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Lot Was “Sent Out Of The Midst Of The Overthrow”

"And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt." (Genesis 19:29)

Genesis 19:29 summarizes what God has just done in judging Sodom and Gomorrah and what He has done for Lot. God “sent Lot out from the midst of Sodom” before He judged it. What profound truths are carried in that statement! “God sent Lot…” It is God Who is in complete control of this entire process of judging the cities and rescuing Lot. Abraham participated in Lot’s rescue from the armies of Chedorlaomer back in Chapter 14, though God strengthened him and enabled him to do so, this time, Lot is saved entirely by the movement of God alone.

“God sent Lot… ” Life and death is ultimately in the hand of God Almighty, whether we live or die, and it is by His mercy that Lot is spared. God literally cast him out of Sodom and put him in a place of safety. Verses 22-24 make it clear that Lot was completely out of Sodom before judgment began. “God sent Lot out of the midst…” Lot was not living on the outskirts of Sodom, but right in the midst of it, among all of the others. God did not just push him a little to the side so that he could be safe during the judgment, nor did God decide to leave him there during the judgment in order to “test” him. It is worth noticing that God also did not begin to pour out some judgment on the city and then decide that Lot had had enough: taking him to safety after it had begun. Finally, “God sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow.” This was not an ordinary natural disaster that occurred, this was the direct judgment of God upon a sinful people.

I have taken the time to briefly break down the elements of what is said here in Verse 29 because I personally believe that Lot’s rescue from Sodom before its judgment is a picture of the believer’s rescue from this Earth before the Great Tribulation. I do not see this passage as being a conclusive “argument”, so to speak, proving a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the True Church. But I do see the implications as being quite intriguing to say the least. Obviously, there are some definite distinctions between the judgment on Sodom and God’s final judgments on an unrepentant world, as described in the Book of Revelation. However, they are both judgments directly from the hand of God. They are both instances of God’s wrath being poured out on mankind which has rejected Him. Those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ are not appointed to receive His wrath (e.g., Romans 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:10). So what will happen to those trusting in Christ when the time of His wrath is upon the world?

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)

He will keep us from the very hour (season, time-frame) of the Great Tribulation. The only conceivable way that the Lord Jesus Christ could do this is to remove those who belong to Him before He pours out His judgment. We simply cannot be kept from something if we are still around in the midst of it, can we? The Lord Jesus did say that we would face trials and tribulations in this world (John 16:33), but those are trials and tribulations that come as a result of living in a fallen world. Those trials He shall not keep us from, nor has He ever promised to. But the purpose of His wrath being poured out is to judge those who have rejected Him and, as in the case of the Great Tribulation, to extend mercy to those who will receive Him during that time. There is no purpose in pouring out His wrath on those who have not rejected Him, and we have His promise that He shall not do so. As Lot was, I firmly believe that God will send us out from the midst of this world before He pours out His judgment upon it.

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4 responses

  1. Glory to God for this revelation and thank you for being His instrument used for such an insightful look at Lot as a picture of the rapture. Looking a bit closer at the text regarding Lot and his family’s rescue from the judgment of Sodom you will notice that there were two angels accompanying the Lord. God could have easily sent one or several angels but He sent two and the significance of this is they had four people to take out of Sodom; Lot, his wife and his two daughters, each being bore by the hands (4) of the angels. God is in control!!!

    If you get a chance you should read the book of Ruth as well as the story of how Isaac’s bride was chosen for him. They are both pictures of the end times as well as the rapture.

    In grace

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  2. Loren,

    It’s like 2 Peter 9 says — “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.”….. All things are possible with God and nothing is impossible….. That is a great comfort. Thank you for this post.

    Margaret

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  3. “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.”

    Amen, Margaret. Thank you.

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  4. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your comments. To be honest, I hadn’t really thought about the fact that there were 4 hands and 4 people, thank you for pointing this out!

    I believe that the entire Old Testament is rife with pictures, analogies, metaphors, and illustrations of New Testament truths. This blog is about finding answers from the Word of God, and as our study brings us through the Old Testament, it is my intention to discuss some of these wonderful spiritual truths. Many Christians feel that the Old Testament is essentially irrelevant for us today; but I see it as packed with meaning that all believers in Christ can benefit greatly from. May our Lord richly bless you, and thanks again for stopping by!

    “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

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