Friday, February 17, 2012

Are There Animals/Pets in Heaven?

We bloggers respect and watch other bloggers 
to see what they are writing about.  I came across 
a particularly interesting blog recently and want to 
share it with you.
Just to let you know, I agree with Lisa Grace on her
answers drawn from the Bible to the question......
    Are There Animals/Pets in Heaven?
             By Lisa Grace from her blog 

Nothing escapes the Eye on the Paranormal

Lisa says.......
Since this time of year focuses on love, nothing quite proves 
love like the loss of a loved one. Sadly, our golden retriever, 
Taffy, passed away two years ago at Christmas. This was 
our second one without her. My daughter never knew a day 
without her beloved dog before Taffy’s death.

At school this year, our daughter (now in the second grade) 
announced the hope of seeing her beloved pet in Heaven 

Her teacher informed her, “There will be no animals in and
 certainly no pets in Heaven.” My daughter came home 
from school in tears at the thought of never seeing her 
beloved pet again.

Unfortunately, I’ve come across several teachers and 
preachers who say there won’t be animals in Heaven.

I disagree and I believe I have Biblical proof on my side.

In a way, this is kind of thinking is funny because I’ve heard 
many a Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, and Catholic sermon 
where they boast of the feasts they will have in Heaven. And 
as far as I can remember, not a one was talking about a 
vegan feast either. (All though my Messianic Rabbi does.) 
So if they’re going to have animals to eat (which is another 
whole post in itself, which I’ll be happy to chat about on 
another day), why in Heaven wouldn’t they be there as pets? 

There is plenty of proof in the Bible that animals will certainly 
be there. For instance, when the new Jerusalem descends 
and we have that perfect time on Earth, where will the animals 
come from? The Bible says the world will be destroyed and 
there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth. (Rev 21:1) . 

The prophet Isaiah talks about the time after the judgment and 
how the lion will lie down with the lamb, and children can play 
with asps and scorpions. It even says the lion shall eat hay. 
(Isaiah 11:6; 11:8; 66:23). 

Another proof is that this world is a shadow of Heaven. 
For it to be a shadow, the real thing must exist in Heaven. 
(Hebrew 8:5 NIV)

In the book of Romans it says the whole of creation calls out. 
Why would animals be crying out if it leads to their ultimate 
destruction? Obviously, they’re longing for paradise too. 
(Rom 8:22)

In the book of Philippians it says all things in the earth and 
under the earth and in heaven (implies living things) that 
every knee should bow. Things? (Philippians 2:10)

It gets better. In the book of Revelations it mentions 
every creature in the sea. (Rev 5:13) How’d they get 
there if the seas are destroyed? They’re either re-created 
or they’re there to begin with.

The best proof there are indeed animals in Heaven is the 
fact that it says the Messiah will come back riding on a 
white horse. (Rev 6:2, 19:11) Horses are mentioned as 
coming from Heaven fourteen times in the book of 
Revelation (eight verses say horse, six say horses).

And the best proof? The four beasts before the throne are 
mentioned over and over. It mentions angels separately, 
so these are not classified as angels. There are wonderful 
creatures in Heaven that we have not seen yet on Earth. 
(Revelations 19:4) 

There are clearly animals in Heaven so while it doesn’t 
specifically say “pets”, I believe there are. Why? 
Because very few things bring pure joy like the love from 
a pet and to your pet; and as we know, 
God is love. (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16)

Thank you, Lisa.  Such an fascinating and controversial
issue.  I congratulate you for tackling the question on 
your blog.  You've an open invitation to return 
and fill us in with another interesting nugget about the 
mysterious paranormal.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed this posting today.  
Have a great day and take care of yourselves 
and each other.

A Friendly Hug,

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