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The real story told by Jesus about the rich man and Lazarus reveals three truths about death.
I DEATH IS CERTAIN OF ALL
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.” Luke 16:22 NKJV
II DEATH DOES NOT END IT ALL
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then 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 in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.” Luke 16:22-25 NKJV
III DEATH SETTLES IT ALL
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ Luke 16:26 NKJV
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27 NKJV