There are 3 heavens. Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:2 said he was “caught up to the third heaven” where God abides. So if there is such a place referred to as the third heaven, then there are definitely the first and the second heavens.
The Word “Heaven” Looks Singular In Genesis 1:1. That is how it is presented in almost all the English versions of the Bible. The King James Version has it this way: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” But the Hebrew word for heaven is “Shamayim,” which is plural. It is just like the word “God” in the Hebrew is “Elohim” which is plural, too. The “im” makes them plural. Additional examples are: The Prophets is “Nevi’im,” and the Writings, “Ketuvim.” Notice the “im” at the end of each word.
The first heaven is mentioned in Genesis 1:8: “And God called the firmament Heaven” which refer to our atmosphere – what you and I see with our natural eyes.
The second heaven is the place Satan abides and rules the world from; the place where demons, principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places operates from (Ephesians 6:12). Evil spirits possess none – Christians and influence Christians but cannot be seen with the natural eyes. Think about it; it is because they are in another realm, a different place. The same reason would have prevented people from seeing the son of God, Jesus Christ, if he had not been in a human body on earth. Your spiritual eyes must be open to see in the other heavens.
God is in the third heaven and at the same time here in us, Christians. He is omnipresent. All spirits including man can move from one realm to the other. Only God can be everywhere. And spirits must possess bodies or things to operate effectively on earth. Man can be here and in any other heaven at the same time. Thanks to God, for we have the ability to be omnipresent by His grace.
Now, for those that are wondering if Paradise is the same as Heaven, we have this for you:
Paradise appears 3 times in the New Testament (Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 12:4, and in Revelation 2:7).
It also appears 26 times in the Old Testament where…
In 3, it is translated ‘forest‘ or ‘orchard‘ (Nehemiah 2:8, Ecclesiastes 2:5, and in the Song of Solomon 4:13).
In another 3, it refers gardens (Numbers 24:6, Isaiah 1:30, and in Jeremiah 29:5).
It refers to mostly the Garden of Eden (20 appearances) in 18 verses (Genesis 2:8-16, 3:1-24, and 13:10. We also have Isaiah 51:3, Ezekiel 28:13, 31:8-9. And Joel 2:3).
What exactly is Paradise?
Many believe it is the perfect state of a place where there is contentment and fulfillment. Yes, we agree.
Some say it is a place where Christians go when they die. No, we disagree. We at Mytopfinding know it to be a word used to describe the Heaven where Christ is, a place of timeless harmony. And that place is much perfect than the Garden of Eden where Adam was.
To bring things to our level as men, the word “paradise” was used in the New Testament to describe the Heaven where God is.
Don’t forget God is in us. So if you say it is a place where the presence of God is, then our bodies can be referred to as paradise. For it is the perfect will of God that He dwell in us.
Where does the word Paradise come from?
It is from the Old Iranian word “paridayda” (“walled enclosure“) then to the Greek word “parádeisos” (παράδεισος). To the Latin “paradisus.” To the French “parades.” And lastly, to our very own English word “paradise.” The Greek “parádeisos” is “park for animals.” And it is similar to the Aramaic “pardaysa” (“Royal Park“). The Old Iranian word was adopted as Assyrian “pardesu” (“domain“) which later meant the expansive walled gardens of the First Persian Empire.
The walled enclosure generally came to refer to a plantation or other cultivated area, not necessarily walled. For example, the Old Iranian word survives as Pardis in New Persian as well as its derivative pālīz (or “jālīz”), which denotes a vegetable patch.
Have you noticed the Hebrew פַּרְדֵּס pardes “orchard” in Nehemiah 2:8, Ecclesiastes 2:5, and in the Song of Solomon 4:13? It is “fruit garden.”
Paradise is the word used to describe the third Heaven. You can choose to use it as a synonym for the third Heaven. Want to be in Paradise with Jesus today? Receive Him as your Lord and personal Savoir.