Bible Studies/"Heaven" in the Old Testament
M wrote at 2010-10-27 20:40:32
Just a correction: The verse used to quote Noah is incorrect, because he's not entering Heaven in that verse. If you read the broader context, about Gen. 7:5-20, you'll see it's referring to the beginning of the great flood.
kevinmrollo wrote at 2011-03-31 16:28:07
Genesis 7:11 (NKJV) is a reference to that which is above, "the windows of heaven" opening and pouring down rain. It is not in refernce to the actual place where the triune God dwells. Nor is it in reference to Noah entering heaven because he was on the ark at this time. I'm sure John was referencing some other scripture.
Adah wrote at 2013-08-15 14:48:39
Genesis 7.11, which states "the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened" does not refer to Noah entering heaven, but the beginning of the worldwide deluge. Verse 12 states that it rained 40 days and 40 nights. The scriptures procede to record that in the same day the flood began, Noah and his family entered the ark (vs 13).
In the old testament very little revelation is given about heaven. Heaven was clearly understood as the dwelling place of God,and hense a Holy abode (As Pastor John stated, "the heavens" also at times refers to the physical heavens. This is not strange. We do the same in our own language. The context reveals the meaning). It is in Christ and the preaching of the Gospel that greater revelation about Heaven and eternal life are opened up to our understanding. This applies to any truth about God. Jesus has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Praise the Lord!