Much to digest here -
This morning I proclaimed 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (6/23/07) in the Catholic Church as a lector. Paul can't explain how he got to Heaven, but he knows that he was there and he hung on to that vision / feeling / knowledge / without anybody discouraging him. We call that private revelation - It is not necessary that other people believe it, but the LORD will help us understand His plan better, if we keep our mind on Him. When I did not really know what the Lord wanted me to do, I would ask Him to give me dreams, visions or other confirmations, mainly through His word. His word never fails us. He always heard me because He has Mercy on us and wants us to understand His plan. He is not a man that he should lie...
When I was "in the Synagogue" learning about the Jewish way of life, Rabbi Goldberger told me point blank when I asked him to convert to Judaism : "We don't believe in three gods, we believe in ONE GOD, we don't believe in Angels, we don't believe in life after death. So if you want to convert, you must renounce JESUS". 9 month later I had to leave the Synagogue because I asked Rabbi Goldberger to accept Y'shua as Messiah...I know it was bold - I argued with the LORD about it - He wanted me to do that so I did. Pray for him,his family and Congregation (Orthodox Judaism) and for Peace to Jerusalem. I mention this because on Yom Kippur in 1998 Rabbi Goldberger gave a very animated homily: about the Angels in Heaven catching the prayers of the faithful and presenting them to God Almighty ... exact contradiction to the statement made to me. How many times is Heaven mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures and how do we know which level it is?
Any idea? And how does that reconcile with Christianity? Thanks for all your input -
PS: Do you have a diagram to lay out the 7 levels as explained above? - So the TV show "7th Heaven" proclaimed the Gospel? Just kidding. Our Lord can use any channel, any person, the young and the old to advance His plan which is salvation to the Jew first, then the Gentile - Romans 1:16. May His plan come forth as He has it planned from the beginning of time.