Lazarus and the Rich Man
Parts 1 through 7
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

Lazarus  and The Rich Man - Part 1

    Just as most Christians do not understand the story of Lazarus and the rich man, as taught by Jesus in Luke 16, neither do they understand about the Jews. this is a direct result of the erroneous teachings of our Christian "Ministers." Therefore, we are going to deal in detail herein with the story [parable] of "The Rich Man and Lazarus," as it was taught by Jesus and as recorded in Luke chapter 16 in the King James Bible.

    Most Christians have read a tract or heard a sermon in which this story is used. Almost invariably the speaker or author will say, "The rich man was being tortured in the fires of hell and Lazarus was in heaven." They then insist this story "proves" their doctrine that "after death most human beings will spend the eternal ages screaming and crying in great heat and fire." Ignoring God's statement to the contrary: "They have built also the high places of Baal, TO BURN THEIR SONS WITH FIRE...which I commanded not, nor spake it, NEITHER CAME IT INTO MY MIND." (Jeremiah 19:5)

    At the present time thousands of tracts and books are in circulation in Christendom which repeat the general claim that this story told by Jesus to His disciples is simply about "the bliss of heaven and the torment of hell."

    Now, lets read the story from Luke 16. As we read, please note, there are people, animals and objects in the story other than the rich man and Lazarus. These are very seldom mention by our "Ministers" and are even more seldom explained.

    "There was a certain rich man, which was CLOTHED IN PURPLE AND FINE LINEN, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his GATE, full of SORES, And desiring to be fed with the CRUMBS which fell from the rich man's TABLE: moreover the DOGS came and licked his SORES. 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; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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 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. And 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. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have FIVE BRETHREN; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have MOSES AND THE PROPHETS; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not MOSES AND THE PROPHETS, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:19-31)

    In addition to the three men and hell, the following are listed: purple, fine linen, gate, sores, crumbs, table dogs, angels, water, five brethren, Moses and the prophets. Why did Jesus include these if they have no meaning? Is this only a "story of hell and heaven?" Or is it of something else?

    Christ was careful to tell us that the "rich man" was clothed in purple and fine linen.  What does this fine linen have to do with some man dying and going to hell? And why did Jesus say that "he fared sumptuously every day?" What possible difference could that make. Also, "There was a certain beggar." Why was he a beggar? Why was his name Lazarus? Why did "he lay at his gate," that is at the gate of the rich man's house." What were the crumbs from the rich man's table that Lazarus desired?

    Further, there is this detail that "dogs came and licked his sores." What were the dogs, and why did Lazarus have sores? If this man was just going to die and go to heaven, why in the world would Christ waste time referring to dogs licking the sores of the beggar? It states in verse 22 that the beggar died and was taken by the Angels into Abraham's bosom. Perhaps you have never thought about or have been told why the beggar was taken to "Abraham's bosom," rather than to heaven. This is something that  our "Ministers" should ALWAYS explain, but almost never do.

    The rich man also died, but apparently was not carried anywhere. Instead, he "was buried, and in hell [this is from the word HADES] he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." Is it not apparent from this that wherever this man was, he was able to SEE, not only LAZARUS, who had been taken unto Abraham's bosom, but ABRAHAM also! For the rich man 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."

    Have you never wondered why the rich man would want just the tip of Lazarus' finger in the water? A man "burning in hell" would surely ask for a pail or an ocean of water, would he not? So it stands to reason that there is something about this request which needs further explanation.

    The rich man goes on to say, "for I am tormented in this flame." Our "Ministers" invariably explain this as being "the fires of hell." As will be shown later, this word here translated "flame" is used only seven times in the New Testament, in six places the Greek word for FIRE is added to it, in order to make it mean a burning flame of fire (Luke 16:14-flame, Acts 7:30, Hebrews 1:7, Revelation 1:14, 2:18, 19:12-flame of fire).

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 2

    In Luke 16:24 the word is used WITHOUT the additional word meaning "fire." Therefore, it is very simple to see that this word "flame" does not make it mean "fire." Why do our "Ministers" not explain this as they go through the story? "But Abraham said, Son." Why did Abraham call this man, the rich man, "Son.?" "Remember that thou in they lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And 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." Please note that Abraham has identified the rich man by  the word "Son," and yet he tells him that those who want to  change sides cannot do so. This implies that while they CANNOT, that some "would," or would want to go there. Now why would ANYONE want to pass down from this "heaven" of the so-called fundamentalists DOWN to a "hell?"

    Then the rich man said, "I pray thee therefore, FATHER, that thou wouldest send him to MY FATHER's house? "For I have five brethren." now, brothers and sisters, if Jesus' story was merely  to give an example of two men dying, with one of them going to heaven and the other going to a burning hell, why would He have described the man as having five brethren? neither God nor Jesus put meaningless things in His Word!

    The rich man wanted Lazarus to warn his five brethren to repent, but Abraham refused. Why did Jesus say that the rich mans's brethren had Moses and the prophets? And WHOSE resurrection would not convince them to repent?

    As we proceed in this study, by Pastor Sheldon Emry, every effort will be made to try and show you the answers to the question raised in this story, which are never or almost never answered by those who preach that it is just a story of heaven and hell. It is our hope that we have whetted your appetite enough to make you want to know the answers to these questions in this strange story recorded in Luke 16.

    We know that the dead know nothing, see nothing and hear nothing, as proven in the Scriptures. Therefore these two men, to be able to see and to talk they MUST still be alive, but dead in name only.

    "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence." (Psalm 115:17); "...but the dead know not any thing..." (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

    Then we have the testimony of Paul concerning David, a man after God's heart, who was still in the grave in his day and time and had not been taken to heaven: "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is BOTH DEAD AND BURIED, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." (Acts 2:29)

    Now, let's determine who was the "certain rich man?" "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day." Why did Jesus describe this man as being dressed in purple and fine linen? Some of you may remember an old saying that was used in speaking of a high-class person, or nobility: "He must have been born to the purple."

    When the Midianites had conquered Israel, God raised up Gideon to free Israel and destroy the power of the Midianites. When the war was over, we read that Gideon collected all the Midianites' wealth: "And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and PURPLE RAIMENT that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' neck." (Judges 8:26)

    Notice that the kings of the Midianites wore purple. At the crucifixion, Jesus was called by Pilate; to MOCK the Jews: "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS." (Mark 15:17-18)

    In making fun of Jesus, the band [Jews — Soldiers of the Chief Priests, Pharisees and etc.] put a purple robe on Him to represent kingship, for purple is the color used by royalty.

    Not only was the certain rich man dressed in purple to represent rulership over the people, but he was also arrayed in FINE LINEN. To explain this lets return to when the priesthood in Israel was reestablished, God instructed Moses: "And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filed with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments...and his sons... And they shall take gold, and blue, and PURPLE, and SCARLET, FINE LINEN." (Exodus 28:1-5)

    Leviticus 6:10 and 16:4 also tells us that the priests were to wear a robe of linen, and the high priest was to wear trousers of linen. Ezekiel 9 and Daniel 10 and 12 tell us that the messengers of God who gave these prophets visions from God Almighty were clothed in linen. Revelation says: "...And the seven angels...clothed in PURE and WHITE LINEN..." (Revelation 15:4-6)

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 3

 In his little book, "The Man Without a Country," Edward Everett Hale portrays in dramatic style what it would mean to be a man without a native land or home, destined to wander from place to place throughout life. Sir Walter Scott alludes to the lonely frustration of such a predicament by the immortal words in his "Lay of the Last Minstrel:

   "Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
   Who never to himself hath said,
   This is my own, my native land!
   Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
   As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
   From wandering on a foreign strand!"

 Blessed indeed, are those of whom God will say: "And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah." (Psalm 87:5-6)

 This blessing the Jews will never know as they are loyal to no nation, and call no nation their home, not even the land of Palestine that they have stolen from its rightful owners the Arabs. "Although the Jews have appeared in the histories of other nations throughout the centuries, they were never able or willing to establish a nation of their own. They remain forever desolate in this regard. The only way the Jews got possession of Palestine was by using other people to steal it from the Turks and Arabs  for them. The so- called 'Israeli' state is nothing but a parasitic state, since it is occupied by parasites. The Jews get billions of dollars from Germany as 'reparations' and 'restitution payments' for its alleged 'war crimes' against Jews. They get billions more every year from the United States. It (Israel) has to steal or buy technology from Western nations as the Jews have not the creativity to develop their own. The Jewish state of Israeli would collapse in a minute without the continued support, protection and assistance from Jacob/Israel (The White Nations of Christendom). It is not, never has been, and never will be a self-sustaining nation." (Charles A. Weisman, Who is Esau- Edom?, pp. 27-28).

 If this depicts the worth of the country a man claims as his own, what of those who, for earthly gain prestige and the pleasures of life for a season, jeopardize the continuity of their citizenship in the Kingdom of God? For some the fateful day will most assuredly come when the verdict will be pronounced that will mean loss of citizenship and exclusion from His Kingdom. That there will be those who will be sentenced to make their abode outside the realm of the Kingdom is quite clear from the Scriptures. This will come to pass when God moves through His Son, Jesus Christ, to cleanse the Kingdom of all evil.

 "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:41-42)

 This ‘furnace of fire" will be severe tribulation, as the phrase suggests; elsewhere the affliction coming upon those cast out of the Kingdom is designated as a place called "outer darkness." (Matthew 8:12)

 Citizenship in the Kingdom: Pride of citizenship in a nation is wholly justifiable under the administration of men. But how much more important it is to cover citizenship in the Kingdom of God over which Christ is to reign forever. Nevertheless, there are those who are in the Kingdom by birth but who, because of their treasonable conduct, both by acts of commission and omission, are risking the loss of their citizenship. For those the danger of ultimate exclusion from home, land and country is a very real possibility when the Lord moves to cleanse His Kingdom of all unrighteousness.

 Next to the value of the family is the importance of the government under which the family resides, of which its members are citizens. A good government exists to protect its citizens and provide for their general welfare. To such a government all of its citizens owe their allegiance. Our forefathers expressed well the purpose of government in composing the Preamble of our Constitution: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America."

 But the mere writing of a constitution, no matter how carefully drawn, would not, in itself, secure these blessings for a people, for they are the attributes of righteousness in the administration of law. "It is impossible to establish justice unless those entrusted with the enforcement of law are just. It is impossible to have domestic tranquility unless there is equitable taxation (which is not confiscation of property) and unless there is the proper distribution of the right to labor and possess wealth under a system of economics which would eliminate destitution and want; otherwise there will always be fear and an apprehension of the future. Certainly the general welfare cannot be promoted if one group of citizens is penalized in favor of another and more favored group. Thus the functioning of a righteous government is fundamentally administrative; that is, laws must be administered that are just to all, from the humblest to the greatest of all our citizens." (Digest of the Divine Law, by Howard Rand, Destiny Publishers, Merrimac, Massachusetts  01860)

 All men suffer today, both saved and unsaved, because as a nation we refuse to recognize our need of the Kingdom and its administration of the righteous laws of God. The proper administration of the laws of the Kingdom will bring peace, prosperity and an abundance of the needs of life to all of its citizens. If the Kingdom is non- essential, or subordinate to personal salvation, then Christ and all the prophets were mistaken to stress the doctrines of the Kingdom and the blessings that would accrue to men when it is administered in perfection. Rather, they should have stressed the personal phase of the Gospel alone in line with the teachings and doctrines of many today.

 But those who claim that personal salvation is the only thing that mattes belie their words in their very actions. Let their wages be withheld. Will they say it doesn't matter? Let famine come; will the fact of personal salvation (There is no such thing as "personal salvation" it is simply another ruse made up by the Jews and their Judeo-Christian lackeys to deceive our people; for no where in the Scriptures is reference made to "personal salvation") prevent them from suffering the pangs of hunger? Let them be destitute of clothing and shelter in the cold and the storm; will they be warm and safe from the tempest? Let the thief and murderer walk in their midst; will they escape all this trouble? Let bribery and graft deprive them of their possessions and comforts; will they be contented? Let poverty and destitution be their lot; will they rejoice and be glad? Let sickness lay them upon the bed of suffering and pain; will they be at ease and rest? Did those Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe under the rule of the antichrist Jews find freedom from persecution, death, torture, famine, misery, disease, rape, thieves, murderers; were they happy and rejoiced under their rule? If we preach personal salvation to them without relieving physical suffering and troubles, will they still say, "It does not matter?" No indeed! They will ask that we also administer to their physical needs. This is the purpose of the Kingdom and its functions. Its laws, when properly administered, will bring freedom from want and destitution, will remove all sickness from our midst, and will bring such prosperity that Amos' prediction will come to pass: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the threader of grapes him that soweth seed." (Amos 9:13)

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 4

How, then, are the blessings of liberty to be secured, with peace and prosperity assured the citizens of a nation? Christ answered this question when He said: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God (the gospel of which was preached by both John the Baptist and Christ, but not by the Clergy of Organized religion, Judeo-Christian ministers, priest, preachers, teachers, evangelists and etc. today in the pulpits of America or on television or radio), and his righteousness the perfection of the administration of His commandments, statutes and judgments); and all these things (the necessities of life, including peace and prosperity and all its accompanying blessing) shall be added (that is, given) unto you." (Matthew 6;33)

The Kingdom of which Christ was speaking; that is, the Kingdom of God, was established at Mount Sinai when Moses was instructed by God: "Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel...Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation." (Exodus 19:3, 6)

This is the Kingdom over which the Angel informed Mary Christ would reign forever, of which Kingdom there would be no end. (Luke 1:33) This is, also, why Christ told Pilate that the kingdom of the Jews was not His, and that His kingdom was not there and then. Its enduring character is typified by its emblem; the Stone, that Daniel saw smite the image upon its feet, for Daniel was informed: "It shall stand forever." (Daniel 2:44) The only logical conclusion that can be reached is that the Stone Kingdom of Daniel is the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is none other than the House of Jacob organized into a Kingdom at Mount Sinai. This is confirmed by Isaiah's great prophecy: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

Following this identification of the Child born at Bethlehem as the one destined to take the reins of government and rule in righteousness, the prophet continues: "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:7)

It is from the Throne of David that perfect justice will issue forth to bless the whole earth with peace. It is the Kingdom over which the Throne of David rules that is spoken of as enduring forever and it is from this throne Christ will reign when He returns to inaugurate His administration.

Citizenship in this Kingdom comes to the seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob/Israel by right of birth. Under the terms of the Old Covenant, however, citizenship could be forfeited for certain offenses, for which the Bible declares a man would be "cut off" from among his people.

"The vision of Obadiah...concerning Edom (The jews)...arise ye (Children of the House of Jacob), and let us rise up against her (Edom, the Jews) in battle. Behold, I have made thee (God made the Jews small in number) small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised (by all people everywhere). The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough (here God is saying that the Jews cannot ever steal or murder enough)? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes (God is saying that the Jews will leave nothing of value in any land they live in)? How are the things of Esau (the Jews) searched out! how are his hidden things sought up (The Jews themselves reveal all of their secrets, only the rest of the world listens to the stupid ones; the scoffer, who, like a chicken, when it rains they look up and are drowned in the propaganda of the Jews)! All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee (the very people that the Jews think are their allies have deceived them, and will turn on them in a heart beat when an opposing force begins to gain the upper hand on them, until that time they will simply sit back and watch for their chance to help destroy the jews), and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him. Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, (shall) even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau (Here it would appear that the prophet is talking about the present day state of Israel, because the Jews have never had a nation of their own since they crucified Christ)? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau (Nation of Israel) may be cut off by slaughter.  For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress. For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it..." (Obadiah 1:1-21)

So keep the faith my brother and sister Israelites; the enemy may seem powerful and God admits to this, but they are already beaten, they are already destroyed; there is not one of them left. For the Word of the Lord God Almighty has spoken.

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 5

 In order to understand the Bible's teaching as to how the rich man suffers from this "flame," we must first identify the rich man's "five brethren" who were destined for the same suffering. The rich man said: "...I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment." (Luke 16:27-28)

 Genesis 36 tells the story of a man who had five brethren. As we read this genealogical account, we shall see how this fits the description of the five brethren of Luke 16. "Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom." (Genesis 36:1)

 Edom means "red," and as we go along in this study we learn that Edom fits into the Biblical description of Mystery Babylon of Revelation 18, which is "Red Communism."

 "Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Ahalibamah the daughter Anah the daughter of Zibean the Hivite; And Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajolh. And Adah bare to Esau (1) Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare (2) Reuel; and Ahalibamah bare (3) Jeush, and (4) Jaalam, and (5) Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan." (Genesis 36:2-5)

 Thus Esau had five sons, and throughout the Scriptures will be found occasional places where the word "brethren" includes parents and children. So Esau clearly fits this description of having five "brethren" in his house. (See Genesis 36:8, 36:19, 36:21, 36:43).

 In the listed Scriptures we can see that "Seir," was the name of the place where Esau-Edom settled, and is interchangeable with the name "Edom." According to Genesis 36, Esau married into the line of the Canaanites, and for some strange and prophetic reason Esau was therefore known by the name Edom, which means red, and is now the color of world communism.

 Please recall that the Edomites are the age-long enemies of Israel. Esau's grandson, Amalek was the father of the Amalekites, who were the first enemies to attack Israel after they came out of Egypt.  God said of the Amelikite branch of Edom: "...I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven...Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." (Exodus 17:14-16)

 Then we have the Book of Obadiah, the prophet, who tells in a one-page prophecy of the House of Esau [which would include Amalek] being burned in a flame: "The vision of Obadiah. thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen. Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised." (Obadiah 1-2)

 The next thirteen verses describe how Edom was to work against Jacob-Israel all down through the ages. He accused Edom of coming against Jacob and Judah in the day of their calamity; he accused them of trying to conquer Jerusalem. Then beginning with verse 15, Obadiah shows that this is an end-time prophecy (Obadiah 15). In other words, God said, the thing you are attempting to do will turn and destroy you.

 "For as ye have drank upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them..." (Obadiah 16-18)

 Can you not see, Esau in Obadiah and the rich man in Luke 16 were to have an identical fate; they would both be in a "flame," Obadiah then continues: "...and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau..." (Obadiah 18)

 That this is a prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled at the end of the age is shown by the last verse in Obadiah, which reads: "...and saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's." (Obadiah 21)

 In Luke 16 the rich man appealed to someone in authority, "Father Abraham," and asked him for a little water. We know the water represents the Word of God, and that according to the Scriptures, if anyone asks for the Word of God, that God will pour out His spirit upon them and give them understanding of the Word.

 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally...and it shall be given him." (James 1:5) Now this rich man wanted only a tiny bit of the Word, hardly enough to make a difference. If he was in such a flame, why did he want just a tiny drop of water on his tongue? The scribes and Pharisees had the Scriptures at their disposal, but they did not want more than a tiny bit of it. They preferred to follow the "tradition of the elders."

 "Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders...He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men...Full well ye reject the Commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition...making the word of God of none effect through your tradition..." (Mark 7:5-13)

 This, while only believing and teaching a tiny portion of the Scriptures. This, the rich man, who called Abraham "Father," can be identified with both the Esau and the Pharisees. How can the rich man represent both at the same time? The answer is found in Jesus' own words, as recorded in John: "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man..." (John 8:33)

 Jesus then admitted they were Abrahams' "seed." "I know that ye are Abraham's seed..." (John 8:37) On the one hand, they were Abraham's descendants [seed], even admitted to be so by Christ, yet they denied they were ever "in bondage to any man," and Jesus did not contradict them. Therefore, since they were never "in bondage to any man." they were not in the Egyptian bondage with Israel. What people could be "Abraham's seed," yet not be in the Egyptian bondage?

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 6

 The descendants of Jacob's brother, Esau, of course! Although Esau was Abraham's grandson, as was Jacob [they were twins], neither he nor his descendants went into Egypt with Jacob and his children. After Jesus confirmed the Pharisees' claim they were "the seed of Abraham," He denied they were Abraham's Children: "...If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." (John 8:39)

 In this passage, by Jesus' own words with the Pharisees, we find that the Jewish Pharisees could claim descent from Abraham, but could not [ever] be called "the children of Abraham." This can be seen clearly in (Genesis 21:12) and in: "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him...Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac..." (Genesis 22:1-2)

 In other words, what God through the Scriptures is telling us is, those who are descended from Abraham through Ishmael and Esau can claim to be called the seed of Abraham, but "ONLY" those who are born of Isaac and Jacob can be called the Children of Abraham! In fact, the Bible never calls the Ishmaelites and Edomites nor any of the other six sons Abraham had children, but both the Old and the New Testament Scriptures call the Israelites children many hundreds of times. For example, Paul excluded Ishmael and Esau with these words: "Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they ll children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called." (Romans 9:7)

 Thus, the Bible identifies the Jewish Pharisees as being the seed of Abraham, but NOT Abraham's Children. We know, from historical sources that nearly two centuries before Christ, the Judeans conquered the entire Edomite nation and forced them to adopt the religion of the Judeans [See Josephus, Ant., Bk. 13, ch. 15, par. 4].

 Later, Herod, a half-Edomite, obtained rulership over the Israelites in Palestine by killing all but one of the members of the Sanhedrin, the judicial and religious body of the Judeans, replacing them with men of his own race. Thus, the Edomites took civil and religious rule over the Israelites. [Herod - the tetrach - king of Galilee; The Sanhedrin chief priests, elders, scribes and Pharisees over Judea. So the Edomites ruled over all of Palestine]. The Edomites were called "Ioudians," translated "Jews," in the King James Bible, but Jesus bitterly denounced the Edomite — chief priests, elders, scribes and Pharisees at every turn.

 In the story Jesus relates that Abraham told the rich man: "And 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." (Luke 16:26)

 From this it would appear that the descendants of the people represented by the rich man are totally prevented from coming to Abraham or "Abraham's bosom." The "gulf" is "fixed," i.e., it cannot be breached, changed or passed. Then there is the statement "neither can they pass to us, that would..." meaning that some would not pass from this so-called "hell" even if they could. Now, if this is, as our "Ministers" would have us to believe, is a real "burning hell," would not every single one, without exception wish to escape?

 This phraseology fits the future state of the Pharisee descendants of the Esau for he lost the Abrahamic Birthright when he sold it to Jacob (Genesis 25:31-34). The New Testament verifies this in (Hebrews 12:16-17)

 Esau's act of despising the birthright and selling it to his brother Jacob [Israel] "fixed" the "great gulf" between his progeny and Jacob's progeny who would inherit "Abraham's Birthright promises. This was put into words by the Jewish writer, Maurice Samuels in his book "You Gentiles," on page 9 he writes: "I suspected from the first dawning of Jewish self-consciousness, that between gentiles [Christians] and us Jews lies an unbridgeable gulf."

 This total inability of the Edomite Jews to become Christian inheritors of the Abrahamic promises is what Jesus was revealing when He related what Abraham told the rich man. That there was no point in preaching a risen Christ to the Edomites, as they could not inherit the Abrahamic Covenants and Promises, in fact Jesus is telling us in so many words:  THE JEWS cannot be saved!!!

 "Then said Jesus unto them [Jews]...where I [Jesus] am, thither ye [Jews] cannot come [where Jesus is the Jews cannot go, in other words cannot be saved]." (John 7:33-34)

 For the "gulf" was "fixed." by God Himself.

 That the Edomites [Jews] did not even believe Moses and the Prophets, let alone a risen Christ, is clearly revealed by Jesus in Abraham's answer to the rich man, after the rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brethren: "Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham [the rich man knew that his brethren, The Jews, did not then, nor would they in the future believe Moses and the Prophets]: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he [Abraham] said unto him [rich man], if they hear [believe] not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead [Jesus rose from the dead, and still they - the Jews - did not believe, thus fulfilling Jesus Words]." (Luke 16:29-31)

 Now, some will say that Abraham's answer is an un-Christian reply, so let's see how Christ Himself handled a similar situation. In John chapter 5, Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees, whom we have already identified as fitting the description of the rich man.

 They hated Jesus and were plotting to kill Him. "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him..." (John 5:18)

 So He told them: "And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye [Jews] think ye have eternal life [the way this is worded, is showing Jesus again telling the Jews that they cannot be saved]: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me [Jews-here again Jesus says they will NOT come to Him], that ye might have life [again Jesus declared that the Jews cannot be saved]." (John 5:38-40)

 Think about it! Three times in just this one verse Jesus Christ, in effect, said the Jews cannot be saved!!! This is a remarkable revelation from Jesus Christ Himself. Then if that were not enough, Jesus again says they will not believe: "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust [or would have men believe your claim to trust him]. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me (Genesis 3:15, Deuteronomy 18:15). But if ye believe not his [Moses] writings, how shall ye believe my words?" (John 5:45-47)

Lazarus and the Rich Man - Part 7

 Jesus said that the scribes and Pharisees did have the Scriptures, and they claimed to believe the writings of Moses. The rich man of Luke 16 also claimed Abraham as his father, and that his brethren had the writings of Moses. But because they refused to believe Moses and the Prophets, they would also refuse to believe Christ, though He rose from the dead.

 Therefore, one must conclude, that the rich man of Luke 16 is NOT just some wicked person, who died and then was tortured in a literal fire. Instead, in the story, he represents [is symbolic] of a specific people, the descendants of Esau, the age-old enemy of Jacob [Israel], known in Jesus' time as the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees.

 Modern "Ministers," by wrongly interpreting parts of the story, and by not explaining other parts of it at all, completely hide from Judeo-Christians the Truth Jesus was revealing in this parable, that not only are the people known and called "Jews" are actually Edomites and not Israelites, and that God Almighty has "fixed" a "great gulf" so that they will never become believers or followers of Christianity.

 In the parable, Jesus related that the rich man said in verse 30 that his brethren [Edomites; Jews, as we have seen] would repent "if one went unto them from the dead." Jesus then relates that Abraham answered in verse 31 that they would not repent, "though one rose from the dead." It was Jesus Christ Himself who later rose from the dead and His Words were proven true, when the Jews not only did not repent but they set about persecuting and killing all who did believe and follow the Resurrected Jesus.

 Evidence abounds on every hand that their descendants have continued to hate, ridicule, malign, murder [when provided with the opportunity to do so], and secretly made and do still make war against the followers of Jesus for almost 2000 years; That there has been no repentance by the Edomite Jews and this parable taught by Jesus teaches quite plainly that there will be none in the future.

 Because of the false interpretation of this parable by "Ministers" and Evangelists, most Judeo-Christians do not know that Jesus taught that these Edomite Jews, who masquerade as Israelites, will not be converted, neither can be, and that a great gulf is "fixed," so that they cannot cross over. Their father Esau sold his, and their, birthright and they cannot regain it, though the seek it with many tears!

 Thus, because this parable is not taught correctly in our churches, most Judeo-Christians are totally deceived about the modern Jews and their true place in Bible Prophecy. May this study open your eyes to the truth.

 Now let us turn to Lazarus and identify him. "And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: more over the dogs came and licked his sores." (Luke 16:20-21)

 You have probably recognized already that Lazarus is Symbolic of True Israel, which had been divorced from God and cast off over 700 years before Christ. The name Lazarus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Eleazar. Eleazar means "God is helper," and before Israel was divorced, she used to be able to say of God: "...the Lord thinketh upon me: thou are my help and my deliverer..." (Psalms 40:17)

 However, after Israel's divorcement (Jeremiah 3:8), she was cast off and made a "beggar." Therefore, in Luke 16 Jesus called Israel by the Greek name LAZARUS, which means "without help" (Youngs Concordance). The Greek word translated beggar in Luke 16 is only used in the Bible twice, both times here in this parable. The word is ptochos, which means "to crouch, cringing" only straitened circumstances [Strong's Concordance 4434, page 62, Greek Dictionary of the New Testament]. Not necessarily poor monetarily, but one in a subservient state before another. Lazarus was not necessarily poor monetarily, but he was in a subservient state.

 Now this "beggar," Lazarus, had to beg for the crumbs from the table of the rich man. The Pharisees of Christ's day had become wealthy by means of usury, which they had learned in Babylon.

 "And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against...the Jews...and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury...It is not good that ye do...I pray you, let us leave off this them...their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them." (Nehemiah 5:1-11)

 History tells us that the Pharisees set up their usurious banking system throughout  the Roman Empire, and this practice continued throughout the middle age, finally climaxing in our present International World Banks.

 In America today the Edomite Pharisees [Jews] are again removing God's Word from our schools and from our government. They confiscate [steal] billions of dollars from the taxpayers each year as usury payments, and the people have to beg to obtain higher wages to pay the rich their USURY. Just as the true Judeans of Christ's day had to crouch and cringe before the Edomite Pharisees [Jews]. (See John 7:13, 9:22). And even today the True Israelites of Christian Anglo-Saxons must beg from the banks to remain solvent.

 Christ pictured Israel in this parable as one who had to crouch before the rich man. He further said that the "dogs came and licked his sores." What or who are the "dogs?" Jesus identified them in Matthew 15: "And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." (John 15:22-26)

 Here Jesus called the True Israelites children, but the Canaanite woman, being a non-Israelite, he called a dog.

 "And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." (John 15:27-28)

 This passage verifies the Scriptural principle that non-Israelites can come become Christians by faith in Jesus Christ. But they are not called the Children of Abraham, but simply believers or Christians.

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