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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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  1. Marion says:

    Billy Graham has been in my life for the past 57 years. I have treasured memories of reading his articles to my Christan grandmother, who was unable to read. The articles in the “Christan Herald” that I read to her in my youth at the age of 10, used to bless her so much. I feel like I’ve known him forever. I just want to thank him for his wonderful ministry and faithful dedication to God’s Word. Well done good and faithful servant.

  2. Kimmy Rhodes says:

    I just want to THANK Billy Graham and Franklin Graham for the crusades and my hope America I am very thankful for what you do!! What great men of faith. I think Billy Graham the best evangelist his love and Faith is amazing !!!!!

  3. Jane roberts says:

    Billy my son has been dead for 1 month now. I know he’s in heaven, he ask Christ into his heart and ask forgiveness of sin. My husband and I both @ different times have heard his voice very faint, calling out to me, his Mom… he says hey Mom… When my husband heard it he cried, when I heard it I felt like I was floating…. It happens when we least expect it . Thank you Billy and Franklin for your answer to me, and your commitment to our Savior. Jane Roberts