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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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205 Comments

  1. Vince Junio says:

    My dad died on Nov. 10, 2016. I love him so much. I know he’s in heaven because he gave his life to the Lord long ago. I would like to think that he and my mom are in heaven cheering me on. The thought of it keeps me trying to do right in my life from here on out.

  2. Sandra Rogerson says:

    The sudden loss of my husband has brought me to my knees and now I am totally dependent on Jesus. It’s been heartwrenching.

    1. Vince Junio says:

      My deepest condolences

  3. Irene says:

    I crying 7/24 hours and day I miss my fiancé died last 2 month ago. He in heaven surround watch over wherever I am going? I love my fiancé very much (crying)

    1. BGEA says:

      Irene,
      We are so sorry to hear about your loss and want to encourage you that God loves you. Please consider visiting https://peacewithgod.net/ where you can talk and pray with a member of our team.

    2. Vince Junio says:

      So sorry for your loss

    3. Vince Junio says:

      Hold on to God’s promise that you will see him again one day.

  4. Connie Duran says:

    I cry & miss my husband who is in heaven, am I being selfish? Does he know I cry for him? I wish I has said more to him before he died but I couldn’t, why?

  5. Jason vilardo says:

    Will i see my loved ones again?

  6. Jason vilardo says:

    Can our loved ones hear us?