Genesis 18:16 Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. 17 And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” 20 And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, 21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
"A Cry Out"
Genesis 18:22 Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. 23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”
27 Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: 28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”
So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.”
29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”
30 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”
32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”
And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” 33 So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place
In this hour there is an outcry against this place we have called home "because sin is very grave" and once again Our God is on the verge of coming down in His Wrath and dealing with man in a promised event known as the Great Tribulation (The Day of the Lord), and warned it would be Luke 17:28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Thankfully for Lot, God was talking with Abraham
The Lord had come knocking on Abraham's tent, Abraham recognized who it was and invited Him In ...then while Abraham was spending Time in God's Presence and due to His reverence for God and the favor He had found, Our God decided to reveal a secret to Abraham about what was On God's Heart!!
God shared this information with Abraham and then we read further along it sounds like a negotiation between Abraham and God
But what had Abraham just heard? He had heard that God was about to destroy a place where Abraham had family! Please stop and think right now if that was you.
I don't believe Abraham was cool, calm and collected in his plea, I believe he was urgent and broken..."God, I have family there ..PLEASE" "Lot ..His wife, their kids" "that's my family PLEASE GOD"
Right Now if You were to be told that a neighboring town a few miles down the road from where you live ....was about to come under the Wrath of Almighty God, and He is sitting in your front room sharing this information, what would be your response to hearing such information?
What if your son, or daughter lived in that town, your grandchildren, your parents or grandparents or cousins or dear friends??
Would you just discuss it as you would the weather? OR would you with great passion and desperation "CRY OUT" ...."Lord on behalf of my family ...would you have MERCY?" "what if God had told you to warn them of what was coming and to share His plan of salvation from that event in time?"
Well, I want you to know there is now a very similar outcry going up ....and we His People have been chosen for such a time as this and He has chosen to call us friends and has given us His Word that states what will happen and what should be happening by us in the times proceeding the Day of the Lord! Because of the wicknedness of this time Here is what He has promised WILL Come
100 lb Hailstones Rev 16:16-20
The Great Earthquake leaving NO ISLANDS on earth
also, taking down every mountain on earth. Rev 16:17-21
1/3 of the Earth is burned up, 1/3 of trees, and all the grass Rev.8:7
1/3 of the Sea is turned into Blood Rev 8:8-9
The Abyss (bottomless pit) opens and locust-like scorpion creatures arise Rev 9:2-3
Evil angels released to kill 1/3 of mankind Rev 9:13-15
Painful sores break out on people that have taken the Mark of the Beast Rev16:2
The sun will scorch people with fire Rev 16:8-9
and eventually Hell itself and all those who have neglected such a great salvation will be thrown into The Lake of Fire! People we KNOW at place we have friends and family!
what is our job in this time...what has Jesus told us to do?
34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Please take note of just a couple of thigs to come....that 1/3 of all mankind will be destroyed in a singular event, that there will be a hail stones falling upon this earth weighing between 90-100lbs?? "Stop and think" about that for a moment, just stop and see your neighborhood! see your schools, or your local grocery store, see the chaos the devestation the hopeless despair. By Faith can you see it? Who are you willing to "leave behind" to suffer such a time? In our hearing and reading of God's Word is it hitting home? Do we care? Really?
God is the one who gave Abraham a heart that when he heard about the "out cry" that he in turn began to "cry out"
and I believe that is the Heart of Our Lord and Savior now, He is wanting to share this heavy burden upon those who have ears to hear and a heart to respond..
Respond how?? by getting on our faces and "crying out" on behalf of those God will lay upon our hearts and then going into our worlds by faith and sharing the Saving Message of Jesus Christ ...while their is still time
I live in the Ozarks, In my hearing, I hear that God is saying "wake up" and see your neighbors and friends...Are they prepared? Are they On the Ark of God's Safety? (Jesus)
If you hear this message and it doesn't produce a heavy burden is it because you "scoff" at the message of Jesus return? Peter warned by divine inspiration that "mockers and scoffers" would arise in the last days saying "where is the promise of His Coming?"
I'm telling you ...this is no time to be brushing aside as just "normal time"
Why am I so adamant? ISRAEL was reborn in 1948 as God's Word has promised it would spring forth. Jerusalem is becoming a burdensome stone and the nations of this world are aligning in passionate purpose to see Israel NO MORE!! The Great Tribulation is also known as "Jacob's Trouble" a time that Israel's only ally will be GOD Himself, God also warned that in the times of "the last days" 2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
Hence "The OutCry"
King David prayed in Psalms 9 regarding such a time
Psalms 9:15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The LORD is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
19 Arise, O LORD,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O LORD,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men.
That sounds like an "outcry" to me of what must be ascending unto our God even now!! But as He Tarries, He is desiring that we his people in desperate love for our friends, family and neighbors will love them as we love ourselves and will begin to stand in the gap and then "knowing the terror of the Lord" begin to persuade all who will listen to ..."flee the wrath to come" by believing this incredibly good news, Jesus Christ came and took upon Him all Your Sins , willfully went to a cross and took the wrath You have coming upon Him and was crucified and then ...just as HE Promised, 3 days later He arose from the Grave and whoever believes in Him and calls upon His Name shall not perish but have everlasting Life!!!!
In the words of an old song, "we've got a job to do, running out of time to do it" I pray we "wake up" to the time at hand and prepare the way of our Lord. The Day of the Lord is at hand and we have friends, family and neighbors lost and asleep at a time God is about to visit in His Wrath. "Lord, here we are use us to stand in the gap on behalf of those you will lay on our hearts while their is still time" In Jesus Name....AMEN
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