The Second Heaven

by Greg Crawford Apostle

I want to speak briefly about second heaven this week. The following is part of the book I have written entitled "Stewarding Second Heaven to Enter the Revelatory Realm". Without an understanding of earth realm, second heaven, and the revelatory realm of heaven, we will never reach our potential. What is the difference or how do we differentiate the second and the third heaven so we know what is truly a mystery being revealed and what we should be stewarding?

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


High places: 2032 ? [epouranios /epooraneeos/] adj. translates as "heavenly" 16 times, "celestial" twice, "in heaven" once, and "high" once; existing in heaven; things that take place in heaven; the heavenly regions; heaven itself, the abode of God and angels; the lower heavens, of the stars; the heavens, of the clouds; the heavenly temple or sanctuary; of heavenly origin or nature.

The problem is that we do not fully understand the second heaven realm. We believe because we are in the spirit that everything we see in the spirit is from God. NO! Being in the spirit means you are in that second heaven or spiritual realm. Second heaven is where the spiritual domain over the earth occurs. It is where the enemy can show forth evil and false revelation as well. Today everyone desires to have access into this supernatural realm. Where are all the new age practices and false religions coming from? Not the earth realm and certainly not from Heaven. They are being birthed out of the second heaven realm. The place we are to be stewarding. If you would study most new age practices, you will find they only teach the highest level to attain is what we would call second heaven or the spiritual realm. This puts an empowerment into the demonic forces in that realm and stops the pursuit of a higher level, the revelatory realm. This empowers the soul to perform and bring messages that have no impact. They realize they cannot enter the revelatory realm of God through what they practice.

Ever since the devil was defeated, he is only in second heaven sending his demonic forces to the earth. Second heaven is a mixture of God and Satan. There are voices masquerading as the Holy Spirit. Demons posing as angels of light. There are illusions and imaginations, false revelations and delusions. There is even false prophecy as well. These all create false prophets and leaders of authority, measures of truth but not in fullness. You see false ministry has no standard because the standard set in the spirit realm or the place as I call it, of spiritual "woo". Because of this, we have many saying they saw something "in the spirit" and they prophesy it or speak it and it has no impact. It probably was not from God but had demonic influence behind it. The false prophets, apostles and other leaders do not just appear, but were birthed in the church walls as we endorse the illusions and imaginations they have experienced, because we do not know they are doctrinally incorrect.

I have seen this time and time again. Many pastors deal with this as people try to step out in the gifts and see or experience things in the spirit. This has caused pastors to be reluctant or apprehensive about prophetic type events. This is where most of the "weirdness" that is in the full gospel circles comes from. They say things and have no way to substantiate it doctrinally. This should be the first red flag that someone can enter that realm, but has not yet discerned correctly. The fruit of these types of second heaven experiences can produce confusion in the Body. God's standard is set in the third heaven. The standard in heaven is the standard we are to attain. What is addressed in heaven is what we need to address here.

Simplified Comparisons

Earth Realm

Second Heaven

Third Heaven



Divine creative Source

Earth realm

Spirit realm

Revelatory realm

Uncertainty and doubt

I feel

I know



Creativity, power


Strategy applied

Strategy released

Man responds

Holy Spirit speaks

God's voice speaks

Reflections of the Kingdom

Patterns of the Kingdom

The Kingdom

Interpretation of truth

Truth and false

Only pure truth

Reflect the ways of God

Know the ways of God

Know the heart of God

Logos of God

Rhema of God

Thoughts of God revelation




Application of grace

Dispensation of grace

Throne of grace

Time (chronos)

Dispensation of time (Kairos)

Eternal Reign

Enemies defeated

Imprecatory Prayer

Justice of God

Prayer (individual focus)

Intercession (corporate focus)

Jesus our intercessor


Self promotion

God promotion

Counterfeit manifest

Counterfeits exist

Pure, not counterfeit

False leaders

False doctrine

Pure truth

As we have looked at these things that exist or co-inhabit the second heaven, we now see why discernment of spirits is required. It is not discerning of spiritual things but the actual spirit behind things. Second heaven deceptions work to convince us we are in need of nothing, not needing to change. Second heaven deception can give us false revelation if we lack a solid foundation.

The result of this is trying to operate in false authority. These second heaven deceptions put our experiences above the Word of God. People speak things in such a way there is no way to prove it or disprove it, this allows them to look spiritual and move in the false authority of the deception. This is why the gift of discerning of spirits is needed. We can discern doctrine but can we discern the spirit behind something. True Spiritual things from God do not go against His doctrine. We judge actions on earth (fleshly) but in the second heaven in the spirit to rightly divide. Just because you are "in the Spirit" does not mean you are to engage in everything you see or hear. Nor does it mean everything going on around you is from God.

Sometimes intercessors see things in the second heaven and if they do not have true covering or governmental oversight, they may act out these things and present them to the Body. The Body then becomes confused and the spiritual realm becomes hard for them to understand as it now is presented as a blend of God and the demonic. This brings the following into people's lives; confusion, co-dependency on key spiritual leaders, lack of faith to engage themselves, weakness in the Body and a defeated mentality.

1 Samuel 28:11-18 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.

Even King Saul had a familiar spirit conjure up Samuel who was dead. This familiar spirit is found in second heaven and then entertained in the earth realm. This spirit is operating in the Church today and has caused the greatest division. It was never confirmed as Samuel, only that he appeared to be. The witch described what everyone knew was Samuel. It was Saul's perception it was Samuel. He received what he desired to see. The spirit only repeated what had already been spoken out loud concerning his life. The witch probably already knew it was Saul but acted surprised he was the king to add to the illusion.

Remember God allowed an evil spirit to torment Saul 1Samuel 16:14 This spirit, we assume, tormented him in anger but the greatest torment happened later. The torment of the spirit of divination speaking the same thing as the Spirit of the Lord. This self-deceived state was what he wanted to live in, an illusion that nothing could go wrong. He could not receive the true prophets' words but received the familiar spirit's words. Many are like that today. Let's ask God for the true understanding of what we see in second heaven. We need those who are seasoned and proven in the Lord to help us learn how to discern. I guess the main thing I would say is ask God to confirm what we see or experience with His word so we can have confidence to move accordingly