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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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241 Comments

  1. Doris Schmitt says:

    People share with me they feel the presence of a loved after they have gone to Heaven. Even if the loved one has been gone for years they feel as though the presence of their loved is with them at times and it comforts them. Is there a biblical basis for the experience they have?

  2. Jeanie Schroeder says:

    I lost my mom on December 9, 2016.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I lost my mom in 2014, what a devastating time that was for me. I don’t think anything is worse then losing a mother. It was so sudden. She had brain cancer, three tumors, and died from a stroke. I still have a hard time today and always I was so close to her. She was everything to me. It’s beyond words.

  4. Lorrie Schnur says:

    Thank you for this! I lost my husband on 02/12/17. Just 3 days ago. I am having such a hard time! God had always been in my life. I am saved and I know where I am going when I die. My husband was an amazing loving man and I know he is in heaven. He died from a long battle with cancer. He died peacefully in my arms in our home. I miss him so much!

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Lorrie,

      We just prayed for you and are so sorry for your loss.

    2. Vicky says:

      so sorry for your loss. i will say a prayer for you

  5. Jan scott says:

    Please keep me in your prayers. I lost my mother on August 7, 2016 and having a really hard time coping. She was everything to me. We where very very close. She was my life.

    1. Andrea says:

      I know how you feel. I’m sorry for your loss. My mom died Christmas Day 2016 in the hospital. She died from complications due to post cancer surgery. I feel numb, guilty, depressed and confused. I know she is with the lord, it still hurts so bad.

  6. Lori Holland says:

    Thank you. I lost my mother on December 11. She was my best friend, mentor…..I am devastated over her death. I do have joy that she is with Jesus. I keep asking God to send me a sign that she sees me. I don’t know if this is wrong. I have never read this verse and it is very comforting to me. Please pray for me.

    1. Cynthia says:

      I lost my mother on the 28 of January I was scrolling asking question can they see us…she was97 but she was still with it….I miss her so much

  7. Grace says:

    Lost my husband on 10/30/16 and looking for answers about heaven and what he is doing. if he thinks of me and his family, does he hear when we talk to him? He was a minister and was taken too soon. He believed for my healing from cancer in 2012 and miss him so.

  8. Paul E. Preston says:

    Thanks for the information on Heaven. I don’t believe my love ones in heaven can look down from Heaven but who knows.

  9. Diane Matthews says:

    Sometimes I wonder if My dearest husband is in heaven