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for October 9, 2020

On Heaven

While Reggie is sleeping here in my office, I want to address an issue I have in comprehending what Heaven is. I believe it exists, I know it is real. But I have a few questions about it. Maybe you can help me.

Now, I am fully aware of what the Bible tells us about heaven. It says that it is a real place where real people will go (not everyone, though). For example, the Bible refers to it as “a country” that everyone who follows God desires to be in (see Hebrews 11:16). As a country we can understanding it as a nation, or better, a kingdom where Christians want and find their citizenship (see Philippians 3:20). In fact, it is called a kingdom in II Peter 1:11.

It is called the dwelling place of God. I am sure most people think of heaven this way. Even though the Bible teaches that the “heaven of heavens” cannot contain God (I Kings 8:27) and that God is everywhere (God even asks, “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” implying an affirmative answer (Jeremiah 23:24), yet it also tells us clearly that He does dwell in a definite place called heaven (I Kings 8:39, 43 & 49). Even Moses called on God to “Look down from Your Holy Habitation, from heaven” to bless His people (Deuteronomy 26:15. God’s throne is in heaven (Psalm 103:19) and let us not forget that Jesus taught His followers the model prayer (Lord’s Prayer) by starting out with the phrase: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9).

I also know that Heaven is the future Home of those who love God and follow His will. It is a real place where real people will go, although not everyone. It’s been described not only as a country (nation or kingdom), but as a city (Hebrews 11:10), “holy city” (Revelation 21:2 – which is in contrast to the unholy cities of the earth). And it has been called and described as “the New Jerusalem” in Revelation 21:9-27.

I am particularly fond of heaven being called the Father’s House. Jesus said “In My Father’s House there are many places. I go to prepare a place for you so that when I come and receive you into myself (John 14:1-4). God is there, wanting us to be there one too!

This brings me to what many would call an important question (two actually). Are my loved ones, those who have gone on before me into heaven, looking down on me? (I will get to the second question momentarily). Can they see me and smile when I win an award, like Mr. Congeniality? Can they see my pride and the smile on my face as I watch my grandson give his salutatorian graduation address? Can they see and hear me when I preach the Word of God? Are they proud of me at this moment?

Let me put it another way: I nearly got killed by an idiot driving in the wrong lane and coming at me. Not only did I almost get killed, but the end result was a word or two emitting from between my lips which would have been sensored by my local TV station. Did my mom and dad, who are both in heaven, see the near-miss incident and hear my profanity? Do our loved ones look down and see us when we lie to our children? When we rob a bank? When we stop speaking to our siblings for years and keep a family fued going on infinately? My siblings are also my mom and dad's children and if my brother and sister feud, do they see that?

How can that be heaven for them, when it is hell, or our creation of hell on earth, for us? How can they have peace, which heaven is characterized as, when I am in trouble, when I cheat on my spouse, when I watch those insane Democrats in MSNBC or CNN and I shout to the top of my voice, "Where is my gun? I'm going to Washington and kill a few Commie-Democrats!" My mom would ask me, "what would your grandmother in heaven think of you saying and doing that?" I would hope she didn't see or hear it. But if she did, would that really be heaven? Would it be heavenLY?"

I personally think, and the Bible implicity reveals, that there is a barrier, a great gulf, or an invisible partition that exists to keep our loved ones from seeing what is happening on earth. That it would not truly be heaven, or heavenly for those there to think about, live in or worry for those on earth, still alive. In fact, in heaven, there is no time for heaven is eternal. And eternal means time doesn't have meaning, therefore does not exist.

Now I am fully aware of what the Bible tells us about heaven. It says that it is a real place where real people will go (not everyone, though). For example, the Bible refers to it as “a country” that everyone who follows God desires to be in (see Hebrews 11:16). As a country we can understanding it as a nation, or better, a kingdom where Christians want and find their citizenship (see Philippians 3:20). In fact, it is called a kingdom in II Peter 1:11.

It is called the dwelling place of God. I am sure most people think of heaven this way. Even though the Bible teaches that the “heaven of heavens” cannot contain God (I Kings 8:27) and that God is everywhere (God even asks, “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” implying an affirmative answer (Jeremiah 23:24), yet it also tells us clearly that He does dwell in a definite place called heaven (I Kings 8:39, 43 & 49). Even Moses called on God to “Look down from Your Holy Habitation, from heaven” to bless His people (Deuteronomy 26:15. God’s throne is in heaven (Psalm 103:19) and let us not forget that Jesus taught His followers the model prayer (Lord’s Prayer) by starting out with the phrase: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9).

I also know that Heaven is the future Home of those who love God and follow His will. It is a real place where real people will go, although not everyone. It’s been described not only as a country (nation or kingdom), but as a city (Hebrews 11:10), “holy city” (Revelation 21:2 – which is in contrast to the unholy cities of the earth). And it has been called and described as “the New Jerusalem” in Revelation 21:9-27.

I am particularly fond of heaven being called the Father’s House. Jesus said “In My Father’s House there are many places. I go to prepare a place for you so that when I come and receive you into myself (John 14:1-4). God is there, wanting us to be there one too!

This brings me to what many would call an important question (two actually). Are my loved one, who have gone on before me into heaven, looking down on me? (I will get to the second question momentarily). Can they see me and smile when I win an award, like Mr. Congeniality? Can they see my pride and the smile on my face as I watch my grandson give his salutatorian graduation address? Can they see and hear me when I preach the Word of God? Are they proud of me at this moment?

Let me put it another way: I nearly got killed by an idiot driving in the wrong lane and coming at me. Not only did I almost get killed, but the result was a word or two emitting from between my lips which would have been censored by my local TV station. Did my mom and dad, who are both in heaven, see the near-miss incident and hear my profanity? Do our loved ones look down and see us when we lie to our children? When we rob a bank? When we stop speaking to our siblings for years and keep a family feud going on indefinitely? My siblings are also my mom and dad's children and if my brother and sister feud, do they see that?

How can that be heaven for them, when it is hell, or our creation of hell on earth, for us? How can they have peace, which heaven is characterized as, when I am in trouble, when I cheat on my spouse, when I watch those insane Democrats in MSNBC or CNN and I shout to the top of my voice, "Where is my gun? I'm going to Washington and kill a few Commie-Democrats!" My mom would ask me, "what would your grandmother in heaven think of you saying and doing that?" I would hope she didn't see or hear it. But if she did, would that really be heaven? Would it be heavenLY?"

I personally think, and the Bible implicitly reveals, that there is a barrier, a great gulf, or an invisible partition that exists to keep our loved ones from seeing what is happening on earth. That it would not truly be heaven, or heavenly for those there to think about, live in or worry for those on earth, still alive. In fact, in heaven, there is no time for heaven is eternal. And eternal means time doesn't have meaning, therefore does not exist. To those in heaven, the time it takes when they arrive there and the time we arrive there is nil. Thou it has been 21 years since my mom died, 20 since my dad, even if I were to live 20 more years (more than 40 total), when I get there it less than the twinkling of an eye, a snap of the finger. There won’t be the question: “What took you so long?” or the statement: “I’ve missed you.” For that matter, how can it be heaven if you miss your loved ones on earth? It really wouldn’t be heaven if we had to wait, right?

So, I guess our minds are directed differently, our attitudes have been adjusted, our wants and desires have been filled up and perfected, including the desire to be a family “again”. It is surely something we can never experience while still in these bodies and locked into time and space on planet earth. Therefore, I suppose “spiritual common sense” tells me, and quite probably you, that as long as we draw breath within our decaying bodies, we will have pain, sorrow, suffering and impatience for the things we long for and we look toward heaven; while those in heaven have been drained of those imperfections and therefore cannot see anything that is evil or wrong with and in the world.

So, when your sister tells you that you shouldn’t swear at your brother or slap your children around because Mom in heaven is watching, then regard the statement as something that holds you back from doing those things, not as an absolute truth. For those in heaven, who have been washed clean of those things which defiled them on earth, can get defiled ever again, not can live and watch defilement take place. A better way to express what mom and dad sees in heaven is to encourage the would-be sinner to do the things that their parents can see. That would mean they are watching your moral living and your happiness; you rob them of seeing you when you defile yourself and others in your moments of sin.

Does any of this make sense to you? If it doesn’t, please take the time to reread these thoughts. And remember, these thoughts are merely those from what the Bible implicitly leaves us to understand about our loved ones in heaven.

That leads me to the second question. It is one that pops us every so often, especially when the loved on that dies is a pet, especially a dog or cat that has been understood as part of the family, ate our food, slept with us in the bed, spoke to us in utterances of which we will never know the meaning. In other words, will our fury family members be with us in heaven?

Many Christians believe that God will allow our pets to cross over into heaven after they die so they can be with us for all of eternity. However, just as many do not believe that any of our pets will be crossing over to be with us. I can’t find one word or implication in the Bible that allows me to believe my eight dogs (seven are passed) and my nine cats (seven are gone), will be with me in heaven, nor can I find a single verse that tells me they have their own heaven, kind of like a “Rainbow Bridge.”

I take some strange comfort here in that the Bible, first of all,  does not say one way or the other whether or not we will be having any animals and creatures living with us in this final chapter – the New Heaven and the New Earth. This is where we will just have to make our own speculative type of guess.

Though we do not have any specific verses definitely answering this question one way or the other, the answer may possibly be in the verses already laid down on this subject.

  • Revelation 19:11-14 talks about “horses” in heaven. Therefore, If God already has at least white horses living up in heaven right now.
  • And if God made sure to create a wide variety of animals and creatures when He first created our world.
  • And if God allowed us to keep those animals and creatures upon our earth after the fall of Adam and Eve.
  • Then is it logical to assume that God will CONTINUE THIS PATTERN and allow all these animals and creatures to continue to live with us in the coming New Heaven and New Earth?

I believe the answer to this question is a big fat yes – that God will continue this pattern and allow all kinds of these animals and creatures to still live among us.

I think the possible “tell” on all of this is the “pattern” that God has been operating on since He had created Adam and Eve and our entire world. If God started everything off with different types of animals and creatures living among us, then I believe He will end it the exact same way He started it – with all of these different kinds of animals and creatures still living among us.

This leads me to the second thing, a question which plagues all pet lovers who would long to be with their furry friends in heaven: Will this also include all of the pets we were close to and attached to while living down here on this earth?

God obviously would have no problems in allowing all of these different kinds of animals and creatures to continue to reproduce in all of these different eras, but what about all of our pets that have already died while we were living down here on this earth?

Again, there are no specific verses answering this question directly. But if you take the above pattern that we are dealing with from God the Father in that He is allowing all kinds of different animals and creatures to continue to live among us as we go from one different era to another – will He now go one more extra step for many of us who were close to our pets, and resurrect that pet for us so we can live with that pet for all of eternity in heaven, and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth?

Again, this is just my own speculative guess, but I believe there may be an incredibly good chance that He will do this. Why?

One, because He is our heavenly Father who has nothing but our best interests at heart and wants nothing more than to show us how much He really does love and care for all of us.

Two, the Bible says in Luke 1:37 that nothing is impossible with God. And if nothing is impossible with God, then He could easily resurrect any of our dead pets from the grave and bring them back to life in some type of spiritual, flesh-and-bone body like what we will all be given after we die and cross over.

The Bible says that flesh and “blood” cannot enter heaven, but a new flesh-and-bone body can. When Jesus was given His brand-new glorified body, it was not only a glorified, spiritual body, but it was also a physical, flesh-and-bone body, but with no blood in it. In the same way, we will all be given the same type of body Jesus has been given, a new glorified, spiritual, physical, flesh-and-bone body with no blood in it.

So who is to say that God could not do the exact same thing with any of our pets so they will be able to live with us in heaven and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth for all of eternity?

Though Jesus did not die on the cross for animals and all these different types of creatures, God can still add them back into the mix in the new environment we will all be getting with Him. Two verses that may be telling us that even animals and all the creatures that God has made may end up living with us for all of eternity are the following two verses:

  • “… as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying; “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” (Luke 3:4-6)
  • “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. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” (Romans 8:20-22)

The two key words in the first verse is that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God. Do these two words also include animals as well as humans? If this verse is to be interpreted very literally, then these two key words could also be referring to the animal kingdom as well as to humans.

The key phrase in the second verse is “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Does the word “creation” also include all the living animals and creatures God has ever created? If so, this verse could line up with the first verse in that all of God’s creation will see His salvation upon this earth in the coming New Heaven and New Earth Kingdom.

Two other good verses that might be showing us that God will be saving our animals are the following:

  • “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and BEAST.” (Psalm 36:6)
  • Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall ALL FLESH be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. “And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you, for perpetual generations.”

… And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and ALL FLESH that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17)

The second verse is interesting. This is the verse where God is telling Noah that never again will He destroy the earth by way of a flood. And not only does this include humans, but it also includes “every living creature” that is on our earth.

If animals were not important to God, why would He be including them in this incredible covenant He is making with all of mankind?

Also notice in the last verse with Noah that God is using the words, “all flesh,” two different times. Do those two words line up with the same two words in the verse from Luke 3:4, where it says that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God?

I think these two verses are perfectly lining up, thus giving us a very good possibility that all of God’s creation will be saved, thus giving all of the animals and living creatures eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth we will all be given by the Lord.

If there is one other verse that I would hang my hat on for the argument that our pets could possibly be resurrected for us, it would be this verse:

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

The three key words in this verse are “no good thing” will God withhold from us. And with God knowing how much we really loved and cherished some of the pets we had while living down here on this earth, I cannot help but wonder if God will want to bring some of these pets back to life for us again so He can show us how much He really does love us.

As many of you already know, animals such as dogs and cats are incredibly special. The way they were created, how different they all look, how they all have different personalities, and how they all add that extra element of love and surprise into our lives.

And again, God already knew all of this before He even created us. And that is why I believe He created all of these different kinds of animals and creatures before He even created us, because He knew how much we would really love, enjoy, and appreciate some of them.

The bottom line – if God started everything off at the beginning with this kind of original design in mind, then I personally believe He is going to end it in the exact same way.

In other words, if God started everything off with us having different kinds of animals on our earth, then He will end it with us having these same kinds of animals in the New Heaven and New Earth.

And not only will we be having many of these different kinds of animals still living among us in the New Heaven and New Earth – but for all those who have had pets they were really close to in this life, I believe God will be bringing these special pets back to life for us so we can enjoy them for all of eternity – just like we will be able to enjoy the Lord, His angels, and all of our saved loved ones for all of eternity.

I believe when everything is all finally said and done, we will be made perfectly happy and whole by the Lord.

And having some of the pets we really loved while living down here on this earth will just add that much more into this picture-perfect, fairy tale ending for all of us. As such, I believe the pets we were really close to in this life will be with us for all of eternity once we all end up in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

To conclude here, let me give you three things I have come to believe and accept:

  • When God establishes a covenant with both man and all of the living creatures He has made in that He will never destroy them again with a flood, and then He uses the words “all flesh” in that verse to describe that this covenant is with the both man and animals
  • And then He says in Luke 3:4 that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God, those same words “all flesh” could once again be referring to both man and the animals since that is what God is directly referring to on the covenant He makes with all of us after the flood
  • And then He tops it off with the verse from Romans 8:20 in that “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Is He talking about all the animals when He uses the words that “the creation itself” will be set free?

I think that He may well be and we thus may have three very good verses that will show us that all of the animals and living creatures God has made will also be saved and thus will have eternal life in the coming New Heaven and New Earth.

Again, all the above is just my own personal opinion on this topic. With so many people having a real interest in this topic, I thought I would look at this to see if there were any clues with the verses that might possibly answer this question.

We will see what the truth is once we all enter heaven and the Lord answers all our questions, and we see exactly what is on the other side.

So yes, I truly believe I will see my dogs Duke, Ginger, Feisty, Al, Toots, Lady, Princess and Reggie along with my cats Smokey, Whitey Big Foot, Tootsie Wee Do, Pretty Girl, Sugar, Missy, Daisy, Pixie and Whiskers in heaven and we will live together because God created them and me all. I just hope I have a bed big enough for all of us to sleep in because most of these children did sleep with me here on earth!

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