The Heavenly Worlds
The Bible confirms that God created heavenly worlds other than our world: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2). All things, material or immaterial, are designated by this term. It also refers to the “visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers” (Colossians 1:16, 17). This includes the entire universe. These “worlds were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3).
Through Christ, God made these celestial worlds. When we consider the greatness of God’s creation, the countless millions of worlds circling the throne of God, not only do we gain a greater concept of God; we are led to say with the psalmist, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalms 8:4). How wonderful in wisdom, knowledge, and strength is our God; and with this knowledge, how wonderful must be the love of Him who created and upholds all things and calls man to become sharer with Him in glory.
Can the Heavenly Worlds See Us?
The apostle Paul stated that the heavenly worlds can actually see us, “For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings” (1 Corinthians 4:9). Here, Paul uses the figure of the amphitheater as a related example for his generation to show that humans are being watched by a heavenly audience (1 Corinthians 9:24–26; 15:32; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7, 8). And he affirms that when he says, “you were made a spectacle.”
From this we learn, that humans are the center of concern for the heavenly worlds. The apostle adds, “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 10:32, 33; 12:1). Therefore, being aware that the eyes of God’s children throughout His vast universe are now intently fixed upon us, we must put forth every effort to win the Christian race before us.
The unfallen heavenly worlds can’t contact us on planet earth. For we are quarantined by God because of the sin disease. Some claim that aliens will reach out for us to help solve earth’s problems. But this is not possible because its against God’s will. God has only authorized angels to minister to fallen humanity. About the work of angels the Bible tells us, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Therefore, any other being claiming to be an alien trying to contact humans would be an evil spirit masquerading to deceive them (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Our world is simply a stage on which the conflict between sin and righteousness, truth and error, is taking place in front of an intensely interested audience of the inhabitants of the universe. Therefore, it is the duty of every believer to stand for that which is right and do God’s will. If we realized that the attention of the heavenly worlds are focused upon us, there would be a revival of godliness among us. Therefore, let us heed the Bible counsel, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36).
In His service,
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