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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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  1. Lily says:

    I believe in Jesus. But how will I know I’m going to Heaven?

    1. BGEA says:

      Lily, this article on salvation may help answer your question: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/salvation/

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  2. David Rhee says:

    What is my dad doing in heaven?

  3. Deborah morris says:

    Would love to be a part of hearing the Word everyday. I am a Christian that loves the Lord and gives HIM PRAISE DAILY FOR HIS GOODNESS.

  4. Luz Ramirez says:

    Thank you, this was so helpful. I want to continue reading things like this. recently lost my daddy and I have so many questions. may God bless you.

  5. RaeAnn says:

    I lost my wonderful husband almost 7 weeks ago. I am devastated by his death. We were together 11 years and married for almost 3. This man showed me what true love was really like. He had 9 hospitalizations and 3 major surgeries since April 2014. I miss him terribly. I feel totally lost. I have been going to grief Counselling but I am afraid that my husband isn’t going to know me or love me when I get to heaven. He was my rock.

  6. Carol Puente says:

    I know for a fact that my 26 yr old son who was killed in a single motorcycle accident 6-5-15 is in heaven. A heart cloud with a hole in the middle appeared the next day and everyone saw it. I also have received 3 dreams, only seconds long of him telling me he is ok and with GOD. I asked my pastor why him so early ?? He was a pure, clean, hard working father, son- no drama. No drugs no nothing. And he replied. WHY NOT HIM? That’s who GOD wants. I have a strong single relationship with GOD and miss him sooooo much. With my broken heart, I have PEACE. I can’t wait til I see him again. RIPJET

  7. connie beaver says:

    I hope my husband in heaven can at least hear me

  8. jane frey says:

    I really enjoy reading these posts.