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Dogs Go To Heaven, Revelation 5:13

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The day that Buddy dies will be an awful day for me and my family as, the longer he lives with us, the more personality he exhibits as he increasingly relaxes around us. He is the most vocal dog we’ve ever had and is quite clear when he wants something. Naturally, I love the ecstatic joy of greeting Buddy gives me when I return home, even from a short trip.

This wasn’t what I originally planned to write about tonight, but close friends lost their dog unexpectedly last Friday. Poppy, an adopted dog, was older than they had been told by the dog pound and had to be put to sleep for liver cancer. I grieve for them as I understand how much they cared for Poppy. She was a very friendly and loving dog.

Although I will greatly miss Buddy one day, if I don’t precede him in death, I truly believe that he will go to Heaven and join my greatly missed grandmother Vera and beloved Buster (my other Silky terrier pal).

What I can never understand are Christians who delight in telling others that animals absolutely do not go to Heaven. Firstly, I don’t understand why they get pleasure out of discouraging grieving people instead of being silent and keeping it to themselves. But, secondly, why they believe so emphatically that God doesn’t care about animals or love them. So many Christians seem to believe that you can care about people or animals, but not both.

Odd, as God created all animal life and called it “good” (Genesis 1:20-25).

When God flooded the earth, He saved not just Noah and his family, but also “every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you…” (Genesis 6:19). God filled the earth, not just once, but twice with animals. He also made his rainbow covenant promise not to destroy the earth again with a flood not only with humanity, but also with animals too (Genesis 9:11-16).

The prophet Isaiah pictures animals in harmony with humankind and each other in the Millenniel Kingdom. In fact, animals are a key feature of this thousand year reign of Jesus after Armageddon.

“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 fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together. And the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra…They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”–Isaiah 11:6-9

When Jesus is pictured in Heaven he sits on “a white horse” (Revelation 19:11). He also enters Jerusalem upon a donkey’s colt on His final journey toward the Crucifixion (John 12:15).

Authors Gary Kurz and Niki Behrikis Shanahan have ministries from a Biblical perspective comforting people who have lost their pets. I consulted their books in 2009 when my best pal Buster died. They point out that when Jesus went into the wilderness to fast for forty days before his temptation by Satan, “He was with the wild beasts…” This was mentioned only in the book of Mark, but this apostle liked to point out how powerful Jesus was, so he might naturally be thinking about the company the Lord kept while he shunned human companionship.

Just a few examples, but clearly our Lord and Savior has no aversion to animals.

There are quite a few new books on pets and Heaven listed online with far more detail than what I’ve covered above, but the below verse is one I treasure. It shows animals in Heaven praising God:

“And EVERY created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him Who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”–Apostle John, vision of Heaven, Revelation 5:13 (Emphasis on EVERY is mine.)

If this verse only applied to humans, it would say “every man and woman” or “humanity”, not “every created thing.”

I can just picture oinks and meows and chirps and quacks and heehaws and roars and…a myriad creatures singing in perfect harmony with their diverse voices, just like a symphony with brass horns and violins and drums and harps, creating one lovely melody in praise of God.

And the barks of dogs, of course.

Love from Dawn and Buddy

PS. I miss you Buster. You were my soulmate dog. I’ll see you again one day. For now, you’re keeping Grandma and her beloved pets company, along with my other past pals (Louie and Penny and Peaches and Rambo and Gumby and Pokie and Spunky and Skippy and Squeaky and…)

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God loves animals–and He loves you and wants a relationship with you. He wants to be Your Heavenly Father, advising you on the best way to live. But as long as you insist on deciding what is right and wrong for yourself, you cannot fellowship with Him. He wants to be your Lord. Are you ready to give your life and commit to Him so that you can stand in Heaven one day, listening to the symphony of animals praising God, “blameless with great joy” (Jude 1:24)? If so, please pray the following:

Lord Father, I acknowledge that I’ve offended You by my sin. I want to change. I confess that Jesus is the Lord, God in the flesh, who died for the punishment of my sin in my place and was resurrected to give me eternal life. Please forgive my sin and enter into my life. Be my Lord and Great Shepherd. I want to follow You. Make me a new creation through the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to understand how much You love me and care about me. Be my life, my Helper, and my strength. In the mighty name of Jesus, the name above all names. Amen.

If you said this prayer, congratulations for entering God’s kingdom. Please find a Bible believing church and an accurate translation of the Bible so that you can grow in an understanding of your salvation and who God is, not what the mainstream media or Hollywood says He is. See you upstairs.

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God’s Compassion, Ezekiel 18:32

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Anyone who knows me knows that I adore my little Silky terrier, Buddy. He has a unique and spunky personality and I’d miss him terribly if anything ever happened to him. I don’t love him because he’s perfect, but because he’s my pal.

Do you ever consider that God would miss you terribly if you didn’t go to Heaven after you died?

There is a mistaken idea that the New Testament God is kind and compassionate, but that the Old Testament God is cruel and uncaring. But that’s not true.

“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”–Ezekiel 18:32 (Old Testament)

Because God is perfectly holy and cannot tolerate evil, He won’t permit us to enter Heaven because we’ll mess it up, just as we’ve messed up earth. Just listen to the news every day: Do you want that in Heaven?

However, He found a way to fellowship with unholy people by sending Jesus to die for our sins.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”–John 3:16-17 (New Testament)

God the Father has no desire to see us perish eternally. He wants us to be with Him. If we are willing to humble ourselves–forsake our pride and admit that we have fallen short of His holy standards–He covers our sin with the blood of Jesus and no longer sees it.

“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”–Psalm 103:12 (Old Testament)

God the Father loves you. And so does Jesus. He suffered a terrible death to pay for your sins. And the Holy Spirit loves you too and will live within you and help “guide (you) in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.”–Psalm 23:3b

All you have to do is believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, admit you’re a sinner and cannot meet God’s righteous standards, and ask Him to forgive you and enter into your heart.

And He’ll do it immediately because He loves you and wants you to be with him–for eternity.

When An Evil Man Dies: Ezekiel 18:32

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Discussing the topic of death, I didn’t want to utilize a picture of my beloved Buddy. This photo is of the moon peering through our cloudy, Northwest sky.

It’s ironic that an anti-capitalist Marxist, Fidel Castro, died on Black Friday, the biggest sales day of a capitalist country, one pundit commented yesterday. Understandably, the Cuban community in exile in Miami celebrated. I pray that Raul Castro will allow, not only economic freedom to continue to expand, but also personal freedom. He is permitting Christians to worship more freely (so I’ve heard earlier this summer), which is wonderful.

But how does God feel about the death of an evil man, such as Fidel Castro?

‘”For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”‘–Ezekiel 18:32

“God is love.”–1 John 4: 8b

Once a person dies, they no longer have the option of repenting of their sins and entering into a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Because God is loving, He doesn’t rejoice when someone dies without having a relationship with Him. He isn’t happy when someone is separated from Him for eternity. No one knows us as well as He does and loves as deeply and sincerely as He does.

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”–Jesus, Matthew 6:44, 48

All of us are considered sinners in God’s eyes before we repent, for “There is none righteous, not even one;” (Romans 3:10). He alone is perfect; we cannot consider that we’re more worthy of God’s love than any other person. Once we declare our need for Jesus to cover our sin and advise us how to live, then we’re covered by Christ’s righteousness. We’re considered holy by God only because we’ve received the Holy Spirit and our hearts have been circumcised by faith. It’s not our righteousness, but that of Jesus, that God sees when He looks at saved Christians.

In other words, no one has the right to strut about, thinking they’re so much more wonderful than anyone else. In God’s eyes, we’re either saved or not.

“Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”–Provers 25:26

I’m not saying we’re supposed to rejoice when a wicked person rules or passively accept evil behavior. But to avoid self-righteousness, thinking we deserve salvation and someone else doesn’t. Because we don’t earn it: It’s an undeserved gift from God of His mercy.

I pray that the Cuban people may experience increased freedom now that Fidel Castro is gone.