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". . .once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark
was a preparing,
The Lord Jesus Christ tells us that it will be likethe days ofNoahwhen He comes for His Bride
... At that time ...
But ... as Jesus describes how genuine believers will be taken, we begin to understand that the number "8" can represent a much larger number than literally "8"
... Since the number "8" can also represent "infinity"... it becomes a picture of those destined for "infinity" as well ... not used strictly as a number to calulate a quantity.
Nevertheless ... by comparing "8" to the huge number of people left behind in the flood of Noah's day ... we are also led to consider that ... comparatively ... those escaping in the Rapture ... may not represent as large a group as some might presume.
In other words ... we can safely expect a greater number than "8"... but perhaps not the "millions" we have heard mentioned by some professing believers.
The following description regarding departure of the genuine believers ... also clearly reveals the requirements for departure ... which will definitely affect the size of the group that will actually be taken.
In ... Luke 17... Jesus reveals these requirements:
as it was
in the days
so shall it
in the days
of the Son of man."
to save his life
shall lose his life
Much confusion has been generated by taking verse 33 out of context and attempting to make it apply to the topic of "fear" in general
... to the point of some believing that self-preservation and self-defense are somehow forbidden by God.
However ... a careful study of the totality of the Word of God ... teaches otherwise.
So ... when we accurately keep it in the context of the days of Noah ... as it speaks of End Times
... we see that "preserving one's life" is really referring to "compromising" ourbeliefs in order to continue to enjoy the benefits and pleasures of this world
... disregarding the Word of God to preserveour "life-style"... not wanting to suffer any hardships as a result of believing contrary to the system of this world ... therefore willing to participate in it's agenda.
Jesus gave this warning as a picture of separation ... not only to those who would be "taken" out of this world by the Rapture ... but also those "taken" after the Rapture ... when there is a time of godless chaos ... hell on earth breaks out ... and dead bodies will be found wherever "eagles"... "birds" of prey ... enemies of God ... hunt down those who have been left behind.
"Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."
...At that time those who try to save their life in this world ... will lose their eternal life
...and those who die for their faith in Christ ... will find eternal life.
I tell you,
in that night
there shall be
in one bed;
the one shall be
shall be left.
the oneshall be
in the field;
the one shall be
The Lord Jesus Christ is our "Ark" now ... some who by giving up their life in this world ... will preserve their life ... lifted up by the Water of the Word of God ... above the turbulent waters of this world ... to be taken to the Father's House ... but some will be left behind and lose their life ... in order to have eternal life.
"Therefore be ye also ready:
for in such
the Son of man
* * * * *
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"And there came two angels
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;
This very first verse concerning Lot's escape from Sodom ... reveals that the city of Sodom was destined to burn from the very beginning ... even before Lot chose to dwell in that place of looming destruction.
We discover this through searching the Word, "Sodom"... in Strongs Concordance:
Further study of the Words:
"burn ... burning ... burneth ... burned"
... Heathen burn sacrifices to idols /Baal
(Jer.19:5 and elsewhere)
... Lust .."burned" one toward another in an unnatural way.
... Wrath of God burns .. destroys by fire
(Ps. 89:46 .. elsewhere)
The Frog ... Principle
An interesting principle can be found ... in the correlation of the idols heathen folks worship ... and the judgments God brings upon them.
In the case of frogs:
Frogs were worshiped in Egypt.
... Then ...
Frogs were sent as judgment.
In the case of Sodom/"Burning":
... Then ...
Burning was sent as judgment.
Their favorite sin = equals = their own judgment of choice
While all hardships in life are not judgments as a result of sin ... sin and judgments for sin ... are defined in detail in the Word of God ... the Holy Bible ...and unless there is true repentance and conversion to Christ ... all sin will ultimately be judged.
As in the case of Sodom ... God was no longer going to tolerate their sin ... so brought judgment and His wrath upon the land.
We can therefore surmise ... finding reference in the Scriptures ... that some judgments which come upon some lands are ... in fact ... a direct result to corresponding sins ... such as:
Disregard for God's Word .. (Water of the Word)
= flooding water and tempestuous storms
Disregard for .. or misrepresenting the Holy Spirit (wind)
= tornadoes and hurricanes
= loss of own property
= loss of life (self or loved ones)
Lust .."burning" (unnatural desires)
= being unloved .. unable to have a family Extreme .. like Sodom
= destructive fire sent from God
In the Evening...
It was "at even".. evening when the two angels came to Sodom .. where Lot was sitting at the gate. "Even" [H6153]
= "at sunset" [H6150]
= "growing dark"
**This establishes a time-frame regarding Lot's departure .. escape from Sodom.** ...Lot meets the angels when it is justbeginning to getdark.
v.2 "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."
Lot offers the two angels (that appear to be men) accommodations in his home.
However ... these two angels were on a much greater mission than just finding a place to stay for the night. They came to save Lot and his family from the wrath of God and total destruction.
But First ... the Test:
The angels had to test the condition of Lot's heart. ... So they respond to Lot's offer of respite in his home by saying: ..."No thanks ... we will be staying in the street all night."
After all ... Lot was a resident of Sodom ... not exactly the most wholesome address in which to reside. ... So it was possible that some of "Sin City" could have influenced him. ... Maybe he was no longer worthytoescapethe things that were about to come upon the earth ...Therefore ... Lot had to be tested.
The Question ...
Was Lot going to be concerned for the welfare of these two men (angels) ... considering the immoral climate of this city? ... Or was he not going to be concerned ... because he had been accustomed to looking the other way ... or ... had possibly even participated in their sinful ways?
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."
Lot successfully passes the test by insisting that they absolutely must stay in his home. ... So the angels agree to go with Lot.
When the angels get to Lot's home ... he prepares a feast for them ... bakes bread ... and they eat.
**All of this preparation of food ... baking ... and eating ... must have taken some time ... So here ... we are provided with another amount of time ... to work into the time-frame of Lot's escape.
"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."
**By now ... night has come:
But before the household could retire for the night ... the men ... young and old men ... from every part of Sodom ... surrounded Lot's house ... demanding Lot to send out the men (angels).
"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."
I have two daughters
which have not knownman;
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."
The men of Sodom are launching an attack against the sanctity of the home of Lot. Lot tries to reason with them ... even offers his two daughters ... tells these crazed men that he anticipated this attack. This is the very reason he brought the two men (angels) into the safety of his home.
"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."
The evil crowd continues to threaten Lot ... and becomes violent ... pushing Lot ... coming at the door ... intending to break it down.
"But the men put forth their hand,
and pulled Lot into the house to them,
and shut to the door." v.11
"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."
The angels take charge ... coming to Lot's defense ... blinding the would-be intruders ... until they became weary ... trying to find the door.
"And the men 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."
Next ... the angels deliver the message God has given them to bring to Lot instructing him:
... to get his family together ... take them out of this place ... sudden destruction was imminent ... God had sent them to warn him.
"And Lot went out,
and spake unto his sons in law,
which married his daughters,
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."
Lot tries to alert his family to the coming danger and their need to depart. He goes to His sons in law to inform them ... but what Lot is telling them is so far outside of their frame of reference ... they think he is "mocking" ... therefore they pay no attention to him ... don't take what he is saying seriously. "mocking" [H6711]
= making sport
"And when the morning arose,
then the angels hastened Lot,
take thy wife,
and thy two daughters,
which are here;
lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city."
***Now it is sunrise...
The angels increase pressure with another warning ... urge Lot to get up ... tell him to gather his wife and two daughters ... or they will surely perish in this city of sin.
"And while he lingered,
the men laidhold 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."
Lot hesitates ... perhaps he is having difficulty processing the reality of the angels' description of this looming disaster ... himself.
So while Lot lingers ... the angels take action.
Time is Running out. This is not a time to freeze in one's tracks ... with confusion and disbelief.
Because of God's mercy ... the angels take hold of Lot's wife and two daughters ... and bring them out of the city.
"And it came to pass,
when they had brought them
that he said,
Escape for thy life;
look not behind thee,
in all the plain;
escape to the mountain,
lest thou be consumed."
Lot and his family were finally out of Sodom ... but not completely out of danger. Now the angels tell them to quickly escape ... to run for their lives ... specifically... nottolookback... not to stay in the area ... but to escape to the mountain ...or they would perish.
"And Lot said unto them,
Oh, notso, my Lord:
thy servant hath found grace in thy sight,
and thou hast magnified thy mercy,
which thou hast shewed
unto me in saving my life;
and I cannotescape
to the mountain,
lest some evil takeme, and Idie:..."
Lot is a very fearful city dweller. He begs for mercy and tries to bargain with the angels.
After all God has done to provide Lot's safe escape from Sodom ... and to save his life ... Lot is still afraid to "rough it" on the mountain ... to go into unfamiliar territory ... to step out in faith ... into an unknown environment trusting God to keep him safe.
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. v.21
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. v.22
Haste thee, escape thither;
for I cannot do any thing
till thou be come thither.
Therefore the name of the city
was called Zoar. v.23
The sun was risen
upon the earth
when Lot entered into Zoar."
Interesting ... the angels donotdeny the existence of this fearful situation ... or rebuke Lot for being fearful ... but grant Lot's request ... demonstratingthemercy of God ... in these very stressful circumstances
... they consider the human condition ... reminding us that faithandcourage are God-given attributes ... but so are mercy and grace.
...remembering that fear must firstbevalidated by confirmingthereality of what is actually taking place ... or by removing the source of fear ... before it can be correctly processed and successfully overcome.
Denying that a fearful situation exists ... only causesmorefear ... in the end.
So Lot and his family escape to a city called "Zoar."
= "insignificant" place Lot is now content to leave a very sinful worldly place ... for an "insignificant"... very humble one.
It's morning ... when Lot enters Zoar ... and God's judgment is carried out.
rained upon Sodom
and upon Gomorrah
brimstone and fire
from the LORD out of heaven; v.25
And he overthrew
those cities, and all the plain,
and all the inhabitants of the cities,
and that which grew
upon the ground."
God said it ... and it was done.
The wrath of God is poured out upon ... Sodom and Gomorrah ... all of the surrounding area ... destroying all of the inhabitants ...destroying all of the plants that grew in the land.
"But his wife lookedback
from behind him,
a pillarofsalt." ... BUT ... Lot's wife doesn't heed the warning of the Word of God ... which His angels had brought to them ... She does the very thing they were warned ... NOT TO DO.
Lot's wife looks back to Sodom.
Her heart was not following the direction in which God was leading them ...God was taking them out of the sinful world in which they had lived.
But the heart of Lot's wife was not focused on where God was taking them ... but instead ... on the world she loved and the place she really longed to be.
Because of the condition of her heart ... she lost her life.
This historical event recorded in the Word of God ... clearly pictures the rapture of believers ... the Bride of Christ ...by means of escape ... departure.
. . .BUT. . .
this true story
in the true condition
our own heart
. . .AND. . .
the warning Jesus gave to us all when He said. . .