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.
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.
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.
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.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
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
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