I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heavenwhether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. - 2Corinthians 12:2 (ESV)
So much attention when dealing with the NAR is focused correctly on dominionism. That is because this last idol of the church age is the nearly daily obsession within the apostate church. It seems only yesterday that the primary focus of a discernment ministry were on things like sneaky squid spirits and fake glory clouds. Today politics has taken over in a dramatic way within the walls of the church. Be not dismayed beloved because the depraved hearts of man will always seek out the gnostic, esoteric, and mysterious that can only be found in the false signs and lying wonders wing of the NAR. So, say hello again to the resident false prophet of Bethel Church, Shawn Bolz. Just when you think every story is going to be about the idolatry of carnal politics, along comes Bolz to tell us that he has recently visited the second heaven. I mean c'mon, who hasn't?
I will tell you who hasn't - everybody. There is not one person in the entire canon of scripture that visited the second heaven. How can we be sure? Because the second heaven is not mentioned one time in the entire bible. In fact, the only reason theologians assume the existence of a second heavens is because of the key verse where Paul references being caught up to the third heaven, or the throne room of God. Logic dictates that if there is a third heaven then there should be a second, which is largely considered to be outer space. The first heaven being our atmosphere. Nonetheless, Shawn Bolz has now claimed to be the first person in human history to be taken to the second heaven and he writes about it in the above linked article. So, pack a bag and some lunch because we are heading to the depths of space today to find out what the heck Shawn Bolz is yammering about now. Let us reason together.
"I am going to give you an encounter-based view of what most evangelical theologians believe but, because it is experiential, some of it may not be exact but will help you relate to it. This would not be anti-biblical, but it would be considered extra biblical, meaning I am keeping to the basic tenants of faith that the Bible inspires, not straying or adding truth but trying to give you my experience of that truth." - Shawn Bolz
The bible says in many places that we are not to add anything to the word of God. So, despite Shawn's ignorance, extra-biblical IS unbiblical. You must understand that this is one of the primary heresies at Bethel Church, where Shawn is from. Bethel is ground zero for experiential Christianity. They not only support and teach experience over scripture but they raise personal revelation to the same level as scripture. They are taught to not question what they experience. Absolute truth is one of the benefits of being Christian. It eliminates shades of grey. So, no offense Shawn but we do not need your "experience" of truth. How absurd. It simply does not work that way. The bible does not mention there even is a second heaven but Shawn Bolz' experience of that truth is that he has visited it. At this point there is only one question. Who are you going to believe?
'The angel who was with me put his hands over my eyes and they opened up to something that was so familiar but was so new at the same time. "God created a space between heaven and earth, which is the place where angels were always intended to interact and be at work. It's not that it was ever supposed to be invisible per say to man, but it was supposed to be looked at through the connected eyes of love with God so that it could be understood. God never intended that we angels to be a butler service to you, but He created us more as beautiful stewards of all that He created. Like the human body has billions of cells that work in harmony that define and help its life, angels are like beautiful, living cells that make up the system of creation, working together to keep His will and connection going forward."' - Shawn Bolz
Uh-huh. Why do these kooks always seem to have angels dispatched to them? Not content with adding the existence of the second heaven to scripture, Bolz is now creating an entirely new purpose for it! Who knew that the second heaven was apparently designed to house office buildings for angels? You know who knew? No one because it is utter nonsense! The rest of this flowery rhetoric is meant to distract you from asking the obvious question. Why would the creator of the entire universe leave us with is final revealed will and forget to mention that angels work in the second heavens? Assuming you can get by that one then you are forced to agree that God waited over 2000 years because He was waiting for Shawn Bolz to come along so He could give him a guided tour. The same Shawn Bolz who is a false prophet at the most doctrinal cesspool on the planet. The same Shawn Bolz who uses his smart phone to dupe easily deceived people into thinking he is being given words of knowledge about them. That Shawn Bolz. On a side note of disappointment I guess I have to tell my personal angel, Benny the Butler, that he doesn't have to pick up my dry cleaning anymore.