Jim Bramlett (16 Nov 2010)
"A shocking sign of the times"

Dear friends:

One of the hints Jesus gave us concerning the signs of His return is that it will be "as in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28).

Lot lived in Sodom, at the time of Abraham, some 4,000 years ago.  What was it like in Sodom in the days of Lot?  Ezekiel tells us that the people there had "pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness" (Ezekiel 16:49).  But the most well-known condition was that sexual immorality was rampant.  Does that sound like now?

It is just like that today, but more than I ever realized.  I am not talking about just homosexuality and San Francisco, although that is bad enough.

For years, I have known that sexual morality in the world and in the U.S. had plummeted, but I never dreamed how much until it was recently pointed out to me that a new, widespread phenomenon is that large crowds of girls -- I said girls -- are having wild sex parties, with many in attendance.   It must be bachelorette parties, sorority parties, or something similar. 

I can hardly believe that dozens of young, attractive, wholesome-looking girls gather at these parties with male strippers, having all manner of sex with them right there in public in front of everyone, with everyone screaming and clapping with delight!   As the music plays, the naked, handsome young guys roam throughout the room, going from girl to girl, with the girls eagerly waiting their turn to have sex with them.  It is like a Roman orgy.  I have not exactly led a sheltered life and am not a prude, but this is shocking to me beyond imagination.

Generally, females are supposed to be the guardians of a culture's morality, so this trend seems to be a paradigm shift, and is ominous. 

You wonder if any of the girls are married.  No doubt some are.  What do their husbands think?  Do they know where they are?  Or are these all singles?  If married. are they this hot at home, or is it just because they are away from home and at the parties, where they think they are free to have sex with different men?

I am not including a link because you don't want to know.  You don't want those images planted in your mind.  I have had to plead the blood of Jesus over my own mind, to cleanse it.

Because of all this and more, will the fire of Sodom soon fall upon the world?  Many believe so.

I think about those surprised citizens of Sodom who were killed when the sudden destruction of God's fiery judgment came upon them, and in seconds they were dead, cast out into eternity, forever, without God.

Lot and Sodom were in the Old Testament.  But the New Testament describes a similar event connected with the end of the age: "When they say, 'peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them... and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

God sent angels to provide an escape for Lot and His family just before the destruction came.  I believe that represents the rapture, which will also deliver God's chosen ones before the coming sudden destruction, which some believe will be a simultaneous event.

I believe this is described in the Old Testament way back in Isaiah 26:
Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
And the earth shall cast out the dead. (Resurrection.)
Come, my people, enter your chambers,  And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. 
For behold, the Lord comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
(vs. 19-21).
Many scholars believe we are very near this event.