Summary: There is only one belief which will be honored by God for eternal heaven; the belief in Jesus Christ alone!
The Mayan Calendar ends in 5 days; so some predict that the world as we know it will end this Friday! But besides the Mayan Calendar, there are many other interesting things about December 21, 2012 and possible disasters to happen before the end of this year! Anyone know what some are??
Winter Solstice – Astronomical Disasters (from an asteroid hitting the earth, to Sun changing polarity or super flares or burnouts causing who knows what, to a black hole swallowing the earth, to gamma ray bursts, and so on)
Albert Einstein said if the honey bees were suddenly gone mankind would not have much life left to live. Did you know that 90% of the wild honey bees in America are gone!
12-21-12 AB-BA-AB – How is Hebrew read? – backwards! = Father returns!
How many of you have heard of the Fiscal Cliff for America? Now, how many of us really understand what that Fiscal Cliff is??
Most of us really don’t worry about disasters until they happen; but we do buy insurance don’t we? Keep this in mind as Jesus tells us another story in Luke 16. Let’s open our Bibles there now. But before reading, let us pray our commitment to God’s Word…..
In our passage today, as Jesus describes heaven and hell, let us note that Jesus changed heaven and earth when he died; but we can still take note of truths about eternal life. Read along with me now Luke 16:19-17:3….
We see three characters in Jesus’ story; The Rich Man, Lazarus, and Abraham. What can we say about each one?
The Rich Man??
Look back to Luke 16:13….
Who do you think the Rich man’s master was? The Rich man was
- Mastered by money
- Ended up in “hell” when he died
- was sick and had nothing in the world
- Ended up with Abraham
First of all, who was Abraham? If we do a simple word study in Luke, we will note that Abraham is the - Father of the Hebrew faith.
Because Abraham is the Father of godly faith, Abraham is – in heaven
And we can note that Abraham - continued to speak truths!
And besides the 3 characters, we note the two places where people go when they die:
- Hades: torment, agony in fire
The other place is not named but the angels carried Lazarus to where? V22..
And so, the other place where dead people go is where Abraham is! God’s Word, the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament, notes heaven, where God is, as Abraham’s Bosom!
- Abraham’s side is Heaven! And what do we note where Lazarus ended up? V25 tells us that Lazarus is comforted. There is eternal comfort in heaven!
And what do we read in v26? - a great chasm has been set in place!
Once a person dies, they will either go to heaven or to hell forever! Hebrews 9:27 states, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” There are no changes where a person will end up for eternity once they die.
There is no place in between such as purgatory where you can earn your way to heaven. There is nothing in the Bible about a place called purgatory or praying for the dead. The choice for going to heaven or hell must be made while living on earth!