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Are there animals in heaven?

People have souls, the eternal spirit of God. When God created man, he made us in his image by breathing into dust, creating something very different from animals. That breath gave humans eternal life.  

In the book of Revelation, after Jesus returns to earth to end life as we know it and begin a new heaven and new earth, God will reset the earth so it returns to his original intention found in the Garden of Eden. There were animals in the Garden of Eden so why not in our eternal resting place?

The Bible uses phrases like this when talking about peace.

The wolf will live with the lamb,the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox,but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.  Isaiah 65:25

The phrase also points to the eternal peace found in heaven, when even two animals in a predator/prey relationship stop fearing one another. While it is a metaphor, could it mean that these animals will live in heaven together peacefully forever?

When God made animals, he called them good. They are one of the trophies of God’s creation and creativity. God even took special steps to rescue them on the ark with Noah.  The new earth will reset to the post-sin earth Adam and Eve experienced.  Animals were created on the fifth and sixth days.

So animals, it appears, will be in heaven.

           Why would God scrub these creations if he spent so much time making them and preserving them?