The story in the Bible of the rich man and Lazarus is not one of Jesus’
parables. The account is in Luke 16:19-31, and it says, "there was a certain rich man, and a certain beggar named Lazarus.
Incidentally, this is not the Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, who Jesus raised from the dead. And the King James Bible
says after both died, the beggar was "in the bosom of Abraham." This doesn’t mean they were embracing…the
Living Bible reads more in today’s way of talking, saying the beggar was "with Abraham."
And the narration continues that the rich man was in hell, "and he lifted up his eyes,
being in torments" (Luke 16:23). It continues: "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 I want to stress to any sinner looking at this
Conquest article, that this happened about two thousand years ago, and that rich man is still being tormented in those flames,
with no relief…ever! This is just too terrible to imagine, but all a person has to do is to realize that he or she
is a sinner, and in true repentance, ask Christ to forgive his sins and promise to live for Him in this short life.
And for all you know, today
may be your last day alive. None of us have promise of another breath, and so we must be ready. You surely have heard of
how Christians are waiting for Christ to come back for we who are living for Him, and with all that’s happening in the
world today, we’re expecting that "being caught up," or the "rapture," as we call it, could happen
at any moment. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with
the trump of God; and the dead in Christ (Christians) shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
That’s what Christians are waiting for. Be sure
you’re ready to fly.