In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Gn 1 v 1
A very well known popular verse,but notice something heavens plural,so there is more than one heaven in creation and hence existence.
he who descended is also the one who asceneded far above all the heavens…Eph 4 v10
Perhaps the verse below will illustrate my point as to why I choose the number 3.There is no biblical word of God that demonstrated that the number was above the number 3
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years whether in the body I do not know,or whether out of the body I do not know,God knows such a one was caught up to the third heavens 2 cor 12 v 2
This brings me to believe that there are three heavens,my thinking is that the first heaven is our one where we can see the atmosphere, the sky,the clouds etc and the third heaven is the heaven where God dwells with Christ on his right hand of the Throne and in the middle of that is where the other heaven is.This is where the kingdom of darkness has its presence.Let’s look at what the angel said to Daniel in his records in chapter 10 v 12-13
then he said to me do not fear Daniel for from the day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God your words were heard and I have come because of your words,but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days and behold Michael one of the chief princes came to help me for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
There was more going on here than meets the eye,the angel had been held up 21 days,but the beings which held the angel up in this instance,were not human but rather spiritual beings.Typically angels are stronger than men as described in scripture and I doubt however strong these kings/princes may have been in the physical,even they would have trouble withstanding an angel.No,the prince of the kingdom of Persia and the kings of Persia described here are the spiritual principalities and authorities which ruled over and influenced the physical kingdom of Persia.This angel was struggling with and in conflict with these spiritual powers and hosts of wickedness in the heavinilies Eph 6 v 12,until the Archangel Michael came to aid him.
This would explain in part, the delay between the time we pray till the time we get an answer to said prayer or the manifestations in the physical.
This would also explain having to “Pray through for a breakthrough”, it is,we are actually not just metaphorically breaking through a territory.What happens in the spiritual realm,mirrors what happens in the physical realm as evident above.Daniel recieved the answer to his prayer after this conflict was won by the angel sent by God.
I believe the second heavens where spiritual warfare happens is,where this angel was held up, in between God’s heaven (the heaven of Gods presence) and the heaven of the earth where Daniel was.
So I submitt to you that there are three heavens according to scripture.