Judge Robert H. Bork, viciously, and in my view unjustly, attacked by bitter congressional opponents when he was proposed as a candidate for Supreme Court justice by President Ronald Reagan, foresaw before most in D.C. and elsewhere this nation’s slide into gross immorality. The title of a book he wrote subsequent to his withdrawal from the Supreme Court selection process framed perfectly the direction of American culture. Bork’s 1996 volume, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, was certainly appropriately descriptive, befitting a people who were becoming more and more materialistic, and increasingly entertainment mad by the minute. Although his was mostly a critique of the politics of liberalism, the descent into immorality about which he warned, from the top (the ruling elites) down (those who are the ruled over), clearly unveiled the pattern that puts this nation in grave danger today.
Gomorrah, of course, was the sister city to Sodom, home of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and Lot’s family. God himself supernaturally destroyed both of those cities with fire and brimstone from heaven, according to the account in Genesis chapter 19. God sent divine judgment because the society and culture of those cities had become irreversibly debauched, with every facet of human life debased to the point the stench of their sins were a constant irritant in the nostrils of the Almighty.
The question addressed here will revolve around whether America –slouching toward Gomorrah-like immorality two decades ago during Judge Bork’s time in the national spotlight—now might have reached the time Jesus Christ described when prophesying about the end-time generation that will exhibit debauchery and base deportment “as it was in the days of Lot”:
“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” (Lk. 17:28-30).
Key prophetic signals that this generation –worldwide—is at the time very near the culmination of the Church Age (Age of Grace) are flashing across our daily headlines. Those who are Bible students, if they miss these end-time prophetic signals of the days in which we find ourselves, are either deliberately ignoring those indicators, or have a world view that requires the denial that God’s Word, the Bible, is truth. They must see Bible prophecy –indeed, the whole Bible—as simply a volume of interesting literature, or as an ancient morality tale. Let us examine the key end-time things prevalent at present.
Israel and the Pressures for Peace
We who study prophecy constantly cover the most significant of all present signals of where we stand on God’s timeline. We watch carefully the American State Department cause Israeli Jewish citizens to be removed from hard fought-over and won Israeli territory. We observe while the so-called international community connives to find just the right equation that will bring everyone in the region to the peace table. This, of course, includes apparently putting Jerusalem on the block for dividing among the adversaries.
God’s Word prophesies that there will be a covenant of peace on the table at the time the “prince that shall come” –who will be Antichrist—will confirm, or guarantee. This, however, will be a “peace” that God equates to a covenant made with death and hell. He will personally disannul this hellish agreement.
Slouching Toward Sodom
Lot lived in Sodom, the city so wicked that the Lord’s righteousness demanded He destroy it, along with Gomorrah. Jesus said, as given above, that it will be like the days of Lot when He takes His people out of that generation. Destruction will then begin to fall in the form of His wrath and judgment.
After looking at the primary geopolitical indicators of just this past week, giving us a snapshot of where this generation might stand on God’s timeline of prophecy, we must ask whether there is a specific marker that was in the account of Sodom and Gomorrah –in Lot’s day—that is prevalent in society at present. Glad we asked, because –again, just the past week—the pages of Bible prophecy, given by Jesus himself, leaped from the pages of today’s news. A pastor in Alabama is refusing to step down after confessing to having AIDS, sleeping with church members without telling them about his HIV infection, taking drugs, and misusing funds. Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland has been at Montgomery’s Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years. In Sunday sermons starting Sept. 14, McFarland admitted his health status, then his misdeeds, the pastor and members of his flock told WSFA 12 News. The church membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland on Oct. 5, but he will not leave. A lawyer representing deacons in the church said McFarland and a supporter would not let them on the premises, telling deacons trying to change the locks they would face “castle law” if they tried to come to services. “They’re worried if they show up to church, they could get shot,” Kenneth Shinbaum said. “Unless the pastor steps down voluntarily, this may very well end up in court.” McFarland may turn up in court for another reason: In Alabama, spreading a sexually transmitted disease is a Class C misdemeanor; since nobody has filed a complaint, McFarland isn’t under investigation at the moment.(The Week, Rapture Ready News, October 10, 2014)
Lot, one of a very few citizens of Sodom whom God saw as righteous in His eyes–his family members, obviously being the others—was “vexed” at the things going on in that society. He was distraught at the debauched culture surrounding him, smothering him and his family. The primary debauchery, if one reads the Genesis 19 account and subsequent accounts of that culture/society in other places in God’s Word (e.g., Romans 1) we find homosexuality literally ruled everyone and everything.
That was the day of Lot. The end-time flood of godlessness is gushing this generation toward exactly that judgment-bound end. But, God’s judgment will not fall until His people are removed from the coming day that will be like that Lot endured for a time. We see God’s mercy and grace in removing His servant Lot, when the Lord assured Lot: “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar” (Gen. 19:22).
Again, Jesus said about that time of Lot’s vexation: “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” (Lk. 17:30).