“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:18-25.
Since the fall of man, all the creatures of the earth have been living on a sin cursed world. And since the flood, they have all been living in dread of man, who began to take them as food. (Genesis 9:2-3). But when Christ returns, there will be new heavens and a new earth, and we will be revealed as the children of God. And the animals will no longer fear us, nor one another.
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
“The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
“They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 9:6-9).
It is inevitable that God is going to restore the earth and all nature to His glorious specifications. This is something mankind cannot do. But we can make sure that we are on it, ruling and reigning as the children of God. But first we must be reconciled to God. The animals don’t have to do this. Sin did not enter the world through them. They came along for the ride. But we must repent and believe in the one God sent to save us: Jesus Christ.