And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28.
But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, who after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Luke 12:5
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31. ALL by King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
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previous research I believed the rich man who went to Hades may be a brother in-law to the five brothers who was the sons of Annas who was the head of a powerful high-priestly clan, The Sadducees. 

It must be noted, some Bibles may be using the wrong words. brothers instead of brethren. GREEK word adelphos 

It now must be noticed in Luke 16:28. King James 2000 Bible (©2003) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment

Notice it states 
KJV: five brethren; that

We see what 

brethren; means

brethren  plural of breth·ren (Noun)

Noun
  1. Fellow Christians or members of a male religious order.
  2. Used for humorous or rhetorical effect to refer to people belonging to a particular group.


This is precisely what Annas and the Sadducees were.


The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon
 Strong's Number:   80   
Original Word Word Origin
adelfoß from (1) (as a connective particle) and delphus (the womb)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Adelphos 1:144,22
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
ad-el-fos'     Noun Masculine
 Definition
  1. a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
  2. having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman
  3. any fellow or man
  4. a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
  5. an associate in employment or office
  6. brethren in Christ
    1. his brothers by blood
    2. all men
    3. apostles
    4. Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place
 
 NAS Word Usage - Total: 343
believing husband 1, brethren 170, brethren* 13, brother 111, brother's 8, brothers 40

adelphos: a brother
Original Word: ἀδελφός, οῦ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: adelphos
Phonetic Spelling: (ad-el-fos')
Short Definition: a brother
Definition: a brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian.

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Discover the Truth
about
HELL
and
HADES

SIMON BROWN

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1st Edition
© 2013
Simon Brown
www.realdiscoveries.info
Edited and Published by:
Life Application Ministries Publishing (LAMP)
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All scripture was taken from the King James Version - 2000 Bible (©2003) unless otherwise indicated for
research purposes
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INDEX
Dedication...................................................................................4
About this Book..........................................................................5
Introduction.................................................................................7
Chapter One - Shocking Factual Discoveries
of the Rich Man and Lazarus................................................13
Chapter Two - Commentary of Luke 16:19
by Simon Brown....................................................................23
Chapter Three - Was Lazarus a Beggar?...................................31
Chapter Four - More Evidence Regarding Lazarus..................39
Chapter Five - The Two Lazaruses............................................51
What is Hades........................................................................56
Is There a Fiery HELL on Earth?.........................................62
Chapter Six - Why Was the Rich Man Buried?.........................69
Study of the PIT....................................................................71
What Happend to Caiaphas?.................................................75
Chapter Seven - Supported Evidences......................................80
Joseph of Armathea...............................................................85
Book of Enoch, is it Authentic?............................................90
Enoch Fragments...................................................................94
Chapter Eight - Preparing for “The Sounds of Hell”................96
Chapter Nine - “The Sounds of Hell”.....................................102
Outer Darkness....................................................................103
The Lazarus Phenomenon...................................................107
The Soul and the Second Death..........................................109
Chapter Ten - Near Death Experiences...................................118
Are Near Death Experiences in the Bible?..........................127
My Mother...........................................................................134
Chapter Eleven - Heaven and How to Get There....................141
About the Author.....................................................................150
Books and DVDs.....................................................................151
References...............................................................................153
Contact Us...............................................................................155
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DEDICATION
I want to first of all, thank my Lord Jesus Christ for saving me and helping me with these discoveries so I can share the great finds with others.
To my wife who has been with me to all hours of the night as I researched, traveled, and spent time writing my findings.
To Linda Lange (Life Application Ministries Publishing), who showed great dedication in putting this book together. Without her expertise, this book wouldn’t have become a reality.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this book are articles which I have previously written for my web sites and have now combined them together within this book. You will find my research is based on a variety of sources, including the Holy Bible and the teachings of Jesus, and information from Bible Scholars such as Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, and Enoch—a prophet of God; preacher of righteousness; seventh down from Adam; great-grandfather of Noah—who wrote the fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, including ancient Jewish religious work that was traditionally ascribed to Enoch. Enoch may not be part of the biblical canon as used by Jews—apart from Beta Israel—but it is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
Other’s I have gleaned from are Titus Flavius Josephus—a first Century Romano/Jewish historian and hagiographer—who was born in Jerusalem. He was a Roman of Judea, born to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry.
Hippolytus of Rome (170 – 235) was the most important 3rd-century theologian in the Christian Church in Rome. It is assumed he was born there. Photios I of Constantinople describes him in his Bibliotheca (cod. 121) as a disciple of Irenaeus.
Other resources: Wikipedia (the free online encyclopedia) and the free on-line dictionary. Research from Medical doctors, and testimonies from Near Death Experiences or cardiac-arrest victims—along with other people’s views—to help us gain understanding of the truth.
You will also note this evidence and information I am referring to does not contradict the Bible, but confirms and proves it to be true and reliable in every aspect.
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The research provided in this book is extensive because I wanted to provide the best possible information to help you see the truth. My goal is to prove to you that when we die, we are NOT dead, but have a soul that lives on, and in hope that when you truly understand this, it will point you to the only begotten Son who is able to save your soul.
But, let’s not beat around the bush or hesitate. Let us go straight to some of the many facts and findings about HADES, HELL, Life after death, and Near Death Experiences, to bring us to a place of clarity and a decision for Christ. Some of you reading this are already saved, but I believe the information provided will only strengthen your faith and walk in the Lord so that you can help lead others to Him.
The DVD on HELL/HADES has become one of the most requested videos I have ever produced. I believe this book is going to be as desirable. The unknown is a mystery and many want to “know” the truth about it. I believe that this book—and FREE DVD—may help many discover the truth for themselves so they can make a good decision for their eternal future.
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Introduction
I would like to start off by telling you who I am—Simon Brown. I am not perfect; I make mistakes. I am not a prophet, or a doctor, or a scientist, or an archaeologist, a teacher or a preacher. I don’t have any degrees or letters after my name, a title, or a position. In fact, I did not even go to school. No, really, I only went for a couple of months my whole life! I’m simply someone sharing my discoveries to help equip the Saints to do the work of the ministry.
God knows our intentions and looks at our hearts. God blesses our works and rewards our deeds. God looks at the good side of things, and uses it for His glory and good. Perhaps this is where certain people have gone wrong and appear to misunderstand God and what He is saying to us.
A year ago I received this comment from an unknown person who watched one of my films saying:
“God always chooses “nobodies” —men/women who don’t have power, great wealth, great titles/status among society—of the world to reveal and share truth. Nice video!”
I was struck by this comment because what this person stated was true. They did not know anything about my life, yet was correct in saying I am a “nobody.”
I grew up very poor, but didn’t even know it until I was told I was bare-footed because my parents couldn’t afford to buy me shoes.
But look at what God can do!
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
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Well, friends, here is the good news. No matter who you are, God can use you for His glory. He is using me, and he can certainly use you too. God is no respecter of persons. In other words, He looks upon the hearts of man, and there is no bond or free, male or female, rich or poor in His eyes.
Now, let’s take a look at David—1 Samuel 16—who was just a lowly shepherd boy. God turned him into a giant slayer and later King of Israel! He was known as a man after God’s own Heart, and because of this—and his obedience to the Word of God—he was blessed.
When you serve the true God the enemy will hate you. But don’t get discouraged or lose heart because God will use the work of your hands to do great and mighty things.
There’s nothing God cannot do through you, if you love Him. Really, love Him. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
He also said, “If you love me, feed my sheep.”
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus asked Him three times if he loved Him? I suppose it had something to do with him denying Jesus three times when he was asked if he knew the Lord! And look what happened to him? Jesus let Peter know He still loved him, even though he denied Him.
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God knows our hearts even before we do. So, go to the Lord and ask Him to help you to love Him and obey His Word. Not just be a hearer of good news, but a doer too, which displays your faith.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I thank God and stand in amazement at how He has used my work to bless others and to raise it to a level of influence for His Kingdom. I feel truly humbled at what He can do with a little—like the loaves and fishes —where He multiplied them to feed thousands.
Even though so many things have been against me in my life, there is something that is not against me… and that is the Lord.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Because of my relationship with Him, He has give me two great gifts; 1) the ability to live a Godly life and; 2) keep Jesus’ commandments. I believe these two things are keys to unlocking the secrets of His Kingdom.
God has given me the time to research and pray. I am able to spend hours in the Holy Bible—studying commentaries of what others have to say. God has given me this time, so I can dig deep, to help me find the truth, so I can share it with others.
I would like to compare myself to the Apostle or Evangelist Luke, who is the author of the Gospel of Luke. Dr. St. Luke was a great researcher who traveled
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with St. Paul. He talked to people who knew Jesus. It is believed St. Luke met Mary—the mother of Jesus— and also met St. John and Matthew.
Luke not only wrote the Book of Luke, but also the book of Acts of the Apostles.
There are unique teachings of Christianity in Luke’s teachings that are not in the other three gospels such as: the Christmas story, the Virgin Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and the time of Jesus as a child.
St. Luke stresses in his Gospel the compassion and the love that Jesus had for the weak, poor, diseased, blind and crippled.
Some of the best parables were only told by St. Luke such as “The Good Samaritan,” “The Corrupt Steward,” and the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.”
St. Luke is the only one to inform us of “The Annunciation,” —the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary—announcing to her that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God—marking His incarnation. Gabriel instructed Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning, “Savior.”
I am sure you will agree considering that Luke never met Jesus, he most certainly did his research excellently as he states here:
Luke 1:3-4 “Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
St. Luke now brings us to this most urgent and important matter. He is also the only Apostle to teach
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us about one of the most controversial stories in the Bible…The Rich Man and Lazarus.
The question is this: Is this story a parable or a real story of the after-life? Do we go to Heaven or to HADES when we die? It’s important as a believer to truly believe the truth about this story. If we understand it, we won’t fear death. And if we don’t fear death, we won’t be afraid to live now and experience all God has for us here. We have to decide if we are living in fear or in faith? The Bible says to “watch” for our Redeemer draws nigh. To look “up” always awaiting His return. It’s not to bring us into fear, it’s to get us excited of what is to come! There is more than the 80-90 years of our life on this Earth. So much more. And by sharing my insights into the story of Lazarus, you may find the “hope” you need to live your life with Heaven’s sight on the horizon as your final destination.
I am also going to share shocking discoveries and facts about the Rich Man and Lazarus of Luke 16:19. What I’ll be sharing may help you understand why this story is so important. I am also going to talk about the facts found in the book if Enoch to support my findings. (I will discuss the validity of the book of Enoch later in this book.)
Through my studies and research, I believe the Lord has allowed me to see hidden things. But He wants me to share my findings, in the hope that others will come into a truth that may change their lives forever. If you are willing to come along in these great discoveries, I believe that the Lord will open up these truths to you too.
The Old Testament tell us:
Psalm 84:1 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
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And then we have Jesus confirming this exact verse in the New Testament:
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We then have Jesus confirming that His Holy Spirit may abide with us forever because He is the Spirit of truth. So we will know ALL truths.
John 14:13-17 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
If I did not believe theses verses still applied to us today, then my faith in Jesus would mean nothing.
My goal and purpose of writing this book is to bring people into the truth of the Word of God, to equip them to become more effective for the Kingdom of God in hopes to help save a soul from eternal judgment.
Now, buckle your seat belt as we embark on “Real Discoveries” about HELL/HADES as described in the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus1 (found in Luke 16:19).
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Chapter One
Shocking Factual Discoveries of
The Rich Man and Lazarus

Through long and thorough research, I have come to the conclusion that Lazarus the Beggar that we see in Luke 16:19, is the same person as Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha, who was raised from the dead by Jesus in the Gospel of John 11.
I believe HADES is a place of punishment where the soul (the part of a person that exists beyond physical death) is detained, kept or reserved in the “Netherworld,” “Underworld,” “Sheol,” “HADES,” “PIT,” awaiting judgment day. (Isaiah 14.15; Deuteronomy 32:22; 2 Peter 2:9)
John 3:18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
HELL is in the neighborhood of HADES, as stated by Josephus’s discourse to the Greeks concerning HADES and the HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME2 and THE ENOCH FRAGMENTS3.
I wish to present to you a tapestry of facts, that when viewed with the eyes of one who searches for truth, will present to you a compelling picture of the existence and destination of life after death.
Many learned scholars, I believe, have misunderstood or simply missed this truth. So read on! And as you read I will take you on a journey of discovery that is not only revelatory but, I pray, revolutionary to your life and your walk of faith.
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May the Holy Spirit lead you and guide you in all truth, so that your faith may be strengthened and your hope increased.
Let’s look at this well-known story of “The Rich Man and Lazarus” found in Luke 16:1-31. Please note that I may use the word “HELL” at times as a metonym, however, it is generally believed by scholars that the word “HELL” is “Gehenna” meaning the lake of fire; this is the second death. HADES, on the other hand, is the place where people went who were unsaved awaiting judgment day. (Luke 16:23; Matthew 11:23; Luke 10:15; Revelation 20:14; Revelation 1:18.)
It’s important to understand that HELL and HADES are two different places. This is what I will attempt to prove.
In the Gospel of Luke 16, HADES is portrayed as an unbearably hot place set in a “Great chasm.” The rich man looks up to see Abraham, and Lazarus and Abraham both look down onto the rich man.
Some people have believed that Heaven and HADES are non-physical entities detached from our mortal world and have likened this story to a parable. The implication being that Jesus is describing what HADES might feel like rather than an accurate representation of an actual place.
HADES or Sheol, we understand, is a place for departed souls rather than a place of burial. We can see this being true because the dialogue between Abraham and Lazarus could not have happened unless this was true.
But this story is quite different from other parables told by Jesus. Here He uses the names of real people. In this story we find reference made to Abraham, Moses, the prophets, the rich man, his father, and his five brethren.
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Chapter One - Shocking Discoveries
This is worth noting as in no other parable does Jesus give characters personal names, but instead refers to the character by saying “a certain man” or “a sower.”
He also refers to events and places that exist elsewhere in the Bible.
Interestingly, in Luke 16:19, Jesus gives us a startling clue saying that the rich man was dressed in purple and fine linen. It is actually a fact that this is how the Sadducees dressed, known as “Priestly Garments,” as described in Exodus 28:8. This is the first clue in this puzzle that this rich man was a Sadducee.
I believe this story is the only story told by Jesus, that is not referred to as a parable in the Bible. It is worth noting, though, at this point that a parable by definition is a “true to life” story, or a parallel of a real story. For example, when Nathan told David the story about the wicked King who took a poor man’s lowly lamb and slaughtered it and ate it, he was actually talking about David.
Then there is Lazarus, the name of the man whom Jesus raised from the dead in the Gospel of John. Scholars do not typically conclude these two men to be one and the same. I believe, however, that these two men are one and the same, and furthermore, that this connection is deliberate and important. Various historical sources indicate that the resurrected Lazarus—brother of Mary Magdalene—traveled across Europe to France and then England following the resurrection of Jesus. Roman-style artwork in several French locations portrays Lazarus the beggar becoming Lazarus the apostle.
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Five Brothers
Luke 16:27-28 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
In the story above, Jesus described how the rich man begs Abraham to send Lazarus to his family, to tell them the truth of Heaven and HELL/HADES. Does it not seem possible or even likely that Jesus would grant the rich man’s wish and return Lazarus to the living in order to do just that?
It is likely that the five brothers were members of the sect or group of Jews who were active in Ancient Israel during the Second Temple Period that started from the Second Century B.C. through to the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.
In Luke 16:19, we have the rich man and Lazarus account and in John 11 we have the account of the man Lazarus who was raised from the dead by Jesus.
Here we have two Lazaruses in two gospels and two men called Lazarus, both of whom died, and both of whom could not convince people by their resurrection.
In Luke 16:22-28, Lazarus the beggar dies:
22And 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; 23And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And 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. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
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things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And 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. 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
As we read above, the rich man pleads and begs Abraham to send Lazarus to his Father’s house to warn his five brother-in-laws (I’ll share later why I believe they were brothers-in-law). I believe that this is an actual event rather than a parable. I have discovered information that makes mention of them by name as being real people.
Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) gives us this information:
“Annas who officially served as High Priest for ten years (6–15 AD), when at the age of 36 he was deposed by the procurator Gratus “for imposing and executing capital sentences.”
This had been forbidden by the imperial government. Yet, while having been officially removed from office, he remained as one of the nation’s most influential political and social individuals. Aided greatly by the use of his five sons and his son-in-law as puppet High Priests.”
I find this interesting. It was Annas who was the head of a powerful high-priestly clan—the Sadducees. It appears that it was the family of Annas who were the Sadducees that the rich man in HADES/HELL was begging for Lazarus to go to his five brothers and warn them not to come here.
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Discover the Truth About Hell and Hades
The Sadducees only held to the Law of Moses, which is why they were dressed in fine linen. They rejected the traditions of the Pharisees and did not agree with them.
The Sadducees only accepted the written Torah as the authoritative law and their position as priests gave them authority to wield as their source of power.
They did not believe in the “resurrection of the dead,” but believed that a person’s soul dies with his body.
They denied the resurrection of the body. (Matthew 22:23; Luke 20:27; Acts 4:1-2, 23:8.)
They did not believe in the existence of Angels or Spirits (Acts 23:8).
Furthermore, the Sadducees rejected the “Oral Law” as proposed by the Pharisees.
According to Josephus4—a well-know and accredited historian—discovered that the Sadducees believed that:
There is no fate
God does not commit evil
Man has free will; man has the free choice of good or evil.
The soul is not immortal; there is no afterlife, and there are no rewards or penalties after death.

Let us recap on what we have just learned:
Annas who hated Jesus and wanted him dead had five sons. They did not believe in life after death. They did not believe we have a soul that does not die. Could this be why Jesus wanted to prove them wrong?
Was the rich man a brother-in-law? Lets read on to discover more.
Throughout history, we see different schools of
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thought emerging—just as in the days of Josephus—and one of them is the doctrine of “soul sleep.”
Soul-Sleep
Soul-sleep is a belief that many teach today, including Believers. The basis of it is that when we die, we go into a sleep mode. We are not aware or conscious during this time and we continue to sleep until judgment day.
HADES is the New Testament equivalent of the Old Testament word Sheol. The Greek and Hebrew words speak of the same place—a present HELL. However, this can be confusing, because Sheol has been translated “grave” as often as it has “HELL.” Some have mistakenly taught that Sheol and HADES are only references to the grave rather than a literal place. Therefore, this teaching leads to the denial of the truth and existence of an immediate or present HADES, which is a spiritual holding prison.
I believe it is very easy to prove HADES and Sheol are not a grave, but a literal place Jesus called, “Outer darkness,” as found in the following passages:
Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And we know most of the population do not believe there is such a place for lost souls. Jesus tells us here that they do not know where they are going in the next life:
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John 8:12 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.
There is solid evidence that Sheol is a place where lost souls and spirits are reserved—as we see in these verses of the Old Testament. We can’t talk about HELL or Shoel, without talking about Lucifer (Satan). The following passages give the clearest prophecy about him:
Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV) How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
2 Peter 2:4 (World English Bible) For if God didn’t spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.
Proverbs 27:20 (KJV) Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
This confirms with the book of Enoch1 who states: Woe to ye, for ye will have no peace.
This confirms with Isaiah 57:21 (NKJV) “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”
I believe that “Soul-sleep” is simply another term for death of the body—the flesh. Just as Jesus said about Lazarus, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead” (John 11:11-14).
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I hope you can see that this place Jesus called “outer darkness” cannot possibly be a grave for the dead. Or “HELL,” which is “Gehenna,” the lake of fire being the second death (Revelation 20:14).
But the grave is a term used as a place where the soul is brought down to Sheol or HADES.
The false doctrine of soul-sleep, and other ideas that teach the unconscious state of the dead between death and resurrection, spring from this error. I believe that this doctrine that teaches people that after we die we sleep until judgment day has taken out the fear of living in sin.
When we understand that HELL/HADES is a real place it brings a consciousness of how we live our lives every day to the forefront of our thinking and, therefore, affects how we live and act, speak and make decisions. In short, it acts as a deterrent whilst we are living.
An example that came to my mind when writing this is of when I was a child and was naughty at school. For my bad behavior I ended up getting the cane across my bottom. Did it teach me a lesson? Well, put it like this, I can still remember the pain associated with that bad behavior. It served as a reminder that when I felt like being naughty I would remember that cane on my bottom.
HELL/HADES once experienced is never forgotten. There are those who have had supernatural visions of HELL in near-death experiences and are never the same again. They find themselves on their knees interceding and praying for the unsaved with a passion and a fervor such as they never knew before. And there are those who have had visions or visits to Heaven as well. They too come back with a desire to live, change, and love others more than they ever have. Both have impacted many.
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As Christians, we don’t have to “see” to know this, we believe by faith so that we live our lives to the fullest on Earth, representing God and His Kingdom. But there are many who don’t live to the fullest, don’t take risks because of fear. Fear comes when a person really doesn’t believe or understand what the Bible teaches about Heaven and HELL. When people have hope of heaven and have faith in Jesus Christ, there is no fear of death or no fear of living. Jesus conquered death and took the sting of it away for all eternity. People, who believe there is a HELL, may live the way God intended—sharing the Gospel to help others stay out of it.
Rest In Peace (RIP) isn’t true. Soul-sleep indicates this, but the truth is, there is no peace for the wicked. A person who has not YET found salvation.
Isaiah 57:21 “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”
And when someone dies who is hidden in Christ, they are present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
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Chapter Two
Commentary by Simon Brown on
Luke 16:19
Quick Reference Overview

This chapter is a commentary of Luke 16:19. The following chapters repeat some of what I share here, but in greater detail. Please keep that in mind as you read this book, because I do repeat some of the same Bible verses. I simply want to help you remember and understand this important TRUTH.
I felt it necessary to offer this commentary for people who want a quick view of this book.
Is this the same Lazarus as in John 11?
As we explore further, we find that a rich tapestry of facts and detail emerge providing us with a fascinating insight into our subject. I have included information gathered from a variety of sources that may help us gain a deeper understanding of the scriptures. I am going to go through Luke 16:19-31, verse-by-verse.
Luke 16:19 (Hebrew Greek Interlinear Bible) As there was a certain rich man and he was a custom to don a purple robe and fine linen, making merry in luxury day by day.
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I believe this refers to the priestly garments as in:
Exodus 28:8: And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain poor one named Lazarus, who had been laid at his porch, being plagued by sores.
Some translations translate “poor” as “beggar,” but that is an incorrect translation and can be found in 11 translations of the Bible. Lazarus was not a beggar—as in one who is lacking in financial means—but poor as in poor physical health or illness.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible states: Beggar means “Poor man.”
The Greek word is : The definition is “reduced to beggary, begging, asking, helpless, powerless.” Meaning helpless “as” a beggar.
I believe Lazarus was infected with leprosy or suffered from a long-term disease similar to herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2) which was documented right back to the ancient Greeks as sores that seemed to creep over the surface of the skin. Herpes is derived from the Greek word meaning “to creep.”
Luke 16:21 and longing to be filled from the crumbs that were falling from the table of the rich man.
Lazarus was laid outside the porch of the rich man’s house longing for help with food and water to strengthen him. Instead, the rich man treats Lazarus with contempt. He appears indifferent to his needs and leaves him lying there without food, clothing or shelter for hours or even days. I believe that Lazarus personally knew the rich man, and we will see why in a moment.
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Luke 16:21 But even the dogs coming licked his sores.
Lazarus was so weak and helpless that he didn’t even have enough strength to escape the dogs who came and licked his sores. His health was fading fast and he eventually died.
Luke 16:22 And it happened, the poor one died, and was carried away by the angels in to the bosom of Abraham.
Now let’s turn to John 11 where Mary and Martha found out that their brother Lazarus was dying. They found him and brought him to their home in Bethany where he was nursed by them until they could call upon Jesus for help.
John 11:3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus saying, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
But, Jesus waits two more days before going to see Lazarus. I believe Jesus purposefully waited because he knew the rich man was about to die. At this point Lazarus was already dead and his soul descended into a compartment in HADES called Paradise; a place where the souls of the Saints occupied until Jesus resurrected them. And because Lazarus was a follower and was loved by Jesus—as told in John 11—he was counted among the Saints.
Luke 16:23-24
 And the rich one also died, and was buried. And being in torment in HADES, lifting up his eyes, he sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom saying, send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am suffering in this flame.

In this verse, the rich man is so hot that he pleads to Abraham to let Lazarus give him some water to cool his inflamed tongue. I believe the rich man would have given anything just to get a drop of water.
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Of course we know this description of the rich man begging for water is symbolic because even if he had water it would not do any physical good because he doesn’t have a body just a soul. It is like us saying on a very hot day, I am dying for a drink. While our souls still live in a body, a cool drink would quench our thirst. Not so for the rich man, he will be forever thirsty, But it is clear from the description of the rich man, his soul which has no body can still see, and feel, and he has still got his memory as he still remembered his five brothers and seems to have concern for them ending up in the same place. And being deep down in the Earth he is closer to the boiling hot center which he can obviously still feel.

Do you remember the 33 Chilean miners being trapped deep in a dark hot pit for 69 days? It was deep and hot just as the rich man. The only difference was the 33 Chilean miners were still alive and could still drink water to cool them down as they still had a physical body.
Did God use this story of the 33 Chilean miners as an example of the truth? The reality of what happens to a lost and unrepentant soul? Showing us that faith in Jesus saves us. It most certainly is a coincidence because this story has a good ending. The Chilean miners exercised their faith in Jesus; praying and agreeing with one another not to give up.
Was the Chilean miners case a Message of Salvation? Every miner was saved from the pits of HADES.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
As for the situation of the rich man it is now reversed. He is now the one suffering and helpless begging as Lazarus did when he laid on his porch.
The rich man is in HADES deep within the Earth.
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The flames from HELL (Gehenna - the lake of fire) are overflowing from the center of the Earth into the place where he is. Understand this, he is not “in” HELL, but on the outskirts—HADES—until the last day that he (and other unsaved people, Satan and his angels) will be cast into the lake of fire.
The rich man was being “kept” or “reserved” in Sheol, “the PIT” as we read in Isaiah 14:15
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the PIT.
We see in 2 Peter 2:9 The souls of the unsaved dead await judgment day.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, child, remember that you fully received your good things in your lifetime, and Lazarus like wise the bad things. But now he is comforted, and you are suffering.
The rich man had a good life right from the beginning because he was a Sadducee. They were considered upper-class living in luxury at the cost of others.
Lazarus, however, I believe suffered from terrible diseases most of his life and it would have been possible that with care he could have survived longer. But because of the indifference of the rich man ignoring his needs, I believe contributed to his early death.
Luke 16:26 And besides all these things, a great chasm has been fixed between us, and you, so that those desiring to pass from here to you are not able, nor can they pass from there to us.
In this scripture it says that there is a great gap between them and that it would be impossible to help the rich man even if they wanted to. It’s very clear that after the first death it is too late. Our destination relies on faith in Jesus Christ before we die and not after. For God is not mocked.
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Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Some religions believe they can pray for the dead in hopes they would eventually make it to Heaven. It’s quite sad, because this just isn’t true. Many who believe this don’t think they have any responsibility while on Earth for their sins. But, please read on, as we unravel this theology to discover the real truth.
Luke 16:27 27And he said, then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my Fathers house; 28For I have five brothers, so that he may witness to them, that they not also come to this place of torment.
Interestingly, it is believed by scholars, that around the same time while Lazarus (John 11) is still laid dead in the tomb waiting for Jesus to raise him back to life, Jesus tells His disciples the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
At the same time, we have Annas—the High priest the father of five sons—who was the ruling power behind the Sadducees responsible for the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He and his gang (Sadducees) also believed there was no resurrection of the body, but believed that a person’s soul dies with his body. (Matthew 22:23; Luke 20:27; Acts 4:1-2, 23:8.)
Could this be the same five brethren the rich man was trying to reach? It is certainly a coincidence, don’t you think? In fact, there is an amazing statement made in the Talmud (Pesahim 57a) that records and describes the family of Annas; not in particularly favorable light:
Woe to the house of Annas!
Woe to their serpent’s hiss!
They are high priests;
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Their sons are keepers of the treasury,
Their sons-in-laws are guardians of the Temple,
Their servants beat people with staves.

Did you notice the fifth bullet down? It states that “Their sons-in-laws are guardians of the Temple.” I believe that the rich man was one of the guardians of the temple and a son-in-law of Annas—making the rich man brother-in-law to the five brothers. This makes sense. Annas had five sons, and if the rich man was one of the sons, then Annas would have six sons. That is not so. So, if the rich man said, “I have five brethren,” could it mean his brothers-in-law? Then the connection would be accurate of Lazarus in the Gospels of Luke and in John being the same person.
Luke 16:29-30 29Abraham said to him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30But he said, no, father Abraham, but if one should go from the dead to them, they will repent. 31And he said to him, if they will not hear Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded even if one from the dead should rise.
Did Jesus grant the rich man’s request? I believe he did. But because of the hatred towards Lazarus, they wouldn’t listen to anything he had to say. All Annas wanted to do was kill him because we will see by Lazarus’ resurrection, it caused many to believe on Jesus.
John 12:10-11 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
I believe—the story of Lazarus as told in Luke 16:19 by Jesus—was a true account but hidden within a parable. He starts out by saying, “There was a rich man” and then continues saying “And there was a certain
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poor one” (Hebrew/Greek Interlinear Bible). I believe this is in parallel to what was actually happening during that time. It was prophesied that Jesus would talk in parables when He taught. The only difference is that these two people were actually real.
Could both Lazaruses be the same person, both having had leprosy? Lepers were not allowed to mingle with those who were not infected. This may be one of the reasons he was not at home, but outside the rich man’s porch pleading for help.
Leprosy caused its patients throughout history to be considered “unclean” or “cursed by God” as outcasts. This could explain why the rich man would not go near him, even if Lazarus could pay him.
Worldwide, two-to-three million people are estimated to be permanently disabled because of leprosy. India has the greatest number of cases, with Brazil second and Myanmar third. (Wikipedia free encyclopedia).
A 23-year-old man infected with leprosy
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Chapter three
Was Lazarus in Luke 16:19 a Beggar?
This chapter is a detailed account of Luke 16:19. Some things may be repeated from the previous chapter, but includes more of my research.
So the question is: Why would God send a rich man to HELL just for being rich and a beggar to Heaven just because he was a poor beggar?
I believe Luke 16:19, the rich man and Lazarus story, is as simple as it appears and just as Jesus would want it to be. I believe he addresses the truth about life after death—Heaven and HELL—born-again believers and unbelievers’ ultimate destination.
Yet, sadly we find many people believe Luke 16:19 to be a parable and not literal.
If we understand that Lazarus in John 11 was a follower of Jesus, as we know he was. And the rich man in Luke 16:19 was a son-in-law of Annas—who was part of local religious Mafia who treated the beggar with contempt and indifference—then the story adds up to making perfect logical sense.
For example this world has always had beggars, so does that mean all beggars are going to be saved and go to Heaven by being a beggar? Sadly, there are many beggars who don’t believe in Jesus. The Bible makes it very clear that we are all saved by faith in Jesus Christ, definitely not through our financial poverty.
Ephesians 2:8-9 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Lazarus was saved because he believed in Jesus. He knew He was the way, the truth and the life. And when he died, he went to Abraham’s bosom—Paradise,
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which is the good side of HADES. Jesus had not yet been resurrected from the dead so this was the holding place for the Saints.
It’s clear to me that Lazarus in the story of the rich man and the beggar in Luke 16:19 has to be the same person as in John 11.
The rich man was a Sadducee and did not believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior nor believed in the resurrection to life after death.
Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection.
Lazarus in Luke 16:19 must have been a believer because he had a relationship with Jesus. Scriptures clearly says that the Lord loved him in John 11. So this has to be the same Lazarus as in John 11.
John 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Jesus also Spoke Strongly
We see the strongest language ever said by Jesus to the Sadducees, in Matthew 23:33, concerning HELL:
You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the judgment of HELL?
If we look in the Young’s Literal Translation Bible, we find a different word. We see the word “Gehenna,” which I believe is the correct word for HELL.
“Serpents! Brood of vipers! How may ye escape from the judgment of the Gehenna?”
The verses above, I believe, is Jesus talking about the final punishment—“Gehenna”—the lake of fire, being the second death (Revelation 20:14) and not “HADES.’’
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Jesus was making it clear to them, and to all of us now, that there is no escape from HADES or HELL, unless we repent, accept and follow Him. For Jesus is the only way out of this place.
John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
Finally, the rich man realized that Jesus was who He claimed to be, but it was too late, he was now in HADES (the tormenting side).
The Sadducees were following in their father’s footsteps when they killed the prophets of God. They developed a reputation for corruption and now the Sadducees wanted to kill Jesus as well, who was sent to save their souls. But instead of accepting Jesus as God, they used blasphemy as an excuse to crucify Him. But, what they really did was condemn themselves, as we see with the rich man—son-in-law of Annas—now trapped in HADES.
Jesus made it clear. He is not mocked! He knew their evil ways and cruel hearts. He told them straight out that if they remained in their evil deeds and unbelief and did not repent, HADES would be their home. Lazarus saw it first hand as being a place that would be impossible to escape.
For the rich man it was too late. He was already there now seeing things he never believed in. Things he may have joked about. Things he used to laugh at. Now, instead, he was crying.
Luke 16:24 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.
But it was too late for the rich man. There was no going back! There was no second chance. The rich man
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was now in HADES the neighbourhood of HELL itself—“Gehenna,” the lake of fire—for all eternity. He knew his evil family (his father-in-law Annas, and his five sons) were following in his steps and soon to join him unless they repented and believed.
In fact, we see in the Gospel of Mark how the Sadducees challenged Jesus’ doctrine of the resurrection and life after death. Jesus puts them straight and defends His belief in resurrection by stating:
Mark 12:26-27 26And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
The rich man’s five brother-in-laws, Caiaphas and Annas still had access to the grace of God—Jesus Christ. As long as they were on this planet, they still had a chance to believe and repent. Jesus raised Lazarus back from HADES to warn his family of HADES and HELL and to let them know that the soul does not die as they believed. If they would have only believed!
We know that Abraham made a prophecy in Luke 16:31 when he said:
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
This was fulfilled when Caiaphas, Annas, and his five sons would not believe, yet, plotted to have Lazarus killed after he was raised by Jesus from the dead (John 12:10).
Scriptures say when Jesus was raised from the dead, the leaders told the guards to say the body was stolen. They didn’t want anyone to believe Jesus had been raised from the dead, and even until this day, that is
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what many still believe and these same ones are still waiting for the Messiah.
Matthew 28:13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
And, of course we know why, because they didn’t want people to believe in the resurrection!
Why would the Chief Priests want to kill Lazarus after he was raised from the dead?
John 12:10 reveals another important clue:
10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death.
From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry we see Him performing many miracles by helping the blind, crippled and the lame. I make note of just a few of these miracles:
Jesus heals an official’s son (John 4:45).•
Jesus heals a crippled man at the pool (John 5:1).•
Jesus drives out an impure spirit (Mark 1:21).•
Jesus Heals Simon’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29).•
Jesus heals a man with leprosy (Mark 1:40).•
Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed man (Mark • 2:1).
Jesus heals a man with a shriveled hand on the • Sabbath (Mark 3:1).
Jesus cured two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31).•
Jesus heals the deaf and dumb man (Mark 7:31-• 37).
Jesus heals the blind man of Bethsaida (Mark • 8:22-26).
Jesus bringing to life the widow’s son at Nain • (Luke 7:11-18).
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Jesus heals the woman with the spirit of infirmity • (Luke 13:11-17).
Jesus heals the man with the dropsy (Luke • 14:1-6).
Jesus heals the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19).•
Jesus heals the ear that was cut off (Luke 22:50-• 51).
Jesus heals the man born blind (John 9:1-7).•
Jesus heals Syrophoenician woman’s daughter • (Matthew 15:28; Mark 7:24).
We find one certain fact; they wanted to kill Lazarus (John 12:10). Why didn’t they want to kill others who Jesus healed? Did Lazarus offend them after being raised from the dead? Was it because he shared a message of truth with Annas and his sons about HELL? We know that Jesus raised two more people from the dead—the widows son at Nain (Luke 7:11-17) and Jairus’ daughter (Matthew 9:18-26), yet their lives weren’t being threatened, only Lazarus’.
They believed that what they were doing was right and refused to be challenged on their long-held views. Pride is very often the downfall of man just as it was for Lucifer himself.
We also find something very interesting with both Lazaruses behavior. In the two different Gospels of Luke and John, Lazarus does not say a single word in any of them. He is only talked about by Abraham and the rich man in Luke and by John in John 12. Lazarus was silent in both Gospels.
During my research I stumbled upon this interesting fact. According to tradition, Lazarus never smiled during the thirty years after his resurrection. It wouldn’t be impossible to believe after what he had seen during his four day stay in HADES. He never forgot the rich man’s torment. We see the same with Near Death
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Experiences who never forgot what they saw and often are transformed.
John 11:5 5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 7Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
As we read above, John does not give us any idea why Jesus waited for two more days before raising Lazarus from the dead.
We read:
John 16:22 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;
In Luke 16:22 and John 11 we see that Lazarus dies but was not buried. This is an important clue!
Then we read the rich man also died, and was buried. Luke makes it clear Lazarus was not buried, while the rich man was buried. It was dependent on what they believed about the afterlife.
Why Did Jesus Delay Two Days?
Was Jesus waiting for the rich man to die so that the rich man would see Lazarus and be proved wrong believing that souls die with the bodies? Maybe he wanted to return Lazarus back to the living in order to warn and prove to the rich man’s father and brother-in-laws that the soul does not die.
Is this story any different from today? God is still working through born-again believers to reach the lost. And in many ways, God’s Holy Spirit is proving to us that when we die our souls live on. But, just as Annas the High Priest and his five sons, many would still not believe.
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Most will still not believe who Jesus claims to be and His purpose for being crucified on the cross.
How many more souls will there be in this world who will end up like the rich man, trapped in HADES, crying and weeping.
Could this be why the Bible tells us:
Proverbs 27:20 HELL and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
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Chapter Four
More Evidence Regarding Lazarus in Luke 16:19
It is a very important fact that we need to understand the truth regarding Luke 16:19 as to whether this story told by Jesus was real or a parable, or perhaps even both.
While some believers believe it to be a parable, others believe Lazarus in Luke 16:19 to be a story of real events. Whatever we believe, whether parable or not, it has always been understood by many that Lazarus in Luke 16:19 was a beggar. This is because many Bibles use the word “beggar” in its translation.
At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores. (New International Version ©1984)
As you know, this book was comprised of my research and this information was initially posted on my web site. So after making the discovery in the first chapter of this book: Shocking Discovery and facts about Luke 16:19—The Rich Man and Lazarus—many readers responded. I felt compelled to share the following response from a Christian Pastor who said:
“Although the Lazarus theory is interesting the relatively wealthy Lazarus; 1) does not fit the description of the poor beggar Lazarus 2) I don’t think there can be an answer to this objection. If the tomb in Bethany is actually Lazarus’ tomb that only confirms he was in a wealthy family.
We are told that this was no “one-off” accident of Lazarus, but a lifestyle of poverty. He is called a “poor man” (v20) and Abraham confirms this in v25: “Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and
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you are in anguish.” For me this means it must be a different Lazarus.”
After reading the Pastor’s feedback I realized that he had some good points. From what he said, I noticed something very interesting. The Bible translation he was using did not say he was a “beggar” but said he was a “poor man.”
This rang a bell in my mind!!
What translation was he using? So I searched in my Hebrew/Greek Interlinear Bible (A gift given to me by Jeremy Crystal for a birthday present. It has been one of the most valuable presents I have ever received as I believe it takes us right back— as near as possible—to the true original words used, which were written in Hebrew and Greek.)
When I study, I look in the pages of this amazing Bible because it reveals secrets that many of us would not find in the many different translations of the Bible today. In this book you will find the words and meanings can be quite different. We shall return to this shortly.
If we look below we can see there are 11 Bibles which have all used the word “beggar” instead of “poor man.”
For your perusal, I have listed those versions below:
New International Version (©1984)•
At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores.
New Living Translation (©2007)•
At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.
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English Standard Version (©2001)•
And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)•
And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)•
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores.
International Standard Version (©2008)•
A beggar named Lazarus, who was covered with sores, was brought to his gate.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)•
And there was a certain poor man whose name was Lazar and he lay at the gate of that rich man, being stricken with abscesses.
GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)•
There was also a beggar named Lazarus who was regularly brought to the gate of the rich man’s house.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)•
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores.
American King James Version•
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores.
American Standard Version•
And a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores.

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Douay-Rheims Bible•
And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores.
Darby Bible Translation•
And there was a poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his gateway full of sores.
English Revised Version•
And a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores.
Webster Bible Translation•
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores.
Weymouth New Testament•

While at his outer door there lay a beggar, Lazarus by name.
World English Bible•
A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores.
Young’s Literal Translation•
And there was a certain poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his porch, full of sores.

While this seems true at a glance, I found many of us have misunderstood this very significant story. Many translations use a word that changes the original meaning. I admit that I missed this important fact myself initially. That is why we need to read a Bible that is closest to the original Greek/Hebrew as possible. So what is the right word? Is it “poor man” or “beggar?”
Picking up my Greek Bible of hidden secrets, I checked out to see if the word “poor” in Luke 16:20 was in my Bible. My book revealed the word “poor” was the same:
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And there was a certain poor one named Lazarus, who had been laid at his porch, being plagued by sores. (Luke 19:20, Hebrew-Greek Interlinear Bible)
“Poor man” Defined - in depth study
My belief is that the correct translation is indeed “poor.” Now to go further, let’s see what the word “poor” really means because many believe it means a financial hardship. And as we just read in that pastor’s commentary, he was actually correct that Lazarus was NOT financially poor. Come along as we investigate this hypothesis:
The word “poor” in the Greek is actually ptōxós : i.e.: Helpless as a beggar.
Reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms1.
Destitute of wealth, influence, position, honor2.
a) lowly, afflicted, destitute of the Christian virtues and eternal riches
b) helpless, powerless to accomplish an end
c) poor, needy
Lacking in anything3.
a) as respects their spirit

You now see that the original word does not mean beggar as in poor financially, but helpless as a beggar.
Short Definition: poor, destitute
We also know Lazarus was feeling so poorly that he could not get up to escape the dogs who where licking his sores.
Luke 16:20 But even the dogs coming licked his sores.
When Jesus said, “And there was a certain poor one named Lazarus.” I believe Jesus did not mean poor
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as finances or wealth but rather poor as in physical health with a possible long-term disease because Jesus said, “being plagued by sores” (Luke 19:20).
Friends, I believe that Lazarus suffered from a long-term disease probably most of his life because Abraham stated:
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, child, remember that you fully received your good things in your lifetime, and Lazarus like wise the bad things.
Here we see clearly, the rich man received good things in his lifetime, but Lazarus likewise the bad things in his lifetime. My interpretation is that he was plagued with poor health.
As I shared in my commentary earlier, there are still many types of incurable diseases around to day such as Herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2). They were documented right back to the ancient Greeks as sores that seemed
to creep over the surface of the skin. Herpes is derived from the Greek word meaning “to creep.”
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz with the Chicago Tribune states: “But unlike HSV-2, the virus that usually causes genital herpes, are not usually sexually transmitted, though they can be. Most people get infected with HSV-1 as kids from kissy adults.”
Did you know the Emperor Tiberius attempted to curb an epidemic of Herpes? We also know in Mark 1:34 that Jesus healed many that were sick of divers diseases:
Mark 1:32-34 32And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
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Here is an example of someone becoming a poor beggar:
If we collapsed from heart failure or suffered a damaged tendon, for example, at that point in time we would then be as the poor beggar. We would feel destitute, helpless, powerless, and needy. If we were refused help—just as the rich man did to Lazarus—in hours we would be thirsty and hungry. Perhaps we too would be willing to be fed with anything, perhaps even bread crumbs, just as it was for Lazarus.
I believe Lazarus was not a beggar, as we have seen in many Bible translations, but actually “poor in health.”
The rich man treated the beggar with contempt and indifference, not caring that he was in need of sustenance, food, clothing and shelter from the elements.
There is also an interesting fact here; Luke 16:20 tells us Lazarus was laid at the rich man’s porch. If he was a beggar then why was Lazarus laid at the rich man’s porch?
Jesus makes it very clear here stating that Lazarus was at “his porch.” Not anyone’s porch. Not a porch at the temple. But Lazarus was laid at the rich man’s porch! I believe literally. Did they know each other? Perhaps they did.
In the Bible there were many beggars. They would sit in a busy place where they could be seen by many people passing by as they begged for money, food, etc.
Here is one of those examples:
Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
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Here we see blind Bartimaeus—the son of Timaeus —who sat by the highway begging. Beggars would beg in a place where there were people passing by as we see here with Bartimaeus.
Lazarus was not by the highway. The original Greek states Lazarus was laid at his (the rich man’s) porch.
Luke 16:20 and there was a certain poor one named Lazarus, who had been laid at his porch, being plagued by sores.
So again, if he was a beggar then why was Lazarus laid at the rich mans porch? After all, it is the entrance to the rich man’s house. Why wasn’t he laid in the highway like most beggars?
To help see this better, I want to run a reference on “porches:”
Young’s Literal Translation•
And Peter having knocked at the door of the porch, there came a damsel to hearken, by name Rhoda
Barnes’• 5 Notes on the Bible
At the door of the gate - Rather the door of the vestibule, or principal entrance into the house. The house was entered through such a porch or vestibule, and it was the door opening into this which is here intended.
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible•
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate. The lesser door in the great gate, or the door of the porch through which they entered into the house. So the Jews distinguish between “the door”, and “the gate” (Judges 18:16).
Of course there is no way of knowing how Lazarus ended up on the rich mans porch and what I am about
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to say is pure speculation, and guess work as I was not there.
But, we do have an interesting fact here which my good friend and sister in Christ Linda has pointed out to me. In the Hebrew Greek Interlinear Bible of Luke 19:20, it states: “and there was a certain poor one named Lazarus, who had been laid at his porch, being plagued by sores.”
So was Lazarus “laying” at the porch or was Lazarus “laid” at the porch? We can clearly see this verse tells us Lazarus was laid at his porch. Meaning someone must have put him there. As my friend and I discussed this we came up with some interesting questions and theories: Did Lazarus ask someone to put him there thinking he would get some help because he knew the rich man? Maybe it was this same person who informed Mary and Martha of the gravity of the situation. Maybe it was this same person Mary and Martha sent word to requesting Jesus to come? Was Lazarus sick from a long-term disease that reduced him to begging for help? Did the rich man fear what people would think if he helped him? After all, he was possibly a Sadducee. Maybe he was simply afraid of getting his disease. Again, mere speculations on our part, but some interesting ideas.
Then the passage in John 11:3 says, Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Jesus waits two more days before going to see Lazarus. WHY? The Bible does not tell us. However, four days have passed and Jesus already knows that Lazarus is dead without anyone telling him.
John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
During this time the rich man also dies.
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Luke 16:22 And the rich one also died, and was buried.
Jesus then leaves heading toward Mary and Martha. While on the way He tells his disciples the story of Luke 16:19, the rich man and Lazarus. Interestingly, the story had the identical name of the person who was also ill and who had just died. Then upon Jesus’ arrival He finds Lazarus had been dead for four days.
We all have souls that live on after death and in the verse below Jesus makes this very clear:
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.
So, where did the soul of Lazarus go in John 11? Luke 22 tells us: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
A very clever part by Jesus.
My personal beliefs relating to the story of Luke 16:19, is that a true and very significant event took place. It appears to be a story of life after death. The destination of the saved and the unsaved souls.
A simple story that Jesus wanted ALL to understand so that people would repent and be saved.
The very clever part of the story of Luke 16:19 is how Jesus holds back secrets by not telling us why the rich man went to HADES/HELL and Lazarus to paradise. It is at this point that the reader starts to scratch his head with confusion asking themselves, “Do all people who die of an illness go to Heaven and all rich people go to HELL for being rich?” The answer of course is, “No.” The Bible makes it very clear that we are all saved by faith in Jesus Christ.
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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9. Acts 2:21).
Why was the story of the rich man and Lazarus only recorded in Luke’s Gospel and not the others?
I believe Jesus hid this fact of the two Lazaruses being the same person so that only those who dig deep will understand this truth. Just as Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find.”
Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
The story of Lazarus in Luke 16:19, I believe, was a true story of Lazarus’ spiritual life after dying and leaving his body in John 11. Both stories together are hidden by Jesus in a parable.
Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Unless we are truly born again it is impossible to understand the stories of the Bible and the secrets of God. It is only by being born again that we can receive the Holy Spirit who helps us to understand the truth of the Kingdom of Heaven.
What did Jesus say about this:
Matthew 13:10-15 10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from
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him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Since writing this article I have discussed this subject with pastors and Christians alike asking them what they thought.
Only one person had a comment after watching my video6 on this story saying: “For Jesus to use Lazarus in the parable He must have meant the same Lazarus He raised otherwise the parable would lose it’s meaning. You can’t make an example of something that isn’t in some form generally understood by the listeners/readers.”
My conclusion is that it could only be a story of real events and an accurate representation of an actual place. And if this is the case, as it can only be, then the Lazarus in Luke 16:19 is the one and same person as Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, raised by Jesus in John 11.
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Chapter FIVE
The Two Lazaruses
I first discovered the fact that the two Lazaruses were the same person some years ago when I asked a writer to write an article called “The Sounds of HELL.” (I’ll talk more on this subject later in this book.)
When I read his finished article I noticed that the writer had done some wonderful research. I discovered that the theory of the two Lazaruses being the same person was known for some time but not accepted by most scholars.
In 2011 my wife Emma urged me to write about HELL—so I returned to my research.
While studying the subject I noticed that there was nowhere in the Bible that tells us that HADES is a real physical place of torment; with the exception of the story of Luke 16:19, “The Rich Man and Lazarus.” I also discovered that this was one of the most debated and misunderstood subjects ever.
I have received more comments from my video of Luke 16:19 than most of the other articles or videos I have made.
When I first searched the Bible to see if the two stories of Lazarus in Luke 16:19 and in John 11 were connected—although I still believed them to be the same person—I could not find anything to link them together.
New Clues
One evening my Internet went down for no reason. This was the first time this happened and I could not search the web site for any more clues. So instead of wasting time doing nothing I picked up The Expositor’s Study Bible by Jimmy Swaggart.
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I had this Bible for some time collecting dust on the shelf. I looked at Luke 16:19 to see what he believed and that’s when I saw the connection of the two Lazaruses. He said that Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19 and that a few days later; the Lord did raise a man named Lazarus from the grave.
This is just what I wanted to hear! It was the missing link in my mind and a very important part of the puzzle that I could not work out. However, now I found it written down—by one person at least—saying exactly what I had already believed. However, was I to take the word of just one person? No.
I managed to get my Internet back up and with new excitement I found an article that made me feel like I hit the jackpot! I found a wonderful long detailed article by Keith. L. Yoder from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.6 He wrote:
From Luke to John: Lazarus, Mary and Martha in the Fourth Gospel
He states: I have presented in this paper an array of literary correspondences between the respective Lazarus-Mary-Martha narratives of Luke and John along with their implications for inter-textual influence and precedence. Aside from any historical or theological considerations, I find on literary grounds that the relationship thus displayed is best understood as running from Luke into John. These correspondences are not for the most part found in the standard lists of Synoptic “parallel passages,” so they have been largely invisible to scholarship. Once they are taken into account, I believe they show unmistakably in the case of these texts what Bacon, Barrett and others have previously suggested: that John knew Luke, and that he used and creatively reworked the literary material available to him there.”
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I continued to search for any more convincing evidence and found the proof started to stack up. This is what I found:
From Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia:
The Plot to Kill Lazarus of Bethany
“The involvement of the family of Annas may be implied in the plot to kill Lazarus of Bethany in John 12:10. Although Annas is not mentioned by name in the plot to kill Lazarus, several 19th Century writers such as Johann Nepomuk Sepp and the Abbé Drioux, considered that there may be a concealed reference to Annas in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus which points at a “Rich man” with five sons.
If it is considered that the rich man dressed in purple and fine linen (Exodus 28:8) represents Caiaphas, as figurehead of the Sadducees, then Annas is intended as the “father” in Luke 16:27, and the “five brothers” Luke 16:28 are Annas’ five sons. In support of this is the coincidence that the father and five brothers who will not be convinced even if the parable Lazarus is raised from the dead (Luke 16:31) predict that Caiaphas, Annas, and the five sons of Annas would not believe and plotted to have the real Lazarus killed when he was raised (John 12:10). Let us now examine a few facts.”
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
This tells us that the Old Testament was already written and also makes sense as to why Jesus told the story of the rich man while he was on His way to raise Lazarus from the dead. It was because the rich man had just died.
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We see the two identical names in Luke 16:19 and John 11. The name Lazarus in Hebrew is Eleazar: “God is my help.”
We know God helps both Lazaruses in both Gospels. In Luke’s gospel Lazarus is taken by the angels to Paradise. In John’s Gospel Lazarus is raised from the dead. So the meaning of the name Lazarus means what it says, “God is my help.” The meaning is the same for both Lazaruses so I believe they must be the same person.
In the Gospel of John we are told about Lazarus’ physical life. In the gospel of Luke we are told about Lazarus’ spiritual life.
There are stories today of those who have died and their souls have floated out of their bodies in what is called “A Near Death Experience.” While in surgery or during a cardiac arrest many recount a feeling or experience of being in HELL with fire burning. Others tell of their experience feeling incredibly well and bathed in a bright light followed by a feeling of great joy and happiness. Some claim to have met relatives there and even seeing Jesus to welcome them home.
Lazarus had a four day death experience! And we will see later in this book testimonies of people confirming the story told by Jesus of the rich man and Lazarus.
In John’s Gospel Lazarus is dead for four days. So, where did his soul go? We know by the scriptures that when a man dies he has a soul that departs from the body:
Peter 2:24-25 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
The verse above proves that man’s souls still live on after death.
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2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The verse above proves again that a man’s soul lives on after death. And it goes on to say that a person who is saved will immediately be in the presence of God!
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.
This passage proves that the bodies of the wicked will be raised up to be destroyed in HELL.
This raises another question. Some believe that HELL is where people will be in torment forever and others believe that once they have been thrown in HELL their soul is destroyed. Meaning they no longer are suffering, but non-existent. Well, we won’t know for sure until we get there, but suffice to say, let’s get things right on this side of eternity so we won’t have to find out! There are many verses in the pages of the Bible that tell us we have a soul that lives on after death.
Abraham’s Bosom
So where did Lazarus’ soul go while his dead body was laid in the tomb for four days?
Luke 16:22 tells us his soul went to Abraham’s bosom.
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;
Lazarus’ body was dead for four days. His soul went to the same place as Jesus’ soul did when His body was dead for three days in the tomb.
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Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth.
Jesus’ soul descended into a compartment in HADES—the same place that we are told by Luke—where Lazarus’ soul went after his body died.
Here Peter tells us Jesus visited HADES.
1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; This is Abraham’s bosom where Jesus visited the saints.
Is Peter talking about compartments in a pit in the Earth, I wonder?
In the verses below, I believe, describes HADES/
Sheol/Underworld:
Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
Lamentations 3:55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the Earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living.
From the verses above, we can see HADES/Sheol is NOT a grave, as so many say and believe, but a physical spiritual place; a place of custody for lost souls.
What Is HADES?
Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME7 states the following:
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“HADES is a place in the world not regularly finished; a subterranean region, wherein the light of this world does not shine. HADES, is a place of perpetual darkness which is a region allotted as a place of custody for souls.”
This confirms with the many verses as I share following:
Psalm 88:6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
We know that Jesus brought the souls out of the pit of those who were in HADES (Paradise) when He rose from the grave.
Matthew 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the Earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Luke 16:19 tell us that HADES had two compartments: Paradise and torment. Lazarus went to the Paradise side and the rich man went to the torment side.
In The Book of Enoch,8 by R.H. Charles, [1917], he states that there are four compartments as follows: (I will describe the Book of Enoch later in this book.)
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midst. And I said: “How smooth are these hollow places and deep and dark to view?”
Interestingly, Enoch gives an identical description of one hollow place that had light and water and I believe this to be Abraham’s bosom/paradise and the other three hollow places were dark.

We then have the book of Ephesians confirming with the Book of Enoch:
Ephesians 4:9 Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the Earth?
And we have these verses below:
Psalm 88:6 • Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Lamentations 3:6 • He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
Lamentations 3:55 • I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
Ezekiel 26:20 • When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the Earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living.
In the Bible verses above, “sleep” is simply another term for death of the body, the flesh. Just as Jesus said, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth” and then stated in verse 14 that Lazarus is dead.
John 11:11-14 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. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest
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in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Jesus makes it clear here that Lazarus’ body was asleep/dead. The following scriptures also confirm this. I encourage you to take the time to read them for yourself so you can draw your own conclusion.
Job 14:10; Job 14:14; Psalm 6:5; Psalm 49:15; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; John 3:13; Acts 2:29-34; 2 Peter 3:4
Death Before the Cross
Before the cross of Jesus when someone died, their soul departed from the dead body and went into HADES where it was “reserved.”
2 Peter 2:9 and to reserve the unjust.
2 Peter 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.
Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction?
How can you keep or reserve something if there is no soul that lives on to reserve or keep for the day of judgment? But we now see that there are different compartments in HADES. One area reserves those who are destined to Heaven and the other one reserved for those destined for eternal damnation.
Lazarus went to the paradise side, which could be seen by the rich man who was below him.
Luke 16:23 And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed:
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The rich man, Lazarus and Abraham could see each other but could not get to each other.
Jimmy Swaggart states this as well:
“This is in the heart of the Earth (Matthew 12:40) before the cross of Jesus, even though all who went to paradise were comforted, they were still captives of Satan who was hoping that ultimately he would get them over into the burning pit.”
Ephesians 4:8-9 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the Earth?

Jimmy Swaggart continues to say:
“This means that when believers died before the cross, due to the fact that the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins the sin debt remained and Satan still had a claim on them, so all those in paradise were awaiting the cross, which would deliver them.”
This is precisely why the bodies of the saints rose up out of the graves when Jesus was resurrected:
Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection.
Here we clearly see that Lazarus and Jesus were conscious, not dead or asleep. How could Jesus have a conversation in HADES if His soul wasn’t alive?
Jesus also preached unto the spirits in prison (1 Peter 3:19).
Both are identical. Lazarus was raised from
HADES—paradise side—back into his dead body. The saints were raised from HADES—paradise side—back
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into their dead bodies which is why their graves were opened:
Matthew 27:52-53 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Just like Lazarus. His tomb was opened and he walked out of it after his soul returned back to his dead body.
Acts 2:27 Because you will not leave my soul in HADES, neither will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible states:
“In Revelation 20:13-14, it is connected with death: “And death and HELL (HADES) delivered up the dead which were in them”; “And death and HELL (HADES) were cast into the lake of fire.” See also Revelation 6:8; Revelation 1:18, “I have the keys of HELL and death.” In 1 Corinthians 15:55 it means the grave: “O grave (HADES), where is thy victory?” In Matthew 11:23 it means a deep, profound place, opposed to an exalted one; a condition of calamity and degradation, opposed to former great prosperity: “Thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to HELL” (HADES). In Luke 16:23 it is applied to the place where the rich man was after death, in a state of punishment: “In HELL (HADES) he lifted up his eyes, being in torments.”
In this place it is connected with the idea of suffering, and undoubtedly denotes a place of punishment. The Septuagint has used this word commonly to translate the word Shèowl.”
Acts 2:29-31 29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is
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both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in HELL, neither his flesh did see corruption.
John 11:38-44 38Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go.
Is There a Fiery HELL on Earth?
Some people think so. Many say things like, “I’m going through a living HELL!” Of course, that isn’t what I’m talking about here. In my research, I found scriptures that actually reference a literal fiery HELL on
Earth. In looking up three different Bible versions this is what I found pertaining to Deuteronomy 32:22:
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest HELL, and shall consume the Earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. (KJV)
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(A) a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to (B) the depths of Sheol, it devours the Earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. (NRS)
My anger has started a fire. It burns down to the kingdom of the dead. It will eat up the Earth and its crops. It will set the base of the mountains on fire. (NIRV)
The fiery seas of Lava that I believe to be HELL are deep under the Earth. The verses above prove that Sheol cannot be a grave but a literal place where there is fire. This passage from Deuteronomy suggests that God’s anger is what causes HELL to burn so hot that it rises up and touches the edge of the living Earth.
We may presume then that the eruption of molten lava from volcanoes may be a sign of God’s anger overflowing and threatening the living with His wrath.
Indeed, some residents of Iceland—which has a higher concentration of active volcanoes than any other country—speak of hearing the wailing voices of the damned for miles around during the fiercest eruptions.
A reminder perhaps of His awesome power and of what may happen to us if we refuse to hear Him when He calls to us.
A reminder of the rich man in the Netherworld—the depths of Sheol—that burns down to the kingdom of the dead.
Luke 16:24 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.
Here are some other references I found that describe the words “fire” and “flame:”
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ENOCH said: ensnared and aflame;
JOSEPHUS and HIPPOLYTUS said: and do not stand clear of the hot vapor itself;
JESUS said Luke 16:24. The rich man said I am tormented in this flame.
JESUS said in Codex Sinaiticus Luke 10:15: And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be exalted to heaven? Thou shalt be brought down to HADES.
Also, below is an extract out of Josephus’ and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME’s, Discourse to the Greeks concerning HADES:
1. Now, as to HADES, wherein the souls of the good things they see, and rejoice in the righteous and unrighteous are detained, it is necessary to speak of it. HADES is a place in the world not regularly finished; a subterranean region, wherein the light of this world does not shine; from which circumstance, that in this region the light does not shine, it cannot be but there must be in it perpetual darkness. This region is allotted as a place of custody for souls, ill which angels are appointed as guardians to them, who distribute to them temporary punishments, agreeable to every one’s behavior and manners.
2. In this region there is a certain place set apart, as a lake of unquenchable fire, where into we suppose no one hath hitherto been cast; but it is prepared for a day afore-determined by God, in which one righteous sentence shall deservedly be passed upon all men; when the unjust, and those that have been disobedient to God, and have given honor to such idols as have been the vain operations of the hands of men as to God himself, shall be adjudged to this everlasting punishment, as having been the causes of defilement; while the just shall

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obtain an incorruptible and never-fading kingdom. These are now indeed confined in HADES, but not in the same place wherein the unjust are confined.
3. For there is one descent into this region, at whose gate we believe there stands an archangel with an host; which gate when those pass through that are conducted down by the angels appointed over souls, they do not go the same way; but the just are guided to the right hand, and are led with hymns, sung by the angels appointed over that place, unto a region of light, in which the just have dwelt from the beginning of the world; not constrained by necessity, but ever enjoying the prospect of the good things they see, and rejoice in the expectation of those new enjoyments which will be peculiar to every one of them, and esteeming those things beyond what we have here; with whom there is no place of toil, no burning heat, no piercing cold, nor are any briers there; but the countenance of the and of the just, which they see, always smiles them, while they wait for that rest and eternal new life in heaven, which is to succeed this region. This place we call The Bosom of Abraham.
4. But as to the unjust, they are dragged by force to the left hand by the angels allotted for punishment, no longer going with a good-will, but as prisoners driven by violence; to whom are sent the angels appointed over them to reproach them and threaten them with their terrible looks, and to thrust them still downwards. Now those angels that are set over these souls drag them into the neighborhood of HELL itself; who, when they are hard by it, continually hear the noise of it, and do not stand clear of the hot vapor itself; but when they have a near view of this spectacle, as of a terrible and exceeding great prospect of fire, they are struck with a fearful expectation of a future judgment, and in effect punished thereby: and not only so, but where they

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see the place [or choir] of the fathers and of the just, even hereby are they punished; for a chaos deep and large is fixed between them; insomuch that a just man that hath compassion upon them cannot be admitted, nor can one that is unjust, if he were bold enough to attempt it, pass over it.
5. This is the discourse concerning HADES, wherein the souls of all men are confined until a proper season, which God hath determined, when he will make a resurrection of all men from the dead, not procuring a transmigration of souls from one body to another, but raising again those very bodies, which you Greeks, seeing to be dissolved, do not believe [their resurrection]. But learn not to disbelieve it.

I have carefully put this research out there for you to decide for yourself the truth regarding the story of the rich man and Lazarus. It could be the difference between living a full and abundant life in faith here on Earth, as opposed to living careless without consequence. When we understand the reality of HELL/HADES and Heaven, we can make better choices for our lives here on Earth. And when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we don’t have to be afraid. People don’t talk about HELL, because it produces fear. But God doesn’t want you to be afraid, for He said that He won the victory over death. And those who are “in” Him, will never die! He wants you to see the truth and choose life and live it to the fullest!
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
1 Corinthians 15:54-56 54So 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. 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
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Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and Earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
There is a reason HELL is talked about 54 times in the Bible because the Lord is doing everything He can to keep you out of it.
In Summary
The moment born again believers die their spirit and soul go to be with the Lord. Our physical bodies begin to decay, but our soul and spirit go on to eternal life straight away.
2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
The moment the unbeliever dies his body is dead. His soul lives on and descends to HADES just as the rich man did who did not believe it was all possible.
Paradise was moved by Jesus to Heaven with Him. There is no longer a holding place in HADES, believers go straight to Paradise in Heaven.
This compartment in HADES, that was called Abraham’s bosom—paradise—is now empty because all of the born again believers who were bought by the blood of Christ rose with Him at His resurrection.
John 11:25 As Christ was resurrected so are they who believe in him. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
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Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross next to him saying, “Today you shall be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says:
“Here we see St. Paul gives no intimation of an intermediate state between being at home in the body and being present with the Lord. There is not the slightest intimation here that the soul sleeps, or rather, that there is no soul.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 6Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS states clearly that the same story told by Jesus in Luke 16:19 is the same story told in the Book of Enoch saying that the souls of the unsaved dead awaited judgment day and they are detained, kept or reserved. I believe this is similar to what we do with criminals. There are various levels in prison.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Jesus tells us in this verse that the unsaved are already condemned for not believing.
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Why Was the Rich Man Buried?
I find it interesting that Lazarus was not buried but laid in a tomb. The rich man was buried with no mention of being laid in a tomb. Again, the way they were buried was based on their belief in this life.
John 11:43-44 43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Although the book of Jonah does not say he died, the book does make it absolutely clear that Jonah was in a PIT. He actually had a Near Death Experience!
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth.
HEBREW BIBLE:
Translation of Jonah 2:6 from the Hebrew Bible:
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the Earth with her bars closed upon me forever; yet hast Thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, and Barnes’ Notes on the Bible agree that the PIT leads to Sheol—the region of the dead into the underworld—which is entered through the grave.
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Here is solid evidence that Sheol is a place where souls and spirits live as we see in this verse of the Old Testament, which gives the clearest prophecy about Lucifer. A place in the future where he will go.
The Fall of Lucifer
Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15Yet thou shalt be brought down to HELL, to the sides of the pit.
There are many Bible verses that state Sheol, HADES, or the Underworld, has compartments or chambers (rooms).
Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the rooms of death.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible says:
“Her house is the way to HELL - Sheol, the PIT, the grave, the place of the dead, the eternal and infernal world. And they who, through such, fall into the grave, descend lower, into the chambers of death; the place where pleasure is at an end, and illusion mocks no more.”
We also have in the book of 2 Peter 2:4 about the rebellious fallen angels who are at present in a compartment of HADES called Tartarus.

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;
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And here another verse, very sobering:
Isaiah 15:9-10 Sheol from beneath is excited for you to meet you at your coming: it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the Earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. They all shall speak and say unto you, have you also become weak as we? have you become like unto us?
This verse above tells us every lost soul who has ever lived whether rich or poor, kings, queens or rulers who believed they were invincible have now become weak and without strength, stripped of all natural strength, as well as of all civil power and authority: all in HADES have become the same.
This verse below reveals that Sheol/HADES is never full and continuously receives souls that never ends.
Proverbs 27:20 Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says:
“A grave is one particular cavity purposely dug for the interment of a dead person; “sheol” is a collective name for all the graves. He that is in the grave is in “Sheol;” but he that is in “Sheol” may not be in a grave, but in a pit. In short, it is the region of the dead; which is figuratively considered as a city or large habitation with gates and bars in which there are many chambers Proverbs 7:27. “Sheol” is never full, but is always asking or craving more (Proverbs 27:20; Hebrews 2:5.)”
Study of the PIT
Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the Earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living.
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The following scriptures come from various Bible translations, yet all say the same thing that Psalm 30:3 says:
New International Version (©1984) •
O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.
New Living Translation (©2007) •
You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
English Standard Version (©2001) •
O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
New American Standard Bible (©1995) •
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995) •
O LORD, you brought me up from the grave. You called me back to life from among those who had gone into the pit.
King James Bible •
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
American King James Version •
O LORD, you have brought up my soul from the grave: you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
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American Standard Version •
O Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Bible in Basic English •
O Lord, you have made my soul come again from the underworld: you have given me life and kept me from going down among the dead.
Douay-Rheims Bible •
Thou hast brought forth, O Lord, my soul from HELL: thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.
Darby Bible Translation •
Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol, thou hast quickened me from among those that go down to the pit.
English Revised Version •
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Webster’s Bible Translation •
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
World English Bible •
Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
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Young’s Literal Translation•
Jehovah, Thou hast brought up from Sheol my soul, Thou hast kept me alive, From going down to the pit.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible •
O, Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave - My life; me. The meaning is, that he had been in imminent danger of death, and had been brought from the borders of the grave. The word here rendered “grave” is “Sheol” - a word which, properly used, commonly denotes the region of the dead; the underworld which is entered through the grave.
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible •
O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave. When his life being in danger, was near unto it, Job 33:22; otherwise the soul dies not, nor does it lie and sleep in the grave; or “thou hast brought up my soul from HELL” (m); that is, delivered him from those horrors of conscience and terrors of mind, by reason of sin, which were as HELL itself unto him; see Psalm 116:3.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia reads:•
Main article: Tartarus
In classic Greek mythology, below Heaven, Earth, and Pontus is Tartarus, or Tartaros (Greek deep place). It is a deep, gloomy place, a pit or abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering that resides within HADES (the entire underworld) with Tartarus being the hellish component. In the Gorgias, Plato (c. 400 BC) wrote that souls were judged after death and those who received punishment was sent to Tartarus. As a place of punishment, it can be considered a HELL. The classic HADES, on the other hand, is more similar to Old Testament Sheol.
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Jesus’ soul and the thief’s went to the Bosom of Abraham, called Paradise. (Matthew 12:40; 1 Peter 3:19; Matthew 27:51; Ephesians 4:8-9).
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
This is the identical place where Lazarus was in Luke 16:19. A real person who went to a real place; Abraham’s bosom.
What happened to Caiaphas?
I discovered through an article by Helen Katharine Bond10 called: “Caiaphas: friend of Rome and judge of Jesus?”—along with other certain scholars—that they believe Caiaphas eventually lost his position as high priest after converting to Christianity and secretly baptized.
Another article written by Richard Samuel Krauss-Gottheil11 also believed that Caiaphas converted to Christianity, as did the historian Josephus Flavius (Assemani, “Bibl. Orient.” ii. 156, iii. 522; Solomon of Bassora, “The Book of the Bee,” ed. Budge, tr. p. 94). His house outside Jerusalem is still shown.
What happened to Joseph of Arimathaea?
Furthermore, I discovered in the Gospel of Nicodemus or Acts of Pilate,12 (The Apocryphal New Testament M.R. James-Translation and Notes Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924) showing evidence to support this. It says that the Jews arrested Joseph who was from the city of Arimathaea. They were vexed against him because he begged the body of Jesus and laid it in his own new tomb. So they seized Joseph and placed him in a house with no windows. Guards were set at the door: “and they sealed the door of the place
where Joseph was shut in by Caiaphas keeping the Key.”
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This is interesting because there is no mention of him in the four Gospels after he rolls the stone in front of the tomb where Jesus was laid.
But, in the Gospel of Nicodemus it seems to fill in a logical explanation of why Joseph of Arimathaea goes silent in the four Gospels at this point in time.
It continues to say: After the Sabbath day the rulers of the synagogue and the priests and the Levites had a meeting to discus what death they should use to kill Joseph of Arimathaea. However, after the council was sent, they commanded he be brought back for sentencing. On arrival they found the door was still locked with the guards outside, but he was gone, yet, the door was still sealed.
In short, it says that the chief priests, the rulers of the synagogue and the elders gathered together in the synagogue to discuss the resurrection and the whereabouts of Jesus’ body. After being told by Nicodemus how he saw Jesus upon Mount Mamilch with His disciples teaching them, then later saw Him ascend up into Heaven, the elders and the priests still refused to believe. They sent a man out to search the whole region of Israel to find Jesus, but could not find Him. Instead they found Joseph in his own town of Arimathaea.
We are then told that the rulers of the synagogue and the priests and the Levites wrote a letter to Joseph of Arimathaea begging him to come back peacefully so that they may discover how he escaped.
Joseph and Nicodemus arranged for Annas and Caiaphas and the elders of the priests and the Levites to meet at Nicodemus’ house to have a great feast. After eating and drinking with Joseph, they had sung hymns and blessed God and then departed to their homes. But Joseph stayed behind at the house of Nicodemus.
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The next day Annas and Caiaphas and the elders of the priests and the Levites, all returned to ask Joseph how he escaped. Joseph sat between Annas and Caiaphas and began to tell His account. (This took place at midnight on the Sabbath.) He says:
“The four corners were a flashing of light in his eyes and being filled with fear I fell to the Earth. And one took me by the hand and removed me from the place whereon I had fallen; and moisture of water was shed on me from my head unto my feet, and an odour of ointment came about my nostrils. And he wiped my face and kissed me and said unto me: Fear not, Joseph: open thine eyes and see who it is that speaketh with thee. And I looked up and saw Jesus and I trembled, and supposed that it was a spirit: and I said the commandments: and he said them with me. And [as] ye are not ignorant that a spirit, if it meet any man and hear the commandments, straightway fleeth. And when I perceived that he said them with me, I said unto him: Rabbi Elias? And he said unto me: I am not Elias. And I said unto him: Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me: I am Jesus, whose body thou didst beg of Pilate, and didst clothe me in clean linen and cover my face with a napkin, and lay me in thy new cave and roll a great stone upon the door of the cave.
And I said to him that spake with me: Show me the place where I laid thee. And he brought me and showed me the place where I laid him, and the linen cloth lay therein, and the napkin that was upon his face. And I knew that it was Jesus. And he took me by the hand and set me in the midst of mine house, the doors being shut, and laid me upon my bed and said unto me: Peace be unto thee. And he kissed me and said unto me: Until forty days be ended go not out of thine house: for behold I go unto my brethren into Galilee.”
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And when the rulers of the synagogue and the priests and the Levites heard these words of Joseph they became as dead men and fell to the ground, and they fasted until the ninth hour. And Nicodemus with Joseph comforted Annas and Caiaphas and the priests and the Levites, saying: Rise up and stand on your feet and taste bread and strengthen your souls, for tomorrow is the Sabbath of the Lord. And they rose up and prayed unto God and did eat and drink, and departed every man to his house.
From the account above it could be from this point on that Annas and Caiaphas’ eyes and hearts began to open and may have converted to Christianity.
There is also another interesting fact that sheds light on this.
Ossuary of Caiaphas
November of 1990, construction workers made an amazing discovery while in a burial cave south of Jerusalem. They discovered a beautiful ossuary containing the bones of the famous high priest Caiaphas. The very same person in John 18:12 who was one of Annas’ son-in-laws involved with Annas in the arrest of Jesus.
What is also interesting is we know that the Ancient Jews gathered bones into bone boxes called “Ossuaries” after about a year or so. I suppose to be sure the body has decomposed leaving only the bones.
Why would they want to put bones in this box? Because they believed by preserving their bones they would be ready for the resurrection. Remember that Caiaphas and Annas’ and his sons did not believe in the resurrection. They actually denied the resurrection of the body in Matthew 22:23; Luke 20:27; Acts 4:1-2, 23:8.
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Yet, 2000 years later we find the bones of Caiaphas and his family in Ossuaries. Meaning they could have very well converted to Christianity.
It was important to discuss this at this point, showing more accounts that people who converted to Christianity believed in life after death and began preparing for it in this life.
Ossuary
Ossuarie of Caiaphas.
Chapter SEVEN
Supported Evidences
There are several other discoveries I made as I studied on the subject of HELL/HADES in the rich man and Lazarus story. I am going to spend some time with a variety of events and characters in the Bible who were real people doing real things.
Who was Simon the Leper?
This is an excerpt from the Wikipedia, free encyclopedia:
“Simon the Leper is a biblical figure mentioned in the Gospels according to Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9. These two books narrate how Jesus paid a visit to the house of Simon the Leper at Bethany, during the course of which a woman anoints the head of Jesus with costly ointment. Bethany was the home of Simon the Leper as well as Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The Gospel according to John 12:1-8, recounts that Mary, Martha and Lazarus attended a supper for Jesus Christ six days before the Passover and Crucifixion of Jesus. Martha was busy serving them. According to John’s Gospel, the feet of Jesus was also anointed. Comparing them suggests that Judas Iscariot and other disciples of Jesus also attended and protested the costly anointing of Jesus.
Simon the Leper is sometimes identified with Simon the Pharisee (see Shimon ben Gamliel), who is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 7:36-50, as the host of a meal during which the feet of Jesus was anointed by a woman. Because of these similarities, efforts have been made to reconcile the events and characters but some scholars have pointed out differences between the two events. An alternative explanation for the similarities is that the Luke 7 anointing and
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the anointing at Bethany (Matthew 26:6, Mark 14:3, John 12:1) happened with some of the same participants, but several years apart.
Simon the Leper is also sometimes identified as the same person as Lazarus of Bethany, or identified as his father or brother. This is because Matthew and Mark mention Simon, while John mentions Lazarus, but all four Gospels assume one lodging at Bethany during the last week. Abbé Drioux13 identified all three as one: Lazarus of Bethany, Simon the Leper of Bethany, and the Lazarus of the parable, on the basis that in the parable Lazarus is depicted as a leper, and due to a perceived coincidence between Luke 16:30 and John 12:10—where after the raising of Lazarus, Caiaphas and Annas —tried to have him killed.
The meaning of his nickname “The Leper” is sometimes questioned because of the outcast status of lepers. Reinterpretations include that of the potter or the Essene.
Some assume that Jesus healed Simon of his leprosy and the name was attached to him perhaps due to the length of his condition or to distinguish him from Simon Peter, or other Simon(s) of the time. However, the Gospels do not include an account of his healing, unless, that is, alternatively, Simon and Lazarus were the same person.”
Later, Christian traditions held that Simon traveled to France having landed at the mouth of the Rhône with St. Lazarus and his sister Mary, the earliest apostle of Maguelonne (one of the seven cities that may have been the origin of the name for the region called Septimania.) You can read more on my web site at: www.realdiscoveries.org.
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The Rich Man May Have Known Moses
It is clear to me that the rich man was a Jew and that Abraham was his father. Why do I believe this? Because of the dialog between them:
Luke 16:24 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me. 25And Abraham calling him Child, But Abraham said, Son.
I am not saying this man was a “blood relative,” but Abraham was known as the father of all Jews. I bring this up because it further indicates that this is an account of real people, a real story of real events.
Also, Abraham said unto him concerning his five brothers, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.”
Luke 16:27-29 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Which again indicates real people, a real story, of real events.
The family of Annas were very rich this is why Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man.” We know for sure they owned market stalls and the monopoly on the sales of sacrificial animals, as well as running the exchanging of money into temple coins. Being rich they could eat and drink to their delight. They could very easily afford servants to run their business while over-seeing the work—with little effort—and enjoying their riches in their mansions.
Luke 16:19 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:”
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Why did the rich man ask for water to cool his tongue if this is only a parable? There can be only one logical reason.
Luke 16:24 Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue;
Here is why: The Earth’s core is estimated to be in the region of thousands of degrees, much hotter than any living thing or any man-made object could endure. Hotter, in fact, than even the surface of the Sun. So we know for sure that it is incredibly hot, deep down, that it contains unexplained structures and molten lava and that the Earth’s core is around 70% of the size of the moon.
What’s so extraordinary about that? Well I’ll tell you.
At the time when the Bible was written—2000 years ago—people knew none of this. There was no way to drill down into the Earth. There was no way to show scientifically the presence of molten lava or anything at all to suggest that the center of the Earth was even hot. Anything that is, except the Word of God (Deuteronomy 32:22).
I believe this is why the rich man asked for water to cool his tongue. His soul was in HADES which is next to HELL (Gehenna - the lake of fire) and I believe the lake of fire is a layer of lava around the Earth’s core.
To clarify: My research tells me HELL (Gehenna - the lake of fire being the second death - Revelation 20:14) is a place that is in the center of HADES. So the “lake of fire” is inside HADES but deeper down in the Earth. This makes perfect sense as we now know that nearer the center of the Earth’s core there is a layer (lake) of hot lava and fire.
This tells me that HELL and HADES are next to each other but are not the same place.
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Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME states:
“In HADES is a certain place set apart, as a lake of unquenchable fire, where no one has been cast. In HADES is a place where the unjust and those who have been disobedient to God, will be cast into, after judgment day.”
This confirms with Revelation 20:13-14:
13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and HADES delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and HADES were cast into the lake of fire.
We pointed out earlier in this book many scriptures that says the lost souls are being reserved for judgment day when they will be cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:14-15 14And death and HELL were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME describes this very well:
“Now those angels that are set over these souls drag them into the neighbourhood of HELL itself; who, continually hear the noise of it, and do not stand clear of the hot vapour itself; In this region there is a certain place set apart, as a lake of unquenchable fire, where into we suppose no one hath hitherto been cast; but it is prepared for a day afore-determined by God.”
Here again is a clear description of real events just as told and agreeing with Luke 16:19. Just as the real event, judgment day, still to be fulfilled. Just as the real event when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom on the Earth with His resurrected Saints marking the
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beginning of the Millennium—His 1000 year reign.
Revelation 20:4-6. 4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
As believers, we have so much to look forward to. We aren’t going to be floating around as a vapor of smoke, but actually real people doing real things! Don’t miss out!
Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea, whom I spoke of earlier, was secretly a disciple of Jesus. He also believed that when we died our souls lived on, just as Enoch and Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS stated and just as Jesus taught. Joseph of Arimathea believed that at death our souls departed from our bodies. We know this because at the Garden Tomb—believed to be the tomb of Jesus—Joseph of Arimathea cut out a small window which is still there today.
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This is important as the window was the “soul-hole.” The Hebrew word “Nephesh” meaning soul-hole was there to let out the soul. So if we have a soul where did Lazarus’ soul go when he died? Luke tells us:
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
Again, confirming with Joseph of Arimathea, who believed we have a soul that lives on giving more credit that Luke 16:19 was not a parable.
For more information you can watch a video of John Lingham at the garden tomb talking about the soul hole at http://www.thegardentombandthegreatstone.com.
Andrea Mantegna14- Archaeologist of The Bible says:
“The ancient Jewish people of the Bible did not believe that death meant total annihilation, or that we vanish completely at the moment of death. Death to them meant the loss of vitality and strength, but so long as the body, or at least the bones remained, the soul or nefesh continued to exist. In its greatly weakened state, the nefesh sheltered in Sheol, the subterranean abode of the dead (Genesis 44:29; Job 10:21; Isaiah 14:9), where it led a shadowy, meaningless existence.”
A Rich Man
We just read about Joseph of Arimathea—a rich man and a disciple of Jesus—was apparently a man of wealth and probably a member of the Sanhedrin.
Matthew 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple.
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In Luke 16:19 we read: There was a certain rich man... The rich man was a real person, just as Joseph was and probably a member of the Sadducees.
More on the Bosom of Abraham
This was a place where the “just” enjoyed the peace of Heaven after death.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia:
“The phrase “Bosom of Abraham” refers to the place of comfort in Sheol (Greek: HADES) where the Jews said the righteous dead awaited Judgment Day. However, the Old Testament saints were taken up with Jesus when He was resurrected (Matthew 27:52). The phrase “Bosom of Abraham” is found in Luke 16:22-23 in Jesus’ story of Lazarus and the Rich Man.”
Abode of the Righteous Dead
According to first century Jewish beliefs, the dead were gathered into a general tarrying-place; Sheol of the Old Testament, and HADES of the New Testament (Luke 16:22). Here, the righteous occupied an abode or compartment of their own which was distinctly separated by a wall or a chasm from the abode or compartment to which the wicked were consigned. The latter was a place of torment, usually spoken of as Gehenna (Luke 16:22-23). And then there is a place of bliss and security known under the names of “Paradise” (Luke 23:43) or “the Bosom of Abraham” (Luke 16:22-23).
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Ancient Near East
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia reads:
“The cultures of Mesopotamia (including Sumeria, the Akkadian Empire, Babylonia and Assyria), the Hittites and the Canaanites/Ugarits reveal some of the earliest evidence for the notion of a Netherworld or Underworld. From among the few texts that survive from these civilizations, this evidence appears in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the “Descent of Inanna to the Netherworld,” “Baal and the Underworld,” the “Descent of Ishtar,” and the “Vision of Kummâ.”
Here is something very interesting about Deuteronomy 32:22: In the (English Standard Version) of Deuteronomy 32:22, it reads: For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth unto the depths of the netherworld.
In that verse the word ‘’Netherworld,” appears. The Mesopotamians believed there was a real physical place deep in the Earth. We see that they used the same word in Deuteronomy 32:22, “Netherworld.” How did the Mesopotamians know about the Deuteronomy 32:22, years before the first book of the Old Testament was even written? It is believed by scholars that they had the book of Job—the oldest book in the Bible—written around 1500 B.C.
The New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) of Deuteronomy 32:22 reads: For a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to the depths of Sheol, devours the Earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
The above translation uses the Old Testament word Sheol, a place where a fire burns in Gods anger. This proves that Sheol cannot be a grave as there is a real fire that is burning.
Was this a coincidence or a lucky guesswork by the authors of the Bible who states the fire devours the
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Earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains?
I cannot believe that it is a coincidence or lucky guesswork by the authors of the Bible that the stories of HADES and HELL being deep under the Earth and fiery hot, with lakes of lava that rise from volcanoes and burn everything in its path, is exactly as it states. Deuteronomy 32:22 is not symbolic, figurative, but my research tells me it is a matter-of-fact—literal.
It is also a fact that most people understand that the center of the Earth is hot with lakes of lava.
Below is a list of words that have the same meaning as HADES:
Netherworld (Deuteronomy 32:22)•
Underworld (Hosea 13:14)•
Abyss (Romans 10:7)•
Dungeon (Isaiah 42:7)•
PIT (Psalm 30:3)•
Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4)•
Sheol (Isaiah 14:9)•
Sheol is the Old Testament word and HADES is the New Testament word, which is an identical description and place where the rich man was in Luke’s Gospel:
Luke16:24 for I am tormented in this flame.
The modern English word “HELL” is derived from Old English hel, helle (about 725 AD to refer to a netherworld of the dead).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Sheol-sheeohl or lshee; is the “grave,” “pit,” or “abyss,” in Hebrew. Sheol is the earliest conception of the afterlife in the Jewish scriptures. It is a place
of darkness to which all dead go, regardless of the moral choices made in life, and where they are removed from the light of God.

In the Tanakh Sheol, it is the common destination of both the righteous and the unrighteous flesh, as recounted in Ecclesiastes and Job. When the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek in ancient Alexandria around 200 BCE the word “HADES” (underworld) was substituted for “Sheol.” (see Hellenistic Judaism).
The New Testament (written in Greek) also uses “HADES” to refer to the abode of the dead (Revelation 20:13). The belief that those in Sheol awaited the resurrection either in comfort (in the bosom of Abraham) or in torment, may be reflected in the story of the New Testament of Lazarus and Dives. (Note: “Dives” is not a name but the word for “rich man,” as defined in the text of the Latin Bible, the Vulgate. So for clarity, we would read this as Lazarus and the rich man.)

 Book of Enoch, is it Authentic?

I have referenced the book of Enoch many times so I felt it important to provide details about it.
It seems that many believers say the book of Enoch is not a true book or many arent even aware of such a book. However, the book of Jude refers to something recorded word-for-word in the book of Enoch (1:9) which was in wide circulation 2000 years ago. Jude evidently considered it “canonical enough” to quote authoritatively:
Jude 1:14-15 (NIV) Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones. 15to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their
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ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.


Update 21/06/2014.
In the book of Enoch Chapter 9:10 - 11. States:
And now behold the souls of those who are dead, cry out. 11. And complain even to the gate of heaven.
Enoch confirms the men who were killed by the evil giants in the days of Noah were dead and yet there souls were crying and complained to God about the evil giants taking their lives.
The question is how can dead people complain if they are dead and have no soul that lives on?

Most believers know the dead sea scrolls are genuine. Some may not know that the Enoch fragments dating back to before the days of Christ were unearthed in the same place at Qumran in 1947. Because they are not IN the Bible, they won’t consider them valid to use today. Some even suggest they are a fake or a forgery. But I’m reminded of a scripture that says if we wrote down everything Jesus said and did, there wouldn’t be enough books to hold them.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
So there are many things that are not in the Bible, but doesn’t make them any less true. But, you decide.
Scriptures that come to mind are:
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
What I’m saying is, don’t take anyone’s word for anything, you go to THE Word and find the answers for yourself.
 The Bible says that we don’t need a “man” to teach us as long as we have the Holy Spirit.

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
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Because then whatever we do hear, we have God to show us if it is true or not. A very important reason to receive Jesus as Savior, because you will then be given the power of the Holy Spirit to discern right and wrong teachings!
Let me continue with some more facts about Enoch:
Below are some articles from Daniel L. Berry, “The Reluctant Messenger,”15 regarding the book of Enoch: “There is abundant proof that Christ approved of the Book of Enoch. Over a hundred phrases in the New Testament find precedents in the Book of Enoch.”
Ferrell’s Travel Blog16:
“Enoch was a preacher of righteousness. Before the Torah, and the Old Testament, was the book of Enoch.
The book of Enoch is frequently quoted in the Bible and was considered scripture in ancient civilization. This book adds credibility to the Bible, especially the book of Genesis, as told in the King James Version of the Bible:
2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to HELL, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment.”
This same description is in the book of Enoch.
The book of Enoch expands into what really happened during those days before the flood. It also explains the source of demons and fallen angels.”
In addition, the book also sheds light into the so-called evolution of man. To read this book is to believe that there’s really a God and that the Bible tells us the truth about God.
This book was not added to the Bible because it disagrees with the Bible, but because it agrees with
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it. Powerful people in charge suppressed it. It is believed that the book of Enoch was preserved by Noah—his great Grandson—during the deluge.
The Jude passage also sheds some light on the amount of knowledge the men of his day had and of future prophetic events. A reference was made to the “Second Coming of Christ” stating it is at the end of the Tribulation. The only way he would have known this was if God had told him. It appears he knew a lot about the coming Messiah.
Enoch is considered as the “Epistle of Barnabas” by many of the early Church Fathers such as: Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus and Tertullian. They agreed that the Jews rejected the Book of Enoch because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ. They called the Book of Enoch “Holy Scripture.”
The Book of Enoch was written in the Second Century B.C., and was popular for about 500 years with both Jews and early Christians. It is one of 15 works of the Jewish Apocrypha, but the Jews rejected the book of Enoch when they made a canon of their own scriptures late in the Second Century A.D. During the first three hundred years of Christianity, early church leaders made reference to it. The Ethiopic Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read the first three centuries after Christ. This and many other books became discredited after the Council of Laodicea. Consequently, being banned by authorities, afterwards, it gradually passed out of circulation. Many of the early church fathers also supported the Enochian writings.”
I also support this, as scripture says:
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because
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God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
It appears Enoch had a testimony that pleased God. So, where is it? Perhaps it is the Book of Enoch? But read it for yourself and study what is spoken. It doesn’t contradict the Holy Bible, but confirms it. And because of his faithfulness to the Lord, he was taken up to Heaven without even dying. I would listen to someone like that, wouldn’t you?
Enoch Fragments
The Book of Enoch came from the Enoch Fragments and was once considered scripture. It contains many key concepts used by Jesus.
Over a hundred phrases in the New
Testament parallel precedents in this ancient text.
Many Aramaic fragments of Enoch have been recovered from the Qumran caves showing the importance of Enoch to the Essene community.
The Book of Enoch is apocalyptic and terrifying, this being one of its more restrained passages:
“And you, dead sinners, when you die they will say about you: “Blessed are the sinners, they saw during their lifetime the full extent of all their days. Woe to you, ye sinners, when ye have died, If ye die in the wealth of your sins, And those who are like you say regarding you: “Blessed are the sinners: they have seen all their days and died honorably, and judgment did not happen during their lifetime.
And now they have died in prosperity and wealth,
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And have not seen tribulation or murder in their life; And they have died in honour, And judgment has not been executed on them during their life.
You yourselves know that they will drag down your souls to HADES, and they will remain there in great anguish. Know ye, that their souls will be made to descend into Sheol and they shall be wretched in their great tribulation.
And in darkness, ensnared and aflame; and your souls will enter the great judgment for all generations forever. Woe unto you, for you are unable to rejoice. And into darkness and chains and a burning flame where there is grievous judgment shall your spirits enter; And the great judgment shall be for all the generations of the world. Woe to you, for ye shall have no peace.”
Defense of Enoch by Tertullian18
Tatian (110-172); Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (115-185); Clement of Alexandria (150-220); Tertullian (160-230); Origen (186-255); Lactantius (260-330); in addition to: Methodius of Philippi, Minucius Felix, Commodianus, and Ambrose of Milan also approved of and supported the Enochian writings. Even St. Augustine (354-430) suppose the work to be a genuine one of the patriarch. A.G.H. R.H. Charles (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913) Section I. Chapters I-XXXVI Chapters 1-54.)
The Book of Enoch is quoted by Jude and the story is repeated several times. Only by reading Enoch do we grasp what is being said. Someone has estimated that the book of Enoch is quoted at least 128 times in the New Testament.
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Chapter EIGHT
Preparing for the Chapter,
“The Sounds of Hell”

I suspect that the screams and faces of those that Lazarus heard and saw in HELL/HADES played in his mind for the rest of his life. It was said that Lazarus never smiled again. Perhaps it was because he knew the seriousness of the situation for those who reject the Lord.
Luke 16:24 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.
What an awful and sobering warning that God’s punishment for unforgiven sin is weeping and gnashing of teeth in the PIT of HADES.
Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Isaiah 57:21 makes is clear:
There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.
My understanding is that Isaiah 57:21 is talking about the next life. Those who will suffer in outer- darkness before judgment day. This refers to people who refuse to believe and receive Jesus as Lord. This refers to people who die in their sins. This refers to people who have not believed. Jesus is still waiting for all to come to Him in repentance AND BE SAVED. But, the reality for lost souls who reject Jesus’ salvation plan is that they will have no peace.
The Book of Enoch says, “Woe to you for ye shall have no peace.”
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Josephus, in his Discourse to the Greeks concerning HADES and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME wrote:
“The souls of the unjust and those that have been disobedient to God are dragged down to HADES/HELL by force and do not stand clear of the hot vapour itself.”
How terrible to adhere to a belief—as the rich man, Sadducee and son-in-law of Annas did—to find out way too late that you were wrong and there is nothing you can do about it but beg for mercy. We see him do this out of desperation. The rich man begged as did Lazarus in his life, as found in John 16:27-28:
27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Leading to Jesus’ Arrest
Below are scriptures showing the involvement of Annas in the arrest of Jesus.
John 18:12-14 12Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, 13And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 14Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
John 18:23 23Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? 24Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
Caiaphas the High Priest was one of Annas’ son-in-laws. The names of the sons and son-in-law of Annas are as follows:
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1. Eleazar - Son
2. Jonathan - Son
3. Theophilus - Son
4. Matthias - Son
5. Annas II - Son
6. Caiaphas – Son in Law

We also know that Ananus II was the youngest son of Annas who was one of the five brothers and High Priest when James the brother of Jesus was stoned to death in AD 62.
Josephus describes him as:
“A bold man in his temper and very insolent; he was also of the sect of the Sadducees, who were rigid in judging offenders” (Jos. Ant 20:199).
“Now the report goes, that this elder Annas proved a most fortunate man; for he had five sons, who had all performed the office of high priest to God, and he had himself enjoyed that dignity a long time formerly, which had never happened to any other of our high priests (Ant 20:198).”
Greedy People
As I shared earlier, Annas and his family were greedy and notorious for money. They became very rich through the exploitation and oppression of the poor. They had market stalls on the Mount of Olives and inside the temple complex. They owned the monopoly on the sale of sacrificial animals, as well as running the exchanging of money into temple coins at exorbitant prices.
It is no surprise they hated Jesus and wanted him out the way when he turned up at the temple and overturned the money tables.
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Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But, you have made it a den of thieves.
During my research my good friend Bob Mitchell—a most learned man—told me that not only were they selling sheep and exchanging money at high rates, but their servants used to beat people who were reluctant to pay their prices. They even stole the grain offering that was meant for the older priests. Many of these older priests simply starved to death because Annas’ family and their gang had taken the food from these older priest’s mouths. All of this goes a long way in building up our tapestry to provide us with a picture of the time.
Now, we can see why the rich man treated the beggar with contempt and indifference. This was the family’s nature and did not reflect the teachings of Jesus to love our neighbor. In fact, it was only weeks before Jesus told them about the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, that He challenged religious leaders through this parable. Asking why the priest and Levites failed to stop to help the poor and needy, and yet, an outsider, a Samaritan who was despised by the Jews, came to the rescue? In the parable a Levite approached the victim, but stopped short of actually helping him.
Later we have in the same gospel of Luke, Jesus telling us about the greedy rich man who ended up in HELL who was probably one of the local religious Mafia.
The rich man cared only for himself—a selfish and greedy person—who did not spare a thought to loving his neighbor. Instead ended up finding his life affected by his choices. Similar to the story found in Exodus:
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Exodus 1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
Here is a man with a selfish agenda borne out of a heart that is fearful and insecure. We can even call him a “wicked” person as this describes one with a wicked heart who has not put his trust in the One True God.
Then we read in Exodus 13 that God delivers His people from Egypt through the Red Sea and when Pharaohs army follows them, God drowns them in the Red Sea.
Exodus 1:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea.
And we can continue in Exodus 1:26-28:
And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 27And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
We clearly see here how God reverses the situation. The rich man becomes the beggar and the beggar is comforted in paradise.
Luke 16:25 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 art tormented.
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We can also understand why the beggar Lazarus went to paradise. It was because he knew Jesus, and that Jesus loved him.
John 11:1-3 1Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Unless we have the understanding that both Lazaruses in the two gospels are the same person—the story of the rich man and the beggar in Luke 16:19—would not make any sense, but would be contrary to one another.
Conclusion
You came along with me as we dug deep into the story of the two Lazaruses being the same person. We discovered how HELL/HADES was a holding place for both unsaved and saved prior to Jesus’ resurrection. We learned that those in “Paradise” was taken to Heaven to be with Him forever. We learned we have an eternal soul that is destined to one of two places, HELL/HADES or Heaven. And we learned how we could choose our destination by choosing the Lord.
Now, I would like to take you a little deeper, literally, to the very chambers of HELL/HADES themselves.
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Chapter NINE
The Sounds of HELL

Written in part by my friend Matthew Tulloch
Fasten your seat belt as we go down to the very chambers of HADES and HELL to understand and see the truth of these real places.
Please keep in mind that it is my belief that HELL is the lake of fire and not HADES.
The Kola Well
Friends, the story I have to tell is long, and at first it will seem deeply troubling. I urge you to keep reading. Though these events caused me great personal conflict, the message I have to deliver is one of hope and redemption. As in the case of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, remember that it is always darkest before the dawn.
In 1984, a group of geologists set out to the deserted frozen far north of the then, Soviet Union—a place known as the Kola Peninsula—on a troubling mission. They were to drill an experimental well as far as they could possibly go deep into the Earth’s center. As the well sunk increasingly deeper the team began to see—as recorded in the journal Scientific American—bizarre rock formations and inexplicable patterns of gas and water travel. Temperatures rose to hundreds of degrees Celsius and the work became almost impossible.
When the depth of the well reached around nine miles the geologists hit an unusual pocket of air and decided to lower some heat-resistant sensory equipment into it. This included sending a microphone down into the gaping darkness to record what may be there.
In this recording19 you can hear what appears to be the tormented cries of suffering people assumed by
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believers to be tortured souls locked away behind the gates of HADES.
Those who were part of this excavation stands firm on what they heard. Skeptics believe it was a fake and a mixture from some horror film. However, one of the Scientists who said he doesn’t believe in God, or even Heaven, truly now believes there is a HELL!
There was a man who did some research on the “Sounds of HELL” recording and was one who believed it was a fake remix of a horror film. He even put together a video about it called, “Debunking the Sounds of Hell.20 ” However, this same man had a Near Death Experience and saw HELL and states that even if the sounds were not real, HELL is. And from this man’s experience it caused Him to rethink Christ and His plan of Salvation, and he became a Christian.
Whether or not you believe this recording to be the actual sound of HADES it poses some crucially important questions about HADES and HELL itself, its purpose and location. We think of HELL as being “deep inside the Earth” and being a fiery hot place where souls go to suffer. We believe this because HELL is described more than Heaven in the Bible.
Outer Darkness
We looked at many Bible verses that make reference to HADES and HELL as an actual physical place—a place that Jesus called the “Outer Darkness.” Not only did He mention it in the story of the rich man and Lazarus, but also mentioned this in His parable of the wedding feast, also known as the parable of the marriage of the king’s son.
The following segment is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia saying:
“In this parable, a king arranged a wedding for his son, but the normal guests did not come; therefore,
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the king sent his servants to gather guests from off the street. One of these guests, however, appeared without the proper wedding attire. When the King asked, “How did you come in here without wedding clothes?” The man was speechless.”
Matthew 22:12 therefore, the King said: “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
This term was mentioned again in the “Parable of the Coins” entrusted to servants:
Matthew 25:30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Again, it’s a place reserved for the unjust. I’ll reiterate it again, how can you keep one reserved if there are no souls that live on being reserved or kept for the Day of Judgment?
And from my research the “Outer Darkness” absolutely agrees with the Bible verses below:
Psalm 88:6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the Earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;
1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.
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Ephesians 4:9 Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the Earth?
But remember, the chambers or prison for the righteous became empty when Jesus descended and gathered all the saints in “Paradise” and took them home.
Both Old and New Testaments portray this same fiery image of HADES being somewhere below us deep in the center of the Earth. HADES or Shoel both refers to the same fiery place below the Earth—an eternal place with flames. This place is recorded by so many different writers before during and after the time of Christ. So why should we believe that the fiery HADES spoken of so often in the Bible and in other writings is actually a real physical place rather than some metaphorical punishment?
Science can tell us little about the Earth’s core, partly because the Earth is so big that drilling deep down into it is physically impossible and partly because the temperatures in the Earth’s core are estimated to be in the region of thousands of degrees, much hotter than
any living thing or indeed man-made object could endure; hotter, in fact, than even the surface of the Sun.
We do know however that there is a layer of molten lava flowing around the Earth’s core just as spoken of in the Bible. Though it was for a time believed that the core itself was solid, seismologists have discovered that there must be unusual structures and variations of density in the Earth’s core because seismic waves pass through the Earth at varying speeds. In fact scientists, who cannot explain the phenomenon, describe this observation as “very puzzling.”
We know for sure that it is incredibly hot. That it contains unexplained structures and molten lava, and that the Earth’s core is around 70% of the size of the moon. What’s so extraordinary about that?
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Well I’ll tell you.
At the time when the Bible was written some 2000 years ago, people knew none of this.
There was no way to drill down into the Earth. No way to show scientifically the presence of molten lava. Nothing at all to suggest that the center of the Earth was even hot. Anything, that is, except the Word of God (Deuteronomy 32:22).
If we accept this troubling premise that HADES and HELL is a real place at the center of the Earth where souls are sent to suffer. If the Biblical accounts of HADES and HELL are indeed true, what else can we learn of it?
Here is a Hebrew-English Bible (according to the Masoretic Text and the JPS 1917 Edition) referencing Deuteronomy 32:22: (By the time you finish reading this book, you will have this passage memorized in a number of translations!)
For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth unto the depths of the netherworld, and devoureth the
Geology and the Earth’s Core
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Earth with her produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains.
Deuteronomy 32:22 (ESV)
For(A) a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to(B) the depths of Sheol, devours the Earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
Deuteronomy 32:22 (NIRV)
My anger has started a fire. It burns down to the kingdom of the dead. It will eat up the Earth and its crops. It will set the base of the mountains on fire.
The fiery seas of Lava that I believe to be HELL are deep under the Earth. This passage from Deuteronomy suggests that God’s anger is what causes HELL to burn so hot and even to rise up and touch the edges of the living Earth. We may presume then that the eruption of molten lava from volcanoes may be a sign of God’s anger overflowing and threatening the living with His wrath. Indeed, some residents of Iceland, which has a higher concentration of active volcanoes than any other country, speak of hearing the wailing voices of the damned for miles around during the fiercest eruptions.
A reminder perhaps of His awesome power and of what may happen to us if we refuse to hear Him when He calls.
The Lazarus Phenomenon
I mentioned earlier the importance of the two Lazaruses. That the story of Lazarus and the rich man establishes HADES as a physical location somewhere deep below us, and the resurrection or Lazarus reinforces the idea that the soul is an independent entity that can be separated from the body, and, in exceptional circumstances return to it.
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Of course, we have no way of verifying these events ourselves. Lazarus has been dead for close to two thousand years now, which would make interviewing him somewhat difficult. However, there are people alive today who have experienced what is now known as the “Lazarus Phenomenon.”
Ian McCormack was stung by five lethal jellyfish while diving off the coast of Mauritius. Shortly after arriving at the hospital he was pronounced dead. Fifteen minutes later—which may as well have been hours from a medical point of view—Ian opened his eyes and gave the doctors and nurses the fright of their lives.
Ian, then an atheist, recalls turning to prayer in his desperation during the ambulance trip. He remembers passing out and then regaining consciousness floating outside of his body in a dark, evil place where voices taunted him and told him that he was in HADES. He claims that he was led out of that place by a bright light and taken to Heaven where God told him that his desperate last-ditch prayers had saved him from remaining in HADES before returning Ian to his body.
This is where the story gets particularly relevant from our point of view. Having been given a second chance, Ian proceeded to read the Bible from cover to cover and claims that the descriptions of Heaven and HADES, therein, are exactly as he experienced during the fifteen minutes that he was clinically dead. Those fifteen minutes where his soul was separated from his body. Remember, he was an atheist and knew nothing of the descriptions of HADES and HELL from the Bible. He saw it first hand!
Ian McCormack isn’t the only person alive today to have experienced the “Lazarus Phenomenon.” Hundreds more people around the world have recounted similar near-death experiences of leaving their bodies and visiting Heaven and HADES before being returned to their bodies. Their accounts share many similar and
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even identical experiences. Some of the most remarkable stories can be found online at: Free Christian Teaching.21 The web site of a retired medical doctor who turned Christian/Minister—Dr. Richard Kent. I will talk about this again in the last chapter of this book.
The Soul and the Second Death
Several scriptures in the Bible makes it clear that the body and soul are separate and that while the body dies and returns to the Earth, the soul will live on and either goes to be with Jesus Christ or is cast down into HADES. Here are a few:
Job 24:11-12 11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. 12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
Isaiah 66:2-4 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Jeremiah 6:15-17 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 16Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Matthew 11:28-30 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am
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meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Peter 1:8-9 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24-25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Revelation 6:8-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Revelations 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
We see by the verses above they most certainly say we have a ‘’soul.’’
It is possible that the presence of these souls in the physical location of HADES—near the center of the Earth—would account for the inexplicable variations in energy that scientists find when they attempt to measure seismic waves passing through the Earth’s core.
There are two main doctrines regarding what happens to the lost souls on judgment day for these who refuse to follow and except Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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One is that the lost souls on judgment day will be cast into the lake of fire and burn for ever and ever, as told in Revelation 14:11:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
The second doctrine believes judgment day is where all lost souls are thrown into the lake of fire to be utterly destroyed forever.
Let us not gamble with our souls and end up on the wrong side of Jesus. Whatever the case may be, it will most certainly be terrible.
If Christians are right they will enter into eternal life. But if they are wrong, it wouldn’t matter. However, on the other hand if unbelievers are right, no one will know. But, if they are wrong they will be in for a terrible shock. This is why we are warned in Revelation 6:17:
For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?
From my research there seems to be far more passages to suggest that there will come a judgment day when all souls will be judged and those that are found unworthy will be cast into the molten fire of HELL for the final time and be utterly destroyed. This is referred to as the second death.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Matthew 13:47-50 47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good
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into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Revelations 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Matthew 7:13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Revelation 2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and HADES were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
Malachi 4:1 For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up, Says the Lord of hosts, That will leave them neither root nor branch.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.
And the verse below tells us who will go there if they don’t accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and repent for their sins.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says:
“Them which kill the body, people who have no power to injure the soul, the immortal part. The body is a small matter in comparison with the soul. Temporal death is a slight thing compared with eternal death. He directs them, therefore, not to be alarmed at the prospect of temporal death, but to fear God, who can destroy both soul and body forever. This passage proves that the bodies of the wicked are going to be raised up to be punished forever.”
Young’s Literal Translation:
And be not afraid of those killing the body and are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
Revelation 14:9-11 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Good News!
Fortunately for us, the Bible also suggests something else; that it is never too late to seek out God and repent for our sins. You still have a choice where your soul ultimately ends up!
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John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Matthew 6:14-15 14For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Friends, I have written this because when I heard the sounds of HELL for the first time—even though the sounds of HELL may have been proved to be fake—it has reminded me of what 2 Peter 2 states: A place where the souls of the unsaved dead await judgment and reserved, detained and kept in a spiritual prison.
I had many sleepless nights as I struggled with my own faith—my understanding of God—and what it means to be faced with the reality of the long-suffering in the darkness of HADES.
Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the Earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living
If HELL is real then Heaven must also be real. Therefore, any evidence that suggests or reinforces the existence of HADES and HELL as an actual physical entity located within the depths of the Earth reinforces the existence of a Heaven.
Heaven is referenced 691 times in the Bible. Hell is referenced 54 times in the Bible. If we aren’t sure of
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Heaven, then you have lots of scriptures to read to help establish this in your heart and mind.
However, as long as we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and follow Him, we need not fear the “Outer Darkness” and the fiery flames as it says in Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
And in the words of Jesus himself:
John 11:25-26 25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Whether you believe the sounds of HELL to be authentic or just a hoax; whether you believe those who have experienced the Lazarus phenomenon to be truthful, false, or deluded; whether you believe that the relatively recent scientific discovery of the Earth’s molten hot core to be proof or mere coincidence, remember this: God is always listening and He will be there for you when you choose to speak to Him.
All I ask is that you don’t wait too long to begin that dialogue. By the sounds of it, not everyone is as fortunate as Ian McCormack.
Join me again in my next chapter where we will look at a subject I have been fascinated with and have studied for many years, the Lazarus Phenomenon, known as Near Death Experiences. By bringing this to light in this book, I hope it brings you to THE Light, Jesus Christ.
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Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
Are near-death experiences TRUE or FALSE?
This is a subject I have been fascinated with and have studied for many years. I have found that throughout the generations there have been thousands of remarkable stories. Stories we have already talked about as told by Enoch, Josephus and HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME, and the story of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus, told by Jesus himself.
2 Peter 2:4 (World English Bible) For if God didn’t spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
2 Peter 2:9 (King James Version) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.
I mention the verses above as they confirm the story told by Jesus himself. We see God treats ALL unrepentant, unbelievers and sinners in the same way to be reserved for judgment.
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NDE survivors tell a story of the afterlife. That we have a soul that departs from our bodies and lives on after death. Agreeing with the remarkable stories told by so many NDE patients, I want to take time to reference some of them.
Just as many children as adults have reported NDEs and stories of them go back as far as Paul who wrote half of the New Testament.
NDEs were widely reported even before they became known to a mass audience through Raymond Moody’s 1975 book “Life afterlife.”23
NDEs have become so common that the philosophers, priests, psychologists and cultists now understand that when the heart stops and the brain is dead we are still alive and conscious. And with the high-tech hospitals, more people who would normally die are brought back to life with the biggest shock ever—the electric shock!
NDEs or “Out of body Experiences” as some reference it, are a mind-blowing subject for the many atheist doctors, nurses, cardiologist, and surgeons who are continuously reminded that they could be wrong about life after death. Those who believed that YOUR SOUL JUST DIED now have to say “NO IT DIDN’T.”
There are literally reports of millions of patients who have found themselves looking down at their dead bodies lying on the operating table surrounded by high tech equipment and highly trained staff who are panicking to get their souls back into their dead bodies.
Many of the NDE patients have watched their dead
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bodies being electrocuted to restart their hearts beating again and then felt their souls literally sucked back into their cold dead bodies. They realize that they have just escaped a death sentence and were clinically dead, yet, they go on to recount to the highly trained staff that they were watching the whole thing from the ceiling after floating out of their bodies!!!
How extraordinary! The atheist NDE patients tell the atheist doctors, “We were terribly wrong and I am no longer an atheist.” The doctors receive a bigger shock than the patients.
And there is also a Medical Doctor Whitaker—hard core atheist—falls ill and has a Near Death Experience. He returns with a testimony of HELL and a transformed world view.
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Proof of the afterlife? Here you can see actual witnesses of the life outside the body. Atheists and materialists are transformed after witnessing another dimension beyond this physical realm. You can watch his video interviews:
http://youtu.be/nwjyh5Nf2Yo
http://youtu.be/w-v1Fppjlvc
And finally, there is a former atheist Professor Howard Storm who believed Christians were idiots. However, his Near Death Experience proved him wrong and became a Christian, preaching Jesus. He stated, “It doesn’t matter what you believe in we will all face the righteous judgment of Jesus in the end. The only thing that will save you is your relationship with Jesus Christ.” Watch his video interviews:
http://youtu.be/2wRmCRmGEwQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWzEzd5kNWA
http://youtu.be/gaNmPSViGQs
Let’s Look at the Facts
Most people believe that Near-Death Experiences are just hallucinations caused by starvation of oxygen to the brain cells.
If this is the case then how do we explain this?
How is it that doctors have been told by the patient precisely what tools were used on them? How is it that doctors and nurses have been told about the precise conversations made by the doctors and nurses in the operating room by the NDE patient who heard the whole conversation when they were clinically dead?
How is it that blind people who have experienced a NDE, never seeing before, yet, tell the doctor precisely what the operating tools looked like? They even go as far as describing what the nurses and the doctors
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looked like with incredible accuracy though the patient has been blind all their lives?
Following are a couple of stories I want to share with you to help you decide for yourself.
Maria and the Tennis Shoe
How is it a patient who had a NDE—named Maria—told the doctors and nurses that she floated out of her body and hovered around the hospital and saw a tennis shoe on the hospital roof? It was even confirmed as someone went out and found the shoe on the roof!
Pam Reynolds23 (See references for link to watch video)
Just recently a new story that blew a hole in the hallucinations theory became famous by Pam Reynolds— an American singer—who watched the surgeons remove her skull. The doctors literally killed her by stopping her heart to be able to remove an aneurysm from her brain. After being clinically dead for one-hour—then pumping her blood back into her body to bring her back to life—Pam told the surgeons about the surgical tools used on her and words spoken in the operating room to be remarkably accurate. The surgeons were left scratching their heads.
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You can watch her video called “The Day I Died.” Below is an excerpt from that video:
“Pam Reynolds Lowery from Atlanta, Georgia, was an American singer-songwriter. In 1991, at the age of 35, she had a near-death experience (NDE) during a brain operation. Her NDE is one of the most notable and best documented in NDE research.
During “standstill” operation, Pam’s brain was found “dead” by all three clinical tests; her electroencephalogram was silent, her brain-stem response was absent, and no blood flowed through her brain, which left her clinically dead. Interestingly, while in this state, she encountered the “deepest” NDE of all.
She made several observations about the procedure, which later were confirmed by medical personnel as surprisingly accurate.
Pamela Reynolds Lowery later died of heart failure at the age of 53 (1956-May 22, 2010). Many consider the near death experience to be proof of the reality of the survival of consciousness after death, and of a life after death.
“Her out-of-body recollection is the single best instance we now have in the literature on near-death experiences to confound the skeptics,” according to Kenneth Ring—professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut and chronicler of these episodes.”
In fact, there are thousands of reports of vivid common and life transforming NDEs from many countries all around the world. A study by Dr. Sam Parnia of Southampton University, was determined to find one-thousand-five-hundred survivors of cardiac arrest patients who were clinically announced dead to tell their stories.
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If NDEs are hallucinations then why was Dr. Parnia using a technique called Hidden Target in certain hospitals? He is placing pictures on high shelves—which are invisible both to patients and staff—where only a floating soul departing from a body moving towards the ceiling could see.
Why is an atheist/agnostic Dr. Sam Parnia, one of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, going to the extreme to prove this reality? He may end up proving himself wrong!
M. J. Stephey—of the TIME Science—wrote an article called: What Happens When We Die?24
He asked Dr. Sam Parnia:
“What was your first interview like with someone who had reported an out-of-body experience?”
He replied:
“Eye-opening and very humbling, because what you see is that first of all they are completely genuine people who are not looking for any kind of fame or attention. In many cases they haven’t even told anybody else about it because they’re afraid of what people would think of them. I have about 500 or so cases of people that I’ve interviewed since I first started out more than 10 years ago. It’s the consistency of the experiences and the reality of what they were describing. I managed to speak to doctors and nurses who had been present who said these patients had told them exactly what had happened and they couldn’t explain it.
I actually documented a few of those in my book “What Happens When We Die,” because I wanted people to get both angles —not just the patient’s side but also the doctors’ side—and see how it feels for the doctors to have a patient come back and tell them what was going on. There was a cardiologist
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that I spoke with who said he hasn’t told anyone else about it because he has no explanation for how this patient could have been able to describe in detail what he had said and done. He was so freaked out by it that he just decided not to think about it anymore.”
Friends, what we find here is atheists who cannot understand NDEs (or out-of-body experiences) are so freaked out by it, they just decide not to think about it anymore. They close their minds.
Is there any explanations why so many close their minds and do not want to believe we do not die? Why do atheists want to believe when we die that we are just dead?
But there are those who do believe, and these people are Christians. They believe what Jesus taught when he said:
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.”
In fact, there are so many statements from Jesus regarding life after death as found in Matthew 22:32:
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not a God of dead men, but of living.
The verses above make it clear that we have a soul/spirit which departs from the body after death. People can harm hurt or damage or kill our bodies but no one in the world can harm or kill our souls, except God.
But why is it that only Christians can understand NDEs?
It is because Jesus made it very clear that if we accept and believe in Him we would understand ALL
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TRUTHS including His secrets in heaven. The disciples
came to Him and asked:
Matthew 13:10-13 10“Why do you speak to the
people in parables?” 11He replied, “Because the
knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven”
has been given to you” but not to them. 12Whoever
has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what they have
will be taken from them. 13This is why I speak to
them in parables:
Jesus made it very clear. If we do not accept and believe
in Him we would not understand the truth.
Matthew 13:14-16 14And in them is fulfilled the
prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall
hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall
see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people’s heart
is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time
they should see with their eyes and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and
should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But
blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears,
for they hear.
Now, we as Christians understand why there are so
many atheist doctors, nurses, cardiologists and surgeons
who are still burying their heads in the sand.
So now, we as Christians understand why there are so many atheist Doctors, Nurses, Cardiologists and Surgeons who are still burying their heads in the sand.
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If people would only believe what Jesus said when he said: And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
How did Jesus know 2000 years later that the body is just a shell and when it dies our souls depart from our bodies and lives on?
There can be only one way Jesus knew- Jesus was who he claimed to be!!!
Is Jesus Trying to Reach Us?
John 11:25 25I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Are Near Death Experiences in the Bible?
Dr. Richard Kent believes that the Bible clearly teaches about Near Death Experiences, and After Death Experiences, commonly called Resurrections.
Dr. Richard Kent has interviewed around three hundred people who have experienced NDEs. In his books “The Final Frontier,” and “Beyond the Final Frontier,” he
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shares accounts of twenty-five individuals who have died as a result of a heart attack, a road accident, a suicide attempt, a Vietnamese bullet wound, on the operating table, pneumonia, and many other almost fatal conditions. The individuals in these books recount their amazing stories of the afterlife, having crossed the Final Frontier of death. Some tell of their wonderful experiences in Heaven, the love, joy, and peace they found there. Others recall terrifying images of HELL, which is very real, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
You can download “Beyond The Final Frontier” and “The Final Frontier” e-books free to your computer by going to: http://www.freechristianteaching.org.
We believe there are many remarkable and genuine cases of Near-Death Experiences and that the Lord God has given many people a vision of Heaven and others of HELL so that they might repent and turn to Him and be saved.
You can view more on NDE’s on my web site at: http://www.realdiscoveries.com/articles.php?cat=104
What Does the Bible Say?
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tains; the Earth with her bars was about me forever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
Saint Paul also had his own experience; half of the New Testament was written by Paul. He was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin where he persecuted and arranged the stoning of Christians. After an encounter with Jesus Christ he became a follower of Jesus and became one of the most famous teachers in the New Testament.
Paul was stoned to death and had an experience of Heaven—all recorded in the Bible—before being raised back to life.
Many Bible scholars also believe that Paul visited Heaven after his stoning. This is described in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4:
Let me tell about the visions I’ve had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to Heaven for a visit. Don’t ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don’t know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man’s power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others.
How interesting that St. Paul states we have a “Spirit.’’ Near Death Experiences prove and confirm with what the Bible teaches.
It is important to know that no person can and will live in God’s heavenly Kingdom and be saved without accepting, believing, receiving, repenting and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus answered,
John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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For many, I am very sad to say, it doesn’t matter what evidence any one provides, there will always be skeptics and scoffers.
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.
I have many friends and even my own mother and father-in-law are not in any way interested in things that may prove there is life after death. This could mean they will not know the truth until they die and then it will be too late, unless they are as fortunate as the patients of NDE’s.
We even have certain Christians now teaching on Christian TV that NDEs are nothing but crazy dreams or a chemical surge in the brain. Well, I believe they are terribly wrong. Christians should know better than that because Paul himself had a near death experience too.
In Conclusion
The prophet of God—Enoch—believed and taught that we are immortal; having a soul/spirit, which departs from the body after death.
Flavius Josephus—the Jewish historian—believed and taught that upon death our souls departed from our bodies and went to HADES/HELL or Paradise/Heaven.
The apostle Simon Peter—a servant of Jesus—also believed and taught we are immortal; having a soul/spirit that departs from the body after death.
Here’s why:
The book of 2 Peter 2:9 states “...and to reserve the unjust.” How can you keep or reserve something if there is no soul that lives on to reserve or keep for the Day of Judgment?
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Jesus Himself also told us the story of the afterlife when he shared the story of the rich man and Lazarus, indicating that we have a soul that departs from our bodies and lives on after death.
There are thousands of remarkable stories told by people who have had a Near Death Experience (NDE) that also confirm the stories told by Enoch, Josephus and the apostle Simon Peter saying that:
All the people have the same story.1.
All the people say the same thing.2.
All the people confirm with one another. Remark3. ably, accurately and precisely.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.
This one verse makes it absolutely clear and simple just as I believe Jesus would want it to be. In fact, there are so many statements from Jesus regarding life after death I can’t possibly write them all here. But would like to quote what the Lord God said:
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not a God of dead men, but of living.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says:
“2 Corinthians 5:6-10 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Here we see St. Paul, plainly, that the apostle gives no indication of an intermediate state between being at home in the body and being present with the Lord.
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There is not the slightest indication here that the soul sleeps, or in a holding area (purgatory), or that there is no soul.”
I’m not convinced that all testimonies of people who thought or believed or say they have experienced a NDE are genuine. Although, most seem sincere. I do believe, however, that there are many remarkable and genuine cases that the Lord God has given many people through visions of Heaven and HELL so that they might repent and turn to Him and be saved.
Again, this confirms what Abraham said, “They aren’t going to believe even though they came back from the dead.” And that’s what we see today—skeptics and scoffers.
This is why Jesus is warning us, He does not desire one person to perish but all be saved.
Here is an excerpt from the Message Bible:
1 Timothy 2:4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
God made us and loves us all and desires that we love Him with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength.
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
The Lord God is Love.
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John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
He knows that “love” is the answer. And that by receiving His perfect love, it will help us love and forgive ourselves and others. Remember, Jesus came to forgive us of sins, and the main sin that could block us from an abundant life is unforgiveness.
As His saved-by-grace servants, when we become born again, we don’t want anyone to go to HELL. But those who refuse to surrender their life to God and refuse to repent will sadly be forced there because of their unforgiven sin.
Our Creator is completely Holy and Just – God must punish sin, just as we punish criminals who commit crimes.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The punishment will not be like most prisons where they play snooker, video games, go to the Gym or watch TV. Is that punishment?? NO! God is not mocked. He has made it clear that it will be HELL FIRE, just like the rich man in the verse that Jesus told us about.
Luke 16:24 And send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for i am suffering in this flame.
Yes, this is a prison of crying, and weeping with no sleep or rest, but weeping and torment, before the judgment day. Then after judgment day, all lost souls will be thrown into the lake of fire.
WHERE WILL YOUR SOUL END UP? Please read on and follow me into Heaven.
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My Mother
I want to share a personal story about my mother.
My mum had been ill with leukemia for several years and ended up in the hospital. It was a few days before my mum passed away (at age 52) that she was feeling poorly. She was high on morphine and her eyes were closed. We weren’t sure if she could even understand our conversations.
Knowing my mum was in her last few days or hours of life—and me being a believer—I had to do all I could to save her soul. I asked my mum if she would mind if I got a vicar to come and pray with her, as I was so desperate for her to be saved.
I knew mum believed there was a God but I didn’t believe she “knew” Jesus as her Savior, as evidenced by her troubled life. Her parents were Muslims, which means she was taught about “a” God, and let me know that was enough for her.
I don’t even know if anyone had ever told her about Jesus, so I knew I had to. This would be my only chance to show her what I believed was the truth. To share the salvation message so she could repent and believe on her deathbed. I was so overjoyed when mum said, “Yes.” I left and returned a little while later with the first vicar I came across after nearly knocking his door down in panic, as I knew time was very short.
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The vicar asked mum if she would like him to pray for her and mum said, “Yes.” So the vicar asked her to repeat the sinner’s prayer and then they did holy communion. As mum was drinking the wine the vicar said, “Do not worry about drinking it all.” And my mum said, “No, I want to drink it all. I am feeling better.” It was like she just received a new burst of energy. My sisters and I were shocked!
I believe the Holy Spirit came into my mum at that moment. Of course, that’s what I hoped for any way .
Two days later mum died in the hospital with her family around her.
Several years had passed since mum died and my sister Jenny called me up to tell me about amazing and very clear dream she had. She said the dream was about my mum.
Well to be honest I thought it was of no real importance. But, as I tell you about the dream you will understand how wrong I was.

My Sister Jenny
Let me tell you a bit about Jenny. She was not a Christian at this point in time and knew nothing regarding the Bible or near death experiences. This is what makes it so amazing; she could have never known anything she told me.
In her dream mum came to her. She said mum was
glowing as bright as the sun. She was radiating this
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amazing love and amazing peace. She spoke to Jenny and told her she was so happy there and did not know why she was so upset about dying.
That it was so beautiful there. She said to Jenny that they are showing her around up there and to tell Simon all about it.
Jenny said mum had a bunch of flowers in her
hands and they seemed as if they were alive. That mum was glowing with this amazing happiness. Now what amazes me is how did Jenny know the same things that NDE’s experienced?
NDE patients have reported feeling better than ever; incredibly well bathed in a bright light; and a feeling of great joy and happiness.
My sister’s dream was remarkable, accurately and precisely the same as NDE patients. Is this a coincidence?
As believers, we do know that Heaven is a beautiful place because Jesus told us several parables, two being a parable about the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price.
Matthew 13:44-46 44The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
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You see, Jesus made it clear in this parable. Those who put their trust in Him will receive a treasure beyond compare. I believe this is why many of the NDE patients are transformed into a new person. They have been given a taste of Heaven and for some, HELL—literally. The Bible states that our minds cannot comprehend how wonderful it will be for those who trust in Jesus Christ.
Other scriptures that support this are:
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Corinthians 12:1-4 There I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man’s power to describe or put in words.
And finally, an excerpt from the Book of Enoch: (Greek text of the 7QENOCH FRAGMENTS:4)
And the spirit of you who have died in righteousness shall live and rejoice, And their spirits shall not perish, nor their memorial from before the face of the Great One unto all the generations of the world: wherefore no longer fear their contumely.
Many believers may say that my sister’s dream was not biblical or possible. That’s not what the Bible states:
Acts 2:17 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
What did Jesus say?
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Many years later as I crawled out of bed, I was amazed with these words that popped into my head, “Your mum is in Heaven.” The words were so clear that I knew with confidence, that she was with the Lord.
Not All NDEs Have to Die
This is a story from a friend of mine who told me of her Near Death Experience while working on this book. She is the publisher and editor of this book who wrote a blog about her experience. I would like to share it with you here:
Linda begins: “To define NDEs (Near Death Experiences), it is people who have died and come back to life to tell of their experiences in Heaven or HELL. But, they in fact died... I didn’t die, but it was close, so I call that a NDE, too.
This was actually my second one in five years.
The first one was when I was in Hawaii when I got caught up in a wave that pushed water down my throat and into my lungs. I almost drowned. This time (still with water) I was at home in my backyard and was about to drink a bottle of water that had a nozzle on it when I accidently squeezed it into my mouth and pushed the water into my lungs. I couldn’t cough or anything. I wasn’t able to get any air and just kept trying to breath in.
My husband saw me and ran out to help. Everything happened so quickly. I don’t even remember some of it, but I do remember by the time it was over, I was bending my head down and sitting on all fours. The thoughts that came to me were: “I am going to see Jesus. I’m going to see my sister who passed away a few months earlier. I’ll get to see my father. I was thinking of all those who have gone on before me. I was thinking that my husband’s face would be the last face I would see on this Earth, which I was happy

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  about. But one thing went through my mind too. I didn’t have my house in order. I took care of the bills and housing responsibilities and he wouldn’t know where to start. I had to live!!
And I did! It was truly a miracle, not because I didn’t die but because I had a peace while going through it. I wasn’t afraid to die or the dying process! When I nearly drowned in Hawaii, I recall turning over backwards within a wave and not having any inclination I was drowning.
There was no fear, only peace! Both times I had a complete peace; no fear at all. Even when I gasped for air in both instances, I wasn’t in pain. I wasn’t fearful. I was in peace.
What the Lord showed me in both cases was that there is no fear in death. And He told me that when I am about to die I will be given a peace that passes all understanding because Jesus took the sting of death away. As a minister, many people tell me, “I’m not afraid to die, just the dying process.” Well, I’m here to say there is no pain in that either because if we are IN pain we aren’t dying—yet!
Peace comes right before we leave this Earth because Jesus paved the way and took the sting out of death.
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Well, I just had to share this with you and glad I am above ground still—though to be absent from the body is to be present with our dear sweet Lord—He still has things for me to do. One of those things is to share more about Jesus with my grandchildren.
It’s very interesting that the night before this Near Death Experience, I was led to read the following scripture:
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Deuteronomy 6:6-96And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
After reading this passage I knew I needed to talk to my grandchildren more about Jesus. This NDE really put my focus back on what was important. While working on this book, I watched a couple of videos mentioned, one being about an atheist who died and went to HELL. He shared that while he was there, a song sprung up in his heart, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” And right then he called out to Jesus. He said that as a little boy he was taught this song. It only confirmed to me the need to share more of the Lord with my grandchildren because it may be the difference between life and death when they grow up.”
Thank you for reading this part by Linda Lange. (Pastor, teacher, minister and publisher.) You can read more of her blogs at www.lindalange.wordpress.com.
Whatever kind of NDE a person experienced—the story is always the same—they come back a “believer!” Not everyone gets that first-hand opportunity to “see” Heaven or Hell. That is why Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen yet hath believed” (John 20:29).
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Friends, we have been talking about HADES and HELL far too long. This is only because I want you to fully understand that there is such a terrible place, a place that many do not believe exists. Is this why Jesus talked about HELL and HADES more then He did about Heaven? If I fail to prove these realities to you, you may end up having a “reality” check in the very depths of it.
Please, don’t wait too long to begin that dialogue. By the sounds of it, not everyone is as fortunate as the patients of NDEs.
Fortunately for us the Bible also suggests something else; a way of escape! Jesus said:
John 14:6 “I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me.”
By reading this book it means you are still alive and so it is not too late to seek out God. It’s up to you where your soul ends up.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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We are saved by grace through faith. Not of doing things right, not because we think we are good, but by believing who Jesus is and what He came to do.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who died • for our sins; rose again on the third day; was seen by hundreds as he ascended into heaven; and alive and well sitting at the right of our Heavenly Father.
Jesus left us the comforter, the Holy Spirit that • seals us until the day of redemption and empowers us to become the children of God.
While on Earth, Jesus gave examples on how to • love and help others find Salvation.
Jesus made the way to God so we could experi• ence unconditional love, acceptance, and relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Jesus equips us to go out and do as He did. Heal • the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, help the poor, and love one another.
Jesus defeated death so we will never die.•
Join millions of others who have taken this step of faith and who are on their journey to spending eternity with Jesus.
Thought Provoking Comments
Well, dear friends, I have to ask you one question. Will you be in Paradise?
Friends, do you know Jesus?
If you don’t know Jesus, life is like a blunt pencil—pointless! Friends, if you don’t believe me, you have lost nothing. But if you don’t believe Jesus, you have lost everything.
If you don’t know Jesus, He still knows and loves you. If you don’t accept Him, you will end up like the
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Titanic, down in the depths of the sea and never to be raised.
If you don’t know Jesus you will be like a bat, living in darkness.
If you know Jesus, be sure He knows you! Yes, God knows all of us, but it’s when we have accepted what Jesus did on the cross, confessed our sins and repented that we become His child and a relationship has begun.
We won’t be asking Him at the last day, “Why won’t you let me in? We did many miracles in Your Name?” I also hear other say, “I was a good person!” And the Lord will say, “Depart from me, I never knew You.”
It’s like this. Do you know John Wayne? You can say, “You knew of him.” Well, did he know of you? Probably not because you didn’t have a relationship with him. This is true for the Lord Jesus. He knows “of” you, but when you “receive” Him as Lord, now you have a relationship started! Then we get to know Him and grow in faith by spending time with Him in fellowship. Following Him. Confessing our sins when they happen. Loving one another. Forgiving one another.
This is having a relationship with Him. It doesn’t mean we do everything right, it means when we mess up, we run to Him, not from Him. A person, who truly knows God’s love, will run to Him every single time. Because God’s love is unconditional... no matter what, He is there.
When we submit and surrender to Him with our whole life, we will experience Heaven on Earth. We have to believe what Jesus did on the cross and live it every day. The Bible says, “Take up your cross and follow me.” This is about self-denial. Not self-hatred, because scripture says we are to love ourselves. But a kind of love that is not self-serving. Jesus didn’t come
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to be served, He came to serve and we are not higher than our Master.
If you have a hard time believing, then ask God to help you believe. He said, “Ask Me.”
So by knowing Jesus, you will “know” the Father, and you have found a hidden treasure!
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Matthew 22:37-40. We are to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves. By doing this, we actually fulfill ALL the laws and teachings in the Bible!!
Choose today to get to know Him. And if you already “know” Him, get to know Him more. Remember, eye has not seen nor ear heard the things that God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). So there is room for us to grow in faith, no matter who we are.
Closing Comment
Dear friend, I sincerely hope that having read this book you have searched and found, seen and believed who Jesus is, and the reality of Heaven and HELL.
I believe that every person who desires to save his soul must dig deep to find the truth, always keeping their hearts open to God’s Word, while praying for the Spirit of God to lead them and guide them in all truth.
We do not want to be deceived, misled, or even have the awful experience of waking up like the rich man to find that he is our neighbor!!!!
“HELL, unfortunately, has no fire exits.” Cathy Khan
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Let us be reminded of a most serious verse by Jude:
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
What did Jude mean?
Jude was talking about the real fire of hell of which the lost are in great danger.
If there is a heaven then there must be a HADES/• HELL.
If you believe you came from nothing then you will • live in a place where there is nothing.
If there is a place of glorious light then there is a • place of total outer darkness.
If there is a place of happiness, joy and delight then • there is a place of crying and weeping and gnashing of teeth.
If there is a place of reward then there is a place of • punishment.
If there is a place for believers then there is a place • for unbelievers.
If there is a place for the good then there is a place • for the bad.
If there is a place where God lives then there will be • a place without God.
If there is a place that will have every good thing • created by God then there will be a place that has nothing.
If there is a place where God’s love will be poured • out forever then there will be a place where God’s love will end forever.
If there is a place where souls will live in God’s love, • joy and peace forever then there is a place where souls will live in God’s anger forever.
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If there is everlasting life then there is everlasting death.
If there is a way to Heaven, it is only through Jesus.
If there is a way to HADES/HELL, it is only through Satan.
If you trust in Jesus Christ you have found a hid• den treasure.
If you trust in man than you have found the Devil.
If you do not worship Jesus then you worship the Devil.
If you love the truth then you love the true God. If you hate the truth then you love the devil.
If you know Jesus you will know where you are going. If you do not know Jesus, you do not know where you are going.
If you are walking in darkness, you will live in darkness. If you walk in the light, who is Jesus, you will live in the light.
If you love this life you do not know the true God. If you give up your life to follow Jesus He will save your life.
There is a God who loves you, His name is Jesus. There is a god who hates you, his name is Satan.
There is someone called Jesus who died to save you. There is someone called Satan who wants to destroy you.
John 10:10 The thief comes but to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come that you may have abundant life.
Friends there is only one way to Heaven. One way to joy. One way to gain peace. One way to receive everlasting love. One way to gain eternal life. Yes, there is only one way and the only way is through Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU!
Do you know Him? He is waiting for you to receive His everlasting love, forgiveness and life.
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Prayer
Below is a prayer that expresses acknowledgment and repentance from sin. Sin is something we all do every day, which makes us all sinners. But we can be saved from the fiery furnace of HELL when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and turn to Him and become one of His followers. Christians everywhere have prayed a prayer similar to this and today if you want to become a Christian, then from your heart just pray this prayer. God will hear you and see your heart for He loved you before even time began. He knows everything about you, yes, the good the bad and the ugly yet His mercy covers all of your sins and wrongdoing.
Dear Father,
I believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son. I believe that He came down to Earth in the flesh and died on the cross to take away all of my sins and the sin’s of this world. I believe that Jesus Christ then rose from the dead on the third day to give all of us eternal life.
I now confess to You all of the wrong and sinful things that I have ever done in my life. I ask that You please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that You have personally shed for me on the cross. I am now ready to accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I now ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity.
Father, I receive Your gift of salvation by faith and believe I am truly saved and born again.
Thank You Father, in the precious name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you have just prayed that prayer, we are rejoicing with you. Your next step is to find a local church to fellowship with other believers and learn the Word.
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Also, we want to hear of your newfound faith. We want to rejoice with you and welcome you into the family of God. We want to partner with you in prayer as you grow in the Lord. So please contact us and share your testimony.
Revelation 12:11 “We overcome him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of OUR (Your) testimony.”
By sharing your testimony, you are already defeating the enemy in your life.
For more information on understanding Salvation go to: http://www.realdiscoveries.org/modules/articles/item.php?itemid=276#ixzz2NRSutONh
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Simon Brown, a born again believer and the author of the Real Discoveries web sites.org., com. and info., has produced four feature documentaries which are aired on Sky TV. He is mostly known for his first film, “Our Search for Sodom and Gomorrah”—which is probably the most watched film on YouTube in its category.
He believes God has also led him to some important archeological discoveries. His main discovery was in 2011 when he believed God revealed to him the Great Stone as told in Mark 16:4 which proved to be the missing link to the true tomb of Jesus.
Simon produced his second film, “Our Search for the Tomb of Jesus,” revealing a great deal of evidence in support of the Garden Tomb. His find on the Great Stone at Mount Nebo proved his previous research on the tomb of Jesus to be accurate and reliable.
His third film is called, “Our Search for Real Discoveries Around the Dead Sea.” Simon then produced his fourth film,” The Evidence and The True Face of The Shroud,” which aired on Sky TV.
Simon and his wife, Emma, have a passion to prove that the Bible is true, reliable, and accurate.
Simon has a desire to share what knowledge and understanding he has been granted. Through his websites and the information offered, he hopes to open the eyes of those who do not fully realize the importance of the Bible and its teachings.
Emma, his wife, plays a large part in all this by working with Simon.
Recently, many discoveries have been made—especially in the Holy Land—which support the Bible’s account of history.
That is precisely what “Real Discoveries” is all about.
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Books and Research
“The Shroud of Turin Speaks for Itself”
Pocket book! See how incredible our God is who has gone to great lengths to preserve this incredible evidence of His Son’s life, death and resurection. The crown of thorns, the bood stained cloth and the true burial tomb of Jesus. When picking up this book you will also receive a FREE DVD film called, “Evidence of the True Face of the Shroud.”
“Our Search for the Tomb of Jesus”
This book is our search for the real tomb of Jesus. You will learn about the real crucifixion site and more! To read this book for free. Go to: http://www.realdiscoveries.org/modules/articles/item.php?itemid=242
“Our Search for Sodom and Gomorrah”
Retired businessman, Simon Brown, went searching for the biblical cities of Sodom & Gomorrah. Read about these amazing discoveries and the compelling evidence that he found. To read this book for free go to: http://www.realdiscoveries.org/modules/articles/item.php?itemid=178
“Our Search for Real Discoveries”
In this book Simon’s team returns to Sodom and Gomorrah for a closer look. They also searched for Admah and Zoar, the surrounding towns. To read this book for free, go to http://www.realdiscoveries.org/modules/articles/item.php?itemid=245
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References
1 - YouTube video of the Rich Man and Lazarus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUA8VtvFifk
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg4BAcXkjn0&feature=share&list=UUrHRtJu3O3yBkfqxzA8BADg
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolytus_of_Rome
3 - Book of Enoch - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Enoch
4 - Who is Josephus? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus
5 - Talmud - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud
6. http://www.umass.edu/wsp/project/senior/FromLukeToJohn.pdf
7. http://www.ccel.org/j/josephus/works/L.htm
8. Book of Enoch by R.H. Charles, [1917], at sacred-texts.com
9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caiaphas
10. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3903-caiaphas
11. The unedited full-text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3903-caiaphas
12. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/414364/Gospel-of-Nicodemus.
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13. Abbe-Drioux - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude-Joseph_Drioux
14 - Andrea - http://www.womeninthebible.net/2.2.Mary_Magdalene.htm
15. http://reluctant-messenger.com/enoch.htm
16. http://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/2 ... book-of-enoch-on-display/
17. http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/ourchurch/beg/index2.html
18. LINK http://www.piney.com/ApocEnoch1.html
17. http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/ourchurch/beg/index2.html
19. http://youtu.be/rHDkf2TUOoY
20. http://youtu.be/VWo6kTsoiv4
21. http://www.freechristianteaching.org
22. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/
23. www.youtube.com/watch?v=z56u4wMxNlg (Raymond Moody - lifeafterlife.com)
23. Pam Reynolds - http://youtu.be/WNbdUEqDB-k
24. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1842627,00.html#ixzz26GE2b8Sb (What happens when we die)
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THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF THE SOUL'S SLEEP. 
Sec. IV. 

Proceeding from the sound premises, that the combination and unity of spirit and body is the peculiar nature of man as a created whole; that therefore the rending of this link puts the soul-spirit not less than the body into a state of death, but that the soul-spirit cannot die in the same way that the body does, which latter is dispersed into its elementary constituents; that in general, on account of its divinely-formed nature, it cannot perish, and by the might of the revealed will of God continues to exist independently (which Origen maintained in opposition to the GvrjToyfnrxiraiof Arabia),—in primitive times some have here and there chanced upon the thought, that the separated soul is in a state of sleep without consciousness, and without sensibility, until God wakens it up at the last day, together with the body. Even Tertullian (de anima, ch. lviii.) is aware of this opinion, and controverts it. Vigilantius, whom Jerome attacked, appeared inclined to it. The schismatic Armenians entertained it. Even Luther expressed it here and there, although only conjecturally and vaguely.1 The sup porters of the special doctrine of the soul's sleep in the time of the Reformation were the Anabaptists. Against these Calvin 'wrote in 1534 hisPsychopannychia 2 It is only the coarsest form of the doctrine which is here combated by Calvin, and is touched by his counter-argument. The -later advocates, especially among Socinians and Arminians,3 limited themselves to denying all external activity to the soul in its separate state. Subsequently, with the increasing insight into the corporeal mediation of the soul's activities, the adoption of an absolutely unconscious sleep of the soul recurred all the more frequently.4

There are certainly scriptural passages which may apparently be made available in favour of the sleep of the sou!, especially in a period which, without distinguishing as to the history of redemption between the Old and New Testament, argues from isolated scriptural texts, no matter out of what kind of books and connections. The many scriptural texts were appealed to in which dying is called a falling asleep, and death a sleep; for instance, 1 Cor. xv. 20, 1 Thess. iv. 13. Complaints and questions were depended upon, such as those of Ps. Ixxxviii. 10-12 (comp. Ps. vi. 5, xxx. 9, cxv. 17; the whole of the book of Job, nearly akin to Ps. Ixxxviii., Isa. xxxviii. 18, Ecclus. xvii. 27):

Wilt Thou show wonders to the dead,
Or do shadows stand up to praise Thee?
Shall Thy grace be declared in the grave,
Thy faithfulness in the under-world?
Shall Thy wondrous might be known in the darkness,
And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

but especially upon Eccles. ix. 4, "A living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know at least that they shall die: but the dead know nothing, and have no reward to hope for; for the memory of them is forgotten;" and ix. 10, "All that thy hand is able to do, do it with thy whole might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Scheol, whither thou art going;" with which John ix. 4, "A night cometh in which no man can work," appears to agree. Finally, also appeal was made to those who were wondrously recalled from death into this present life—to Lazarus, Jairus' daughter, the widow's son of Nain, and Tabitha. None of them that were thus aroused from the dead gave any information upon the condition of the spiritual world. For what other reason than because not only their bodies, but also their souls, had slept in unconsciousness? The folly of this mode of argument is manifested in such statements of Scripture as characterize the state of separate souls before the resurrection, certainly as a state that still waits for its decided completion. At the head of these scriptural assertions was placed Heb. xi. 39. .But perhaps the final ground of the assumption that the disembodied souls sleep, was the presumption that the soul without the body cannot be active; because, as the author of theQuiestiones ad Anliochum expresses it, soul and body are related as musician and lyre; or because, as it is formulated by Lactantius, there is wanting to the soul separated from its body the capacity of perception, no less than to an eye torn out of the body is wanting the faculty of vision.

The futility of all this reasoning may be easily shown. Scripture calls death a sleep, so far as the disappearance of the soul of a dying person out of the body resembles the retreat of the soul of a person falling asleep out of the corporeally evidenced external life; but it nowhere says that souls vanishing out of their bodies sleep. And although it compares the entire state of the deceased person to sleep, yet from this comparison is not to be deduced a continuance of the soul in a state without consciousness, and without sensation; since, although the,soul of the sleeper has retreated from the full activity of waking life, as carried on by the body, still it is not sunk into a state of passivity without consciousness and perception. Now there certainly, in places such as Eccles. ix. 10, appears to be attributed to the separate existences in Scheol such a numb, dull, self-contained passivity; but by the side of such passages there are others which show that the separate souls are neither without consciousness, nor without memory, of what passed in this world, nor without fellowship with one another, although, on account of their bodilessness and of their state of death, in a shadowy manner. Read the scene represented by Isa. xiv. 9 in Scheol, at the entrance of the king of Babel: "The kingdom of the dead is moved from beneath, to rise up and meet thee: it stirreth up the shadows for thee; even all the lewd ones of the earth; it raiseth up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All rise up and say, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?" In Ezek. xxxi. 16 all the trees of Eden and Lebanon (princes) were comforted in the under-world at the similar fate of the cedar (Pharaoh); and in the description, Pharaoh, on his entrance into Scheol (Ezek. xxxii. 17), is accosted by the mighty ones of the people, as in Isaiah is the king of Babylon. The objection that these are poetic fictions, does not set aside their demonstrative power. For the history of the citation of the spirit of Samuel (1 Sam. xxviii.5) proves in a similar way that the separated souls in Scheol were not conceived of as without consciousness and without perception: those prophetic pictures, therefore, proceed from prevailing ideas, as moreover is confirmed by the Hadesdoctrine of other peoples, especially the Egyptians, according to which the separate souls in Amentes do not sleep, but find themselves, according to their position and character in this world, unhappy or happy. The fact that in the Old Testament we read nothing of the Egyptian distinction of the under-world into hell and Paradise,6and on the other hand, that we find such absolutely mournful lamentations as in Ps. lxxxviii. 11-13, arises from this, that the sense of death as a wrathful punishment was deeper in Israel than elsewhere, and that, in default of a word of revelation, men did not dare to picture to themselves more endurable representations of Scheol.

That souls in a separate state, because they are bodiless, are incapable of perceiving what is external to themselves, and of giving external evidence of themselves, is, as is manifest from the representations of the events of the under-world above quoted, an assumption foreign to the Holy Scripture. Certainly the putting off of the body cuts through the intercourse of man with this present world, as it has been corporeally and especially sensibly effected; but instead of the present world, another surrounds him, and his life, far from being an unconscious and absolutely inactive one, is still, although with a predominating inward direction, a life manifoldly related externally to that world of the future.7. The Old Testament has shown to us the inhabitants of Hades in communion with one another; the parable of the rich man gives us the same representation; and the visions of the spirit-world in the Apocalypse present to our eyes anything rather than quietistic assemblies, or even silent sleeping chambers8. Certainly it cannot be physiologically proved at all, that the soul associated with the body into a combined life, can moreover, without the body, continue to lead a self-conscious active life; and moreover, it can only be approximately proved psychologically from the double life which the spirit-soul leads already in this present state. But biblical psychology, in the presence of the doctrine of the soul's sleep, may be content with this, that the Holy Scripture assumes as actual that which is not capable of proof by natural means.

That people raised from the dead—such as Lazarus—had nothing to relate of the other world (as it is taken for granted that it must be concluded from the silence of Scripture on the subject), is absolutely no proof of the sleep of the soul, as little (as we have shown in Div. I. Sec. I.) as our knowing nothing of a life that preceded our present life is a proof against the doctrine of our pre-existence. The spirit of Samuel (1 Sam. xxviii.) knows of the other world, and speaks forth from it, for he remains in his sphere. But when a sphere of life is exchanged for one wholly different, ase.g. also in the magnetic sleep, in that case the consciousness of the one is merged in that of the other, and does not return till it reverts into the condition that has been left.

But the chief mistake of those fruitless efforts of the Psychopannychia to establish itself, lies in the denial of the difference of the two Testaments in the development of the plan of salvation.9 There is a considerable difference between the condition of the souls of the departed prior and subsequent to the advent of Jesus Christ. If he who believeth on Christ shall live, though he die—if he shall not see death for ever—if he have eternal life now present, and be passed from death unto life,—in the light of these declarations of the Lord, it is every way objectionable to conceive of the spiritual existence of those whose spirit even here below was life (£&>»? Sia SiKaioavvrjv,Rom. viii. 10), as an existence still subjected to the supremacy of death, whether it be by the expression of this supremacy in them as suffering, or only as bondage. The souls of the righteous are only still awaiting the overcoming of death in their bodies (Rom. viii. 11), and the overcoming of death generally. They are veKpoi, so far as the totality of their essential state is not yet restored; but in respect of the souls, they are living in the land of the living: they are at home with the Lord, after whom they longed: they are in that Paradise where Paul heard unspeakable words: they are before God's throne, and serve Him day and night in His temple, as John sees in Apoc. vii. 15, when that which is to happen on this side of the judgment of the world and the glorification of the world is revealed to him;—for that these apocalyptic visions are anticipations of that which first awaits the blessed on the other side of the resurrection, or that those blessed are already risen from the dead,10 as if the first resurrection were to be considered as extending throughout the whole of secular history—these are idle and arbitrary subterfuges. No; they even now as blessed spirits behold God who is a Spirit, and the God-man who is the Lord of the Spirit, through which He has already in this life changed them by degrees into His image (2 Cor. iii. 18). At least the degree of blessing of vision (visio beatifica) is even now a manifest one, and many are partakers of it, although certainly, beyond that closing act of the world's history, the bliss even of the most favoured will experience a manifest enhancement.

In respect of those who have died in Christ, therefore, the thought of a sleep of the soul ought never to have arisen. The death of those who die in the Lord has only the mask, but not the nature of death.11 Considered in itself, it is the operation of divine wrath; but this operation of wrath, regarded with respect to them, the dying, is penetrated through and through by divine love. In the might of this love they break through, and are found in the place where they already were in this life in respect of their true nature; in the principle of love, of light, of life, of liberty.12 They are only dead Karet aupKcu, but alive Kara irvevfia; they sleep not, but they enjoy a sabbatical rest from their temporal trouble (Apoc. xiv. 13); they wait in peace, as already perfected, for the conclusive perfection even of their bodies, by their being made alive again and glorified. But it was not till the completion of the work of redemption that the destiny of the pious had this heavenly issue. The souls of the Old Testament dead, and indeed of those who died in faith in God the Redeemer, not less than of the godless, went to Hades. The souls of the former were, it is true, in the midst of Hades in God's hand, but still in a state of subjection to wrath and need of redemption. Perhaps the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke xvi. 19), and the word of the Lord (Luke xxiii. 43), " To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise," might be regarded as a confirmation of the faith that was at that time general among the Jewish people, —that Hades was divided into one place for the pious, and into another place for the godless—into Geenna(Gehinnom) and Paradise ((rem Eden), which, moreover, was called the bosom of Abraham (Dn-QK hvf lp'n),13 and is designated there in the parable as the consolation which indemnifies for the affliction of this present time. The expressions of the Old Testament Scripture itself give us no clear image, because for the most part they are coloured subjectively, and we might almost say mythologically. Nevertheless they all agree in this, that the state of Hades is a state of death still unabolished,—a life not void of consciousness and perception, but certainly dreamlike, and only darkly conscious in the shadows of the previous bodies; and that the special horror of the destiny of Hades consists in the being cut off from the revelation of God's love in the land of the living.

Notes:

1 He -writes to Nic. Amsdorf about the 18th Jan. 1522 (see De Wette's edition of the Letters of Luther, part ii. p. 122): "De animabus tuis non satis habeo quod tibi respondeam. Proclive raihi est concedere tecum in earn sententiam, justorum animas dormire ac usque ad judicii diem nescire ubi sunt. In quam sententiam me trahit verbum Scriptures dormiunt cum patribus suis. Et mortui resuscitati per Christum et apostolos idem testantur cum velut a somno evigilarunt, ignari ubi fuerint." In what follows, he concedes that there must be exceptions to this sleep of the soul as well in the sphere of the blessed (Elias, Moses, Abraham, and Lazarus) as of the lost (the spirits in prison, 1 Pet. iii. 19, who at least to the time of Christ's preaching did not sleep; and the people of Sodom, of whom Jude 7 says, in the present tense, " ignis seterni poenam sustinentes"). But his conclusion remains: " Verisimile autem, except is paucis omnes dormire insensibiles." The letter is of an earlier date, but the view here expressed occurs still even in the Enarrationes in Genesin. It is true he says here, on Gen. xv. (Erl. edit. pt. vi. p. 120), distinguishing the sleep of the future state from natural slumber: "Anima non sic dormit, sed vigilat et patitur visiones, loquelas Angelorum et Deibut on ch. xlix. (Erl. edit. pt. xi. pp. 801-306), he compares the intermediate state with the condition of the foetus in the womb, and seems to regard it as unconscious. "We pass on and come again to the last day before we perceive it; moreover, we know not how long we have been in that state." We do not wish to deny that this is the doctrine of the sleep of the soul, which, together with its scriptural reasons, we shall proceed to confute; but Luther does not teach thus: he expresses himself in this way in all modesty only hypothetically, being gladly willing to be taught by any one that is better informed, and at length declares that the manner and the place of that rest of the future state are things that are placed beyond our knowledge.

2 The completion of the Psychopannychia belongs to the year 1534. In the year 1536, Calvin added a second preface, moderating the polemical bitterness; and in the year 1545, the book appeared at the same time in two Strasburg editions, with somewhat differing titles. At the close, Calvin put the seal to his refutation, saying: "Istud rursum lectores omnes (si qui tamen erunt) memoria tenere volo, Catabaptistas (purposely, instead of Anabaptistas) quos ad omne genus flagitiorum designandum nominasse satis est, esse prseclari hujus dogmatis authores." Comp. for the rest on the history of the doctrine of the sleep of the soul, Sylloge Scriptorum de Spiritibus puris el animabus humanis, etc. (Ratisb. 1790), pp. 87-92 (a classified catalogue, whereas Grasse's Bibliotheca Psychologica, 1845, is alphabetical); and especially V. E. Loscher, Select Collection of the Best Writings on the State of the Soul after Death, 1735, excerpted and enriched in Herbert Becker's communications from Dr Valentine Ernst Loscher's auserlesener Sammlung, etc., two parts, Augsburg 1835-36.

3 But also among those who were theosophically disposed, as Ph. Matth. Hahn, and his associates, Goltz, Thomas Wizenmann, the friend of Fr. Heinr. Jacobi, vol. i. (1859) p. 88.

4 Even about the middle of the previous century this was the solution of the "Soul-sleepers (Hypnopsychites)," that as soon as the Organs of the body were destroyed, the soul must sink into its original assoupissement, its previous powerlessness. Thus, for example, Thom. Burnet (mort.1715), in his work de statu mortuorum et resurgentium (in French, by Bion, 1731): L'aine ne peut avoir aucune sensation ou perception du monde exterieur, de quelque phenomene que ce soit, ni d'aucun mouvement de la matiere, a moins qu'elle ne soit unie a quelque corps, ou a quelque portion de la matiere. Thus in Germany, Heyne, in Werder, the chief advocate for the soul's sleep. The best counter arguments are those of Simonetti and Timoth. Seidel. Many of the productions on both sides are anonymous, as A Treatise of the Sleep of Souls after Death (1754), and a letter to the anonymous author of the Treatise on the Sleep of Souls after Death (in the same year 1754). Both treatises proceed on the ground that every finite actual spirit must have a body; but says the latter, "It is true that after man's death the soul passes out of association with this body, but not generally out of association with matter." In the frankest way, Fries (Jahrbb. fur deulsche Theol. 1856) has lately expressed himself in Heyne's view. That the personal Ego of man, says he, should be without the body, is altogether not conceivable, and the soul can therefore only lead a dreamlife in the intermediate state. We cherish for this dear friend, who in the meantime has gone to his home, a better hope than this.

5 The evasion that this was a juggling or a diabolical deception (e.g. Turretin, Tertulliau, and Jerome), is a self-delusion. See, on the other hand, 1 Chron. x. 13, LXX., and Ecclus. xlvi. 20.

6 See Duncker, Geschichte des Aiterthums. i. 70-76 (ed. 2).

7 Thus also judges v. Hofmann, ii. 2, 482, where the idea is rejected, that the incorporeity of the soul implies that it only regards itself, and is deprived of the outward expression of its life.

8 Or even, to speak in human language, "a monastic world," as Martensen (JDogm. sec. 276) thinks.

9 Even the work of the able Capadose, directed against the sleep of the soul, suffers from this deficiency, Gedanken iiber den Zustand der Seelen in der Abgeschiedenheit zwischen Tod und Auferstehung (Dutch 1845; German by Darn man u, Dusselthal 1846). As Capadose interprets the Old Testament declarations of the future world in a New Testament way, so Maywahlen, in his book, Der Tod das Todtenreich und der Zustand der von hier abgeschiedenen Seelen (1854), transplants the Old Testament kingdom of the dead as such into the New Testament period, thinking that not until the parousia of Christ do those who believe on Him break through the bonds of Hades, and are taken up into heaven as those who are raised again. We cite these two works only by way of illustration. Both errors against the truth are old and widely diffused. Even Konig and Girder, although acknowledging a history as belonging to Hades, teach, that even the souls of the faithful come into Hades; and the latter even refers the word of the Lord to Hades, which says, " In my Father's house are many mansions." Nevertheless, in the art. "Hades," in Herzog's B.A., he declares it to be only probable that Hades is the middle place for the totality of the dead, especially pointing to Apoc. xx. 13 as an apparent counter evidence. But this passage (if there were no other important reasons to be found) would prove nothing against it, since by DxXxwx on the one hand, and iitxra; and xirii on the other, are only indicated per merismum collective spaces which conceal the dead (see v. Hofmann, Schriftb. iii. 725). An inside of the earth concealing the dead will not be proved from that. On the other hand, H. AY. Rinck, in his work on the condition after death, of the view that is declared in the Old Testament of Schedl as the place of assembly of all the dead, even of the faithful, denies the objective actuality, and maintains, concerning the assumption that the pious of the Old Testament were in Hades, that it is without any scriptural foundation; and yet nothing is more certain than that the Old Testament knows as yet nothing of blessed men who are in heaven. It was not until the ascension of Christ that heaven became open for men, and became the place of assembly for a human ecclesia triumphans.

10 Thus v. Rudloff, Die Lehre vom Menschen, p. 895. Rightly on the other hand, Karsten, Die Letzten Dinge (ed. iii. 1861). John sees especially at five several periods of the history of the end, the souls of the faithful standing before God; and from this fivefold image we can not only see what sort of a condition the intermediate state is, but also how far and in what direction we can speak of a process of development therein.

11 Thus it must be; and yet it would not be thus, if, as Strbbel thinks, even the soul of the believing Christian passed into Hades, and found itself there, not indeed in sleeping, but perchance in waking death, with more or less dull pain or longing to retrace its steps. Such a representation is appealed to even by Schleiermacher, when he, on the other hand, says of the representation of a sleep of the soul, "that our Christian selfconsciousness can put in no definite protest to the contrary" (Dogm. sec. 161, 2). But to him who rests on God's word, both representations are equally opposed to the Christian self-consciousness realized by him. It is true Strobel replies(Luth. Zeitschr. 1857, p. 772), "It is rhetoric—nothing further—troublesome philosophizing rhetoric — melting away before the divine word of the Holy Scripture like butter in the sun;" but we refer then, as now, to the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Apocalypse, which afford us the deepest glimpse into the spiritual archetypal world, and to the condition of those who are separated there in faith; and we will rejoice, living and dying, that in front of the light that beams towards us from thence, those thoughts of Hades concerning the intermediate state must melt away like ice.

12 The kingdom of God is in us, says Ph. Nicolai, in Rocholl, Luth. Zeitschr. 1860, p. 216; the young infant comes from the body of its mother into the world, tanquam ah intra ad extra; but the regenerate soul of a dying Christian passes out of the world into the kingdom of God's glory, velut ah extra ad intra.

13 See thereupon v. Rudloff, Die Lehre vom Menschen, p. 310.

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