6. I have often heard about the seventh heaven; what does the Bible say about it?




The Bible says nothing about the seventh heaven. However, it speaks of the third heaven, for the apostle Paul says: “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). As you can see, according to Paul the third heaven is the paradise, where the souls of the saints go after death. Therefore, there is a first heaven, a second heaven and also a third heaven. But we can’t say that there are other heavens, lest we go beyond what is written.

I remember that several years ago while we were talking with a pastor, he mentioned the seventh heaven. However, my brother pointed out to him that what he was saying was not supported by the Scripture. He was a bit angry and he consulted immediately the Concordance of the Bible to see if what my brother had said was true. He had to acknowledge that the Bible does not mention the seventh heaven but only the third heaven.