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16. The End of Evil

Stephen Bohr


Stephen Bohr

President/Speaker of Secrets Unsealed


  • May 24, 2015
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Tonight the title of our subject is the end of evil. And what I want us to do tonight is to study for the major portion of our presentation a story that has confused many Christians. I'm referring to the story or the parable of the rich man and my answer is now I believe that probably most everybody here has heard about the parable of the rich man in lessons. Let me just say that this parable is found in Luke Chapter sixteen and we know that it is a parable it's not a story that took place in real life. Now how do we know that for the simple reason that look begins many other parables with the same formula. As he begins this one. Notice look Chapter sixteen and verse one. Just as an example here is the parable of the unjust steward and it says and he also said to His disciples There was a certain rich man who had a steward. Now that formula there was a certain Is that common formula or introduction that Luke uses for the parables of Jesus and so we know that because the story of the rich man and Lazarus which begins in verse nineteen of Chapter sixteen begins the same way there was a certain rich man that we're dealing here with a parable. Now what is a parable. A parable is an imaginary story which has the purpose of teaching a fundamental truth. Now the details of the parable. Many times are not real polite but the lesson which the parable seeks to teach is absolute truth. I could give you an exam. All of a story that we have very well known today the story of the hare and the tortoise. You remember that story. The day that the tortoise and the hare decided that they were going to race. Have you heard that story before. Yes you've heard of it. I have never seen such a race in real life. Absolutely not you know. But let me ask you is the central truth that that story wants to tell real truth. Yes And the basic truth is that it's better to be slow and persistent than to be fast and inconsistent. Now the lesson of the story is true but the details of the story are not necessarily true to life. So we're dealing here with a parable. Now one thing which has you know many scholars are if they study this story is that none of the parables of Jesus in the Gospels use proper names except for this one. This is the only parable in all of the Gospels that we have of Jesus where a proper name is used and that name of course is lesbians. No how could this be a parable saying some scholars when a proper name is used when in one of the other parables does Jesus ever use a proper name. We're going to find in our study tonight that there's a very special reason why Jesus felt it necessary to break the rules of parables and to use a proper name. In this parable we're going to find a very very important and significant reason. Now let me say that the Lord Jesus did not invent many of the parables that he used in fact the Lord Jesus many times taught the parables that were common in his day parables that what you were used by the rabbis and he would take those stories those parables and he would repeat them but he would turn that on. On the upside down the beach just the opposite of what the rabbis taught. Let me just give you an example here. That's why I brought the sheets up. Obviously I don't have this parable memorized but this is from the mission on which is a Jewish source of this parable was most likely in existence in the days of Christ. You tell me of this parable of the rabbis are similar to one that you've heard before. And by the way this is a new material that you get at the end. So you have a source that says they parable a parable and overtly tell a parable unto what is the matter like it is like a king who hired many laborers and along with them was one laborer who had worked for him many days. All the laborers went to receive their pay for the day and this one special labor went also. We sent to this one special labor I will have regard for you and the others who have worked for me only a little to them. I will give small pay but you will receive a large recompense. Have you ever read a parable like that in the Gospels of Matthew chapter twenty verses one to sixteen. Now Jesus used this parable when he turned it upside down you know exactly what Jesus said He said that at the end of the day when the labors wed work twelve hours went and the laborer who had worked one hour when they were all paid the same because salvation is not by word it's migrates and of course I'm sure that the piracies were deeply disturbed when Jesus told the story. Now the parables of the rabbis all had an ending that you could predict a predictable ending. Listen to the ending or the application that they gave to this particular parable. Even so both the Israelites and peoples of the world sought their pay from God And God said to the Israelite my children I will have regard for you the peoples of the world have a comp. Very little for me and I will give them but a small reward. But you will receive a large recompense. There where it stands and I will have regard for you. Very predictable. The person who works most gets paid most but Jesus takes a star you turns that upside down he says. They work different amounts of time and at the end because of the grace of God They were all paid the same. Jesus did this with many of the parables I'm only giving you one example that probably most of the parables that Jesus use were known in his day. In fact the story of the rich man and Lazarus was known in his day. Flavius Josephus makes that very clear in a little while I'm going to mention a little bit more about that. Now it's important for us to realize to whom this parable is addressed. But with me the chapter sixteen in let's read verse fourteen. The immediate context of this parable Jesus is speaking to a particular group. It's there in verse fourteen. Now the Pharisees who were lovers of money also heard all these things and they derided him for the particular individuals who were there listening to these parables of Jesus it was the Pharisees. Now you say why is it so important to know that it was the Pharisees. Well we need to know a little bit about the beliefs of the Pharisees as compared with us actresses but with me to the guy. Actually the book of Acts the book of Acts Chapter twenty three and lets reverse eight Acts Chapter twenty three and verse eight. Here the teachings of the Sadducees and of the Pharisees are being contrast if it were different. It's as their inverse ache for the fragile cities say that there is no resurrection and no angel or spirit but the parents to confess. Well now let me to read you a statement from play B.S. Josephus who by the way was born in the year thirty seven A.D. just six years after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Josephus himself was a Pharisee. Now notice what Josephus had to say about the piracy as compared with the Sadducees and he basically confirms what we just read here in the book a batch. Here is Josephus as comment from the book. Wars of the Jews Volume two. He said the power by the way this is also in your material play that is the parities say that all souls are in corruptible or immortal but that the souls of good men only are removed into other bodies but that the souls of bad men are subject to eternal punishment. But the Sandra sees take away the belief of the immortal duration of the soul and the punishments and rewards in Hades. In other words there were two basic teachings that the Pharisees had. Number one they believed that the soul of man was inside man and that it was immoral and secondly if the individual was Wiccan in their life time they would be sent to a place of everlasting burning or a place of everlasting punishment or torment where there was fire. And so we need to understand that when Jesus is speaking primarily to the Pharisees He is taking into account the beliefs that the Pharisees have the immortality of the soul and the idea of eternal torment in Hell. Now it's interesting to notice as we read the Gospels that even the disciples had become to be filed with this idea that when a person dies they don't go to the grave but rather they go. To a certain place if they were good. A good place if they were good or they go to burn in an evil place. If they were back you remember for example in Mark chapter six and verse forty nine the disciples saw Jesus walking towards them on the water and they were in the boat and they said look it's you know it was the disciples had actually adopted this idea of the Pharisees and by the way the Pharisees had adopted from great the last week the idea that the soul of man by nature is immortal. Now let me say that this story of a rich man and Lazarus is the only place in all of the Bible where you get the impression and I underline the word impression the impression that man goes to a place a burning at the moment of death there is no other kept in all of the Bible that would even give you the foggiest idea that man God will place a burning upon them. The Scriptures are unanimous that man will go to a place of burning at the last day at the end of the world but never at the point of death this is the long story that would seem to give that impression. Now we've mentioned in previous lectures that passage of John chapter five verses twenty eight and twenty nine where Jesus says that the hour is coming when all of those who are in their graves will hear his voice. Now according to Jesus where was a man at the moment of death in the gray. Now would Jesus suddenly contradict. Here's the issue in John Chapter five verses twenty eight and twenty nine and say oh by the way I slipped up on that man. It isn't in the grain. Man goes to a place of burning. If he was wicked when he does the fact of the Scriptures unanimously. The exception of this one passage which we're going to analyze very carefully and we're going to see that it doesn't teach what most Christians believe that it teaches with the exception of this one passage in the Bible is clear that fire punishment will be meted out upon the wake and all only at the end of the world. Actually at the end of the millennium let's notice some verses that make this clear. Go with me to Matthew chapter thirteen and verse thirty seven. Matthew chapter thirteen and verse thirty seven this is the parable we already studied the parable of the wheat and the tears. It's there in chapter thirteen and verse thirty seven. He answered and said to them he who sells the good seed is the Son of Man The field is the world the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom but the tears are the sons of the wicked one the enemy who sold them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the pairs are gathered and burned in the fire but when the pairs represent the wick and yes there is the pears are gathered and burned in the fire so will it be when people die. No if that show will that be at the end of this range. The Son of Man will send out his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that are planned and those who practice lawlessness and will cast them into the furnace of fire there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. So whenever we get thrown into the fire according to this passage it is at the end of the age or the end of the world known as also Matthew chapter twenty five. Time and again the scripture emphasizes this point but Christians will take this one parable which by the way you never. Bates a doctor not a parable. Because it's not a literal story but they'll take this one terrible though all right back to the Bible that seems to indicate that man goes to a place of burning out there and I'll say this. Take this one but will negate all of the rest. Doesn't think that way. You say you have to take scripture by the preponderance of the evidence if you have a problematic passage you have to analyze that passage to see whether perhaps one of the ones who are mistaken in our interpretation of that passage. Not to Matthew chapter twenty five and let's read verses thirty one and thirty two. Matthew twenty five thirty one and thirty two by the way this is speaking about after the millennium rap of the thousand years when the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the holy angels with Him then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Later on in our in our study will come back to this. All the nations will be gathered before him and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd divides the sheep from the guns. Wait a minute I thought that they were separated when they die. Is that way. That's the sheep in the box are separated when people die. No when when Jesus comes in is thrown up a lot. Glory not as what it says in verse forty one that he will say to those on the left hand Depart from Me you cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. So when are the wicked cast into the fire prepared for the devil and his angels at the end of the world. Now some people even those of our Earth to say that the devil is burning right now on the vine. But here it says that they're going to be cast into the fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels at this time and so Scripture is very clear that people go to a place of burning the Bible does teach the doctrine of hell but hell is not when you die hell is at the end of the age at the end of a thousand years that you read one. Our past each second Thessalonians chapter one. Actually first there's a lot of noise second Thessalonians chapter one and verse a seven to nine. First I was alone in chapter one and verse as seven through nine. Here it says the following. And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angel in blaming fire taking vengeance on those who would not know God and those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. When is it that the wicked are overtaken by God and by a flaming fire. At the end of the age when Jesus comes with his what with his mighty angels I could read many other passages that we that we find in scripture but I believe that these passages are represented even by the way in the material that you're going to pick up at the end. You find many other references. Now let me say a few more things about this story of a rich man and Lazarus indications that this cannot be a literal story. The idea that this man this rich man you know he wasted everything he had while he was living live curiously and then he goes to a place of burning a pond there and Lazarus who had nothing very light suddenly ends up in the bosom of Abraham. I want to mention several things that indicate that this story cannot be a literal story. First of all it's interesting to notice by look. Chapter sixteen verse twenty two The following the pale moments and says So what was that. A beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's blues on the rich man also died. And was what and was a very rich man die yes. Was he buried. Yes Now let me ask you this question where does your body go when your very go to heaven or hell. No it goes into the grave. It's as in Genesis three Verse nineteen dust you are and to dust you shall return. You don't even need the Bible for that. I bet many of you when you have the viewing. Where is the body that's in the casket. It didn't go to heaven or to hell. It's in the casket and back when the casket is let down into the ground and the casket is covered with dirt. Six Feet Under That's what nobody knows. And then the body decomposes you say well why oh why are you mentioning this for the simple reason that the rich man who died and was buried and Lazarus who also died and was buried in hell. They have their body parts. Dante Let's read it chapter sixty Chapter sixteen and not just what it says in verse twenty three and twenty four. It says envying the torments in Hades he lifted up his mind. All the rich man has what he is where he is burning away how can he have eyes if when you die your body goes to the grave. That's kind of a discrepancy isn't there. It says and saw Abraham apart and lives in his bosom. Verse twenty four Then he cried and said Father Abraham have mercy on me and said Alas that he may get the tip of his finger. Oh Lazarus has fingers in the afterlife. Not only that that he might get this finger in water and cool like tongue. I saw the red. Your man has a tongue and he was as thinkers and the regiment as I've not had this is at the moment of death and it's your soul that has been separated from your body to go to Hades. What are you doing down there with Barry Bonds. Incidentally let me tell you something very interesting there is a Protestant scholar maybe I should even call him a scholar because his book is just a total distortion of biblical concept there but I would say a writer on Bible theme. And I want you to know that he's caught this many Protestants today are saying we can't use the story of a rich man and Lazarus anymore to say that people go to a place of burning up or they're even Protestant scholars are saying there. Robert Morey is his name he wrote a book called Death and the afterlife of age eighty five. He makes the following admission realizing that that last part of the rich man after they die they have their body parts and if they have their body parts that cannot be the salt that's burning in Hades I understand what I'm saying. Now notice what he says. Everyone understood that these parables and dialogues did not literally pay police. This is in your materials. It was understood that the rabbis used imaginative stories and dialogues as a P.G. method it was understood by all that these dialogues never took place. Jesus was merely using the dialogue method to get across the concept that there is no escape from torment. No second chance. And we must believe the scriptures in this light onto salvation. So also as Robert Morey who has written a book trying to prove from the Bible that the dead know everything and that when you die you go to burn in the fires of hell. Or if he realizes that. Lazarus and the rich man a body part and if they have body parts this cannot be out there because the body parts go into the grave and decompose. They don't go to hell. I understand you want to say not let's notice another passage that speaks about hell fire. Go with meter mark. We got actually the Gospel of Matthew there's a parallel passage in Mark but let's go to Matthew chapter five and Vs twenty nine and thirty one to notice that when ever people are going to Hell they're not going to go to hell as souls as departed souls on the bike whenever they go to hell they're going to go with their whole body so it can't be that they're not it's Matthew chapter five verses twenty nine and thirty. And if your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out and cast it from you or it is more probable for you that one of your members perished. Then pour your whole body to be cast into hell and that be a bit. How can that be I don't know because the body is not cast into hell. The body goes way up into the gray and decomposes verse thirty. And if your right hand causes you to sin cut it up and kept it from you for it is more profitable for you then one of your members perish then pour your whole body to be cast into hell. So is it clear to you that whenever we go to hell if we do and I don't believe that anybody here is going to go. But whoever the hell is going to go there with his or her body parts is that clear. Raise your hand if that's clear. OK Can it be at that then. Not because your body parts go into the grate. Now that's one discrepancy which even Protestant scholars realize will not allow them to use the story of the rich man and Lazarus to teach that man goes to a place of burning at the point of them. There's another reason. Notice what it says in chapter sixteen and verse twenty two again and says So what was the bigger guy. And was carried by the angels to Abraham's booze. Where did the angels take him to a man's bosom. Now wait a minute is that what Jesus teaches. Elsewhere in Scripture when God's people died there. They're carried by the angels to a branch I don't think so not as Matthew chapter twenty four Matthew chapter twenty four. And let's read verses twenty nine to thirty one excess immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken then the sun the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will gather together. He is like from the war winds from one end of the HAVEN'T to the other to take them to a band. That's the border. Where are the right just taken by the angels when they resurrect not to paper hands but to be God with Jesus. It's as impressed as audience chapter four the Lord himself will be sent from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel in the trumpet a bud and the dead in Christ will rise first and then it says that what we caught up to me Jesus together with him when I am in the cloud we will be together to Jesus we will not be gathered to Abraham's bosom. That is the standard beaching of Jesus and the Apostles throughout the New Testament Jesus is simply using a concept that they had which was popular in their day to teach a tremendous lesson get a tremendous lesson across. Besides it's interesting that in this story the rich man and Lazarus are carrying on dialogue. There are two people talking to each other. Do you know what the Bible says about people who claim to be able to talk with the dead not of Deuteronomy chapter eighteen. This is forbidden by God. Deuteronomy chapter eighteen and let three verses eleven and twelve actually let's start at verse ten there shall not be found among you anyone who makes a son or his daughter pass through the fire or one who practices witchcraft or a salute say or on one in winter but omens or a sorcerer or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls the way the dead how was it that Jesus would condone this conversation this supposed conversation between two different people from beyond the grave. It doesn't fit with the prohibitions that God gives in his holy word. Furthermore in the. Ecclesiasticus Chapter nine and verse by the Bible says the living know that they won't die but then no not anything. Not the dead don't know anything. How is it that Lazarus and the rich men know so much in this story if the dead are dead last in the Richmond cannot be talking with each other as this incarnated spirit in the nether world. Furthermore it says that this last verse was taken to the bosom of Abraham. Now if the writers all go to the bosom of Abraham there must be some booze and of course Protestants will say now come on the Buddhism is symbolic and I say all the Buddhism is symbolic but the rest is literal. So you can't pick and choose. You can't say I like this literal I like this symbolic The star is e. Either symbolic or it is what literal and parables are using symbolic terms people language to get across a tremendous truth. Incidentally the prose in the Bible is a symbol of tremendous closeness the righteous did not go to Abraham's in a minute we're going to see what this story is really trying to teach for now I'm trying to show you the inconsistency is that makes it impossible for this to be a literal story. But the bull's eye is a very close place for example in John chapter one verse eighteen. It says that Jesus Jesus is of the booze among those that mean Jesus is in the bosom of this fire is very close to his father. In John Chapter thirteen verse twenty three at the Last Supper the Bible says that John the Apostle leaned upon the Buddhism of G.-D.. That's why he is called the beloved disciple. In other words this is not speaking of a literal Buddhism this is speaking about an individual who is very close to Abraham. Now let me just throw out a little idea to show you what we're going to play in the Times of Jesus to be real close to aver. The Jews and particularly who are the Pharisees. Won't go any further ahead right now let's go back to talking about the inconsistencies of this story not just Chapter sixteen verse twenty four. And then he cried and said Father Abraham have mercy on me and send the last rest that he may get the obvious things in water and cool but I tell him why it is an ironic language. Do you really think that this if this is a literal story it would help for leverage to didn't pierce finger the tip obviously are not his finger the tip of his finger in water and then go down to the fires of hell and put the tip of this. Finger on the tongue of the rich. Come on be real. No I don't think people want to go back to the time and so this is not speaking about a literal event this is irony. This is satire on the part of Jesus. Incidentally lots of people like to add details to this story that are not found. Let me just read read a few verses like many people read it not as verse twenty three this is the first even more revised version and not thinking about the rich man and his soul being an eternal torment in Haiti. Looking up his eyes and saw Abraham a bar open letters and then he cried and said Father Abraham have mercy on me and send us all of the land that he may get the pig with his finger and why don't people like time why I am tormented in this eternal fire. I want to say. Yes that is an admission by people to the story. They are in fact not once is the word soul used in this short story. Not once is the word immortal used in this story and not once is the word eternal used in this story. And yet Christians will make this into an immortal soul that went down there to burn for ever. When those key words are not found in the story even once there because people have a certain bytes. Now let's ask the question what does the rich man represent in this story. There are fine clear clues that a rich man represents a Pharisee. Now notice first of all Chapter sixteen verse twenty four. There's a certain terminology with which the rich man addresses Abraham. And with which Abraham addresses Lazarus or the rich man. Notice what it says in chapter sixteen and verse twenty four. Then he cried and said what Father Abraham. Notice also what it says in verse twenty five. But Abraham said son. So this is a father son relationship. Notice verse twenty seven Then he said I beg you therefore father is the rich man speaking again. Then you would send him to my father's house. Not at first thirty and he said No father Abraham. So this is a father son relationship. Who are the ones who claim to be children of Abraham and claim Abraham as their father it was the Pharisees and also the Jews in general that the first clue that the rich man represents the Pharisees because he's thinking Abraham as father. The second reason is because of the bosom of Abraham. Where did the rich man expect to go where would he have expected to go to the bosom of Abraham. Why because they claim to be what close to Abraham. But who ends up in the bosom of Abraham not the one who broke it was close to Abraham but the one who apparently was farthest from Abraham. So verity and Abraham would go together. Now there's a third reason and that is that this man says that he has the rich man says that he has five brothers. Notice what it says in chapter sixteen and verse twenty eight. What I have by brothers that he may might testify to them lest they also come to this place of torment. What does the rich man want done he why. It's less risk to go away or to talk to his five brothers so they don't come to this place of torment. Now it's interesting when you examine the Jewish religion there are many different denominations or sects heresies will work but you know there were five others. There were the scribes. There were the Sadducees. There were the Herodian Zz there were the zealots and there were that you see now you say can we be sure that those five represent the other Jewish sects other than the Pharisees the answer is yes because we're going to notice. In fact let's go there right now. In verse twenty nine Abraham said to him there you have what Moses and the prophets let them hear them. Who were the ones who had Moses and the prophets. The Gentiles. All of the Jewish sites claim to have Abraham as their father. They claim to be close to Abraham suppose they claim to believe what had been written by Moses and the prophets they had five brothers but different sects and there's another reason incidentally and we have to read it carefully to catch it. Notice Chapter sixteen and verse thirty. This rich man believes in the immortality of the soul. And we're going to notice that Jesus did not at verse thirty Let's read it carefully. And he said that is the rich man speaking to Abraham. No father Abraham but if one goes to them from the dead they will repent. What is the right man say if someone goes to my brother's room where from the dead they will repent. Does this wretched man believed to be a model of us all to believe that someone can do or speak was mothers from the dead. Why is that the exact idea that the parity there. Absolutely. But now I want you to notice something very interesting. The Lord Jesus directs people away from the idea of the immortality of the soul and he directs them to the idea of the resurrection of the dead. Notice verse thirty one. But he said to him if they do not hear Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one what. Well one rise from the dead. Now you say why is that particularly significant. Build one rise from the dead. Did you notice the contrast between verse thirty verse thirty one the regimen says send one from among the dead to my brothers. It's us in the next verse says they won't believe me if I send one who has risen from the dead. Jesus does not believe in the immortality of a soul. He believes in what in the resurrection of the dead. Incidentally this word though he rise of the dead is constantly used by Lou to describe the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Notice for example what it says in the Gospel of Luke in the Gospel of Luke Chapter twenty four verse seven Chapter twenty four verse seven. This identical word and it's translated with two words Chapter twenty four and verse seven it says they're saying the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful man and be crucified and learn they rise again. Actually it's one word that is translated with to rise again. In other words in chapter sixteen had to be translated. They won't believe no one can rise again from there. Rise again from the dead. And incidentally in verse forty six of Luke twenty four once again the same word is used to refer to the resurrection of Jesus and by the way in John eleven this is not in your list but in John eleven twenty four and twenty five where Jesus says I am the resurrection and the life when he goes to resurrect Lazarus the word that is used for Jesus when He speaks about rising Lazarus from the dead. Is this very idea the Greek word in other words Jesus is saying forget that the idea of sending one from among the dead to convince the five brothers of this rich man he says they won't believe even if one should rise from the dead. Now we've noticed then that for several reasons the richman represents who. The terrorist. Now what would last years represent Well let's notice Chapter sixteen Chapter sixteen and let's read verse nineteen and one. And actually verse twenty one two. It says there was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day but there was a certain beggar named glass around us full of sorest who was laid at his gate desiring not to the terms desiring to be free with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Men when the dogs came and licked his sores noticed table crumbs. Now let's go back to Matthew Chapter fifteen and noticed something very interesting about a Gentile woman that comes to Jesus because she wants healing for her daughter not of Matthew chapter fifteen. And let's begin with verse twenty one. Notice how Jesus addresses this gentile woman so that verse twenty one Then Jesus went out there and be part of the region of Tyre and Sidon and behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to him say have mercy on me. Oh Lord son of David. Mike. Daughter A severely demon possessed. But he said to her not a word as disciples came and urged him saying send her away for she cried out after us. But he answered and said I was not sent except sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and worshipped him saying Lord help me. But he answered and said it is not good to take the children's bread and that I went to the little dogs. Interesting verse twenty seven and she said true man. Yet even little dogs in the crowd which from their master's table. What does this represent. He represents the jumper and so really these are not literal people. The rich man represents the Pharisees He has five brothers represent the rest of the Jewish religion the last arrest represents the Gentiles. I want you to notice the reason why Jesus uses the proper name Lazarus in this one parable and you know what. Do you know that just a short while after Jesus told this story. A man called Lazarus resurrected from the dead. Did you know that we've studied about a man called Lazarus resurrected from the dead and thought that was the crown jewel of the miracles of Jesus who said he was not only the Messiah not only a prophet not only a priest but that he was growing up because only God can resurrect the dead prove his messiahship through that he that he was what he claimed to be. If you notice that it says that they wouldn't be persuaded even if someone resurrected from the dead. What happened when Lazarus Reza. So if Jesus had not used the name of Lazarus in the parable they would have never caught the connection between the parable and the resurrection of lancers. So he had to use the property. Now what are they trying to do with Lazarus and with Jesus for that matter not us. John Chapter eleven. John Chapter eleven and you'll see that these people did not believe particularly the piracy. Not to John Chapter eleven and verse forty five this is immediately after the resurrection of Lazarus so that many of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen the things Jesus did believe in him. But some of them went away into the world to the sea and told them the things Jesus did. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said What shall we do for this man works many signs that jump down the verse fifty three. Then from that day on they plotted to put him to death. They believe that Jesus was the Messiah when this man resurrected from the dead. Now they did not believe by the way who are the ones that had Moses in the front. They do. To whom good Mazas and the profit point. Let's go to John Chapter five and notice that John Chapter five. Incidentally you can reach up at well that they also tried to kill Lazarus poor guy if they didn't exist we would have died twice in a very short period of time. Not as John Chapter five and verse thirty nine you search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life and these are they which testify are that of me. So when Jesus says they won't be persuaded even if one resurrection of the dead. He's saying they won't be persuaded that I am one that I am the Messiah whom I claim to be. Even if someone resurrect from the dead and when Lazarus. As a record it was proven Jesus was proven right. And then notice verse forty five of chapter five I do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you Moses in whom you trust. For if you believe Moses you would believe me for he wrote about me. So here the jurors there Moses they have the properties they have for a hand supposedly as their father and yet the one to Moses and the prophets pointed out they are seeking him to kill him not of John chapter eight that puts all of this in a capsule. John Chapter eight and let's start reading at verse thirty seven. Jonnie verse thirty seven Jesus says to the Jews I know that you are Abraham's descendants but you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you. I speak when I have seen with my father and you do what you had seen with your father. They answered and said to him Abraham is our Father. Jesus said to them if you were able and children see the terminology you would do the works of Abraham but now you seek to kill me a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God and man did not do this in fact in verse fifty six the Lord Jesus says. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw what a discrepancy here Abraham if he had been alive in the Times of Jesus what would you have done. He would have embraced the log and said you're exactly not what I said Why do you all are. But here are others who who claim to be the children of Abraham and say that Abraham is their mother and are planning to go to jail and so are the really children of Abraham. Noel. So what's going to happen the Gentiles who eventually accept Jesus are going to take their place. Of the Jews who claim to be children of Abraham but who reject Jesus. Are you with me or not with me now. Jesus said Matthew twenty three in verse thirty three said that the scribes and the Pharisees were worthy of alle other Jesus himself said that they are worthy of hail not of Chapter thirteen and verse twenty. Look Chapter thirteen verse twenty eight. Here Jesus is speaking about this reversal of fortunes. The Gentiles grafted in by God because they accept Jesus. The Pharisees and the Joy of Sex I reject that as God's chosen nation because they reject the Messiah not to Chapter thirteen and verse twenty eight. Actually let's read verse twenty seven for the context but he will say I tell you what I tell you what I do not know where you are wrong. Depart from me all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. You remember that that was the expression that was in the parable of the wheat in the pears. So this is speaking about the same time. So there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all prophets in the kingdom of God and what and yourself rust out. Or is that an explanation of the story of the regiment of letters. Well certainly. Because those which had to be seeded with Abraham must go whereas those who did not expect there are bacteria that are in the parallel passage of Matthew chapter eight and verses eleven and twelve. Matthew Chapter eight verses eleven and twelve. Notice this. So clear it's as there are in I say to you that many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham Isaac. And Jacob in the kingdom of heaven but the sons of the kingdom who are those those who have been chosen for the Jewish nation are not individuals but the nation as such but the sons of the kingdom will be what. Cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and work and gnashing of teeth. Incidentally was Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish nation for approximately forty years or the city and the temple were destroyed by fire. Has there been weeping and gnashing of teeth for the Jewish nation since then in their many tribulations and suffering yes. Chapter nineteen on this idea of a suffering because of the rejection of the Messiah. Look at chapter nineteen and verse forty one now as he drew near he saw the city and wept over it saying if you had known even you especially in this your day the things that make for your peace but now they are hidden from your eyes for the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you surround you and close you again on every side and level you and your children within you to the ground they will not leave in you one stone upon another because you did not know the time of your word the time of your visitation. Jesus said in Matthew twenty one forty three the kingdom will be taken from you and will be given to a nation that produces the fruits the rock like we talk about I'm sorry the fig tree was cut down and will be put on wear and will be thrown into the fire. John the back to. Said in Matthew Chapter three. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and put a layer into the fire and he's speaking about the Jewish nation because in the previous verse says Don't you think the same in your heart. We are children of Abraham before God can raise up children of Abraham from the stone. So does this story really really have anything to say about what happens when a person dies. Absolutely not. Like many other parables of Jesus it is speaking about the reversal of fortunes of those who claim to be children of Abraham but rejected Jesus and those who did not claim to be children of Abraham but by accepting Jesus end up closer to Abraham then those who were his physical children. It reminds me of Galatians three Verse twenty nine where the apostle Paul says If you are right then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the plan. Now we're going to not going to be cast into the fires of hell when they die as we've noticed with this parable has nothing to do with that. When are the wicked going to be coming into the fight. Well let me just tell you the story let's go to Revelation chapter twenty very quickly Revelation chapter twenty. After a thousand years there's going to be a resurrection right. We've talked about this the second resurrection. Notice Chapter twenty and verse six actually verse by itself but the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were what were finished. Now whether one to resurrect at the beginning of the thousand years we already know is that the dead in Christ will rise first. So almost the rest of the Debbi they must be working so well. Oh the wicked wrecker resurrect at the end of a thousand years and I want to complete the story that I didn't complete letter because we didn't have a car you see. We notice that God before the second coming of Jesus examines the cases of all those who claim to be as children because he has to show that they are worthy of being taken to heaven when he comes. During the thousand years God will open the box to the righteous who are in heaven with him and all of the angels to show why the wicked stay behind and we'll be able to review the whole history of Satan and pronounce them as in heaven. But there's one group that has not seen the justice in the mercy of God in its fullness and who are those the devil and of angels of the wicked and so after the Wigan resurrect after the thousand years there's this white put on notice Chapter twenty and verse eleven of Revelation Revelation twenty verse eleven then I saw the great white throne you remember the great throne in Matthew chapter twenty five. It says that I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it from whose face the earth. They have been led away and there was no place for them and I saw the band that is those who have been dead because they came to life after the thousand years. It clearly says. Verse five I saw the dance while in great standing before God and what books were opened. Let me ask you what is in those books. What's in the books the records of what there might be very happy. Their life but much more open are their lives going to be shown to them. Yes and it says another but was often noticed but has the records and what does the book have names. Such as another book was opened which is the Book of Life and the dead were judged according to their works by the things which were written. Where in the books. In other words the. We're going to going to be able to see the history of their lives. Do you think that they're going to have any excuse after they see the history of their life. No excuse because it's going to be like looking in the mirror and there's a mirror lie I'm not talking about marriage no. There's a mirror line. Let's folks you can look at them now and if your place is burning the mirror is going to tell you that. Whether you like it or not they will look at the map of their life and they will see themselves as they were as they are. And when it's opened its eyes and Philippians chapter two and verses five to eleven that every knee will know. Those in hand and only a little earlier who are the ones under the you live in Atlanta. No one but we're the ones that went under the avenues of the Dead going to buy out years after they resurrect so does everyone in heaven on earth and I don't hear shall bother me every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God before then and only then for the first time in human history the whole universe is in agreement that God has been right in the way in which he has dealt with since there are no slaves. Everybody agrees that God has been right in the way in which he has dealt with them and only then can God destroy the same Bible tells us. You can read the verses we can get. Well then but you can read all of the verses where it says a player comes down from heaven and what does it do. And we've now I Chapter four verses one of the recess. There it will be reduced to ashes and it will leave neither rude nor right. If you got twenty eight percent bacon in one thousand tells us that even Satan will be reduced to ashes. And he won't be no second Peter chapter three starting with verse seven says that this earth is going to be melting went silent again. The world is going to be cleansed by fire. There's nothing that claims of anything better than five. Why. There will consume and this is all of the elements on this earth all of the wicked words and memories will be burned. Then when the earth has been cleansed it says there in verse thirteen that God will make a new heaven and a new word in which righteousness dwell. So the wicked are not burning in hell right now the righteous are not enjoying the bliss of Heaven right now. The righteous and the wicked are in the grey sleepy waiting until the moment when Jesus comes. It will work quite well. It will take us to his heavenly kingdom or a thousand if we were wicked we will remain until the end of the thousand years when the wicked will rise. Then they will be able to see the justice of their son and they will show up we will pronounce the words before the world Jesus was ranked in the way he dealt with sin he has been just and he has been merciful and the whole universe is in harmony with justice and mercy of God. Fire will be sent from heaven and will destroy the Wigan and claimed this world so that God can make a new heaven and new are. That's involved that's not going to be some corner of the universe whether we're going to going to be shrieking crying out of these the sages of eternity because in that way the same problem would not have been solved. There's not going to be some corner whether we're going to bless me being gone because in that case the problem of sin will never result though it is going to cleanse his universe from sin and from sinners and of the thing nothing will come to mind. According to Revelation chapter twenty one chapter twenty. So we have a choice that we need to make there are two choices. So some people say Pastor I didn't choose to be born into this world. What he'll do I have let me go you you can choose to come into the world but you can choose on love. So you see that's why you can't have an excuse it's like the Jews I know just come into the world and Jesus all say they're not. We didn't choose to come into the world. Let me go you something. I gave you the option as to how you could go out because I gave you Jesus. There are two things the wages of sin is death. Jesus paid up there. If you receive Jesus you don't have to pay the price of God is eternal. Through Jesus Christ our Lord I praise the Lord because He has given us a way of escape and I just make one remark in clothes of people saying what about the expression. Everlasting life. What do you do with their everlasting judgment everlasting punishment. Those expressions are in the New Testament. Let me go if I had time I would show you that the punishment is ever last. They not in its processed but in its result. The wicked are burned up and there's no parole order. There's no commuting the sentence says they remain punished forever because their punishment is did the liar produce this everlasting results. I understand me. For example when an individual is electrocuted in the electric chair is the process of punishment perpetual their shocking him throughout eternity now. They let him and the result is he remains punished forever at least in the sight of the law because he is the private life. His punishment is not the electrocution electrocution his punishment is being deprived of what of life I can think of nothing more terrible than being deprived of eternal life. When I was never an existing ever again so I don't think about the parent you love life and if you love Jesus been separated from Jesus whatever. What a horrendous thing you see forced not only were burning people in hell be a punishment but depriving them of life depriving them of their prized possession is even worse punishment. Let me close by giving you an example when I was a kid my parents knew exactly how to punch me. They didn't have them with me so that would be the equivalent of hail being women. Not depriving you of something but giving it to you. They soon found out that there was a punishment which was far worse and that was to not let me eat a meal or to break away. What torture. I would have rather have been whipped. Yes I got my share with the wrong impression. But folks been deprived of life is as much a punishment as it would be to be tortured forever. God is not a monster. God would be the devil if you torture people forever and ever. What me what God of love would punish seventy years of sin. With an eternity burning in the fires of hell. That's not the writer I serve a God up. Just and kind of crazy. I haven't haven't we thank you for having Ben with us tonight in our study we love you so much because you have given us a landscape. I ask Lord that through the power of your Holy Spirit you will come close to everyone here and touch their hearts that they have not given their lives to Jesus or I don't want anybody you don't want anybody to perish you want everyone to come to repent. There's anybody here that has not accepted Jesus into their lives I ask more of at this very moment it will come to their hearts. And I've been making more investments in our study were answering my prayers. 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