Do those who have gone before us, those in heaven, see us on earth?
The question was posed to me recently by a reader of “The Zombie Report, The Dead Are Made Alive.”
I wrote Chapter 8 about heaven after studying and meditating on the Book of Revelation. I feel that my writing was influenced by this reading. It seems that the travails of earth are observed in heaven.
I went to Revelation to look for evidence of those who have gone before us, to be there. I found it.
I don’t like to study Bible scholars and academics without first asking God and seeking His answer. I believe in the power of the Living Word of God to teach and the Holy Spirit to counsel.
But, since the question was posed to me, I went online to see what others are saying. After all, I don’t want to make a foolish mistake or knowingly mislead others.
John MacArthur says no.
The Billy Graham association says … well, you decide.
I have heard many sermons over the years that the “witnesses” in Hebrews 12:1, are those watching from heaven, even those noted in Chapter 11.
Please note: the writer of Hebrews could have used the word “testimony” or “example” instead of “witnesses.” Such as, “since we are influenced by the great knowledge of their testimony (example).”
When I study I pay attention to the choice of words used by the writer inspired and ordained by God. It is our privilege and calling to study His Word!
Of course, we should not decide belief based on one verse, but look widely in the Scriptures for additional verses that give insight on the question.
Here is another article on the subject, perhaps the most comprehensive. I am unfamiliar with the writer. Perhaps you can vouch for him. It is Steve Shirley.
Much about heaven is unknown and there may not be a definitive answer to this question. Let us therefore encourage each other with our understanding of God as the Ruler (and a compassionate and caring Father) and Jesus as the Intercessor (and a mighty warrior victorious in the spiritual realm). We must confess Him before men!
I believe that in heaven we will be consumed by the joy of His presence. It is a joy that we cannot comprehend now. Rev. 21:3-4
What do you think? Please, I welcome your response!
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