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Escape From Sodom
By Brian Price 8/16/2012

"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.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." - Genesis 19:1-13, 17, 23-25

Here we read in Genesis chapter 19 about Lot, Abraham's nephew, and how God visited Lot, and brought him out of Sodom, and then destroyed the city of Sodom for its wickedness. The Bible says that the men of the city were so vile, that they all compassed Lot's house round about and desired to have Lot bring out the angels that came to him, that they might sexually abuse them. They said to Lot in verse 5, "Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."

Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned several times in the New Testament. In one particular place in scripture, we find that Jude wrote of Sodom, saying, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." - Jude 1:7

The people of that city were not only giving themselves over to fornication, but the Bible says that they were after strange flesh. The men of Sodom were not simply satisfied with the natural use of the woman, but were so insatiable in their desire, that literally the entire city wanted to have their way with two men.

A parallel story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the well known historical city of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city situated in the Campania region of Italy. It was destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Many articles have been written, and many documentaries have been filmed detailing this ancient city.

National Geographic says this about Pompeii and its destruction:

"The famous lifelike poses of many victims at Pompeii—seated with face in hands, crawling, kneeling on a mother's lap—are helping to lead scientists toward a new interpretation of how these ancient Romans died in the A.D. 79 eruptions of Italy's Mount Vesuvius.

Until now it's been widely assumed that most of the victims were asphyxiated by volcanic ash and gas. But a recent study says most died instantly of extreme heat, with many casualties shocked into a sort of instant rigor mortis." - Pompeiians Flash-Heated to Death—"No Time to Suffocate", http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/11/101102/pompeii-mount-vesuvius-science-died-instantly-heat-bodies

Pompeii has been a place of archeological studies for quite some time. Many of the artifacts found in Pompeii point to a society that was given over to a lifestyle of sexual pleasures in great excess. Many of the art that has been found depict prostitution, homosexuality, orgies, and even sexual intercourse with animals.

The Bible says,

"22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants." - Leviticus 18:22-25

God said in Leviticus chapter 18 that the reason why he overthrew those nations before the children of Israel was because they committed these horrific acts of sexual deviance. It is no wonder that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum suffered such a terrible fate of a fiery vengence. They were given over to fornication, and going after strange flesh.

If one were to uncover the secret deeds of the people in our world today, you would find that the same acts of fornication, homosexuality, beastiality, and other horrific sexual deviances are all taking place, just as they did in ancient times.

According to one article recently written by CNN in August 2011, more than 50 people were arrested in what has been known as one of the largest global child porn busts.

CNN reported,

"More than 50 members of a child pornography ring who engaged in what authorities describe as "horrific" and "unspeakable" crimes have been arrested for sexually exploiting children from 12 years old to as young as infants.

What particularly horrified investigators were 'super-hardcore' posts that involved adults having violent sexual intercourse with "very young kids" who were being subjected to both physical and sexual abuse.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, 'To give you an example of the scope of this forum [depicting child pornography], the capture and analysis of the forum revealed that the board may have been the vehicle for the distribution of up to 123 terabytes of child pornography, which is roughly equivalent to nearly 16,000 DVDs. ... Additional media recovered from the targets arrested in the United States alone has been found to contain over one million images of child pornography.'" - 72 Charged In Online Global Child Porn Ring, http://articles.cnn.com/2011-08-03/justice/us.child.porn.ring_1_sexual-abuse-bulletin-board-images-and-videos?_s=PM:CRIME

Jesus said, "3 Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire." - Matthew 18:3-9

Jesus gave a very clear warning here in Matthew chapter 18 to those who would harm little children for the sake of sexual gratification. He said that if anyone would offend, or harm, a little child in such a way, it would be better for him that millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

The same fiery judgment that came upon Sodom and Gomorrah will likewise fall upon our own nation of America because of all of these abominable acts.

Judgment day is coming. There will be a day when retribution will be given to those people who have participated in deviant, Sodomistic sexual behavior.

God destroyed the city of Sodom with an overthrow that will forever stand as an example to those who would dare to commit such atrocious acts such as they committed. But God does not wish for any people to perish. And therefore, the answer for the sins which we see being committed all over our world is repentance.

The Bible says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

If you have never truly repented of your sins, and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, let me urge you to do that immediately. God loves you, and he wants to forgive you. He does not want anyone to go to hell, and therefore he offers you this free gift of eternal life.

The Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

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