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DOCTRINE QUESTION 118
ANSWER: It would depend on what you mean by heaven. In Daniel 2:44 we read, And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. The kingdom here is set up on earth by the God of heaven. The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is mentioned 35 times in the New Testament and they are all in Matthew. This kingdom will not be in heaven where God dwells, but it will be here on earth. It is a kingdom promised to Israel, through David with whom God made an everlasting covenant to set the Son of David on his throne for ever. Luke 1:32, 33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
This kingdom will be here on earth. There will be animals in this kingdom. Isa 65:25 speaks of several, the wolf, lamb, lion and the bull. Other scriptures tell us of them also. Now, there is no evidence whatsoever that these animals had died and were raised from the dead. Redemption for sin is strictly confine to man, who was the only creature made in God’s image and likeness.
Now in the third heaven where God now dwells there is likewise no evidence that animals that have died are now in heaven. Heb 12:22 . . . speaks of eight or nine things in heaven and animals are not mentioned. People that believe or teach that animals will be in heaven have no authority from the Bible.The only inhabitants from earth that will be there are sinners that have trusted Christ as their personal Savour. Are you one of them? You can be in a moment of time. The moment you realized you are a lost sinner and trust Christ completely you are ready for heaven. Do it and be saved now. Prov. 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Tomorrow you could be in heaven or hell.Dear reader, are you saved? If not why wait do it now.