Jesus was asked about the signs that will attend his unveiling, and the unveiling of the Kingdom of Heaven, (which Kingdom is come, and abides in a people now). To the wicked and adulterous seed, he said no signification is forthcoming, save the sign of the prophet Jonas. Believe the report of the resurrected one and repent. To disciples and followers, he compared the times to the day(s) of Noah, and the day(s) of Lot. Days means days…all of them.
So, there are significations to be read, even in our times. But, as in generations before, the significations are for the sakes of them who can see them. For example, the mark of Cain was not to spare Cain. It was for the sake of any who could (and still can) see it, that they know not to take matters of judgment regarding Cain, into their own hands. Cain’s line self destructed. The interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams were not given for Nebuchadnezzar’s sake, but for their sakes to whom understanding was given.
Jesus said that , as it was in the days of Lot, so would it be in the day in which the Son of man is revealed…and eternal day of revelation spanning all the days of Lot…not so different from when Jesus looked on a group of people and said that some standing among them would not taste of death until they see the kingdom of God. It is still true to this day…since the resurrection, some have seen, and are seeing, what many are looking off into the future for. The kingdom of heaven is within you. A salvation, ready to be revealed.
In our present time, there is a curious war of words raging. It pits a bearded man and his beliefs against an entire contingent of people and their sympathizers. It is a polarizing spectacle, with strong unseen undercurrents pulling the free mind one way or the other….into one camp or the other. Almost always, there is a third, unseen option, as in the time Joshua was leading his people into battle, and encountered a man standing in the way, drawn sword in hand. Joshua demanded to know if the man was for him, or for their adversaries. ( Joshua 5). The answer was , “NO”. He was the captain of the Lord’s host.
The days of Lot begin together with Abram in Ur of the Chaldees. Lot journeyed from this place with Abram, and in time, there arose strife between the herdmen of Abram, and the herdmen of Lot, because both had become too increased with flocks and herds, for the land to sustain them. So Abram suggested to Lot that he separate from Abram and live where it suited him. Abram afterward chose to dwell where Lot did not. Lot chose the plain of Jordan because it was well watered and outwardly beautiful. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan. Lot chose abundance with strife, because the people of the plain of Jordan did not internally reflect the outward appearance of the place. They were very wicked people. Abram chose a life of peace, though with difficulty. Abram sat in his own tent door, a picture of his own heart, while Lot sat in the gate of Sodom…the communal “heart” of the city. Abram concerned himself with the things the Lord revealed in his heart. Lot concerned himself with making the wicked people and place less offensive to his own sensibilities. To “sit in the gate” means to be an elder and a judge. Lot meddled in the affairs of the place, he thought, to make “a difference” , to change it for the better. When later, an apostle would write that Lot vexed his soul day in and day out, in seeing and in hearing their filthy deeds, the apostle was speaking of Lot’s efforts to judge the affairs of the people.
So, in the days of Lot, it is easy to see the juxtaposition of Lot and the filthy place and people among whom he dwelt by his own choosing. But it takes a little thinking to see the seldom spoken of third option regarding what Jesus had said, comparing His day, to the days of Lot. For in the days of Lot, the most significant thing in the earth was in Abram by faith, just as today, the most significant thing in the earth is in you by faith, if so be He dwell in you by faith. For it is of great prophetic importance, then and now, that AFTER that Lot was separated from Abram, the Lord said to Abram:
” Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”
If you comprehend that the seed in whom all these promises abode was, and is Christ, then you will comprehend that everything Abram saw thereafter, and everywhere he set his foot thereafter, he saw and visited without leaving the confines of the “tent door” of his own heart. He received Christ by revelation of the Father, and believed. He confessed to being a stranger and a pilgrim in the earth. He watched the smoke of Sodom go up like a furnace, and took no ill effect in looking, unlike Lot’s wife, because , unlike Lots wife, Abram had nothing and nobody of his household married to the place. Lot’s wife had at least four children who had married into the people of the city, and refused to heed the warning to flee the place. Remember Lot’s wife. You are going to have brethren who will not hear the Lord’s voice while it is called today.
In the days of Lot, you have Lot locked in a battle of morality with a city and it’s wicked people, and you have a man , a stranger in a strange land, believing what God is revealing in him, and recognizing that his city is a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God, a city wherein dwells righteousness. It is a living city with a living foundation. Christ in you. It is a city both descending and coming. For, as it is written, to ascend into the heavenly, is to bring Christ down. We are raised with Him.
Abram knew what the Lord would do to the place Lot dwelt, the moment the Lord mentioned to Abram that He, the Lord, would visit the place to see if it was altogether as evil as the report of it was made out to be. Abram knew , precisely because Abram, in his own tent door, came to know the Lord’s ways.
The day Lot entered into Zoar, the sun was risen upon the earth. It rained fire and brimstone. The “coming” of the Lord, for Lot, was a complete surprise. The last days of Lot are marked by a drunken cohabitation with each of his own two remaining daughters, producing Ammon and Moab, who were perpetual vexation to Israel. This because his daughters falsely presumed that there was not a man left in the earth besides their father, as their entire known world had just gone up in smoke.
Such are the days of Lot. Such are the days we live in. A people of faith, not reckoned among the nations, and a people of works, in bed with the nations, and so, cast into great tribulation. In the world you will have tribulation. In Him you will have peace.