Do people in heaven know what is happening on earth?

What do departed loved ones know of life on earth, particularly about the lives of those they have left?

Departed believers are fully conscious (Luke 16:24-26; 2 Corinthians 12:2). In the Revelation, the redeemed in heaven (apart from John, the prophet) seem only to be aware of events on earth through what takes place in heaven (Revelation 7:11, 13; 11:15, 16; 19:1-4) In chapter 11: 17, they hear that God has taken the kingdoms of this world. From Scripture they know the accompanying events (verse 18). They are aware of what God is doing. The same is true of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration discussing with the Lord "His decease..." They were not present however when Peter blundered. In Luke 15:7, 10 the Lord teaches that those in the presence of God share in the joy of sinners' being saved.

These passages suggest that departed loved ones are fully occupied with events in heaven. Although they don't know the daily events transpiring on earth, they are aware of what God is doing, what brings glory to Christ, and what brings joy to the heart of God. That includes many events in our lives - and excludes many, as well.

D. Oliver