Are There Dogs In Heaven?

“You will make known to me the way of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
Psalm 16:11 (NASB)

“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fattened steer will be together; And a little boy will lead them.”
Isaiah 11:6 (NASB)

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:3-4 (NASB)

I recall the scene as though it was yesterday. In fact, the situation occurred 40 years ago. I was in the oncology ward of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. The patient I was visiting was a terminally ill boy who was 11 years old. He and his mother lived north and east of Toronto. His mother had to work during the week so she was only able to visit on weekends. I made my visits on Wednesdays, so he saw a well-known and caring adult twice a week.

He knew he would only leave the hospital when he went to heaven. We had several conversations about heaven, and he seemed at peace concerning dying. During one of our conversations about heaven he casually asked, “Mr. Rumford are there dogs in heaven?” I knew he was missing his dog very much and I responded, “Yes, Billy there are dogs in heaven.” Billy was searching for information about heaven that would bring him comfort and confidence as he looked beyond his life in this world.

Heaven is described as being populated with animals in numerous places in the Bible. Heaven is the new garden of Eden fully restored from the curse pronounced by God (Genesis 3). All sorrow and suffering of any sort will be banished from our presence and joy unspeakable will abound.

For mature believers the cause of our most exquisite joy and celebration will be to see the One Who loved us and gave Himself for us. We will be overjoyed to listen to Him speak. We will delight to see the scars of His crucifixion, and with mournful joy we will sing of His undying love for us.

Is this your great hope my reader? Can you say that your future is as bright as the promises of God? Do you long for heaven and wish Jesus would come quickly? Or are you hesitant? Today is the day for you and me to bow before the resurrected One and confess, “My Lord and my God.”

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