At theology school, I developed a keen interest in different Christian doctrines. I was particularly intrigued by the Christian doctrine of Heaven, specifically the concept of the highest Heaven. During my research, I spent months studying the Bible and learning from different church leaders and theology professors to better understand the levels of Heaven and what happens in the highest Heaven. Earlier this week, my college theology students asked for an explanation about the significance of the highest Heaven. Most mentioned picturing angels singing hallelujah. However, based on the scripture and my research, I was able to answer all their questions comprehensively. So, what is the highest Heaven?
The highest Heaven refers to God’s dwelling place, an eternal place where God dwells and is believed to be where the throne that God sits on is located. The highest Heaven is believed to be above the other heavens according to Psalm 148:8 and 1 Corinthians 3:12, where Peter mentions being in the third Heaven. The Bible further notes that the highest Heaven is the third Heaven above the sky and the galaxy – Psalm 115:16.
In this post, I’ll talk about the highest Heaven, its meaning, and its significance in the Bible. So, let’s get into it!
What happens in the highest heavens?
The highest Heaven, or the third Heaven, is believed to be God’s dwelling place, which means that it is the place where God resides. The highest Heaven is believed to exist in the heavenly realm. As God’s dwelling place, the highest Heaven is where God judges the living and the dead while instructing the angels. This is also believed to be the heavenly realm from which mankind will be judged during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ . Here, the righteous souls will be rewarded with an eternally blissful life, as it’s said that the highest Heaven or God’s dwelling place features many rooms for all the people that will make it to Heaven – John 14:2.
How many times does the phrase ‘highest heavens’ appear in the Bible?
‘Highest heavens’ appears 12 times in the Bible, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, where it is used to refer to the space above the galaxies and God’s dwelling place. The phrase is used in the Old and the New Testament to refer to the highest spiritual realm where God resides and watches over the earth. Deuteronomy 10:14, 2 Chronicles 2:6, 2 Chronicles 6:18.
Bible verses about the ‘highest heavens.’
- Deuteronomy 10:14 is a verse that represents a call for believers to look up and trust God, who’s up high in the highest heavens.
- 2 Chronicles 2:6 is a verse that talks about how majestic the heavens are and how the heavens cannot contain God, and so even if someone built God a home on earth, it wouldn’t match up to God’s heavenly kingdom. With this comparison, the Bible suggests that the next best thing for them to do would be to burn incense for God.
- Nehemiah 9:6 is a verse that proclaims the goodness and majesty of God (Yahweh) and how through His might, he created the highest heavens and the earth, along with the seas and deserts, plus all else that is on and in the earth. This verse also worships God, who created the highest heavens and gave life to all on earth and in Heaven.
- Psalm 115:16 talks about the fact that the highest heavens belong to God and that the earth is meant for humankind.
- 2 Chronicles 6:18 is about the fact that God dwells in the highest heavens but also questions if God dwells with the rest of humankind on the earth. It answers this question by noting that a home on earth will not contain Him but that the only place that God will dwell in is in the highest Heaven.
- Psalm 68:33 is a verse about God riding up high in the highest Heaven, from which He speaks with a mighty voice.
- Matthew 21:9 is a verse about how the multitudes sang out loud, proclaiming the name of God and asking the Lord God in the highest to save all that come to him in the name of the Lord.
- Psalm 148:4 is the other verse that proclaims the name of the Lord, and the psalmist asks humankind to praise the Lord in the highest heavens.
- Mark 11:10 is a verse about the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the forefather of the nation of Israel, David, and that God who lives in the highest heavens will save believers.
- Luke 19:38 is also a verse that proclaims the name of the Lord. It talks about the fact that it’s peaceful in Heaven and proclaims the name of the Lord, who lives in the highest heavens.
- Luke 2:14 is a verse that gives glory to God in the highest heavens.
What is the highest Heaven called?
The highest Heaven is also called Paradise or the Throne of Heaven, which comes from the Greek word for Heaven (highest Heaven), Ouranous. In these words, the highest Heaven represents the place where God the Father resides. The highest Heaven is also believed to be the same as the Heaven of heavens or paradise, and it represents God’s abode and from where the other heavens (first and second heavens) are governed. 2 Corinthians 12:2-4
What does it mean that the highest of heavens belong to the Lord?
According to scripture, the highest Heaven is the heavens of Heaven and God’s abode because this place exists in the spiritual realm. It’s also believed to be the only place from which God’s might can be exerted. 1 King 8:27 notes that God cannot dwell on the earth, and homes on earth cannot hold him – the only place where God’s power can be contained is in the highest heavens or the heavens of heavens.
The highest Heaven is described as a place above the celestial bodies, the stars, the moon, and the galaxy, and no life or form of natural existence can exist beyond here. Only the mighty God can live in Heaven, which is why the highest Heaven is said to belong to God.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.