Revelation  5:13-14

Earlier this month, our sweet Shetland Sheepdog passed away.  We continue to grieve for our beloved pet.  But although we miss him greatly, we believe he is in Heaven.  Early on, we felt assurance of that from the Holy Spirit and my parents.  Then, my husband found even more sources to back that up.

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
“While his creatures ‘travail together in pain,’ he knoweth all their pain, and is bringing them nearer and nearer to the birth, which shall be accomplished in its season. He seeth ‘the earnest expectation’ wherewith the whole animated creation ‘waiteth for’ that final ‘manifestation of the sons of God;’ in which ‘they themselves also shall be delivered’ (not by annihilation; annihilation is not deliverance) ‘from the’ present ‘bondage of corruption, into’ a measure of ‘the glorious liberty of the children of God.’ “
“Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.”
“it seems to me that certain animals may have an immortality, not in themselves, but in the immortality of their masters.”

A preacher, Gary Kurz, wrote a book called, “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates.”  He said, the “…Hebrew word nephesh (soul), appears many times in Scripture and is used interchangeably to describe both the essence of man and animals.”

We listened to a sermon last week that thoroughly analyzes and supports the belief of animals in Heaven.  This sermon is particularly special to us because the pastor at the time had a Sheltie.  Get ready for a Scripture-drenched, eye-opening sermon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AEu5k-_jA0 (also below)

Gary Kurz wrote, “For people who love and keep pets, their pet’s passing can be one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.”  Our hearts go out to you if you’ve lost a close pet.  Thankfully, there is real hope we can be reunited with a special pet in Heaven someday!

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