The Days of Lot
LIKEWISE also as it was in the days of Lot, even thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke xvii,28-30. And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will now go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it. Gen.xviii,20,21. And while the Lord was about to destroy the place, two angels came down to Sodom at even to warn just Lot of the destruction that awaited the place. He welcomed them to his house, even pressed them greatly. See Gen.xix,1,2. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place; for we will destroy this place. Verses 12,13. Lot went unto his sons-in-law, and told them that the Lord would destroy the place. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons-in-law. They probably felt safe and feared no evil. But the Lord rained brimstone and fire out of heaven upon them, and they were destroyed.
So also in these last days, while signs in the heavens and the earth have been manifested, speaking forth the coming of Jesus and the end of the world, three angels have gone forth proclaiming their commission to the
inhabitants of earth. The message of the first angel was to every kindred, tongue and people, while he cried with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come. Such a message
has gone forth to the inhabitants of earth. While God's chosen and faithful servants proclaimed this, some gladly received it, as did Lot the angels; while the great mass of professors, lulled with the siren song of peace
and safety, rejected and crushed their testimony.
This prepared the way for the second angel's message, [Rev.xiv,8,] "Saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen," &c. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God," &c. Verses 9-11.
And now while the voice of this angel is sounding, many gladly embrace the truth, and heed its warning.
Others look at it as did Lot's sons-in-law, as not worthy of their notice; but their destruction is as sure as theirs was, unless they heed the call, and turn from the traditions of men to the worship of the only true God.
Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Verse 12.
And let those that are disposed to trifle with these things remember that the commandment is exceeding broad, and profit by the teachings of God's word; for that will show that the great mass will be deceived by the strong deception of the enemy of all righteousness. And now while Satan is at work through spirit mediums, performing miracles, healing the sick, &c., many say that it can proceed only from a good source. But according to the Scriptures, there exists a power in opposition to the work of God. See Ex.vii,10-12; 2Tim.iii,8. We are warned against hearkening to the voice of those who show signs and wonders which may come to pass, if they would turn us from the only true God. See Deut.xiii,1-4. Now as Spiritualists do away the Bible, the only rule by which we may know how to worship Him, they must be false teachers, performing the work described in 2Tim.iii,8,9.
And now, while the saints of God are searching the Word, and becoming strong in the Lord, the enemy's power will be more manifest; but their day is short, for he that is to come, will come quickly to the joy and
salvation of his people.
F. C. CASTLE.