Is There a Seventh Heaven?

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Hi A_____,

It is good that you are “leaning to be sensitive to God’s voice”.
While I cannot comment on your thoughts of a seventh heaven, simply because that is not a scriptural phrase, I can tell you that the scriptures do speak of a third heaven.

2Co 12:2 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.

As is always the case, the number three is connected to the process of being judged. We are born into both the heavens of this earth and the earth itself:

Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

These fowl flying in this heaven are a type of the spirits of the evil One who dominates our lives and is in our hearts and minds by nature. Then one day we are advanced to a second heaven, typified by the holy place at the front or east end of the temple. This typifies our second heavens, which at God’s own appointed time, shows us being one with our father when we are finally taken beyond the second vail into the very presence of God. It is a three- step process of judgment that we must all experience, and we will in our time experience.
Since I cannot “think above what is written”, that is all I can say about the heavens, but I can certainly comment on the significance of your stalling truck, and the doubts and fears you had in your dream because of that. Having had that very experience, I know exactly what you mean. It is extremely stressful being in heavy traffic in a very unreliable vehicle which has been known to stall.
But this is simply a symbol of a lack of faith and the stress that comes with that spiritual condition. We simply must pray that the Lord will grant us the faith necessary to believe in Him and His ability to finish in us what He has begun.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Christ has “begun a good work in you”, and “he will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. He will not stall, and it does not depend on either you or me. It has already been written in His book, and He will perform it.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

This is not an exhortation for you to take a break, but it is an exhortation for you to stop being worried about your own capabilities. No one man who has ever been born is capable of saving himself, and we all must be brought to acknowledge that fact. So take heart, it is all up to Christ, and He will not stall or stop the good work He has begun in you.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The “sum of God’s Word” reveals that He is working all things [“together for good”] after the counsel of His own will”.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

This would, of course, include all of our doubts and our struggles. The thing to remember when thoughts such as a seventh heaven is to ‘try the spirits’ and see if the thought has a scriptural basis. While it is mentioned in both Jewish and Islamic tradition, it is not a biblical term.

Your dream is also interesting in that the street on which you turned right is mountainous (indicating Christ and His elect – Exo 15:17 and Dan 2:45) and the trees which are not bearing fruit are being pruned to help them bear fruit.

Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: (as happened in your dream) and every [ branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye [ are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

With Christ in us, our lives will bear that ‘fruit of righteousness’ that is pleasing to God. I thank God for your willingness to seek to please Him.

Col 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Col 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [ which ye have] to all the saints,
Col 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Col 1:6 Which is come unto you, as [ it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [ it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [ of it], and knew the grace of God in truth:

Your brother in a very capable Christ,

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