Paul mentions in the Bible that there are three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2), but he does not go into detail as to what or where they are. The Bible also is not clear about the judgments that await us and how they factor into the equation of reaching these heavens. All we know is that we exist on earth and someday we will die, having no idea what awaits in the unknown zone.
I prefer to believe that if I am still aware of my environment after I die that I will have three tests before me, which if I pass will allow me to enter consecutively each of the three heavens. I like to think of the first heaven as a segregation camp among those who believe in God, the Creator, and those who don’t.
Those who believe may be further tested in the Judgment Day scenario described in the Bible. You may have to relive the bad judgments made during your life and humbly accept your punishment from God. This test may be designed to see if you are still receptive to the desires that led to your sins during life. For example, you may be tempted to avoid punishments by agreeing to follow evil spirits, rather than God. You probably should accept God’s punishment without seeking ways to eliminate the consequences. If you pass the second test, you may enter the second heaven, which I expect will be very peaceful and calm.
The last test may be extremely difficult. Even though believing in God and accepting your poor decisions in life and all their consequences may get you to this point, the last hurdle may be the hardest to cross. My guess is that it will involve significant testing of your moral foundation. You probably will have to unify with God and become God-like in order to pass this final exam. In order to reach this third heaven, you may have to prove that your character is worthy of this ultimate trust to enter the last heaven.
If I am fortunate enough to reach this final goal, I hope that I will be permitted to see God’s entire universe with the billions of galaxies and the billions of stars in each galaxy. I want to spend an eternity examining God’s creation. I believe that there is life scattered all through the universe, and I would love to see it and examine it.
I hope that there are many animals that will be available for us to view and watch. I also hope that God will permit us to be with animals from our earth, so that we can be comforted by them. I believe that the humans allowed into God’s third heaven will be of like mind and will be comforting as well.
In my heavens, I expect that there will be no breathing, eating, smelling, or employing any of the bodily functions. There will be no need for toilet paper or procreation. As we all know, our body will stay behind and decompose, so basically only our spirit can survive and still be conscious of what is transpiring after death. Thus, awareness may spring from our imagination.
So, the three heavens may be only in my imagination, but if I am still thinking after death, the heavens may exist because of the unification of my and God’s imagination. Then I might say, “Oh, my heavens!”