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Q:

I suppose you've been asked this before, but will there be animals in heaven? My dog died a few months ago, and I miss him very, very much. After my husband died, I guess my dog became my best friend.


A:

Heaven will be a place of perfect happiness for us—and if we need animals around us to make our happiness complete, then you can be sure God will have them there.

Heaven will be glorious—far beyond anything we can fully imagine. It will be glorious first of all because it will be perfect. All the sufferings, conflicts and disappointments of this life will be over, and death will no longer exist. Sin will be banished, and Satan will never again have any influence over our lives. One of the Bible’s greatest promises declares, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

But heaven will be glorious most of all because we’ll be in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ. Even the most glorious thing we can imagine on earth or in the heavens is but a pale reflection of the glory of God. Think of it: If you know Christ, some day you will be with Him forever!

But the Bible also promises that at the end of time God will bring about a new heaven and a new earth (see 2 Peter 3:13). We will share in that wondrous world, and in that day, many scholars believe, the Bible’s prophecy will be fulfilled: “The wolf will live with the lamb. … And the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 11:6-7). Is Jesus Christ the source of your hope?

Be certain of your future in heaven.

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91 Comments

  1. Marilyn Goodell says:

    What are your thoughts on people’s pets being raptured with them? I have a dog and 2 cats, and I am concerned about their well-being, if they are not raptured with me. Thank you and God bless.

  2. Donnie says:

    Amen!

  3. Stan Kleven says:

    Billy Graham’s answers about heaven are so very helpful to me. Now when my grandchildren, or others, ask me questions about heaven I will be able to share Mr. Graham’s answers with them. His ability to state things so clearly is truly a gift from God. Thank you.

  4. Shanthini says:

    May God bless Brother Billy Graham and family.

  5. Nancy Manning says:

    Confirms my beliefs about heaven. Thanks.

  6. Sherylthreatt says:

    Oh my goodness, I believe animals will be there too. I love your answer, made my day. Thanks.

  7. Donna Dt Trussell says:

    I want to thank you for posting the questions and answers as this helped me alot. And I loved you putting in the Bible verses

  8. Veronica Wolfe says:

    I trust Billy Graham and his understanding of spiritual matters

  9. Nancy Nokes says:

    My husband and I really enjoyed reading the answers on Heaven. We would really appreciate it if we could have future readings on the Bible. Thank you for all you have done and are doing for our country. God Bless!

  10. Kathy Steen says:

    You have always been an inspiration to me. I always loved your sermons. God Bless.