The Rich Man and Lazarus (the beggar)

16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

The terms Sheol (Hebrew) and Hades (Greek) both refer to the place of suffering where the unsaved go until they are released into hell. (Gehenna).  In the Old Testament , to descend into sheol was apparently a penalty for sin (ps. 55:15; Prov 9:18) It is described as "destruction" (Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12, Ps 88:11; Prov. 15:11; 27:20)  It was further described as "naked before God" (Job 26:6) and the place where the wrath of God burns (Deut. 32:22) At times Sheol is also pictured as the home of the wicked only (Ps 9:17). At times Sheol is identified simply as the grave of the physically dead, where all people go when they die. In the New Testament, the rich man went to Hades on dying, and suffered the torments of burning, seperation, loneliness, conviction by memory, thirst, and stench.  Also, those lost in Hades can glimpse the paradise of the saved ("Abraham's bosom"), although there is no biblical indication that the reverse is true. Some believe that, until the Ascension, Abraham's bosom was also located in Sheol, that is, the place of the physically dead.  When Christ died, He descinded into Hades and "led captivity captive" (Eph. 4:8-10).

Everyone should give careful consideration to the gospel and trust the Lord as Savior in order to escape the torments of Hades (Ref,  Deut. 32:22; Luke 16:19-31; Rev 9:1)

Salvation throught faith in Jesus

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