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The Days of Lot : By Pastor Joel McNabb

What a wondrous age that we live in today, to think that our Lord Jesus Christ is about to return to this earth soon.  The disciples of the early church did not have this hope to look forward to, their hope was in the resurrection, and they knew that Jesus was not coming back in their time, but knew he would return.  One day after leaving the temple, while Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him asking, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world”(Mt. 24:3)?  Jesus then proceeds to explain to them the specifics of these three occurrences, He tells them what to look for when the temple would fall, and that the day and hour that the earth would be destroyed no man knew, and talks about the signs of His coming and what those days would be like.  Maybe we as believers today we should be more like those that walked with Jesus and ask more questions about what we have been taught, and question what will be the signs of His coming.
Are we looking to the signs of his coming today, are we looking for the days of the son of man?  If we are truly living in the last days, then the signs of His coming should be all around us.  For over one hundred and fifty years we have been told He was coming and that we are in the last days, the doctrine that He could come any time has been with us many years.  The years and days roll on, and many have passed on from this world, never seeing His return, never seeing his days.  Here we sit still waiting and some of become complacent on the Lord’s return, because they still cannot see his days.  "But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 24:48-51).  The days of our Lord are here all we have to do is see the signs.
"Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days” (Job 24:1)?  The signs are here and many are just going about their lives unaware that our Lord is coming soon.  This scripture is clear, God knows what time it is and that his plans are right on schedule, and is asking us why we cannot see the days of the Lord.   Jesus gave the wicked generation of Jews in his day a sign when that asked of Him a sign, and He said the only sign they would have was the sign of the prophet Jonas: and he left them hanging and did not even bother to explain. (Mt.12:39)  When Jesus hung on the cross, died, and was in the grave three days and three nights, they did not see the sign.  Our Lord didn’t leave us hanging concerning signs of His return, in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, we are told the signs of his days and what we should be looking for.  We are told the days of Noah and Lot would be our sign, everything that took place in their day is a sign of what it will be like when the son of man returns.
Jesus is not just telling us that life will be going on as normal when He comes back, although to those that are not looking at the signs it will be. The sign of Noah and Lot were to show that someone would know the times and seasons and days.   These men were warned by God of emanate destruction that was to come and God delivered them from it.  Noah prepared an ark for the saving of his house, and those animals that got on, two angels came to Lot and his family and lead them out before the fire and brimstone fell.  These are our signs, if we are to know and see what it is going to be like when Jesus comes, we must look what happen to these men and ask God to give us understanding.  I know that many will say we are not to know the day nor the hour, and they use Mt. 24:36 and Mr. 13:32, never bothering to ask what day or hour Jesus was talking about, it is just presumed that He is talking about when he will return.  If we would take the time and read the verse above we can clearly see that Jesus is talking about a day the elements will melt with fervent heat and not His return. (2Pet. 3:10)  We are told to take heed, for we know not when the time is, but we are not told that we will never know.  Does God change?  At the first coming of our Lord there was a great sign in the heavens, the wise men from the east even were aware of it, and made the journey to meet child born to be king of the Jews.  Jesus said, immediately after the tribulation of those days, then the sign of the Son of man would appear in heaven, and they shall see the Son of man coming in clouds of heaven. (Mt. 24:29-31)  Will our eyes be open and be like the wise men at the first coming?  "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal. 3:6).  
We are told by Jesus, the days of Lot are a sign to us of his return, He even warned us to remember Lot’s wife, which almost seems out of place if we are to believe the common doctrine taught today about the Lord’s return.  God sent two angels into Sodom before the destruction, to get those righteous out that would heed the warning.  Before they were sent the Lord made a special visit with them to Abraham letting him know what was about to happen.  The Lord said he was going to have a look a Sodom to see if the noise of their wickedness was as bad as He heard.  Abraham pleaded for mercy and bargained with the Lord to not destroy the righteous with the wicked, and finally got the Lord to if there were ten righteous people that He would save Sodom.  The Lord then turned with the other two angels to look at the wickedness in Sodom, the decision was thumbs down on the city and those that were righteous in it would be taken out before God would wipe Sodom off the map.  Here we see that Abraham knew of the destruction before it happened and was desperately trying to see that the righteous would be saved.  
The judgment was set and Sodom would fall, on the eve of the calamity God sent the two angels to the city, to hurry those that would hear out.  We see there was a little time that they could warn those righteous and get them out.  When they came to Lot, he invited them to come to his home, and fixed them a meal of unleavened bread, perhaps to show us what time of year this took place.  I know that the Law of Moses had not been given yet, but Moses did write this occurrence as the spirit of the Lord moved on him, the feast of unleavened bread was a was given to the children of Israel to observe, because God said, "for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever” (Ex. 12:17).  God didn’t just mention what kind of bread Lot had made to let us know what they were eating or how they made bread, He always has a meaning to what He tells us, so when we hear unleavened bread we should associate it with other places where it is mention.  This also ties these two events together, Sodom and Egypt, where in both places God sends two in to deliver his people. 
 The time was running out the two angels ask Lot of his other family member in the city, besides the ones that were with him, to take them out of the place also.  Lot went to his sons in laws, which were married to his other two daughters, now I say this to show that there were eight righteous that were in Sodom, because if there were ten or more God would have saved Sodom, because of his promise to Abraham.  The destruction was coming so we have to hear that there were not ten righteous in the city, but Lot and his family were, Peter calls him just (2Pet. 2:7).  I would like you readers here to see that there was time, though little, to try to let those few that trouble was coming and they could get out if they wanted to.  Lot tells his sons in law and daughters, it is time to get out of this place and the Lord was going to destroy the city, but they would not listen and made fun of him, thinking he was crazy.  As the day broke, the angel began to hurry Lot, telling him to take his wife and two daughters that were there and get out, lest they be caught in the iniquity of the city.  Lot did not feel the urgency of the time, while he dawdled around, the angels grab him, his wife and daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and brought outside the city.  When the angels had brought them far enough, they told them to escape and not look back, to go to the mountain, lest they be consumed. Lot thankfully pleaded that the mountain was too far, and saw that there was a city near and that it was a little one, maybe he and his family could go there.  God allowed Lot to go to the city that he would save that city for Lot’s sake, but he has to hurry. 
I would like you to hear something in this passage that you may never have heard before when you were taught about the story of Lot.  Here we see that Lot and his family made it out of Sodom safely before the destruction came and they made it to a little city, it is there that Lot’s wife sees what is going on and looks back then turns into a pillar of salt.  She didn’t just turn her head around and took a glance at what was happening, if we read down a little farther in the passage we are told that Abraham look toward the city when it was being destroyed and he did not turn into salt.  Lot’s wife not only looked back, but turned back to her life and family that was left behind.  I hear the words of Jesus, "Remember Lot’s wife.  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” (Lu. 17:32-33) Lot’s wife was safe from the harm, and turned to the life she had and the daughters and sons in law that had been left behind. We are taught today that this passage reveals the catching away, where one is taken and the other left, if we are taken to heaven how could what happen to Lot’s wife reflect this.  Can you imagine someone being change to immortality, transporting to heaven and then all of the sudden decide to look back on the life that they were leaving.
The Bible is a two edge sword, I believe those of you that read this paper have heard that before, and from the story of Lot and the deliverance of his family from the wickedness of Sodom, we can see how Jesus death and resurrection, has saved us from our sin. But there are two edges to the word of God and the story cannot just be about salvation, Jesus is clear in Mt. 24 and Mr.13:32, his word shall not pass away.  The prophetic edge of the sword has to also take place, Peter said, heavens would hold Jesus till all the scriptures were restored or fulfilled. (Acts 3:20-21)  Jesus has shown us the event that takes place in Lot’s days is one of the last things going to happen before he comes back.  When Jesus gives power to his two witnesses and sends them out to proclaim his coming, as in the midnight cry, they will try to get as many out of the place where the judgment of the Lord will fall.  The sons in law of Lot reveal there will be those that will mock the two witnesses, and will be caught unaware being left behind.  The two prophets will then press the urgency to those that will hear, sending them where the body is and where Jesus will come.  And when they have finished fulfilling their portion of the bible, the beast will make war with them and kill them.  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Rev. 11:3-12).
God sent two messengers into both of these cities and both events reveal what it will be like when Jesus will come back.  In Egypt Moses and Aaron, the two wings of an eagle, that God had bring the children of Israel out to meet Him and gave them the covenant of marriage on Mount Sinai.  The two angels to Lot to leave his life in Sodom and flee to the mountain, and he went to the city of Zoar.  God even uses the letter "Z” the city to reveal if was prophesying of the end, for Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the author and finisher of our faith.  We have been given the key to open our understanding if we will use is.  All the Old Testament is prophecy according to the words of Jesus, and they have to be fulfilled.  When Jesus finished his left behind story, his disciples wanted to know the place where those who were taken were, and he said, "Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together” (Lu. 17:37).  Are we going to be like disciple, a question should pop up in our mind when we read the reply of Jesus, why did he call those that were taken eagles?  The word eagle is a key word, use to describe Moses and Aaron in Ex.19 and the two witnesses, "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14).
There were eight righteous in Sodom and only four heard the messengers, we are told that there were ten virgins that heard the midnight cry and only five made it into the wedding.  Dear readers, we have reached the end of six thousand years from Adam, and the King of kings is coming.  The words that are prophesied have to be fulfilled will be, and if we are not watching and waiting we will miss it and be left behind.  I implore you today to shake yourselves, take the Bible of the stand next to you and open it up.  It is time to be sure of what we know and ask the questions that we have had, but were content not to ask.  If you are not sure of your salvation, there is time to get it straighten with the Lord before it is too late.  Take a look at the world you are living in, do you think that God is going to let it continue in its iniquity?  He is not.  He is sending His Son to judge this world and all that are in it, those that will hear and endure to the end will be saved.   I pray that we all will hear and prepare our hearts and be ready, so that day will not come up on us as a thief, "And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through” (Lu. 12:39).  People get ready Jesus is coming, will you be one of those eagles that are safe under the shadow of His wings?  Ask the questions dear saint, Ask.
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