In the past few years, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis, Chapter 19 has been on the minds of many and the subject matter for any number of articles. Rarely, however, have I seen Abraham’s efforts to intercede brought forth.
It isn’t the ability of God that’s hard to accept. Rather, it’s the inability and unwillingness of humans to acknowledge Him in decisions and choices that’s hard to fathom. For those of us who continually seek to know and understand God’s will, Genesis, Chapter 18 is not a surprise.
Three men came to visit Abraham, two of whom were angels with the third being Yahweh himself (v1″And the Lord appeared. . .”; v13- He knew Sarah’s thoughts. Also, cf Judges 13:15-23, Manoah’s experience in not recognizing Yahweh immediately) . The visit concerned the promise that Sarah would bear a child and how she laughed inwardly, thinking how old she was to even consider conceiving a child. We should know by now that Isaac was, indeed, born.
Note: Of the three sent to Abraham, two are the ones we read of as being sent to Sodom to warn Lot (Gen. 18:16-22).
More to the point about Sodom and Gomorrah. In verses 23-33 of chapter 18, Abraham has been made aware of the intention to destroy Sodom. Abraham’s distress was toward the righteous that lived there, including his nephew and family, Lot and his clan.
It’s extraordinary that Abraham pled for the Lord to give that city a chance if fifty righteous individuals could be found living there. Are we consciously and diligently praying for those who are confused, without Salvation ? As the scripture progresses, the number becomes smaller until God agrees to allow the city to survive if only TEN righteous individuals can be found.
Ten righteous individuals to avoid destruction and it could not be accomplished!
Every now and then, I think back to the years spent with early teens in the public school system and how shocked I was by the flagrancy with which students began to display their carnality and extended knowledge of same.
A pattern began to emerge when Jerry Springer aired at noon from a local TV station. A substantive number of students would ask for a pass to the nurse around 11 a.m. so they would be home in time to watch JSpringer. As I realized the game plan, the subject came up one day with a group of seventh graders during “Life Skills” (that’s a whole other topic. Why are the government schools allowed to implement a class teaching what parents should be instilling?).
During the conversation, Jerry Springer’s show was integrated into the lesson by the students as a way of expressing and explaining their worldview. I wonder if JS knows or cares how many lives he has influenced. Several of the students watch that depraved, soul-stealing, gut-wrenchingly sick nonsense with parents and/or parents’ approval. That small group in Small Town, USA made me aware of what future generations will think is acceptable behavior, with the exception of the few who are taught early-on to discern evil. JS is the proverbial tip of the iceberg, and evil is more serious than an easy-to-decide right from wrong in whether to steal a pencil from the teacher.
My thoughts many times would be, “And they’ll be voting in a few years”. Guess what? That would be the very group who are now 18-20 years old! Are they the ones who, having been fed an enormous amount of talk-court show drama, were chanting Na-na-na-na, hey, hey,hey good-bye to President Bush while weeping over and worshipping the one who is claiming entitlement? That would be the one who doesn’t believe in “those obscure verses in Romans” and proclaims that ‘we can set up our own kingdom right here on earth‘.
Who’s going to set up what kingdom?! Are these the ones we’ve been waiting for so that Jesus says, “That’s about enough of that!”? I’m ready, but my heart breaks for the many who aren’t and have become mired in worldly endeavors via corrupt political and religious systems. A Christian cannot and should not separate ‘religion and politics’ in the sense of leaving God out of any facet of life, but what we have witnessed for decades now requires divine intervention like never before!
Just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, many are living riotously rather than righteously. Many are living for revelry rather than live reverently. Many are living in reveries rather than reality. When the trumpet sounds, they will attempt to play a trump card.
Speaking of trump cards, I highly recommend a visit to www.gracethrufaith.com. Jack Kelley has an excellent site with a particularly interesting and admirable approach to reading the Bible. In an article written as if John is ‘telling’ us his revelation, Mr. Kelley allows John to discuss the folk who worship satan as the ‘good guy’ while believing God is the ‘bad guy’, which identifies the blind leading the blind ‘trump card’. Worthy of thought, study, and prayer, I excerpted a section below. http://gracethrufaith.com/the-bible-thru-the-eyes-of-its-writers/the-revelation-story/#more-440
To augment understanding, from a truly Christian perspective, I also implore you to visit www.inplainsite.org, especially their recent addition referencing the background and activities of the Luciferian Doctrine/Lucis Trust, spoken of in the Revelation story on GraceThruFaith. http://www.inplainsite.org/html/alice_bailey_and_lucis_trust.html
Also in the IPS superlatively informative article, we should recognize the international humanitarian and welfare speak becoming so prevalent from many directions. Of course we should look out for others but we should also be wise enough to know when a wolf is disguised as a sheep and when we are thought of as weak sheep being led to slaughter. Wise as serpents, harmless as doves, Matthew 10:16 (if you’ve never read Matthew, Chapter 10, it might clarify a lot of Christianity’s stands.)
We are not in trouble, nor should we fear. We should be praying and seeking God’s providence, as Abraham did, over all that we recognize as ‘The Plan’ in the final struggle between good and evil.
Romans (the non-obscure-unless-you-don’t-like-it book of the Bible) 1:20 is clear that there will not be an excuse for rejecting God’s truth nor for a lackadaisical attitude in professing His eternal power and Godhead.
He has been manifested to each and every one of us, as promised.
The following is John “speaking” about The Revelation (excerpt from chapter 9.Emphasis and links added by WFI):
. . . “You’d think with those demonic locusts attacking only non-believers and 3 billion people being killed from wars and other disasters, that people would be flocking to the Lord in search of comfort and security. But this just didn’t happen, and I’ll tell you why.
There is a belief floating around that’s as old as mankind but in the last days will become a religion that deceives almost everybody. It’s called the Luciferian Doctrine and understanding it helps explain why the world won’t turn to its Creator in this, the worst time in human history. The Luciferian doctrine is named of course after Lucifer, a Latin name that translates “light bearer”, and holds that Lucifer is the good guy trying to enlighten the people of the world in preparation for the spiritual evolution necessary to bring peace to all mankind. According to Luciferian Doctrine our physical evolution is finished and all we need to do now is throw off the bonds of Judeo-Christian thinking to complete our spiritual evolution and enter into the Utopian Era. But Lucifer’s being hindered in all this by the evil Adonai (Hebrew for Lord) Who, along with His followers, is working to thwart Lucifer’s grand plan by requiring everyone to adhere to His reactionary religion, effectively preventing our spiritual evolution. In order for humanity to achieve Utopia those who insist on clinging to their obsolete Judeo- Christian faith have to be eliminated. The Great Tribulation is characterized in Luciferian Doctrine as the evil Adonai’s last great effort to destroy mankind’s “light bearer” and prevent our ascension into Utopia, keeping us in bondage to Him.
Following the church’s disappearance the Truth became pretty scarce on Earth and whole world was deceived into believing the Luciferian Doctrine just as my friend Paul warned would happen (2 Thes. 2:9-12). So naturally, thinking the Lord is the bad guy, they became even more intense in their worship of Lucifer, hoping that he would prevail and bring an end to their suffering. (There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is death … Prov. 14:12) Lucifer, of course, is also widely known as Satan or The Devil.”. . .
. . .”The Christ?: And who is this ‘Christ’ they look for. The answer becomes very simple when we remember that Theosophy (below [on IPS site]) views Lucifer as one of the
“solar Angels”… advanced beings who, according to Theosophy, descended (thus “the fall”) from Venus to our planet eons ago to ‘help’ man. The descent of these solar Angels was not a fall into sin or disgrace, but rather an act of great sacrifice, as is suggested in the name “Lucifer” which means light-bearer”.
In other words the antichrist.
David Spangler considered one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, initially influenced by Bailey, was instrumental in helping establish Findhorn in northern Scotland. His web site [http://davidspangler.com/] says that he has, since 1965, “worked clairvoyantly with a group of non-physical beings from the inner worlds of spirit”. In his book Reflections On The Christ, he portrays Lucifer as a positive influence on man who desires the best for humanity, saying
“Lucifer is literally the angel of experience. Lucifer, then, is neither good or bad in his true essence. He is completely neutral. He is an agent of God’s love acting through evolution.”.
The New Group Of World Servers
IPS (Institute for Planetary Synthesis) [IPS also happens to be the abbreviation for InPlainSite, from where this portion is excerpted.wfi], an organization located in Geneva, has on its site a page called The New Group Of World Servers, which quoting from various Bailey books, says
“These men and women of goodwill must be found and organized and thus discover their numerical potency – for it is there. They must form a world group, standing for right human relations and educating the public in the nature and power of goodwill. They will thus create a world public opinion which will be so forceful and so outspoken on the side of human welfare that leaders, statesmen, politicians, businessmen, and churchmen will be forced to listen and comply. Steadily and regularly, the general public must be taught an internationalism and a world unity which is based on simple goodwill and on cooperative interdependence.” (7)
They then go on to talk of The Ten Seed Groups among whom are Telepathic Communicators, who “are receptive to impression from the Masters and from each other”, Educators in the New Age, who “will work to bring in the new type of education” and Political organizers, whose major objective is “The bringing about of international understanding”. These Ten Seed Groups…
“…are in process of being “esoterically anchored” in the field of the world… to precipitate and further the growth of the Kingdom of God in such a manner that this fifth kingdom in nature may be a tangible, factual and objective occurrence upon the Earth.”. . .