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Q:

Do you think people who've already entered heaven can look down and see what we're doing here on earth? Sometimes I think of my spouse in that way (she died four years ago). But, then, wouldn't she be unhappy looking down on all the misery here? I always thought heaven was a place of total happiness.


A:

Yes, heaven is a place of total happiness and peace, and we can be confident that our loved ones who have gone before us into heaven are not disturbed or upset over the evil things that happen here on earth.

The Bible doesn’t clearly tell us if people in heaven are able to observe what happens on earth–although there are some hints that they do. In the book of Hebrews, for example, the writer recalls the great men and woman of faith who have gone before us and are now in heaven. Then he adds, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses … let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Like spectators in an arena, he seems to suggest, they are watching and cheering us on as we seek to follow Christ.

Never forget that heaven’s main focus is Christ. Even if those in heaven see some of what happens here, they now see it from God’s point of view. And they know that some day “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Thank God for the hope we have in Christ–a hope that is based squarely on Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His death and resurrection. Is your hope and trust in Him?

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141 Comments

  1. Debra. Rodriguez says:

    When I asked the question on my phone, it’s like a Siri thing–anyway, I was blessed that you answered my question. I know your ministry very well from watching it on TV and from Billy Graham. I went and saw Billy here in California. Thank you.

  2. Gary L. Strock says:

    How do I react to people who keep remembering my past sins even though I have been forgiven?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Gary,

      Please read this related article from Billy Graham. We hope it is helpful.

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  3. Chris says:

    Sometimes I really wonder what they are currently doing up there in heaven. I lost my uncle from leukemia and was shocked to hear the news. He had new kids born about a year ago and it’s so saddening to think about it. I pray to God, I read the bible, I praise Jesus and God. How can this happen? Why did God just take my uncle’s life when he had so much ahead of him? Sometimes I just don’t understand.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Chris,

      We are sorry to hear about your uncle’s death. There are some things we’ll never understand until we get to heaven. Please see the article below from Billy Graham and may God give your family peace in your grieving.

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  4. Stacy says:

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

  5. Bryan Cultice says:

    Please keep me updated

  6. Omirinde Kayode says:

    I lost my wife 5 months ago and I do feel her presence when ever am alone, if I sleep I do see her in my dream as if shes not dead.

    1. Kristin says:

      I lost my fiance of 8 years, Father of our Son, 2 months ago. Im heartbroken and confused about his whole death.. I have enjoyed seeing him in my dreams lately but then i wake up and hes not there. It makes me sad all over again.

  7. Gerald Shirey says:

    I need comfort in knowing my mom can hear me

    1. Cathy says:

      I understand. I feel that way about my husband.

  8. Georgia Lambert says:

    I believe our loved one’s can see us from heaven. That they have a greater understanding.

  9. Jill Powell says:

    If heaven were available now why have the Resurrection? And why is King David waiting in the grave for the Resurrection?

  10. April says:

    I’ve never understood why church leaders teach that we go to heaven immediately after death?? The Bible is very clear that *No one has ascended to heaven, not even David*, & that *The dead know nothing*. Doesn’t the Bible state that we are resurrected at the last trump when Jesus returns, to the new heaven and new earth? That the dead are simply *sleeping* until then?

    1. Wendy Jones says:

      I wonder that too!!

    2. Dawn says:

      It is my understanding that we are in the consciousness of the Lord as soon as we die. We are spiritually in heaven with him. Jesus ascended into heaven Alive!!! No other human has ever done so and will not until the resurrection. If I am wrong in my interpretation, I would be glad to hear what others believe..