The last 3 weeks I've been sharing 'quantum physics' things, and today I'm starting on a tangent from that - talking about the relationship between heaven and earth, and related things I've seen in heaven.
But first, some basics
Hebrews 12:1 says "Therefore, seeing that we are surrounded with such a large cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us."
He isn't bringing up the cloud of witnesses to make a doctrinal statement, but rather to encourage us that they have gone ahead, and it is worth it. In the previous chapter he had described the faith of many men and women, even alluding to Isaiah's death of being sawn in two. These all and more are included in the cloud of witnesses, so therefore go forth with confidence - it is worth it and heaven is real!
Verses supporting this...
In Luke 24:44 the risen Lord says to His disciples, "Don't you remember when I was with you I told you these things?", clearly though now resurrected He kept His memory of His life on earth intact. You remember everything, nothing is lost. Remember in The Revelation 7:17 and 21:4 it says the Father will wipe away our tears - clearly a reference to memories from this life still fresh, but one day all pain will be gone.
Remember Moses and Elijah appeared to a glorified Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, as Luke 9:31 says, "and spoke to Him of His death which would happen at Jerusalem." Moses and Elijah had long since departed, but here they were talking form the Mosaic Law (Moses) about the type and shadows Jesus would fulfill by His death and resurrection, and the Prophets (Elijah) sharing the prophecies about the same. They had been long gone, yet they knew exactly what was going on.
In The Revelation, 6:10 the apostle John who was 'in the Spirit' taken to heaven and shown future events, describes a multitude of saints before the Father's throne asking "How long oh Lord holy and true until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge us?" Those people remembered their lives on earth, clearly.
That doesn't mean...
That doesn't mean your long gone great great grandmother is watching you use the bathroom, lol. But it does mean they are aware of what is happening on earth.
During my 'tour' of heaven my angel and I walked past a group of people that included about a dozen adults and 2 young children, a boy and a girl. The girl seemed to be maybe 5 or 6, and the boy was less than 2 years old. They were all gathered around a tree and the adults were talking amongst themselves, and the girl was sitting cross legged with her back against the tree, her little brother crawling all over her and around. The adults were clearly engaged with the little children, and the feeling in the air around them was like a family reunion, with several conversations going on at once in the group.
As we walked by I asked what I was seeing, and the angel explained they were all aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents of those children, going back several generations. But there was clearly a generation not present - the parents of the children. So I asked, "Where are their parents?"
He said, "These 2 were killed in a car accident in (US State), but their parents survived. In heaven when possible, children are raised by their relatives." I was once again astonished, and said, "I need chapter and verse on that!" He didn't hesitate: "You've read what Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14 and 15, 'For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.' There is only one family, (he paused to let me take that in) so when a child comes here they are raised when possible by relatives."
Sharing something personal
My mother died in 2006, but she was first in the Lord in our family, having sought Him after dad left our family. She loved the Lord, but was rather limited in her knowledge due to the constraints of her denomination, and I shared with her many of my experiences with the Lord through the years.
Her body was cremated and we had a small service at the church, her ashes being buried in a small church yard and garden provided for such things. Once back at my sister's house we were playing in the in-ground pool, relaxing, reflecting, and for me, floating. Suddenly standing at the edge of the pool I saw my angel, with my mother on his right side, plain as day. Next to her was someone obscured in the light of heaven and whose face was thus obscured.
I was amazed, and just stared. My eyes were wide open and I looked over at my sister on her lounge chair, then to my brother playing in the pool, and then back. Mom looked to be about 35, not the 72 year old world-worn woman she was when she died. In fact later that week we were going through a box of old photographs and found a Church Directory picture of us all in about 1968, when mom was about 34, and she looked almost identical in her hair and face.
But I was just stunned to see my angel and mom standing side by side on the edge of the pool. I've seen my angel more times than I can count, but I didn't expect this! She didn't hesitate: "John! Everything you said about heaven is true! But you didn't tell the half of it! I'm having the time of my life, seeing old friends and relatives, and even meeting some who knew me as a child but I never knew. John! Live your life! Live your life!" and they suddenly disappeared and I have't seen her since.
Barb and I wonder if that third person was the miscarried brother or sister that was between me and my next younger brother. I don't know.
I've run out of room for today - more next week - seeing that we are surrounded with such a cloud, let us run the race with godliness...until then, blessings,