Can Saints In Heaven See Us Here On Earth?
- Friday, September 28, 2001
Q. This is a kind of weird question, but I was wondering if my best friend who died last month can see me from heaven.
A. That's an excellent question, not a weird one!
The Bible doesn't answer that question directly, but I think it's safe to say that there's strong biblical support that friends and family in heaven know what's going on here on earth, at least partially.
1) There are several chapters in the book of Revelation during times of judgment that indicate folks in heaven are aware of earthly events. Here's one verse from 18:20:
"Be happy because of this, heaven! Be happy, God's holy people and apostles and prophets! God has punished her because of what she did to you."
2) In 1 Samuel 28, after Samuel was brought back to life, he was aware of what King Saul did and didn't do.
3) Hebrews 12:1 reminds us that there is a "great cloud of witnesses" surrounding us, cheering us on from the stands of heaven.
4) In Luke 15 Jesus reminds us that "there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes his heart and life, than over ninety-nine good people who don't need to change." While it's not clear who's included in all of the cheering, it would make sense that other folks in heaven would be pretty excited alongside the angels of someone giving his life to Christ.
I've heard plenty of people say something like, "How can people be in heaven and see all the bad stuff that's happening on earth?" That's logical but it doesn't make sense when you consider the following verses.
--In Luke 16:19-31 both Lazarus and Abraham are aware of the rich man's agonies, despite being in the presence of God.
--In Acts 9:4,5 Jesus asks Saul why he is persecuting Him. If Christ questions why Saul is poorly treating other Christians, it makes sense that while in heaven He was fully aware of the events on earth.
So, it's safe to say that it's possible to know what is happening on earth, but we'll never know how much God allows us to see until we're there!
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