Will there be animals in heaven? Will my pets be in Heaven? Will my pets go in the Rapture, and if they don’t, what will happen to them? If you’ve been around Christians long enough, these questions will and do come up. They are not meant to be taken lightly, nor should they be. Humans have strong bonds and emotional attachments to animals; animals, our pets, our work companions, are a part of our lives, and most of us believe gifts of God. When we have a pet pass on, or a pet growing old, we begin to contemplate these issues.
First, there is no Biblical evidence decidedly for or against our pets being resurrected or taken to Heaven. It disturbs me when I see someone pronounce a definite decision either way. In this post, I’m going to talk about my opinion, but first a clarification on the issue. When people ask me, or ask this question on a message board, “What about my pets?” I have one question to ask back that will supersede all others; “Do you trust God?” That’s the real issue, do you trust Him? If you can answer that question, the animal questions are covered. If you can (and you should) answer “Yes, I trust Him completely,” then you can totally 100% rest your heart about your animals, no matter what happens.
Second, I do think there is Biblical evidence of animals in Heaven. After all, the army of the Lord rides down on horses, do we not? So either there is indeed a Heavenly stable, or they are conjured for us between Heaven and Earth. Heaven is beyond our ken; 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
We also know that animals are precious in God’s sight; He sees every little sparrow that falls, and values them, though He values humans more, as we are made in His image. We know that living animals have nephesh or a soul, though theirs are different than ours. We know that love and loyalty are wonderful things, also gifts of God, and what allows us to show both love and loyalty better than our pets? Adam was put in the garden to tend it, and was responsible for naming the very animals. We have a connection to the furballs/hairballs that cannot be denied. Our ancestor Noah, under God’s direction, help, and guidance, built the ark that carried their ancestors to safety, we are assuredly connected. For a glimpse at the deeper side of animals, make sure to read the story of Balaam’s Ass in Numbers chapter 22, I’m sure many times they are quicker to catch on to Spiritual things than we are…
It is also possible that they will be resurrected during the Millennial Kingdom; we know for a fact animals will be on the Earth at that point, living peaceably side-by-side. Or, it is possible that our pets will be made new when the Heavens and the Earth are made new; after all, He did say He was reconciling all of creation to Himself, and was going to make all things new.
In my family, our animals (we’re a dog family) are a part of our family. I’ve cried tears onto their fur while mourning loss, or guilt for something I’d done. I’ve cried tears without them after they’d died. I’ve laughed at their antics and my life has been made richer for them; they’ve reminded me of how God is master of creation, and a God of love, life, and joy. Do I think we’ll be seeing them again? Yes, but I’m not going to pretend to know for sure. But, I do know for Truth and for Fact that I can trust God to deal with my pets, and yours, completely Righteously, Mercifully, and with Love for them and us.
Perhaps a fitting question to end this post would be, “Will your pets be seeing you in Heaven or on the new Earth?” Never forget that we need our Shepherd, to believe on Him, to have faith in Him, for we are but “sheep” gone astray. And, our relationship with Him is what takes center stage.
Trust God, have faith in Him, fear not, everything will turn out just as it is meant to.
“Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail,” –Martin Luther