In the Bible, we read about Jesus recognizing his disciples after his resurrection, but he hid his identity at times. In Luke 24:15-16 and John 20:15, we learn that Jesus was the Son of God, but he also hid his identity from his disciples. Is that how he will treat us? If so, how will we recognize our loved ones in Heaven?
In Revelation 6:9-11, we read that the people in Heaven are praying for those on Earth. It’s hard to imagine the people in Heaven praying for people on Earth if we don’t believe in them. They are praying to God to intervene and help ease their suffering. One of the people in Heaven is Jesus Christ. We read that the five seals of Revelation tell us about Jesus’ prayer for the people of Earth.
We know that half of our time is spent in darkness. We pay for dusk-to-dawn lights in our homes and businesses, and children sleep with night lights. Even the Bible acknowledges this fact: we fight against the rulers of darkness. But it also owns the glory of God as the light of Heaven. Because the Lamb is the world’s light, there will be no nighttime in Heaven.
Will we recognize our loved ones in Heaven? Those are two questions that loom over our minds. If we are to recognize them, we must understand the church’s role in the new order of the universe. Humanity is the summit of God’s creation, and he calls on believing humanity to fulfill His dream. We are confident that God will make it happen despite our fears and doubts.
In Revelation 21:6, will we recognize our beloved in Heaven? The question is not about our behavior on Earth but about how we will act in the future. While it is true that no one will be unclean, we should not expect to find our loved ones there. It is essential to understand that the millennial state is different from our eternal state in this context.
Revelation 21:8 lists eight types of people who will not be recognized in Heaven. These people include murderers, idolaters, immoral persons, and liars. Those who are not believers will spend eternity in the second death, the realm of death. Those who are Christians will spend eternity with Jesus in paradise, but unbelievers will spend eternity separated from God and His people in the lake of fire.
The Bible says that we will see our loved ones again in Heaven. There will be gates and foundations. They will also have dimensions. We may not be able to recognize them in this life, but we will be able to recognize them when we are there. What will be the first thing we see upon entering the new Heaven and Earth? The answer to that question will help us make our decision.