Hades is not the final destiny of the unbeliever, but rather only a temporary holding tank until after the Great White Throne Judgment when he will be cast into Gehenna, or outer darkness (Revelation 20). Contrary to popular belief, hell is not going to be one big New Year’s Eve party. Gehenna is a place of heat without light, of eternal isolation, of interminable torment.
In Hades the rich man finally saw “afar off” or saw the bigger picture of existence. The world says, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” because they only see what is in front of them. In death they’ll finally see afar off; they’ll finally see the big picture of eternity but it will be too late.
In the context of this chapter, the rich man’s sin was not that he hated Lazarus, but simply that he neglected him. The Bible says there are sins of commission, things we do that are wrong, and sins of omission, failing to do that which is right.