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Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?

All of our pets had their own unique personalities just like people.  So, how could they just evaporate into oblivion after they died?  Maybe you have also wondered, “Do our pets go to heaven?”

Well, being a student of the Book of Revelation for 35 years, my first thoughts went to this last book of the Bible. There we can read the Lord Jesus sits upon a white horse (not a unicorn or a Pegasus) and returns to earth along with his cavalry. That be us, the believers. (Revelation 19:8)

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:11-14)

Then going back to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we can read one of Adam’s first responsibilities was to give the animals names.  And, like Adam, we give our pets names; and what do you know, they know their names.  This fact is further evidence that the creation story is true.

Did you ever notice, pets know more than just their names, as our pups did, even abbreviations for their names, other pet names, and words of interest; like, squirrel, treat, cookie, and ball.  The word look also got their attention, whether we were pointing out something to them, or incidentally used the word.  And, of course, we all learn to communicate with our pets, rightly interpreting their moods and desires.  Elmo, our German Shorthair Pointer,  without being taught to strike a bird dog’s pose on three legs with his nose pointing at an object of interest, did so if his ball was under an obstruction, or his water bowl was empty.  And, boy, could he point to his ball until I fetched it for him!

Perhaps you are a protective parent with your pets like many of us?  When we took Elmo to his new veterinarian for the first time, the doc asked me jokingly (though I didn’t take it as a joke), “What’s he good for?”  Defensively I parried, “Well, he’s a good watch dog.” And that he was, with the longest canines I ever saw, though he was all bark and no bite.  (Website memorials for some of our pets: Elmo: The Dog that Licked My Sores,  Moses: My Little Doggy Boy, and  Eppi: Best Kitty in the World)

Back in Genesis, we can read that the first animal that talked was the serpent, either possessed by Satan or his willing agent.  As matter of fact, if it was literally a talking snake, it may indicate man had intimate communication with the critters like God.  But today, if we do not have such a personal rapport, their every sound still has significance.

“There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” (1 Corinthians 14:10)

“The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.” (Psalm 104:21)

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.(Revelation 19:17-18)

And sometimes animals have more sense than people.

“The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” (Isaiah 1:3)

Another example of animal intelligence is the donkey that saw an armed angel of the Lord blocking him and his rider twice from going down a certain path.  The rider, Balaam, did not see the angel who was positioned to kill him for disobedience, and subsequently, the ass saved Balaam’s bacon by avoiding the angel.  Immediately afterwards, Balaam beat the donkey for not going forward, but the smart ass donkey had to verbally rebuke the dumb ass man about the unwarranted thrashing. (Numbers Chapter 22)

Also, in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 4, there are references to the four beasts in the midst of the throne of God, which look like a lion, a calf, a man, and an eagle.  Perhaps these are the chief angels and different types of messengers serving God.  Interestingly, all four are depicted as warm-blooded creatures; not cold-blooded reptiles, bugs, fish, bacteria, or viruses.

There is also the parable of a poor man that had nothing “save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.”  (II Samuel 12)  How many of us can relate to this?  Anyway, his rich neighbor had out-of-town guests show up, and was so cheap and dishonest, he took the poor man’s lamb and butchered it for his barbeque.  Well, when David the king heard this story from God’s prophet, he rightly condemned the rich man’s actions.  So, the question must be begged, “Didn’t God give the lamb to the poor man to love and adore, even as his own family?”  I say, “Yep.” How about your pets?  Were they a gift from God like a child, a sister, or brother, or friend?  And if they are meant to be a pleasure to the Lord, they are meant to be a pleasure to you as well.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  (Revelation 4:11)

Even the lowly and wild sparrow, unattached to a person, has an eternal place in the heart of God.

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” (Luke 12:6)

Now, in regards to the equestrian quartet, also known as, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:  If their mounts are in and of themselves evil, I know not.  But maybe some animals are destined for evil purposes or on the table for your dinner, while others are to be your pets, like the man whose lamb was as his daughter.

My wife had a revelation on this matter as I was wondering why we eat some animals, and others are family, like her pet longhorn cattle vs. the main ingredient in a Big Mac.  She deduced, as some people are predestined to be the sons of God, others are predestined to be the sons of perdition.  (Hey, how about those predestined deviled hams in Mark Chapter 5 that stampeded over the cliff into the Sea of Galilee and committed sooeycide?)  Likewise, some horses are used for man’s malicious schemes and others for his pastoral pleasures.  And even people, as we know, can be predestined to be the pawns of the devil, as Pharaoh and Judas Iscariot, and others to be the sons of God.

For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee [Pharaoh] and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.  And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exodus 9:15-16)

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot]; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” (John 17:12)

So, do our pets go to heaven?  If they do or if they don’t, there is this encouragement and guarantee…

“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

Lord, Thank you for Buttons, Pretty Boy I and Pretty Boy II, Candy, Joshua, Pierre, Lolita, Jezebel, Emily, Spike, Goldie, Kitty, Charity, Eppi, Elmo, Juneau, Billie, Tommy, Buddy, Little Bit and Mo.  Amen.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen