Q. In Rev 21:4 it says that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow. My 84 year old father is a good man, but he does not believe in God and is not born again. I love him dearly. How will God take away my tears and sorrow knowing that he is in eternal torment ? Will God wipe my memory of anyone who is not there with me or when I’m resurrected will I gain some higher understanding and understand that for my Dad it has to be that way. Either way I can’t bear thinking about it.
A. Speaking of the Millennium, Isaiah 65:17 says, “The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” The focus is Israel, so we’re not sure if it will also apply to the Church or not. 1 Cor. 13:12 says when we come into the presence of the Lord we will know fully, even as we are fully known. To me that means will have the same understanding as God has about things.
Either of these verses could explain how we’ll deal with the fact that we will all have loved ones who are not with us. And the Lord, who has foreseen this, could have other methods He hasn’t informed us about. But His promise that there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Rev. 21:4) tells us He will see to the matter in a way that doesn’t diminish our joy in being there.