I have been studying something amazing with Mike, aka Tranquility for a while now. God has truly shown him something wonderful. He kept feeling led to do a search for the truth about what the Bible refers to as "Hell." I am so proud of him for seeking the Lord about this and being willing to stand for such a controversial subject.
Have you ever wondered about Hell? Did you know that Hell has five different Greek and Hebrew definitions for one English word? All of them mean something different too! We all have been taught there's a huge, fiery inferno that bad people go to. Did you know there's so much more to it than we imagined?
If you're like us and love to seek and dig for his Word and truth, I recommend going to Mike's blog! He wrote several amazing posts about hell and he lists TONS of scripture and definitions. I encourage all of you to read and decide for yourselves. I also ask all of you to seek the Lord first and ask him to guide you.
BIBLICAL TRUTH ABOUT HELL PT1
BIBLICAL TRUTH ABOUT HELL PT2
This has been revolutionary for me personally. It also has taught me more in depths about God's true character and the depths of his mercy. Keep searching for the truth my friends. His Word is more endless than the skies and deeper than the sea!
For some reason, the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man told by Jesus Christ has been on my mind for several weeks. I keep looking at it over and over. There's something about it that we are missing. What is this Parable?
I was taught that this was a true event that had already taken place. Jesus was telling people what had already happened. Yet, I don't think so anymore. I've been finding scriptures to prove this. Let's dissect this together.
*Note: This is my own perspective and views of this parable. I will provide scriptures to prove my points, to show how they match. If you see more in this Parable, please share and provide scriptures. This Parable is in Luke, chapter 16, from verses 19 to 31.
The Rich Man in the Parable was shown to be enjoying his wealth and luxuries of the world. I believe he represents those who love the world and their possessions. (v19)
Lazarus was a poor beggar who suffered and had nothing in his life. He was a leper and the dogs licked his sores. I believe that he represents the resurrection, as the real Lazarus rose from the dead. *(note: there are two different Lazarus in the Bible)* (v20, 21)
The Rich Man died and was buried (v22)
Lazarus was carried by Angels (v22)
The fact that Lazarus was carried by Angels proves this wasn't a past event, but a future event that has not happened yet. The Bible says that God will send his angels to the four corners of the Earth to gather his elect on the LAST DAY. The Harvest is at the end of the World. (References: Rev 7:1-3, Matthew 13:39)
The Rich Man was in torments (which mean sorrow in Greek) and he was in Hell (which is "Hades" in the original Greek, which means grave). The Rich Man is in death. (v23, 24)
The consumed tongue represents death. (v24)
Another interpretation of the tongue is cotton-mouth which comes with fear.
Lazarus was not in death nor in the grave. He is in LIFE. (v23)
The Greek translation for "in this Flame" is more accurately, "by reason of this flame."
There is a gulf between life and death that no one has ever crossed, except Christ Jesus. He crossed from death into life everlasting. When we have Christ, we shall cross over from death into life everlasting. The graves cannot hold us, and death has no victory over us! (v26)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)
Why is Lazarus cradled in Abraham's Bosom? I wondered about that. Abraham was comforting him and he appears as a fatherly figure. What does that mean? Oh! When we have faith on Jesus Christ, we become the seed of Abraham, and the children of promise! (v22)
"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." (Galatians 3:7,8)
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:29)
Why did the Rich Man ask Abraham to send Lazarus unto his brothers so they may believe? (v27-31) The Rich Man thought his family would believe if Lazarus went up to them because he is alive now. He has risen from the dead. Abraham is also risen at this point, because right now Abraham is dead in the grave.
Is the Rich Man alive in the grave? No, that is why this is a parable that illustrates Jesus' point. When the dead die, they have no remembrance, no thoughts. The Rich man is in sorrow because he is dead and cannot be in life. Is he really speaking aloud? No. (references: Psalm 146:3-4, Ecc 9:5, Psalm 115:17, Psalm 6:5)
Jesus used many parables to speak to his disciples, and this is one of them.
"And with many such parables spoke He the Word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spoke he not unto them; and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples." Mark 4:33-34.
I also received this link in the mail from Tranquility, and this is very good! If you are interested in this subject in the depths with scriptures, then visit this website! CLICK HERE
While I've been at home without the internet, I went through my photo album and found a picture from my talent show days. I was also inspired recently by a wonderful video I watched on YouTube by a deaf pastor that worshiped the Lord with his hands in sign language. I decided that I'd share that part of my life with you all.
I started attending the county talent show when I was ten years old. I was encouraged by my teacher aide, Mrs.Elder, to perform songs in sign language. I fell in love with it and performed every year until I was 17. There was nothing like being on stage in the dark with the spotlight, the sweet anxiety before the curtains opened and knowing you had an audience somewhere in the dark. I love expressing music through my hands. I'd do anything for just one more chance to perform again.
I took some videos to show you guys an example with my digital camera in my living room. The first song is called "Ten Thousand Angels Cried" by Leann Rimes. I performed it for my church when I was young. This is one of my favorite songs to perform for churches.
In the Bible, we can see how God used physical examples of what was yet to come spiritually. Those things were called, the shadow of things to come. They are physical examples of what is now spiritual.
While there are many examples, the one that I will give in more detail about today is baptism.
The physical baptism of those who were plunged into the water was called “John’s Baptism” or “the Baptism of John.” I believe we needed to have physical examples to understand what the spiritual ones really mean.
The baptism of John the Baptist was a shadow of things to come. We see in the physical, water baptism that the person was dunked in the water, and as the person is under water, they symbolically bury the “old man.” Then as that person comes out of the water, they are raised a new man unto Christ who now walks in the Spirit.
This is the same illustration, but this is done in the Spirit. Water does not really hold any power. Many will agree that a water baptism is only symbolic. I am here to tell you that there is a real baptism of the Spirit where we die to self. We bury the “old man” and receive a new life in Christ. We now walk in the Spirit and not the flesh anymore. The flesh is just dead weight and baggage to our Spiritual man. When we allow our carnal, sinful self to die, then we are truly born again.
“ Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 PETER 1:23
"For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." ROMANS 6:10, 11
We see in the New Testament that Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness and he was baptized so that we may receive his perfect life in our place. He fulfilled all things that needed to be fulfilled. Christ then put us in HIS place, and took our place on the sinner’s cross. When the Father sees us, he will see Jesus Christ in us and his perfect righteousness.
We see a lot of water baptisms continuing today, but there isn’t very many that teach about the true baptism of the Spirit. In the New Testament after Jesus Christ fulfilled all things physical, he then gave us the new spiritual way. We now have a spiritual temple within us, and not one made of bricks and stone. We have the first fruits fulfilled in Christ (article coming soon). We have the law fulfilled and now we have grace. We now have a Spiritual baptism, not of water anymore but of the LIVING WATER.
There is only ONE baptism now, and that is the baptism of the Spirit.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” EPHESIANS 4:5
Paul and the others went to seek after the other disciples to tell them of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They had not heard about it yet and were only baptized with John’s baptism (which was of water and repentance), but now that the Messiah had already come and fulfilled all things, there was now a spiritual baptism they did not know about. Paul went to help them realize there was a new Spiritual baptism that they needed to be a part of. (Read Acts 19:1-4)
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” ACTS 1:5
How do we receive the Holy Spirit? SisterLisa showed me this good verse and it shows that we are to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” LUKE 11:13
What do we see happen AFTER those people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? This passage explains it well.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. MATTHEW 16:16-20
Some false preachers will teach that signs and works of God are dormant, or that they are not for this present time, or only for Apostles. The Bible says these signs shall follow them who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who are truly baptized, and the Lord shall be with them. They will be able to do these miraculous things. God gave us this to use for his glory and we are taught they don’t exist anymore. That is not true! Jesus said that there are greater works we shall do! (John 14:12).
As I study the Bible more, I'm seeing that God has given us the spiritual things. Why do we keep searching for the physical things? He is beyond that. It is our carnal nature to seek things we can see and touch. God is none of those things. We will find Him in the Spirit and be able to walk with him in the Spirit alone.
Hi everyone, I am still without internet. I miss all of you! SisterLisa has been kind to allow me to use her computer. I have some blogs scheduled for a post every few days. Thanks for teaching me how to do that Jess :) Hope you're all doing well! I miss blogging, and reading all of your blogs!