There Really Is A Twilight Zone

The word “Hell” is a very old English word that originally had nothing to do with the spiritual prison known as Hades. Hell originally referred to the dimension of the occult. The word “occult” comes from the latin “accultist” which means: to cover up, to hide or conceal in order to deceive. The word “Hell” meant: a covered or hidden place. So originally, the word “Hell” was used to define the domain of the occult; the realm of demons and demonic activity; a supernatural realm that exists on the earth, but beyond the 1st three visible dimensions. To put it in simpler language, what you and I might call the Twilight Zone.

The science of a covered or hidden place that's right here with us, but beyond our physics to observe, isn't a new concept. It's been around since the beginning of the curse in Genesis 3. The reality of its existence is Biblically endorsed.

One of the Biblically used terms for these hidden and higher dimensions is what Paul called, “high places” in Ephesians 6:12. In that same verse, he pointed out that these high places (higher dimensions) are the domain of “principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness.” There’s absolutely nothing good said about this place anywhere in the Bible. This hidden Twilight Zone called “Hell” in classic English, and called “High Places” by Paul, would be more appropriately identified in theological terms as the 2nd Heaven.

In the first verse of Genesis, we find God creating the heaven and the earth. Modern English translations render it “heavens” (plural) because they assume Genesis 1:1 was referring to the universe. But in the King James Version, the word “heaven” is singular for a very good reason.

The Hebrew word translated “heaven” is “shamayim” and it’s used in Hebrew for the air, the sky, the universe, the spiritual realm, and the House and Throne of God. While it’s common for an English word to have as many different applications, it’s extremely rare for a digital language like Hebrew. There can be only one reason for this Hebrew anomaly and the King James translators were very well aware of it. In the beginning, the physical and spiritual realm were not the seperate things they are today.

When God created the heaven and the earth in Genesis 1:1, the heaven was one. There was no dimensional division between the physical and the spiritual before the curse in Genesis 3:14-19. This is why you can find God walking through the garden in the cool of the day in Genesis 3:8. It’s also why you can find animals and humans talking to each other in Genesis 3:1-5. These are attributes of a pre-cursed creation when the heaven and the earth were united. But after the curse, the heaven was fractured into three separate domains of dimensional reality. From that point forward, the Bible began to use the word “heaven” in three ways. We know this because of Paul’s own words in 2nd Corinthians 12:1-6 where he spoke of being taken into the “3rd Heaven.”

The 1st Heaven is everything on, in and above the earth that is visible: the air, the sky, the clouds, the sun, the moon, the stars, etc... Whether you’re looking through your window, a telescope or a microscope, you’re looking into the 1st Heaven. It’s made up of 3 spatial dimensions: length, width and height. It’s also made up of a limited temporal dimension that we call “time.”

The 2nd Heaven is everything on, in and above the earth that is INVISIBLE. It exists in spatial dimensions of movement that are higher than the first three and somewhat higher than our limited movement in time, but not unlimited. These are the higher dimensions that Paul referred to as “high places” in Ephesians 6:12 where “principalities, powers and rulers of darkness” dwell. The 2nd Heaven fits the original definition of “Hell” perfectly because it’s a covered and hidden place where schemes, plots and deceptive operations of wickedness are launched into our reality.

The 3rd Heaven exists in spatial dimensions of movement that are higher than those of both the 1st and 2nd Heaven combined. It’s where God’s throne is and it’s the domain that Jesus referred to as, “My Father’s House” in John 14:2. It’s often assumed that this is God’s natural habitat or God’s plane of existence. But this assumption forgets that even Heaven was created by God in Genesis 1:1.

Before the curse of Genesis 3, all three heavens were one. The heaven and the earth was a singular reality made up of at least 10 dimensions. But after the curse, God fractured his 10-dimensional creation into three realities. The lowest of these dimensions became our reality, the highest of these became Heaven, and the middle ground between the two became Hell: a covered and hidden place. The REAL Twilight Zone.

This classical definition of Hell is still used in some of our modern cliches and catchphrases. When we talk about “the powers of Hell,” or when we say “all hell broke loose,” or “what in the hell is going on,” we’re not talking about the spiritual prison known as Hades. We’re talking about the invisible parallel universe from which the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness intrude upon our lives. This is the classic and appropriate use of the word “Hell” but unfortunately, it’s become synonymous with Hades and a few other words that mean something quite different.