"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife."
It would be impossible to see all that the LORD Jesus is implying here with his linking the last age to Lot's escape from the tribulation of Sodom, His coming, and the rapture of the church in just one post. Therefore, given the vastness of this type and shadow, the focus here will be the condition of the world just prior to Lot's departure from Sodom and the ensuing cataclysm befalling that region. No sooner had they left the city when the fire and brimstone of God's wrath began to fall; furthermore, the angels that came to literally pull Lot and his daughters out testified that they could not even commence the judgment as long as Lot was present (Genesis 19:22). What a rich parallel to today assuming that we are that generation like unto Lot's. It is a rich parallel that should force the Christian to act even as Lot did and witness to all even while looking up and listening for a distant trumpet blast.
While most consider "sodomy" as the primary sin bringing the wrath of God, scripture clearly shows that this was one of many indicators that the foundation of society had been built on the sands of human understanding rather than the bedrock of God's revealed word. Ezekiel gives us much evidence of this fall from God's directives and his ideas also coincide with Paul's downward spiral found in Romans 1. Ezekiel writes specifically of Israel in 16:49-50 yet this was due to the reemergence of the same attitudes God saw in Sodom before he destroyed it. "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good." What sin underlies pride, idleness, and a lack of compassion? Selfishness! Furthermore, selfishness is the very root of all sin. In Sodom, there was no longer a reason to bridal selfish lusts and desires to the place that each man or woman did that which solely benefited his/herself. The New Testament calls this being given over to the carnal mind.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Peter 3:3
This concept of a self absorbed world casting off the restraint of scripture is a major theme with all of the New Testament writers that speak on the end of this era and the coming of Christ. Peter said that it would be a time of blasphemous scoffers mocking the word of God while they follow their own lusts and desires (2 Peter 3:1-9). Paul warned Timothy of a time when mankind departs from the true faith and truth itself while wholeheartedly accepting demonic teachings (1 Timothy 4:1-5). He continued in his next letter to Timothy that this would be a dangerous, perilous time for those of faith. Selfish, wicked, and falsely motivated preachers would preach lies rather than propound God's whole counsel rightly divided. Sadly, the people want this and turn away from the truth to follow fables (2 Timothy 3:1-9 & 4:1-5). Jude also warns of impostors in the pulpit following their own selfish, pernicious way in his short book. John warns that it will be a time of antichrist and that it has already started.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time....Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." 1 John 2:18 & 22
To John, the Antichrist was more than a man that appears in the tribulation. That is a part of the concept as he later reveals "the Beast" in Revelation. However, antichrist is more than that. It is a selfish spirit that seeks to move Christ from the center place of salvation. It is why John states clearly that anyone who seeks to set Christ Jesus aside from being savior is "against Christ" or antichrist. It is the apex of selfishness! "I can be my own savior!" "I need not God nor His Son." "I can follow my beliefs and ideas." "Who needs scripture anyways?" "We are our own God, the captain of our own destiny." Need more be written, or can you already see that the Days like unto Lot's are upon us? Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!
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