WILL MY HORSE BE IN HEAVEN?
1400 words: – by — Mary A. LaClair -www. LookListenAndThink.com
Will my horse be in heaven?
I’ve heard numerous people say animals don’t have a spirit and therefore can not go to heaven. Let’s put that statement to a final rest, since we will see in this article that there is a Bible passage which admits that animals do have a spirit. If you have a horse, you know that they can sense your spirit. They know when a person has a spirit of fear and they know a gentle non-fearful spirit.
We are told in Scriptures, in the New Testament book of Titus, chapter three verse nine to “avoid foolish questions” (KJV) The Living Bible puts it more directly: “do not get involved in arguing over unanswerable questions and controversial theological ideas.” (TLB)
I don’t think asking whether horses or dogs go to heaven is a foolish question for anyone who asks, nor is it to me; nor do I believe it is unanswerable from Scriptures.
That settled, let’s proceed to further discover these Scriptures.
The writer of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament, asked this question thousands of years ago and his pondering of old gives clues for today’s positive answer.
He asked about the hereafter as it regards animals and people thousands of years ago.
“Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth?” RSV (emphasis mine) Here he admits that the beast has a spirit.
“Then shall dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” NKJV (humans for judgment at the judgment seat of Christ)
In addition, the Prophet Isaiah, in both chapter sixty-five and chapter eleven, seen below, each describe the new heaven and the new earth: he who dies at 100 will be considered a mere youth.
” …he who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere youth;
he who fails to reach a hundred
will be considered accursed.” (from New International Version)
6 “The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.” (from New International Version)
This obviously does not apply to this world; but it does apply to the next world and it tells us that animals will be at peace there. To me, all this confirms that there are animals in heaven and that they are well.
Horses from heaven came to the prophet Elisha:
2 Kings 6:12-17
12 “None of us, my lord the king ,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (New International Version)
Even Revelation mentions riders on horses coming from heaven. There are horses in heaven and animals in the new world.
It is Revelation chapter six which mentions the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It makes interesting reading. It gives the picture that there are definitely horses in Heaven.
In the Old Testament the Prophet Zechariah opens his book with a vision of Heavenly beings on horses, red horses, sorrel horses and white horses.
Zechariah 1:7-10 “7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechari’ah the son of Berechi’ah, son of Iddo, the prophet; and Zechari’ah said, 8 “I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding upon a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. 9 Then I said, ‘What are these, my lord?’ The angel who talked with me said to me, ‘I will show you what they are.’ 10 So the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, ‘These are they whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.’” Revised Standard Version
In addition I pose two more theories:
First, there will be trees and rivers in Heaven, and many jewels form the foundations and Heaven’s gates are made of pearls. Do non living jewels have spirits or a soul? Does water? Yet, Scripture tells us these things are in Heaven. Scripture also tells us trees will talk and sing. Hallelujah!! That’s found in Isaiah 55:12.
Second, most animals are more in tune with the spirit world than a lot of people. In this life a dog can sense evil intent in man. A horse can sense the spirit of fear. Not all people like cats because they think some are ‘too spooky’. Do animals know God? What about the serpent in the Garden? What about Balaam’s donkey? Animals grieve; they empathize with their owners when they are sad or when they are hurt; untrained animals often rescue their owners or other individuals.
Some suggested reading besides the Bible as outlined above, would be:
*Author Kim Meeder, who runs a horse rescue ranch, has written several non-fiction books of her experiences which prove that horses can understand the spirit of man, well -children in her books. Some of her horse books are HOPE RISING; A BRIDGE CALLED HOPE and FAITH TALKS
*Dr. David Dosa, a geriatrician at the Steere House Nursing and Rehab Centre in Providence, Rhode Island published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 about OSCAR THE CAT.” He finally published the non-fiction book by the same name. It is about Oscar the cat who predicted which patients were going to die and when and did so with more accuracy than experienced nurses. His article may be found on line. His book may be found or ordered most anywhere.
*Book: Heaven Is For Real – an International Best Seller contains revelations from a four year old child who died, went to Heaven and came back tells of seeing Jesus’ horse, his Great-Grandfather’s dog and a sister who died in-utero before he himself was born.
Some animals today are even more obedient through instinct, than mankind is through intelligence! If you make it to heaven, I feel sure your horse will be there to meet you when your times comes. In the meantime, be consoled your horse is probably romping the fields of heaven with other horses, where he would be young in good health.
Our horses and other pets who have been more loyal and obedient to the voice of the Lord in the here and now, and more loving to others in this world than possibly we have been ourselves, do have a place in the more perfect world to come. Scripture tells us so.
My opinions on this topic however do not extend to rodents; for which please see the article on disobedient mice who enter our homes and resulting necessary mouse traps. (At the sidebar from the top, scroll down to ‘categories’ and click on “killing mice in mousetraps”. )
Third, the Scripture found in the Old Testament confirms itself in the New Testament. The Old Testament tells us the trees cry (Zech 11:2); trees will clap their hands, the rivers and hills will rejoice (Is 55:12); Joshua’s rock was a witness because it heard (Josh 24:27); and Scripture in the New Testament confirms this by telling us:
“19 For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect his children (those humans which have been saved by Grace). 20 For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay –the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command-will all disappear, 21 and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children (humans saved by Grace) enjoy. 22 For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event.” TLB (emphasis mine)
With access to the Amplified Version of the Bible, one will find this statement reinforced as it regards the balance of creation. (www.BibleGateway.com) These statements confirm that God has a special place for all His creation; moreover He makes humans the vanguard of all that He created.
‘Study to show thyself approved, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (2 Tim. 2:15) Do horses go to heaven? I believe the above study shows us that we will see in heaven those horses who were faithful to us here on earth. If you are afraid of horses here on earth, please be assured that only peaceful horses will be there, for in Heaven, all are at peace!
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the wonders HE has prepared for those who love Him!” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
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