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Sodom's Warning and Destruction

Written by: John Sernaque

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Luke 17: 28-30

17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.

17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Rocked in Cradle of Carnal Security—

As the sun arose for the last time upon the cities of the plain, the people thought to commence another day of godless riot. All were eagerly planning their business or their pleasure, and the messenger of God was derided for his fears and his warnings. Suddenly as the thunder peal from an unclouded sky, fell balls of fire on the doomed capital. “So shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The people will be eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage, until the wrath of God shall be poured out without mixture of mercy. The world will be rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal security.... The multitudes are striving to forget God, and they eagerly accept fables, that they may pursue the path of self-indulgence undisturbed (The Review and Herald, October 26, 1886). {5BC 1122.4}

The warning message is loud and clear for these last days. As Godless were the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, an even worse Godlessness prevails all over the world today. The people today will appear to be blindsided, they do not see it coming. On the other hand, do they, and simply choose to ignore the warnings, as the people ignored Lot and suffered the consequences. The Great Day of God is coming, so today is the day to get ready and be prepared for the day when the Son of man is revealed, and pours out the wrath of God on the wicked.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

We thank You for giving us Your Word that prepares us for the troublesome times ahead. For giving us the examples of days past when the people forgot about You and stirred up Your wrath. We pray for Your help in getting ready, to be found standing and not wanting, wide awake and not sleeping, with our eyes fixed on Jesus. We pray that our faith fails not, to not be afraid, and only believe. Please continue to lead us and guide us on the safe path that leads to Your heavenly kingdom. Bless us and keep us until that day when You are revealed. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers, in the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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