Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
The rich man was in hell. His description of where he was could not be described any farther. Hell is a place of torment. It wasn’t that Abraham and the Lord didn’t know what kind of place it is; everyone should. The rich man lived in sin and he woke up in the place he had heard about in synagogue.
Hell is hell. It doesn’t matter whether we believe it or not; it’s there even though we can’t see it. There are many scary parts. The rich man called it in “this place of torment.” We have become so comfortable. We may have had it rough growing up. The younger generation has no idea when we say that. Now we call a headache suffering. If the snack basket isn’t full we say we’re suffering. We are in ease with a comfortable lifestyle. Abraham didn’t have to remind the rich man where he was. He cried for mercy asking just for one drop of water because he was tormented in the flame.
We might say it can’t be that bad, but we are told three times here that he was in torment. That means excruciating agony. He was having a pain far beyond the scale of 1 to 10. Only the Lord knows the extent of the torment. People want to live in sin and hope the good will outweigh the bad, yet they go there. Some say there is no God; there is no heaven or hell. But they die and find out it is real. They know then why they’re there.
The rich man did not fuss about being there. He knew it was his fault that he was there. He couldn’t blame God, the Bible, or Abraham and Lazarus. It was his fault. He couldn’t get out. In eternity there are only two places: light or darkness, heaven or hell. This man sinned away his life and opened his eyes in hell. He said I am tormented in this flame. He couldn’t get the water so he asked for his brothers in versus 27 and 28. 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. He wanted Lazarus brought from the dead to tell his five brothers not to come to hell, to this place of torment.
The fire, brimstone, and heat and torture. The company there. It’s a realization you’re there. And you see no way out of the fire, the flames, the torments. It was not only to his senses. He could feel it. He could see it. He could sense it. The soul is separated from the body at death but has its senses. The body does not. The soul sees, hears, and feels. I’m thankful my loved ones in heaven see something so much better than what we see. Those in hell…oh my…what they see! There is no room to run. It’s a tight place that enlarges itself as people go there. If you don’t know you’re saved, you need to make sure. Don’t go to hell by dying without Jesus as your Savior. You can’t atone for your own sins. The only way to escape hell is to call on Jesus and let him save your soul. Even Jesus asked if there was another way but told the Father, nevertheless thy will be done. This was the only way for man to be forgiven. Others may not forgive you. You may not forgive yourself. God will forgive. He that believes in him has everlasting life. We’re saved if we trust Jesus.
We don’t know. The rich man may have been the best financial supporter of the synagogue. He may have never missed a Sunday school. He may have been buried with honors. That’s not what God saw. The man was in his sins. When God see us as believers he see the blood of the Lamb.
The rich man has been in hell over 2,000 years. I wonder if his five brothers are there. Were they reached with the gospel? Did his whole family go to hell? That would be awful. The rich man knew it would be awful for his brothers to keep on as they were and come there. He begged that each of them not come. We hope they didn’t go there but we don’t know. We do know the rich man is there.
I’ve been saved 40 years. I still fear hell, not that I don’t trust God; I fear him. Give glory only to him and thank him for his mercy and grace. Never lose faith in the Lord. I don’t want anyone to perish. I hope I have no enemies but even those that aggravate me I don’t want to go to hell.
The Bible tells us about heaven that eye hasn’t seen nor ear heard what is in store for us that believe in him. That goes for hell too. We don’t fully realize the reality of it. It would do no good for Lazarus to come from the dead. His brothers had Moses and the prophets. If they wouldn’t believe that, Lazarus would not help. If a person is not willing to take the remedy in front of him, he won’t take something else.
How many people went to hell in 2018? How many are headed there today? How close are any of us to eternity? A breath away? The Bible says now is the accepted time; today is the day of salvation. That’s why we should not put it off. Trust Jesus. Receive him into your heart. He will save you.
If you’re a Christian, come pray for those in your life who need to be saved. Now is the time for us all to pray.