The very laws of physics and mathematics establish with indisputable certainty the absolute inevitability of the creation’s return back to God. Psalm nineteen was long a source of amusement to Bible critics. In speaking of the sun, the Psalmist says: “His going forth is from the end of the Heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat there of’ (Ps. 19:6). It was claimed that the writer of this verse, obviously believed in the ancient notion of the sun’s revolving about the earth. This charge is most unjust, since we still use words and phrases of the same sort, simply because from our natural viewpoint the sun does rise in the morning, move across the sky, and set in the evening. The whole science of nautical and engineering astronomy is based on the assumption, made purely for convenience, that the earth is the center of a great celestial sphere, moving along the surface of which in ordered paths are the sun, moon, planets and stars. And as far as any practical usage is concerned, this is so. On this assumption, courses can be plotted, positions determined, and scores of other applications made.
But the words of the Psalmist have a deeper, more scientific meaning than that. It is now concluded by the leading astronomers that the sun, with the entire solar system, actually does move through space at the tremendous speed of 600,000 miles per hour in such a gigantic orbit that it requires over two million centuries to complete it, but complete it it shall, returning again and again, as the ages roll onward, to the point of its beginning. Furthermore, it is believed that our galaxy is also moving with respect to other galaxies. The sun’s circuit IS from one end of the heavens to the other! Who can accuse the Holy Spirit of ignorance of modern astronomy? Why am I making a point out of all this astronomy both physically and spiritually. It is because everything we see happening in the natural is symbolic and prophetic of everything going on in the spirit!
Here in Alaska we sit directly underneath the outpouring of the Lord’s Heavenly Glory because the Word is clear that He the Lord and His Heaven are established in the highest place which would in the physical, the natural, be directly North!
Some may perceive heaven as being all around us, just in other dimensions we cannot see or experience. It is possible, though, that heaven actually is located in a specific place and, at the same time, transcends our 3-dimensional realm. In a Bible study booklet, Our Eternal Home, available through Radio Bible Class Ministries, Richard W. De Haan points out,
The eternal home of the saints now is in heaven as the capital city, which is implied in the name “the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22). But this raises a question that has often been asked, “Where is heaven?”
Some think it is located somewhere in the northern skies. To support this, they point out that astronomers have discovered only one area in space that appears to be empty—the region around the North Star. No other stars have ever been discovered there. Rather, only a faint luminous glow has been detected. Therefore, they speculate that this must be the location of heaven. (4)
Elihu may have known that heaven is located in the north sky when he pointed out to Job, “Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty” (Job 37:22). In a psalm, Asaph noted, “No one from the east or the west or from the desert [south] can exalt a man. But it is God who judges; He brings one down, he exalts another” (Psalm 75:6,7). If exaltation from God does not come from the east, west, or south, it must come from the north; and, since God is in heaven, then it may be that heaven is in the northern skies. Another psalmist stated,
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King (Psalm 48:1,2—Revised Standard).
Again, somewhere “in the far north” seems to be the location of the heavenly City of God, the New Jerusalem. Satan always has wanted to usurp God’s Authority and Power and install his own throne where God’s Throne is (see “pride and downfall” and “heavenly citizenship revoked”: C-7, P-I). Referring to Satan, God said,
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa. 14:13,14—Revised Standard).
Isaiah also indicated that the Throne of God was somewhere in the north: “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…” (Isa. 40:22a). If God’s Throne is “…above the circle of the earth…,” then the North Pole may point roughly towards it. It even could be that the circle in the northern sky drawn out by the North Pole as the earth wobbles once each 25,000+ years (see “astrology unscientific”: C-9, P-IV, S-2) outlines a section of heaven itself. Other Bible passages which also might indicate that heaven is located in the north are Lev. 1:11a; Job 26:7a; Isa. 14:31d, 41:25a; Ezek. 1:4a.
So I like to think Alaskans and all those who are living in the North are by geographic latititude and longitude physically closer to physical Heaven! I must say that I am convinced of this because of the thickness of the Glory that is in the atmosphere as I approach Barrow Alaska every time I go up there, the atmosphere becomes honey thick with the presence of God. I like to say that the Lord crowned the world with the Eskimo, the Arctic Ice, the Polar Bear and the Snowy Owl. He also crowned the North with the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and the Caribou! But one thing that He did liberally and profusely was provide the largest of all the worlds oil deposits here in the North. I am convinced that the Lord put the Eskimo in the North and gave them this deposit of oil as a reflection of the prophetic destiny He had given them in the Spirit. They are truly rich in spirit!
The Eskimo are the only unconquered people that are on this earth and never ceded or agreed to give up any of their sovereignty. They are still living on every continent that is above the Arctic Circle. They have the majority of the worlds oil deposits sitting on their land. They are considered the least of all people by the world at large and have been taken advantage of and thought to be a people of little intelligence and of no spiritual significance. But the Lord has chosen to take what the world has called foolish and is using them to confound the wise. The Eskimo of the Inuit, Inupiat, Inupiaq, Chupik, Yupik and Aluutik Eskimo’s around the world are a strong and hearty people and the Lord has chosen to save the best for last for them. Matthew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” From the beginning the Lord said that in the last days He would “pour out His Spirit on all flesh” and that He always saves the best for last. Even the word Eskimo is Athabaskan for meat eater. This truly fits because they have truly been given the teeth to chew the meat of the Word.
Jesus is returning soon and His Spirit is pouring out in a mighty way in the North and He is doing something incredible in the people of the Northern Lands.
I want you to think of a sphere or a globe and then imagine a pitcher of honey pouring out onto that globe or sphere from the very northern most part of the sphere. What would happen. The honey would pour out but it would go out to all corners of the sphere just by being poured out onto it from that one location on the sphere, correct? So if you poured out on the sides then only the sides would receive the outpouring. And if you poured out from the south it would not even touch the globe because everything that pours out pours out from above and not below, and so this is how it works. The Lord has established His Heavenly residents in the North and He pours out and touches the whole world from that location. And I am not limiting God and putting Him in a box and saying the Lord cannot pour out from any direction He wants. I am just saying that there is something prophetic going on here, something profound that we should all consider as we hear what the Lord is saying at this time when the return of our Lord is so close at hand.
The question is asked, Where is Heaven located? I can only say that somewhere in the spacious and infinite arena above this world is a place where God is and this is Heaven. The Bible speaks of ‘coming up into heaven’ (Rev 4:1) and of Christ being ‘taken up from you into heaven’ (Acts 1:11). From these Bible verses we know that Heaven is in an upward direction and not on the surface of this earth. It is above and outside of this earth, away in space.
“But that causes another question to arise, Which way is up? Since our universe is always spinning the direction of up is changing. The direction and location of Heaven is plainly given in the words of Isaiah concerning the fall of Lucifer. Listen to the boastful words of Lucifer as recorded in Isaiah 14: ‘I will ascend into heaven’ (v 13). Heaven is in an upward direction. ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God’ (v13). Heaven is beyond the other planets and above the stars. ‘I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north’ (v 14), or as the RSV renders it ‘in the far north.’ Heaven is in the northern area of the sky.
There is an outpouring that is about to take place that will be released upon the northern peoples and regions that will bring in the greatest harvest the world has ever seen that will trumpet the return of the Lord and the Lord is doing something that the world has never seen by releasing the best for last as He pours out the anointing on the peoples of the North that will do exploits and release the fire and the glory of God unprecedented through out the world bringing the Kingdom to earth and touching all nations with the Fire of God!
(This Word does not declare that through the natives of the North the final in-gathering and greatest revival will come. This narrative is to agree with the plan and the purpose and destiny that is available to those who are in the North to lay hold as God has revealed through the Spirit of Prophecy. The Lord is using all men and all men are eligible to participate in the last day harvest. His Anointing and Call is no respecter of persons!