Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #21
Today you will learn there are different rewards in heaven and there will be different levels of judgment in hell but before we begin, let’s draw a timeline beginning with Revelation 19. In this chapter Jesus returns and He casts Antichrist along with the False Prophet into the lake of fire, and then, the millennial reign of Christ beings in Revelation 20. Now, as we work back in time we see that Antichrist and the False Prophet are judged and there is a use of terminology in, Revelation 20:14, that says death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is very important for us to understand because there is a place called hell with two compartments: one is paradise and the other is called the place of torment.
In Luke 16:19-26, we meet a rich man whose name is unknown and a homeless beggar named Lazarus. Using the culture of today I want you to see that when these men died they had funerals. The rich man probably had a lot of people at his funeral and maybe even some dignitaries spoke at his service. But the poor man, Lazarus, was probably laid out in a pine box with a hand full of homeless people at his graveside. Although these men physically died the Bible tells us that they did not cease to exist but they went into the earth to a place called hell. On one side of hell is a place of comfort called, Abraham’s bosom and this is where Lazarus went. The second compartment is a place of torment and this where the rich man went and the interesting thing is that the rich man and Lazarus can see each other.
The rich man asks to have Lazarus dip the tips of his fingers in water to quench his thirst, but Abraham tells him no because you cannot pass over to us and we cannot pass over to you. This means that during his lifetime the rich man sealed his own fate and that certain rich man is still there today in the place of torment. Verse 27 tells us the rich man recognized Lazarus and he knew the history he had on earth with the beggar. He also had enough capacity to say to Abraham, I don’t want my five brothers to come to this place and this teaches us that the rich man maintained his reasoning facilities. Listen to me Saints, this rich man is still in this place of torment today and he is waiting for his ultimate fate which is going to be worse than where he is now, because his ultimate fate is going into the lake of fire.
I have often said that if I could choose between experiencing five minutes in heaven or five minutes in hell, I would rather experience five minutes in hell. The reason is because it would set the stage for the ultimate anxiety to go forward and preach the gospel to those that we love, right? Sadly, this is how it seems to go at times, we tell them about God and then we don’t tell them about God, we preach the Word to them and then we don’t. But, if we really understood what follows those who don’t surrender to Christ, we would tell them without ceasing! Just look at this man who was very wealthy and lived a very comfortable life here on the earth, but his ultimate fate is that he is still in that place of torment today! Amen.