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Acts 2:34 NKJV:

“For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord,“ Sit at My right

Why didn't David ascend to heaven? Is this past tense? Is David in heaven now, or has he just never ascended into heaven all at?

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I, personally, don't see any confusion in this verse. If you read it in context, it seems to make perfect sense: Acts 2:29-36‌​. –  Richard Sep 14 '11 at 13:26
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This verse is contrasting Jesus and David. Jesus ascended:

Luke 24:51

While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

David went to heaven the old fashioned way: by dying first.

This is evidenced by David's body being buried:

Acts 2:29

“Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.

By contrast, Jesus was not "abandoned" (left) in the grave:

Acts 2:31

Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.

That David is in heaven is clear from Hebrews 11:32-40. David is named in verse 32 with other faith heroes. Then in verse 40 it says, "together with us would they be made perfect" (since they can only be perfected in heaven).

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When the Lord Jesus died he went down into Paradise with the believing thief (Luke ch. 23 v.43). This is to the same place that the beggar Lazarus went to when he died and was comforted. He dwelt there with Abraham. Paradise is even called 'Abraham's Bosom' (Luke ch 16). This is the pleasant part of Hades where the dead believers in Christ are kept until their resurrection. Samuel was 'disturbed' by the witch and came up from there and spoke with king Saul (1 Sam. ch 28). The Apostle Paul once visited both Paradise AND Heaven (2 Cor ch 12 v. 3), proving that they are two separate places. David too then, must be in Paradise (Abraham's Bosom) awaiting the resurrection. He did not ascend into heaven bodily OR spiritually. That dead Christians "go to heaven" is a Roman Catholic concept.

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Jesus did go to the bosom of Abraham and the scriptures do say they were set free. psalm 68:18 and Ephesians 4:8 also Matthew 57:52-53 speak of those who came out of the grave. The verse is speaking of Christ,that it would be Jesus who would ascend up and sit on the throne,not David.David was speaking prophetically of Jesus. David did not ascend to heaven,speaking of the one who would sit on the throne,he was speaking of Jesus.No one ascended till Jesus first ascended, then captivity was led to heaven meaning no one is no longer in the bosom of Abraham.

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The belief that one goes to heaven or hell immediately upon death is totally wrong. David has not ascended into Heaven because he is still dead and buried as Peter said. There's no need to twist his words to fit one's preconceived idea of what happens at death. There is no need to rely on a parable Jesus told abou the rich man and Lazarus. One cannot possibly think that you start living among Abraham's chest hairs when you die. The parable had a point and that point wasn't to teach what Heaven is like. No one ascends into Heaven (save for Enoch, Elijah and Moses) until the Lord returns with a shout and resurrects the dead as it says in 1 Thessalonians 4.

15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Ever wonder why the Bible refers to death as a sleep so many times? So and so "slept" with their fathers, etc. Because there is no awareness in death! It's like a dreamless sleep. "For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything" Ecclesiastes 9:5.

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Welcome. Please mention which denomination or group believe this way of interpretation. We do not welcome personal interpretations here. –  Mawia Nov 6 '13 at 8:35
    
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(1) Why did David not ascend into heaven?

(Acts 2:34) Actually David did not ascend to the heavens, but he himself says, ‘Jehovah said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, (Acts 2:29) “Men, brothers, it is allowable to speak with freeness of speech to YOU concerning the family head David, that he both deceased and was buried and his tomb is among us to this day.

What does it mean to be the firstborn from the dead?

(Revelation 1:5) and from Jesus Christ, “the Faithful Witness,” “The firstborn from the dead,” and “The Ruler of the kings of the earth.” To him that loves us and that loosed us from our sins by means of his own blood— (Colossians 1:18) and he is the head of the body, the congregation. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that he might become the one who is first in all things; Like · · Share · 59 minutes ago · Edited ·

Jesus blood had to be shed, before anyone could be resurrected.

(John 19:30) When, now, he had received the sour wine, Jesus said: “It has been accomplished!” and, bowing his head, he delivered up [his] spirit. (John 19:34) Yet one of the soldiers jabbed his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. (John 1:29) The next day he beheld Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus made a covenant with his disciples, Jesus could not make that covenant with his disciples until he came to earth as a man, that covenant would be of no use if Jesus blood had not been shed.

(Luke 22:28, 29) “However, YOU are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials; 29and I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, (Matthew 26:27, 28) Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of YOU; 28for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.

Jesus had to be resurrected to heaven to prepare a place for his disciples.

(John 14:1-3) “Do not let YOUR hearts be troubled. Exercise faith in God, exercise faith also in me. 2In the house of my Father there are many abodes. Otherwise, I would have told YOU, because I am going my way to prepare a place for YOU. 3Also, if I go my way and prepare a place for YOU, I am coming again and will receive YOU home to myself, that where I am YOU also may be.

Jesus blood had to be shed before anyone could gain everlasting life.

(Ephesians 1:7) By means of him we have the release by ransom through the blood of that one, yes, the forgiveness of [our] trespasses, according to the riches of his undeserved kindness. (Hebrews 9:11-14) However, when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come to pass, through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, 12 he entered, no, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time into the holy place and obtained an everlasting deliverance [for us]. 13 For if the blood of goats and of bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled sanctifies to the extent of cleanness of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of the Christ, who through an everlasting spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works that we may render sacred service to [the] living God?

Christ himself when on earth performed resurrections. (Lu 7:11-15; 8:49-56; Joh 11:38-44)

Jesus resurrected people back to human life, if these people were in heaven would it not be cruel for Jesus to bring them back to misery on earth only to die again? Also Jesus blood had not been shed at the time of these resurrections so everlasting life was not possible at that time. Those that died before Christ ransom sacrifice sleep in death, they are dead, see the condition of the dead.

(Ecclesiastes 9:5) For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. (Psalm 13:3) Do look [upon me]; answer me, O Jehovah my God. Do make my eyes shine, that I may not fall asleep in death, (John 11:11-14) He said these things, and after this he said to them: “Laz′a·rus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.” 12 Therefore the disciples said to him: “Lord, if he has gone to rest, he will get well.” 13 Jesus had spoken, however, about his death. But they imagined he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 At that time, therefore, Jesus said to them outspokenly: “Laz′a·rus has died,

Death is also likened to sleep, where you awaken not remembering anything, the people that were resurrected by Jesus back to human life on earth did not remember anything while they were dead, see Ec. 9:5. David did not ascend to heaven because he was dead, like all the others resurrected before Christ give his life blood as a sacrifice for our sins in order to gain everlasting life.

THESE PERSONS WILL BE RESURRECTED IN THE LAST DAYS OF WHAT? (John 11:24) Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” (John 6:40) For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.” (John 6:44) No man can come to me unless the Father, who sent me, draws him; and I will resurrect him in the last day. (Daniel 12:13) “And as for you yourself, go toward the end; and you will rest, but you will stand up for your lot at the end of the days.”

THE LAST DAYS OF SATAN'S SYSTEM OF THINGS, SATAN IS THE GOD OF THIS SYSTEM OF THINGS. (2 Corinthians 4:4) among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.

NOTICE AT MARK 4:19, THERE IS THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF THINGS, 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 TELLS US IT IS THE GOD OF THIS SYSTEM OF THINGS, BLINDING MINDS, SATAN. THEN AT MARK 10:30, WE HAVE A COMING SYSTEM OF THINGS, THIS WILL BE RULED UNDER GOD'S KINGDOM.

(Mark 4:19) but the anxieties of this system of things and the deceptive power of riches and the desires for the rest of the things make inroads and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (Mark 10:30) who will not get a hundredfold now in this period of time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, with persecutions, and in the coming system of things everlasting life.

SYSTEM OF THINGS As an aid in understanding this sense, we may recall certain uses of the terms “age,” “era,” and “epoch” in English. We may speak of an age, era, or epoch in the sense of a period of time in history characterized by a distinctive development or course of events or distinguished by some prominent figure or typical feature or features. We may speak of the “Age of Exploration,” referring to the time of Columbus, Magellan, Cook, and other maritime explorers, or to the “Feudal Age,” the “Dark Ages,” the “Victorian Era,” or, more recently, the “Space Age.” In each case what is prominent is not so much the time period itself but the distinguishing or characteristic feature or features of that time period. Those features provide the determining factors, or lines, marking the beginning, duration, and end of the period. Without them, the period would be just time, not a particular epoch, era, or age.

AS SHOWN IN 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 THE GOD OF THE SYSTEM WE LIVE IN NOW IS SATAN, THE RULER OF THE WORLD.

(Job 9:24) Earth itself has been given into the hand of the wicked one; The face of its judges he covers. If not, who, then, is it? (1 John 5:19) We know we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one. (John 12:31) Now there is a judging of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 14:30) I shall not speak much with YOU anymore, for the ruler of the world is coming. And he has no hold on me, (John 16:11) then concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. (2 Corinthians 4:4) among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through. (Ephesians 2:2) in which YOU at one time walked according to the system of things of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience. (1 Corinthians 2:12) Now we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that have been kindly given us by God.

JESUS IS RULING IN HEAVEN NOW, BUT SATAN STILL RULES THE WORLD OF MANKIND BY WAY OF INFLUENCE. (Revelation 12:9) So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

WHY SO MUCH CONFUSION? THIS IS BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT THERE ARE TWO RESURRECTIONS FROM THE DEAD. If the Bible says there is a first resurrection from the dead would there not also be a later resurrection from the dead?

(Revelation 20:6) Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years. (Philippians 3:11) [to see] if I may by any means attain to the earlier resurrection from the dead. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. (Hebrews 11:35) Women received their dead by resurrection; but other [men] were tortured because they would not accept release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better resurrection. (Philippians 3:14) I am pursuing down toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 3:1) Consequently, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest whom we confess—Jesus. (Revelation 14:4) These are the ones that did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones that keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb,

first resurrection- earlier resurrection- rise first- better resurrection- upward call- heavenly calling- firstfruits---------THOSE THAT HAVE A PART IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION WILL BE RESURRECTED TO IMMORTAL SPIRIT CREATURE LIFE IN HEAVEN--THIS IS THE HEAVENLY RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.

WHAT ABOUT THE LATER RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD? NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH 2 RESURRECTIONS FROM THE DEAD.

(Revelation 21:1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. (Isaiah 65:17) “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. (2 Peter 3:13) But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. (Isaiah 66:22) “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making are standing before me,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “so the offspring of YOU people and the name of YOU people will keep standing.”

THE FIRST RESURRECTION THE HEAVENLY CALLING WILL BE DURING CHRIST PRESENCE THEY WILL BE RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD IN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE.

(1 Corinthians 15:50-52) However, this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Look! I tell YOU a sacred secret: We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) For this is what we tell YOU by Jehovah’s word, that we the living who survive to the presence of the Lord shall in no way precede those who have fallen asleep [in death]; 16 because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. 17 Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with [the] Lord.

NOW WHAT ABOUT THE EARTHLY RESURRECTION, REMEMBER THESE GUYS WAITING UNTIL THE LAST DAYS OF SATAN'S SYSTEM, THEY SLEEP IN DEATH UNTIL RESURRECTED BACK TO THE EARTH AFTER SATAN IS CHAINED AND HURLED INTO THE ABYSS FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS.

(John 11:24) Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” (John 6:40) For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.” (John 6:44) No man can come to me unless the Father, who sent me, draws him; and I will resurrect him in the last day. (Daniel 12:13) “And as for you yourself, go toward the end; and you will rest, but you will stand up for your lot at the end of the days.”

NOW LETS SEE FROM SCRIPTURE IF THERE IS ANY VALIDITY AT ALL TO THIS EARTHLY RESURRECTION. 2 PETER 3:7 IS GOING TO SEEM LIKE A CONTRADICTION TO ALL THE SCRIPTURES THAT I AM ABOUT TO LIST, BUT IF GOD CANNOT HAVE A BOOK WRITTEN FREE FROM CONTRADICTION THEN HE CERTAINLY CANNOT BE WISE, IT IS NOT A CONTRADICTION LET ME EXPLAIN.

(Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it. (Psalm 119:90) Your faithfulness is for generation after generation. You have solidly fixed the earth, that it may keep standing. (Psalm 104:5) He has founded the earth upon its established places; It will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:4) A generation is going, and a generation is coming; but the earth is standing even to time indefinite. (Psalm 37:11) But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. (Deuteronomy 30:20) by loving Jehovah your God, by listening to his voice and by sticking to him; for he is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell upon the ground that Jehovah swore to your forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give to them.” (Psalm 37:9) For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. (Proverbs 2:21) For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. (Matthew 5:5) “Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth. (Isaiah 66:22) “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making are standing before me,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “so the offspring of YOU people and the name of YOU people will keep standing.” (Revelation 21:3) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. (Psalm 25:13) His own soul will lodge in goodness itself, And his own offspring will take possession of the earth. (Isaiah 45:18) For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.

Contradicting scriptures: (2 Peter 3:7) But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. (1 John 2:17) Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.

I used Watch Towers on these last two Scriptures to explain, the Bible is not contradicting itself.

(1 John 2:17) Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever. Remember that “the world is passing away” and will be destroyed. (2 Peter 3:6) Its desires and hopes will perish with it, as will individuals loving it. “But,” says John, “he that does the will of God remains forever.” So let us keep eternal life in view by ‘repudiating worldly desires’ and continuing to walk in divine light.—Titus 2:11-14.

(2 Peter 3:7) But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. Some Bible readers may object, however, that this planet will be destroyed by fire. They point to 2 Peter 3:7, 10 to support that view: “By the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. . . . Yet Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered.” Are the apostle Peter’s words to be taken literally? No, they are not. Why not? Because the interpretation of these verses must line up with the context of Peter’s letter and with the rest of the Bible. A literal view of those texts would mean that the heavens, or universe—billions upon billions of stars and other matter—will be consumed by fire because just one speck in its vastness contains wicked humans. Would you destroy miles of shoreline of sand because one grain is not to your liking? That would not make sense! So neither would Jehovah destroy all of his created universe because rebellion erupted on just one of his creative works. Besides, such a view is in direct conflict with the words of Jesus Christ, who said: “Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37:29) Would a loving father handicraft a comfortable house for his family only to burn it down? (Psalm 115:16) That would be unthinkable! Jehovah is not only the Creator but also a loving Father.—Psalm 103:13; 1 John 4:8. Peter uses the term “earth” in a figurative sense, referring to human society—in this case wicked human society. Note that Peter draws a parallel with the Flood of Noah’s day. (2 Peter 3:5, 6) On that occasion, only wicked mankind was destroyed; the earth itself and righteous Noah and his family survived. By the same token, Peter’s use of “heavens” would also be symbolic. In this case, “heavens” refers to human rulership over the ungodly. Thus, the incorrigibly wicked will be gone, as will all wicked governments, which will be dissolved and replaced by God’s heavenly rule, or Kingdom.—Daniel 2:44. What other day of judgment will benefit mankind? The Bible also uses the term “day of judgment” to refer to the event that will bring the present system of things to its end. This day of judgment will come as suddenly as the Flood of Noah’s day, which swept away an entire wicked generation. Happily, the imminent destruction of “ungodly men” will clear the way for a new earthly society in which “righteousness is to dwell.”—Read 2 Peter 3:6, 7, 13. But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.”—2 Peter 3:5-7.

* w10 8/1 p. 8 Four Questions About the End Answered * Peter is here making a symbolic reference to the earth. The Bible writer Moses similarly referred to the earth in a symbolic way. He wrote: “All the earth continued to be of one language.” (Genesis 11:1) Just as the literal earth does not speak “one language,” it is not the literal earth that will be destroyed. Rather, as Peter states, it is ungodly men who will suffer destruction. Thus, “the heaven” that is to ‘depart as a scroll’ refers to the anti-God governments that rule over this earth. They will be removed with finality by the all-conquering Rider of the white horse. (Revelation 19:11-16, 19-21) This is confirmed by what the apostle Peter said when he looked forward to the events signified by the opening of the sixth seal: “The heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7) Peter mentions that “the heavens and the earth that are now,” both the rulerships and the masses of people, are reserved for “the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.” This confirms that the phrase “the heavens and the earth that are now” refers, not to the material universe, but to humans and their rulerships. Recall that 2 Peter 3:7 says that ahead of us is “the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.” Those coming to their end will be ungodly. No harm will come to innocents, unlike what often happens in human wars, where civilian casualties outnumber military ones. The Great Judge guarantees us that his day will be a destruction of the ungodly. So how do we reconcile Bible texts that seem to conflict? One such is 2 Peter 3:7, which, according to the King James Version, says: “The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” Another is Revelation 21:1, which states: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away.” If Peter’s words are to be taken literally and the planet Earth is to be consumed by real fire, then the literal heavens—the stars and the other heavenly bodies—are also to be destroyed by fire. This view, however, conflicts with the assurance found at such scriptures as Matthew 6:10: “Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth,” and Psalm 37:29: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Furthermore, what effect would fire have on the already intensely hot sun and stars, which produce nuclear explosions continuously? On the other hand, the Bible often uses the term “earth” in a figurative sense. For example, Genesis 11:1 says: “Now all the earth continued to be of one language.” Here, the word “earth” refers to mankind in general, or human society. (See also 1 Kings 2:1, 2; 1 Chronicles 16:31.) The context of 2 Peter 3:5, 6 implies the same figurative use of “earth.” It refers to Noah’s day when a wicked human society was destroyed in the Flood but Noah and his household as well as the globe itself were preserved. (Genesis 9:11) Likewise, at 2 Peter 3:7, it says that the ones to be destroyed are “ungodly men.” This view agrees with the rest of the Bible. The wicked society earmarked for desolation is also “the former earth” referred to at Revelation 21:1, quoted earlier. Indeed, just as a caring earthly father will take every measure possible to ensure the inviolability of his home, Jehovah God is keenly concerned about his creation. He once evicted an immoral and wicked people from the fertile Jordan Valley and assured the new caretakers of the land, who were in a covenant with him, that if they kept his statutes, ‘the land would not vomit them out for their defiling it the same way as it would certainly vomit the nations out who were before them.’—Leviticus 18:24-28. At times the Bible uses the terms “heavens” and “earth” in figurative ways. “Heavens” may be used to mean Satan, the god of this world; world rulers under his control; and wicked spirit forces in heavenly places—all of which exercise demonic influence over mankind. (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:12) “Earth” is frequently used to refer to the peoples on the earth. (Genesis 11:1; 1 Kings 2:1, 2; 1 Chronicles 16:31; Psalm 96:1) It is these symbolic heavens and earth of this present wicked world that 2 Peter 3:7 says are to be destroyed by “fire.”—Galatians 1:4.

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Is this coy/pasted from another discussion forum? –  David Stratton Nov 11 '13 at 13:17
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As it stands, this answer is mostly plagiarism. Please remedy this by, at the very least, citing and linking to where you got the bulk of your answer from. –  El'endia Starman Nov 11 '13 at 21:17
    
(John 17:17) Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth. –  user8558 Nov 11 '13 at 23:39
    
If you did write this, can you include a short TL;DR section at the top? At this point, this is nothing but a dump of bible quotations and all-caps text (= shouting) and it's hard to find your belief among them. –  Jan Dvorak Nov 12 '13 at 1:25
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I guess the first question should be not if David ever went to heaven but why did he not go to heaven at the time Acts was written?

(Acts 2:34) Actually David did not ascend to the heavens, but he himself says, ‘Jehovah said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand,

Why did David not ascend into heaven? Resurrection is through a man Christ Jesus READ 1 Corinthians 15:21,22. Lets illustrate: Say you want to fly to a tropical Island on vacation, can you get there without getting on the plane, because the plane has not arrived yet? You are mankind and the plane is Christ Jesus. If Jesus give his life blood to save mankind from sin and death, then how could anyone be resurrected from the dead before that ransom sacrifice is even paid? Can you get on the plane before it arrives? Can you get on the plane if it has arrived but you have not paid for your ticket? (think about it) Christ Jesus had to pay for your ticket first, before you can fly. You cannot pay for your own ticket. Therefore, David laid in his tomb until Jesus paid his ticket.

(1 Corinthians 15:21, 22) For since death is through a man, resurrection of the dead is also through a man. 22For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.

Houston we have a problem here: Acts was written after Jesus ransom sacrifice, Paul wrote Acts, Paul did not become an apostle or disciple of Jesus until after Jesus ransom sacrifice and he wrote that David was still among them in his tomb at that time.(Acts 2:29) Does this mean what is written above is untrue? No, it just brings out another question. Why was David still in his tomb even after Jesus ransom sacrifice was paid?

Jesus had to die then go to heaven to prepare a place for those that are going to heaven (John 14:2,3) so David could not go to heaven until after the ransom was paid and also until Jesus went back to heaven to prepare a place for them in heaven. There is more, this is because Paul wrote Acts and Acts was written even after Jesus prepared a place in heaven for them.

(John 14:2, 3) In the house of my Father there are many abodes. Otherwise, I would have told YOU, because I am going my way to prepare a place for YOU. 3 Also, if I go my way and prepare a place for YOU, I am coming again and will receive YOU home to myself, that where I am YOU also may be.

Revelation 21:1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. (Isaiah 65:17) “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. (2 Peter 3:13) But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. (Isaiah 66:22) “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making are standing before me,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “so the offspring of YOU people and the name of YOU people will keep standing.”

Notice new heaven new earth: Why was David still in his tomb even after Jesus ransom sacrifice was paid? There is a New heaven that are being created by God 2 Peter 3:13, there are also a new earth that will also be created. Now if the Bible is true and there are new heavens and new earth, would God have created a new earth if everyone was going to live in heaven, what would be the point? Would God not need to populate the new heaven with some brought or taken from the earth Revelation 14:3. Now it would be foolish for God to destroy heaven and make a new one would it not be? So this new heaven is not the destruction of the old one and the making of a new one, but the new heaven refers to the new people brought from the earth to populate it. Now that brings us to the new earth, why destroy the earth and then make a new one, that's foolish? But think about a paradise earth would that not be different from what we are use to? Might it also be that you could call this paradise earth a new earth? Might one also think, if there is a new earth would God need to populate it with some of mankind?

(Revelation 14:3) And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth.

Jesus said it best about the new earth. (Luke 23:43) And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.”

THESE PERSONS WILL BE RESURRECTED IN THE LAST DAYS OF WHAT? (Luke 22:28, 29) “However, YOU are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials; 29and I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, (Matthew 26:27, 28) Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of YOU; 28for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.

THE LAST DAYS OF SATAN'S SYSTEM OF THINGS, SATAN IS THE GOD OF THIS SYSTEM OF THINGS. (2 Corinthians 4:4) among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.

Jesus did not make a covenant with David, David lived and died before Jesus made this covenant for a kingdom in heaven. (Luke 22:28, 29) “However, YOU are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials; 29and I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, (Matthew 26:27, 28) Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of YOU; 28for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.

David does not have a part in the first resurrection, (Revelation 20:5,6) this covenant was made after his death. David will be resurrected later with all these guys in the Scriptures below, back to a new earth. (paradise earth)

(Luke 23:43) And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 22:28, 29) “However, YOU are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials; 29and I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, (Matthew 26:27, 28) Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of YOU; 28for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.

It took me 3 years to learn this the challenge for me is to try to teach it faster it has proven difficult, I notice that this site wants to know what denomination believes this way so I want to use the Watch Tower to explain Luke 23:43. I've explained these other things by memory of things I've learned in the 3 years of study, I will continue to try to make this understandable and shorter.

-----------------WATCH TOWER-----------------------------------------------------------------(Luke 23:43) And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.”

▪ Jesus promised a dying man who courageously expressed faith in him: “You will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Where would the man be? Would Paradise be located in heaven, on earth, or at some intermediate location where humans await judgment? Our ancestors once lived in Paradise. The Bible tells us: “Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, toward the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. . . . And Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to take care of it.” (Genesis 2:8, 15) When those words were translated into Greek, the word “garden” was rendered pa·ra′dei·sos, from which came the English word “paradise.” Just as a couple would enlarge their home when they have more children, so our first parents were expected to expand Paradise beyond the borders of Eden as the human family grew. God told them: “Fill the earth and subdue it.”—Genesis 1:28. Our Creator’s purpose, then, was for humans to live and bear children in Paradise here on earth. They would live forever in an earthly garden with no need for any cemeteries. The earth was to become the permanent home for all mankind. No wonder the natural features of our planet bring us so much delight! We were created to live on a beautiful earth. Has God’s purpose changed? No. For Jehovah assures us: “So my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted.” (Isaiah 55:11) Over 3,000 years after man’s creation, the Bible stated regarding “the Former of the earth and the Maker of it” that he “did not create it simply for nothing,” but he “formed it even to be inhabited.” (Isaiah 45:18) God’s will has not changed. The earth will yet be a paradise. Interestingly, many Bible passages about Paradise are simply descriptions of life on earth. For example, a prophecy of Isaiah states: “They will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.” (Isaiah 65:21) Where are houses built and vineyards planted? Where is fruit eaten? On the earth. Proverbs 2:21 explicitly states: “The upright are the ones that will reside in the earth.” Jesus too spoke about an earthly paradise. True, he also promised a heavenly paradise, but that was for a select few. (Luke 12:32) After death, these are resurrected to the heavenly Paradise and join Christ to rule over the earthly Paradise. (Revelation 5:10; 14:1-3) These heavenly corulers will ensure that Paradise on earth will be properly governed and maintained according to God’s standards. Jesus knew that this was God’s will for the earth. After all, he was in heaven with his Father when the garden of Eden was created. Life in a future earthly paradise is open to all people who exercise faith today. (John 3:16) To such ones, Jesus promises: “You will be with me in Paradise.”—Luke 23:43.

(Revelation 21:1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. (Revelation 21:3, 4) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:1 not only a new heaven but also a new earth there are two resurrections from the dead the heavenly one and an earthly one, David has the earthly one that one has not happened yet if it had the conditions discussed at Revelation 21:3,4 would exist now. Revelation 21:3 tent of God is with mankind, mankind live on earth not in heaven. There are no tears in heaven so the Scripture is not talking about heaven but it is talking about earth. There is no death in heaven again were talking about the earth. There is no mourning in heaven or outcry nor pain in heaven, again were talking about the earth. The former things have passed away.” The former earth with all these distressing conditions will be done away with and God's kingdom will bring in a New earth a paradise earth.

(Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it. (Psalm 119:90) Your faithfulness is for generation after generation. You have solidly fixed the earth, that it may keep standing. (Psalm 104:5) He has founded the earth upon its established places; It will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:4) A generation is going, and a generation is coming; but the earth is standing even to time indefinite. (Psalm 37:11) But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. (Deuteronomy 30:20) by loving Jehovah your God, by listening to his voice and by sticking to him; for he is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell upon the ground that Jehovah swore to your forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give to them.” (Psalm 37:9) For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. (Proverbs 2:21) For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. (Matthew 5:5) “Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth. (Isaiah 66:22) “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making are standing before me,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “so the offspring of YOU people and the name of YOU people will keep standing.” (Revelation 21:3) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. (Psalm 25:13) His own soul will lodge in goodness itself, And his own offspring will take possession of the earth. (Isaiah 45:18) For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.

(Psalm 37:10, 11) And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

The wicked are still among us at this time, So this is a future Prophecy at Psalms 37:10,11, but soon the wicked will not exist on the earth, but the meek will remain on the earth. There is no exquisite delight in the abundance of peace at this time this is a future prophecy.

David and the criminal hung by Jesus will be resurrected back to an earthly paradise after the wicked are killed by king Jesus, you can not have a paradise earth or peace full society on the earth as long as these wicked people breathe they have to be eliminated. That's why God says I will get vengeance, at Armageddon he will use his new king Jesus to kill the wicked and as Matthew 5:5 claims the meek will inherit the earth. Thanks to this site for giving me the opportunity to try to explain this view, I'm calling it a view because everyone has to make their own minds up what is true.

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