Will Our Pets Be Raptured With Us?

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Will Our Pets Be Raptured With Us?
By Bill Perkins

“A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal.” – Prov. 12:10

Most Believers have, or have had, pets. They often become dearly beloved parts of our families. We can relate to them because they experience pain, suffering, anger and grief, much like we do.

So the elephant-in-the-room question for Believers is “What’s going to happen to our pets after we’re beamed up?”

No one wants to think about blasting out of here leaving behind our pets to deal with the ravages of the Tribulation. So what can we find in Scripture to give us some insight?

God Loves His Animals​

For starters, we know God loves His animal creation. He gave man dominion over them at creation and commands we take care of the ones we domesticate.

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;” – Prov. 27:23

God says He watches each and every one of them 24/7.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” – Matt. 10:29

God refers to animals as His own.

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.” – Psa. 50:10-11

God takes responsibility for providing for them—through man or directly from Himself.

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” – Matt. 6:26

Land animals do seem to be elevated a bit above fish and birds. We see Adam had a special relationship with animals, naming each and every one.

Fish and birds were created on Day Five of the creation week. But on Day Six we see God creating land animals alongside humans.

Pets and Eternity​

We first need to address the issue of pets and eternity because if they’re not going to be in heaven, then their getting Raptured is a moot point.

Please note that I’m not suggesting that Jesus’ shed blood covered the animals also. Just that God loves His animals and there will be at least some in heaven.

Animals aren’t redeemed in the same way humans are, by the blood of Christ, as they didn’t sin. They were just penalized along with Adam and Eve. Therefore God can and probably will deal with animals differently.

CS Lewis said in his book, The Problem of Pain, that he thought the tame animals might enter the pearly gates of heaven through their relationship with humans.

Randy Alcorn also believes our pets could be in heaven. He contends in his book, Heaven, that since horses are in heaven, then why not pets? He makes a good point.

“And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.” – Rev. 19:14

Jesus even returns for His Second Coming literally on a horse.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” – Rev. 19:11

Before Adam’s sin animals could talk and they didn’t eat each other. So animals also paid a heavy penalty when Adam sinned. Even the female animals suffer pain in the birthing process like humans.

“For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” – Rom. 8:22

In the future, animals could likely be able to talk. They have all the body parts necessary to speak, and 3500 years ago God used those parts and made a donkey talk, while reasoning!

And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” – Num. 22:28

So animals will definitely be in heaven in some form. Therefore, it’s likely your pets will be there too. And probably even able to converse with you. Which means you might want to upgrade your pet food as I suspect a lot of them might bring up the subject!

Pets and Rapture​

So the question becomes, since God commands us to take care of His animals, should we be making arrangements for our pets post-Rapture? Should we leave a few bags of food with a non-Christian neighbor just in case?

Of course, if everyone did take some pet food to their non-Christian neighbors, what a great witnessing opportunity! “In case I suddenly disappear…” You could also stick a Millions Missing pamphlet in the pet food bag.

But that would also raise the question of how much food would you want to leave?

And what about all those pills the vet has you administering. Which leads to vet bills. Should you just leave them an extra credit card since you won’t need it any longer?

In the Tribulation we see animals eating people so we know ALL animals will not be Raptured/translated.

“I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; …to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” – Rev. 6:8

Since there are myriads of Believers who get saved during the Tribulation and suffer greatly for their faith in Jesus (Rev. 7:9-17), you would have to expect that animals would suffer and die along with them. Those who didn’t make it on Noah’s Ark were wiped out.

However, leaving food and credit cards behind for your pets may be unnecessary. *Here’s why…

The Lord protected some animals on Noah’s Ark along with the humans, and Jesus used the symbolism of the flood and the days of Noah to explain the last days. So you can definitely make a case for the Lord taking at least SOME animals off the earth before His wrath is unleashed.

Jesus gives us some insight…He said the days before the Rapture would be “just like” the days of Noah and Lot.

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” – Matt. 24:37

Jesus even details to us what those days were like:

“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” – Matt. 24:38

Now, if it’s “just like” Noah’s day, and Noah floated away with an ark full of animals, leaving some behind…we should expect the Rapture to be similar.

And if you apply the “just like” to the time before the Rapture, then we should expect Him to take some animals in this removal.

Therefore, we expect SOME animals to be taken/translated from the earth, along with us Believers, in order to miss God’s wrath. Then the logical choice for at least SOME of the animals would include our pets.

Interestingly, these animals would be expected to return to the earth with the humans at the end of the Tribulation, for the Reign of Jesus in the Millennium.

This is consistent with verses that show animals in the Millennium have changed back to their original non-carnivorous state during the Millennium.

“The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD. – Is. 65:25

And if this is true, then they will also be able to talk again. Again, upgrade that pet food as soon as you can!

What Exactly Defines A Pet?​

Of course, if God does take some pets, then the obvious question would be which animals are covered as pets? Obviously pet rocks won’t be included. But what about pet fish, pet birds or even pet snakes since they were originally created as walking-around animals?

And if you do have a pet snake that’s Raptured/translated, will it come back in the Millennium with legs? That’ll be interesting!

In Summary​

Based on my understanding of a Scriptural application of the Days of Noah, it’s likely that some or all the pets will be removed from the earth before the Tribulation just like some of the animals were removed before the flood.

But since God is perfect in everything, maybe it’s best to rest on the fact that we cannot even imagine how glorious the next life will be post-Rapture, with or without our pets.

This means that if you think having your pet Raptured with you would be great, it’s actually going to be better than that.

If you think it would be awesome to walk your dog every day on a stone path along a babbling brook in the sun-filtered woods, it’s better than that.

Heaven WILL BE better than anything you can imagine. Regardless of what you can dream up, it’s MORE glorious.

For me, I like to think heaven will be like the feeling I get when Auburn beats Alabama by scoring the winning touchdown with one second left to play. I can’t imagine how it could be better than that …but it will be! Go God!

Shalom & War Eagle!

BP

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JamesSuth

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Fascinating article. I've never had animals or pets so I hope that my reactions to this are unbiased. I really agree with all that has been said, and I would strongly imagine that animals will both be part of Heaven, and perhaps even some animals that we have known on earth like pets for all the reasons explained above. I'd never considered that some might go with us at the Rapture but I don't see why not. For a long time I've seen things like this: there are Angels. They can rebel but there is no way of salvation. Humans sin, but there is a way of salvation. Without Jesus though, we are eternally doomed. Animals don't sin, they are just affected by the fall. Some Calvinist Christians like to point out that 'Jesus didn't die for animals'; but I say nor did He need to! Since animals don't sin there is no reason for them not to be in Heaven as it is sin alone that keeps us from being there (without Christ). So knowing that, and how loving our Father is I fully expect pets in Heaven. :)


Thats not in the Bible.
I've heard it said that since the serpent spoke and Eve wasn't alarmed or surprised it is an indication that perhaps animals spoke. But you are right, it is not stated in the Bible so it is at most just an idea. :). I wonder that's where this statement came from?

I wonder if some animals will speak in Heaven. Or will it just be Paddington Bear ;) :)
 

MichelleinFl

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I have Christian friends who brought this up...the husband apparently doesn’t think so as the wife said he taught Sunday school one morning and lots of kids with tears in their eyes!! He told them no pets go to Heaven! Lol!! Bless their little hearts! The wife was upset he did that and she asked me what I thought. I told her I’m not 100% certain, but I lean on His promises that if we delight in Him, He gives us the desires of our heart, and He cares about us and what our concerns are. So while I’m not 100%, I’m trusting His word and that whatever He wills will be done :) I’ve been lately thinking maybe they’d be in human form in Heaven...but that’s nothing I received biblical, just thinking how cool that’d be, some beautifully perfect guy coming up to me saying “hey mom, it’s me, Booger” lol!!!!
 

Lovin Jesus

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Didn’t Satan , in the form of a snake, speak to Eve and a donkey spoke to Balaam?
Being that God CAN do anything with His creation, when he creates the New Heavens and New Earth he may create things differently than we have known like Paul said

However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him--
1 Corinthians 2:9

So why not animals speaking? Because the Bible speaks in terms of prophecy leading to the redemption of mankind and restoration of mans relationship with God then it speaks of God creating again, but there’s minimal detail of what God will entail in his creation. We can’t say what we will have in his Kingdom but we can hope and desire good things and whatever we have it will be awesome! I say yes, we will not only have pets but talking ones if that’s what our hearts desire.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145:16

I think it does us good to imagine things that bring us joy. Far better than thinking about the world we will leave behind.
 

Lovin Jesus

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Thank you for posting this article because it gives me hope that my 2 dogs might have a chance being Raptured too. :bluesclues I believe that God will be merciful either way.
Ponder on this dear

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:1-5

All of this is After the millennium. Heaven will literally come down to the vicinity of the new earth so that God will dwell with mankind. If we don’t have animals in heaven it’s ok because we will have access to both heaven and earth according to verses 2-3. I imagine it being a new dimension that we have never heard of.

However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him--
1 Corinthians 2:9
 
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Mama Bug

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That I don’t know, but I know I can tell my dogs know words like, “treat”, “walk”, food time”..... ;) :bluesclues
My daughter has two guinea pigs and of them shows signs of intelligence. I’ll tell her to back off when she’s bothering the other guinea pig and she runs to the other side of the cage. I ask her if she’s ready to eat and she starts squeaking. Just a couple of examples.
My son’s parakeets seem to understand “night, night”. They’ll get on their perches and I cover them up.
I wonder if they’ll be able to talk in Heaven and will I want to know what they have to say. The guinea pigs will probably say they didn’t get fed enough. Never mind that they are fat, lazy and spoiled.
That being said, I hope they, along with the cats, get raptured too. I worry about them starving if I’m not there to care for them.
 

Andiamo

"Let's go!"
I have cats and still greatly miss my special cuddle kitty who died a couple months ago. She is a tuxedo cat, black and white with a mustache....pretty silly looking and so darn cute. My husband and I imagine her walking up to us in heaven, but she is no longer a little house cat....she is full sized....the size of a panther but with the silly tuxedo markings and a giant mustache :inlove
I think it really is possible that God could do this, as this is within His character, to surprise us like that....as Jesus watches with joy as all of our pets come running toward us. He knows how much they mean to us, and that they are not mere possessions.
 

Lovin Jesus

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I have cats and still greatly miss my special cuddle kitty who died a couple months ago. She is a tuxedo cat, black and white with a mustache....pretty silly looking and so darn cute. My husband and I imagine her walking up to us in heaven, but she is no longer a little house cat....she is full sized....the size of a panther but with the silly tuxedo markings and a giant mustache :inlove
I think it really is possible that God could do this, as this is within His character, to surprise us like that....as Jesus watches with joy as all of our pets come running toward us. He knows how much they mean to us, and that they are not mere possessions.
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37
 

Andiamo

"Let's go!"
And also, think about how God gave Adam the authority to name all of the animals. I think about each animal coming up to him, one by one, and he thinks about what their name should be.
He observes their characteristics, beauty, cuteness and personality. He may have felt delight, affection or just been in awe. He names each one, and God agrees to the name.
I find this remarkable, because I think it's not only about his authority over every creature, but also that God was introducing him to personal relationship and interaction with animals.
I don't believe this will end.
 

Burnboss

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As a dog owner, I enjoy talking and playing with my dog. I spend time with it daily as most owners should.

As a husband, I enjoy talking and spending time with my wife. I spend much more time with her then my dog.

As a man, I enjoy talking and joking about those crazy Auburn fans who dream of beating Alabama. Why? Human companionship is something God gave us even after he gave us animals.

Back during times of Jesus and beyond that and still today, we use animals for tasks which fit their abilities. Dogs for security, horses, mules for packing, cats for rodent control. But over time, we (many) have found a closer bond with our pets for lack of human companionship.

Ask 100 pet owners what is the number one reason they like their pet? They don’t talk back

I can argue with my dog all day long about the color of my bathroom and win every argument for the simple fact he can’t answer back. I can have the same discussion with my wife and the outcome would be different. I will enjoy the color until she says different.

I say all this to make my point, we have grown to love our pets’ companionship more than human companionship and it has got to the point where we start to want our pets in heaven over others. I’m not saying over my wife or kids, but if we are hoping and wishing for our animals to join us in heaven, why are we not that hopeful for the guy down the road, the lady at the store?

Now the bible doesn’t get to in-depth with our daily routines in heaven but I have always thought I’d be spending a good amount of time listening to Jesus.

When will we find time to set and pet our pets? Between Jesus talk on His love and His talk on His glory?

I hope my dog lives out a long carefree life while I’m alive and if I die or am Raptured, I know God will show him how to pull the pin on his food.

But in heaven I hope not to see my dog, because I don’t think I’ll have time for him.

Just my 2 cents
 

Andiamo

"Let's go!"
As a dog owner, I enjoy talking and playing with my dog. I spend time with it daily as most owners should.

As a husband, I enjoy talking and spending time with my wife. I spend much more time with her then my dog.

As a man, I enjoy talking and joking about those crazy Auburn fans who dream of beating Alabama. Why? Human companionship is something God gave us even after he gave us animals.

Back during times of Jesus and beyond that and still today, we use animals for tasks which fit their abilities. Dogs for security, horses, mules for packing, cats for rodent control. But over time, we (many) have found a closer bond with our pets for lack of human companionship.

Ask 100 pet owners what is the number one reason they like their pet? They don’t talk back

I can argue with my dog all day long about the color of my bathroom and win every argument for the simple fact he can’t answer back. I can have the same discussion with my wife and the outcome would be different. I will enjoy the color until she says different.

I say all this to make my point, we have grown to love our pets’ companionship more than human companionship and it has got to the point where we start to want our pets in heaven over others. I’m not saying over my wife or kids, but if we are hoping and wishing for our animals to join us in heaven, why are we not that hopeful for the guy down the road, the lady at the store?

Now the bible doesn’t get to in-depth with our daily routines in heaven but I have always thought I’d be spending a good amount of time listening to Jesus.

When will we find time to set and pet our pets? Between Jesus talk on His love and His talk on His glory?

I hope my dog lives out a long carefree life while I’m alive and if I die or am Raptured, I know God will show him how to pull the pin on his food.

But in heaven I hope not to see my dog, because I don’t think I’ll have time for him.

Just my 2 cents
Thoughts like yours have crossed my mind too. worrying about your pet after the rapture more than your neighbor is not right. I do think that God allowed such domestication of dogs and cats in these last 2,000 years, because He knew how lonely people would be in these last days. :(
 

Seashell

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I’m not saying this is what heaven is like, but I had a great dream one time and this is kind of what I think it might be like one day. I love animals in general and speak to wild animals all the time as well as my pets. I walk in the woods a lot. No, they don’t answer, but they do look at me. However, I have had a dream about being in heaven and all the animals were friendly and I was able to hang out with them. There was a beautiful forest and people were just walking around enjoying everything. Nobody tried to control anybody or any animal, we were all just friends and there was a great feeling of peacefulness. It was a great dream.
 

twerpv

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IMO (and only an opinion), is that we can't really apply what our joys are in this life to what Heaven will be like. I like to golf but will I even have the desire to in Heaven? Anyway, whether pets are there or not, I just can't believe in a scenario where one who loves pets here, gets to Heaven, finds out their pet(s) isn't there and is somehow disappointed or sad about it.
 
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