The US state of Utah is trying to hold out against an avalanche called the gay movement. When I read this it reminded me of Lot and Sodom. He tried to hold out against the men of the town who wanted to sodomize the angels. But the onslaught was so fierce that it required the intervention of the angels themselves to ward off the attackers. Utah will need such heavenly help in its fight against the homosexual ‘marriage’ tornado that is pressing at its gates.
But there is another interesting analogy playing out here. Notice that the men of Sodom specifically wanted to have sex with the men who had come into Lot’s house. Lot was so distraught by the monstrous evil he could see unfolding that, in his desperation, he offered the Sodomite men his two virgin daughters; but they would not take them. They wanted the men. That small fact is very important in our understanding of the level of spiritual warfare the Church is engaged in in our day.
Lot was willing to sacrifice his two daughters because he knew the seriousness of the sin that was about to take place.
And this was not just a deviant group within society that was lusting after these men, no. It was the entire male population of the city. The Bible says “the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter”. Did you see that? Men “from every quarter”!
There is a parallel here with what is happening in the world today. Such is the extent of the extraordinary spiritual warfare going on in our generation: the most extreme form of effrontery against anything that is called God. If you think you are living in an ordinary world, wake up! We are not living in ordinary times.
Sodom and Gomorrah had provoked God severely. The angel of the Lord told Lot, “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” (Gen 19:13).
The Bible says that God is slow to anger. Don’t get it wrong here. Some people somehow interpret that to mean that God cannot get angry. That is impossible. Not unless He was senile, which He certainly is not. In any case, I don’t see that in the Bible. I only see the Bible saying that God is slow to anger.
By defiantly and aggressively attempting to institute sodomy and many other extreme evils in the world, man and Satan have clearly ‘climbed over the ramparts’ of God’s Kingdom and are now taking their war against God into God’s throne room. Men are not simply content with sinning against God and hiding it from Him, like Adam did; but they have gained a rebellious boldness and they are ready to taunt God.
Clearly, the world is daring God to do something.
God has never condoned the trashing of His holy tenets, even minimally. But here something more brazen is afoot. But, you see, there are levels, even with God. During Sodom’s time men elsewhere were also sinning against God. But a report of a different sort concerning Sodom arrived at God’s desk in Heaven; and He sent His angels to check out whether what He had heard was true.
In Africa we have a saying: ‘If you see a lion sleeping don’t mistake it for a cat’. The world, led by the nation of America, is making a big mistake; but a mistake it is. And I can imagine God is getting very, very angry. That is why I can predict that we are not far from Judgment Day. We have a Biblical precedent for that: Sodom and Gomorrah.
Soon, God is going to rise in all His glory and fury – and we are set for another almighty inferno.
So, in the midst of all these gory proceedings and the expectation of God’s judgement upon the earth, what should the position of the Church be?
The angel of the Lord that was with John admonished him in Revelation 22:10-11: “… Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
The Word of God warns us about how we should walk in these end-times. These are times to walk in the fear of the Lord. It is not a time to be ‘world-friendly’.
But also in Luke 21:28 we are encouraged: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” In other words, be strong, be encouraged – not discouraged – by all that you see going on. Stand strong! And rejoice exceedingly, for we are close to meeting the Lord in the clouds!