Will Our Pets Be in Heaven With Us?

Will Our Pets Be in Heaven With Us? Answering The Popular Question – Do Animals Go To Heaven?

One question that many Christians have asked over the years is whether or not do our pets or any animals go to heaven?

For those of you who have researched this topic, I am sure you have seen many of the different opinions on this question.

Many Christians believe that God will allow our pets to cross over into heaven after they die so they can be with us for all of eternity. However, just as many other Christians do not believe that any of our pets will be crossing over to be with us.

So what does the Bible have to say on this issue?

After studying the possible verses on this question, it is my own personal opinion that God does not specifically say one way or the other whether or not any of our own personal pets will be crossing over with us.

And many of the Bible theologians and scholars also agree with this opinion, as they too could not find any verses per se that will definitely answer this question for us.

However, when you put all of these verses together on this topic, I believe there might be a little clue in all of this that might possibly give us the answer. Again, this will just be my own personal opinion on this after putting all of these Scripture verses together like you would pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.

The Bible says we will only “know in part” while we are living down here on this earth, and I am afraid this question is probably one of those questions that we will have to wait until we get into heaven to see who had the right answer.

The best we can do down here is to put all of the Scripture verses together on this topic and then make our own speculative guess as best we can, and then we will see who was right on this issue once we all enter into heaven.

For those of you who would like to take a real good look at this question from the different Bible verses that we have on this topic, follow me very closely.

I believe there may be a big clue in the verses I will list below, along with how God has the “big picture” all set up with us.

Get ready to play detective on this, as the Bible tells us in Proverbs 25:2 that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of a king to search out a matter.

Just maybe this particular question is one of these matters, and the answer to this question may have been possibly staring at us right in the face all along.

1. There Were Definitely Animals in the Garden of Eden

The first thing to grab a hold of on this question is that there were definitely animals and various types of living creatures in the first environment that God had created for Adam and Eve. In fact, God had literally created the animals before He had created Adam and Eve.

I believe God did this so Adam and Eve would have everything they would need to be happy and fulfilled in the new life that He was going to give them.

If animals were not going to be fully enjoyed by Adam and Eve and everyone to follow after them, then God would have never created them in the first place. The fact that God had created animals and all of these living creatures in the first type of environment He had set up for us tells me that He felt they were very important in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things. Otherwise He would have never bothered to create any of them in the first place.

Here are the first set of verses showing how God had created all of the living creatures that have ever been on our earth:

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind,” and it was so.

And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:19-26)

So on the 4th and 5th days of creation, God created all of the living creatures, both in the waters, in the air, and on the ground. And not only did God personally create all of these living creatures, but He also gave man complete dominion over all of them.

Again, if God did not think animals, fish, and birds were not real important in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things, He would have never created them in the first place. This account of how all of these animals were created by Him tells us that this is a very big deal with Him, and that He wanted all of these types of living creatures to be living with us on this earth.

2. There May Be Animals in Heaven

And not only did God make sure to put all of these different kinds of animals and living creatures upon our earth, but there may also be animals living right now up in heaven. How do we know this?

Because there is one verse in particular that is telling us that when Jesus gets ready to come back to us in His 2nd coming, He will be coming back down to us riding on a white horse. And not only will He be riding on a white horse, but so will all of the saints who will be coming back down with Him.

And if Jesus and all of these saints are going to be coming down from heaven riding on these white horses, then this tells me that there literally has to be white horses up in heaven right now. And if there are at least white horses up in heaven right now, then there could easily be other types of animals and creatures living up there as well.

Here is the verse that will show you that Jesus will literally be coming back down to our earth riding on a white horse, along with the rest of His saints:

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.

He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” (Revelation 19:11-14)

Another very good verse showing that horses were coming down from heaven is when Elijah saw a chariot of fire with horses of fire coming directly at him. This is when Elijah literally gets raptured up into heaven. Here is the verse:

“Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11)

And not only does God have at least white horses, if not possibly other animals living up in heaven right now – and not only did God start everything off by allowing all kinds of animals and living creatures to live with Adam and Eve – but now He is going to take it one more step further.

3. We Still Have Animals Living With Us Even After the Fall

As we all know, Adam and Eve ended up blowing the perfect paradise that God had set up for them to live in. After they had disobeyed God by eating off the one forbidden tree He told them to stay away from, they were then cast out of the Garden of Eden and our entire earth then fell under a curse.

However, even though Adam and Eve and everyone to follow after them lost this original perfect paradise that God had set up for them, God still keeps all of these living creatures on our earth. And today, we still have many of these same living creatures living among us, both in the waters, in the air, and on the land.

Again, if all these animals and living creatures were not important to God in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things, He could have easily taken all of them away from Adam and Eve after He had cast them out of the Garden of Eden. But He didn’t.

And not only did God not take these animals away from us, but He also did not take them away from us when He decided that He was going to wipe out all of mankind with a flood with the exception of Noah and his family.

As we all know, God had Noah put all of these animals by way of two of a kind on his ark so they would all be perfectly preserved when He unleashed this big flood upon our earth.

Again, if God did not think the animals and living creatures He had created at the beginning were important, He would have never had Noah put them on the boat to save and preserve them. For God to go to this extreme length in order to save all of these living creatures shows us how much God really does love and care for all of the animals that He has personally created.

4. There Will Be Animals in the Coming Millennium Kingdom

So not only does God put animals upon our earth at the time He created our earth – and not only does God keep all of these animals upon our earth after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden – but now God is going to take it one more step further.

He is still going to allow animals to exist in the coming millennium kingdom where His Son Jesus will be ruling our entire earth from the city of Jerusalem. Here is the verse that will prove this to you:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; … and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, the nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9)

Chances are, if there are going to be wolves, leopards, lambs, goats, calfs, lions, and cobra snakes in this coming millennium kingdom, then there are probably going to be a lot of the other animals that God has created in the past as well. And also notice that the wild animals existing in this coming kingdom will not be wild or attacking anyone like many of them do today.

5. Will There Be Animals in the The New Heaven and New Earth?

And this now brings us to the real heart of this question.

As we all know, the final ending for us as Christians will be God the Father forming out a New Heaven and a New Earth after the 1000 year millennial reign of Jesus has ended. After that 1000 millennial reign has ended, God will then be forming out a New Heaven and New Earth, where He Himself will then be coming down upon our earth.

And when God the Father then comes down upon our earth, He will be bringing with Himself the city of the New Jerusalem which is up in heaven right now. And once He comes down upon our earth with both Himself and this new holy city, both He and Jesus will then rule our entire earth forever and ever from this New Jerusalem.

Now here is the 50 million dollar question – is God still going to have animals existing and living among us in this New Heaven and New Earth as He has since He had created our world – or will He do away with all of them, including all of the pets we have ever had while living down here on this earth?

Conclusion

1.  The Bible does not say one way or the other whether or not we will be having any animals and creatures living with us in this final chapter – the New Heaven and the New Earth. This is where we will just have to make our own speculative type of guess.

Though we do not have any specific verses definitely answering this question one way or the other, the answer may possibly be in the verses already laid down on this subject.

Consider this very carefully:

  • If God already has at least white horses living up in heaven right now
  • And if God made sure to create a wide variety of animals and creatures when He first created our world
  • And if God allowed us to keep those animals and creatures upon our earth after the fall of Adam and Eve
  • And if God is still going to allow some of these animals and creatures to be living among us in the coming 1000 year Millennium Kingdom
  • Then is it logical to assume that God will CONTINUE THIS PATTERN and allow all of these animals and creatures to continue to live with us in the coming New Heaven and New Earth?

I believe the answer to this question is a big fat yes – that God will continue this pattern and allow all kinds of these animals and creatures to still live among us.

I think the possible “tell” on all of this is the “pattern” that God has been operating on since He had created Adam and Eve and our entire world. If God started everything off with different types of animals and creatures living among us, then I believe He will end it the exact same way He started it – with all of these different kinds of animals and creatures still living among us.

2.  But will this also include all of the pets we were close to and attached to while living down here on this earth?

God obviously would have no problems in allowing all of these different kinds of animals and creatures to continue to reproduce in all of these different eras, but what about all of our pets that have already died while we were living down here on this earth?

Again, there are no specific verses answering this question directly. But if you take the above pattern that we are dealing with from God the Father in that He is allowing all kinds of different animals and creatures to continue to live among us as we go from one different era to another – will He now go one more extra step for many of us who were close to our pets, and resurrect that pet for us so we can live with that pet for all of eternity in heaven, and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth?

Again, this is just my own speculative guess, but I believe there may be a very good chance that He will do this. Why?

One, because He is our heavenly Father who has nothing but our best interests at heart and wants nothing more than to show us how much He really does love and care for all of us.

Two, the Bible says in Luke 1:37 that nothing is impossible with God. And if nothing is impossible with God, then He could easily resurrect any of our dead pets from the grave and bring them back to life in some type of spiritual, flesh-and-bone body like what we will all be given after we die and cross over.

The Bible says that flesh and “blood” cannot enter into heaven, but a new flesh-and-bone body can. When Jesus was given His brand new glorified body, it was not only a glorified, spiritual body, but it was also a physical, flesh-and-bone body, but with no blood in it. In the same way, we will all be given the same type of body Jesus has been given, a new glorified, spiritual, physical, flesh-and-bone body with no blood in it.

So who is to say that God could not do the exact same thing with any of our pets so they will be able to live with us in heaven and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth for all of eternity?

Though Jesus did not die on the cross for animals and all of these different types of creatures, God can still add them back into the mix in the new environment we will all be getting with Him. Two verses that may be telling us that even animals and all the creatures that God has made may end up living with us for all of eternity are the following two verses:

  • “… as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying; “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:’Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” (Luke 3:4-6)
  • “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” (Romans 8:20-22)

The two key words in the first verse is that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God. Do these two words also include animals as well as the human race? If this verse is to be interpreted very literally, then these two key words could also be referring to the animal kingdom as well as to the human race.

The key phrase in the second verse is “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Does the word “creation” also include all of the living animals and creatures God has ever created? If so, this verse could line up with the first verse in that all of God’s creation will see His salvation upon this earth in the coming New Heaven and New Earth Kingdom.

Two other good verses that might be showing us that God will be saving our animals are the following:

  • “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and BEAST.” (Psalm 36:6)
  • Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall ALL FLESH be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you, for perpetual generations.”

    … And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and ALL FLESH that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17)

The second verse is very interesting. This is the verse where God is telling Noah that never again will He destroy the earth by way of a flood. And not only does this include the human race, but it also incudes “every living creature” that is on our earth.

If animals were not important to God, why would He be including them in this incredible covenant He is making with all of mankind?

Also notice in the last verse with Noah that God is using the words, “all flesh,” two different times. Do those two words line up with the same two words in the verse from Luke 3:4, where it says that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God?

I think these two verses are perfectly lining up, thus giving us a very good possibility that all of God’s creation will be saved, thus giving all of the animals and living creatures eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth we will all be given by the Lord.

If there is one other verse that I would hang my hat on for the argument that our pets could possibly be resurrected for us, it would be this verse:

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

The three key words in this verse are “no good thing” will God withhold from us. And with God knowing how much we really loved and cherished some of the pets we had while living down here on this earth, I cannot help but wonder if God will want to bring some of these pets back to life for us again so He can show us how much He really does love us.

As many of you already know, animals such as dogs and cats are very, very special. The way they were created, how different they all look, how they all have different personalities, and how they all add that extra element of love and surprise into our lives.

And again, God already knew all of this before He even created us. And that is why I believe He created all of these different kinds of animals and creatures before He even created us, because He knew how much we would really love, enjoy, and appreciate some of them.

Bottom line – if God started everything off at the beginning with this kind of original design in mind, then I personally believe He is going to end it in the exact same way.

In other words, if God started everything off with us having different kinds of animals on our earth, then He will end it with us having these same kinds of animals in the New Heaven and New Earth.

And not only will we be having many of these different kinds of animals still living among us in the New Heaven and New Earth – but for all those who have had pets they were really close to in this life, I believe God will be bringing these special pets back to life for us so we can enjoy them for all of eternity – just like we will be able to enjoy the Lord, His angels, and all of our saved loved ones for all of eternity.

I believe when everything is all finally said and done, we will be made perfectly happy and whole by the Lord.

And having some of the pets we really loved while living down here on this earth will just add that much more into this picture-perfect, fairy tale ending for all of us. As such, I believe the pets we were really close to in this life will be with us for all of eternity once we all end up in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

3.  To conclude:

  • When God establishes a covenant with both man and all of the living creatures He has made in that He will never destroy them again with a flood, and then He uses the words “all flesh” in that verse to describe that this covenant is with the both man and animals
  • And then He says in Luke 3:4 that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God, those same words “all flesh” could once again be referring to both man and the animals since that is what God is directly referring to on the covenant He makes with all of us after the flood
  • And then He tops it off with the verse from Romans 8:20 in that “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Is He talking about all of the animals when He uses the words that “the creation itself” will be set free?

I think that He may well be and we thus may have three very good verses that will show us that all of the animals and living creatures God has made will also be saved and thus will have eternal life in the coming New Heaven and New Earth.

Again, all of the above is just my own personal opinion on this topic. With so many people having a real interest in this topic, I thought I would take a look at this to see if there were any clues with the verses that might possibly answer this question.

We will see what the real truth is once we all enter into heaven and the Lord aswers all of our questions and we see exactly what is on the other side.

So what are your thoughts about do animals go to heaven?

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  1. Carol - October 4, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Also Jesus was born in a manger and substituted himself as a sacrifice and died for us calling himself the lamb if God so he died for us and the animals. Also the Essenes sect back in his time were believed to be vegetarian. So this should tell us also that he died for all not just humans.

  2. Glenn - August 10, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    We are severely limiting God with our ideas that only converted humans will go to heaven, yet we have Scriptural evidence that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was also to redeem all of creation – Col. 1:19,20; Eph.1:10 and Rom.8:20.

  3. Duane Leach - July 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    right now I am in extreme agony. I just lost my dearest beloved friend. My chihuahua named tiger dog. He was born right in front of me in my home December 15th 2003. From the moment he was born I knew you was mine. created specially for me by my Lord Jesus Christ. A great love gift. A masterpiece of his love and creation. Right from the start by your love me so dearly and I looked him so dearly. For 14 and 1/2 years we were inseparable. Side by side through thick and thin. In countless wonderful times and in very difficult trying times. We help each other through. We enjoyed a very deep and intimate relationship as Papa and Critter in Christ. people newest very well everywhere we went and all the stores and shops. Me and my precious tiger dog were inseparable and very synonymous. he would sing songs with me and we love sharing Jesus together with people. I have been disabled for the past 8 years and he has been such a love and blessing. Are constant Fellowship it’s just the way it should be. I can’t tell you what put into words how much I love this dog and how much you love me. it was obvious to everyone. But a few days ago he developed and coughing and symptoms of breathing issues. he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I cannot describe the pain and fear that entered my heart. But he was on medication so we were hopeful. Then the night before last I stayed up all night with him. he was having breathing problems. Early yesterday morning I rushed him to the pet emergency hospital. he crawled up on my stomach as I was driving him. Just as we arrived, he looked up at me with his beautiful precious brown eyes. Then fell limp. the emergency Personnel ran out and grabbed him and took him inside. And vigorously administered life-saving procedures. But it was too late. he had died in my arms. Overwhelming grief, fear, horrible sadness ripped my soul, heart, and spirit. It can’t be fully expressed with words how horrible this is for me. 14 1/2 wonderful years with my precious beloved tiger dog to so quickly and unexpectedly come to an end. I am helpless and grieve and agony. Everyone in town and in stores and shops who saw me yesterday cried and we talked with me. My dear friends gather around me and feel the pain and Cry as well. Tiger and I were so so very close. My head is spinning. Please please pray for me. that the Lord Jesus and our heavenly Father grant me Grace and comfort my soul and heart and spirit. Thank you. I love you my tiger dog. And I do hold on to the hope that Jesus will reunite us in the Kingdom for eternity. Praise and glory to our precious Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks for your prayers everyone. From Pastor Duane and Tiger Dog Leach. In Jesus name amen

    • Rebecca Minton - September 25, 2018 at 8:42 am

      I am so sorry for your loss. I am experiencing the same agony of loss having to decide not to wake my precious Leopold from Exploratory Surgery to see what mass was discovered on his belly. One of the worst days of my life. I cannot stop crying, there is a huge hole in my heart and spirit right now. I am praying for God to give me the comfort and strength to trust in Him and His timing. I believe our babies are in His hands now and will be waiting for us when we arrive!

    • Marilyn Simmons - November 20, 2018 at 3:51 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I just lost my little Chawinnie,Seetpea. She was only 3 and a half years old. She was hit by a car when she went looking for me. My heart is broken. She was my constant friend and companion.i loved her and her me. I pray that our gracious and loving Father does give us our loving pets in heaven. He created her, so why wouldn’t He.

  4. Dee Dee Bullock - June 2, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I have no doubt whatsoever that each animal that was/is in my life was put there by the hand of my Lord. Times when I wasn’t even looking or even thought I wanted to be pet free, He had other designs. I believe He puts our pets in our lives not because we may want them but because He knows we NEED them. They teach us how to love unconditionally. They teach us compassion. They teach us how to care about and respect other living beings. And in so doing, they help to teach us how to be a better person. Even the creatures of the wild were put here for our enjoyment. Every time I see a butterfly, a hummingbird, or hear the cooings of a morning dove I can hear my Father say to me, “Do you like that? I did that for you.” And since He loves me enough to do that for me here on earth, why would He withhold it in heaven?

  5. Romy Catbagan - April 26, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I think our pets will go to heaven. Their souls and body are more in tuned with the other side because they can see what we cannot. Their attachments to this world is only to their owner/master. Their wants are few. They are always loyal and will stand by their master regardless of circumstances. I have seen homeless people with dogs and I bet these dogs will stand by their master regardless of the dire circumstances they are in. They easily forgive and will love us unconditionally. They are always ready to leave this world and face God who had breathe life into them. Are we?

  6. Missing Jax... - March 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I just lost my beloved dog of almost 14 years. I hate to admit it, but the scriptures say that nothing will enter into heaven that defiles. Our pets are not regenerated. They would bite others and be aggressive with other animals. God can’t break His own principles. If our pets can’t be in heaven, don’t worry, we will not MISS them. Neither will we MISS friends and family that did not make it, either. God promises to wipe every tear from our eye. So, we will not grieve any earthly losses there. But I hope I’m wrong, and somehow they will be there…:(

    • Chell - July 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; … and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, the nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9) God will make these things new…and they will not defile…and if He does it with the wild animals, He can do it with our beloved pets also! 🙂

    • Kenny - December 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

      I lost my little Lady a few days ago and I do believe she will be in heaven. Animals did not bite or kill until man sinned. Animals do not have to seek salvation because they did not fall, mankind fell. Mankind is the reason the animals suffered. God created animals before man, we need animals, they really don’t need us, as they would be better off without us for the most part. God put the animals under our care, man caused animals to suffer death, not the other way around. God will give those of us who are saved incorruptible bodies at the resurrection, and I think he will do the same for animals. God has always spared the animals through history, and I think possibly that they mean more to God than what people think. My dog loved me unconditionally, through thick and thin, nothing could change that, there is not one person on the face of the earth, that loves like a pet does.

  7. Brenda Hulslander - February 25, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Also it is written in the Bible….that whatever we lose on Earth…..we shall have it back in Heaven. I feel that means our pets…our loved ones and possible our lost limbs (arms..legs,etc.)So enjoyed your writings on the question of our pets being in Heaven. I believe God will bring them back to us. He loves us that much.

  8. George - February 5, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Very accurate article, animals do have souls and spirits thats why they are with us on this planet. Its common sense, god has already a contract with animals prior to humans. Animals cant read the bible but they know a god.
    Heaven would be boring without animals. Even earth would be boring without animals. Animals are Gods pets on earth.
    George

  9. Mark - February 3, 2018 at 2:31 am

    You forgot to state that God in the beginning created ALL life to live forever, death passed on creation because of the fall of man but the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
    What is death? Literally, the separation of the body (flesh) from the spirit, and separation of man from God.
    Everything God has made will be restored According to scripture, ALL of creation.

  10. Kirk Williams - January 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I just lost the sweetest dog I’ve ever known (her name was Rosie) a few days ago so, admittedly, I’m pretty raw emotionally. However, as I’ve thought about her and how much I miss and desperately want to be reunited with her (and for also with other pets I’ve lost in the past), I have to admit that I don’t know if I will see her again or not. I do know that I have a loving Savior who will, without doubt, satisfy me beyond imagination and certainly has the power to ordain such a reunion if he so chooses. I also wonder about the profundity contained in Colossians 1:15 – 23

    15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

    Paul seems to put the salvation and sanctification of believers within the context of all of creation being reconciled to God by the blood of Christ. Is it possible (and this is TOTALLY conjecture on my part) that animals are affected by sin’s curse on this world but are not alienated from God like unrepentant people are? Animals are amoral creatures without the ability to make right/wrong decisions. They did not sin against God; human beings did. Also, throughout Scripture God is clearly shown to be a God of life. He preference is always for life, not death. Honestly, as I’ve typed this it raises even more questions for me but the bottom line is this: Do I believe God is good? The answer to that is YES! So then, reunited with pets or not, I can rest in His goodness even though I am sad and grieving over the loss of Rosie.

  11. Robert - October 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    The Holy Orthodox Church has never to my knowledge dogmatized the ultimate fate of corporeal non-human creatures since they are guiltless before their Creator. She has rightly so been preoccupied with the salvation of human beings who will give account before God for every idle word they have spoken.

    And since animals have no guilt, even though they commit acts that were never intended by God, they either pass out of existence OR they are restored and refashioned with a *new* body as befits their nature for existence in the New Creation.

    Some argue that our souls were made immortal when God breathed into man’s nostrils while those of the animals are not.

    But ONLY GOD is immortal (I Timothy 6:16); every created being, man included, exists only by the energies and grace of the Most Holy Trinity (Acts: 17:28).

    “Instead of remaining in the state in which God had created them, they were in process of becoming corrupted entirely, and death had them completely under its dominion. For the transgression of the commandment was making them turn back again according to their nature; and as they had at the beginning come into being out of non-existence, so were they now on the way to returning, through corruption, to non-existence again.

    The presence and love of the Word had called them into being; inevitably, therefore when they lost the knowledge of God, they lost existence with it; for it is God alone Who exists, evil is non-being, the negation and antithesis of good. By nature, of course, man is mortal, since he was made from nothing; but he bears also the Likeness of Him Who is, and if he preserves that Likeness through constant contemplation, then his nature is deprived of its power and he remains incorrupt.”

    (St. Athanasius the Great: On the Incarnation: Chapter I, S.4, vv. 6 – 10.)

    “The teaching that the human soul is naturally immortal is from the devil.”

    (St. Irenaeus of Lyon: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching, III, 20.1)

    None of us possess an intrinsically “immortal” soul that is able to exist apart from the energies of God.

    And while the Church has rightly discerned the will of God that human souls will continue to exist after physical death, she has never, to my knowledge, stated dogmatically concerning the continuing existence of the souls of corporeal non-human creatures after their physical death. (Angels are incorporeal non-human creatures.)

    St. Irenaeus of Lyon hinted at the resurrection of animals in his work Against Heresies, a text of the very earliest times (late 2nd Century):

    “… nevertheless in the resurrection of the just [the words shall also apply] to those animals mentioned. For God is rich in all things. And it is right that when the creation is restored, all the animals should obey and be in subjection to man, and revert to the food originally given by God (for they had been originally subjected in obedience to Adam), that is, the productions of the earth.”

    (St. Irenaeus of Lyon: Against Heresies: Book V, chapter 33, v. 4)

    If a sinner such as I can weep at the death of a faithful and loving dog, then surely from what we know of the character of Christ – He must love them even more. And since He never intended death for ANY part of His creation (Wisdom 1:13), and His Father notices the death of each and every tiny bird, and both Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition clearly imply that there will be animals in the New Creation, why then would He not restore those guiltless creatures who never turned against Him, but suffer corruption and death due to the self-willed rebellion of man?

    Robert (Athanasius)

  12. Steve Seaman - September 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I read this article and found many holes in this theory and misuse of the scripture. We should never isolate scripture or misapply it to fit our wants and needs. Instead we should conform our minds ,hearts and lives to the scripture. With that being said I do not believe that our beloved pets will be with us in heaven. Nice thought, but no scripture teaches that directly or by inference.

    • Leanne Lewis - April 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Would you please give more details as to where you find the holes and how you think the scriptures were misused? Thanks.

    • Janice - March 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      God is bigger than the the scriptures. There are things that Jesus did, miracles that are not all written. One of the disciples said this. I can’t believe that all there is to God is contained in the Bible. God is bigger than that and God is love. He is the creator and author of life and cannot be contained in one book. He is infinite and nothing is impossible for Him. Have hope that there is much more. It is said eye has not seen and ear has not heard what God has waiting for those who love Him.

  13. David - October 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

    OF COURSE our beloved pets go to Heaven! Why would a Loving God NOT allow them to? They are blameless and without sin. Why would there be only other certain animals allowed into Heaven and not the beloved ones we knew as faithful and loving companions on Earth? I believe Jesus CHERISHES the unconditional love our pets have for us and that we return to them. Who is a mere mortal, theologian or not, to declare that someone’s pet did not go to Heaven? In my opinion to claim something like that is detestable and cruel. Do you think Jesus embraces cruelty? NO, He hates it!

    The naysayers will get their answer when those of them who DO make it to Heaven see people blissfully reunited with their loving pets. Again, WHY would a Loving God NOT allow our pets and the unconditional love we shared with them on Earth to continue into The Eternity? How can the answer be anything other than, “He certainly will!” I have no doubt that our pets, when they pass on, pass over into Warmth, Love, Happieness, Bliss and ETERNAL LIFE with Jesus and with those who have passed before them into Heaven.

    And AGAIN – for emphasis – and for what by any measure of mercy or reason seems to be simply obvious and true – WHY would a Loving God NOT allow our precious and cherished pets to be with us into Heavenly Eternity!!?

  14. Tammy - November 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for this great article. I’ve always felt like my pets and other animals will go to heaven, but I found this page to be wonderfully uplifting and encouraging.

  15. Carla - June 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I just lost my bassett hound of 11 years to cancer. It was sudden and with no warning. I have greived so much over the past 2 days I felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest….. somedays I just felt like I was going to die too. Animals are a part of our family, they give us so much joy and unconditional love, I have to believe they will be there with us in Heaven, otherwise, I don’t think I could stand it. It was hard enough putting him in the cold hard ground, but I cant fathom leaving him behind here on this decaying earth, it’s just too hard to contemplate. Surely God would allow us to have our blessed pets with us in heaven, they may not have soul and cant understand salvation but I KNOW they have a spirit and feelings just like we do.Tthey are innocent beings that know no sin. God loves us and wants us to be happy and so I have to believe he will allow our animals into heaven to meet us when its our time to go.

  16. Paul Stanton - May 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Here are some places in the Bible (look them up for yourself)
    that seem to make a pretty strong case that they do:
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    OLD TESTAMENT

    Ecclesiastes:

    3:18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men,
    God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.”

    3:19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals;
    one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely,
    they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

    (The Hebrew word, translated into “breath”, is “ruach”… it means SPIRIT in Hebrew…
    in fact, “ruach” is translated “Sprit” in English 2 verses later in Ecclesiastes 3:21)

    (Where it says: “man has no advantage over animals”…
    Surely, an immortal sprit that allows us to go to Heaven,
    would be an “advantage” wouldn’t it?
    Yet, it says man has NO advantage over animals!

    3:20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.

    ———————————————

    Exodus:

    11:5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die,
    from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne,
    even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind
    the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.

    12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year.
    You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

    (The “lamb” is the symbol for JESUS)

    12:7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two
    doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.

    12:12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night,
    and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast;
    and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

    12:13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are.
    And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague
    shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

    (The blood of JESUS not only saved the firstborn
    People but ALSO their firstborn ANIMALS too)

    —————————————–

    Numbers:

    20:8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.
    Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water;
    thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock,
    and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”

    20:11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod;
    and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

    (The ROCK is a symbol for JESUS and the ANIMALS also drink His saving water)

    ————————————–

    Psalms:

    36:6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
    Your judgments are a great deep;
    O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

    (The word translated into “Preserve” in the English is “yâsha‛” in the Hebrew…
    It means: deliver (-er), rescue, bring (having) salvation, save)

    —————————————

    NEW TESTAMENT

    Acts:

    10:11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound
    at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
    10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth,
    wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.

    (Heaven opened up and their were ANIMALS there)

    ————————————

    Romans:

    8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits
    for the revealing of the sons of God.

    8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,
    but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

    8:21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage
    of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

    8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans
    and labors with birth pangs together until now.

    (Not only will we be delivered, but also the creation itself…
    And that includes ANIMALS)

    —————————————-

    Above are just a few of my favorite passages about Animals in the Bible and
    why I personally believe that as Christians, saved by the Blood of Jesus, our Animals/Pets that we have here on Earth will one day be with us in Heaven.

  17. Leslie - April 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    There is another scripture verse worth looking at in the book of Zechariah. It refers to the New Jerusalem. Depending on your version it says Zechariah 2:3-5 ” Then the angel who was speaking to me left, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and animals (livestock) in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it”, declares the Lord, “and I will be its glory within”.

  18. Heejung - April 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I think this page has convinced me that my beloved pets, and the birds that lived in our yard (Who were like pets; we fed them every day and visited with them) will be there in heaven with me when Jesus takes me home.
    I thought of this one verse while reading this page, and it’s Matthew 10:29-31. I use the NIVUK. It says this: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”. Although it says that we are worth more than the animals, it DOES say that the Father cares about them, too. And why would He care about them if they were just to return to dust, and have no consciousness, no farther life, no memory of what He had done for them? IMHO, this convinced me also that our beloved pets will be in heaven.

  19. Mary - January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I personally believe as well that our pets will be in heaven; however, the verse quoted above “•And then He says in Luke 3:4 that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God, those same words “all flesh” could once again be referring to both man and the animals since that is what God is directly referring to on the covenant He makes with all of us after the flood,” has me a bit confused as some bible verses do.

    Here this verse in Luke says ALL FLESH…what about those with flesh that DO NOT BELIEVE? Where does that leave them? All Flesh means All flesh so does that mean those who do not believe ARE also going to see salvation? These types of verses confuse me to death! If you could please elaborate, I’d surely appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Mike Bradley - January 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Mary,

      When the Bible says “all flesh” as far as humans are concerned, it is those that are saved and born again through Jesus. As we know, unbelievers will not be saved so they are not included in this verse.

      Mike

  20. Michael Christian - December 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Michael, great website. There might be a verse that describes animals in heaven in addition to horses. Revelation 5:13. “every creature which is in heaven.” What do you think? Blessings, Mike

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