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Can My Mother See Me From Heaven?

Can My Mother See Me From Heaven?

My mother recently passed away. She was a Christian and I know she's with the Lord, but can she can see me from heaven?
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A. According to popular thought, where Christians go when they die is the same place they will spend eternity. But that's not what Scripture says. Revelation 21:1-4 tells us that after Christ's triumph at the end of the world, we'll live forever with him on the New Earth as resurrected beings.

In the meantime, Christians go to be with Christ when they die. What an encouragement to know your mother is there with the Lord! My mom was one of the closest friends I've ever had, and she's been there for 23 years this week. I can't wait to see her again someday.

Theologians call this place where our mothers now live "the intermediate heaven," and we learn a great deal about it from the apostle John's vision in Revelation 6:9-11: "I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, 'How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?' Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed."

Here we see that those in heaven are the same people—only relocated. There's continuity of identity from this life to the next. Your mother is now one of what Hebrews 12:23 calls the "righteous men made perfect."

Notice that the martyrs are aware of what happens on earth when they ask God, "How long … until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" They know those who killed them haven't yet been judged. They remember their lives on earth, even that they were murdered. Some say people in heaven can't remember or see life on earth because knowing of evil would diminish heaven's happiness. But the key to heaven's joy isn't ignorance; it's perspective drawn from living in the presence of Christ.

For example, when called from heaven to the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah "appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem" (Luke 9:31). They seemed fully aware of life on earth, and what God was about to do.

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Randy Alcorn

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brittany Giese

June 01, 2014  1:27am

I believe there are too many occurrences of Christ followers experiencing loved ones saying "hello" for their not to be some truth to this. Now i lost my husband to this war in jan 7 2011. I have finally come to a realization God wants us to trust in him that whatever afterlife is, is amazing. Also we need to be careful what we dabble in because the Devil comes in many forms. I think butterflies, pennies, and such are like mail from our loved ones. Or maybe their time up their is so different than our it makes it possible to say hello. We will find out for sure.

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April 26, 2014  9:54pm

It's not just one verse from revelation. Jesus told the story of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man. In Hades, the rich man was aware of Lazarus resting in "the bosom of Abraham" and of the lives his brothers were leading on earth. This of course was before Jesus died and rose, so the intermediate heaven was not yet opened to mankind. If Jesus told us that the dead are aware of what is happening in the world, I'm inclined to believe Him.

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April 23, 2014  9:28am

According to the bibel The dead are asleep. They have no effect of what is on earth, they can't see us or hear us. They will be risen at the end, when Jesus comes back to judge the living and the dead.there is no communication between the living and the dead.

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