Q. My wife has leukemia and they recently stopped all treatment since it was not working anymore. I think in one of your studies you said that when we get to heaven we will not be bound by time, but will be similar to what God experiences now. If that is true, when my wife gets to heaven will she experience time without her family or will that time not be noticed? You know what I mean? If she is not bound by time she will see the rest of her saved loved ones as soon as she gets there even though in this life we are not dead or will she have to wait until we die?
A. As far as I can tell, no one knows exactly how time works in our next life. We know that God has already seen us in eternity with Him. If the spirits of departed believers are as free from the constraints of time as He is then your wife will know the end from the beginning as He does, and may even be able to “see” things that are yet future to us.
We get a couple of hints of this from Scripture. One is in 1 Cor. 13:12 where Paul said, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known.”
And in 1 John 3:2 we read, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
To me these verses say that when we get to heaven we will have the same level of perception and understanding that the Lord has.