Where does God the Father live or dwell? In heaven, right? But where is heaven located? First, it helps to remember that the Bible sometimes uses the word “heaven” to describe 3 different locations.
- One use of the word heaven means “sky.” This is what the Bible speaks of when it talks about the “firmament” in Genesis chapter 1. One way you may think of it is the place where birds fly and clouds gather. This is one meaning of the word heaven or “heavens” in the Bible.
- Another use of the word “heaven” in the Bible is outer space. This is the place where the moon and stars are located.
- The other use of the word heaven is the term used to describe a unique place where God dwells. In this place, called by Paul the “third heaven,” God the Father rules from His throne, with the Son of God (Jesus) sitting at His right hand. This is also where the angels serve God.
Where is Heaven Located?
Obviously, when people ask “where is heaven located,” they are talking about the place where God dwells. So do we know where this place is? No, we don’t.
The Bible does, however, give us a clue. For example, consider this verse about Jesus and Paul:
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
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.
2 Corinthians 12:2
What’s interesting about these verse is that Jesus “looked up or toward heaven” while He was addressing the Father, and Paul was “caught up” to the third heaven. These passages seem to indicate that heaven is “up.” It is beyond this Earth and stretches into the universe or some destination “upward” somewhere.
Also, notice that when Jesus was taken into heaven, he also “ascended” up in a cloud:
And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
Conclusion: Heaven Is Up, That’s All We Know
Consider how vast the universe is. There are things we will never know about it (think about the black holes, distant galaxies, black energy/matter, possible alternate dimensions and all those other things). Also, there are many things that God’s word simply does not go into detail about.
We can’t say with any certainty where heaven is located, but we can say that it is a glorious place, and that every Christian should long to be there. I cannot wait to go to heaven and be with God.
What about you? Are you going to heaven? Have you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ? If not, what are you waiting for? Tomorrow is not guaranteed. You may not have more time.