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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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164 Comments

  1. Eddie J Lauzon Jr says:

    Thanks

  2. Robert Stalets says:

    We lost our 16 year old son not quite two years ago. Has shocked us and made us realize we have misunderstood some of what has been taught in the faith movement. Death is a part of life. Wasn’t meant to be but now it is our exit from a fallen world which is no longer our home to the place where salvation takes us to, where we do belong. Our lives will never be the same but we see parents lives utterly destroyed because ALL of what we know of life exists here. When we REALLY understand life eternal, I mean REALLY, then life looks different. Then life here means less and becomes a temporary journey which ends in our reuniting with family and friends forever. Jesus used parables because there is nothing on earth that compares.

  3. Debbie says:

    Cathy, you will be “over it” when it happens. I personally believe that will never happen. You will get through it, but never over it. People deal with thing in their own time, and just because someone else says you should be done with it by now, just say you are an individual, and when it is time for you to be in a different place in your life you will. My fiance shot himself in front of me just last month, July 9th. I will NEVER be over it. I cry everyday, and pray, pray, pray. God has helped me so much. I will pray for you too. May God and his angels be with you and give you comfort.

  4. Michele Syms says:

    I have a cousin whose Dad died before any of his grandchildren were born. Her son is named after him. She needed a verification from the Bible but was afraid to look for herself. I didn’t know the specific scripture. Thank you for this wonderful ministry of and for our Savior, Jesus

  5. Cathy says:

    My husband died 6 years ago. People tell me I should be over it now. I never really dealt with it, I had nobody to talk to about him. They didn’t want to. Now it’s coming back on me. I’m not dwelling on it. I talk to him sometimes. I feel like he hears me. Does he know how i’m feeling? I still love him. I’m a Christian. And, I pray every day.

    1. RobertS says:

      Cathy. ck For a local GRIEF SHARE group in any nearby churches. It’s Christian based and a true life line. We lost our 16 yr old son 2 yrs ago. I never knew a heart could be so broken & life seemingly shattered. Ask God to tell him what you will & He will but you can’t really talk directly to him yet scripture indicates he can see you and still loves you. Heaven is not seperation it’s a reuniting of family FOREVER in the glorious life God originally planned. He waits for you to be with him where everything is right He is the same man there he was here except without a sin nature. He has full memory of everything & those who say he can’t as there is NO sadness in heaven do not know truth. life is a journey there so walk towards it

  6. Diana Morales says:

    I recently lost my husband last year, and appreciate very much the word which I just read. I often ask our Lord to please let him never forget me. We were married 48 years and 8 months.

    1. Nick says:

      I am sorry for your loss Diana. My family and I will be praying for you. God bless.

  7. Anthony says:

    If you see this Jose, God be with you and I pray for you. Be strong for yourself. God is love. God is everything and his glory is first and foremost. Your wife I’m confident shined in God’s glory and was called home to serve the lord and live in paradise.

  8. jose reynoso says:

    my wife passed a few days ago and I miss her so. she loved the Lord.

    1. Rebecca Choate says:

      I am sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I lost my husband almost a year ago. I still miss him, but I don’t cry as much now. I know he is with Jesus. Pray . God will give you peace. I will pray for you.