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Letter: Looking north, toward paradise

By Marvin Kroontje, Magnolia

There was an interesting question presented to Billy Graham’s “My Answer” by a 9-year-old on the Daily Globe’s July 11 Religion page. He wanted to know if he got a big enough telescope, could he see heaven. Graham’s answer was you can’t see heaven, but you can go there.

The Bible tells us of the third heaven in II Corinthians 12: 1-4 where paradise is. The first heaven is where the clouds and rain come from. The second is where the stars and planets are, and the third heaven is above that. If a person looked up through a telescope from North America and from China, it would be in exactly opposite directions.

The Bible gives us a hint of where heaven is. In Isaiah 14: 12-14, which speaks of Lucifer (Satan), we read how he would exalt his throne above the stars of God. “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North. I will be like the most high.” God says in Psalms 75: 2-7: “When I shall receive the congregation, I will judge uprightly. ... For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor the west, but the south, but God is the judge.” So it must be in the north.

North is the same direction from every point on our earth’s surface. It is significant, too, that the geographic and magnetic poles of the earth always keeping pointing north. Who can tell why the magnetic needle in a compass points toward the North Star?

When the “Glory of Jehova” visited the prophet Ezekiel, “it came with a whirlwind that came out of the North” (Ezekiel 1: 4-28). In Job 26:7, it says He (God) stretched out the north over the empty place and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Could it be that the empty place in the north is the location of the throne of God and paradise? Even if our telescopes aren’t big enough, try aiming them north and pray.