Let's study this as God instructs those who want to learn knowledge and to understand doctrine for precept must be on precept, line upon line, (Isa 28:90-10) here a little and there a little. Keep in mind that Jesus spoke in parables for the purpose that all listening would not understand; now we can understand this doctrine, if you will hear what I hear (Acts 3:23).
*Mark 4:11-12 “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”
It was not their time to understand and be forgiven (1 Cor 15:23), is it yours?
*Luke 16:20-31 “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. 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; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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. 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. 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. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
Let’s start after the intro with verse 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”.
This shows clearly how the rich man does not love his neighbor as himself as if he were him. In fact it appears that the rich man does not even give Lazarus any crumbs because Lazarus is left desiring to be fed, and in the very next verse Lazarus died that implys he died of starvation.
Next verse 22...
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom:"
We know that Jesus does not lie. If Lazarus went to Abraham's bosom then where is Abraham? We know Abraham is dead and in Gen 25:8 it says that Abraham gave up the ghost, and died. What is this ghost and where does it go?
*Eccl 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
*Eccl 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing...
*Ps 146:4 “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”
So then Lazarus spirit returned to God who gave it just as Abraham.
The word bosom is Strong's #2859 and means inheritance. Jesus is saying that Lazarus will receive the same inheritance as Abraham at his judgment (Heb 9:27). What was and will be Abraham’s inheritance? He inherited land (Ezek 33:24), (Heb 11:13-16). Lazarus was meek he suffered long without resentment. The meek shall inherit the earth (Matt 5:5), land.
Lazarus body was buried as also the rich man.
Continuing now with the last part of verse 22..."the rich man also died, and was buried.
Next verse 23...
"And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom"
The word hell here is Strong's # 86 it is the word Hades and means grave.
Jesus knows that no man can speak from the grave Ps 146:4, Gen 3:19 and those who live by every word of God would know that (Deut 8:3), (Matt 6:33), (Mark 12:30-31). Jesus is telling a story to proclaim that how you treat others in this lifetime as yourself is where you will be placed for eternity, possibly as the rich man afar off from the walls of the coming city of God. This will be his eternal punishment, will it be yours? (2 Tim 2:15). The rich man will weep, being humbled he will never be considered as rich again.
How will the rich man like his eternal placement in God’s new world? Verse 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".
God's judgment on him is the flame that will humble him at his judgment (Jer 23:29).
The rich man is tormented by God’s final judgment and his final placement. If the rich man was in a literal hell fire he would need more than water on his tongue. The water the rich man wants on his tongue is to cool his tongue from arguing with God. He tried weeping and gnashing and in the end he discovered God’s final word (Matt 8:12), (Matt 25:30), (Matt 22:13-14). The rich man wants Lazarus to come and place cooling words in his mouth to try to change God’s mind.
Let's side step for a moment I need to show you who else will be weeping and gnashing at their judgment?
*Matt 13:38-39 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
Who are the children of the wicked one? And what happens to them?
The children of the wicked one (tares) are demons, they are the devil’s angels (Matt 25:41), (Rev 12:9), (Acts 19:15-16), (Matt 12:28). They will be wailing and gnashing their teeth also at their judgment.
*2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;.
The word hell here in 2 Peter 2:4 is Strong’s # 5020 it is the word Tartaros and means incarcerated in eternal torment.
*Matt 13:42-43 “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
I have been given ears to hear and I am commanded to tell the world what I hear to stop the curse on the earth (Mal 4:6). The devil and his angels are the only ones that the furnace of fire is prepared for; it is not prepared for any of God's flesh and blood children. If any of God’s flesh and blood children were put in this fire it would only be their one death (Heb 9:27). It does not burn the devil or his angels; it contains them because they are immortal. God does no lasting harm to anyone; each of us receives what we need to learn (Rom 13:10) for our eternal placement in God’s coming New World at the time when all the rest of God's children will be resurrected to immortal life.
*Job 36:22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
God will not forever kill any of his children not even the devil and his angels. Nothing is impossible for God; he has the ability to exterminate any immortal of his just as easily as he made them if he wanted to. It never entered his heart or mind. If God were to forever kill any of his created children he would be a hypocrite (Ex 20:13). All is for a reason (Isa 45:7).
God wants all of his mortal children to learn the knowledge of good and evil before becoming a god (Gen 3:22), (Psalm 82:6).
*Matt 25:32-41 “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Those on the left hand are goats these are the tares; the devil’s angels. Only they go into a literal fire, this is their placement. Our correction will be our placement also by our works of loving others.
Now continuing Matt 25: 42 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
The word punishment here is Strong’s #2851 and it means correction. All will be corrected.
The word righteous here is Strong’s # 1342 and it means justice and innocent. All the innocent children (John 6:44) will know justice when God puts his laws into their minds at their resurrection (Heb 10:16). All will be given eternal life, all will believe (John 3:16) each in his own order (1 Cor 15:23).
*John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Our carnal mind that we all were born with is enmity against God, it hates him. It does not want to follow his way; it wants its own way that is in tune (Eph 2:2) with the devil. This carnal mind is what we must overcome if we ever want to walk into the gates of the New Jerusalem (Rom 8:7), (Rev 21). We must replace our mind of evil with God’s mind (Phil 2:5).This is your chance to be chosen for his government or as a worker (multitude) in his coming great city (Heb 11:16).
*Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
*1 Corinthians 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”
The coming government of God will judge angels. All will be as the angels. This will include God’s angels and all of God's mortal children when they are resurrected as angels (Matt 22:30) and the devil’s angels (Matt 25:41). Some were created for honor some for dishonor (2 Tim 2:20).
*Mark 12:24-25 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
*2 Pet 3:7 But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The word perdition is Strong's # 684 and means ruin and loss.
* John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Only one mortal born child will perish. He is the son that is born of Satan, the beast of Rev 13:1-18. The son of Satan will not be resurrected. All mortal children of God are born ungodly (Rom 8:7). All are sinners, all will be resurrected to immortal life with new hearts and minds (Heb 10:16-20) and placed for eternity by how they have treated others (Pro 24:12), (2 Cor 11:15). None of God's children will be lost.
Let’s now go back to Luke 16…
Verse 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 are tormented."
Verse 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."
The rich man’s eternal placement will be far away (great gulf) from the coming kingdom of God (Rev 21:10-27). Most will never be able to enter into it and many who will live in it will never have a need or desire to leave it. Those in this lifetime that have endured evil things in this life patiently with meekness, gentleness, and kindness will be comforted in their next life for eternity (Rev 7:14-17).
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man is like the parable of the sower (Matt 13:18-23). If you knew where you are now and where you are going to be placed for eternity would you try to change it? Would you try to warn your family as the rich man in Christ's story?
Verse 27 "Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house."
Verse 28 "For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."
Verse 29 "Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."
Verse 30 "And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."
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."
Will you hear the prophet like unto Moses proven on this website by the word of God (Acts 3:22)? I have delivered the true word (Rev 12:5) at the heel of time (Gen 3:15) bruising Satan by exposing his lies to the world.
Will you treat your neighbor as yourself as if you were them? Your neighbor is anyone God causes to be placed before you during anytime of the year, not just in the winter. They are your own kind. Will you especially love your own children as yourself as if you were them? How you treat anyone is how you are treating God, he made them, he placed them in your life (Matt 10:35-36). Have you been denying the substance of things hoped for?
*1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
John the Baptist
I need to show you why John the Baptist will be even lower than the least in God’s coming kingdom.
*Matthew 11:11 "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he".
*Matthew 3:16-17 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
John’s act of baptizing Christ is what made him great. But why didn’t John the Baptist follow Christ after he baptized him?
*Matthew 11:2-6 “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
Why after hearing a voice from heaven declaring God's son did John the Baptist doubt? It was because he was offended of him, he wanted to be greatest.
John the Baptist judged sinners and condemned them. Jesus never did (John 8:10-11).
John the Baptist professed Christ, baptized Christ, and heard the voice from heaven proving Christ. But he followed his own understanding; he did not live by every word of God. He did not love his neighbor as himself as if he was them. He had respect of persons; he refused to baptize the Pharisees and Sadducee's (Matt 3:7-10). He wanted them to prove first to him their repentance. He put himself as God. He was self righteous and taught lies. This is why he will be least. He was not humble and he did not want to be taught by Christ.
Jesus taught ...
*Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
When you judge not nor condemn not you are giving that person back to God (Matt 5:44). Only he can change someone anyway (Rom 12:21). Put your trust in God, suffer long. Be humble, be kind, be loving all the time as Jesus. Not my will but thine be done.
The Lord's Tithe
I need to show you what God wants you to know about his tithe. Pastors are not going to like this truth because they want to be rich (Rev 3:17) by the name of the Lord (Matt 19:24).
There was a time when those who were of the sons of Levi who received the office of the priesthood where commanded to take tithes of their brethren (people) according to the law.
*Heb 7:5 "And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:”
However the priesthood is now changed and therefore a change of this law is necessary.
*Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Christ our savior who is our new priest, his shed blood saves all. None of God’s children are eternally lost, and by this he brought us all a better hope (Heb 7:19). Your tithe is to go to the Lord. You accomplish this by helping any of the least of his children with whatever their needs are. Yes, like the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33-37). Christ said, “Go and do thou likewise.” When you do this you are giving your tithes directly to the Lord.
*Matt 25:34-36 "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me."
Then they asked "When did we do all these things?" in verse 37-39.
*Matt 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
The Lord's tithe is the money that enables you to feed, house, clothe and care for any of God’s children needing your help? It is the Lord's tithe (Lev 27:30). You can give gifts and free will offerings to any church or to any cause that you like but your tithe should be set aside to assist any of God's children that God places in your life (Matt 25:27-30). Give to the Lord for inasmuch as ye did it to the least of these his children (sinners) you have really done it to him and then you shall be blessed (Luke 6:38), (Rom 3:10). How you treat sinners is how you are treating God. He made them just as he made you to learn the knowledge of good and evil. You are not any better than any one else.
You now know what God wants you to know. Will you grow (2 Pet 3:18)? Will you read all the posts that are written by the prophet that is meek like unto Moses (Acts 3:21-23)? I was given the power of Elijah (Ps 104:4) to deliver the true word (John 1:1), (Rev 12:5) to the world alone (Matt 24:14), (Luke 1:17) from the wilderness (Rev 12:6) at the heel of time (Gen 3:15)? As Elijah told the people that he was a prophet of the Lord (1 Kings 18:22) so I tell you. As Elijah proved the true God by fire (1 Kings 18:37-38) I also prove God by fire; hear me (Jer 23:29). His word now delivered here does turn the hearts of the fathers to the children as proof (Pro 14:25). His word will prepare a people without respect of persons. Will you be one of them? His true Gospel is now being preached to the world as a witness (Matt 24:14). Come sinners, the truth does set you free. Free to forgive. Free to love. Free to patiently wait, trusting in God's power to save all his children. Or will you continue to believe the lies of the devil that gives him the power to forever kill God's children? The one you believe in is your God. Satan has deceived the whole world until now (Rev 12:9) his time is short (Rev 12:12), (Rev 3:11).
God is love. Love NEVER fails (1 Cor 13:8). Live by every word of love (Matt 4:4). His word is now rightly divided on this website (2 Tim 2:15) from the book of the knowledge of good and evil, (2 Cor 11:13-15) your Bible.
Where will God's word (love) of fire place you for eternity?