EWTN.com - Animals in Heaven

EWTN.com - Animals in Heaven: "Animals in Heaven

I was looking up on q&a about animals in Heaven and and one person meantioned about Jesus riding on a white horse and then said that this means animals are in heaven Fr Lewis said that this is news to him (2005) Revelations chapter 19 says:

'11 And I saw heaven opened: and behold a white horse. And he that sat upon him was called faithful and true: and with justice doth he judge and fight. 12 And his eyes were as a flame of fire: and on his head were many diadems. And he had a name written, which no man knoweth but himself. 13 And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood. And his name is called: THE WORD OF GOD. 14 And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.' So who then is correct with the answer?

Answer by David Gregson on 10/16/2008:

The Book of Revelation has so much symbolism, it would be unwise to try to prove the existence of actual physical horses in heaven from the text you quote. Traditional Catholic theology would deny that animals can go to heaven when they die, since their souls aren't immortal.

Of course, that doesn't mean God couldn't create horses in heaven for his purposes, but it seems more likely that the horses spoken of in Rev. 19 symbolize the warlike character of the Lord's Second Coming, when He returns to earth to deliver the faithful from the attacks of the Evil One.

Nor does the traditional teaching against animals going to heaven rule out the possibility of their being raised on the new earth, when Christ comes again. See Animals in heaven."

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