Flipping the Bible’s pages forwardly a few chapters, we read about another judgment, which happened between 2000 BC and 1900 BC. 244 years or 344 years after the great flood of Noah’s day. This time His judgment was not universal, but on the cities called, Sodom and Gomorrah. Their sins were great and their sin was exceedingly grievous, as the Lord so defined the situation to Abraham. The angels left for Sodom to execute judgment to those cities, but Abraham stood still before the Lord interceding for Lot, his nephew, who lived in that city. Pleading with God for a while, he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again only this once, suppose ten [righteous people] shall be found there, will not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the Lord said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the Lord went His way when He had finished speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place (Gen.18:20, 22, 25,32-22). The heart of our Lord is close to the hearts of His righteous people to execute righteous judgment, as He did for Abraham. Peter confirms it in his second letter: And He (God) condemned to ruin and extinction the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashes, [and thus] set them forth as an example to those who would be ungodly; and He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless, for that just man, living among them, tortured his righteous soul every day with what he saw and heard of unlawful and wicked deeds, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptations and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment (II Peter 2:6-9).
Lot was considered righteous as Peter defined him. He was worn out, distressed by the lawlessness of the ungodly people of Sodom and Gomorrah. God heard Lot’s cries, when He destroyed the cities and Abraham’s request when He delivered Lot from the fire and brimstone from heaven. Just before then, the angel that had come to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah told Lot: Make haste and take refuge there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there (Gen. 19:22). We see deliverance before judgment in the cases of Noah and Lot. Something to think about. “As were in the days of Lot,” those days are here. Lawlessness, gender confusion, wickedness, are with us every day. As Lot was distressed in his days, so are we in today’s life- style. But the thought that all will be over someday, gives us hope, for the Lord has promised us deliverance from it all. Paul comforted the Thessalonians when they were going through serious persecution for their faith. They thought they were possibly going through the tribulation. Paul, however encouraged them to wait for the Lord YAHSHUA Who will deliver them from the wrath to come. It is most encouraging to know that YAHSHUA our Redeemer, has saved us from God’s wrath, when He shed His blood to purchase us unto God. To the church of Philadelphia YAHSHUA said, Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10).
The Prophet Jeremiah uttered words of concern when God told him to warn the people about the coming judgment: He said, To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear (Jer. 6: 10)? As it was then, so it is today. People want to hear only about positive things in an unhappy and condemned society. They are blind to the evidences right before their eyes, as the world is changing its course to a new era of an absolute government. YAHSHUA, however warned us of troublous days coming before the end. He said: For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. Keep awake then and watch at all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man (Luke 21:35-36). These are days leading us to the end of time: “Days of Noah, Days of Lot.” Much more is coming that will surprise the world. Fear and worries will take hold of those who do not know the Lord; neither His Word. There is an agenda planned by a few, ready to be implemented to this world, with the purpose to unite it as one in order for it to receive its absolute leader- the antichrist. This manmade pandemic embracing the entire world today, is a prelude of what’s to come when the world will lose its sovereignties to the control of one leader- the antichrist. It is happening right before our eyes, leading many to fear, misleading many to believe their lies, in order that, out of fear, people will submit to their control. The Bible tells us that a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion will be sent to those who do not believe in the Truth (YAHSHUA) (II Thess. 2:11-12). It started now, as we observe many falling into the corona-virus lies. But we believers are not to be overcome by surprise, for we do not belong to the darkness of lies, but to the Light of the Truth, for God has not appointed us to incur His wrath on us, but to deliver from His wrath to come (I Thess. 5). He appointed us to show His love and loving-kindness, His glory and to deliver us from the hands of the enemy of our soul.
These are dark days for those who do not know the Word of God, which expresses warnings in view of what it is to come. Sadly, they are even among those who calls themselves Christians. Instead of hope, they have despair, instead of faith they have fear, instead of peace, they have anxiety, instead of knowledge, they have ignorance, making them wander through life struggling with truth, for believing a lie. YAHSHUA uttered these words to His disciples before His trials and death: Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwellings, if it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:1-3). The warning stands for all that this world is heading to its end; the Lord says, Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the eternal path, where the good old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls (Jer.6:16a). YAHSHUA said, Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28). His peace amidst chaos, is always available to those who will seek it. The Bible says, You will guard him and keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You. So, trust in the Lord forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock (Isaiah 26: 3-4). “As it were in the days of Noah, as it were in the days of Lot.” We are living those days.
(to be continued).