I Hear Voices: Discerning the Voices In the Midst of Generation of Judgment

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Genesis which was written by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters nineteen through twenty-two of this Old Testament book. FROM VISITATION TO TESTING! VISITATION OF COVENANT AND CIRCUMCISION! VISITATION OF WARNING! VISITATION OF JUDGMENT! WHEN FEAR STRIKES A SECOND TIME! THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE! THE TEST OF ABRAHAM! BETWEEN JUDGMENT AND TESTING IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE! THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE IS PRECEDED BY THE FULFILLMENT OF PROMISE! WHEN ANGELS COME TO SODOM! THE LORD WARNED NOAH! THE LORD WARNED LOT! WARNING PRECEDES JUDGMENT! JUDGMENT, PROMISE, TESTING! THE LORD SPOKE TO ABRAHAM ABOUT JUDGMENT AND THE ANGELS WARNED LOT! ESCAPING JUDGMENT THROUGH COVENANT! THE LORD SPARED LOT BECAUSE OF THE COVENANT HE HAD WITH ABRAHAM! THE JUDGMENT OF WICKEDNESS! THE FULFILLMENT OF PROMISE! THE TESTING OF FEAR AND COMMITMENT! NOW I KNOW THAT YOU FEAR ME! DEMONSTRATING FEAR THROUGH SACRIFICE! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you I’ll find the book of Genesis shifting to what would be the second apocalyptic scene which would take place in this book of beginnings. It is quite unique and interesting to think about and consider the fact that genesis has often times been called the book of beginnings or a book of beginnings and yet twice within the first twenty chapters we find two cataclysmic and apocalyptic events which took place. If you turn and direct your attention back to the sixth and seventh chapter you will find the first of these two apocalyptic evened which took place so close to beginning of creation and the formation of man from the dust of the ground. As you turn and direct your attention back to the sixth chapter of book of Genesis you will find that in the days when men began to multiply upon the face of the earth, daughters were born unto them. It would be during those days that the sons of God would look upon the daughters of men and behold that they were fair women. As a result the sons of Good took daughters of men as wives and went in into them. The result of this union was an unholy corruption of the seed within the earth as you will find it recorded how giants were upon and filled the earth during those times. What’s more if that you will find that it would be during those days when the whole earth would be corrupt before the Lord as every imagination of the intention of their hearts were evil continually. What’s more, is if you continue reading in both the sixth and seventh chapter you will find that the earth was filled with violence as the days of Noah were days of tremendous and immense wickedness before the Lord. So evil and so vile were those days that the Lord not only declared that His Spirit would not always strive with men, but He also warned Noah that He would destroy the whole earth with waters of a flood. From every living being upon the face of the earth to every living thing that had the breath of life the living God would wipe out and destroy them all.

As you read the words which are found within the sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis you will find days written of which were spoken of and mentioned by Jesus the Christ while speaking unto His disciples concerning the end times and the Last Days. What’s more, is that even the apostle Peter and Jude wrote about the days of Noah and the tremendous wickedness and violence which permeated and saturated the earth during those days. In order for us to understand the tremendous judgment and destruction and devastation that came upon the earth during those days it is absolutely necessary to come face to face with the incredible amount of corruption and wickedness that was upon the face of the earth. What’s more is that Moses didn’t merely write that there was some violence upon the earth during those days, but rather that the whole earth was filled with violence. Furthermore, Moses would write that the whole earth had corrupted itself before the living God and that every imagination of the thoughts and intentions of his heart was evil continually. It would be during those days of Noah when giants filled the earth and when the seed of man within the earth was corrupted, polluted and defiled. We cannot truly understand the devastation and destruction that came upon the earth without coming face to face with the tremendous wickedness and corruption which took place upon the face of the earth. What I happen to find so incredibly intriguing about the sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis is that in this first book of the Bible which described and detailed the beginning of so many different realities, there would come a point so close to that moment when it all began that the living God would not only repent that He had made man upon the earth, but would also vow to destroy every living thing that moved upon the earth and every thing that had the breath of life within it. The Lord emphatically declared that His Spirit would not always strive with men, and even numbered his days to one hundred and twenty. Pause for a moment and think that the Lord banished Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden and drove them eastward to prevent them from laying hold of the fruit of the tree of life, and now in the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis we find and read of the Lord further limiting the length of time man’s wickedness would permeate and saturate the earth by numbering their days to one hundred and twenty.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but be absolutely and completely captivated with and by the fact that within this first book of the sacred text and scripture, and within this book that describes and details so many different beginnings we find two events which would take place within and upon the earth because of the wickedness and corruption of men. It’s worth noting that in the days of Noah it was the whole earth that was corrupt and polluted before the Lord and committed wickedness and violence before Him. In the eighteenth chapter of the same book of Genesis we find that it wasn’t the whole earth that polluted and corrupted itself before the Lord, but it was in fact the cities of the plain—namely, Sodom and Gomorrah. With that being said it must be noted and understood that when the Lord spoke unto Abraham concerning Sidon and Gomorrah He emphatically declared unto him that the cry of Sodom’s wickedness, as well as the cry of the wickedness of Gomorrah had gone up to Him, and so much so that He actually came down to look upon and behold the cry. Much like the living God came down to behold the city and tower the inhabitants and people of the earth built during the days after the flood, so also THR Lord would now come down to the earth one more time to look upon and behold the wickedness and corruption of these two cities to see if it was altogether wicked and vile. I find myself being gripped with and by the fact that these two cities were so wicked that the cry of their wickedness actually came before the living God, and the living God had to come down to look upon and behold the wickedness and see if it was as great as the cry that came before Him. THE CRY OF WICKEDNESS! THE CRY OF CORRUPTION! Oh I can’t help but think about and consider this nation we live in during these days and consider the cry of this nation before the Lord. I can’t help but wonder what the cry of this nations wickedness sounds like in the hearing of the living God. I can’t help but wonder how great the cry of the wickedness of this Athol truly is within the earth, and how many times the Lord has come down to look upon and behold the wickedness and corruption. What’s more, is there is not a doubt in my mind that we are living in the days of Noah, as well as the days of sodom and Gomorrah, and the cry of the wickedness of the earth is so great before the Lord during these days. I firmly believe there are two crises that are going up from the earth during these days, and they were the same two cries that went up from the earth during the days of Lot. If you read and study the book of Genesis you will find that during the days of Lot there was the cry of wickedness that rise up from the midst of the cities of the plain, and specially Sodom and Gomorrah. With that being said, we must also see and recognize that there was another cry—a secondary cry if you will that came forth from the face of the earth during those days. The more I read and the more I think about the days of Lot the more I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that during those days—while there was a great cry of the wickedness of the cities of the plain which went up before the Lord, so also was there a secondary cry that went up from the earth during those days. In all reality, I would dare say that during days of judgment and destruction there are always two distinct and two voices which are present within and upon the earth—two voices which must be heard and considered.

I didn’t believe that if we are going to truly understand the days of Lot—as well as the days of Noah—it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize the take of two voices which are present during days of national judgment and destruction. THE TWO VOICES IN THE MIDST OF JUDGMENT. In all reality, I would dare say that there is this underlying pattern that is found during days of national judgment and destruction, for if you read and study the days of the kings of the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah, you will encounter the reality that even during those days you will find two different and two distinct voices. On the one hand you most certainly find the cry and voice of wickedness that saturates, permeates and so fills the earth. There is that voice and that fry which echoes in the ears of the living God and before heaven itself, and it is the voice and cry of wickedness and violence that so fills and saturates the earth. You wouldn’t think that wickedness has a voice and even that wickedness has a cry, however, if you read the eighteenth chapter of the book of Genesis you will quickly encounter the reality that wickedness does in fact have a voice, and even a cry. What’s more, is that if you turn and direct your attention back to the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis—not only will you find that wickedness does in fact have a cry and a voice, but so also does the shed blood of those who have been violently killed and murdered have a voice and a cry within the earth. Before I get into the voice and cry that is found in the days of Lot I feel it absolutely necessary and imperative to bring and draw your attention to the words which are found in the forth chapter of the book of Genesis, for it is there in the fourth chapter you will find powerful words concerning the voice and cry of the blood of the first victim of murder within and throughout the history of mankind through this present day. If you begin reading with and from the eighth verse of the fourth chapter you will find the following words which were written concerning the slaying and murdering of Abel in the field as his own brother Cain rose up against him. Consider if you will the words which are found in this particular passage of Scripture beginning with the eighth verse of the fourth chapter and behold the voice and cry of the blood of Abel which was shed upon the face of the earth:

“And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood cruelty from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden” (Genesis 4:8-16).

As you read the words which are found within the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis Hoya will find that after Cain rose up against his brother and slew him in the field—not only was the voice of the living God heard in the earth, but so also the voice and cry of the blood of Abel was heard within and upon the earth. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this tremendous and incredible reality, for during the days of Cain there were two distinct voices which were heard during those days—particularly and especially after Cain rose up against his brother in the field and slew him. The first voice which was heard during those days was the voice of the living God as he called out unto Cain and asked him where his brother Abel was—much like the voice of God was heard walking in the garden during the days after Adam and Eve sinned and transgressed against the command of the Lord by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The voice of the Lord was heard walking in the garden immediately after Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the same voice of the living God was heard in the earth immediately after Cain rose up and slew his brother in the field. During the days of Cain—the days after he had risen up against his brother and slaughtered him in the field—not only was the voice of the living God heard within the earth, but so also was there a secondary voice and cry that was heard in the earth. This secondary voice and cry is one which I firmly believe is heard in this generation, and is one that has been heard within and throughout generations ever since Cain rose up against his brother and slaughtered him in the field. I am completely and utterly convinced that the voice of the cry of the blood of Abel cried out before and unto the living God, and I firmly believe that the voice and cry of the blood of Abel which was shed by Cain his brother was a cry for vengeance and retribution against that one who had risen up against him and slaughtered him. This reality is in my opinion confirmed in the sixth chapter of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ. If you turn and direct your attention to the ninth verse and what is written concerning the opening of the fifth seal you will find the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held crying out unto the living God. Consider the words which the apostle John wrote and recorded in this passage and you will encounter what I believe the voice and cry of all the blood that has been shed in the earth from the time of Abel until this present day has been crying out before the living God:

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a. Loud voice, saying, How long, I Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:9-11).

Upon reading the words which are found within the sixth chapter of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ you will find and encounter the incredible reality that the voices of the souls of those which were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held cried out before and unto the Lord, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” It is quite clear and quite undeniable when reading the words which are found within the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ that there is a voice and there is a cry that is heard in the earth—and even in heaven itself—and it is the voice of the cry of the blood of those who have been shed from and since the time of Cain when he rose up against his brother and slew him. In fact, Jesus Himself spoke of the blood that was shed upon the face of the earth when he declared unto the Pharisees, the scribes and the elders during His day the following words: “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar” (Matthew 23:34-35). There is not a doubt in my mind that during the days of Cain there was a voice and a cry that rose up from the face of the earth, and it was the voice and cry of the blood of righteous Abel which was shed by his brother Cain after his worship and offering was not regarded by the living God, and the sacrifice and offering of Abel was. With all of that being said, and as much as there were two voices heard during the days of Cain—the voice of the living God speaking unto Cain, and the voice of the cry of Abel’s blood—so also were there two voices during the days of Noah. If you turn and direct your attention to the eleventh chapter of the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews you will find it written concerning Noah how he, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, and prepared an ark to the saving of his house; and how he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. If you read and study the days of Noah you must come to the conclusion that there were two distinct voices which were heard during those days. On the one hand there was the voice of Noah which was being heard in the earth—that voice which warned the inhabitants of the earth of things not yet seen and a judgment and destruction which would come upon the face of the earth. I am completely and utterly convinced that during the days of Noah there was the voice of Noah who warned and preached righteousness in that generation as he moved with godly fear and prepared the ark unto the condemnation of all those who were present in the earth. With that being said—although it is not specifically mentioned in the book of Genesis—I would dare say it is mentioned in the second epistle which the apostle Peter wrote that the second voice heard during the days of Noah was the voice of scoffers and those who would mock the word and warning which Noah preached through his words, as well as the preparation of the ark. Consider if you will the words which are found in the second epistle written by the apostle Peter beginning to read with the first verse of the chapter:

“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking in their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old and the earth standing out of water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserve unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:1-5).

It is clear from the words which the apostle Peter wrote in this second epistle that during the last days there would be scoffers and those who would mock and ridicule the preachers of righteousness and those who hold to the coming of the Lord—much like there were mockers and scoffers during the days of Noah. While it is not specifically mentioned in the book of Genesis that there were mockers and scoffers during the days of Noah, it is quite clear and quite obvious when reading the second epistle written by the apostle Peter that there were during those days scoffers and mockers who would dare question the word and that which spoken by Noah. Even in the first epistle which was written by the apostle Peter we learn and encounter the reality that there was the voice of righteousness that was heard during the days of Noah, for Noah himself was a preacher of righteousness. In the fourth and fifth verses of the second chapter of the first epistle we find the following words which were written by the apostle Peter: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eight person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (1 Peter 2:4-9). It is quite obvious from the words which the apostle Peter wrote that during the days of Noah there were in essence two voices which were heard—namely, the first voice which was the voice of Noah a righteous man who preached righteousness and condemned the world through the preparing of the ark and the preaching of righteousness, and the second voice which was the voice of the scoffer and of the mocker and those who ridiculed and scorned the words which Noah himself had preached and proclaimed. There were during the days of Noah two distinct voices which were heard—voices which have been present in the earth since those days, and which are still present in these days. In fact, it was the apostle Peter who wrote and declared that in the last days there would be scoffers and mockers who would speak of the slowness and delay in the coming of the Lord and would doubt and believe within themselves that the coming of the Lord has not taken place and in all reality will not take place. There were those during the days of Noah who would scoff at the preaching of righteousness and the warning of a great flood that was to come because during those days from the time of creation it had not rained upon he face of the earth. Oh that we would recognize and understand this tremendous and incredible reality, for it sets the stage for what we find and read in the eighteenth and nineteenth chapters of the book of Genesis and how during the days of Lot there were two voices which were heard in the earth.

If you read and study these two chapters found within the book of Genesis—chapter eighteen and chapter nineteen—you will encounter and come face to face with the tremendous and incredible reality that during the days of Lot there were two distinct voices which were heard in the earth. On the one hand you will find the voice of the cry of the wickedness which was present in the midst of the cities, and on the other hand you will find the voice of Abraham who cried out and interceded one half of the cities of the plain on account of those righteous which were found in the midst of them. If you read in verses sixteen through twenty-two you will encounter and come face to face with the first voice which was heard and found during the days of Lot—namely, the voice of the cry of the wickedness which rose up from the cities of the plain and from Sodom and Gomorrah and came unto the hearing and sight of the living God. Consider if you will the words which are found in this eighteenth chapter beginning with the sixteenth verse:

“And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord” (Genesis 18:16-22).

With these words we encounter the tremendous reality that there was an initial voice which was found during those days—namely, the voice of the cry of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, for their sin was very grievous before and in the sight of the living God. What’s more, is the Lord would go on to declare that the voice of this cry of these two cities was so great in His sight and in His hearing that He would come down and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry which had come unto him. It’s absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this reality, for during the days of Lot there was the voice of the cry of the wickedness and sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, which rose up before and in the sight of the living God, as well as a second voice which was heard during those days. If you continue reading in and within the eighteenth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find that while it was true there was the voice of the cry of wickedness within the he earth, there was also a secondary voice which was heard—it was a voice entirely and altogether different from the voice of the cry of wickedness that came upon the earth. If and as you begin reading with and from the twenty-third verse of the eighteenth chapter you will find that this second voice which was heard during the days of Lot was not the voice of the cry of wickedness, but rather the voice and cry of intercession that proceeded forth from Abraham. In other words, despite the fact that during those days there was an initial cry of wickedness that went up before the living God, there would also be a secondary cry that would come forth from the earth—namely, a cry of intercession on behalf of cities on account of the righteous. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this tremendous and incredible reality, for to do so would be to miss and misunderstand that which is found within the days and generation in which we are living. I am completely and utterly convinced that while there is most certainly and definitely a cry of the wickedness that has been committed in the earth which has risen and is rising up in the sight of the living God, so also is there a secondary cry of the righteous—a cry for mercy, a cry for grace, and a cry for intercession. Verses twenty-three through thirty-three of this eighteenth chapter bring us face to face with this secondary cry in the earth—a cry which we must purpose and determine within our hearts and spirits we will echo, or will in fact ignore. Consider if you will the words which are found in this particular chapter beginning with the twenty-third verse of the eighteenth chapter:

“And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there by fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And He said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto Him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And He said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall be thirty found there. And he said,I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the Lord went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place” (Genesis 18:23-33).

With these words we encounter and experience the reality that while there was an initial voice and cry which was found to be present in the earth during the days of Lot—namely, the voice and cry of the wickedness and sin of the city—so also was there a secondary voice and cry which was found in the earth, which was the voice and cry of intercession. During the days of Noah there were two distinct voices which were heard—namely, the voice of the scoffers and mockers, and the voice of that one who preached righteousness. During the days of Cain there were two voices which were found within the earth—namely, the voice of the cry of the blood of Abel which was shed by Cain, and the voice of God speaking unto Cain. During the days of Lot there were two voices which were heard in the earth—the voice of the cry of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the voice of the cry of the intercession of Abraham on behalf of the cities of the plain. In all reality, I would dare say the entire reason the Lord spoke unto Abraham concerning what He was about to do within and upon the cities of the plain was because he knew Abraham and how Abraham would respond during those days. In fact, if you read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture you will find the Lord declaring concerning Abraham that He did in fact know him—a reality which is quite unique, remarkable and astounding. The Lord knew Abraham, and the Lord knew Abraham would respond to the threat of judgment upon the cities of the plain by crying out in His hearing in intercession on behalf of those cities. Oh that we would recognize and come face to face with this reality, for the Lord spoke unto Noah concerning the judgment of the flood because He knew Noah would build an ark, as well as because of the fact that Noah found grace in the sight of the living God and walked with God and was perfect in his generations. The Lord spoke unto Abraham concerning that which He was about to do in the cities of the plain, for He knew Abraham and knew he would intercede on behalf of the cities on account of the righteous. ARE THERE ANY RIGHTEOUS? WHERE ARE THE RIGHTEOUS OF THE EARTH? How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that during the days of Lot the Lord spoke unto Abraham concerning the judgment which He was about to unleash upon the cities of the plain, and the cry of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah was met with a different cry—a cry that was meant to counteract the cry of wickedness. During the days of Lot there was in fact a cry of wickedness and of sin as the sin of the cities of the plain was so grievous in the sight of God, however, there was a second cry that was found and heard in the earth—namely a cry of intercession as one man dared stand before the living God and intercede on behalf of cities on account of those righteous who might very well live and dwell in the midst of them. It is necessary that we recognize this secondary cry which was heard during the days of Lot, for when you come to the nineteenth chapter you will find that after the Lord left Abraham and after Abraham returned unto his places the two angels who were with him came unto Sodom and spoke with Lot while he sat at the gate of the city.

As you read the nineteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis you will find and discover that while there was in fact the cry of the sin and wickedness of the cities of the plain—namely, Sodom and Gomorrah—so also was there a secondary cry that was heard during those days, which was a cry of intercession. Upon coming to the nineteenth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find it written how when the angels which came unto Sodom spoke unto Lot, they spoke unto him one very specific message—namely, a message of running, escape, and fleeing form the judgment which was to come. This message of escaping and fleeing the judgment to come is first seen and found beginning with the twelfth verse as the angels spoke unto Lot, saying, “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, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord sent us to destroy it” (Genesis 19:12-13). When Lot tried warning his two son in laws they scoffed at his words and he seemed unto them as one that mocked unto them, thus they refused to heed and acknowledge the word of warning which he had spoken unto him. If you continue reading in this passage you will find that this message of escaping and fleeing is again present as in the fifteenth verse you find the following words: “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city” (Genesis 19:15). Continuing on even further you will find that while Lot and his wife and their two daughters lingered the angels laid hold of them and took them by the hand out of the city. Once they were out of the city the angels spoke unto them and declared “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17). This reality of escaping is found again in the twenty-second verse of this chapter as the angels responded to Lot’s request to escape to the city of Zoar by speaking the following words: “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither” (Genesis 19:22). Three times when speaking unto Lot the angels declared unto him that he escape for his life lest he be consumed in and with the judgment that would come upon the cities of the plain. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this absolutely incredible reality, for while there’s as indeed the voice of the cry of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, and while there was the voice of intercession as Abraham cried out before the Lord on account of the righteous, so also was there the voice of warning, as the angels instructed Lot to escape for his life and to not look back. Please don’t miss this incredible reality of the instruction to not look back, for it wasn’t enough to simply escape for their lives, for they were also instructed not to look back. The instruction which Lot received was very clear and very specific, for he was to escape for his life lest he be consumed in the judgment in the judgment of the city. This reality of escaping for our lives and fleeing from the face of judgment and destruction is echoed a number of other times within Scripture, and as I bring this writing to a close I present you with those references. The question I would present to you this day as you read these words is not only whether or not you will heed the word and warning of God, but if you will move with godly fear, if you will be one that intercedes for cities and nations, and whether your ill be one that together with your family, your loved ones and those closest to you escape for your life. Consider the following passages found in Scripture, and consider you response in these Last Days as we are most certainly living in days of judgment:

“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. For the shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward” (Isaiah 52:11-12).

“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense” (Jeremiah 51:6).

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and a that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remember her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double” (Revelation 18:4-6).

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