12-11-22 This message may be viewed live streaming video at and today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 thereafter. The video, audio, and study notes are archived.


(2 Cor 12:1-4) It is not expedient [Gk: be good, be profitable] for me [the Apostle Paul] doubtless [Gk: therefore] to glory [Gk: (to boast); to vaunt (myself)]. [(But instead, I shall speak of Christ and)] I will come to [go on to] visions and revelations [Gk: disclosures /// disclose, reveal, to take off the cover] of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ [i.e., introspectively, Paul speaking of himself] above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) [at that moment of experience, Paul was then in the likeness of a deep trance] such an one [was] caught up [Gk: harpazo; seized: plucked, taken by force] [e.g., Noah and Lot] [1,2] to the third heaven [3-6].  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 [Gk: harpazo; seized: plucked, taken by force] into paradise [Gk: an Eden (a place of future happiness)], and heard unspeakable [Gk: inexpressible] [Holy] words [i.e., revelations], which it is not lawful for a [defiled, unholy] man to utter [“not permitted to utter” Amplif. Bible].

1.    (1 Thes 4:16,17) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel [Michael], and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: harpazo; seized: plucked, taken by force] [i.e., raptured] together with them [the dead in Christ] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

2.    (Rev 12:3-6) And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [Satan], having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars [angels] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman [before the church] which was [pregnant and] ready to be delivered, for to devour [Gk: to eat down] her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule [Gk: to tend as a shepherd] all nations with a rod of iron [severe judgment]: and her child was caught up [Gk: harpazo; seized: plucked, taken by force] unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place [of protection] prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [42 months or 3 years, of Great Tribulation]

a.     (Rev 12:14) And to the woman [the church] were given two wings [the Old Testament and New Testament, the Bible] of a great eagle [alluding to God], that she might fly [spiritually (mentally)] into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time [3 years of Great Tribulation], from the face of the serpent. 

b.    (Exo 19:3,4) And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain [Mount Sinai], saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself [(the Bible brings (bares) us unto God)]

3.    Commentary: “the third heaven” = the three heavens are symbolized by the tabernacle of Moses which is properly named “the tabernacle of God” Rev 21:3, and ultimately describes the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ, Father God’s only begotten Son.

4.    THE FIRST HEAVEN: Upon our conversion to God (becoming born-again), the first heaven that we experience is the “mingled” light (understanding) of the courtyard of the tabernacle encompassing the brasen (Heb: filthiness) (signifying sin) altar of burnt offerings, i.e., for our worldly sacrifices (identified as Jesus Christ), and the brasen (Heb: filthiness) (signifying sin) laver (Heb: washbowl), i.e., for our purification (identified as the Holy Spirit). The saved pilgrim (Dict: a person who travels to a shrine or holy place as a religious act) is exposed to and therefore influenced by both the spiritual (religious) furniture and the natural (secular) elements of the courtyard, i.e., wind and sun, rain and snow, light and darkness, etc.


5.    THE SECOND HEAVEN: The second heaven that we experience is the Holy Place wherein all natural light (understanding) is absent (shut out) and the only light is the “pure” spiritual light (understanding) of revelations (rhema) that is revealed by the illumination of the golden candlestick (composed of 66 physical parts, i.e., celebrated as the 66 books of the Bible), further identified as the Holy Spirit casting light (understanding, illumination, rhema) that emanates from the burning oil of olives (us, our understanding) focused upon the table of shewbread, identified as Jesus Christ (“I am the bread of life” John 6:35). Also, originally positioned inside the Old Testament Holy Place was the altar of burning incense symbolizing the prayers of believers wafting upward to God. But now in the New Testament that same altar of burning incense has been placed (positioned, moved up to) within the Most Holy Place and we are conversing with God through the intercessional labors of the Holy Spirit.

6.    THE THIRD HEAVEN: The third heaven that we now only partially experience is a fulfilling prophecy inside the Most Holy place which ultimately shall be completely fulfilled (accomplished) by our death (transition, translation) and immediate reception (“in the twinkling of an eye” 1 Cor 15:52) into heaven with the full mind of Christ. The pathway to God through the tabernacle (through Jesus Christ) has been opened by Jesus Christ who is now leading our way into the third heaven, but we do not yet fully experience Father God in His most intimate personal presence until our death when we shall have become completely and totally sinless and ONE WITH HIM in the Body of Christ.







(Prov 10:12) Hatred stirreth up strifes [Heb: discord /// quarrels: brawling, contention]:

but love covereth all sins.