Friday, June 6, 2014

The Days of Lot

'Business as Usual'
(The Days of Lot)

     The Lord Jesus Christ's prophecy concerning the Days of Noah in Luke 17: was immediately followed by this similar statement:
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."
(Luke 17:28-30)

       The Lord foretells the 'Business as Usual' attitude of the masses during the end-times right before He comes to rapture His church.  His description of that day shows that the normal activities of the average person will go on as though nothing out of the ordinary is about to happen revealing the 'thief in the night' 
(I Thessalonians 5:2) type surprise upon the lost people that will accompany His Day of the Lord judgment and same day rapture of the saints! 

     It is also testimony to the indifference and hardness of heart of this wicked generation that continues on its merry way in the face of vile and heinous sins being committed without protest on every side! The open slaughter of the innocents, the increasing sins of open nudity and violence are evident in everyday life.

     Additional information on the days of Lot is found in Genesis 18 & 19. The Lord reveals to Abraham (Lot's uncle) 'the cry of Sodom (Lot's hometown) and Gomorrah is great because their sin is very grievous' (Genesis 18:20). Just as the blood of Abel cried to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10) causing God to take action against Cain who was Abel's murderer, the 'cry of Sodom and Gomorrah' from the commission of their grievous sin came up to heaven into the ears of God.

     The Lord, with two of His angels, visits Abraham and his wife Sarah, and after Abraham successfully intercedes with God on behalf of his nephew Lot, the two angels proceed to carry out the rescue of Lot and his family from the coming destruction of God's judgment.

     The wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah become evident when the angels, who are met by Lot and taken to his home, are sought out 'by the men of the city, even the men of Sodom' (19:4) who wanted to 'know them.' (19:5) This word 'know' refers to the desire for perverted sexual relations these men wanted to engage in with the two angels.

     The Sodomites openly approached Lot concerning these complete strangers, the two angels, and boldly, under no uncertain terms, let their perverted homosexual intentions be known. They violently tried to enter Lot's home coming 'near to break the door' (19:9), and although they were supernaturally blinded by the angels, their lustful desires drove them to continue to try 'to find the door' (19:11) of Lot's house in an attempt to satisfy their inordinate wicked homosexual passions!

     Although Lot, his wife and two daughters escaped the next morning, Lot's attempt to save his daughter's husbands was in vain due to his lack of credibility in the eyes of his sons in law. Lot’s words did not have any effect on them and they died with the multitudes when 'the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.' (Genesis 19:25)
The Days of Lot are further described in Genesis 19:1-14 demonstrating the following seven conditions:

1. God's people deeply involved in politics (19:1)
2. Streets of the cities unsafe (19:2, 3)

3. Sodomy widespread among all people (19:4)

4. God's people identify with sinners (19:7)

5. God's people willing to sacrifice family (19:8)

6. Sodomites demonstrate violence (19:9-11)

7. God's people without credibility (19:14)

     All of these ungodly conditions are evident in our society at this very moment! The degree of their prevalence might not be at quite the same magnitude, but, it is obvious, by the 'Business as Usual' attitude of the lost and saved alike, that we are very close to the execution of God's judgment, which will be His Day of the Lord wrath described and detailed in Revelation 8-19! 

     However, the born-again the Bible way believers, the saints of God, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, has been promised deliverance (I Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9) from this time of fiery destruction! Just the way Lot and his family, and Noah and his family, were supernaturally rescued ‘the same day’ (Luke 17:29) God’s judgment fell, so, too, the saints will be rescued from the day of the Lord the same day by the blessed hope, the Rapture of the saints!

     This 'Business as Usual' attitude which says everything is fine, this widespread unawareness of the impending danger of God's judgment will be prevalent and will contaminate the thinking of the lost  people and the religious alike. Jesus said when these conditions prevail His Coming to rapture the saints and same day, 'Day of the Lord' judgment is near!  Just as it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot 'Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.' (Luke 17:30)

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