THE DAUGHTERS OF LOT
Padilla. June 2010
When Jesus Christ
came to earth in His first coming, he found a corrupted society influenced by
pagan Rome and also Israel subjugated and victim of religious
tradition, far from being the ideal People of God, most of them lived their
lives far away from the Temple. Lot's story shows us, as in Judea in the times
of Christ's times, a story that could be our own, anybody's, in any age, who lives
in a society that imposes laws and taxes on to people and whose leaders have
walked away from the Lord's moral, which is happening in today's world at
the speed of light, and that according to the Bible prophecies for the end of
times will make the world be a clear reflection of what Lot experimented in Sodom
and Gomorrah. Today, just like the kings of those cities, in our societies it is
political leaders, in all institutions and to all levels, the ones who are
imposing antichrist secularity, with the result of a relativist and
materialistic world far from moral and spiritual values of the Judeo-Christian
"The daughters of
Lot" is a Bible Study that reflects the result of living integrated in a system
that opposes God, where Lot, choosing his own businesses and ideas, surely
thinking that he could live with his beliefs without being disturbed, ends up
seeing his wife turn into a pillar of salt, and his daughters abusing him. We
find a story that reflects the soul and projects of any Christian today who,
just like Lot did, thinks that he will be able to live in this globalized world
hiding his faith, instead of witnessing his faith in freedom, being the salt of
the world, as the Lord instructed us to do: ... And He said to them, “Go into
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is
baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned... Mark
16:15-16. We will see the deep spiritual symbolic meaning of Lot's story and how
he compares to two different types of people of the Lord : Lot and Abraham.
DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH OR THE FALL OF BABYLON IN REVELATION
1 Now the two angels came to Sodom
in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of
Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself
with his face toward the ground.
history of Genesis about Lot, we have been following him in his journey prior to
his arrival in Sodom and Gomorrah. We have seen him coming out of Ur of Chaldea
with his uncle Abraham and travelling with him until the valley of Negev, we
have seen him follow Abraham to Egypt and, finally, in the return to the same
valley where he was going with Abraham, we see him separating from him for good.
represents a prototype of a man or woman whom, although they are Godly people,
they live in their own project of life, including their own religious view, although
they recognize the things of the Lord. This is why Lot receives the messengers
who are sent by the Lord. Those messengers are two of the three men who had met
with Abraham who, in turn, represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The two angels who come to look for Lot on behalf of the Father, and through Abraham's intercession, are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
announces Salvation through faith in His work. The Gospel includes repentance
from the worldly life, the one Lot is living, which is the conviction of sin
that the Holy Spirit transmits to us. To sum up: we must walk on His way,
next to Him, in His yoke, and not on our own way, and we must ask Him to bless us,
being conscious of the fact that we depend on God.
Sodom and Gomorrah
represent the spiritual state of moral and religious tolerance in the world, a
state that makes the Christian lose his first love for God, such as the Lord
claims from us in Revelation 2:4. We will see all of this further along and
together with the Bible Texts.
2 And he said, “Here now, my lords,
please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet;
then you may rise early and go on your way.”
And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”
3 But he insisted strongly; so they
turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked
unleavened bread, and they ate.
In principle, Lot
seems like a good godly man, hospitable, who offers his house and his food, but
Lot does not understand that it is not a casual visit, they are not "just passing by". By wanting to
give them accommodation in his house until the following day so that they continued their journey, the
Bible tells us how blind Lot was, he does not realize - because he is submerged in
his own mind - that those who have been sent by the Lord to his house, society,
life and corrupted system, have been sent through the intercession of his brother
in the faith, Abraham, through the Lord's mercy, since it is obvious to Lot that
the city where he lives is not holy and he knows that the two men of God are. If
the are visiting a sinful place it is for a mission of the Lord to save a soul
from the eternal fire that is going to be poured over the place very shortly.
Jesus Christ has
shown us through His life on earth in the Gospel this attitude from God, looking
for the sinner wherever he may be. Let us remember when He agreed to eat with
Levi, Matthew, the tax collector, or when He received the prostitute forgiving
her when she repented, or the adulterous woman. How can we forget when He
receives the centurion, or when He touches and heals lepers, or delivers those
possessed by devils, etc, this is what Jesus of Nazareth does, He goes where
the children of God are, to the dirt of sin, because His love and mercy shine
before Him. As Jesus taught in the Holy Spirit: ... But go and learn what this
means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. Later, the Lord confirmed through
James: For judgment is without mercy
to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. At the end the two
envoys, just like Jesus, agree to go into Lot's
house, the symbol of Lot's soul, to carry His message, like Jonas,
trying to awaken his spirit in repentance, in change of mind.
Now before they
lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the
people from every quarter, surrounded the house.
5 And they called to Lot and said
to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight?
Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.
The men of Sodom,
throughout history, as it is well known, are the typical symbol of
physical homosexuality, but what is not so well known is to identify this Text with
personal religious deviation, which is the deepest understanding of this Word
and the one that I would like the reader to keep in mind. Sodom, as well,
represents the doctrinal deviation, the spiritual fornication and adultery of a
system, church or religion that subjugates those who depend on it, the
religious institutions that are deviated from the Word of God and that impose
their traditions and dogmas to their parishioners. These leaders are the ones who
want to "know" the two men sexually-spiritually.
The Bible teaches us
in many occasions that "knowing" in this sense refers to a sexual relationship,
as in the case of Joseph and virgin Mary, Jesus' mother, when it is said that:
he did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. Matthew
Therefore it is
spiritual fornication when the men of Sodom want to know the men of God, with
the intention of making them become part of their system, to annul the
doctrine that is sound, unleavened, and faithful to the Word of God that they are bringing and
converting them to theirs with their rules, idols, hierarchies, men's
commandments, traditions and dogmas.
We should not be
shocked by this episode and this interpretation, since we have another clear
example when the devil tempts Jesus in the wilderness offering Him all the
kingdoms of this world if He worshipped before him. Luke 4. God's enemy, and ours, does not spare any
attempts, and if he attempted it in the times of Sodom and
also with Jesus, against the Lord Himself, do not doubt that he continues doing
it in these
dangerous times we live in, introducing himself as an angel of light to deceive,
if possible even the elect. Therefore let us put on the whole armour
of God which we find in Ephesians 6:10 to quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked one that we may be able to stand for the coming of the Lord in the final
The man of religion
who worships his traditions and dogmas and places them first before God,
preferring the fact that he is a member of his specific church, or denomination,
or religious system, which he considers as having the one and only truth
DESPRECIANDOall the others, he is sectarian and ends up being IDOLATRA of his
ideas and opposed to God, and therefore this man
becomes a slave of the spiritual Sodom. In his first letter to the
Corinthians, chapter one, Paul already taught that we cannot say that we are of Paul, or Apollos or Cephas. But there is a worse
sense of belonging, the one we see in Lot:
belonging to one's self, being a slave of "I", because the Lord tells us that he
who does not hate his own life is not worthy of Him. The conclusion, in the
Lord's Word is: ...Come out of her, my people...the Lord cries out for us in
Revelation 18:4. "Her", do not forget, is not only if we belong to a
congregation that is not following the sound doctrine, but our own self; we must
come out of ourselves and leave the place in the throne of our soul to Christ,
the King of kings.
So Lot went out to
them through the doorway, shut the door behind him,
7 and said, “Please,
my brethren, do not do so wickedly!
8 See now,
I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me
bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to
these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
Lot offers Sodom his
two virgin daughters, his two projects of life and religion. In this moment, Lot
fears God and he tries that his holy guests are not touched by sinners, getting
to the point of offering what is really trapping him: his daughters, the symbol
of his ideas that have still not materialized. He knows that his ideas are his
and that the two men of God bring Christ's pure doctrine, that cannot be
corrupted. This is why the sodomites want to pervert and defile the sound
doctrine, because it evidences the deviation of their own doctrine. We saw it in
the Inquisition, we saw it in the Sanhedrin, we see it in Sodom and we see it
today in many denominations that are deviated from the Word of God, which are
being disclosed today through the Lord's hand in many scandals of all types, not
only sexual and financial ones. All those who fear God: Go back to the Bible, go
back to the Word of God!
And they said,
“Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps
acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.”
So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near
to break down the door. 10
But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and
shut the door. 11 And they struck
the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and
great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
Jesus Christ has
taught us that His message of Salvation for man is presented in parables so
that it was understood by those amongst the ones who heard it who had ears to
hear and eyes to see. These men in the story with Lot are blinded by the Lord
when they are faced with the True doctrine. They pretend to force any
member of the institution who has and announces his faith in the Truth,
against them, and they threaten him. This is the same scenario suffered by all
those who see the Light and explain it to a deviated congregation, they face
persecution by the leaders. Finally, they became weary trying to find the door.
The door is Christ, but is has been closed to them, they have been blinded
because they do not come to God with a clean heart.
12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have
you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you
have in the city—take them out of this place!
13 For we
will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before
the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his
sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this
place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to
The sons-in-law are
the alliance that Lot would have made through his daughters with that corrupted
society, which the Lord does not approve. They also represent those false
brethren who, although they are with us, are not truly converted to Christ, but
they are given the chance to convert and come out of the system but we sadly see
that their heart belongs to the world, like Lot's sons in law. This is a rule of
the love of God to every man, just like he did with Abraham: if we come out of
the system and follow God we are saved and blessed. These sons-in-law do not
accept and they stay behind to be destroyed. His daughters or ideas and
doctrines of his own mixed with the Lord's will become the two projects of life
outside Sodom and Gomorrah: the one for life and the religious one. Sodom and
Gomorrah would be destroyed just like Babylon. We see it announced in Revelation
the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise,
take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the
punishment of the city.”
This paragraph, seen
allegorically, can be used to finalize Lot's story, the one humankind will live,
and especially the Church in Christ's coming. There are two witnesses of God in
Revelation who come to announce the Gospel for the last time, to proclaim the message of John the Baptist
for the last time, the well-known "repent", together
with the final prophecies of the Bible, Revelation 11. Once the Church is taken
out of the world, just like Lot was taken out of Sodom and Gomorrah - don't tell
me that the society we live in, the whole world, do not look like them more and
more every time - destruction will come upon the whole world as it is
prophesized by the Lord: 1Peter 3. There are two types of Christians: the
Abraham-type and the Lot-type. The first ones obey the Lord, the second ones don't.
"When the morning
dawned" is when a soul comes to the Light of Christ, and it is also the coming
of the Son of God in His Kingdom.
while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand,
and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being
merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the
A man who is
self-centred finds it very hard to take Sodom and Gomorrah's way of life out of
his heart to free his mind and his ideas. The Lord is merciful but, what will
happen to a soul where the seed fell on, like in the sower's parable, among the
thorns of the false religion and the ideas and projects of life from the world?
17 So it came to pass, when they
had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life!
Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain.
Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
18 Then Lot said to them, “Please,
no, my lords! 19 Indeed now, your
servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which
you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest
some evil overtake me and I die. 20
See now, this city is near enough to flee to,
and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is
it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
Once Lot is safe,
even then, he is not going to obey the Lord without complaining, and suggests an
alternative, he even begs for it. His heart is hardened, his soul is lukewarm,
his spirit is in darkness. Lot, a godly man but who still needs to repent - to
change his mind. Lot suggests a new city, in his state of deviation, lack of
faith and spiritual courage. Lot does not trust God but his own judgment, that
will lead him to spiritual death. A new city is a new church or religion also
deviated from the Truth, a smaller one, whatever but obeying the Lord.
Lot does not believe that he can live in the mountains, where God dwells in the
heights, obeying Him, being part of the true Church, in a church where he can
commit himself to serve the Lord and his brethren, his community and country in
the Great Commission.
Lot does not
understand that God wants him to have a time of reflection and prayer in His
presence, with no hurry, in the Lord's patience and under His direction. What
happens to Lot is that in the presence of the Lord he has to give up his own
ideas and trust Him, obey Him without complaining, wait on Him and live in His
time and His ways, which Lot's flesh does not like and Lot does not fight to
subdue his flesh to God. The man and woman of the
Lord will submit their flesh to the Lord's Spirit with the
strength that Jesus Christ provides us, because ...I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me ... Philippians 4:13. A faithful soul of the Lord
emanates courage and fire from the spirit, denying oneself. In order to do so, the
Word shows us one of the best methods to win over ourselves with the
power of the Lord through the gift of
21 And he said to him, “See, I have
favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city
for which you have spoken. 22
Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do
anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
God has mercy on
Lot, even though he is the stereotype of a soul that does not worship God, who -
sadly - does not have a true personal relationship with God in his privacy. God allows
him to live in a temporary community that still has not been corrupted by Sodom, but it is a
city on the plain, the easier life, with little compromise with God, but with
smaller spiritual growth, the mountain. This is what a
Lot-type of any age in history thinks. In the city everything is done for me, I
don't have to be make an effort, nothing is demanded from me, I don't have to seek the Lord's will,
I am told!. Being like Lot
is going back to the situation Eve was in, she prefers the knowledge of a code
of good and evil rather than asking God personally, rather than repenting and asking
God to deliver her from her sins due to the impossibility of fulfilling
the Law. This is the original sin.
23 The sun had risen upon the earth
when Lot entered Zoar. 24 Then
the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and
Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.
25 So He overthrew those cities,
all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26 But his
wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Zoar means "small"
and also "brightness". For those who know the Jewish world, the Spanish rabbi
and kabbalist Moses de Leon, born in the 13th century in Guadalajara, compiled
the mystical version of the Torah, influenced by his studies about Maimonides.
His findings about Biblical exegesis in the Misdrah together with his studies
became the famous Zohar, the kabbalistic book par excellence. Therefore, we
could say that when a Jew, or any individual, tries to look for his own way out
before God, whilst - at his own judgment - continue to please the Lord, he
thinks that the way he acts is "bright" and also a "small" thing that God will
tolerate. At least it is an attitude that acknowledges the authority of the Law
of God and is fearful of the Lord, but which ultimately does not show trust on
and therefore YHWH will not tolerate it at the end.
Lot is the father of
kabbalah, as we can see from the Bible, he is an expert in trying to set excuses
not to obey the Lord, an expert in trying to look for the alternative to achieve
- in his own judgment - what he wants to do but also continue to obtain
- so he thinks - the Lord's blessing. Those who practice the Zoar end up, like
Lot's wife, with their soul made into a pillar or salt, dead to the Spirit of
the Lord, because they come to God through the mind and not through the spirit.
Lot's soul longs for the organized system, doing what he wants, the big religion
he used to belong to, but which did not force him to walk in holiness; therefore
he looks back on it and becomes a pillar of salt. Because God detests people
whose spirit is lukewarm, Lot's soul dries and dies because he does not love God
unconditionally. We either love God or we don't. We don't reach out to God
through the understanding but through loving Him with God's love. ...I could
wish you were cold or hot. So
then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out
of My mouth. Revelation 3:15b and 16.
27 And Abraham went early in the
morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.
28 Then he looked toward Sodom and
Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the
smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.
29 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 had dwelt.
God already knew
that there was nothing to be done about Lot, who loved his own view of things
and belonging to a system that was to his liking; but Abraham, the free man, in
his mercy, intercedes for him and God counts with Abraham. Therefore let us be
like Abraham and intercede before the Lord for brethren who are like Lot and
let's take a look at ourselves, in case the Lord sends us two of his men, in
that case we 'd better not have a kabbalistic approach, speculate or take guesses so that we don't lose the salvation of
our soul and it does not become a pillar of salt.
Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two
daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two
daughters dwelt in a cave. 31 Now
the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on
the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth.
32 Come, let us make our father
drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our
father.” 33 So they made their
father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father,
and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
34 It happened on the next day that
the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let
us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may
preserve the lineage of our father.” 35
Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose
and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
36 Thus both the daughters of Lot
were with child by their father. 37
The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the
Moabites to this day. 38 And the
younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of
the people of Ammon to this day.
understands that God will not be pleased with him and he hides his ideas, doctrines and beliefs, because it did not go well
for him in Sodom. In the cave, a symbol of his inner self, his two daughters or
ideas of life and religion, get him drunk and he conceives two new lineages, two
new projects that are not the Lord's: the Moabites and the Ammonites. This is
the end of Lot. Come out of her my people! says the Lord. Let us come out of all
personal stubbornness, of our spiritual blindness and of any fanatic attitude, and let's
obey the Lord in His Word and in the love of God, let us make justice and mercy.
Let us live like Abraham, not like Lot, like the good Samaritan, helping those
in need and in the golden rule, following the example in 1John 3:16-17, building
up the Church, taking the Gospel and living in a personal relationship with God in
Jesus Christ under the anointment of the Holy Spirit.
ABRAHAM AND LOT
Once Abraham has
freed Lot from Sodom, as we can read in Genesis chapter 14, once he has been
received by Melchizedek - representing Jesus Christ, Hebrews 7 - who brought out
bread and wine - a symbol of the Holy Supper - to celebrate Abraham's action,
for his mercy towards Lot, and once Abraham has shown that he detests all the
riches of Sodom, when the king asks him for the persons - symbolizing the souls
- that is when Abraham receives the promise of the Lord that he will have a son,
an heir of his own blood.
But Abraham still
has to pass more tests, and so do we. The next one is
doing with Egypt the same thing that God does with Sodom: get rid of everything
he has from Egypt, from Sarah's stay there: Hagar and Ismail, in order to keep
Isaac who is the fruit of the promise, the fruit of Sarah under God's powerful
hand and blessing. Abraham's soul - Sarah - originally also had his
fancies and weaknesses in the world, just like we all do, but faith
and trust in the Lord make us see the Lord's blessing in our lives. We see that
Abraham says again to the king of another city where he lived or a short time
that Sarah was his sister, just like he did in Egypt he does it again in Gerar.
This is why the Lord did not give him Isaac until he obeyed and trusted Him with
all his heart.
Once Abraham has
seen how he has lost Lot, even though he has interceded for him, Sodom and
Gomorrah have been destroyed as corrupted systems of life, which every Christian
will have to reject from his life, together with the riches that they offer,
once that he has also dismissed his own son with the Egyptian servant, because
he was a fruit of Egypt, and project of life of the world, now he faces the last and most
important test, which we find in Genesis 18. Once
that the Lord makes the circumcision covenant with him, out of which Isaac would
be born, the son of Sarah, by the Lord's will, not by Sarah's faith, once He has
given him the great blessing, the Lord's true project, it is then when Abraham
must give up Isaac, his beloved son, the Lord's promise, the Lord's
true project. Yes, also the Lord's blessing. Isaac is, for any of us, the
blessing of the lord that we have awaited for as a life-long dream,
whether it may be a child, wife or husband, personal recognition or professional
success, or even Christian ministry. Once the Lord has granted us that blessing,
having learnt to give up all other projects in which our heart was filled with due
to lack of faith, thinking that the Lord would not give them to us...when He
finally gives it to us we have to offer it to God in sacrifice.
Why does God make
Abraham go through such hard tests,
makes him give up projects that are obvious at first sight, Egypt, like
Sodom - what Lot, symbol of our flesh, chose, and Ismail, what Sarah chose,
symbol of our soul - and finally He also asks Abraham, like He asks any of us,
descendants of his faith, to take Isaac out of his heart - the fruit of our
spirit with the Lord - the blessing from the Lord?
The answer is the
key of our lives. ... And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30.
Everything that we love must be placed second, including the Lord's things, because our heart belongs to the Lord,
He died for us, He came
down from heaven to this world to rescue us from sin and eternal life
delivering us from eternal hell, He is our beloved bridegroom. Jesus
confirms it: ... He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he who does not take his
cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will
lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39.
The example of
Abraham, in terms of the obedience he showed the Lord, resulted in a blessing,
likewise it will be for us if we obey the Lord. Abraham started the journey of
his life, obeyed God and got out of his country, from his family and from his
father's house to a land that He would show him, just like each and every one of
us must do in our spiritual journey, because: ... I
will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you;
and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had
spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when
he departed from Haran. 5 Then
Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions
that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran,
and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they
came to the land of Canaan. Genesis 12.
SODOM AND EGYPT IN
The society of Sodom
and Gomorrah shows us what it would be in each of us the attachment to any pre-organized
system which we may belong to that is contrary to God's holiness. The sense of belonging to what is already
established, to what is already known, accepted, without taking Christ's moral
into consideration, that is the spirit of Lot.
Abraham's obedience to God getting out of everything he previously knew is the
spirit of he who is called "the friend of God" by God himself, Isaiah 41:8.
Abraham is the man who makes the true Church in obedience to God, and this is
why He calls him His friend, just like He will call us if we imitate Abraham.
...In your seed
all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because
you have obeyed My voice. Genesis 22:18.
Abraham is the prototype of the entrepreneur, on a
spiritual level as well as in a personal and professional one. Lot is the
opposite of Abraham, he prefers the ready-made, without realizing that
he will have to stand all the mistakes of what is already
established, whether it may be a traditional church or false doctrine, a
or corrupted company or job, or any relationship under submission without any
dignity, like the victims of abuses do - physical and emotional ones. They
never get out of the system due to their lack of courage, because they do not seek
the Lord and His guidance.
We also see the two angels in the two witnesses that
the Lord will send at the end of times, in Revelation 11:
... And their
dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually
is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 Then those from the
peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies
three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be
put into graves. 10 And
those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and
send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those
who dwell on the earth.11
Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered
them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw
them. 12 And they heard a
loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended
to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
13 In the same hour there
was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake
seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave
glory to the God of heaven.
Jerusalem, the great city, is the shelter of Sodom
and Egypt, symbol of the two daughters of every man who, just like Lot,
hosts in his soul the ideas and doctrines of Sodom - the sectarian
submission with wrong doctrine, non-Biblical traditions and dogmas - and
Egypt - the world. The Lord Jesus Christ died in Jerusalem on the middle
cross of three crosses, as we remember, one on each side. On those
crosses there were two other men also crucified who also represent
Abraham and Lot. The first one recognized he was a sinner and had faith
in Christ, begging Him to remember him when His Kingdom came. The reply
he got took him to paradise the same day. The second one, even in
condemnation, did not repent or obeyed the Lord; his destiny was just
like Sodom and Gomorrah: the lake of fire and brimstone for eternity.
We will see the consequence of man's stubbornness and
also the whole nation's or the majority of human kind in three occasions, the symbolism we
see in Lot's history in as far as his insistence in following his
own project, with the aggravating circumstance of being a man of God, who knows the
Lord of Abraham and takes part in His blessings.
Although Abraham made a mistake when he went to Egypt
to look for sustenance, and although he makes it again in Gerar, once he
has passed the test of Isaac he does
not go again to any established nations or cities, Abraham. as opposed to Lot, when he is warned of his
sin, he repents and leaves. However, with Lot we find that he does go
back looking for them and this is set so deep down in his soul that his
soul - his wife - becomes a pillar or salt. Lot's wife does not stand
going with her husband to look for the unknown, but those are God's
instructions. Just like Eve who disobeyed the voice of the Lord and
Adam, she sins and pays the price with her life. Abraham receives his
wife, who is returned to him from Pharaoh's house through the Lord's
mercy who knows his heart. Abraham repents at once. Lot repents
too late, after having to be literally dragged out of the society of
Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Lord's covenant with Abraham is based on the
obedience he showed by leaving everything behind: ...“Get out of your
country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I
will show you... Genesis 12:1-9. The complete Text also shows the
blessings that would come to Abraham sent by the Lord. However the only
thing that must call our attention is that Lot also went along with him
(vs 4), but when he got the blessings and saw that he had possessions he
was tempted and tried to negotiate more and more, and by going to the
cities of the world he got lost. The other case, the most famous of a
man of God who loses the Way of the Lord is king Solomon, for the same
reason, for following after his pagan wives, his ideas from the world, besides
the abundant wealth, together with living in peace and with
authority and power from the Lord.
The salvation of the souls of Lot and Solomon are
left in the hands of the Lord, who will judge them in His endless mercy.
For us not to fall into that temptation living in abundance, the Bible
tells us, in Proverb 30:8 and 9 of Solomon himself, inspired by the
Lord: ... Give me neither poverty nor riches - Feed me with the food
allotted to me; 9 Lest I
be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and
steal, and profane the name of my God...
This is the scene that we will see at the end of
times, just like we have seen it in Sodom and Gomorrah in times of
Abraham and Lot. A world totally opposed to God that will be destroyed
by God through His judgment in the brightness of His coming. The change
shall occur when in Jerusalem they throw out all religious and
traditional concepts called Sodom and Gomorrah and they receive the
Messiah, Yahshua, Jesus Christ; this time He will not come riding on a
donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey, it will be the New Jerusalem that
will come with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even they who
pierced Him. Yes, amen. Revelation 1:7.
Lot, in his own project of life where he has walked
from his uncle, the man who has taken him out of Ur, who has the
blessing, who has taught him, from whom he could have even inherited,
makes a serious mistake when he walks away from the Way of the Lord to
look for his own. He could have avoided separating from Abram if he had
instructed his shepherds to live in peace with their brothers, Abram's
Surely many brethren remember this passage as an
accurate reflection of the groups of pastors in the life of churches and
denominations, not to say the world, politics, etc. Instead, the local
church must be formed by small groups that, in unity, make up the
congregation, the Church of God, that they gather in fellowship and make
together under a single pastor or a group of pastors in the same spirit.
Therefore, Lot comes to a place of depravation, of
curse from the Lord, where God's enemies live. All this happens because
he tries to do his own project, he wants to succeed in his own way, his
own timing, with the typical impatience of a youngster for whom things
are going well and thinks that life is all a bowl of cherries.
Sodom and Gomorrah, that were destroyed for their
great sin against the Lord, showed, just like today, a corrupted society
in every aspect, and to remain in the faith, integrity and truth we have
to fight against everything around us, because "I can do all things in
Christ who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13.
As we can see, today governments pass laws that
are contrary to the Law of God, to the basic commandments of human
dignity, against the family in the concept of marriage that was created
by God and not man's, against the right of the freedom of conscience and in favour of
corrupted minorities and deviated from the Truth of Christ. Just like
Sodom and Gomorrah were destructed by God, our world will also be
destroyed by God in the coming of Jesus Christ, as it is written, in the
prophecy in 2 Peter 3, just like all Bible prophecies have
been fulfilled. But before that happens, the nations that are imposing
laws that are sins in God's eyes, will be destroyed by financial, social
and family crises, and with every curse until they repent and return to
the Word of God. We are seeing it happen, it is happening, but all the
Lots out there do not repent.
Man must repent before the Day of Final Judgment
comes, and that could come today, as Luke's Gospel reminds us: ... This
night your soul will be required of you. Luke 12:20. Nobody can say that
they have not had the chance to know that they were in sin, in Sodom and
Gomorrah, in Babylon. Repent: ... And I heard another voice from heaven
saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and
lest you receive of her plagues.
5 For her sins have
reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Revelation
18:4-5. The Text is the same as the one that refers to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah at the beginning of
this study, in Genesis, also chapter 18:20-21.
Hebrews 13 is the conclusion, in Bible Text: ...
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right
to eat... ...Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people
with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp,
bearing His reproach. 14
For here we have no continuing city, but we
seek the one to come.
15 Therefore by Him let
us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit
of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
16 But do not forget to
do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
7 Obey those who rule
over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those
who must give account...
Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of sheep, suffered
out of the door, He gave Himself for us because He loved us, the Church,
the wife of the Son of God. If He loves us so much how are we not going
to love Him with God's love. ...For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life - John 3:16. Therefore: ... By this we know
love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay
down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and
sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the
love of God abide in him? 1John 3:16-17. Maranatha. Amen.