They Have Moses and the Prophets; Let Them Hear Them!
by David J. Stewart | December 2016
Luke 16:29-31, “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.”
In Luke 16:19-31, we read the true story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus. The dogs licked Lazarus' sores, and he ate food scraps from the garbage of the rich man. We know this is a true story, because Jesus used literal names (Abraham and Lazarus). When the Lord told parables, He always said things like, “a certain man” went into “a far country.” Jesus uses general terms not specific names.
Also, the Lord always told His listeners when He used a parable, and then explained it. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the Lord never says it was “a parable,” so we ought to accept it as a factual account which really happened.
Furthermore, since the Lord is implying that unbelievers burn in the fires of Hell (Greek: Hades), it would be a gross misrepresentation of the truth, if there were no such literal place of fire and torment, where Christ-rejecters are punished for ever and ever.
Most Americans Are in the Shoes of the Wicked Rich Man
The rich man died in his sleep and went directly to Hell. The man had lived in luxury, having plenty, but had no use for God in his life. We see this much today in America. This is true, not only of millionaires in Hollywood and celebrities in the music industry, but also amongst spoiled rotten American citizens. Most people in the United States (even those considered living in poverty) are extremely blessed and wealthy, compared to the poor barely surviving in third world countries. More than 80% of the world's population lives on less than $10 per day. We are a very rich nation in America! The reason why we have millions of poor and homeless people surviving on the streets across America, is because we have become a greedy, selfish and ungodly as a nation!!!
Wall Street banks steal trillions of dollars from American citizens, through the fraud of the Federal Reserve Banking System. It is total fraud, which has enabled private bankers to bankrupt America, while tricking most people to think everything is OK. The American people have been deceived. Most of them don't understand the complex banking system enough to do anything about it, so they remain victims of an elaborate criminal scheme/scam to enslave them financially, and future generations. Thankfully, God is keeping track of every dollar, and will punish the evildoers (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 4:13; Matthew 7:1-2; 12:36).
They Have Moses and the Prophets; Let Them Hear Them!
At the time the rich man died, he didn't have a complete Bible. But he did have Moses (i.e., the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament), and the minor prophets (Jonah, Micah, Joel, Haggai, Malachi, Nahum, Habakkuk, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Hosea), and major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel). Today we have the complete Word of God!!! That means we have a much greater understanding of the truth than people in the Old or New Testament's had. We have no excuses today for not obeying the truth of God's Word!!!
The rich man pleaded from Hell, being tormented in constant raging flames with an unquenchable thirst. The man begged Abraham for one drop of water. Now he was humble, begging for a single drop of water! One drop of water is nothing. No doubt the man hoped for more, but was being humble, hoping for any water at all. Yet, he was DENIED any mercy. IT WAS TOO LATE!!! My friend, if you die in your sins without Jesus Christ, you will suffer the same horrible fate. You will be tormented in flames. You will suffer an unquenchable thirst for water. You will beg, and beg, and beg, weeping and wailing, gnashing your teeth, but will be denied. When a person goes to Hell, God gives them some form of indestructible body. How else could the rich man drink water? How else could his body be thirsty? How else could he feel pain from the fire? The Bible evidences what I say in 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 is the “second death” warned about in Revelation 21:8.
The Simplicity That is in Christ is “the Gospel”
2nd Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
The purpose of my article is to warn you now, while you still have time to repent (change your mind) and get saved. I am being your friend, trying to lead you to obey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, before it is too late! All you have to do is completely rest in the Gospel (Good News) of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved (Hebrews 4:10-11). What is that Good News? ...
First, Christ DIED on the cross in your place, to pay the penalty for your sins and mine. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. The wages of our sins is death (Romans 6:23). We all deserve to go to Hell forever, to be punished for our own sins (Revelation 20:15; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 21:8; Romans 3:10, 19-23). If sinful men didn't deserve to burn in Hell forever, then God wouldn't let them go there!
Second, Christ was BURIED, officiating His death. No one can claim that His death was staged. The Lord's body was prepared according to Jewish custom, and then buried in a tomb.
Third, Jesus miraculously and bodily RESURRECTED after three days, from the dead. He raised up for our justification, otherwise no one could be saved. If Christ only died on the cross, then we have a dead Lamb, but no High Priest. Jesus had to raise up, to become our intercessory High Priest (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14-16). When Christ arose, He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once (1st Corinthians 15:6). No doubt, thousands of believers saw Christ after He arose.
“The Gospel” is that Jesus DIED, was BURIED and RESURRECTED from the dead the third day (1st Corinthians 15:1-6).
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
We are saved by BELIEVING THE GOSPEL!!! Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Works are not required, nor allowed, in God's plan of salvation. Again, please consider 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE.” And again we read in John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Clearly, a man is saved by BELIEVING!!!
Please Don't Go to Hell With the Rich Man
Please take heed to the Word of God. I don't care if you take my advice, but please obey God's Words! I am teaching you the holy Bible. The rich man died in his sins, having never receiving Christ as His personal Savior. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Jesus said, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN! (John 3:3-7).
This life will be over before we know it. James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Life is short, Hell is hot, and eternity is a long time! Do you really want to risk going to Hell forever? Why not get saved, just in case the holy Bible is true after all? The choice is yours alone to make. Religion cannot save you. Turning away from sinful behavior cannot save you. Joining a church cannot save you. Getting dunked in a water baptistry cannot save you. Confessing your sins to a priest cannot save you. Men cannot save you.
Only Jesus Christ, Who has the nail-scared hands and feet, can save you! If you'd like to be saved right here, right now, simply admit to God that you are a guilty sinner in His sight. Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” The law of God in the Holy Bible shows us our sinfulness, because we have all broken God's commandments. EVERYONE HAS UTTERLY FAILED AT KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS!!! We are all woeful sinners! The Bible says in Romans 3:23-24, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” If you acknowledge your sinnership in the sight of a holy God, and you now receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He was buried, and miraculously resurrected bodily from the dead three days later, YOU ARE SAVED!!!
You don't have to join the rich man in Hell. The choice is yours alone to make. Living the Christian life won't save you, as the religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 learned the hard way. They all went to the Lake of Fire!!! Jesus said, “I NEVER KNEW YOU!!!” You must be born-again by the Holy Spirit of God. The only way to be saved is to BELIEVE the Gospel, and don't add anything to it. If you add turning from sinful bad habits to faith, you cannot be saved. If you add confessing Christ before men to your faith, you cannot be saved. If you add surrendering all to Christ to your faith, you cannot be saved. You must trust Christ alone to be saved!!!
The King James Bible is the Only Warning You're Going to Get!
The rich man pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus FROM THE DEAD to warn his five brother (that is, the rich man's five living brothers). Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them” (i.e., the holy Bible). The rich man said, “No, no, they won't listen to the holy Bible, you've got to send Lazarus FROM THE DEAD.” Abraham said, If your five living brothers won't listen to the Scriptures, they are doomed!!! Things haven't changed in 2,000 years. If people today won't take heed to the King James Bible, then zombies returning from the dead won't make a difference. It would freak them out! It would change their global view perhaps. But it wouldn't bring them to the Lord. To say otherwise is to call God a liar! Luke 16:31 plainly teaches that a person who disregards the holy Scriptures is well nigh hopeless!!!
We are living in wicked times, “perilous times” (2nd Timothy 3:1-7). It doesn't matter how simple the Gospel is presented, wicked people will never obey God and BELIEVE (John 3:20). No one ever goes to Hell who doesn't choose to go there, by consciously rejecting the gift of eternal life by faith alone in Christ Jesus. Most of the world's religious people are going to Hell (Luke 13:23-34). Satan has crept worldliness into the churches. Satan has crept counterfeit Bibles into the churches. Consequently, false doctrine abounds in the world's churches today. People are leaving the churches in droves to find God.
Very few people ever grasp the “simplicity” of what I am telling you (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4), which is why the Bible warns that the gate which leadeth unto life is “strait,” and the way is very “narrow,” and “FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT”! (Matthew 7:13-15). Most people fail to see the way of salvation, because it is so simple. So instead, they complicate God's plan of salvation, by adding all sorts of unbiblical requirements to be saved. My only hope for eternal life is the crucified and risen Lamb of God. Jesus paid for my sins on the cross, was buried, and raised up three days later! He did that for me, and that's why I have a blessed hope, based on the promise of God TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE (1st Corinthians 1:21). What a precious Savior!!!
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “
Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
“The only inspired Words of God
are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)
BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)