Bible Prophecy and the Return of Jesus
As it was in the days of Lot...
by I Gordon
 ↩ I kid you not. A couple of years ago, a new study Bible came out. It was the Oxford Annotated Bible. It was edited in part by pro-"gay" and feminist scholars and adopts "gay" revisionist interpretations of Holy Scripture such as that God allegedly destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of inhospitality - not homosexual sin. The actual note in the Bible concerning the destruction of Sodom says 'The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was a prominent example in Israelite tradition of God's total judgment. As in the case of 18:1-8, the main issue here is hospitality to secretly divine visitors. Here, however, the sanctity of hospitality is threatened by the men of the city who wish to rape (know) the guests. Though disapproval of male homosexuality is assumed here, the primary point of this text is how this threat by the townspeople violates the value of hospitality...As a result of his protection of his guests, he (Lot), like Noah, "finds favor" with God and he and his household are rescued out of destruction. Other passages in the Bible which condemn homosexuality are similarly reinterpreted.
Rev. Troy D. Perry, founder of the homosexual Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), wrote on the church's Web site: 'I'm excited to share with you today one of the most important theological breakthroughs in the 33-year history of Metropolitan Community Churches .. the world renowned biblical scholars who prepared The New Oxford Annotated Bible have adopted a great deal of MCC's own scholarship and theology: There is no biblical condemnation of homosexuality - only prohibitions against its misuse, just as there is no biblical blanket condemnation of heterosexuality, only prohibitions against misuse of that gift.'
What a load of rubbish! You might as well just rip the sections of the Bible that you don't like out, instead of getting so called 'scholars' to make white black and black white. As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be. It is just scary that acceptance and practice of such gross sin is happening in the 'church'. Romans chapter 1:18-27 specifically says that the wrath of God in this age includes a 'giving over' to sinful desires of homosexuality because they would not believe the truth. And Isaiah 24 tells us that the judgment in the Day of the Lord will be because the people's sins have polluted and defiled the earth. Therefore they are under a curse and will pay for their guilt.
 ↩ The country that I live in, New Zealand, just passed what it calls the 'Civil Union' bill this past month. It is essentially gay marriage. It was passed by parliament despite the vast majority of New Zealanders opposed to it according to the polls. It was encouraging to see that 'morality' was the biggest factor in the recent US elections however.
 ↩ The day of the Lord is a term used to define the time of God's judgment in the last days. It is not a literal 24 hour day, but a period of time. It is sometimes called 'The Tribulation' or 'Daniel's 70th week'. From Daniel chapter 9 and passages in Revelation we can determine that it will last a period of 7 years. A description of the judgments during this time can be seen in Revelation chapter 6 - 19. Also look at Isaiah 2:6-22, 13:6-16. Isaiah 24 contains a very concise, yet graphic description of this time. The purpose of the Day of the Lord, according to Dr Arnold Fructembaum, is threefold -
1) To make an end of wickedness and wicked ones (Is 13:9, 24:19-20)
2) To bring about a worldwide revival (Rev 7:1-17)
3) To break the power of the Jewish nation - in order to bring about repentance and a calling out for the Messiah to return (Dan 12:5-7, Zech 12:10)
 ↩ And like Lot, we too may be rejected more often than not. It is actually prophesied that in the last days scoffers will mock the thought of Jesus' return and the coming judgment. Nether the less, it will all take place and not one word of the scripture will be left unfulfilled. See 2 Pet 3:3-12
 ↩ I remember reading a question in a book that said - 'If you could push a button that would take you to be with the Lord (and He was sweet with you pushing it!), would you push it?' It was a good question because it forces you to access where your heart is and what things make you 'hesitate'. What would you do? I've heard some say they would want to get married or have a career first. If you were to ask the Apostle Paul he would have been chomping at the bit to push the button! But, like Lot, it was only the people that he cared for and needed him that caused him to hesitate. See Phil 1:21-26.
 ↩ William MacDonald, in his 'Bible Believers Commentary' writes 'Although Lot's wife was almost taken by force out of Sodom, her heart remained in the city. This is indicated by the fact that she turned back. She was out of Sodom, but Sodom was not out of her. As a result, God destroyed her by turning her into a pillar of salt.'
 ↩ A read a story recently which I liked. Horatio Bonar was a great Scottish minister who loved the Lord and lived with an expection of the Lord's soon return. One day, as he sat with a number of fellow ministers, he asked them a question. 'Do you really expect Jesus Christ to come today?' he asked. One by one, as he went round the circle of ministers, they all answered honestly with a no. 'No...we don't really expect Him to come today.' Horatio then began to write something on a piece of paper and handed it round the circle of ministers. It simply said ' So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.' They got the point!
 ↩ I don't believe that these passages before us concern the return of Jesus at the end of the tribulation because that is not a time when people will be carrying on with their normal lives. You only have to look at the judgments in Revelation to understand this. But life will be business as usual for the world at the time of the rapture. There are heaps of prophecies that have to be fulfilled before the return of Jesus to earth at the end of the tribulation (as portrayed in Revelation 19) but there are no prophecies that have to be fulfilled before Jesus returns to take His bride home. Because of this, Peter could write in 1 Peter 1:5 that we are
'shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.' From the time that Jesus ascended to heaven, it could always be said that our full salvation 'is ready to be revealed'. It is ready. There is nothing else that has to be accomplished. On a scarier note for those that don't know the Lord, Peter also wrote in 1 Pet 4:5 'But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.' Not only is our full salvation ready to be revealed (our new bodies at the return of Jesus) but it can also be said that God IS READY to judge the living and the dead. Nothing else has to happen. He is ready. Only his patience and mercy prevents this judgment. So if God is ready, then the only question left is 'are you ready'?