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The Last Days – The Days of Lot #returnofChrist

Fire DangerI’m posting about Christ’s teaching on the Last Days in Luke, chapter 17.  After talking about the days of Noah, the Lord goes on to describe the days of Abraham’s nephew, Lot.

“It was the same in the days of Lot.  People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.  But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
Luke 17:28-29

This event is recorded in Genesis 19.  You can read through that chapter to get the whole story.

Two angels arrived in Sodom to visit Lot.  Lot invited them into his home, knowing who they were.

When the men of the city heard that travelers were in Lot’s house, they demanded that Lot turn them over to the crowd.  According to the Bible, they wanted to rape these angels.  Lot then tried to reason with the men of the city but they wouldn’t listen.

You probably know what happens in the city of Sodom.  The two guests, who happen to be angels, come to Lot’s defense.  They bar the way into Lot’s house and bring blindness upon all the men of the city who are trying to get in.

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry!  Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.  As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives!  Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!  Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
Genesis 19:15-17

With the coming of the dawn – THE DAY – judgment came upon Sodom and Gomorrah.  Once Lot and his family were out of sight of the city it was all over.  The day that Lot left the city was the day that judgment fell.  Now bear in mind that the inhabitants of those cities had some warning.  Lot spent the whole day before trying to convince them.

The angels told Lot that if he had any loved ones in the city he should go and warn them.  The Bible says that he went to his sons-in-law and they laughed at him.  The city was warned.  But because Lot wasn’t as in tune to the Lord as Noah, they didn’t have as much time to prepare.  In both Noah’s day and in Lot’s the people ignored the warning.

Now I’ll ask the same questions I asked in my last post.  When it was all said and done, who was left?  According to Scripture it was Lot.  Who was taken?  Again, according to Scripture, it was the inhabitants of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Twice in the verses from Genesis 19:15-17 the angels said that the inhabitants would be “swept away.”  That concept is very important.

We need to understand what will happen when Christ reveals Himself at His return.  In my next post we’ll look at how Christ summarized His teaching on this future event.

Question: How does this knowledge affect how we live for Christ?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Return of Christ

 

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Intercession

Abraham was an intercessor.  He was concerned about people he didn’t even know.  The following passage takes place when the Lord told Abraham about His plans to judge the cities around Sodom.

Genesis 18:22-24
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.  Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?  Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?”

There was a Bible scholar, Dr, Joseph Parker, who had some insightful things to say about the intercession of Abraham.  He made four observations (I will put them in bold type) that I think are very applicable to the church today.

1. “God holds inquest upon the moral conditions of cities.”  I believe that even though we, as individuals, live under grace, God treats cities and nations differently.  Many times a city will sow injustice and reap disaster.  That’s why I call all believers to pray for the USA.  As a nation we cannot keep telling God to keep out, and then expect Him to protect us from catastrophe.

2. “God is accessible to earnest human appeal.”  That is the basis of intercession.  We need to be spending quality time in prayer for our families, friends, neighbors, and officials.  That’s when we see the miraculous happen.  When God’s people join with God in His work.

3. “The few can serve the many.”  Sure, there are very few Christians that take the call to prayer seriously.  Just look at the difference in attendance between a church dinner and a prayer meeting.  The fact is, it doesn’t take a lot.  God only looks for a few committed intercessors who are willing to “stand in the gap” for those around them.

4. “Human prayers fall below Divine resources.”  One thing I know beyond a doubt – our prayers never even scratch the surface of God’s ability.  From our perspective the task looks so daunting.  The problem seems insurmountable.  Yet to God, it is a simple thing for Him.  He specializes in the impossible.  Our prayers don’t even come close to challenging Him.

Answer the call to intercession.  Our cities and nation are in desperate need of a move of God.  Be on the cutting edge of the Lord’s work.  Cry out to Him and see His power manifest in our lifetime.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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