The Final Overthrow of Satan - The Threee Heavens
T he Three Heavens
Many of the great truths of God come in threes.
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Likewise man is spirit, soul and body.
So it is with heaven. The Bible speaks of heaven, the heavens, and the heaven of heavens.
The First Heaven
Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
The first heaven, therefore, is the earth's atmosphere.
The Second Heaven
The second heaven is what we know as outer space, with in excess of 100 billion galaxies each with 100 billion suns.
The Third Heaven
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.
The third heaven is where the throne of God is located. It is the seat of power for the entire universe.