Previously, we discussed how the international body of Messiah perceives heaven, the place where the Heavenly Father established His throne as well as the source wherewith He exercises His sovereign authority over the nations of the earth (reference the study entitled “Heaven”). We’ve also discussed how the views that the gentile nations perceived within their religious assemblies differed from the biblical perspective as perceived by the international body of Messiah (reference the study entitled “Heaven (Part II)”). In this study, we discuss two biblical accounts where people attempted to usurp the Heavenly Father’s throne in heaven and the manner by which the Heavenly Father reacted at such vain attempts.
The Tower of Babel
In Genesis 11:1-9, we read of a very important biblical account that many tend to forget about when it comes to the idea of ascending into heaven, the story of The “Tower of Babel."
According to the Scriptures, the people intended to build a great city for themselves with a tower that pierced into the sky (reference Genesis 11:4). The Bible also informs us that the people intended to make a great name for themselves with the intentions of disregarding the Heavenly Father’s original instruction that He gave mankind (reference Genesis 1:28, 11:4).
How could the people make a great name for themselves? It’s quite possible that the people may have imagined that by making a tall tower that pierced into the sky, they themselves would be able to ascend into the Heavenly Father’s own place of habitation. Maybe they imagined that they too could rule as the Heavenly Father? We don’t know. We do know that by making this tall tower, the people intended to ascend into heaven.
The Bible is sure to mention that haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin before the Heavenly Father (Proverbs 21:4). Thus, Torah is clear to mention that condemnation that the Heavenly Father has in store for those who have a proud heart: “I will break your proud spirit by making the skies as unyielding as iron and the earth as hard as bronze” (Leviticus 26:19). In fact, the heaven itself serve as witnesses against those who choose to disregard the Heavenly Father’s covenant (Deuteronomy 4:26, 30:19, 31:28, and Job 16:19).
How, then, did the Heavenly Father respond to such a wicked determination? He descended upon the people and confounded their common language so that they could not understand each other: "Confuse them, Hashem, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city" (Psalm 55:9). It’s amazing to observe how those who believe that they too will ascend into heaven are constantly confounded with their personal views without truly being able to provide accurate Scriptural verses that states rather simply anything that could support their claims.
The King of Tyre
Just like his predecessors mentioned in this study along with many others not mentioned, The King of Tyre had a very proud heart and believed himself to be a god (reference Ezekiel 28:1-19). In his pride, he forgot who has truly blessed him into the position that he attained. Instead, he angered the Heavenly Father with his boasting and false claims. Thus, the Heavenly Father Himself spoke against the Tyrant King: “In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’ But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are a god”(Ezekiel 28:2).
The Heavenly Father continued to claim, “Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings” (Ezekiel 28:17). So, what was the end result of this prideful king? According to Scriptures, the Heavenly Father passed His judgment against him even more severly in comparison to how He dealt with the people of Babel: “All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you will exist no more” (Ezekiel 28:19).
After making mention the end result result of those who had a proud heart against the Heavenly Father to one day rule in heaven, this study will now continue with the Heavenly Father's decision pertaining to heaven itself, the place that many prideful people imagine themselve to ascend to.
Judgment Upon Heaven Itself
The Bible indicates that anyone who believes to one day sit enthroned in heaven demonstrates to possess either a pseudomessianic or an anti-messianic spirit. Leaders of such religious institutions deliberately discredit Israel’s G-d, reinterpret Scriptures with spiritual meanings other than what it originally intended to mean and even oppose His chosen people. Instead, these leaders claim to have “a calling” having the “anointing of the Most High” upon them. They even claim to one day sit enthroned in heaven with The Heavenly Father in His Glory; yet, many forget what Yeshua himself warned concerning these last days (reference Matthew 24:5, Mark 13:6, Luke 21:8). Unfortunately, such a spirit is originally satanic and rebellious attempting to be sovereign to both the Creator and mankind (reference Isaiah 14:1-22). As members of the body of Messiah, we understand that anyone who expresses this belief of ascending into heaven is biblically identified as “3 [...] the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in Hashem’s dwelling place, proclaiming himself to be god [... of god, or godly]” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Contrary to this prideful idea, King David expressed, “The heavens [of heavens] belong to Hashem, but He has given the earth to the sons of men” (Psalms 115:16). How is it that that the prophets came to conclude that righteous men and women would inherit the earth and not the heavens? The Scriptures itself reveals it through and through (reference 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 25:13, 37:11, 22, and Matthew 5:5). Should a believer in Messiah advocate an alleged spiritual truth such as going to heaven? Of course not! For some, it might be a very difficult thing to cope with, but it is a commandment wherewith the Heavenly Father forewarned Israel to be the source of such idolatrous notions (reference Deuteronomy 4:19). Only those who do not wish to take up their place with Israel will ignore these biblical warnings and head towards their own eternal perdition.
To this very day, there are many religious movements that teach to some degree or another belief of ascending into heaven and ruling therein. True Bible enthusiasts has to either accept what the Scriptures state or continue to follow the false doctrines invented by the whims of wicked and evil people. Those who continue to maintain in these kinds of religious institutions will only continue on in believing in the false promises that these wicked men invent for their own personal benefit without ever enjoying either the fruits of their labors or attaining the heavenly glory that these wicked men promise.
Of all the many examples made available in Scriptures, those who believe to one day ascend into heaven should read what Isaiah wrote, “All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree” (Isaiah 34:4). Another verse reads, “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die like gnats; but My salvation will be forever, and My deliverance will never be ended” (Isaiah 51:6). Though many believe that they themselves will be safeguarded in heaven, the Bible reveals that the Heavenly Father has already determined to judge the heavens because of the wicked ideations that such prideful people have invented in their hearts.
Why will the Heavenly Father cause the heavens to rot away and vanish like smoke? You can read it for yourself in Romans 1:18-25. Still, we would like to end this study with the following words.
Many have polluted the sanctity of The Heavenly Father’s Throne (i.e., His holy habitation) and even have caused Israel to falter by leading them into the worship of foreign deities. The Heavenly Father, held to the conviction that He would firmly establish His dwelling place in the midst of His people here on the earth, foreknew that He would one day purify that which was polluted by mankind, heaven. Comparatively, the ungodly perverted The Heavenly Father’s Word with foreign idolatrous notions and false promises that cannot be attained even upon death. Thus, the Heavenly Father chose to have His instructions to descend from Jerusalem unto all of mankind. What does the Bible say about going to heaven? Notice what righteous people say: “6[...] the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (That is, to bring Messiah down) 7‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (That is, to bring Messiah up from the dead)” (Romans 10:6-7).
Simply put, true righteous people who fear the Heavenly Father do not entertain such questions. Righteous people shouldn't really wonder on whether or not they will one day ascend into heaven or be cast into the great abyss. Why? This is because these questions discredit Messiah’s noble, eternal disposition as the true heir to Jerusalem’s throne, the very same one of his forefather, King David. Instead, we are encouraged to place our hope in the Heavenly Father, that there will be a day of reckoning and that judgment will be made in accordance to the Heavenly Father’s righteous justice.
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