What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you see the names of those two ancient cities? Keep that to yourself. They were unique in that they were destroyed by fire and brimstone that rained down from heaven. What was it that caused this extraordinary form of judgment?
We are introduced to these cities in as early as in the Book of Genesis. Conflict arose between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. Uncle Abram, knowing that the problem was that there is not enough land for both their flocks, decided to give Lot the option to choose which way he would like to go. He said: If you go left, then I will go to the right. Lot had a look chose the lush and fertile plains of Jordan.
But let’s take a step back for a moment. In Gen 6:2 we read that ‘the sons of God (fallen angels) saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful’ had intercourse with them and produced a mix breed called ‘giants’ but really the word is ‘nephilim.’ This strange development is noticed by Lord and it states in Gen 6:5: ‘Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’ Thus these fallen beings ‘did not keep to their domain’ as the Book of Jude points out but caused a genetic corruption, which brought about this exceedingly wicked behaviour.
We are told that Lot pitched his tent as far as Sodom. Up to that point Sodom is just another ancient city. But then this comment in Gen 13:13: ‘But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.’ Things were going on there that got Heaven’s attention. What was so unusual about their sin?
One day as Abraham was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day, the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre. He probably dozed off and when he opened his eyes again, there were three men right there. Now Abraham was a very generous man and he immediately jumped up, humbled himself and offered the men some refreshments. Did he know they were angels? Maybe. He ran and told Sarah to prepare cakes. He then took butter and milk and meat which they prepared and set it before them. It says that he stood by them as they ate. Suddenly ‘they’ say to him: ‘Where is Sarah your wife?’ He probably thought to himself: how did they know her name? Anyway, he is then informed that she will have a son, despite being passed the age of childbearing. They said they will return at some point in the future and by that time she will have a son!? But it looked like the men had other business also to take care of, because when they got up, they looked toward Sodom.
He is also informed that the ‘outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great.’ Now Abraham was very aware of the fact that his nephew was there in Sodom. And so a fascinating negotiation starts and they agreed that if there are ten righteous people, then the city will not be destroyed. We see that Lot offered the angels the same hospitality upon their arrival in Sodom. They initially declined his offer, but agreed in the end after he strongly insisted that they sleep over at his house. Lot also prepared a feast for them.
And then this strange interruption just as they were about to go to bed. The men ‘both old and young’ of the city had come to request that Lot delivers to them ‘ the men that came tonight so we can know them carnally.’ They were saying, bring them out as we want to have sex with them. Now how sick and utterly perverse is that?! Little did they know who they were dealing with here. The angels were sent to destroy Sodom even before this bizarre behaviour, but obviously came to rescue Abraham’s family. Yes, if he did not intervene then it would have been game over for Lot!
Anyway, the next morning the angels told them to flee for their lives. They were not supposed to look back or stay in the plains but flee to the mountain, or get destroyed. Lot’s wife did look back and became a pillar of salt. And then this unprecedented form of judgment: fire and brimstone rained down from heaven!
Could this aggressive unnatural behaviour be the result of the influence of the nephilim? Do we have any of this genetic alteration going on today? Is transhumanism just a fancy name for what happened back there in Sodom? Popular movie theme in recent years. Must we prepare for the ‘ubermensch’ or not yet?
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