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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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117 Comments

  1. tabitha messer says:

    i do think people can see you from heaven but you maybe think that they would be by your side too so you never know.

  2. Scott butler says:

    Well my 4th cousin who I was really really close to he was my hunting partner and he just died 2-5-16 and I was a pall bearer and I took 1 of his dogs runny runt and I was wondering the same thing, if he could watch over me. My main concern is if he made it to heaven. he didn’t go to church every Sunday but he did sometimes and he was always doing good things. Do you think he made it?

  3. Joyce Fields says:

    Thank you very much for a clear and uncomplicated response to a question that is often asked and important to many.

    1. tabitha messer says:

      yes it is important to many, even me, so you’re not alone on this one pal

  4. Sherri Shannon says:

    This is so helpful to me. I lost my husband 1 year ago last Thanksgiving and I like to think of my husband sometimes thinking of me and his love still with me. This scripture and then remembering something about “praising God” when someone is saved lets me know that maybe sometimes he can. I’ve always hoped that he could and reconciled that with he would have God’s perspective so wouldn’t have sorrow. I suddenly the day I was heading to the funeral home for the service, was so distraught that “I couldn’t do this” and I distinctly very strongly and unexpectedly felt a warm arm around my shoulder. I guess I will never know for sure whether it was Bob or an angel – but my immediate feeling was that Bob was lending strength.