Deuteronomy 10:14 “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.”
All of the heavens and heaven belong to God. The earth belongs to God, and we belong to God. The thief, satan, tries to steal them from God and claim ownership. Yet God is the Maker and Owner of all things. Heaven is the Lord’s. The word “Heaven” comes from the Greek word “ouranos” (oo-ran-os). Thus, the Doctrine of Heaven is called Ouranology.
What does heaven mean? The word heaven means “lofty” or “elevation.” Heaven is used in the Bible 551 times. It is used 313 times in the Old Testament, and 238 times in the New Testament. Consider that hell is mentioned only 54 times in the Bible. The Bible speaks of Heaven over 10 times more than it does hell. Hell was created for satan and his minions. Heaven is where God wants us all to end up! Let us rejoice in that fact. Be sure that you are saved from your sins, so that you can go to our Heavenly home some day!
The word heavens (plural) appears an additional 127 times in our King James Bible (it, along with many other words and verses have been removed or changed in the other corrupt versions of the Bible). Thus, the total times heaven is mentioned is 678 times.
I. The Creation of the Heavens
- The heavens were made by God
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” They did not always exist as God has. They were made. Their making marked “the beginning.”
Nehemiah 9:6 “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”
- They were made by the Son of God
Colossians 1:16 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
- They were made by the Holy Spirit
Job 26:13 “By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.”
- They were made by the Word of the Lord
Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
The whole Trinity was involved in the creation of Heaven. They spoke it into existence. Man cannot speak anything into existence, but God can. That is the power of His Word. God uses His Word to do His work! We should do the same!
Next Entry will begin study of “The Three Heavens.”