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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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44 Comments

  1. Roger H Frost says:

    my 90 year old Dad does not know Jesus Christ as Savior. I pray the Lord will send him someone soon to help witness to him. Please. His name is Roger too

  2. Barbara Wynn says:

    I have just lost my husband and am having a very difficult time. Please pray for me. Thanks

    1. MW says:

      Barbara,

      My precious Daddy went to be with Jesus in early October. Christmas and Thanksgiving were hard but it helped to know that I will see him again and I prayed for God to lift my family and myself up. Remember that God will never leave you nor forsake you. I have said a prayer for you, God bless.

  3. norma jane trevino says:

    i lost my mom dec 30th 2013 from parkinsons, i was her main provider, she was finally bed ridden and with a feeding tube. i came into the room and she was really haviing problems breathing I said mom just go ,just go be with your mom for new years eve she then opened her eyes and squeezed my hand. then her eyes rolled back and that was it

  4. Dani says:

    Very true

  5. Anne says:

    I feel our loved ones that have made it to Heaven, have more clarity than we do. They don’t view our lives and our “suffering” as we do. Heaven is for eternity, they see our time here as only a second.

  6. Gege says:

    I believe that our loved ones who were saved are in heaven with God. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Maybe God allows the ones in heaven to see when their family members accept Christ or at other joyful times but I grieve over my little brother who passed away in 2008 and I know it would break his heart to see me cry. I really dont think God allows him to see me like that. Im really excited of the fact that one day I will be with my brother again but I really want to see the One who gave His life for me….my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

  7. Deborah Sledge says:

    Am I misunderstanding, I thought the Bible says, when we die our spirit goes back to God, and our souls sleep until Christ returns. So if way do people’s anthers loved ones can see and hear what we are doing?

    1. corey says:

      No that was my understanding to. That just doesn’t go with the modern thought of heaven anymore I guess. Its much easier for people to cope, “well he/she’s in a better place now.” But I’d rather not have my loved ones watch me and others suffer while being in paradise. I think its much better how god planned it out. A long sleep until the rapture and then we all go to heaven then

  8. Jeff says:

    I am an only child. My mother passed away on October 20th of this year. She had stage 4 breast and bone cancer for seven years. In July her cancer spread to her liver and lungs. I had retired from work two years ago to take care of her. My father passed away six months before my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Daily I saw a living rose suffering, “My Mother.” She suffered but never complained she accepted her suffering and carried her cross. My mother was 90 years old, but it doesn’t matter what age your mother is. She is your mother and when you lose her, it takes a piece of your heart and soul. My mother wasn’t perfect and she had some things she did when she was younger that were wrong. However, she believed that Jesus was the son of God and she prayed for everyone. She had told me several years ago she asked God t forgive her. Do you think she is in Heaven? Also, what bothers me is if I do go to Heaven will we be together again and if she will know me the same as she did on earth. Please pray for my peace of mind.
    Thank You,
    Jeff C

    1. Check Shyong Quek says:

      Dear Jeff, my deepest condolences to you and I know exactly how you feel as my mother also has just passed away last month and I was the only child out of five that was taking care of her. And so, you would have first-hand experience too to understand that the lost was extremely devastating to me. I would also like to ask if you had any signs that your mother came to visit you? Thank you.

  9. jenna says:

    So we will still have our family that we have here on earth today as we will when we go to heaven?

  10. Margie says:

    Thank you so much for these comforting thoughts, from God’s holy word. We have recently lost our daughter, but she is with Jesus, it is so reassuring to know, thank you Billy Graham sincerely, Margie