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Across Dimensions

String TheoryIn our technological age, many skeptics suggest that there is no such place as Heaven. They assert that this is just an idea in some one's mind or a desire for final freedom from pain and distress. This is however no longer the case scientifically. Many scientists are now asserting that instead of the four dimensions we are accustomed to, that is breadth, length, height and time, there are in all eleven or more dimensions that can be proven to exist mathematically. What is called "String Theory" requires the existence of extra spatial dimensions for its mathematical consistency. A string theory heaven is therefore probably a physical place in another dimension that is not apparent or immediately visible to us. There are however several examples in Scripture describing transferences between such dimensions. This conclusion comes out of an application of string theory.

Technological Age

CellString theory is also known as the development of M-theory or a "theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory." There are many levels of existence that can be proven mathematically to exist that as yet we know little about. I believe that the Christian concept of Heaven may be one of them as a new fifth dimension. Some interesting Biblical examples back up this conclusion. "Heaven" may be defined as "a common religious, cosmological or transcendent place where heavenly beings are said to originate, be enthroned or live." For example, in the Old Testament, we discover that everyone who died is described as going "down." This may seem to be a small point but it is a very important one. People went down where Jesus went when he died, as stated in the Apostles' Creed, "He (Jesus) descended into Hell." In the later New Testament era, the Biblical record is interestingly different.

Where is Heaven?

Lazarus and DivesSaint Paul writes for example in 2 Corinthians 12.4 that he is "caught up to Paradise." He does not go "down" to the underworld which Jesus spoke about but up to Paradise. The Old Testament describes the prophet Jonah in Matthew 12.40, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Everyone goes down to this underworld before the resurrection of Christ, but they do not all go to the same place. There are two compartments in the underworld as revealed in the story of the rich man and Lazarus which also fits in neatly with the idea of moving across string theory dimensions.✞

Lazarus' Paradise

Lazarus Appealing for HelpThe account of the beggar Lazarus in Paradise and how Dives died is described in great detail in this New Testament account. The story of Lazarus whose name comes from the Hebrew "Eleazar" translates as "God is my help" and Dives which means simply "rich man" is often presented to us in sermons as a parable. It is, in fact, more likely, I believe, the telling by Jesus of a real story about real people that Jesus and the crowd probably knew very well. In the Early Church, from the 3rd and 4th Centuries AD, the rich man was spoken of as a real person and even named "Neues" or "Nineveh", and in other places as "Phineas" or "Fineas."

Eye-Witness Account

Lazarus StoryJesus tells the account of Dives and Lazarus in specific terms giving both the rich man's name and also the beggar's name. He describes what kind of clothing Dives wore and Lazarus' dreadful affliction in life as if everyone and especially the people listening knew already. Jesus says in Luke 16.19-21, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate is laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table." Lazarus is considered to have been a leper and is therefore sainted very early and adopted as the patron saint of lepers. This account sounds very much like an eye witness account to me! Why else would the writer have included so many details?

Beggar Lazarus' Paradise

Painting called ParadiseJesus not only tells us their names but also the living conditions of each one of them in life and then that they both had recently died. Luke 16.22 then adds, "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side." Lazarus' Paradise, at Abraham's side, was where all the Old Testament saints including Abraham went before Jesus' resurrection.

Dives' Hell

Paradise Beach and ChairLuke 16.22-23 then tells us that when Dives died, he found himself "in Hell. He is in torment and looks up to see the beggar Lazarus with Abraham far away." The two places are separated by a great gulf. Under the Old Testament covenant, everyone who dies goes down to one of two places. He or she either goes to the punishment portion of "Sheol" otherwise called "Hades" or "Hell" or to the reward area called "Paradise." Interestingly, in Old Testament times, the place of eternal rest and the place of torment are always described as "down" whereas after the resurrection the saints then go "up" to Heaven.

Christ Historical Body

World GlobeChrist's historical Body in Heaven is the reflection of what would happen over time to the World. To be a member of Christ's historical body is to share something which has happened in the past, is happening in the present, and will happen in the future. Gathered around Heaven's throne at this very moment are a great host of believers from every historical age and geographical location who are all members of Christ's body. This includes Early Church Christians who bear wounds from Roman lions. Saint Paul states in Ephesians 4.11-13, "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. The process of maturity is described here with the Body of Christ being built up until all Christians become mature in the Faith.

World Globe

Christians on IconAs of 2010 AD, there are over 2.18 billion Christians worldwide or one in every three people and this includes an estimated 10.2 million Muslims converted to Christianity. There are Reformation Lutherans, modern Suffragettes, mentally challenged persons, chaplains from wars long over, kings, princes, fools, Crusaders and paupers, children and babies. All are united in the adoration of Jesus as part of Christ's historical body. Surrounded by the angelic host, his Body focuses its praises on its Savior and Lord.

Christ's Heavenly Body

Lion and GladiatorIn Heaven, there is another emanation of the Mystical Body called Christ's Heavenly Body. There, Christians will one day dwell in wonderful eternal life. It is a powerhouse of praise! The heavenly body is the inspiration for the New Testament church and is also our hope and encouragement in the Twenty-First Century.

Drive and Encouragement

Blue Sky, Clouds and SunshineWhen we rediscover the hope of eternal life in the Heavenly Body, it will provide what we now call the church with drive and encouragement for the future through dedication in the present. This is the testimony of every Christian who believes and looks forward to the Heavenly Body.

Powerhouse of Praise

Mountain SceneA doctor told W. D. Hinson that he had an illness from which he would not recover. W. D. Hinson wrote, "I walked out and looked across at the mountain that I love. I looked at the river in which I rejoice, and I looked at the stately trees that are always God's poetry to my soul. Then, in the evening, I looked up into the great sky where God was lighting his lamps, and I said, 'I may not see you many more times, but mountain, I shall be alive when you are gone, and river, I shall be alive when you cease running towards the sea, and stars, I shall be alive when you have fallen from your sockets in the great down pouring of the material universe!'" What great hope and expectation we have in eternal life!✞

Natural Bodily Death

Blue Sky and CloudsChristians go through the dying process and natural bodily death to sleep in death and then to rise to meet Jesus. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) one of the founding fathers of the United States wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Aside from the prospect of taxes, all human beings including every Christian believer experience a natural bodily death. The fascinating article, "What Happens During the Dying Process" and the excellent book "Stiff, the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach(1959-present) reveal the dying process in unnerving detail. Death is "a process, not a moment," writes critical-care physician Sam Parnia in "Erasing Death." It's a whole-body stroke, in which the heart stops beating but the organs do not die immediately. He writes, they might hang on intact for quite a while, which means that "for a significant time after death, death is fully reversible." Scientists consider how our existence is not a toggle "on" for alive, "off" for dead, but a dimmer switch that can move through various shades between white and black. The Jews have a similar belief that the spirit remains with a body for three days before departing. Jesus, however, promised something different for believers when he said in John 8.51, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." Bodily death is the separation of the spirit from the body and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God. Believers will not experience the trauma of death and will not see it, according to Jesus.

Robbing Death's Sting

BeeDeath is in this way robbed of its sting for the Christian. It will not be fearful but a blessed experience. Hebrews 2.14-15 teaches that,"Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death, that is the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." Saint Paul, in teaching his assistant Timothy wrote in 2 Timothy 1.10 that our Savior Jesus Christ, "has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." Our Savior accompanies us through bodily death for he said in Hebrews 13.5, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

Christ's Seat

Medieval Picture of Heaven's GatesJesus sits at the right hand of the Lord God in Christ's Highest Heavens. Saint Stephen in Acts 7.56 as he was martyred cried out, "I see the Heavens open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." Note that Saint Stephen saw, "the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." Perhaps the Savior stood to welcome home the first martyr of the Christian era into the Highest Heavens.✞

Highest Heavens

Stars and GalaxiesThe word used in the Bible of Christ's "heaven" is in fact in the plural according to The Rev Canon F. E. Howitt in his booklet "Heaven." Therefore it should properly read, "Christ's Highest Heavens." The Rev Canon Howitt, a renowned Keswick Convention speaker in 1925, wrote, "He saw through the Aerial Heaven, he saw beyond the Celestial Heaven, right into the Highest Heavens."

Aerial Celestial Heavens

Clouds and Blue SkyWe should explain here that the Jews conceive the heavens in terms of two domes above the earth, one over the other. The Aerial Heaven is immediately above us with birds, clouds, rain, and storms in it. The Celestial Heaven is over that with the moon, comets, and stars. Beyond that is the Highest Heavens where God and his angels dwell perhaps in an extra dimension invisible to us but from which God can view all that we are doing.

Geographical North Heaven

String Theory HeavenBelieving Christians shall join Jesus after death in the geographical North Heaven in the Northern skies. There are several pointers in the Scriptures to the fact that Heaven is in the geographical north directly above the North Pole in a fifth dimension. The current scientific evidence suggests that there are other dimensions one of which is what we have called String Theory Heaven.

Old Testament Pointers

Ezekiel VisionIn Leviticus 1.11, the people of Israel were instructed by God about performing sacrifices on an altar. They are told, "He is to slaughter it at the North side of the altar before the Lord." Was the Lord on the Northern side? This would be towards the Northern Heaven. Ezekiel saw a vision of the Lord from the direction of the North, believing that was where God dwelt in Ezekiel 1.4, "I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north — an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light." Mount Zion, the city of the great king, was spoken of in Psalm 48.2 as being "on the sides of the North, the city of the Great King," that was facing north where the great king, the Lord God Almighty dwells. In Job 26.7, the writer speaks out in one of the oldest books in the Bible about the Northern skies and how God had arranged the stars in the heavens. "He spreads out the Northern skies over empty space, he suspends the earth over nothing." Professor Bernard (1857-1923 AD) of the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin discovered that there are virtually no stars on the northern side of our planet. There is nothing but space there! This is corroborated by Dr. A.T. Doodson (1890-1968 AD), Fellow of the Royal Society, a distinguished scientist, and publisher of a major groundbreaking work on tidal analysis in 1921. He stated in "Science and the Word. Christ Creator and Man", "the distribution of the stars in space becomes thinner to the north. If we imagine the plane of the equator to be extended, then this cuts at a tremendous distance what is called 'the Milky Way.'" Most of the stars we now see are in this broad band. The Northern Heaven may be in another dimension in it.

Covenant Believers' Heaven

Clouds in HeavenWhere is Heaven? Many believe that the Highest Heaven is to the geographical North of the Earth in a completely different dimension. Believers from the first century A.D. to the present, are described in the New Testament as "going up" to "Heaven." Old Testament saints, on the other hand, are said to "go down" to the afterlife. The reason for this is that Jesus Christ had not died and been resurrected. Consequently, Jesus' blood had not yet been shed on the Cross and the great sacrifice at Calgary had not been made and therefore no one's sins were forgiven. We are reminded of 1 John 1.7 which reads, "The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."

The Blood of Christ

Highest HeavenAs that blood had not been shed at Calvary there was nowhere else for the believers of old to go except down to the place called "Paradise," there to await the death and resurrection of Christ. When at last Jesus went down to visit "Hades," as he did after his crucifixion, he preached to those who were on the good side of "Hades," which is in "Paradise" as it then existed. Today, there is nothing to hinder Christians from going straight up to a "covenant believers Heaven" when they die. The body of the person remains in the grave. There are three "heavens" spoken of in the New Testament. The first is "the aerial heaven" comprising the clouds and birds, lightning and thunder directly above us. The second is "the celestial heaven" with the planetary system, the sun, moon, and the stars. Above and beyond the stars are "the third or Highest Heaven" though it is probably in a separate and new dimension. Into that Highest Heaven, all true believers having been cleansed by the blood of Christ will go. At his Ascension, Jesus went up through the Aerial Heaven and the Celestial Heaven to the Highest Heaven. Luke 24.51 tells us that, "While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into the heavens." The word for "heavens" here is plural which gives support to the Biblical notion of three heavens.

"String Theory Heaven"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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