Kraig Josiah Rice
Genesis- The Way I See It

Genesis Chapter Nineteen

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Genesis chapter nineteen
  Chapter 19- Lot and his family
  Genesis 19:1 - 3 Lot's hospitality
  Why did Lot live in Sodom?
  Genesis 19:4 - 11 God's Seraphs protected Lot
  Lot was persecuted
  Gen. 19:12 - 16 Lot was delivered from destruction
  What was it like in the days of Lot?
  Genesis 19:17 - 22 God granted Lot's prayer petition
  Genesis 19:23 - 25 God judged the wicked with fire
  Genesis 19:26 Lot's wife died (a pillar of salt)
  Genesis 19:27 - 29 Abraham saw the smoke
  The 5 Cities of the Plain
  Genesis 19:30 - 38 Lot was homeless
  Where did they get the wine?
  Lot went through a horrible trial
  The beginning of the Moabites and Ammonites
  The church will go with Christ in the rapture
  What is the cure for wickedness today?

Genesis Chapter Nineteen
Lot and his family

Lot's hospitality-
Two of God's Seraphim (Seraphs), in the form of men, walked into the city of Sodom. These were Seraphs because angels do not take the form of mankind that I know of. God tells us that we may entertain God's messengers (Seraphs) unawares (without knowing it)
(Hebrews 13:2). God's Seraphim, who walked into the city, were testing Lot to see what he would do. Would Lot allow them to be violently raped by some of the men of the city? Was Lot as evil as they were? Lot was diplomatic- he did not tell them that they were in danger of being violently raped by men if they spent the night outside in the city square. Lot knew that they were in danger, so, to protect them, he invited them to the safety of his house. One's actions speak louder than one's words.

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    Oriental hospitality was very important in those days and in that culture
    (Judges 19:17-25) so Lot showed them hospitality by giving them food, lodging, and protection. One reaps what one sows- that is a spiritual law
    (Galatians 6:7). He protected them and, in return, they protected him and his family. Of course, the Seraphs really did not need protection- that is why I say that Lot was being tested by them. God allows tests and trials from time to time so He can brag to the devil about His children who He trusts and can depend on. But it appears that Lot valued the virtue and welfare of his guests above that of his own daughters. The low value that Lot placed on his virgin daughters in offering them to be raped by the sodomites may have contributed to his problems with them later on. I do not think his daughters had a very high opinion of him after that. Respect has to be earned and respect has to come before love. I pray your family life is better in most respects than his was. Here is the scriptural story again:

    "And there came two Seraphs (messengers from Heaven dressed as men) to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; and he said: behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said: nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat"
    (Genesis 19:1-3).

    Let us do a short recap here from a previous chapter. Where did Lot live?
    "Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the Cities of the Plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom"
    (Genesis 13:12).

    Evidently, Lot's business dealings took him to all of the cities in the Valley of Siddim but his residence was in the City of Sodom with his wife and two daughters. His two (soon to be) sons in law lived close by.

    Why did Lot live in such a city as Sodom?
    It may have been what Lot's wife wanted. Sometimes, a man's wife can have a powerful influence on him. Regardless, Lot should have left such an evil place and returned to living in a tent somewhere else. But, Lot stayed there and was vexed (he had no peace). Some folks in that city were saturated with lust. Lot and his wife compromised with the world. Do you know what happens when one compromises with the world? One can sink into moral degradation, lose faith, lose hope, lose their self respect, lose their happiness, lose their family, and lose much more.

    Sodom and Gomorrah were resort towns on the shore of the Dead Sea where folks went on vacation to have fun, rest, and relaxation. You could have anything there that you wanted (money, sex, power, fame, drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.) except God. Everything had a price.

    Many folks of that city looked good on the outside but Lot knew what they really were on the inside. He lived in a city where sexual perversion was tolerated and accepted. Violence was wide spread there. By living there, he exposed his wife and children to this kind of lifestyle.
    "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God"
    (James 4:4).

    Lot, who belonged to God, had resisted the evil doers of Sodom, possibly running for political office against them
    (2 Peter 2:8). We do know that Lot sat at the gate of Sodom. Business, civic affairs, and legal transactions took place at the gate of each city. It is possible that Lot wanted to get involved in Sodom's legal matters and possibly was running for a political office, maybe to be a judge. Maybe he wanted to help put an end to some of the violence and criminal activity going on there. There is an old saying that goes something like this: for a bad person to continue to do evil crimes, all a good man has to do is nothing. I am sure that Lot was trying to be salt and light in holding back moral decay to a people who had morally corrupted themselves. Maybe Lot thought that he could change them. One's morals are not changed by passing laws. One needs a heart transplant from the Great Physician (Jesus Christ) to change their heart from darkness to light.

    God's Seraphs protected Lot and his family:
    "But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: and they called unto Lot, and said unto him: where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, and said: I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said: stand back. And they said again: this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door"
    (Genesis 19:4-11).

    ...Lot...said: "Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly..."
    (Genesis 19:7). Lot accused them of acting wickedly. What was the sin of Sodom- was it homosexuality or violence? It might have been both of these or a combination of many things. The bible refers to homosexuality as sin and this sin was named after this city- sodom(y). Their new morality was just plain old fashioned sin.

    Here are some scriptures concerning the sin of sodomy:
    (Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:13,15-16; Deuteronomy 23:17; 27:21;
    Judges 19:22; 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; Romans 1:24,26-27;
    1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-10).

    Lot's Heavenly guests used miraculous power. God could have used any number of measures against these wicked individuals. Why did God choose to use the weapon of blindness? I believe that this physical blindness was a type of spiritual blindness (of unbelief)
    (Ephesians 4:18). Years later, Isaac was physically blind. He was also spiritually blind because he wanted to bless wicked Esau with the spiritual birthright
    (Genesis chapter 27). I think Satan was behind Isaac's spiritual blindness. Isaac's blindness may be a type of our spiritual blindness. Sometimes, we might be so spiritually blind that we have to ask God to open our spiritual eyes
    (2 Kings 6:17). One time, the Apostle Paul was spiritually blind as he persecuted the followers of Jesus Christ. God allowed him to be physically blind (for a short time), as a sign, to prove this to us
    (Acts 9:8-18). What is that about, spiritually? Jesus wants us to have spiritual eyes (discernment) to see with because the deception of the devil is so strong
    (Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:47). Jesus wants us to keep our eyes on Him as He kept His eyes on the Father, "...(He) lifted up His eyes to Heaven"
    (John 17:1). Spiritual sight and speech are closely connected in the Word of God. One time, God's angel struck Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, with no speech ability (he could not talk). Why? Because he refused to spiritually see (he refused to believe):

    "...and Zacharias said unto the angel, whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season"
    (Luke 1:18-20).
    God is sending us a message here. If we have ears to hear, then let us hear
    (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 20, 22; 13:9).

    God had special Seraphs appointed to protect Lot and his family from the ravages of the evil one and from other harm. God has Heavenly messengers appointed to protect you and I as well, but they may be angels rather than Seraphs. These angels are greatly loved by God and do a wonderful job. They have to report to God on a regular basis on our behalf
    (Job 1:10). In the bible book of Job they are called "the sons of God."

    Lot was persecuted:
    "And they said again: this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them"
    (Genesis 19:9). It appears that they wanted vengeance. My guess is that Lot was molested and persecuted by them because he would not do as they did.

    These wicked individuals belonged to Satan. One could say they were addicted to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life. God was not in their thinking because they did not want God
    (Romans 1:18-32). If these individuals had listened to the sermons of Lot, they might have become saved and crossed over from the devil's side to God's side. Their doom was imminent but they did not know it. With them, it was just life as usual until their end came. It would have been better for them to have repented because, possibly, that is why God sent Lot to that city. It has been said that God sends preachers before He sends destroyers for He is not willing that any should perish and be lost.

    Lot was delivered from the destruction to come:
    "And the men (the angels) said unto Lot: hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying: arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city"
    (Genesis 19:12-16).

    Just as Lot was delivered from the destruction that came in his day, so also the church will be delivered from the destruction to come in our future. Christ will deliver the church in the pretribulation rapture.

    Lot's daughters might have been betrothed in marriage and that is why he had two sons-in-law but these men refused to leave the city.

    An important lesson for us to learn here is: don't delay to flee in the time of judgment
    (Luke 17:31).

    What was it like in the days of Lot?
    Christ said: "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. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it"
    (Luke 17:28-33).

    Jesus is coming again. When? When the people of the world start acting like the folks in Sodom City acted. This is a sign of when Jesus will return for the church. What was it like in the days of Lot? It was a period of desperate wickedness. There was moral corruption and widespread violence, sexual perversion, greed, brutality, injustice, persecution, wars, chemical addictions and compulsions, criminals in high places, and increased demonic activity. A lifestyle of homosexuality was condoned and sanctioned. The majority of the population had declared war on God. Unholy living was more popular than holy living.
    All of this is a sign of the end times.

    God granted Lot's prayer petition:
    "And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said: escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them: Oh, not so, my Lord: behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him: see, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar"
    (Genesis 19:17-22).

    Lot asked God to change His mind to allow him and his family to flee to Zoar, a small nearby town. The word Zoar means "little" or "a trifle." God heard his prayer request and decided to grant it to him. God is a concerned Heavenly Father who loves His children and His ear is always open to our prayer petitions. God answers prayer. There is an old saying: "prayer does not need proof, it needs practice".

    The principle of persistence in prayer is given to us by the Lord in the New Testament
    (Luke 18:1-5).

    God judged the wicked with fire:
    "The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground"
    (Genesis 19:23-25).

    We can observe from these scriptures that God examines before He judges and passes sentence. The evil actions by the wicked individuals were contrary and harmful to what God had intended for mankind's best interests. But God not only judged them for what they had done but for who they were.

    God judged the wicked with fire at that time. What message does God have for us from this happening? At the end of time on earth, there will be a Great White Throne judgment. Every individual, whose name is NOT recorded in God's book of life, will be judged and thrown into the lake of fire (hell)
    (Revelation 20:11-14).

    In contrast, let's leave a godly legacy to our descendants. This is important because of who we are and what we do.

    Lot's wife died:
    "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt"
    (Genesis 19:26).

    Why would God deliver Lot's wife and then turn around and take her life? There may be several reasons for this but let's concentrate on what Jesus said: "Remember Lot's wife"
    (Luke 17:32).
    Why? Why should we remember Lot's wife? What is God trying to teach us here and why did He take her life and turn her into a literal pillar of salt?

    She was probably the driving force that got Lot and her daughters to move to Sodom in the first place. Then they were captured and made slaves by enemy soldiers who Abraham had to defeat in battle. But my guess is that she loved everything that Sodom had to offer- it appealed to her senses but she left God out of the picture. Many people do that- they love to spoil themselves without giving God any thought at all. She loved Sodom and really did not want to leave it.

    God, through the angel, told her not to look back at the city as they were fleeing. Did she look back? Yes. So she was disobedient to God and sin always has consequences. It has been said that her body walked out of that city but she left her heart there. There is a spiritual principle here: where you look is where you go.

    When my children were small, my family took several missions trips to Old Mexico. We enjoyed going horseback riding at the beach. The horses loved to stay at the stables and eat hay so when we were riding them on the beach, if one of our horses started looking back toward the stables, it would turn around and go there. That was where it really wanted to be. Each of us had to use a lot of restraint on the bridle to keep each horse from looking back towards the stable so we could go forward to enjoy our ride on the beach.

    Where have you been looking lately? Have you been looking in the bible? I hope so as that probably means that you are trusting and loving God with all of your heart. But, if you have been looking at anything unholy, then it probably means that you are heading in that direction. For those who play violent video games that involve people shooting and killing people- is it any wonder then, that some of them in reality, get a gun and shoot people in some public place? If you are married and look at pornography, then you may soon find yourself looking at someone you are not married to. And there are more examples not mentioned here.

    The city of Sodom was a type of the world. So Lot's wife looked back at Sodom. That is really where she wanted to be. You and I should not be so in love with the world that we place our ultimate loyalty there. If we do, it will kill us spiritually in the end like Lot's wife. God wanted Lot and his family to totally abandon the world in their hearts and wills. Jesus said we are to be salt- a preservative against moral and spiritual corruption. It could be that God turned her into what she should have been in the city. There is a lesson here for you and I. The holy scriptures state:
    "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him"
    (1 John 2:15).

    A Hebrew Christian historian (Flavius Josephus) stated that the body of Lot's wife, as a pillar of salt, was still there in his time (around 70 A.D.) as a kind of national monument that people could visit. That is why when Jesus mentioned Lot's wife, His hearers knew who He was referring to and many of them understood what He was talking about. She served, as an example to them, for thousands of years but she is not there any longer in our present day and time. Maybe she should be.

    Christ said His followers are to be like salt
    (Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34). Salt is a preservative. When used with meat, it preserves the meat and keeps it from spoiling. Rotten meat stinks, may kill someone who eats it, and is only fit to be thrown out. This is probably how the unrepentant Sodomites appeared to the Lord so He got rid of them. How did He get rid of them? He burned them up. Sometimes God uses fire as His weapon of choice to make a strong point. At the very end of time, wicked individuals will be judged by fire (fiery torment in hell), but before that time the earth will be renovated by fire that burns up all filth and everything that offends Him.

    Abraham saw the smoke:
    "And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt"
    (Genesis 19:27-29).

    What were the five Cities of the Plain of Siddim?
    The 5 Cities of the Plain of Siddim that God burned up were
    Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and Lasha-
    all the towns in the Valley of Siddim, except Zoar
    (Genesis 10:19; Deuteronomy 29:23; Hosea 11:8).

    "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt"
    (Genesis 19:29).

    God saw many evil and wicked individuals in these cities. By destroying them, He wanted to set an example and "nip it in the bud" (so to speak) so He did not have to destroy the earth again like He did in the days of Noah. These cities lacked enough righteous individuals to be salt and light in holding back moral corruption, and there were not enough who were involved in intercessory prayer for the citizens of these cities.

    All of this is an example and a warning to us who are alive today. This is what God, through some of the New Testament writers, had to say:
    "(God)...spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished..."
    (2 Peter 2:5-9).

    "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire"
    (Jude 1:7).

    Lot and his daughters were homeless:
    "And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger: our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger: behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day"
    (Genesis 19:30-38).

    This is a riches to rags story. Here is a millionaire who lost it all. One minute he had money, fame, and prestige and then it was all gone. Riches can be like that- they can take flight and then be gone. The invisible riches are the best for you and I to hold on to.

    Flavius Josephus, an early Hebrew Christian historian and general, stated in his work that Lot's daughters thought that it was the end of the world and they were all alone to start life all over again on planet earth. That is why they had sex with their father. In other words, they thought that the entire earth had been destroyed by God with fire at that time and there were no men left. But they had gone to Zoar, after they left Sodom, and there must have been some men there, unless Zoar was a retirement village full of women and old folks only. They left Zoar out of fear. They must have thought that Zoar was also going to be destroyed by fire. Fear can drive a person or persons to act in some strange ways. Let's choose faith over fear in living our lives.

    Lot's daughters were taken out of the world but not the world out of them. The world rubbed off on them in the amount of time they lived in Sodom. The evil world system is not a friend of the true believer in God. Let them serve as an example and a warning to us in this regard.

    Where did they get the wine?
    I imagine that they were able to purchase food and wine from the markets in Zoar. Noah and Lot were godly individuals who had a problem with consuming alcoholic beverages. In each case we can observe some family problems with tarnished reputations as a result. I believe these activities are placed in God's word to warn us to avoid the drinking of alcoholic beverages lest a similar fate await us also.

    Lot went through a horrible trial:
    Lot should have never moved to Sodom. Why? First, he was captured there by enemy soldiers and forced to be a slave. Secondly, he was there when God decided to judge the city. He should have prayed about it before he moved there instead of listening to his worldly wife. Is there a lesson here for you and I? I think so. Lot went through a horrible trial. It lasted for a long time and he lost nearly everything he had, including his wife. Trials come your way and my way as we journey through this life. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus (and not on any person) to help us get through each trial that we face.

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    The beginning of the Moabites and Ammonites:
    The book of Genesis is the book of beginnings so here we have the true story of the beginning of the Moabites and Ammonites. That is one message here. How did the tribes of the Moabites and Ammonites get started? Each tribe started with the incestuous birth of a male child. One daughter of Lot had a son that she named Moab. The name Moab means "of his father." The other daughter of Lot had a son that she named Ben-ammi. Ben-ammi means "son of my people." He was the father of the Ammonites. In later history, the Moabites and Ammonites were at war with the nation of Israel.

    Lot and his daughters went to live in the solitary heights of the mountain in a cave. Lot and his daughters were homeless. Why did not they go and live with Abraham? Maybe eventually they did. Did things get better for Lot? Did he repent? I imagine that him and his daughters went to live with Abraham in order to start their lives over again because Lot is the one who told this true story to Abraham who initially recorded it. There is no recorded death of Lot. Another message here is that the results of our sins have consequences. Later on, the Moabites and Ammonites, the descendants of Lot, were the enemies of Israel, the descendants of Abraham. Let us make sure we stay obedient to Christ and not commit willful sin that may eventually bring harm to others.

    The church will go with Christ in the rapture

    Will such wickedness abound on this earth in the future in the last days?

    Christ said- as it was also in the days of Lot- they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed
    (Luke 17:28-30)...I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed- the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together- the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field- the one shall be taken, and the other left
    (Luke 17:34-36).

    Just as Noah (a godly man) was delivered to safety before destruction came, and just as Lot (a godly man) was delivered to safety before destruction came, so likewise, God will deliver His Church in a pretribulation rapture before destruction comes (the seven years of the Great Tribulation in our future). In other words, God is not going to destroy righteous individuals along with the wicked. The Great Tribulation period of seven years time (in our future) cannot come as long as God's true church (all those who are saved) is in the world. What does that mean? God is going to take each individual who is saved to Heaven in our near future. How is that going to happen? It will happen fast- one minute we will be here on this earth and the next minute we will be in Heaven with the Lord. We will not die, rather, we will be translated like Enoch was- that is, given a new glorified body. The rapture is called the glorious hope of the church. In other words, this is when we go by the upper-taker instead of the under-taker. You can read more about this in
    (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

    What is the cure for the violence and wickedness in our cities today?
    The cure is the same cure by God that He gave to the ancient city of Nineveh. It is the same reason that He sent the prophet Jonah to that city. There needs to be a world wide revival of genuine repentance today. Otherwise, fire from God may destroy many wicked individuals.

    These wicked last days are the church's greatest opportunity for saving the lost. This is the period of great world wide evangelism so let's make evangelism our first priority. We have God's word and we have God's great commission. We also need God's power to do the work so let's ask God to baptize us with Himself
    (Acts 2:4) so we can do the work that He has called us to do.

    God has also given us these signs so we can be ready to go in the rapture. This is the time for Christian folks to look for the soon return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Until then, we must occupy until He comes. What does that mean? That means that we must be all that we can be and do all that we can do for Christ while we have time. Let's you and I stay on the Lord's side during these wicked last days so that He will deliver us (like He did with Lot and his family) from the destruction to come in our future.

    Jesus mentioned the days of Noah, and He mentioned the days of Lot. Generally speaking, when God mentions something once in His word it is noteworthy. But when He mentions something twice in His word or He repeats it several times, it is something for us to give a lot of attention to. Let us be salt and light to the peoples of this world to point the way to God and His holiness and to hold back moral corruption while we have time.

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