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Are We In Heaven Now?
The English word "heaven" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, heofon, that simply meant above (the English word "heave," meaning rise or above, is from the same original word). "Heaven" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-may, and the Greek word, pronounced oo-ran-aws, both of which are used to refer to either the sky (i.e. the earth's atmosphere), or the limitless outer space above it - all of which are in the same universe, or "heaven."
From the Word of God, "heaven" meaning the sky, or the atmosphere (notice that birds spend their physical lives in "heaven," and that there is snow and rain in "heaven"):
"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." (Genesis 1:20 KJV)
From the Word of God, "heaven" meaning outer space, of which earth exists and orbits the star that people call the "sun" i.e. earth is in "heaven."
"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:14-18 KJV)
"Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God"
Many people mistakenly believe that they are "going to heaven" when they die. But that pagan idea is found no where in the Word of God. Only Christ has left earth, which is in "heaven," to go to another place in heaven.
"3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13 KJV)
People don't "go to heaven" when they die. The dead are dead (see The Sleep Of Death), awaiting a resurrection on this earth (see Resurrections) - which, as plainly stated in the verses quoted above, is itself in heaven. The Kingdom of God (which is what the one and only true Gospel is actually about - see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God) will begin with the return of Jesus Christ to earth.
"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4 KJV)
When The Messiah has accomplished all that The Father has sent Him to do, God is coming to earth, which is itself in "heaven" - as much as anywhere else in the universe (any astronomer knows that fact as well as does anyone who actually reads the Holy Bible and believes what it plainly says). God isn't going to leave heaven to come to earth - earth has always been in heaven.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death [see Death's Obituary], neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Fact Finder: Did Elijah "go to heaven," or did he merely go to another place on earth, which is in heaven?