I have a small dog. I love him very much. I am alone except for him and the Lord. When the Rapture happens, I am concerned what will happen to my little companion. What do you think will happen to him?

Wichita, KS

I believe that everything on earth is a picture or pattern of things in heaven. Thus, during the millennial reign of Christ, the earth is filled with tamed and beautiful animals of all descriptions (Isaiah 11:6). This is true because wherever God dwells the beasts of the earth are plentiful. Also, since earth is a pattern of whatís in heaven, then Godís eternal home must certainly be filled with these little loyal friends.

The Bible does not specifically state anything concerning animals being taken to heaven upon death or at the resurrection. However, since God promises that He will not withhold any good thing from those who love Him --- I believe that a simple request to the Saviour will make loving petitions for our pets a fulfilled request instantaneously. There are multitudes whose beloved pets went the way of all flesh and died. God is able to bring them back from dust and ashes as simply as He does humans when the dead in Christ rise (I Thessalonians 4:16-18). However, their restoration will occur only after believers arrive, and request their pets. To sum up everything I have said, I believe that we will have the animals we loved with us in heaven, not because of salvation (a spiritual experience), but because our requests produce Godís re-creation or restoration of our faithful, loving and loyal furry friends.

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