Astronomers have been observing a vast cavern in the northern sky so large it is virtually incomprehensible. We begin with the following quote: “These photographs reveal the opening and interior of the cavern so stupendous that our entire solar system would be lost therein. I have watched it since the days of youth in many telescopes of many powers, but never dreamed that the central region is the mouth of a colossal cave. Pen of writer and brush of artist alike are lifeless and inert in any attempt to describe this interior; for the depth of the Orion nebula appear like torn and twisted objects and river masses of shining glass, irregular pillars and columns of stalactites in glittering splendor and stalagmites from the mighty floor. The appearance is like that of light shining and glowing behind the clear walls of ivory and pearl, studded with millions of diamonds like shining stars. There must be some reason why all this grandeur is lavished on this one spot in the heavens. The colors are a hue peculiar to the Orion and studded
around the opening so that they appear as a pavement of starry sand.”
Although the Heavens are filled with stars where ever the telescope can reach, it seems that behind the North Star there is an empty space. For that reason it has been suggested that this could be the third heaven.
One of the most inspiring and thrilling of recent disclosures to astronomers is that there is a great empty space in the North in the Nebulae of the constellation Orion.
A heavenly cavern so gigantic that the mind of man cannot even comprehend and so brilliantly beautiful that words cannot adequately describe it.
What has been found, Job wrote about; “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place…” (Job 26:7)
All astronomers agree there is a huge opening over the constellation Orion which is perhaps more than 16 trillion, 740 billion miles in diameter.
However, past its size is its beauty. Its colors are unlike any here on earth.
Astronomers – although not religious, say they feel like they are in some almighty presence.
7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Isaiah spoke of it (Isa 14:13-14)
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
1 (A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.) Great is the LORD YAHWAH, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
John saw it from Patmos (Book of Revelation)
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of YAHWAH God ascending and descending on it.
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Daniel saw it from Babylon (Ch’s 7-10)
Stephen peeked in before he was stoned (Acts 7:54-56)
55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of YAHWAH God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of YAHWAH God,
The Apostle Paul saw it (II Cor 12:2-4)
2 I knew a man in YAHWASUA Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: YAHWAH God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: YAHWAH God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
The present Heaven is normally invisible to those living on Earth. For those who have trouble accepting the reality of an unseen realm, consider the perspective of cutting-edge researchers who embrace string theory. Scientists at Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, among others, postulate that there are ten unobservable dimensions and likely an infinite number of imperceptible universes. If this is what leading scientists believe, why should anyone feel self-conscious about believing in one unobservable dimension, a realm containing angels and Heaven and Hell?
The Bible teaches that sometimes humans are allowed to see into Heaven. When Stephen was being stoned because of his faith in Christ, he gazed into Heaven: “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God’ “(Acts 7:55-56). Scripture tells us not that Stephen dreamed this, but that he actually saw it.
Wayne Grudem points out that Stephen “did not see mere symbols of a state of existence. It was rather that his eyes were opened to see a spiritual dimension of reality which God has hidden from us in this present age, a dimension which none the less really does exist in our space/time universe, and within which Jesus now lives in his physical resurrected body, waiting even now for a time when he will return to earth.”
It could be argued that these horses and chariots (with angelic warriors) exist beside us in our universe, but we are normally blind to them. Or they may be in a universe beside ours that opens up into ours so that angelic beings — and horses, apparently — can move between universes.
We have spoken previously about the presence of angels among us. I believe that we should never disregard the unseen spiritual world. I personally am very glad that this physical world is not all that we have to look forward to.
As enjoyable as this physical life can be, there are more important things to think about and get correct because we will leave this planet one day. Please do not take the unseen spiritual realm lightly. “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:18)