I’m sorry that I am diverting from the writings on the Apostles, but there are three posts saved to a disc that I just cannot open. However, I will write on the topic captioned because of a message that I heard on Easter Sunday. While a very interesting message, one of the main highlights was that the saints who died before Christ went to hell. The supporting text was Luke 16 and the speaker showed that Abraham’s bosom was a place in hell that was separated by a gulf from the unrighteous dead.

I realize that this “teaching” is part of popular Christian theology and must confess that at one time I held to it myself. However, I was shown the truth while writing about the Apostles (see the connection?).

 https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/men-who-saw-the-saints-alive/

The purpose of this post is to provide further clarity to the topic and I hope that light will be shed on the issue. As I meditated on Luke 16, the Lord showed me a phrase that I had never really seen before in verse 22:

… that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:

Hey! The Lord’s angels came for the beggar’s spirit and took him into Abraham’s bosom. We need to ask why the angels would have carried the beggar into hell. Jacob in his vision (Gen 32) saw the angels of the Lord ascending and descending between heaven and earth, telling us that they live in heaven. Manoah and his wife saw the angel ascend to heaven and Jesus told the disciples that this would be a common event in His life (Judges 13: 20, John 1: 51).

http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Luk&c=16&v=1&t=KJV#conc/22

Secondly, the term “bosom” is kolpos (G 3859) and can be interpreted literally or figuratively. The literal interpretation is that Abraham’s bosom is between Abraham’s arms while the figurative interpretation is that it refers to a position of close friendship with Abraham. This  was the term used to describe Apostle John’s relationship with Jesus.  This scripture shows that people will be  promoted in heaven. Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation and the phrase indicates to me that the beggar held a new place of influence and visibility which he had not held on earth.

Thirdly, we must ask why Enoch and Elijah were translated to heaven and not to hell. We know that hell is located in the earth, yet scriptures show that these prophets went up to heaven (2 Kings 2: 1). Were they the only saints in heaven with the Lord and His angels? We know for sure that Elijah was alive because he appeared in the transfiguration, speaking with the Lord Jesus about his upcoming death. Since Moses also appeared with him in the transfiguration, we can safely conclude that he had also been living in heaven with the other saints. If Moses was in hell, how come he knew about the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection? Did the Lord visit the pits to see about his saints? See Mt 17: 1,2; Lk 9: 28-31). The saints dwelt in the presence of the Lord and the chiefs had access to top secret information. Did not David in his visions hear the members of the God family discussing events? (Ps 2, Ps 110).

Fourthly, why would the Lord send the beloved saints to hell? Abraham believed God and he was counted as a righteous man or was justified by faith. Paul taught us the following about Abraham’s faith and its results in Galatians 3: 6-9:

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Paul said that God had translated Enoch because he had pleased God  (Heb 11: 5). Why would God change the pattern with faithful Abraham and all those mentioned in Hebrews 11?  Was it impossible for him to translate the spirits from the sleeping bodies into heaven. He was able to translate the spirits of the live saints like Ezekiel and Daniel.

Blessings and have a great day!

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