Is heaven a place?

I was asked in response to a previous blog (‘Heaven is in Hell too’ Feb2/16) how heaven could be in hell when heaven is a place. Surely heaven is ‘the place’ we go to after we die, it’s the place where God dwells and rules from, and it’s the place Jesus ascended to after his resurrection, meaning heaven must be a location ‘up there’ beyond the reach of humans, separate from our world, and accessible only to Spirit-filled human souls, not to flesh and blood.

And there’s no doubt that heaven is another realm, or kingdom (as Jesus called it in Matthew 4:17), but heaven is also a realm that can enter and be part of our realm, as we see in Matthew 3;17, when “a voice from heaven said…”

The voice came from the realm of heaven, yes, but it also spoke in our realm and could be heard in our realm, meaning the heavenly realm and the earthly realm can mix and operate together in the same place at the same time. It shows clearly that the heavenly realm and the earthly realm aren’t that far apart. They’re not in separate locations unable to access each other; they are, in fact, very close and easily accessible to each other.

And it’s been that way since the beginning in Genesis. Heaven was here on the earth in the Spirit of God hovering over the waters, and God being involved in every detail of earth’s design and operation, and God walking and talking with the humans he’d created in his likeness, and God even making garments of skin for Adam and his wife. The heavenly realm was totally absorbed by, involved in, and present in, our realm. And if Adam and Eve had followed God’s instructions they would have been given access to God’s realm forever.

So God walked and talked with Abraham instead, and created a nation from his descendants, with whom he dwelt in both the tabernacle in the wilderness and in Solomon’s temple. The heavenly realm was here, and easily accessible. God wasn’t ‘up there’ he was down here filling Solomon’s temple with his glory, 2 Chronicles 7:1-2, and appearing to Solomon at night (verse 12) to tell him in verses 15-16, “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”

Thats where God’s heart is, in our realm. He’s not in some far off distant place, he’s here with us where he loves to be; the heavenly and earthly realms operating together, as one.

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