Friday, November 5, 2010

Layers of Heaven and Hell?

Tom's Journal.

I am posting this piece and a friend's comment because...'If I didn't completely understand this before-- perhaps others didn't either. And this just goes to show that many of us consider ourselves well read and studied Christians, but we will need most of eternity to fully understand what the Lord wants us to.' Personally, I get so much joy and satisfaction our of sharing the Bible and Gospel with others-- but I want to get it said RIGHT/ CORRECTLY! However, some folks fear opening their mouth if they don't have a "sheep skin"from Bible college-- and IMO, that is wrong! The Gospel is simply-- yet profound.

I found a great witnessing tool: Wells Publications:
-- a plastic card that shows the "Road to Romans" way of witnessing and soul winning.
"If you were to die, do you know 100% for sure that you would go to heaven?" And then the 4 steps you must know and accept to be saved...... Please check it out soon.

And to think that I wasn't sure I could answer that question 10 years ago!! I am truly blessed to have Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior!

Tom Schuckman

This is all accurate except for the fact that they do not explain that when Jesus' spirit left HIS body, on the cross, HE went to Gehenna and took the sins HE bore for all of us on the cross and left them there. At the same time HE was proving to those in Gehenna that the promise they had rejected had been fulfilled. He left taking the keys to death, Hell and the grave and went on to Paradise where He fulfilled HIS promise to the thief, that believed in HIM and asked for mercy, which was,"This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."
After three nights and three days, which began on Thursday evening,NOT! Friday evening, Resurrection Sunday morning, HE came from Paradise with all her inhabitants following HIM and the stone rolled away from door of Joseph's cave grave-sight and HE resurrected HIS body and led those from Paradise on into the portals of the Third Heaven. This is from Staley
--- On Fri, 11/5/10, Thomas G. Schuckman <> wrote:

From: Thomas G. Schuckman <>
Subject: Did YOU know all of this?? Because I did NOT!
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010, 1:00 AM

Layers Of Heaven And Hell?

Where can I find information online about the layers of heaven, hell and their names?
Q. Where can I find information online about the layers of heaven, hell and their names?
A. I’m not sure what you’re asking, but here’s what I know about heaven and hell.
There are three heavens implied in 2 Cor. 12:2, but these are based on the Greek understanding of the cosmos. In their thinking, the first heaven referred to the immediate sky, where the clouds float and where our atmosphere is contained. The second heaven is the vast expanse of the Universe where the stars and planets can be seen, and the third heaven is the Throne of God.
The place where believers go to spend eternity with Jesus is called the New Jerusalem. It’s described as coming down from heaven in Rev. 21:2. Whether they know it or not, the New Jerusalem is what believers are usually referring to when they talk about going to heaven. For now, our spirits do go to heaven when we die, but only until the New Jerusalem is unveiled and we get our resurrection bodies.
As far as hell is concerned, the word comes from the Greek word Hades, the abode of the dead. Before the cross it was divided into two compartments. One was called Paradise and was where the faithful went to wait for the Messiah to shed His blood for their sins so they could be admitted into Heaven. When Jesus died, He went to Paradise and when He came out of the tomb, he brought all those from Paradise with Him and took them to Heaven. Since then the spirits of dead believers go straight to be with the Lord.
The other part was called Torments and is where unbelievers still go to await their final judgment at the end of the Millennium. Torments is a place of excessive heat and thirst and other discomfort and is the basis for our understanding of hell. After the unsaved are judged, they go to Gehenna, also called the Lake of Fire, for their final punishment.
Peter is the only one to mention Tartarus, a place where fallen angels are kept in chains and darkness awaiting judgment. Greek philosophy held that Tartarus is as far below hell as Hell is below Earth.

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