Job 14:20–21 You prevail for ever against him, and he passes: You change his countenance, and send him away. His sons come to honour, and he knows it not; and they are brought low, but he perceives it not of them
It is a common saying that those in heaven are looking down upon us and smiling, rooting for us, or whatever may be the case. However this passage answers this age-old question and reveals to us the fact that those in heaven are not aware of the happenings going on presently in earth. Common sense should tell us that if those in heaven were aware of our goings-on, especially from their perfect sinless state, Heaven could not be a place of joy but would instead be a place of sadness, tears and misery due their observations of the present conditions of mankind on this planet due to his sin, hatred, violence, self-righteousness, disobedience, and mostly his rebellion, lack of trust, and unbelief in our Heavenly Father and His Word.
Why is this important? Why even bring it up? Because a little leaven, regardless of how innocent and helpful it may seem to be, leavens the whole lump. One example of this error is how it can lead one to disobey God’s Word by praying to the dead, which is a gross sin. We learn this when King Saul tried to speak to the Prophet Samuel, who had gone on to be with the Lord,and instead Saul received a demonic imposter, a familiar spirit. (1Sam. 28). Error of any kind is always of the enemy and meant to deceive, harm, and draw, even the very elect, away from the only Truth God is working in. One scripture that is often taken out of context to support this erroneous doctrine is found in Hebrews 12:1:
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
This scripture is not speaking of those, who have gone on before us in heaven, as rooting us on, but instead, taken in context, simply states that we have a wealth of examples, examples of Faith, all those mentioned in the previous chapter (Heb. 11) that should encourage us to continue to “fight the good fight of Faith”, stay “determined to know nothing save Christ and Him Crucified”, and keep “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith.”
I know this is a very sensitive topic and many have thought, felt or experienced many things regarding loved ones who have died; however, our experiences should never override scripture. If what we think, feel or have experienced is not found in God‘s Word we must beware and remember that the devil comes not only as a roaring lion but oftentimes as an angel of light to steal, kill and destroy.
I am encouraged and comforted that one day I will see many of my loved ones in heaven but I am also happy to know that they are blind to the evils and unbelief of the greater majority of this present world. Rest in the fact that although they can’t see us, they can see Jesus, and one day soon, if we remain faithful, we will see Him together.