See Us From Heaven

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Can Loved Ones See Us From Heaven? 

Where is heaven and can loved ones really see us from heaven?  Ever wonder about this?  The Bible doesn’t exactly tell us the location of the present heaven, but it does tell us heaven is where God is.  Currently, heaven is called the intermediate or present heaven, but God’s word tells us in Revelation 21:1-4 that at the end of all that needs to happen, that heaven will come down to earth and it is called the New Earth. It is truly heaven on earth.  Here we will live forever with our Lord as resurrected beings.

Until that happens, where do we and our loved ones go and do loved ones see us from heaven?  In John’s vision in Revelation 6:9-11, we learn some very interesting things about this intermediate heaven.  He says, “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been, was completed.”

see us from heavenReading this passage, it tells us that those in heaven are the same people.  They just live in a different location.  As Billy Graham says, when we take our last breath here, we take our next breath in this new location of heaven, only we are made perfect in the presence of our Lord.  Really, death on this earth is not the end, but just another step along the way.

It is apparent from this passage, the martyrs are aware of what happens on earth when they ask God, “How long… until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” They know those who killed them haven’t yet been judged. That means the martyrs remember their lives on earth, even that they were murdered. It is hard to think how people in heaven could still be happy knowing what’s going on down here on earth, but once in heaven, you have a perspective and fuller understanding than we can wrap our minds around down here.

Remember when Moses and Elijah came from heaven to the Transfiguration?  They, “appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31).  They seemed fully aware of what was transpiring on earth and what God was about to do.

Another good point relates to the statement we hear frequently that came from Christ about the “rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents.”  He also said that “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  You can find these statements in the Book of Luke.  Catch the wording, it doesn’t say angels will be rejoicing in front of angels, but in the presence of angels.  This blatantly implies that this refers to the saints already in heaven who are thrilled with those who come to know the Lord as their Savior, especially of course, it if it a loved one.  Maybe someone they had prayed for while on the earth.  For this to happen, loved ones must see us from heaven and know what is going on.

Hebrews 12:1-2 states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Our loved ones, who are the saints who have passed on before us are called a “great cloud of witnesses.” This beautiful depiction suggests those saints can see us from heaven.  I am sure they root for us from above.  I love that word that we are “surrounded” by this great cloud of witnesses that are our loved ones.

From the beginning of time, God had a plan for us so that we would have a way, even though we fall short of His glory, to be able to be called His children.  And to be with Him forever.  There is a lot going on this current earth in preparing for Christ’s return.  It doesn’t seem likely that all those in heaven with Him would be oblivious to these happenings on earth and God’s ultimate plan.  We know these things from God’s word now, wouldn’t we still know and even more so, when in heaven and have a deeper understanding?

These are but a few of the scriptures that tell us that loved ones see us from heaven.  It appears that they are watching God’s plan unfold on earth.  Despite the trouble that exists in today’s world, our loved ones still can have incredible joy as they have a fuller perspective that only can come when viewing God’s plan on earth from the viewpoint of heaven with the Lord at their side.  I am sure that on our day of arrival, they will be standing next to Jesus ready to greet us after our incredible face to face encounter with Jesus.  2 Peter 1:11 says we will have a “rich welcome”.  It’s is hard to even imagine just how wonderful that will be.


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