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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Will there be animals in heaven?


A:

God has a special reason and place for each of His created beings. Animals, too, have a purpose in God’s creation. Man, as the highest order of creation, has been given dominion over the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26-28).

We believe that animals were intended for man’s enjoyment and use. The Bible itself does not indicate that there is life after death for animals. It may be that God’s purpose for animals is fulfilled on this earth. However, if animals would make us happier in heaven, surely there will be a place for them there.

Some Bible interpreters have called attention to Isaiah’s description of the peace of God’s future kingdom where he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will bring glory to God.

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220 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    I believe there will be pets and other animals in heaven. I know for sure there will be horses because of all ther verses speaking of Christ riding a white horse when he returns to earth as well as all the saints. If there are horses I see no reason there would’nt be other creatures of His creation.

  2. John Kennedy says:

    These words have brought me great comfort! May you and my little companion rest in peace !

  3. Donald Hadden says:

    Appreciated

  4. Vance Johnson says:

    Trust GOD alone! HE is your only everlasting source. HE is your everything! Light, happiness and life! HE is greatly to be praised! HIS love, praise and worship belongs to HIM alone forever!

  5. Danna Baumbach says:

    I just read your article about pets & heaven. I have lost quite a few wonderful dogs and cats in my almost 65 years on this earth. I just lost one of my dogs a few days ago. I truly believe there is a special place in heaven for these wonderful animals. My husband died 2 years ago. I believe in my heart my husband, Ned, has already found our wonderful dog, Duke. He found Duke from a newspaper ad 11 years ago and brought him to be part of my home. I miss them both terribly. Thanks.

    1. Sharon Colleps says:

      Danna
      I too believe that we will see animals again. The pain of losing them is very strong. God knows that pain. I believe my dad is playing with our pets now in heaven.