Third Heaven - The ONLY way to Heaven
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus tells us as clear as day I am the bridge between you and God. Only by my work and grace can anybody make it to Heaven.
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Genesis 28:10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway [Or ladder] resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it [Or there beside him] stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD,
Jesus is a figurative Ladder that Jacob saw, the ladder that represents the ONLY way to God.
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Matthew 7:13-14 [The Narrow and Wide Gates] "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Pray that you are one of the few that can find life.
Take your cross and follow him
Matthew 10:38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Mark 8:34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Take up your cross and follow Jesus. This is mentioned in all the Gospels, It means that it’s very important. Take up your cross does not mean have a cross around your neck but rather to live your life as to leave no drought of your Christian convictions.
Jesus requires commitment
Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
Luke 11:23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
Jesus does not need sympathizers; you are either in or out. Make up your mind while you still can.
To go to Heaven you pass by Hell - Image
2 Corinthians 112:1-3 must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man (maybe Paul himself) in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—
There is such a thing as a second heaven, a place of darkness, partially controlled by Satan and his Fallen Angels. This is the place where the Angels and Lost souls might gather before the upcoming Judgment.
Is this Biblical? Maybe this is where so people came up with purgatory?
Luke 16:23-25 In hell, [hades] where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'
"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
First hand accounts of near death experiences recall a dark tunnel where they heard the screams of lost souls. Is this the second heaven? The testimonies seem to confirm what Lazarus experienced.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Don’t get rejected, make your commitment and stick to it. Don’t live a lie, if you don’t want to be there don’t. Try to walk away from God, He will find you.
Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Jude 1:6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.
Is this some time of temporary prison, a holding place before the appointed day? Are they in prison or are they in a place of shame waiting for impending Judgment.
Job 1:6 [ Job's First Test ] One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
Is this a perfect place to have access to Heaven and Hell? It appears that at least in Job’s time Satan had access to the Courts of God.
The appointed time
Matthew 8:29 "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
From this time, their time is lost; this is the end of the temporary second heaven. The dead are gathered for Judgment.
Is the fire some kind of soul filter?
Jude 1:23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
1 Corinthians 5:5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
Some believe that their sinful lifestyle will be purified by fire, appearing on Heaven still smoking from the fire. I believe that these two verses talk about forsaking the sinful believer among us, and letting God, heat up the cold believer to repentance. He just doesn’t want sinful believers to stay in church in sin.