2 Corinthians 12:1-4

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BibleNew Testament2 Corinthians


1It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2I 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.
3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

The Third Heaven

The Heavens are referenced throughout the Bible from Genesis 1:1 onward. The main question to be asked in order to understand these references is whether they are layered (with the second above the first, etc) or successive (with the second following the first, etc) or both.

For an overview of "Third Heaven" concepts in Judaism and Christianity, see the Wikipedia page and discussion on its "Talk" page.

See bro Roger Evans's interpretation of Ancient Cosmology in his book Genesis in Context.