Greg Laurie: People in Heaven Know What’s Happening on Earth

Ever thought about this? 

After the death of his son four years ago, evangelist Greg Laurie became a lot more interested in heaven, he said during his sermon at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., Sunday.

“Earlier this week was the four-year mark of the death of my son and that event changed my life,” Laurie said. “I’ve never studied more about heaven like I have the last four years. The other topic is on hope. “You can say that I am a student on [the subjects] of heaven and hope. I didn’t say I was an expert on heaven and hope. I still have a lot to learn.”

Christopher Laurie, who served as the art director at Harvest, was killed on July 24, 2008 at the age of 33 when his vehicle crashed into the back of a Caltrans truck on a freeway in Corona, Calif. He was on his way to Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside.

Laurie’s message on Sunday was a continuation of the series he is doing on the book of Revelation. He asked by way of the title of his sermon, “What do people in heaven know about what is going on here on earth and do they even care?”

“There are two trains of thought on this topic. For some it would seem like that once we’re in heaven we will be so preoccupied with worshipping God that the last thing in our mind would be what’s happening on earth – besides, with all the tragedy and sadness in this world, heaven would just not be heaven if we were made aware of it,” Laurie described.

“Then, the other train of thought is pretty much the opposite of that. People would think that folks up in heaven are sitting and watching our every move almost like it’s their form of entertainment,” he said. “They would even think that sometimes those in heaven might be intervening in our lives and directing our steps and helping us to know what to do.”

Laurie added, “You might be surprised to know that I believe both views are actually incorrect.”

“The question might be well, why would you even care about this? The answer is you will care if you have a loved one in heaven,” he said.

Pointing to scripture found in Revelation, Luke chapters 15 and 16, Laurie explained that he believes that people in heaven have knowledge of what is happening on earth.

“Let me take it a step further. I think people in heaven know a lot more about earth than we may realize,” he said. “People in eternity are aware of the fact that loved ones are not saved. This is based on Luke 16 … In the afterlife we are the same person with real memories of earth. You will know more in heaven than you will on earth, not less. We don’t all get a collective lobotomy when we go to glory.”

Continued at The Christian Post


3 comments on “Greg Laurie: People in Heaven Know What’s Happening on Earth

  1. While I too have wondered about this I also am reminded to not give it much thought. I am thinking about a number of things that possibly Laurie hinges his series on and ironically by doing that I am not adhering to this exhortation by the Apostle Paul to Timothy:

    1Ti 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
    1Ti 1:4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.
    1Ti 1:5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
    1Ti 1:6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,
    1Ti 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

    I suppose if one gives any thought to this sort of speculation put forth by Laurie one can consider also the Transfiguration of Jesus when Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elijah discussing the coming Kingdom with Jesus? I suppose further one can weigh 1 Corinthians 2 as well considering the Apostle does take a moment in the grand scheme of things to establish the unseen realities about Heaven and hope that he carried forth in writings and orally as recorded in the Book of Acts he carried forth in the Name of the Lord for His glory?

    In any event, like some wise guy said, we ought to major on the major things (obedience to the faith of the promised Gospel of the Kingdom) that does not give rise to speculations but establishes one’s soul in the Truth. If one does give oneself to speculations one runs the risk of being swerved from the soundness of the Truth by them to vain discussions as it appears Laurie has now engaged his listeners into by this series on heaven and hope at that fellowship in Riverside Ca.?

    When one wants to consider what’s going on up in Heaven one could bite into this and chew on it awhile:

    Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
    Rom 1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
    Rom 1:3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
    Rom 1:4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
    Rom 1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
    Rom 1:6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
    Rom 1:7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.

    And later on in the book of Romans one is focused on the God of Hope, here, to contemplate one’s daily experience of hope for what is coming about and presently is for us, a hope that is no longer a hope in the sense that when we have it it no longer is hope; yet, it is something we wake up without every morning so that we once again can obtain it from communing with God so we have it again so it is no hope again yet again until we don’t have it so we can have it and so on goes the daily walk with Jesus:

    Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    Is Heaven real? Yes. Are there countless multitudes that have passed out of this life and now are there in Heaven with God in His Kingdom? Yes. Can they see and know as we do down here? I don’t know; and I don’t want to speculate on that though steering away from such speculations for the simple fact that what Paul exhorted Timothy there then as is recorded and I cited above from 1 Timothy 1 I have witnessed some in vain discussions about it and other things that do nothing to promote the promised Gospel of the Kingdom one obtains down here through Jesus Christ so as to live up there by His work of obtaining our eternal redemption for us through shedding His precious spotless and sinless blood.

    Heb 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
    Heb 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
    Heb 9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,
    Heb 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

    Today down here on earth I can now serve the Living God through the blood of Christ. When I get to Heaven I suppose I will get to continue serving the Living God. What that will be, at this time is pure speculation seeing down here I know only in part.

  2. Hiya J! :OD
    How is life?
    Hey, I just read something about this last week. Kinda fun. John Bunyan wrote about something he says that he experienced (not fiction). He called it “Visions of Heaven and Hell”. One of his encounters in Heaven was with Elijah. In a nutshell, what he says he was told is that the inhabitants of Heaven don’t just “look down and see” what’s going on here on earth. They’re not aware of the moment-to-moment activity and they can’t come here and look. But angels minister on earth. And those in Heaven sometimes ask what’s happening. And the angels tell them. Interesting, huh?

    • Hi M! Its always so good to hear from you. Wish you jumped in to comment more often! 🙂

      I haven’t read Bunyan’s thoughts on the topic but would like to. Did you read it online? If so, pass on the link!

      I can’t imagine those in Heaven witness everything, can you? How could it be heaven if they had to actually witness the horrors played out on this earth daily! But according to Hebrews 11 & 12, they are witnesses to some extent.

      Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

      (The witnesses referred to being the saints of old, mentioned in chapter 11)

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