Pets & The Rapture: Animals In Heaven?


We are frequently asked whether we believe there are animals in Heaven. And one of the most difficult questions for animal lovers is whether our animals will be left behind at the Rapture.

There is no black and white answer either way. There is NO place in Scripture that says we cannot have our pets with us in Heaven, even though the more “mature” among us seem to scoff at the idea. Well, they can scoff all they want but they have no Biblical basis for being dogmatic in their opinion.

So, let’s just lay it out in the open. Here is our opinion on the matter, in light of what Scripture DOES tell us.

Pets In Heaven?


First, there is no reason to believe we won’t have our pets with us when we go to Heaven. The Bible doesn’t say we will take our pets with us, but it doesn’t say we will NOT.

Will there be animals in Heaven? Some will say, “NO.” But wait. Then where do the MILLIONS of HORSES come from when we ride back to earth behind Jesus at His 2nd Coming???

“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:14)

Those are NOT Angels because they have never NOT been clean. The reference is to the once-unclean saints now being presented CLEAN by the blood of the lamb (Revelation 1:5). And we all have our own white HORSE, something like the Lone Ranger’s “Silver”!

If there are horses, why not other animals? There are “creatures” in Heaven (PLURAL): stork-like creatures (Zechariah 5:9), living creatures (Revelation 5:13), beasts (Revelation 5:11).

Is It Not Possible With God?


If the Lord allows us and we want our pets, what in the WORLD could keep us from having our pets? Nothing. Is there some reason God would be UNABLE to give us our pets in Heaven? You say, “Yes,” and I’ll say, “BLASPHEMY.”

There is NOTHING too difficult for our God!

Some might say, “Well, I think we will not even worry about our pets.” Maybe, but that makes it sound like we’ll be zombie-like or emotional-less or soul-less type creatures in Heaven, but God is in Heaven and He loves and cares for animals (Exodus 21:33-34, Exodus 34:26, Numbers 3:13, etc.) and He’s packed Heaven with millions of horses and unknown numbers of other “creatures” and we will be LIKE HIM (1 John 3:2).

So, we don’t know for CERTAIN but we can rest assured that God will do what is right and good (Genesis 18:25) and at this point in time, I believe that would include allowing His children to have their PETS with them in Heaven with all the other animals in Heaven.

And ain’t no one, YET, ever proven my belief in this matter wrong!

My concerns with this actually began before I had pets. I was pastoring in Cincinnati 15 years ago and this poor lady lost her dog. And she said she was grieving and asked for prayer. Then she said that she looked forward to seeing her little dog in Heaven.

At that point, some old codger quipped about “we won’t need pets in Heaven and the Bible never says anything about our pets in Heaven, so we’d better get used to that.”

I said a few things to console the poor lady but had to admit that I hadn’t put much thought into it. Then and over the years since, I’ve become more convinced that it is LIKELY that we will have our pets. And I am sure that there is nothing in God’s Book that says otherwise!

–Pastor Greg Miller

We would also like to add these comments from fellow Bible teacher, Mike Kahler.

There is plenty of mention of animals during the Millennial reign of Jesus, also. These folks who don’t think there will be animals in heaven must think the animals will be destroyed before we enter into the New Jerusalem. I see Scripture like Isaiah 65:25,

Isaiah 65:25 (KJV)

“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.” How about Isaiah 11:6 – 9,

Isaiah 11:6–9 (KJV) 6 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. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

I believe if there are going to be animals around when we’re under the 1000 year reign of King Jesus, why would it end when we’re in eternity with the LORD in the New Jerusalem.

I read the description of the New Jerusalem and see all the precious stones that are the foundations of the city, the 12 pearls that make up the 12 gates, the streets of gold, the crystal clear river that flows from the throne of God, the 12 trees bearing 12 fruits and their leaves, angels, and man, and yet we’re supposed to believe there won’t be any animals! I just don’t get the line of thinking that there will not be animals in heaven. God saved them from the flood and He will save them from the destruction of this old earth and old heaven.

I believe they will be with us in the new earth and new heaven along with everything else God created!

— Brother Mike Kahler