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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.


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. James Powell says:

    My hope and trust is in my Savior Jesus Christ. I took care of my mom right up until her death. About five days prior to the Lord taking her home, Mom opened her arms to embrace someone and smiled with a enlightened face and said o my, I am sure mom may have seen Jesus or some holy experience.

  2. Luis Ramirez says:

    I think they are with us especially in time of need. Spirits or guardian angels protect us and see Gods plan for us.

  3. Bob says:

    Great paragraph thx! Now I know my uncle is ok

  4. Check Shyong Quek says:

    I know it is possible and our loved ones will also come to visit us on Earth just as angels do and the signs will come without your expecting them.

  5. Patricia Vance says:

    A friend of mine just had a baby and she was overdue and the doctors had a hard time getting the baby delivered. I made the comment her grandma in heaven was not thru holding and loving the baby that is why it took so long. . I was asked do I really believe that is true by the mother. What is your feeling on this? Is it at all possible for our love ones to meet a unborn child before it is born?

    1. chryse says:

      I believe it is possible

    2. Maria says:

      Yes I believe it’s possible. When I was pregnant with my third child my husband saw my father in a dream and he was smiling and dancing around with joy telling my husband he was going to have a son. My husband asked him “Do you mean our angel baby” my father replied “No, he is with me!” You are going to have a son” I was only 2 months pregnant at the time so we waited until the ultrasound was done later on in the pregnancy and it was a boy. My son was born on my fathers birthday and is the spitting image of my father.

  6. larry says:

    My wife of 45 years died in May. I loved the Lord with all my heart. I have lost ALL my faith now. I want to beleive again, I can’t get past the pain and lonliness I fell 24 hours a day. Nothing in the scriptures tell a widowed man what to do. Instead I read that she will not be my wife in Heaven, may not even know me. My prayers were not answered and I have not felt any comfort from God yet. Would God be so wrapped up with things that He doesn’t feel our pain anymore. The only reason I haven’t killed myself is God might not let me in Heaven to see her again. It’s the ultimate catch 22. Live in misery until you die. I have prayed for death every day for almost 6 months. I no longer hate and blame God. I just think He is through with me. I am so miserable. God really left out help for me in the scriptures. And don’t say Job. His wife was not killed. And don’s Habakuk. It was over the loss of a city. The bile leaves widows and widowers out!!

    1. BGEA says:

      Larry, we are sad for your loss. Here are some comforting things Billy Graham has said to others during their times of grief. We hope this helps:

    2. larry says:

      Thanks for trying. I know it’s me. Prayers are for some people and not for all. I wish Jesus would come back NOW!!!!!

    3. Stefanie says:

      Larry. God is never too busy for you and can never be to wrapped up with anything that he doesn’t have time for you. He is the almighty God and can make anything happen. Do not let your unanswered prayers cause you to lose faith as that’s what the devil is wanting. And he is winning. The bible never says when God will answer your prayers – but he will with a mustard seed of faith. You love your wife just as all of us love our spouse , but you have to remember that we are HIS children. You should have faith in God and not in your wife , don’t go on the fact that you may not ever see her again in heaven because only he knows the answer to that. The only way to find out is to live faitgfully and trust him with all of you hear heart and soul.

    4. DIVINE says:

      is okay, I have no idea what you are going through, but I know that every step there is only one person who has been your strength and that person is GOD, HE knows what you are going through, HE is with you

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    6. chryse says:

      I understand your feeling on your loss of your wife I have grieved for 19,long years over the death of my cousin Melissa and my uncle and aunt. I do unfortunately understand that part . I can’t get over them being shot and killed .

    7. Randy says:

      Larry, sorry for your loss. My wife died on 11/15/15. Not sure what to do…Lost!

    8. Karee says:

      Oh please, oh please do not give up hope! A smile then laughter will come, I promise. I too lost my spouse. I lost him, our home, our business ect. I too begged to be with my husband over & over, just for Jesus to take me to heaven. Afraid as well if I tried to get to him myself (suicide) I would not go to heaven to see him. You know what though? Fast forward a few yrs & im ok! I still have bad days (this thanksgiving was particularly rough for some reason) but they are less & less as time goes by. I smile & laugh now. Maybe not as freely as I once did, but I do have joy again. Please don’t give up – Jesus wants you here for a reason…perhaps to give someone hope when they are feeling just as you are now:) Take care & God bless.

  7. Halie says:

    Hi my name is Halie and I did a lot of bad things like lie and I want to beg for forgiveness and I would like to no if Jesus and the people in heaven will forgive me?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Halie,
      If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ – trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family,
      and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Don’t trust your feelings; they aren’t dependable and will only lead you astray. Instead, trust Christ and what He has done for you by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Trust, too, in God’s promises to you – that He forgives and saves all who come to Christ by faith.

      Also ask God to help you forgive yourself. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20). If God has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself? Thank God for His forgiveness – and then ask Him to free you from the past.

      You mentioned lying, which can hurt others. You might want to consider going back to those you hurt and let them know you regret what you did and you hope they’ll forgive you – just as Christ forgave you.

      For more on God’s forgiveness, click here:

    2. DIVINE says:

      of course, you are always forgiven by your father(GOD)

  8. Doris Johnson says:

    I need help with my grief after my granddaughters murder. She was bipolar, depressed, and asked for help. To kill herself thinking she could not complete the act.. She was tied up. Then police caught the man and he admitted it . I saw her a few days before this and can’t get over the guilt and pain of not doing something. She said nothing was wrong and did not need anything. Now I know she needed me to show her how much I loved her. She had a hard life. I was divorced and worked so much raising my 2 younger boys 2 older girls one her her mother who was not good to her I found out later.

    1. Joy Allmond says:

      Doris, here is previous question/answer from Billy Graham. It is not the exact same situation as yours, but many of the principles of his answers apply to you. We hope this helps:

  9. sharon burcham says:

    We were in our usual Wed. nite bible study. This question arose, will us that have gone on to heaven before loved ones that are non believers can we see earth , loved ones while in heaven