Genesis 13:13 KJV - "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly."
Genesis 19:24-25 KJV - "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground."
Genesis 19:27 -28 KJV - "And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."
Luke 17:28 - 29 KJV - "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all."
Jude 1:7 KJV - "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."
The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners "exceedingly". Not only Sodom, but Gomorrha, and "the cities about them in like manner". Sexual sin filled Sodom and the surrounding cities. Sodomy (homosexuality), fornication, perhaps bestiality, and going after "strange flesh". In other words, deviant sexual activity against nature and against God's created order, and the sin of PRIDE. Impenitent souls defied God, rebelled, and refused to repent. Pride of their sin and the hardness of their hearts provoked the Lord to anger and wrath. Judgement came swiftly. Brimstone and fire raining down from the Lord in heaven. The smoke of the country went up as "the smoke of a furnace". All were destroyed, save righteous Lot and his two daughters who escaped by the hand of the Lord. The sins of Sodom are "set forth as an example" for all that will live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). Some mock and laugh at this "old fashioned" fire and brimstone preaching...the mocking and laughter will cease under the rain of fire and judgement of the living God, destroying all who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel. God COMMANDS all men to repent. The day of judgment is coming sooner than can be imagined upon a wicked and sinful world. The word of God is sure and true.
Romans 2:4-5 KJV - "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God."
By God's great MERCY we are not consumed already. It is by His GOODNESS we are reproved of our sins and led to repentance. If men stay proud and hold to an impenitent heart, an unrepentant, selfish and rebellious state against the word of God, they will perish in their sins and face the wrath of the living God as Sodom surely did. They will face God's RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT. The Lord HIMSELF is coming quickly "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 KJV.
All the pride, the pomp, the waving of rainbow flags provokes the Lord of heaven and earth to wrath. To those who are willing and obedient...REPENT! FLEE the wrath to come! God is not willing that sinners perish, but that all sinners come to repentance and faith in the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord. Christ Jesus the Lord is the one and only ESCAPE. To those who refuse to repent, and rebel, DESTRUCTION. We live in darkest of days right before the coming of the Lord, what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. It's a day of wrath and judgment on an impenitent world. REMEMBER SODOM. They ate. They drank. They bought. They sold. They planted. They builded. Surely they lived in sin openly before the Lord. Life as usual to Sodom and the surrounding cities and plains, all seemed so good and well. Sunshine, birds singing, the hum of the city like any other typical day. Yet the very same day that Lot went out of Sodom, fire and brimstone rained out of heaven and destroyed them all. Out of love I warn that those who do not obey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will suffer worse than the rain of fire and brimstone on Sodom, suffering EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION from the presence of the Lord.
The word of the Lord is sure and true. Remember Sodom.
Dan W. Dunn
June 27th, 2015
(Pic is from John Martin, 1852)