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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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19 Comments

  1. Aaron Planeta says:

    I came across this on a google search for christian beleifs of animals after life. I just lost my precious pit bull after only 8 years of life, way too early. I am looking for an answer, I truly hope I will see her and hold her again in paradise with my Saviour.

  2. Tyler Corn says:

    Dear Mr. Billy Graham,
    Recently, I lost a cat, named Sam, whom I loved very much this scripture is amazing and has inspired me to go on. It is good to know I will see Sam for eternity in a better place with a restored health.

  3. Lou says:

    My husband and I are caring for our loving, 17 year-old, schipperke dog in his last days. He is still eating and drinking when we hold his head up, but basically his body is paralyzed now. Please pray for Jack in these last days, and for us to care for him. He is on pain medication. Prov. 12:10

  4. joe mack says:

    I had to put my german shepherd Lancer down 3/11/15. Ive had him for 10 years since a pup.I love him so much, my heart is broken

  5. Charles Philipson Yeleti says:

    Thank GOD for Isaiah 65:25. GOD loves us and given animals for our enjoyment.

  6. sheila zoda says:

    Our belove dog passed away this morning. And I needed some scripture of assurance that she will go to heaven. I know God gave man dominion over them and for our enjoyment God saw his creation good. So thank you for reinsuring message.

  7. marlene merck says:

    I am a Christian mourning the death of my cat Chantal and have found some comfort in this message. I am handicapped, alone, and rarely leave my home since I do not drive now. The loss of Chantal is the loss of my only daily loving companion. I cling to the hope she will be with me again in Heaven along with all the other animals that have been my only “children”. I wanted even some hint that this could be so and this gave me that.

    1. april says:

      I hope & pray that you have gotten another companion by now. There are so many that need us and you sound like a perfect companion for one of our furry friends. My heart goes out to you. God bless.

  8. Beverly Boone says:

    I juat heard Dr. Graham speak on the blood of Jesus. I have one more point. Just as Able;s blood spoke to God from the earth, when we have redemption through the Holy Spirit, when we pray, Jesus’s blood cries out for us to God. No man comes to the Father except throught the Son.

  9. Marsha Branock says:

    My mom just died and next to her family she loved her little Sheltie dog which she rescued from a shelter so named him Lucky. He protected her even waking her up when he thought there was a fire. He never left her side and I strongly believe God would see to it that he is in heaven with her right now.

  10. steve moore says:

    Dogs give unconditional loyalty love and service for no more than a little food love amd accptence they can teach us a lot and pray they are accepted in the kingdom of god