Behind the curtain of death
Luke 16:27, 28 -
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.
In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus the beggar, Jesus tries to teach us many a things, and most important among those is the peep He gives us of what exist behind the curtain of death.
Most Christians believe after death they go to Heaven and then they also believe in Judgment day where Jesus Christ will judge mankind before man enters Heaven. Now to digest these 2 contradicting beliefs at the same time, man used the formulae of 50:50 not yours and not mine, putting black and white together.
More than 50percent of the denominations in Christianity exist directly or indirectly due to lack of understanding on this matter. More than 90percent of pagan religions also exist because they lack understanding on this matter.
Firstly pagans think life ends after death, some think the spirit comes in another form like an animal or another being depending on the good the person has done. There are religions which believe in Heaven being a grand earthly holiday resort with streets of gold and places made of precious stones. Many Christians too fall for this belief. There are a large majority of Christians who think man lives in Heaven in the form as he was on earth (human form) and similar large numbers also think Hell is a place where Satan rules and the whole place is like a grand party for Satan with fire everywhere and souls tortured by him and his team.
In today's message the rich man of the parable had fire burning in his belly and it was unbearable for him so he asked for water to be poured into his mouth. Seeing this suffering the rich man requested his family be warned about what exist behind the curtain of death.
Father Abraham, our father of faith in this parable is sitting in the place of our Heavenly Father refused to send any dead person back to earth to warn those alive.
Firstly let me tell you there is no concept like human spirits roaming earth (ghost) which come back and haunt man. After an unbeliever (who does not believe in Lord Jesus Christ) dies, his spirit goes to Hell which is like a prison and cannot come back. This prison is controlled by an Angel of God and not Satan. Satan the dragon (king of Tyre) himself is locked here to be released in the last days. The Satan who is with us is the beast (prince of Tyre) who works on behalf of his master. The spirits which fool people as human ghost are none other than the fallen angels also called devils.
About a believer coming back, that does not happen. A believer's spirit after death goes to sleep in a spiritual level known as Grave (in Old Testament is written as 'gathered unto his fathers/people'). Here the souls are instructed not to communicate with (spiritually corrupt) man so also is man too forbidden by God to communicate with those in this level. Jesus had to transfigure (come out of body) to communicate with spirit of Moses and spirit of Elijah. All so called people who appear from here or Heaven are also fallen angels deceiving man.
Other than Jesus no one has gone to Heaven (Upper Heaven - the top 3 levels which are most Holy) for we all are corrupt in spirit and only after judgment we would be made whole and would be able to enter Heaven.
About people like Enoch and Elijah who were taken up. The Bible says they would come back like Elijah came as John the Baptist to die the first death. There are totally 3 characters who are taken up in the whole mankind among which Elijah came back. Enoch and another character of who is already written in the Bible would come back in the last days as the two witnesses just before the rapture.
So there is no one else who can be taken away or would come back other than Jesus Christ. To understand it, God has given us His Word and we also have people like Paul who have been spiritually shown Heaven in a symbolic manner, for Heaven is a Spirit place made of precious spiritual things which are symbolized by the things we know on earth since they cannot be even imagined.
What will wake up people is when they realize the period of their spirit life. Other than God (Father, Spirit & Son) no one has eternal life or life within one's self. It is only when we enter Heaven we can live eternally due to the Tree of Life. In flesh they may live max about 120years but our spirit life as I have found out is a few thousands of years. Where ever man goes after death either Hell or Grave man will spend the rest of his spirit life there until Judgment Day. After Judgment the believers who are judged will either enter Heaven to live eternally or put in the Lake of Fire which is worse than Hell for the rest of their spirit life.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, people rebel against You and your light because they do not know You and therefore do not fear You. The knowledge of You and your Kingdom brings fear and wisdom unto man. Lord, we pray You open the eyes of man to know You and your Kingdom so as to have eternal life in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:14
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.
48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,
49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
1 Corinthians 15:20
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
1 Corinthians 15:52-54
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
2 Kings 2:11
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12 And he said unto them, Elijah indeed cometh first, and restoreth all things: and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be set at nought?
13 But I say unto you, that Elijah is come, and they have also done unto him whatsoever they would, even as it is written of him.
3 And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if any man desireth to hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man shall desire to hurt them, in this manner must he be killed.
6 These have the power to shut the heaven, that it rain not during the days of their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they shall desire.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
1 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:
2 and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.
3 And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.
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