Dead herring on the beach (screen capture: YouTube)


This event made headline news just after New Year’s Day 2012.

This is considered old news, but something very extraordinary happened that many news media outlets did not publish in 2012.

We have seen a lot of fish, bird and animal die-offs over the last several years, since about New Year’s Day 2010, but this particular event was supernatural, aside from the number of fish that washed ashore.

As residents in Kvaenes, Norway, began discussing how they would clean up the 20 tons of fish, they returned to the beach to find that all 20 tons of dead fish had vanished!

Jens Christian Holst of Norway’s Institute of Marine Research said the herrings likely washed back into the North Sea.

Right – 20 tons of fish “washed back to sea!” Do you not suppose that a ton or two of the 20 tons should still be on the beach the following day?

I have a better explanation, which also explains why so many birds, fish and beasts of the field have died near the start of every New Year for about the last three years.

First, God is patient. The Word of God says He is “longsuffering,”

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9.

The Bible says that the Lord is “not willing that any should perish,” so He will not return without warning people to repent and get ready for His return,

“I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood, fire and vapor of smoke” Acts 2:19.

Some signs will be severe and cataclysmic, but better people should be shaken and repent, than end up in hell fire forever – the punishment for refusing God’s offer of forgiveness, through the death of His own Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered on a cruel cross to redeem us from our sins. He suffered a severe scourging that ripped His body to shreds even before He suffered the humiliation and excruciating pain of crucifixion for our sins.

Second, the prophet Hosea foretold thousands of years ago that the birds, fowls and beasts would be taken away during the last days,

“Therefore shall the land mourn and everyone that dwells in it shall languish, with the beasts of the field, with the fowls of heaven, yes, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away” Hosea 4:3.

The disappearance of all those fish in Norway? That is my third point.

God is preparing a fabulous heaven for His people, fabulous! The Word of God already tells us there are horses in heaven (Zechariah 1:8-10, 6:1-7; Revelation 19:11-14).

When Jesus was baptized, the Spirit of God descended upon Him in the form of a dove, so we know there are also doves in heaven.

God did not create this beautiful world full of splendor and animals, only to have us ascend to a base heaven, devoid of life or the creatures He made; but rather God has not only populated heaven with the beauty of animals, but he loves the animals that He created on this earth. I believe we will find them in heaven, if we make it there too.

Jesus said,

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” Luke 12:6.

That is correct. God does not forget one sparrow in this world full of countless sparrows. If God doesn’t forget them, do you suppose he has forgotten them in their earthly graves? No, I say He has not.

We love our pets in this world. The Bible says,

“And God said, Let us (He and His Son Jesus) make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” Genesis 1:26.

By this, we know that God created us in His own image. God gave us love for our pets, because God Himself loves the animals He created. Why in the world would God leave the spirit of animals dead in the earth and just create new ones to populate heaven? He loves the animals that die, and just as our spirits live on, I believe animals have eternal spirits which live on and I believe they too enter heaven. Why? Because God loves them.

The Bible doesn’t tell us that animals go to heaven, but if we have a personal relationship with the Lord, He sometimes reveals things to us, mysteries and secrets (Psalm 91:1).

I also know of a minister who was caught up to heaven one day for a visit and he saw many things in heaven and he spoke to people, as well as the angel who escorted him. He said in his testimony that he saw his pet dog and monkey in heaven during that visit. This man is sincere and I believe his testimony.

God is a loving God and we can know just a small trace of His magnificent love, because we also love.

I can’t go any further unless I mention the fact that the Word of God tells us about the wrath of God too,

“He who believes on the Son has everlasting life, and he who believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” John 3:36.

Jesus said,

“I will forewarn you whom you shall fear; fear Him, which after He has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say unto you, Fear Him” Luke 12:5.

God gave us love, but God Himself is the epitome of love (Jeremiah 31:3).

God gave us anger, and sometimes wrath, but God Himself is the epitome of wrath (Psalm 9:17).

The earthquakes, the animal die-offs, the extreme weather, the upcoming solar and lunar eclipses on Biblical feast days this year, 2014 and 2015, and more, are all signs of the Lord’s soon return.

We will all stand before God to be judged concerning whether or not we received Jesus as our Savior, and whether or not we kept His commandments.

Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.