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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Will there be animals in heaven?


A:

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. Steve Gambon says:

    My wife and I recently lost our beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Ginger. Her loss has devastated us and our grief has been unfathomable. We have turned toward the Lord with many tears and prayer asking if we would see her again. Yesterday, while I was praying in another room, my wife heard her departed father’s voice say simply, “She’s with me.” Later, on lengthy car ride to filled with much prayer and tears. I asked God to confirm that this sign. My wife said if we see a Yorkie, but I dismissed this as too likely to occur. I said Lord send us whatever sign You see fit, please just let us know it was You. About (05) minutes later we passed a singular billboard; a sign, with a Yorkie on it. The last on the sign read, “The perfect loan.”

  2. Steve Gambon says:

    Yesterday my wife and I had to put to the rest our beloved dog, Ginger. She was so very much more than a pet; she was a beloved family member. For the seven and half years that the Lord blessed us with her, she showed us nothing but unconditional love. My wife and I are truly devastated by her loss. I know that God is a perfectly loving God and will have our beloved girl waiting for us in Heaven when we get there. Praise the Lord!

  3. Mary Elizabeth Smith says:

    Every time one of my precious pets dies like my kitty cat yesterday, I start reaching for straws w/the question. Will I see her again? My dad thought the world of you. For me what you say goes. You brought me comfort and support in just a few sentences. Thank you,

  4. Joel Gibson says:

    My dog Bonny died and I have been lost ever since. This means so very much to me coming from you. – Joel