Death - Bosom of Abraham


16/03/2006
My question is regarding Luke 16 about the rich man and the connection of the rapture. In that Scripture, that rich man went to hell and the beggar was taken to Bethlehem before the coming of Jesus. In the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4 it says we believe that Jesus died and rose again and God will bring back those who have fallen. My question is that anyone who died after the resurrection of Jesus, where are they now? Are they still in the bosom of Abraham?

You have to answer Scripture with Scripture. When one thing looks unclear, it takes another Scripture to make it clearer. In Philippians 1:19-21 tells us to be absent from the body, or actually its 2 Corinthians 5:10-20, to be absent from the body is to present with the Lord. As soon as we die, we are present with the Lord. Immediately our spirit goes to be with him. When He comes back to catch away those that are alive and remained, He’s going to bring with Him those who had fallen asleep previous to that. They had fallen asleep physically, but they were still alive spiritually in heaven with Jesus.

They are not still in the bosom of Abraham because Jesus took everybody out of the bosom of Abraham and took them into heaven. Ephesians 4 says he led captivity captive and took them out of that holding place, that stage of waiting. That’s where Catholics get the idea of purgatory. There is no purgatory. But at the time, there was in a sense of purgatory. It was Abraham’s bosom. It was a holding pattern. It wasn’t a place where God decided whether somebody was going to heaven or not. It was a place where all those who put their faith in the coming Messiah would stay until Jesus could take them into heaven. Remember to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. When you die physically, you will immediately be with Jesus in heaven. I believe that based on the Scripture I see.