Will I See My Pet Again in Heaven?

Losing a pet is a horrible experience. Almost all of us who have lost a pet would like to know if we will ever see them again in the afterlife. There are books and articles out there with people giving their opinion on this matter both pro and con as well as undecided, but I have found no one who seems to have a revelation from God on this matter. I just lost my cat that was killed by a dog that came from far away. She was only two years old and it has devastated me. She was a great comforter in my life, and as a result of this I have been searching the scripture to get an answer to the question, “Will I see my pet again in heaven?”

Most of those who argue animals will not be with us in the afterlife take the position that animals have no souls. Let us see what the scripture says. In Revelation 16:3, the Bible says, “And the second angel poured out his vial on the sea…and every living soul died in the sea.” This is referring to all the fish and other sea creatures living in the sea and the Greek word for soul used in this verse is “psuche.” In Matthew 10:28, Jesus is talking to men but says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Greek word for soul here is also, “psuche.” Looking at these two scriptures together tells me animals have souls. Also, man and creature can kill the body, but they cannot harm the soul. The soul continues to exist. Even here where it talks about God being able to destroy the soul; it is clear here that destroying the soul simply means those souls God destroys are not destroyed per se, but are placed into hell for eternity. These people are still alive. They still exist. Jesus described two places people went to in the afterlife in Luke 16:19-31. One was called Abraham’s bosom where the righteous before God were sent, and the other was called hell.  One of those in hell calls out to Abraham to cool his tongue because he was tormented in the flames, but Abraham replies, “Son, remember that you in your lifetime received good things and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And besides this, there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from where you are.”

In Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, Solomon says, “For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them. As the one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above a beast: because all is vanity. All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?” The same Hebrew word, “ruach” is used for both here. Solomon clearly tells us that beasts have souls. He adds information that there spirits go to a different location than man’s spirits after death, but we know man’s spirit continues to exist and live, so the same must be for animals. Do not let these verses distress you over the animals’ spirits going to a different location. All men must face a judgment to determine where they will spend eternity or rewards they will receive. The righteous will go before Jesus to determine what rewards they will receive for what works they have done on earth, and the rest will appear before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, where all will be found guilty and be cast into the Lake of Fire. You can say the spirits of  people are held in a place to await the determination of their fate. Animals fates are already predetermined as will next be explained.

When Adam walked in the Garden of Eden before the fall, he was a perfect man as were all the beasts. None had a fallen nature. However, Adam sinned and his nature fell. He received a sin nature and all the animals with him. Animals did not eat meat before and they will not in the future as described by Isaiah in Isaiah 11:6-9; “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw as the ox…they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.” This description puts man and beast together in the afterlife. They live together and there is no death or killing. The meat eaters like the lion are eating straw. The description we have here of the animals is one where they no longer have a fallen nature as the righteous will not in the afterlife. How is it that it will be like this?

Man was given a choice to obey God or disobey him. Animals were not given a choice. The fall of Adam who was the ruler of all these animals in the Garden of Eden affected the animals’ fate. They suffered the same consequences as Adam. When Jesus came and died on the cross, it follows that with a change in our fate, the animals’ fates would likewise change. You can say their fate has always been determined by ours. When we received salvation through Jesus’ resurrection, the animals also received the same salvation. They were never guilty of sin, but were as we, ruled by a sin nature that caused them to do things they would never have done in the Garden of Eden. When we became innocent before God, then they became innocent before God. They follow us into eternity to a place where there will be no more suffering or death, because after all, they were never guilty of disobeying God. They are also innocent before God since we who accept Jesus as our savior became innocent before God. Their spirits are here in the earth waiting to be reunited with their new body that will never die again. The spirits of our animals are not going to stay in limbo forever. God would never do such a thing to create a spirit that lies in limbo forever. All spirits must go somewhere and be reunited with their bodies. Our bodies will be resurrected and become a new indestructible body.

So, do not worry about your animal’s future. You will see your pet again if you are born again. I have heard of people who died and came back to life who said they saw their pet in heaven; so rejoice! We have the same compassion God has. Our compassion springs from God. If we unselfishly want something out of pure love; that comes from God. We know out of pure love for our pets, we want to see them again. There is no selfishness there. I would have given my life for my cat and the other pets I have had. If we have such an unselfish desire to see our pets again, then God who is the initiator of  all our righteous desires most certainly wants to bring them back to be with us again.


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