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30 Years. 40 Questions.

You asked your toughest Bible questions, and our writers answered.
Each week we feature a new question from Do Angels Really Have Wings.
It's a Q&A book we compiled from YOUR best questions over the last 30 years! 

 


Your Question

Not long ago I lost my wife. When I get to Heaven will I know her? Will she recognize me? Does she see us or know what is happening to the family?

Our Answer

When we get to Heaven we’re going to know more than we know now. I certainly don’t think we’ll know less. While we shouldn’t be dogmatic, I think it is fair to suggest that yes, we’ll know each other and rejoice with each other (1 Cor. 13:12).

As far as what people in Heaven know about our lives on earth, Scripture does not answer this question clearly. However, we have a little material on which to base the belief that she may know something. (Note that I say may know, not does know.) First, Moses and Elijah went from Heaven to the Mount of Transfiguration in order to speak with the Lord about His impending death. They had deeper insights into His mission than did the disciples. Were they the only ones in Heaven with the knowledge? Possibly not.

Second, Revelation 6:9–11 notes the concern of some who were murdered for their faith. They wanted to know when God would avenge their blood. They were not given a complete answer; they were told only to wait, “until the full number of their fellow servants, brothers and sisters, were killed just as they has been.” Thus, they were assured that justice would be done—according to God’s timetable.

Heaven might not be heavenly if the ransomed of the Lord knew everything that happens on earth. On the other hand, everybody in Heaven sees things from God’s perspective. If He who is Love can cope with the knowledge of tragic events in the families of His people on earth, so can the family members already in Heaven. When all is said, we do not know how much they know about happenings on earth.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

BY Mike Kellogg, Moody Radio Host

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.