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by Sylvia Todd in General Questions about May 19, 2016 open - report

Will there be animals in heaven?

This question is one that gets brought up fairly regularly. Would be interested in all your thoughts :)!

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    by Dion Todd about May 19, 2016

    I believe that there will be animals, whether they are the same ones that we have had as pets, I do not know. Isaiah wrote:

     

    “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6–9 ESV)

     

    This is speaking about an age to come when Jesus is ruling, every thing is living in peace, children play around snakes safely, lions will eat grass, and it has not happened yet. But we do have a picture of children and animals, together, and in the age to come.

    5 comments
    • Linda Lauver
      by Linda Lauver
      July 8, 2016

      Even though the Bible doesn't make it clear, I have no doubt that I will see my beloved pets in heaven. As long as there aren't spiders and other creepy crawling things, I'll be ok!

    • Audry Reddy
      by Audry Reddy
      July 8, 2016

      Lol!!

    • Sylvia Todd
      by Sylvia Todd
      July 8, 2016

      Haha, Linda, that would be perfect :)!

    • Sandra Colby
      by Sandra Colby
      July 10, 2016

      I KNOW ANIMALS WILL BE IN HEAVEN,  EVERYONE THAT SPEEKS OF HEAVEN SAY WE WILL SEE OUR LOVED ONE WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE, IF YOU LOVED YOUR PET DOESN'T THAT MAKE THEM ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONES

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    by Pastor Marty Pena about May 19, 2016

    One of the most poignant stories in the Bible is the parable the prophet Nathan told to King David. The prophet told the king of a poor man and his pet lamb. He said, “The poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him” (2 Samuel 12:3, NKJV). Because we love animals, often the question arises, "will our pets be in heaven?"  However, the Bible is silent on this question. It neither confirms it nor denies it. Yet there are some points we can consider. The Bible says, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NKJV). Human beings were specifically created for God’s glory. “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him; yes, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7, NKJV). But the Bible speaks of even inanimate objects, such as the sun, moon, and stars, praising God (see Psalm 148:3). Of course, we know these objects cannot praise God in the same way we humans can. However, they praise God by shining. By carrying out the role God planned for them, they glorify their Creator. Yes. God’s original creation has been subjected to degradation and decay through sin, but it will be restored as it was in the beginning. The apostle Paul wrote, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20, 21, NKJV). Although our sins have destroyed ourselves and nature, God will restore both. Just as animals were part of God’s untainted, original creation, so they will be part of the world and life when He restores everything new—without the corruption of sin and death. Perhaps God may allow our beloved pets to be with us in heaven. Or He may choose to create a new pet for you. We must be willing to allow God to order things as He sees best—and trust that we will be happy with the situation in heaven. God says, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17, NKJV). We may not know all the details of what God is preparing for us in heaven, but we do know that it will be far beyond anything we can imagine. It's in the Bible, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV). The best advice is for us is to love our pets and enjoy them while they are here with us—and trust God in everything for the future. He sees and knows all, and nothing is too hard for Him to do. God knows how much we love our pets and how much they mean to us. The Bible doesn’t directly address whether our pets will be with us in heaven, but we do know that God loves us and wants us to be happy. The Bible says, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11, NKJV). We can trust God that heaven will be a place filled with everything necessary for our happiness.

    5 comments
    • Becky  Hines
      by Becky Hines
      May 21, 2016

      I've had same dreams before after my pets pass on, crying as I type this, precious Jesus thank you, my most vivid dream was my little dog Sally I was on one side of a Beautiful blue bed of water like lake and she was on the other side with animals of...  more

    • Cheryl Hepler
      by Cheryl Hepler
      June 1, 2016

      True...hard to answer someone who lost a pet. I too believe the garden contained animals and were friends befor woman was made.Nice to read scripture about this subject.

    • Becky  Hines
      by Becky Hines
      June 5, 2016

      Amen

    • Louise Henderson
      by Louise Henderson
      July 10, 2016

      i believe that animals have a place in heaven. with some of the videos i'm seeing animals are sentient beings with emotions. animals that would normally be enemies in life are becoming friends instead. God is speaking to us through animals and we are not...  more

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