[Luk 17:28-32 KJV] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.
Why did Lot’s wife look back? she had family who did not believe that the place would be destroyed.
[Gen 19:5-17 KJV] And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said [again], This one [fellow] came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, [even] Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. And the men said unto Lot, 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 hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 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. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
Lot made himself a judge, sitting in the gate of Sodom, always meddling and telling the people what to do and what not to do. I have long believed this goes back to his having chosen the place to dwell in, based upon what it offered the natural man. His meddling had more to do with a desire to change the place to better suit his sensibilities, than out of concern for the people. It says he vexed his righteous soul in so doing:
[2Pe 2:7-8 KJV] … 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;)…
Seeing and hearing on a daily basis would vex anyone’s soul. Abraham had told Lot, wherever you choose…I will go the other way. It says that the Lord began to deal with Abraham by way of revelation, after he removed himself from Lot. Very powerful. A heart and mind filled, even with just the daily awareness, of continual evil is apparently not going to be visited much by the Lord. Consider Sodom…how that the Lord was sending to Sodom to see if it was altogether as bad as the report. The Lord did not dwell on the place. This fact takes me back to Cain and his being driven from the presence of God, into a land of wandering. He and his offspring did all of their building in that state. Religion is very presumptuous in declaring that the Lord is everywhere, all the time. If that were true, there would be no such thing as being driven from the presence of God, nor would the Lord make an effort to see if someplace is as bad as was reported. The truth is, the Lord is, or is not, where He chooses to be. No one can do anything about it.
Study the “door” to Lot’s house. Consider that as the men of the city pressed upon it, Lot went out to them to offer his own daughters to them (abominable thinking) and shut the door between himself and the Lord’s angels. Not a good place to be. Fortunately the angel drug him back in, shut the door with him on the right side of it, and smote them on the other side with the inability to find it. All of these things are spiritual. In fact, broadly speaking, Jesus said that the words which He speaks, are spirit and life. Everything Jesus said in Luk 17:28-32 is spiritual. The day in which the Son of man is revealed, is not a calendar day. The Word of God is Spirit, it will never pass. The Holy Ghost teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
[2Th 2:2 KJV] 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
[1Pe 4:7 KJV] 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
[Rev 1:3 KJV] 3 Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.
[Rev 22:10 KJV] 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
The housetop is the seat of thinking. The time is now. Lot had to be drug out, and only after a “little” city was spared for him to remove to. His children who had married into the city mocked the warning. They believed nothing was at hand…everything was in the future. Such is the perilous thinking of them who place everything the Lord says off in the future. The Lord’s word is not off in the future. It is spirit and life…it is eternal.