This article could and perhaps should have been entitled: When Christians Die, Do They Instantly “Go To Be With The Lord”? – Part 3, (see link below for parts 1 & 2), but that, to some degree, would be missing the point. The question of whether this passage of Holy Scripture proves or does not prove that we ‘go to be with The Lord’ when we die is really only a side issue. Yashua Messiah’s (The Lord Jesus Christ’s) intended theme and Spiritual thrust of this story has a different purpose altogether. Needless to say, this theme is totally missed or ignored by the Bible ‘experts’. Moreover, this parable is so well known, and so much discussed, it had to be used as the title of this article. You will therefore notice that I have deliberately referred to this passage of Holy Scripture as a Prophetic Parable, for that is what it is.
Now calling it a Prophetic Parable will upset many in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion (mainstream Christianity), because it is one of their ‘golden nugget’ sections of the New Testament, which they misuse. This is because they use it to support their mythical ideas that they: 1) instantaneously ‘Go to be with the Lord’ when they die, that is, they go straight to heaven when they die (yet another lie) and 2) ‘sinners’ go straight to a fiery hell; otherwise known as Purgatory by deluded ignorant Papists.
However, unfortunately for them, the parable of Lazarus and the rich man is just that – a parable, and not a factual literal description of what happens when we die. It’s a Spiritual analogy, as are all of Yashua Messiah’s (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) parables.
The Prophetic Parable
Luke 16:19 (KJV) There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 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. 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; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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. 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. 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. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 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. (All emphasis mine)
Some interesting points before I move on. This parable can only be found in Luke’s Gospel and Lazarus is named, but the rich man remains anonymous. And don’t forget that it is mostly prophetic – for the future, that is, the near future, post Yashua Messiah’s death and resurrection and the distant future at Yashua Messiah’s second coming – both events are involved in this parable.
So how do we know this story is a parable? Easy, the opening verse tells us straight away, because Yashua Messiah makes special reference to the colour of the rich man’s robes – PURPLE. Now this may seem, at first glance, all very trivial and insignificant, but nothing could be further from The Truth. Purple raiment is always synonymous with God, royalty, the priesthood and the counterfeit priesthood of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion:
Exodus 26:1 (KJV) Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
Numbers 4:13 (KJV) And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
John 19:5 (KJV) Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
Revelation 17:4 (KJV) And the woman (the mother of harlots) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.
In these four Scriptures we can see various connotations associated with purple cloth, but they have some things in common: God, Royalty, the Priesthood, and the counterfeit priesthood in Revelation 17. So, this rich man, dressed in fine purple linen, is symbolically a priest or a representative of the counterfeit priesthood and/or The Sanhedrin as it was known in the first century.
Now this parable is another of those parables that Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) frequently used in order to attack the hypocrisy of the Jewish Pharisee and Sadducee religious leaders. There they were, all dressed up for the part, but in reality they were “whited sepulchres” or “whited walls”, cold, ruthless and hollow and empty within – lacking any love or Spiritual substance. They were Spiritually dead with “throats like open graves”. Notice, too, this man lived it up everyday, well he was loaded with money and therefore a lover of filthy lucre, as were the Pharisee Jews, so why not eat, drink and be merry, eh?
Moving on, and as always, keeping it in the Spiritual dimension, we then have poor Lazarus who represents all those who are desirous and hungry, nay starving, for lack of Spiritual food, for lack of even just a few crumbs of Spiritual Truth and/or the Word of God. In the early first century that meant Moses and The Prophets, but in the prophetic future sense it is highlighting Yashua Messiah (Jesus Christ) and His glorious message taught by His Messengers, that is, The Good News of Grace, Salvation and Eternal Life in the coming Kingdom of God.
On top of this poor Lazarus’ malnourished Spiritual condition is compounded by the trials of this life – his sores. As a Spiritual babe he is even tormented and spiritually attacked by dogs or spiritual prostitutes – or those of the circumcision, as described by Paul in Galatians – legalists and Grace killers.
Philippians 3:2 (MCV) Beware of Judaising mongrel dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the circumcision.
In Strong’s Concordance the Old Testament definition for ‘dogs’ is male prostitutes – sodomites:
Dog – H3611 – keleb – keh’-leb – From an unused root meaning to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute: – dog.
Have you yet noticed the picture that is developing here? no man, unless he is being drawn to The Son by The Father, can be desirous for Spiritual food, so this means Lazarus represents those The Father is calling and has chosen! Notice, too, how we also have purple garments and spiritual prostitution in association – one with the other – the the purple robed dogs of the meaningless, vain Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion.
The next thing we must understand is that Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ), on numerous occasions said The Kingdom of God is at hand. What did He mean by that turn of phrase? Quite simply, He was referring to a time in the very near future or the time directly after His death and resurrection when Salvation would be made available to all those The Father would be calling and choosing through hearing the Messenger’s (apostles’) preaching.
Now keeping this Truth in mind we now continue with the parable, and next we have the death of Lazarus, here called a beggar, which means he is hungering and thirsting after mercy and righteousness plus justice and justification:
Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Notice here, too, that Lazarus is desirous to be fed the Spiritual scraps, not to mention the literal scraps of food, that fell from this selfish self-indulgent purple clothed minister’s table.
OK, so now we have Lazarus crying out for The Word of God – The Good News of The Kingdom, salvation and righteousness (justice and justification). However, what happens? he dies, but what kind of death is Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) really referring to here, apart from a physical death?
Lazarus’ death here is symbolic of the watery grave of Baptism – the old Lazarus dies and then what happens – he is lifted up by the angels into Abraham’s bosom and his name is written in the Book of Life. This means he is lifted up a new man – born of God (born again) into Abraham’s bosom. How does that work? Who and what does Abraham represent? Easy, he represents faith and the faithful – he is the elder of the faithful and the man that the men dressed in purple fine linen thought they were descended from, and were supposed to represent, that is, the Spirit of The Law, not the letter of The Law.
Don’t forget, too, this message is being delivered by Yashua Messiah under the Old Covenant and Abraham’s Bosom is a forerunner or type of the Kingdom of God to be ruled by Yashua Messiah. Please note, Lazarus’ physical death, as with all those who are born of God (born again), has no hold over him, as his place in the Kingdom of God at Yashua Messiah’s return is assured. Make sure you understand that there is no resurrection of the dead for ANYONE until Yashua Messiah returns, and that includes Enoch and Elijah. (Future articles on this pesky subject coming soon)
1 Corinthians 15:36 (KJV) Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
Colossians 2:12 (KJV) Buried with Him in Baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the Faith (Abraham’s Bosom) of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.
Romans 6:4 (KJV) Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by The Glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (All emphasis and brackets mine)
Now, notice, Lazarus is comforted in Abraham’s bosom and in the not too distant future, after The Lord’s death and resurrection, those called and chosen would also be comforted just like Lazarus. Comforted by whom? why, by Yashua Messiah of course. This proves that Yashua Messiah is using Abraham’s bosom here as a type for Himself in His Kingdom.
John 14:18 (KJV) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
In part two I will explain the meanings of the tormented sufferings or ordeals of the rich man.
The Parable Of Lazarus And The Rich Man – Part 2.
The Explanation continued
Now what of the rich man? He dies and is buried and comes to a place called hell. How does this work? because we know that the dead are dead and know nothing? (Please see link below to my article “Are Christians going to heaven?”) Yet this rich man is conscious and can see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and Abraham, too, is alive and can see him. So what is this all about and at what point in time is all this taking place?
First of all, it’s all about mental and spiritual torment, not physical torment. Secondly, the time is just after that time when the rich man, (representative of the Jews and counterfeit religious priesthood), will have been resurrected with all those who were called and chosen. This is the time of the return of Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) to this earth and the First Resurrection. The rich man is like the five foolish virgins who ran out of oil. Here though, The Lord has taken the scenario one step further and placed the rich man in a metaphorical place of torment. This ‘hell’ is a point in time in the future where all the unrepentant men in purple robes will realise it’s too late, like the unwise virgins who discovered their purchased oil was useless. If we refer to the end of that parable, the unwise virgins are not allowed into the wedding feast and Yashua Messiah informs them that He does not know them even though they were given oil (Grace) in the first place. In this instance Yashua Messiah does not elaborate on their reaction to this horrendous news.
However, in this parable, we are told about the rich man’s ordeals and/or his reaction to the news that he has been excluded from the Kingdom of God – Abraham’s bosom – Salvation. He, like the unwise virgins at the beginning, was given oil – Grace or here referred to as the ‘good things’ – the Spiritual Law of Moses and the Prophets – The Gracious gifts of God to the priesthood. This rich man, like modern mainstream Christian ministers of The Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion, had all the benefits the knowledge of God can bestow upon a man. His, (the rich man) and their wickedness, has resulted in the Children of God, that is, those they were, and are, responsible for, and supposed to look after (shepherd) were/are starving through lack of Spiritual food. So here he is, as a result, in wretched mental torment for his just reward:
Matthew 8:11 (KJV) And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven (God). 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Wretched fearful mental torment and/or emotional ordeals).
Luke 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all The Prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Wretched fearful mental torment and/or emotional ordeals).
Make no mistake, this rich man represents a “child of the kingdom” as are all those who are called into the ministry, but many run out of oil – Grace, and turn to religious form and legalism as a blasphemous replacement. Turning or making The Word of God to none effect. This parable was given as a warning to them and, notice, they understood The Lord’s parables so were, without excuse.
Luke 16:14 (KJV) And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Now in order to respond in this way, these men must have understood what Yashua Messiah was talking about. Only the Learners (disciples), after The Lord had explained to them the meaning, were privy to this understanding, that is, apart from these satanic men of religion.
Moreover, we now move on to where the rich man, in his ‘burning tormented’ condition catches sight of Abraham with Lazarus in his bosom and he cries out, but what is he crying out for? Just a drop of water from the tip of Lazarus’ finger. The thing is, if the rich man is in a real burning cauldron how is a drop of water on the end of Lazarus’ finger going to bring him any relief, how will it quench his thirst? Well, quite plainly it won’t, so what does this water represent? Again we return to the Spiritual Truth of Yashua Messiah:
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Wow!! I think this is one of the most emotional and uplifting passages of Holy Scripture in The Bible. Here we can see the amazing God given wisdom of the woman, by the well, who longed to have her thirst quenched, once and for all time, by The Lord’s metaphorical Holy Spiritual water. Indeed, we can now see the water the rich man was crying out and pleading for, in a new Light. He knew what kind of water would be on Lazarus’ finger tip and he also knew that just one single drop would be enough to rescue him from his mental anguish and torment – a well of water springing up into everlasting life and him, being comforted by Yashua Messiah (Abraham’s bosom) in The Kingdom of God.
Furthermore, we then learn that there is a gulf between the rich man and Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom, a gulf that cannot be bridged from either direction. This gulf is the same gulf that denied the five unwise virgins a share of the oil from the five wise virgin’s lamps. This is a ‘never the twain shall meet’ situation. This situation can be likened to the sheep and goats, with one; the sheep on God’s right hand and the other; the goats, on His left – the sheep inherit and the goats do not. (see link below)
This is the future point in time that the rich man has reached and he vainly requests that Abraham send Lazarus from the dead to his five brethren who, again, remind us of the five unwise virgins. It was too late for them and it’s too late for the rich man’s brethren, the Grace has gone out of their lives.
We then get the killer verse. Verse 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. Here in this verse Yashua Messiah is referring to Himself as the “one rose from the dead” and look at what He is saying. This verse not only covers the Jewish religious leaders of the first century, but brings us loud and clear into the last days which commenced on the first Pentecost AD 31. We are talking about so called men of God here, now in this age – ‘teachers’ and ‘preachers’, not the unsaved. Even though Yashua Messiah came and died to take all of mankind’s sins, was resurrected to give us new lives in Him or in ‘Abraham’s bosom’ and give us His glorious Grace, there are still those rich men who stand in their pulpits each week and ‘teach’ the same Pharisaical message against it – those men dressed in their fine purple linen – both metaphorically and/or literally!
Finally, and to end on a more positive note, we must also understand that the rich man’s punishment is only for a season – albeit a thousand year season, but eventually he will be part of the second resurrection as described in Revelation 20. The Father God does not remain angry forever, but vengeance is always His, and all the Lazarus’s of this world must be avenged.
“No one who has been martyred by the Jews should remain unknown. And no one who has been martyred by the Jews will remain unavenged.”
— Eustace Mullins
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