The Third Heaven (Continued)
Paul’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Paul was one human who went to the Third Heaven and came back. He did not reveal one single thing he saw. He only commented on what he had heard. He called the words he heard unspeakable. He considered these words so sacred that they could not be spoken in our world. May God help us to be more in awe of what we hear from Him, than of what we see with our eyes.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
Isaiah’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Isaiah was another man who saw a glimpse of Heaven. The record is in Isaiah 6:1-7 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”
From this text we learn that in the Third Heaven:
- The Lord is sitting upon a throne.
- The Lord is wearing a robe with a very long train (hem).
- There is a temple in Heaven where He sits. Other Scriptures that speak of this temple are Revelation 3:12; 7:15; 11:19; 14:15; 17; 15:5; 6; 8; 16:1; 17.
- Six winged seraphims ceaselessly fly above the throne of God and cry one to another announcing the holiness of the Lord of Hosts.
- There is an altar of live coals.
When Isaiah saw the Lord, he felt condemned, unclean, and undone. What particularly troubled him were his unclean lips and the unclean lips of the people of the world. Do we take time to consider our words? Do our words cause us regret, sorrow or shame?
Next entry – begin study of John’s Witness of the Third Heaven