The Three Heavens
In Jewish thinking, there are three tiers to the heavens.
Earth's atmosphere the weather and clouds, where the birds fly, is the First Heaven.
The planets, sun, moon and stars occupy the Second Heaven.
The Third Heaven is the abode of God and the Angels.
New Jerusalem, therefore is in the Second Heaven.
The Apostle Paul visited the Third Heaven, 2 Corinthians 12.
The Third Heaven
The Second Heaven
One hundred ninety five nations are found on the earth today, each accountable to God the Creator whose throne is in the Third Heaven.
The orbiting city of New Jerusalem is in the Second Heaven.
Worldometers.info reports the present world population as 8,059,944,210 people.
See God's Strange Servants on Human Government and its purposes, (Ray Stedman).
'Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God." (Luke 24:44-53)
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up,
after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering
by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “ which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:1-10)
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, (Petros) and on this rock (petra)
I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. (Matthew 16:13-20)
When He ascended Jesus did not stop in New Jerusalem, the place He had prepared for His Bride.
He ascended to the Third Heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, "there to wait until His enemies should be made a stool for His feet."
During the Seven-year Tribulation Period, Jesus and His Bride, the True Church, will oversee all that takes place down on earth.
The Lord will personally direct the great world-wide evangelism crusade of the 144,000.
The entire true church, all who know Jesus, will be removed from 195 different nations down on the planet---at the Rapture.
No more property taxes to pay, or income taxes. Totally honest weights, measures and balances!
"Salt" and "Light" will be taken up along with the church.
The Holy Spirit as a Person will depart also.
Earth's 195 nations (left behind) will quickly be merged into one entity headed by the Man of Sin.
One world government, one world religion! Guess Who is really running everything!
(Strong's #4177 — Noun Masculine — polites — pol-ee'-tace )
"a member of a city or state, or the inhabitant of a country or district," Luke 15:15 , is used elsewhere in Luke 19:14; Acts 21:39 , and, in the most authentic mss., in Hebrews 8:11 (where some texts have plesion, "a neighbor"). Apart from Hebrews 8:11 , the word occurs only in the writings of Luke (himself a Greek).2: συμπολίτης
(Strong's #4847 — Noun Masculine — sumpolites — soom-pol-ee'-tace )
sun, "with," and No. 1, denotes "a fellow-citizen," i.e., possessing the same "citizenship," Ephesians 2:19 , used metaphorically in a spiritual sense.3: πολιτεία
(Strong's #4174 — Noun Feminine — politeia — pol-ee-ti'-ah )
signifies (a) "the relation in which a citizen stands to the state, the condition of a citizen, citizenship," Acts 22:28 , "with a great sum obtained I this citizenship" (AV, "freedom"). While Paul's "citizenship" of Tarsus was not of advantage outside that city, yet his Roman "citizenship" availed throughout the Roman Empire and, besides private rights, included (1) exemption from all degrading punishments; (2) a right of appeal to the emperor after a sentence; (3) a right to be sent to Rome for trial before the emperor if charged with a capital offense. Paul's father might have obtained "citizenship" (1) by manumission; (2) as a reward of merit; (3) by purchase; the contrast implied in Acts 22:28 is perhaps against the last mentioned; (b) "a civil polity, the condition of a state, a commonwealth," said of Israel, Ephesians 2:12 . See COMMONWEALTH.4: πολίτευμα
(Strong's #4175 — Noun Neuter — politeuma — pol-it'-yoo-mah )
signifies "the condition, or life, of a citizen, citizenship;" it is said of the heavenly status of believers, Philippians 3:20 , "our citizenship (AV, "conversation") is in Heaven." The RV marg. gives the alternative meaning, "commonwealth," i.e., community. See COMMONWEALTH , FREEDOM.Note: Politeuo, Philippians 1:27 , signifies "to be a polites" (see No. 1), and is used in the Middle Voice, signifying, metaphorically, conduct characteristic of heavenly "citizenship," RV, "let your manner of life (AV, "conversation") be worthy (marg., "behave as citizens worthily") of the Gospel of Christ." In Acts 23:1 it is translated "I have lived." See CONVERSATION , LIVE.
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