Worst than Sodom and Gomorrah
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Most people who visit the land of Israel are surely to go and take a dip in the Dead Sea. This lake is very famous for its high density such that people float on it. It is also very famous for having lots of minerals which people claim to be good for the skin.
How did this happen for lakes are normally made of fresh water?
Archeologists have found out that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were on the banks of this lake. The cities were destroyed by a very sudden and unexpected great volcano which caused black volcanic salt to cover all over it. Even today black tar like substance is found on the banks on this lake. It was this volcanic salt which caused the lake to become salty.
It is ironic that this judgment on these 2 cities which was once famous for homosexuality and all kinds of diverse sexuality were destroyed by the wrath of God is today cause of tourist attraction. I doubt if people knew why the lake is salty and what happened on its banks that they will go and enjoy it so much. It will surely cause fear in their hearts and minds. It was not just a coincidental volcano (nothing is coincidental) but one prophesied and the only people saved from it were Lot and his daughters. Homosexuality is nothing but abuse or mocking of the image in which man and women are made and this causes great anger to the Lord.
Today His Word (Jesus Christ - Word made flesh) and Spirit (Both manifest and glorify His true Image) are given unto us and those who reject and mock His Word and Spirit anger Him even more.
In today's message the Lord is warning all those cities which reject Him and His Spirit. People may say we have Christians among us but a person calling oneself a Christian is not necessary one. I would say blessed are you if you have a Lord's righteous dwelling amongst you. You may face problems but they will not overwhelm you and you will be saved from them. So either you prayer such are there amongst you or strive to be one.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Light and your light is goodness for all, but evil blocks your light. Lord, You are Holy and sin brings wrath to You. It is sin that kept us away from You. By the sacrifice of Jesus we are protected by His righteousness. Lord, we pray for all those cities wherein your sheep dwell but there are none that truly walk on your path. We plead for your mercy and your grace on them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
1 And there came two angels 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;
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.
3 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.
4 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:
5 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.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 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.
9 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.
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
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.
12 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:
13 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.
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