ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN
The “Sons of Alahim”, or “Angels” (Hebrew, malakim) are spatial beings that can move freely throughout all of creation. Currently, the Throne of Yahuah is not on Earth, although Yahuah certainly fills all of the universe. In fact, He fills all of the “space-time continuum”:
Jer (YirmeYahu) 23:24 “‘If anyone is hidden in secret places, would I not see him?’ declares Yahuah. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and earth?’ declares Yahuah.”
Yahuah is both “in Heaven”, as well as “on Earth”, at the same time. We are consigned to Earth:
Ecc 5:2 “Do not be hasty with your mouth, and let not your heart hurry to bring forth a word before Alahim.
For Alahim is in the heavens, and you on earth, therefore let your words be few.”
The Hebrew word for “Heaven” is Shamayim, and literally refers to “skies” (note the “im” ending in the Hebrew, which makes the word plural). The “1st Heaven” is usually understood to be the atmosphere of our planet, and beyond this lies what is called the “2nd Heaven”, or “outer space”, where there is no atmosphere. There are expanses above these, which would be higher levels of “Heaven”. The “Heavens” (Shamayim) contain the sun, moon, planets, stars, and beyond these are endless expanses filled with other galaxies of stars, along with other objects. The Babylonian teachings which have come down through the ages (through the beast governmental systems of the past) were mixed into the background understandings of early Catholicism, since Catholicism was the Roman solar religion re-named. They didn’t change clothes, festivals, symbols, or their address; this Roman mystery religion (Magical Mystery Tour) is the “woman” controlling the 4th beast (world governments) of the whole Earth. The world system reflects the original Babylonian model, metaphorically portrayed in the vision of Nebuchadnezzar, the great image of a man with five components (gold, silver, brass, iron, clay). Throughout the existence of these world rulers, or “heads” of the beast system, the Babylonian teachings will continue until Yahusha returns to destroy the human governments, and the woman (false prophet) riding or controlling the beast. Opening a newspaper, we can easily find the daily “horoscope” (meaning “look at the hour”; horo, hour; and scopus, look). This Babylonian religious practice was condemned by Yahuah:
Jer (YirmeYahu) 10:1,2: “Hear the word which Yahuah speaks to you, O house of Yisrael.
Thus said Yahuah, ‘Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.’ See also: Lev. 18:3, Dt. 12:30 & 18:9, Ezek. 11:12 & 20:32, Eph. 4:17, 1 Peter 4:3. 2Dt. 4:19 & 17:3.
The Gentiles inherited these patterns now called “Astrology” which they use to guide their behavior in every aspect of living. The Heavens in the above text is referred to in the phrase “signs of the heavens”, and these would be the luminous objects mentioned earlier. The interpretation of these “signs in the heavens” involves what they call “constellations” (the Hebrew word “mazel” or “mazal”). Jewish mysticism (through the Talmud) embraces a great deal of this Babylonian practice. This definition comes from chabad.org:
Mazal: a): A medium that conveys spiritual influence to worldly beings; in its Talmudic usage, the celestial constellations that serve this purpose.
b): The root or main part of the soul, which is not experienced consciously. (emphasis mine)
The realm of “Heaven” was considered to be the abode of the deities by Pagans, and they believed they could see them in the arrangement of lights in the skies. The common people were taught to believe they would one day pass into the Heavens to live with the deities if they served them well during their life on Earth. Earth was not their destination, Heaven was. This belief continues because it is so strongly held – it is a “stronghold” of belief.
In contrast, we see from studying Scripture that the Throne of Heaven (which is the Throne of Yahuah) will one day be coming to Earth, never to depart. This Throne is also called the “Throne of David (Da’ud)”. The New Yerushalayim is coming from Heaven to Earth to remain forever, and the Throne of Yahuah will be established within the city, giving light -- (read full context):
Rev 22:1-5: “And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of Alahim and of the Lamb.
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And no longer shall there be any curse, and the throne of Alahim and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
And they shall see His face, and His Name shall be upon their foreheads.
And night shall be no more, and they shall have no need of a lamp or the light of the sun, because Yahuah Alahim shall give them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
There are many other indications from Scripture that verify that we will reign with Yahusha on Earth. The meek will inherit the Earth, not Heaven. It is the phrase, “reign of the Heavens”, which we find in the texts of Scripture, never “going to heaven” for the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones, those in His Covenant).
Daniel was not told he was going to Heaven, but rather:
Dan 12:1,2: “Now at that time Miḵa’el shall stand up, the great head who is standing over the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of distress (the Great Tribulation), such as never was since there was a nation, until that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth wake up, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches, everlasting abhorrence.”
Those “waking-up” who are in the dust have been there since their “first death”. We see Daniel is told he would rest (in sheol, the grave) until the day of the resurrection, at Yahusha’s coming (at the end of the Great Trib):
Dan 12:13: “But you, go your way till the end. And rest, and arise to your lot at the end of the days.”
David (Da’ud) has not “ascended” into Heaven, neither has he been resurrected yet:
Act 2:29: “Men and brothers, let me speak boldly to you of the ancestor Dawiḏ, that he died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.”
Act 2:34,35: “For Dawiḏ did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself said, ‘Yahuah said to my Master, ‘Sit at My right hand,
until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’” (So, Da’ud is still awaiting his resurrection also, in his grave).
The only ONE who has ever “ascended” into the Heavens is Yahusha, the first-born from the dead (meaning He is the FIRST to have lived as a human and then to be “changed” into the immortal “clothing” we will all put on one day. Being with Yahusha will be what people refer to as being “in Heaven”, but it will literally be being in the “reign” of Heaven, the Kingdom we pray will one day come to Earth. He is “in Heaven”, but no person has ascended there.
was a teacher of
Joh (Yahuchanon, or “Elazar”, the “disciple whom Yahusha loved) 3:10-13: “Yahusha answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Yisrael, and do not know this? Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak what We know and witness what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If you do not believe when I spoke to you about earthly matters, how are you going to believe when I speak to you about the heavenly matters?
And no one has gone up into the heaven except He who came down from the heaven – the Son of Aḏam.”
One day, at Yahusha’s return, we will be caught-up to meet Him “in the air” (the 1st Heaven). This will be when the dead are resurrected from their graves. Then, we who are still alive, will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. This will be at the END of the Great Trib (distress), not as the false teachers say. Our “protection” during the Great Trib will be because we are sealed with the Name of the Father, so there will be a distinction made for those that will receive the plagues, and we who do not. We will do our most important work during the Great Trib, and Yahusha said He would shorten the days for the sake of the elect (chosen ones: those obeying Yahuah’s Commandments, and holding to the Testimony of Yahusha). If we were not here “enduring to the end” of the Great Trib, why would He have said He would shorten the days for our sakes?