While I do believe that those who have embraced Christ will see their pets again, I am not saying that with the same degree of certainty as I would salvation in Christ. That being said, I do believe we will.
Thoughts about this really struck home with my wife and I recently when we realized it was time to put our beloved pet down a couple of weeks ago. Our little fellow, Zach, came into our life 16 years ago. We got him from a breeder for our first anniversary gift to one another. He has been a very special part of our lives. We miss him greatly. We named him after the bible character Zacheaus, because both were short in stature. We nicknamed Zach our “wee little man.”
As we were saying our good-bye’s to our little fellow I could not help but think of how death came into the world. It came into the world when Adam sinned. If Adam had not sinned, we would not die, nor would the animals. The penalty of death has affected the entire human race as well as all of creation. Adam was in charge of of the world God placed him in and this was and is the consequence for sin.
Even though I know this is true I could not help but think that little Zach had nothing to do with Adam’s sin, or my sin either for that matter. He was innocent and would never hurt a flea. The same is true about all those innocent little lambs that were slain in the Old Testament for the sins of Israel. They had to do this, so that they would know that sin has consequences and the only way a Holy God could forgive sin, is by our substitute taking our place. No animal could truly take away sin, but that is what God required until Christ Himself came to die on the Cross as our ultimate sacrifice.
I do believe one day God is going to restore everything that Adam lost. I am not the only one who believes this either. Some very famous theologians and preachers have stated this same belief. C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, Randy Alcorn, and Billy Graham, to name a few. The Bible tells us that all of creation is groaning and in pain waiting for the redemption of a restored creation.
We also learn from scripture that there are animals in the millennial Kingdom and in heaven. There are quite a number of scriptures in the bible that give us good reason to believe that all of our pets will one day be restored to us when God restores all things in the future. I know that my greatest longing is to see Christ, but I also still hope to see Zach too, and I cannot hardly imagine heaven being heaven without that little boy that brought so much joy to our lives.
For those of you out there that have experienced such a loss or you know that this could be just around the corner I hope you will search the scriptures I am going to share along with a suggested website to help all those who have pets they dearly love, and need comfort from the scriptures and others who have experienced the same.
Isaiah 11:6-9 – the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 65:25- The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Revelation 19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Luke 3:6 – And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Revelation 5:13 – And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation 19:14 – And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.