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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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Check Shyong Quek

March 17, 2014  1:24am

Dear Tracie, you are lucky to have her in your dreams many times. How do you get her in your dreams? I have tried everything but still unable to get a visitation from my mother or is it I'm trying too hard? May I ask when did your mother pass away? I was wondering if the soul would need some time before they could appear in our dreams to communicate with us. I would appreciate it very much if you could give me some advice on how to be able to see my mother in my dreams.

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Tracie Engle

March 14, 2014  10:57pm

Ive had a lot of dreams of my mother the past few weeks. It seems like she is mad at me in the dreams.That wasn't her disposition. She wasnt a mad person. Could it be telling me that shes not happy with the way my life is going?

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Check Shyong Quek

January 22, 2014  12:11am

I am a Christian and did not believe this 40 days visitation until my mum passed away last month. The first week or during the 9 days after her passing, there were signs that she came to visit me by unmistakable smells and fragrance. The first one was the unmistakable smell of my mother with her skin moisturizer; the second one was the same smell plus fragrance of a flower which I did not really know what kind of flower it was. The third time which lasted the longest, about 6 to 8 seconds was totally the fragrance of the flower which was a strong fragrance. The next day I went to my friend's house and his friend who was staying with him got to know about this and went to my friend's garden and brought back some flowers which is JASMINE and it was exactly 100% the fragrance I experienced the night before. After that, I am a total believer in this 40 day-visitation. My church actually forbids us to believe in all this and told us that the soul sleeps after death until resurrection day but now I Know this is not true - the soul does visit their loved-ones and give signs to try to comfort them. I am comforted by the signs but I am still in great agony because the loss is real in a physical sense where I could not see her physically anymore and I do not have the chance anymore to care for her, cook for her, wash her laundry, buy her favourite foods, etc.. And now that she is gone, I only realized that it was a privilege and enjoyment to serve her while she was alive because we enjoyed talking to each other very much and she was always there for me no matter what! And I will always remember that My Mother is the only person in the world that truly loves me unconditionally.

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