I have found 4 definitions to the word heaven in the Old Testament. I want to share this with you. I will provide the original Hebrew and the English translation.
- Raki’a – firmament (Gen. 2.19); starry (Deut. 17:3; Matt. 24:29); The heaven of Heavens (Deut. 10:14; 2 Cor. 12:2)
- Shamayim – the heaven and the earth (Jer. 23:24) the entire universe
- Marom – heaven (Ps. 18:16; Is. 24:18; Jer. 25:30)
- Shechakim – extent of heaven (Deut. 33:26; Job 35:5)
Whew, that’s a lot. However, it’s important to me that you know about your home. Will you want to move into a new location and not be aware of its history; what does it have to offer you? I don’t think so. Heaven is where our Creator lives; where our Savior lives and if you are in right standing with GOD according to HIS will not yours; it is the place where you will live. In the book of John 14:2-3; JESUS tells us that we have mansions there and that HE will come and get us. Heaven is a real place just as you are a real person. If you find yourself wondering if you will make it into heaven; let me ease your mind. I tell you the truth; ANYONE who believes in JESUS has eternal life.
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. Those who live to please the Spirit of GOD will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:8
Most people will not read the book of Revelations because they think it too spooky, what a crazy thought. I suggest you read this book go to the chapters that speak on heaven. Revelation 21:3-4; 10-11; 18-21; 23-25
I don’t believe that reading this book can be as scary as doing things that take you from making clear choices. Going places where the chances of harm are being done to you is greater than going to work, school, the store or church.