Will Families Recognize Each Other In Heaven or Hell?
Readers, what does the Bible say about whether we will be able to recognize people in the afterlife? King Saul recognized Samuel when the witch of Endor summoned Samuel from the realm of the dead (1 Samuel 28:8-17). When David’s infant son died, David declared, “I will go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). David assumed that he would be able to recognize his son in heaven, despite the fact that he died as a baby. In Luke 16:19-31, Abraham, Lazarus, and the rich man were all recognizable after death. At the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were recognizable (Matthew 17:3-4). In these examples, the Bible does seem to indicate that we will be recognizable after death.
We are all described as the family of God, sisters and brothers in Christ, and God is our father. We won't need the same family structure as we had here, but Praise the Lord for that because we will gain so many more family members in a bond that cannot be broken like so many families here. It cannot be broken by time, generation, human sin, death, distance, anything. Thoughts?