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Will there be animals in heaven?


God has a special reason and place for each of His created beings. Animals, too, have a purpose in God’s creation. Man, as the highest order of creation, has been given dominion over the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26-28).

We believe that animals were intended for man’s enjoyment and use. The Bible itself does not indicate that there is life after death for animals. It may be that God’s purpose for animals is fulfilled on this earth. However, if animals would make us happier in heaven, surely there will be a place for them there.

Some Bible interpreters have called attention to Isaiah’s description of the peace of God’s future kingdom where he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will bring glory to God.

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  1. Mary G Johnson says:

    We just lost our sweet Buddy, a beautiful tri-color Sheltie. I have not been able to stop crying. It’s like I just lost a person and beloved friend who depended on me. I know the animals are not supposed to have “souls,” but our Buddy was the kindest creature that God ever created. I am thankful that we can look to the Word of God, but since there isn’t specific confirmation that animals are in heaven, I am so thankful that Billy Graham addressed the topic here with such heartfelt understanding.

  2. Walt says:

    Isaiah’s prophecy about animals could very well be as a part of “a new heavens and a new Earth” (Isa 65:17), but it is doubtful that in the place called “Heaven”, that we would need animals. Consider that Jesus said men and women would not marry in Heaven, but be like the angels. Hence, Heaven appears to be different than any Earthly design. Besides, there are likely to be all sorts of “treasures laid up in Heaven” which would make animals so peripheral as to be of no importance anyway. And in Revelation 21 & 22, the descriptions given speak of a place without natural biology, since God is the light, not the sun, etc, and the trees are of a supernatural type, not biological, and no mention of life other than those who were saved by the blood.