Summary: Brief description of the time before God’s judgment came in the days of Lot
’Business as Usual’
(The Days of Lot)
The Lord Jesus Christ’s prophecy concerning the Days of Noah in Luke 17 was immediately followed by this similar statement:
"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. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." (Luke 17:28-30)
The Lord foretells the ’Business as Usual’ attitude of the unbelievers during the end-times right before He comes to rapture His church. His description of that day shows that the normal activities of the average person will go on as though nothing out of the ordinary is about to happen revealing the ’thief in the night’ (I Thessalonians 5:2) type surprise upon the lost people that will accompany His Day of the Lord judgment and same day rapture of the church! It is also testimony to the fact of the indifference and hardness of heart of this wicked generation that will continue on its merry way in the face of vile and heinous sins being committed without protest on every side!
Additional information on the days of Lot is found in Genesis 18 & 19. The Lord reveals to Abraham (Lot’s uncle) ’the cry of Sodom (Lot’s hometown) and Gomorrah is great because their sin is very grievous’ (Genesis 18:20). Just as the blood of Abel cried to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10) causing God to take action against Cain who was Abel’s murderer, the ’cry of Sodom and Gomorrah’ from the commission of their grievous sin came up to heaven into the ears of God.
The Lord, with two of His angels, visits Abraham and his wife Sarah, and after Abraham successfully intercedes with God on behalf of his nephew Lot, the two angels proceed to carry out the rescue of Lot and his family from the coming destruction of God’s judgment.
The grievous sins of Sodom and Gomorrah become evident when the angels, who are met by Lot and taken to his home, are sought out ’by the men of the city, even the men of Sodom’ (19:4) who wanted to ’know them.’ (19:5) This word ’know’ refers to the desire for perverted sexual relations these men wanted to engage in with the two angels.
The Sodomites openly approached Lot concerning these complete strangers, the two angels, and boldly, under no uncertain terms, let their perverted homosexual intentions be known. They violently tried to enter Lot’s home coming ’near to break the door’ (19:9), and although they were supernaturally blinded by the angels, their lustful desires drove them to continue to try ’to find the door’ (19:11) of Lot’s house in an attempt to satisfy their inordinate passions!
Although Lot, his wife and two daughters escaped the next morning, Lot’s attempt to save his daughter’s husbands was in vain due to his lack of credibility in the eyes of his sons in law. Lot had no credibility with them and they died with the multitudes when ’the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.’ (Genesis 19:25)