, I have not yet done that study. Not yet sure when I will get around to it, but I do believe that the Saul of the Old Testament and the Saul of the New are connected. That’s just a gut feeling right now, and I will do a post on it once I understand it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  10. Paul,

    People have chased the idea of a literal heaven for most of Christian history, but as you’ve shown even the Bible itself teaches no such thing. You have given a great reference of Old Testament scriptures to show this, and perhaps the strongest New Testament scripture is Luke 17:21, which you also reference. It is certainly plain that the kingdom of God and heaven doesn’t come as a future event after death, but must be realized now within us.
    Your research into Strong’s H5921 and G1909 is especially telling. I think this has happened with tons of prepositions that translators used to suit their own literal theology.

    I would like to add that for me “Heaven” is about a state of consciousness realized by going within the body-temple through meditation. Receiving the joy and peace of the spirit through the silencing of the ego reveals our true nature, which is also one with God. We can tie this idea with the lower and upper Jerusalem mentioned by Paul in Galatians 4:25-26. Lower Jerusalem is our true nature’s (love) bondage within the ego, but when one learns to “be still and know that I am God,” and then penetrates the veil through the later stages of advanced meditation, then we come to know our true self is of the Jerusalem above. As you have already shown us, it has nothing to do with physical location, unless we realize that location is ourselves.

    Great article. Thanks for sharing this with us all.

    • Thanks, Josh. Indeed, heaven is within us, not “above” us. It is our job to “search” for God, whose throne is in heaven, and we are promised that everyone who seeks, finds. Unfortunately, most people are not truly seeking, but are simply content to believe what they are taught. Seeking is a very personal thing and we MUST get away from the teachings of man and go to the source within for ourselves. We won’t understand how this works until we actually do it.

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