I was recently reading an article on Fairy Tail on the Tower of Heaven when I remembered some events that transpired during the Tenrou Tree Arc that was...
It was revealed that Zeref was still alive
And the purpose for Grimiore Heart working on the Tower of Heaven was...
To restore life to someone who is deceased at the cost of someone else's life or in this case to sacrifice Erzas life for Zerefs as what was revealed in the anime
Based on this information, does this mean that Grimiore Heart was unaware of that Zeref was still alive and if they were what would have been the most obvious motive for using the Tower of Heaven which on the Fairy Tail wikia is described as:
The Tower of Heaven (楽園の塔 Rakuen no Tō), also known as the R-System, is a taboo Magic Item that can be used to restore life to a deceased person.
I would prefer an in cannon answer preferably from reliable sources. An answer would be appreciated. :)