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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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39 Comments

  1. Tracy Stout says:

    I lost my 20 year old son, Colton Stout, January 30, 2014 in a single car wreck. I know he is in heaven he brought many to know the Lord but I am so sad and missing him more and more every day. His 16-year-old brother, Conor, has made his life is close to normal as he can with schoolwork and friends. Colton had the biggest funeral and funeral procession going out to the cemetery this town has ever. There was every firetruck, ambulance, police car, sherif’s car…. from counties all around us. They stopped the traffic to let us thru. from counties all around. Everyone showed such respect pulling over to the side of the road some people were outside of their cars saluting, they had the big ladder fire truck with the flag hanging down over the street that we drove under. I was so proud of all the different people Colton knew and I knew that each one of them loved him because he was so special and such a good person. I miss his smile and hugs desperately.

  2. Cesar T. Mercader says:

    my father died oct 5, 2013. i am worried to him a lot because I don’t know where he is to go? heaven or he staying in the art? thanks a lot

  3. mary. c. cager says:

    I will alway think of my husband. And love him to much

  4. Terry says:

    Yes, I hope my Lisa can see me witness to so many people in our barber-shop, about salvation
    with the Lord, I led my wife to the Lord while she was in remission with cancer, but I miss her
    dearly, terribly, even if I remarry, Lisa is in my heart forever, is that fair to my new wife? Terry

  5. Glenda says:

    I just lost my son on January fifth of this year. I also lost my mom an dad many years ago. With the recent pain of my son’s death {he was just 33.} I have really been thinking about what my son thought of the memorial service I put together for him. Did he like the music? What about his aunt’s eulogy for him? Could he believe all the people that cared so much about him? He and I were close, We had the best conversations and I really miss them. I hope he is watching. Mom and Dad too. Then they can see how much I love and miss them.

  6. Shayy Shayy says:

    I always wonder what its like to be in heaven.
    My father passes away 8 years ago I always think about him & wonder If he’s watching me from far up but one day I know I’ll be able to see him again & be happy again

  7. Brenda E. says:

    Both of my parents have passed on and I pray everyday that they are in heaven with Jesus. I do talk to them. I tell them how much I miss them and I wish I could just call them and have a long conversation to catch them up on everything going on down here on earth. My dad used to tell me things when he was here, that I didn’t agree with, but I have discovered he is right. I can’t wait to get to heaven to tell him that I am sorry that I didn’t believe him. My mom and I were not very close for years, but the last 2 years she was with us, I did get closer. I just wish we had more time together. I’m sure many people go through these same feelings. I am sure God will come for me when it’s my time. I can’t wait to see my parents and my grandparents!!

  8. Paul says:

    I just find it hard to believe we can look back to this sinful /painful/ earth.

  9. Gail G. says:

    This is amazing. My son went home to be with our Lord in March 2011. He was a special needs baby, we’ll my baby. He was 30 yrs, he weighed almost 60 pounds, other than seizures, he was healthy. Just very small. He didn’t walk or talk. I took care of his everyneed. I feel God prepared me, before his death. I could not imagine my life without him. He was my heart beating,, the month he died, I was putting him to bed, said prayers, kissed hm all over his face while he giggled, I thought to my self, God does he know how much I love him? And that moment I had a vision, my sons name was cricket, I seen him completely whole, he was standing, looking out of a door, with dark curly hair, smiling real big, shaking his head, saying I always knew mom, I always knew. A few weeks later, I took him to have hospital dentistry done, it’s a long story, he didn’t make it. But I feel, he’s just on the otherwise of a wall, and I will see him again!

  10. Angela Kay Light says:

    I believe our loved ones up there in heaven will always watch over us and how wonderful it is up there with our precious lord and savior, and I hope and believe I will be up there with them!