Remember Lot’s Wife!
The major passages in the Gospels on the Second Coming of Christ include Matthew 23 and 25, and Luke 17 and 21. While most of these passages give us a chronological order of events, Luke 17 focuses more on the nature and purpose of His coming. In this chapter Jesus is emphasizing how the Kingdom comes.
The full scope of His coming includes:
1. The Rapture of the Saints I Corinthians 15:50-58 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18
2. The Bema Judgment of Christians for rewards Romans 14, I Corinthians 3:11-15,
II Corinthians 5:9-10
3. The judgment of those left behind during the Tribulation described in Revelation 6-19 ending with the Battle of Armageddon mentioned in Rev. 16:16
4. The Millennial Reign of Christ described in Micah 4:1-4, Isaiah 11, 35, and 65:17-25, besides many other Old Testament Scriptures,
The events described in Luke 17:20-37 refer to the judgment of those left behind to go through the Tribulation, including the Battle of Armageddon.
The Purpose of the Second Coming
When we study the Second Coming of Christ, the emphasis, though wonderful and exciting, should not be so much on us and our glorified bodies; but on the truth that Christ is being vindicated and glorified as He destroys Satan and puts down sin forever.
The major theme of of the Second Coming is Christ’s judgment on this sinful world which precedes and ushers in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ.
When Christians leave this world in the Rapture, those left behind are not going to miss us and our Christian influence on this world. They will look at our disappearance as “good riddance”. They will be enthralled with the Anti-christ who promises peace and unity in the world.
Towards the end of the seven years of Tribulation, Christ will visibly burst on the world scene as a bolt of lightening, as described in Luke 17:24. His coming will bring massive worldwide destruction. In Luke 17:26-28, He likens that destruction to that of the Flood in Noah’s day in which only eight were spared and the destruction of Sodom, in which only three were saved.
In summary, the Second Coming of Christ is not so much about me and my glory as it is about God’s glory and the end of sin.
In the midst of this Luke 17 passage, Jesus draws our attention to Lot‘s wife in verse 32.
Remember Lot‘s wife
This warning reminds us of some other reminders in recent history. Remember Pearl Harbor!, when the Japanese bombed our naval base December 7th, 1941. That was our battle cry and victory slogan during the Second World War that bonded Americans together to sacrifice for victory. There was no division between Democrats and Republicans. We were united in this together to make any sacrifice necessary to win.
And then there was Remember 9-11 and the Muslim Terrorist attacks on America‘s soil in 2001. For a few months there was love and unity among Americans and a crying to God to bless America. So soon we forgot, and for the past seven years the American political landscape has become hateful and ugly as we forgot who our enemy was and turned our attacks upon one another as Democrats and Republicans.
So turning our attention back to Lot‘s wife, what is it that we are to remember about her? Lot was a nephew of Abraham. The story of the relationship between Abraham and Lot begins in Genesis 11:27-32 and continues through chapter 12, 13, 14, 18 and 19. In those chapters we read of Abraham’s love and kindness towards Lot and Lot‘s selfishness towards his Uncle Abraham.
We see how Lot chose the well watered plain of Jordan and the city of Sodom. We see how he built his home there and finally found himself as a leader in the city government of Sodom. He found his wife there and their heart and life became deeply entwined in the life of Sodom, a city so well known for immorality.
On the other hand, we can take a peek into the heart of Lot by reading II Peter 2:4-9. There we find that while living in Sodom, his soul was vexed by the immorality of the city. In that verse we learn that Lot was a righteous man, though his family was in shambles and he had no spiritual influence on anyone.
In Genesis 19 we read the story of the angels who came and literally dragged Lot and his wife and his two daughters out of the city, warning them not to look back on the destruction that God was going to bring on that city. You remember the story. Lot‘s wife looked back on the city where her heart was. You remember the rest of the story. Lot‘s wife immediately turned into a pillar of salt, leaving Lot and his two daughters to flee for their lives.
Their in a mountain cave in Zoar, the two daughters made their father drunk and then each conceived a child by their father, Those two baby boys became the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites, two nations that were a constant curse to Israel.
The Taken and the Left
Now let’s leave the story of Lot and his wife as we turn to the final verses of Luke 17:33-37. There, we read about two groups of people, the taken and the left. The taken are those dragged to Megiddo to be destroyed in the Battle of Armageddon where the blood flows for two hundred miles up to the bridle of the horses. See Revelation 16:13-14. Those taken are those eaten by the eagles and vultures, as referred to in Luke 17:37 and Revelation 19:17-18. Those left behind are those who enter the Millennial Kingdom of Christ in their natural bodies. You can read about them in Isaiah 65:17-25.
Of course, we who are born again, were caught up in the Rapture in glorified bodies. We will enter the Kingdom with Christ in our glorified bodies and live and reign with Christ for one thousand years. Those in their natural bodies will live out their lives to old age, dying around the age of 100. During the Millennial Age, some of the curse of sin will be lifted from the earth and life on earth will be somewhat like it was in the Garden of Eden.
One thing will be missing. Satan will be bound and cast into a bottomless pit for the entire Millennium. Afterwards, Revelation 20 tells us, Satan will be released for a short season in which he stirs up one final rebellion against Christ. It is short-lived. He is bound and cast into the Lake of Fire where he will spend eternity with his demons and with all those people who through the centuries have rejected Christ as Saviour, as is explained in the final verse of Revelation 20.
If you are still without Christ, I urge you to Remember Noah and the Flood, Remember Lot’s wife. Remember the warnings you have received from Christians and from this web site. Do the sensible and only right thing. Admit you are a sinner, unable to lift a finger to save yourself and cast yourself on Christ who alone can save you this moment, if you’ll receive Him.
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