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He chose two individuals—a rich man and a poor man—as the leading characters of His story. One was a man of wealth, the other a friendless beggar. The beggar lay at the rich man’s gate, diseased, hungry, and in rags. Exposed to the vicissitudes of the weather, covered with sores, his body wasting away, the beggar awaited the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. ” The poor beggar, deserted by man, at least had a hope beyond this world. Death eventually came to him and as far as this world reckoned, he was no more.
33. THE WICKED ARE NOT TO BE RELEASED FROM SHEOL UNTIL FINAL JUDGMENT. In Luke 16:19-31 we have noted the Lord’s description of the lot of the unsaved rich man after his death. He was incarcerated in Hades, the abode of the dead with no hope of escape. At the time of the resurrection of the righteous dead the wicked remain in Hades or Sheol (Sheol is the Hebrew term) as Revelation 20:5 declares: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ” After the thousand years of the Millennium, the dead are raised to the resurrection of judgment or the Great White Throne Judgment: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Nevertheless, the devil will not cease his diabolical machinations until he is bound and cast into the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1-3). Surely the very existence of this malignant personage is in itself unanswerable proof of the possibility of everlasting incorrigibility of those who choose the way of wickedness. 40. WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE GOSPEL? Now when we consider the fate of the heathen who have never heard of the Gospel, that is another matter. ” (Gen.