I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago– whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows– such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:2
The Apostle Paul gives us a testimony here , regarding a man he met who was taken up to the “3rd Heaven”. Now the first question will be what is the 3rd Heaven? And second question will be why should we believe this story?
The 3rd Heaven from a Biblical perspective is the place where God lives. The 1rst Heaven is the sky you can see above you, the Second Heaven is outer space beyond our atmosphere, and the 3rd Heaven is beyond space where God reigns.
So why should we believe that a mortal man has seen Heaven? Because the Apostle Paul is a very reliable witness. He wrote over half of the New Testament including the first Christian Creed of the death and resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15) also Paul is under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To disregard Pauls testimony here, you would have to throw out half of the New Testament.
And I know how such a man– whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows–was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 2 Corinthians 12:3-4
Paul describes Heaven as “Paradise” which is exactly how Jesus described it to the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43) Paul doesn’t know if the man was in his physical body or in his spirit taken to Heaven but what he saw was beyond our human comprehension.
There are mysteries that won’t be revealed to us until we get to our “Fathers House” (John 14) however take comfort in knowing Heaven is Real and many people have already been there. Take comfort in knowing that death is not the end for us , as Jesus have overcome the grave Amen!