Are There Animals In Heaven?


animals in heaven

My sister’s beloved dog, Bailey, passed away yesterday. Her family is heartbroken. The situation reminds me of how often people wonder if there are animals in heaven. I think the answer is “yes,” based on Scripture.

First of all, God made the animals before He made man. By nature, God can only make good things. There seems to me no reason to not have good things in heaven.

Genesis 1:20-22

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Emphasis mine.)

God tasked Adam with naming the animals.

Genesis 2:19-20

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

Second, two passages from Isaiah come to mind when I think about animals in heaven.

Isaiah 11:6-7

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

 Isaiah 6:25

The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

Also, God had Noah save the animals in the ark (Genesis 6:19). Horses are mentioned several times in relation to heaven. Elijah was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire and horses (2 Kings 2:11). Horses are also mentioned in Revelation 6:2-8 and Revelation 19:11.

Finally, another blogger pointed out, that in Romans 8:18-22, creation itself will be liberated from bondage – creation includes the animals.

Why would God bless us with something as wonderful as a pet, then not provide us with that same blessing in a place as wonderful as Heaven?

Many blessings on your day.

 Scripture is from www.BibleGateway.com

Note:  if ads are appearing anywhere on this page it is because they are placed there by WordPress, not by me.  I have read the information on ads and in order to be ad free now, WordPress charges a fee.  I apologize for any inconvenience these ads may cause you, and if they are inappropriate please message me. Thank you.

 

 

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Are There Animals In Heaven?

  1. I can’t recall the exact Scripture but the Bible says that all Creation will be redeemed. I, like you, believe that animals and the wonderful pets/companions God gives us to care for and love will be there awaiting us.

    Reply
      • Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:18-22 NLT)

    • Hum.
      I’m no theologian, but I believe every person who ever trusted God will be with Him in Heaven, and Heaven is a big place.
      Does that mean it’s big enough for all the animals?
      I would love to hear other points of view. I’m not sure I’m qualified to give an answer.

      Reply
  2. Love your blog! I too believe there will be animals in heaven. Thank you for the scriptures you add. I really appreciate being able to see what God says about it in His Word.

    Reply
    • Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. I believe I must back up everything I type with Scripture, and it helps me learn more too.
      Thanks again. Blessings!

      Reply
  3. I love this post! Thank you for writing it.

    For many years, I have been wrestling with the idea of animals in eternity. Two scriptural references always come to mind now: the one in Genesis 9 in which God tells Noah that God will now require an accounting from man AND BEAST for the bloodshed of man, and the second one in the account about Balaam’s donkey. It sounds like God merely allowed the donkey to talk, but He didn’t have to teach her how to do her own thinking. I love how logical and calm she seems when conversing with the currently-irrational Balaam. (It gets interesting in Numbers 22:28.) With these references in mind, I cannot imagine how animals would not inhabit eternity. However, it seems to me that some animals are more righteous than others, and I don’t expect to see every animal in heaven.

    This is just something we will just have to entrust to God until we get to heaven. But I agree with everything you said in this post.

    Reply
    • Thank you so much for adding these comments. I had not considered these passages. A previous commenter wondered if all animals would be restored. I like your analysis. Thank you again, and also for stopping by my blog. Blessings.

      Reply
  4. Awww I love this. I remember asking my dad this very question when I was little, and he said that God loved Cookie (my dog) as much as I did. He was sure that Cookie will be in heaven with his dog mansion in my mansion’s backyard! Anyway, great explanation!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s