“The tent of testimony was with our ancestors in the wilderness. Moses built it just as he had been instructed by the one who spoke to him and according to the pattern he had seen. In time, when they had received the tent, our ancestors carried it with them when, under Joshua’s leadership, they took possession of the land from the nations whom God expelled. This tent remained in the land until the time of David. God approved of David, who asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who actually built a house for God. However, the Most High doesn’t live in houses built by human hands. As the prophet says, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. ‘What kind of house will you build for me,’ says the Lord, ‘or where is my resting place? Didn’t I make all these things with my own hand?’ “You stubborn people! In your thoughts and hearing, you are like those who have had no part in God’s covenant! You continuously set yourself against the Holy Spirit, just like your ancestors did. Was there a single prophet your ancestors didn’t harass? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the righteous one, and you’ve betrayed and murdered him! You received the Law given by angels, but you haven’t kept it.” (Acts 7:44-53, CEB)
Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
So where is Heaven?
And Where is the house of God?
God traveled with the gathered in a tent, not a building ordained with riches but a mobile tent. And actually the word in John that talks about the Word coming to dwell literally means tented. Jesus tented with us.
But back to the original question, where is heaven?
If we look at just this passage and the one it quotes, heaven is above the earth because the earth is the footstool while heaven is the throne. But Revelation says that heaven and earth will be wiped away and a new heaven and earth will be created and God will descend to be with God’s people. So the way I read that is that heaven is here.
The point of this is we shouldn’t get too hung up on where and how things will work. God has that all figured out and it will work. We just need to have faith, trust and love now.
Loving People. Loving God.