THE FOURTH HEAVEN (Apoc. of Isaiah 2:28)
This heaven is simply the solar system in which our little planet exists. It is a greater in size place than the former heavens.
There are good and evil angels therein, and they are ruled by a "Throne angel" in the midst. The good angels praise the Lord, and the evil angels glorify Satan. All the angels therein were praising someone.
The volume of the good angels' praises was greater than the volume of the evil angels... Somehow this strikes me as different than here on earth, where the volume in the rock concerts dedicated to a band singing about the devil somehow is different than the volume in many sanctuaries wherein people sing hymns barely above a whisper (remember hearing that kind of song service???). Yet, the good angels in the fourth heaven know that God is not disturbed by volume... And you will note later that the praise in all the heavens to God is heard and seen in the seventh heaven where God Himself enjoys it.
THE FIFTH HEAVEN (Apoc. of Isaiah 2:32-37)
This heaven is the regions of outer space beyond our solar system. This is a vast area, beyond mankind's ability to understand. The angels in that area are greater than angels in the former areas, and their praises are also of greater volume. These heavenly choirs of good angels praised so magnificently, that Isaiah even joined in as he listened. Praise is contagious, and worship that is Spirit inspired will encourage many to also worship. Therefore, we are encouraged to worship God when we gather together. Evil angels exist in this fifth heaven, and they worship their leader, but they are "drowned out" by the good angels... Surely, the Lord would like us on earth to do the same... but here in this first heaven, the praises for the earthly, for the carnal, and for the non-spiritual things is much greater than any volume we have as yet produced for God!!!! Perhaps the rocks are about to cry out!
THE SIXTH HEAVEN (Apoc. of Isaiah 3:1-28)
This heaven has an "atmosphere" unlike the former two heavens... It is the planet which we know as "heaven" and there on that planet God dwells. It has "glory" such as not seen in the former heavens. We are told in the Bible that God has prepared there, things our minds have been unable to even conceive. The angels there have the greater aura of power and magnificence than angels in the former heavens. Their worship was "holy and spectacular".
Evil angels are not present there at all, and they could scarcely get a chorus of praise to the devil started there so close to God Himself. There is therefore no need for a "Throne angel" there. The Lord Himself rules here, and the evil angels have fled that place, for they are in direct opposition from Him. We are told to resist the devil, and he will flee from us also...
In the midst of this "awesome" worship, Isaiah joins in... and he worshipped the Trinity... Imagine, if you can, the very planet of God, and wherein the light of the Lord Himself abounds that its light makes the light of the other heavens seem like darkness, and the natural thing to speak of is not football games, politics, etc... but to praise and worship the Almighty God.
Isaiah does not want to leave this place, it is so magnificent and awesome that Isaiah begs to stay. The angel tells him that he has more work on earth to do, and that the glory of the sixth heaven is no comparison to the glory of the seventh...
THE SEVENTH HEAVEN (Apoc. of Isaiah 4:1-6:43)
This is the bulk of the vision of Isaiah, for he is shown much of future events in this section. He is transported in time:
to the events of the rapture day,
to the events preceding the incarnation trip of the Lord
to the earth,
and to the events of the return of the risen Lord Jesus from earth to heaven...
This seventh heaven is the actual throne room of heaven. Just as the earth has a hollow place known as sheol, wherein there is the original abode of mankind in a perfect garden, and therein is the White Throne of the Almighty Trinity, so in heaven there is a separate area, with its own "atmosphere" (4:1), and is "in" the sixth heaven... Therefore, earth was likely designed after the planet heaven, and within it is a hollow place where, and only where, there would be enough room to adequately make a Throne room for the Almighty Trinity...
In that place, the seventh heaven, someday all the saints, and all the holy angels, will gather to worship the Lord for His blessed resurrection and rapture of His saints. Where else could we find such a room able to hold such a crowd???
Isaiah sees the Lord Jesus there, and he is concerned about Who is this One... He is told that this One has a name which no one can yet know. John re-iterates this truth in Revelation.
"His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself."
This is a seldom taught fact, but it is true. We know Him as Jesus, Immanuel, etc. but He has a name yet to be revealed, and even in the vision of John of the last days, it is still not told to us...
In vision form, Isaiah sees this seventh heaven as did John and Enoch of their similar visions, for he sees this place as it will appear on rapture day. The saints are all about... Adam, Abel, Enoch, etc. are all there... The saints are wearing special garments, that replace the "filthy rags" of our own righteousness, for we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, or we would not live standing face to face with God Almighty...
THE NEW JERUSALEM
Christ went away to prepare a place for us. This place is the New Jerusalem. It is now located in the throne room of God, and will someday come down to the new heaven and new earth, after the former earth and former heaven has passed away...
"Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
The Book of Enoch says near the end of the eighth of the ten weeks (a time between 900 and 1600 A.D.) this city in heaven is finished.
"At its end [at the end of the eighth week, that is the period of time 900 to 1600 A.D.], a house will be built for the great King in glory forever."
So the city awaits us in heaven. It is sealed and shut up till after the war in heaven when Satan and his forces are forcefully expelled from heaven - so no unrighteous ones ever walk these streets. Then as the church has already been raptured, and the tribulation saints are later resurrected, and the 144,000 are raptured, and the two witnesses are slain on the earth, and then resurrected and ascend to heaven -- then all the saints are in heaven to be the righteous wedding garment of the "bride" and the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place.
Then the saints return to earth with Christ for the second coming. The battle of Armageddon ensues, and then the millennium begins. Later, the New Jerusalem comes down to the new earth, after the millennium is over. This New Jerusalem is the only part of heaven that continues to exist. We are told that "heaven and earth shall pass away..." Sin has so tainted both of these planets. The New Jerusalem, however, is not tainted with sin. No sinner will ever be within its walls. This city will be the dwelling place of God, His Son, the Spirit, and the saints - for all eternity. It shall be within the light of this city that the beings that we rule and reign over will dwell.
This earth has seen a rebellion of sin so awful that, even after sin has been eliminated, God will not want to dwell on this planet of sin. The planet we call heaven, has also been tainted by sinful rebellion. Satan and many angels have tainted that place with sin. The only part of the planet heaven that will survive is called the "New Jerusalem."
This huge city has never, and will never have a sinner walk its streets.
It will be brought down to the New Earth and be our eternal home there.
The New Earth will become the New Heaven, for God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit will dwell there.
This city, the New Jerusalem, has 12 gates, each made of a gigantic pearl.
It has 12 foundations with the names of the twelve apostles.
It is 12,000 furlongs on each side (1500 miles).
Its wall is 144 cubits (216 feet), but we are unsure if this is the width or the height.
The light of this city is Jesus Christ.
There will be "a pure river of water of life..." From the throne of God, a drop water becomes two drops, and the two miraculously becomes four, and soon a trickle, then a stream, then a river... soon the river divides into twelve rivers and each flows down through the city to the twelve gates of pearl... Along these rivers are the trees of life growing...
Some have wondered from where the first drop came... Remember, Jesus shed His blood until blood and water flowed out... The drops of this "water" was put upon the mercy seat (the throne of God), and began to miraculously form the "river of life..." That is why this river is different from natural rivers on earth... This water is the "life" providing water from our Lord's side... It flows from the top of the New Jerusalem, whereupon the throne of God sits, down through the city for about 1700 miles to the gates of pearl... Miraculously, it multiplies, and becomes greater and greater rivers... From the gates of pearl, though which these flow, the water falls to the surface of the inner level of the seventh heaven, i.e. the throne room of God, and the waters then are the waters of heaven....
The "bride of Christ" is the New Jerusalem. The saints are the bridal gown of the bride. We shall adorn the bride with our presence on that wedding day - the marriage supper of the Lamb.
"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints."
The Lord will unite with this New Jerusalem and there will He dwell for eternity. It is the only part of heaven that will survive when the heaven and the earth pass away. It will be brought down to the new earth at that time.
The Jews knew that God dearly loved their Jerusalem. He united His presence with that city, and the presence of God dwelt above the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem. Because of sin, that union was broken, the temple destroyed, and the fruitfulness of the union lost. Jerusalem was destroyed, and the temple also, by the Babylonians.
Like the son of the woman seen in the vision of Ezra, as he entered the marriage chamber, he died... so when Israel should have brought forth the Messiah, and had fruitfulness of worship... Israel's sins brought forth death. A New Jerusalem has been prepared, and is awaiting us in heaven. The Lord will dwell in that city at the marriage supper of the Lamb.MORE TO COME ... next... the LAKE OF FIRE