I have often been asked if there will be animals in heaven. If you have ever had an animal that you loved dearly, be it a dog, a cat, a horse, a rabbit or a bird perhaps that same thought has crossed your mind. Let us examine the facts or evidence.
There is no doubt that animals have existed as companions to mankind since the very beginning of creation. Man was given dominion over all the animals on land, over the birds of the air and over all creatures in the waters. How has man conducted himself in his treatment of animals? Not very well if you look at his overall treatment toward animals over the centuries. Unfortunately horses were not only used as beasts of burden and for transportation but were also used as weapons of war. The horses were outfitted with armour, often with projecting knives or spears to impale the enemy. Of course it didn’t take the opposing forces long to figure out that a rider without a horse was at a great disadvantage. This made the horse an object of their attack. I would imagine that over the centuries millions of horses have been slain on the battlefields.
Those were barbaric times you say? Let’s look at the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Horses are still used in war all over the world and many countries have a police force who use horses to control riots and for any reason that helps them in the performance of their duties. What about the food you eat? Are you a meat-eater? It has often been reported that many slaughter-houses use methods that are just as vicious and barbaric as during wartime.
What has all this to do with the question of are there animals in heaven? Before giving you a direct answer to that question let me first make reference to the Holy Bible where we find numerous references to sacrifices made during religious ceremonies. The poor common people sacrificed doves, quail, turtle-dove and the wealthier people sacrificed a goat, a bullock, a ram, sheep or a lamb. The one animal which was regarded as the most innocent was the lamb. When sacrificed at the altar it had to be a young and unblemished lamb without spot. The young unblemished lamb was representative of our coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus, who was to be sacrificed even as the lamb was.
Now we have the lamb who was sacrificed as an atonement for sin until the real ‘lamb’ the Lord Jesus, our Messiah, came and was made the final sacrifice for all sin for all time. Jesus as the perfect lamb atoned for our sin. I believe that the lamb’s death could very well also be representative of all animals who over the centuries have suffered at the hands of mankind. While this thought is my own, it seems valid enough. Just as God is no respecter of persons it may also be true that He feels the same about all of His beautiful animal creations. Innocent of any sin yet they were sacrificed. But where does it say in the scripture that animals are in heaven or will be in heaven? In Revelation 19:14 we find these words, “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean”. In another scripture, 2 Kings 2:11 as Elijah and Elisha were speaking, chariots of fire appeared pulled by horses of fire which separated them and took Elijah up into the heavens. If there are horses in heaven why not other animals? Does it not say that the lion will lie down with the lamb? I believe that God who made such beautiful creatures has a place for them in heaven just as He has reserved a place in heaven for those of us who love Him and call Him Lord. Remember, heaven will eventually be here on planet earth. Our loving God is a creator…not a destroyer.
And that is
As I See It.