This is something that has made me both scared and excited for death.
I’m partly affraid of not knowing what happens after I die, or rather, missing out on whatever good has to come, specifically the triumph of good over evil on earth. Then again, I’m partly excited at the prospect of not really caring what happens on earth, because I’ll already be united with God.
But… I still think it would be nice to know what’s going on. It seems like a heavenly soul to at least some extent would have to know what is going on on earth. We pray to ordinary, non-divine, people who have gone before us and have been recognized as saints, and often times they intervene on our behalf. If they hear our prayers, they must necessarily have at least a partial connection to earth, the very minimum being the ability to hear earthly prayers. If they intervene on our behalf, it would seem then that they would have to have a substantial understanding of whatever situation is at hand.
So will we know what is going on on Earth? Will we have a bird’s eye view from the heavens? Will we be able to take a stroll through earthly woods when we are not busy basking in God’s presence?
I’m also sort of wondering, and this is a bit off topic, will everything be known to us in heaven? Will we view history like God and the angels, where they know and see everything all at once? Or will we know nothing? Or will we only know what we have learned while on earth?