Monday, June 26, 2017

Gomorrah Foreshadowing

Gomorrah Foreshadowing
June 26, 2017
Genesis 19:24 "Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah - from the Lord out of the heavens."

Sodom and Gomorrah were twin cities filled with vile and detestable people. Abraham's nephew, Lot, lived there with his family and the Lord determined it was time to destroy the cities, inhabitants included, because of their wickedness.  In short, the people were going to be killed because the Lord could stand the site of their sins no longer. Their sins had gone too far, and they refused to repent. The Lord's chosen method of destruction was fire from the sky. The Lord was willing to spare Lot and his family; he told them to flee, as the fire would be inescapable. Lot heeded the word of the Lord and tried to convince others it was time to leave the city as well. Lot attempted to be a messenger to his extended family, warning of the upcoming fire. No one believed him; no one believed in the Lord, and no one believed that fire would destroy them. They were all wrong, dead wrong. No one left the city. Fire, sure enough, fell from the sky and devoured the city with the inhabitants included. The instructions from the Lord were run, and don't look back; believe the word of the Lord and escape the fire. Lot escaped, barely with his immediate family. Lots wife, when escaping the city, looked back at it, not following the instructions fully. She died, too.

The tale of Sodom and Gomorrah are a foreshadowing of things to come.  The Lord has promised that some day there will be a lake of fire to consume all those whose sin is not atoned for, left unforgiven because they did not believe the word of the Lord, because they did not repent.  Hell will be a lake of fire for those whose sin has made them detestable to the Lord. There have been, and there will be, messengers who try to warn of the soon coming fire, but many will not believe the fire is for them or that there will be fire at all. Those who cannot escape the fire of Hell will be the very ones who didn't believe in it. And just like Lot's wife, there will be Christians who escape Hell, but during a second opportunity of Satan's temptation, they will look back, and be destroyed as well.

I don't know how the Lord brought the fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, maybe a meteor shower, maybe a volcano erupted. Either way, the Lord allowed them an opportunity to escape and yet they did nothing. The Lord has given everyone in the world an opportunity to escape the fires of Hell, but many, far too many, will not seize that opportunity; they will surely burn in the fire. I don't know how the fire will happen, but I don't need to know. All I need is to believe the Lord will keep His promises, destroying those who do not repent of their sins. Sodom and Gomorrah are a foreshadowing of things to come.

You have an opportunity to embrace the reality and make preparations to avoid the fire. You have ample warning and an escape route already in place. Warn those who may not know; plead with those who refuse; and try to persuade those who don't believe. And just because you have an escape route, doesn't mean you're in the clear yet. There will be an opportunity, a testing of the saints who want to look back, to still be consumed once you've started on the escape route. Like Lot's wife, you can and will be destroyed if you do not focus on what is ahead. While you may clearly have made your escape route ready, keep the path clear of obstruction, lest you get trapped by the coming fire. Warn those around you, your neighbors, your loved ones, even your enemies. A lifetime of burning in fire is completely avoidable, but it is coming for those not willing to be saved.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Gen 18:16-19:29, Rev 3:10, Rev 20, Rev 21:6-8

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