Bible Answers to Questions About Heaven

By Dr. Curtis Hutson


VII. Where Is Heaven?

   When I was little boy, I used to say "up to Heaven." When I got older, someone reminded me that if I died in China and went up I would be going an opposite direction from a man who died in America and went up. Since the world is round and China is on the other side of the world that seems reasonable. But I have discovered from the Bible that Heaven is a fixed location in the sides of the North beyond the highest star.
   Here is an interesting passage: "Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another" (Psalms 75:6,7).
   Isn't that strange that the word "north" is left out? Why? Because promotion does come from the North. It comes from God. "He putteth down one, and setteth up another."
   In Isaiah 14:12-17 we have the story of Lucifer, who became Satan. He said, "I will exalt my throne above God's throne." He said, "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds." He said, "I will do into the sides of the north."
   Heaven, then, is a fixed location in the sides of the North. According to Isaiah 14, it is beyond the highest star.
   Here in Isaiah 14 Satan said, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God." If he is talking about literal stars, he is talking about going out beyond what we call the second heaven.
   There are three heavens. Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 12:2,4, "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven...How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
    If there is a third Heaven, there is a second and first heaven. The first heaven is the atmospheric heavens where the birds fly. Says 2nd Peter 3:10, "...the heavens shall pass away with a great noise.' He is speaking of the atmospheric heavens. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God. " This is talking about the second heaven--the starry or planetary heavens. And the third heaven, the paradise of God, where Christian's go and where Jesus is, is somewhere out beyond the last star, beyond the second or starry system.
   I am told that the farthest star man has been able to locate through his most powerful telescopes is 500 million light years away. Light ravels a little more than 186,000 miles per second. That means if you could go 186,000 miles per second, it would take 500 million years to reach the last star that man has been able to locate, and Heaven is somewhere out beyond the highest star, in the sided of the North, according to Isaiah 14.
   So when I said, "Up to Heaven," as a little boy, I was right, though I did not understand it. Any time you go North you are going up. Everybody says "up North" and "down South." And the North Pole is the top of the earth. So Heaven is up.
   Heaven is real. It is a fixed location in the sides of the North, beyond the highest star.

End of Chapter Seven


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