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Keith Rawls August 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm

There are many of our loved ones who will not be in Heaven. No thing or person will be in Heaven merely because we love them so dearly. So believe that is refute what we DO know the Bible says about salvation and replace it with our own version of salvation and Heaven. Whereas this self concocted version of the “WAY” might make us happy here on earth it is little more than a placebo. The fact is the Word of God tells us that there will be no sadness in Heaven so we will not mourn our parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, neighbors, etc who do not make it into Heaven because of their unbelief. I love my pets but I am not willing to write my own Bible so that it says what my flesh would like to believe here on earth.

Peter November 5, 2017 at 5:35 am

The article gave you proof of animals in heaven. If you do not believe the word of God try reading what C.S. Lewis said about the topic. You cannot limit what God can do. Try reading There is Eternal Life for Animals by Niki Behrikis Shanahan. You might learn something.

Jack Wellman November 5, 2017 at 7:53 am

Hello Peter. I am not limiting God. Please give me a Bible verse that proves that pets go to heaven and I will “learn something,” but I haven’t found I yet. The book you speak of is full of speculation and unproven but thank you anyway for your comment. I do believe the Word of God and that’s why there is no proof one way or another, so please, when the Scriptures are silent on such subjects, so must we be, including you and Shanahan.

peter gianoukas November 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

You wont find the word Trinity or Rapture in Bible. That does not mean it is not true does it??? You gave more proof verses and Gods covenant with ALL Creatures which animals will be in the kingdom. The Bible does not have to say it in your words. it is implied through out the Bible. He is God and your not. Either am God does not breath life into his creation for a temporary length of time its for eternity.

Jack Wellman November 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Hello Mr. Gianoukas. To imply that the Bible does not have to say it in words because it is implied throughout the Bible, is a slippery slope sir. Great theologians have long said, “If the Bible is silent, so must we be.” The Trinity is in the Bible, just not that word, and we don’t have to imply it because it speaks of the Three Persons as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (i.e. Matt 28:18-20, and many, many more) so it is true from Scripture. Pets going to heaven, not so much. God breathes life in His creation, yes, but does this also mean poison ivy will be in the kingdom and lives forever? I can agree to disagree with you sir. Thank you. I must be convinced by Scripture.

Ryder March 22, 2018 at 1:18 am

GOD is the most merciful. he loves his creation more than anyone.
he has justice.
so animals are going to be satisfied.
we will see all the animals
we eat, we kill, we pet,
every animals of the world will go to heaven or be satisfied.
and we will be happy with that

Jack Wellman March 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Thank you Ryder. I hope you are right.

Jeffrey Nolan July 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Mr. Wellman , poison ivy is a plant , NOT a creature.

william t oates September 6, 2018 at 9:53 am

Three verses that show animals are resurrected.
Isa 40:5
Luk 3:6
Rev 20:5
Other than these verses, there are other scriptural themes of proof too. If you message a reply then I will send you more. Scriptural proofs are to be believed and it requires faith. Some see proofs and have no faith and still do not believe. These verses are a great launching pad of searching that lift your understanding and faith in HIS plan (which is YAHsome!!!!).

Jack Wellman September 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

Hello Mr. Oates. Luke 3:6 is about salvation and not about resurrecting animals and Rev 20:5 is about the resurrection of the dead, but is specifically speaking about people and not animals and finally, and Isaiah 40:5 is about all people someday seeing the glory of God. Not one of these is about animals. The Bible is silent on pets being resurrected, so we must be silent on this subject too. Thank you for your comment.

Jeff October 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

We know that there are horses in heaven. Why not other animals?

Paul Atkins June 6, 2019 at 10:46 am

You are abousetley right there is no scripture in Gods word that say Animals go to heaven but in Gods word says the lion will lie with the Lamb but there is no mention of anything in the bible about animals going to Heaven if it’s not in Gods word there is the answer. A lot of us Christian’s add and Takeaway from Gods word but we shouldn’t do that or our name will be taken out the lambs book of life.we add take away things to suit ourselves or what we want to hear If that scripture is not in the word of God so do not add it

Jack Wellman June 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Hello Mr. Atkins. Yes sir, the lion will lie with the lamb, but this is what the world will be like after Jesus’ return. This is not saying someone’s lion and lamb were resurreted and went to heaven. Heaven is the kingdom of God on earth, and I agree; if the Bible has no answre about such a thing, then we just cannot say. A person’s name in the Book of Life cannot ever be taken away…so it is not true that one can be saved and have their name in the Book of Life only to do something to lose their salvation. The verse you cited is not about salvation, but a warning to false teachers who butcher the word to fit their man-made doctrine.

Jeffrey Nolan July 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

Dear Brother Paul , You are in error in your statement. No one here is adding or subtracting anything from the Bible. IMHO , you are out of line with your comment.

Eric Ives June 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm

while the bible may not say that animals go to heaven, it does indicate that there are animals in heaven. e.g. revelation 19:11,14. if there are no animals in heaven, where do the white horses come from? did Jesus come to earth first and collect all the white horses or are they in heaven?

Jack Wellman June 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

True, but even though horses will be in heaven, that doesn’t mean the little pony you loved will be there. The Bible just doesn’t tell us, so we cannot say with 100% certainty that our pets will be in heaven…they may or they may not. God chose to not tell us so that we’d focus on the Object of our Praise, and that is Jesus and not “Flully.”

BettyLynn October 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm

I believe if these verses in Revelation are looked into more deeply than just face value…aka research…it will be shown the white horse, the red horse, the black, and gray horse, ALL horses are just given as symbols for readers to understand what is happening or going on. If they drove cars back then, then cars would have been used as symbols for “riders” to be on. The white horse in this instance is for the glorified Jesus in kingdom power to mount the attack on Gog of Magog. ALL of this is in the Bible. And just as there are no cars in heaven, there are no horses in heaven, or any other animals for that matter.

Jeffrey Nolan July 13, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Amen !!!

Jeffrey Nolan July 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm

You do not know whether our pets shall be in heaven. Pure speculation on your part. God Bless.

LadyLee May 27, 2020 at 3:00 am

not that it will hold weight or value with any of the readers should they come upon this thread and subject.. thank you though for letting me comment…but as far as “pets’ go. OUR Almighty God is an ever lloving God. Pets are provided for comfort in our life time.. Mom once share with me that we are judged also by how we treat God’s lesser creatures. lesser in that as sad as it felt being told as a young person, animals do not have souls.. The wonderful thing about animals is that the ONLY animals who have a soul are horses. So what happens to our beloved dogs, cats, gerbals, guinea pigs, birds, etc etc etc.. well God Created these beautiful blessings so he is also going to have a place for them. I believe that. you should rest knowing that the affections and unconditional love of these furry fluffy pets arent ignored when they have to leave us. Knowing there is a special place for these precoius pets warms my heart,

Casey Peterson November 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Heaven is perfection. Our pets will be in heaven as sure as the sky is blue. There is no question. Do not worry about what others say.

peter gianoukas November 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

No sir, It does not mean poison ivy will be in the Kingdom of Heaven absurd. Since Poision Ivy was part of the curse with briars and thistles. On the other hand pets that are considered part of our family are not part of the curse since they were subject to death only because of mans sin. They were innocent and God has a very special place for animals for eternity. If you want proof text I will send you another email to the scriptures that validate how God loves all his life breathed creatures man and anmials. Again HE did not create them for a short time and then anialate them.

Jack Wellman November 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Hello Mr. Gianoukas. You are welcome to post the Scriptures here for us all to see them. Then since plants are part of his “life breathed creatures,” since they are alive, are they eternal too? How far does this “life breathing” into His creation create eternal things? Thank you.

Kimber Black May 13, 2019 at 10:57 am

Hello Jack, you ask “How far does this “life breathing” into His creation create eternal things” go? I ask who are you to limit God? All things are possible to those who believe. Could it be that because He set man over the animals you have a hard superior heart? God is not silent on this subject yet every scripture you turn aq blind eye to. No wonder the bible says let those with eyes to see and ears to hear see and hear. God does not comfort the wicked.

Jack Wellman May 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

Hello Kimber. I am not limiting God but I do bleieve God will not resurrect bacteria or other living organisms that are harmful to us and have them recieve eternal life. How can plants recieve eternal life and reproduce? Wouldn’t they take over nature? Your comment is not very kind and you are putting words into my mouth, so I pray you repent of this “insinuating the worst” on me (and possibly you do this to others too), so there are no verses to supporot conclusively that our pets will be resurrected to eternal life, even though they might, but you are assuming God will give eternal life to all living things and this makes no sense according to Scripture. Please find a good study Bible to see where you are in great error and teaching others false things.

Maddie Duncan June 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

I wanted to say thank you for saying that. I’ve always been horrified that my unconditionally loving pets and they’re kindness would be missing to me forever when they died. You made me feel much better. Thank You.

Andrea August 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm

My feeling exactly. They are so loving and without sin, I see God’s wholesomeness, perfection and unconditional love in them. Not so much in humans…

John Crowder April 11, 2020 at 9:17 am

Andrea and Maddie- I fully agree. We may not have incontrovertible proof but I believe that a God who loves us enough to send these angels without wings to accompany and comfort us in this life would
would honor their love and faithfulness in the next. That’s not adding to scripture, just contemplating its meaning for this significant (to some) issue.

debbie taylor darino December 11, 2017 at 11:40 pm

All I can say about our pets is from my own experience. When my two dogs died I was devasted and mourned terribly for them. I asked God one night to show me that they were okay and He gave me a dream. In the dream my dog was glowing and much younger and in our minds we talked. She told me how happy she was and everything was great. On two more occasions over the years I asked God what they were doing. Both times after asking, I had a dream and they were both running and playing in a field of grass.. I know I cant make myself dream these things and the only time I had those dreams were after I prayed and asked God to show me. He showed me in those dreams. I know they are in heaven with their creator…the psalms talk of God creating a place in His kingdom for them….He loves them too! I have not had dreams of them before or after asking him about them in prayer.

Irma B November 18, 2018 at 1:46 am

Dear Debbie Taylor Darino, we just lost our dear faithful kitty last 11/11/18, very close to my husband which I told him to pray to God for a sign (dream) if is His will and tell us she’s ok. I don’t know if one can make oneself dream something, I had dreams of my in laws’ after they died and my husband did not…so my prayer is also for a dream and ask that special grace from God to be reunited in heaven with our loved ones and the litttle extra: our kitty We did have a funeral Mass next day after kitty died and with all our pain and sorrow we assisted, we think we united our sorrow with the mourning parents of the young man who died. The journey is long and difficult mostly after a loss. Let’s continue in hope of God’s promise. God bless all.

Eric Ives July 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

3 months before I had to let my older male cat go, I was in church on sunday. we were having a baptism which I was focused on when suddenly I had a vision. it was the moment of my matthew`s passing. Jesus was there. he knelt, picked matthew up, held him close, let matthew know that He loved him and that I loved him, then took him home.

Mr. Sunny Panama December 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

Thank you so much for the edification on animals going to heaven or not. From the verses one now knows that they will be in heaven, but may not be raptured. Also it will interest you that my son aged 7 and daughter aged 5 asked me just now. And as usual… I will tell them to go and google question I don’t know. But it interested me that I had to join in the search and found your write up on this. Thanks a lot for the light.

J.C. Nicoletti December 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Jack… I am a bible-based Christian and believe Scripture to be the true, living word of God. It does say animals will be on the New Earth, and/but it does NOT say pets will. The joys of Heaven (the New Earth) are beyond our comprehension as sinners, we can only imagine what glorious, eternal life awaits us. I would like to believe that an all-loving, all-merciful and perfect God would let His wonderful creation of loving pets continue to give their unconditional love to us in Heaven… As It has been said before (here on earth) ‘the unconditional love of pets should be a helpful reminder of Christ’s unconditional love for us… I, for one, think the Lord has a most pleasant surprise waiting for us!

Jack Wellman December 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Thank you J.C. In my conclusion, I just don’t know, and we will only know later, but yes, I think everything and everyone else will pale in comparison to the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ.

Nancy beck June 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

We must be born again to enter into Heaven. We must believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. We are not to love Gods creation more than God. We must not add to or take away from scripture to make ourselves feel good. IGod has given us His creation here to enjoy now. We have a better home in Heaven if we are His children saved by grace. Animals were not made to reason between good and evil. I like animals.most of them anyway but whether there are animals in Heaven or not is up to God not because we hope or believe there will be. His ways are higher than our ways. Rest in His love and know that Heaven will be perfect as He is perfect.

Jack Wellman June 8, 2019 at 9:44 am

No one here, inlcuding me the author, ever suggested we love animals more than God or that animals go to heaven. I have NOT added or taken away from Scripture. Please don’t accuse or bear false witness against me. This is so unfair of you to say that I have insinuated we should love animals more than God. You have totally misread my article. Scripture. Just read what it says. It is not pleasing to God when Christians get snarky and tear down others instead of building one another up, and putting words into my and other people’s mouth?

Margaret Byrd January 26, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Christ said he would go and prepare a place for each of us in heaven! He knows first. I will love living eternally with God, Christ, Holy Spirit! But He knows that for me to be the happiest, I will want to again see every one of my animal friends I’ve ever known here on Earth! So, since the Trinity does everything perfect, that place He makes for me will have them in it!! Also, God sad, I look at killing a bull the same way as killing a man! So He loves them too and He breathed His spirit into them to! No so with plants! He just made them! They don’t have the same emotions as humans and animals! Thank you Lord for the comfort of knowing I will see them again one day, for eternity!! Amen!

Mike E December 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm

So if all animals go to heaven, does that mean every monkey, lion, rat, snake, spider and flying cockroach will be there to? What’s the cutoff if there is one? Without a doubt, this is the most emotional topic to discuss in Sunday school class.

Jack Wellman December 24, 2017 at 8:59 am

NO one has said that all animals go to heaven. My conclusion is we don’t know if our “pets” go to heaven. We just don’t know the answer about our pets and that’s what I have said. Thank you Mike.

Lena Brister December 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Hi, thanks everyone for every comment. I have great trust in Father God to keep my beloved Bandit, he saved my life and gave his for me. Yes I believe God cares for all my house “as for me and my house we serve the Lord” Remember all is the Lords! God be with us all.

Roy January 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm

I think we must keep in mind that the only way for a person to enter into heaven is with a spiritual body. If we do not remember those we love here on earth in heaven, and they did not make it into heaven, then it would also seem that ones’ pet ( s) would then be just like humans and have to be faithful to God so as they themselves be worthy to enter. Make sense? God Bless

Jeffrey Nolan July 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

No , pets are neither good nor evil. Instinct from God controls them. As for the question about spiders , etc. , going to heaven. That is a ridiculous question.

Miriam Madhav January 21, 2018 at 11:40 am

Thank you for your generosity of spirit in sharing this wonderful piece, Mr Wellman. My son & I look after 7 stray cats/kittens, though we’ve always loved dogs: and what a revelation they’ve turned out to be! This evening, Orange, spunky father of five, passed away: and he was only 2.5 years old. Poor soul! I recall reading that stray cats only have a lifespan of about 5 years: that must vary widely, I’m sure. The Lord loves us, and we are so undeserving: and I believe he loves animals too. And you’re right about babies, too, Mr Wellman: my first son died at 5 weeks (my second is now 26, praise God) during a particularly nightmarish time in my life. Then God gave me a dream in which I saw this little baby. Angels were holding his hands, one on either side, and gently flying past. And he was happy – and healed! I cannot tell you just how much that dream comforted me, and how vividly I recall it, 28 years on. Our God IS able! Many thanks again, Mr Wellman! Greetings to you from Chennai, India!

Jack Wellman January 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Am overjoyed that this article could bring you some joy. I am convinced they are now with the Lord. No doubt in my mind. God bless you richly Mrs. Madhav.

Jerry Branscum February 22, 2018 at 11:29 pm

I believe our pets will be in Heaven. God made them before he made human beings, so that should tell you how much he loves them.

Heidi Joy March 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

I know The Lord God as among other descriptions, a compassionate, warm, generous, merciful, understanding God. He loves me way too much and He knows me too well to welcome me into Heaven without also allowing all of my beloved pets to be there with me because I asked Him to during my time on Earth. He said He will give me the desires of my heart, and it is the desire of my heart for my pets to be a part of my place in Heaven. God keeps His promises.

Jake April 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

I really don’t see why people need to argue over this, I think it’s common sense to think that if God wants you to be happy, he’ll allow you to have your animals in heaven with you 🙂

Rose Price April 13, 2018 at 7:20 pm

Ecc. 3:21 answers the question. Sorry FiFi it was nice while it lasted.

David August 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm

I just had to have my beloved Gracie put down 2 days ago. She was very sick and nothing could be done. My heart is horribly broken. I pray to God the Father that she will be in heaven with me. Jesus will be my peace and happiness but my Gracie will help to express it. Please, Lord… let my little dog greet me at the gates of heaven.

Sheila April 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

I told God that I will look for my animal children when I get to Heaven and if I don’t find them, I will not stop. God knows what they all mean to me.

tony November 1, 2018 at 9:53 am

david, dont be sad over gracie, you met her in this life, i believe you will meet her in the next.

Jack Heiny, Jr. November 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

It Doesn’t Make Sense Of God Creation Which Includes Everything On Earth Would Perish And Would Not All Have Equality Process To Be Renewed In Heaven. After All Why Would God Be Partial To His Own Creation. To Be Secondary To Being The Love Of It All. Heaven Is A Superior Place. Why Did God Make The Steps This Way? To Experience The Woes And Wonders Of Earth And It’s Everyday Life? It Is Not Perfection Of Us Or Any Animal Or Plant Life To Be Dealt With On Earth. But It Is In Heaven. Why The Second Step? God Simply Is The Boss. And It Is A Wisdom And Heart Warming Experience For God’s Creation To Be Fully Developed In Heaven. The Gap Is Narrow. Earth To Heaven. But Earth Is A Stepping Stone. And Worth The While.

APRIL December 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

My SCOOTERS The pug passed away two days ago. He’s going to heaven Paradise and I will see him. God bless all you comments

Alisha August 2, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Well I dont know about everyone else but I asked God that question when I was young and he opened my eyes and showed me. I had a friends horse break its leg in the pasture over night when I was 15, it was a horrific accident. He had to be put down and as I stayed with him while the put him down. I saw the life in his eyes leave him seconds before he took his final breath and his spirit desend to the heavens. I learned two things that day, praise be to the lord, do not fear death he will take you before and spear you the final pain was the first thing he showed me ( I had so much fear in me of death which I spoke to him about on several occasions) and two animals desend to heaven from once they come. What comes from the father goes back to the father. Let all the glory an praise be to God “I am”.

Elizabeth Ferrari September 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm

After losing one of my pets I asked GOD what happens to them. He that anything that lives and breaths will will go to his heaven when they leave here. He also told me that we are suppose to treat our creatures as if they were our children.
I didn’t think he would answer me but he does.

Frank October 24, 2019 at 4:14 am

I agree, as difficult as it may sound. I just lost my dog two days ago after 10 years. And this question had been on my mind although being a believe for some time kinda knew the answer. Although it has gotten me to think, what happens to these animals that rely on Christians during the rapture? If they’re indoor animals, are they to suffer and die because no one may be around to care for them? I thought of this for my own dog. Although I agree there is no scriptural basis for seeing me buddy again, I can’t imagine that at least during this time God would have mercy on all those left behind. Wherever he is, I hope it’s better than here. Miss ya Rusty!

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