Remember Lot‘s Wife (A Look at the Second Coming):
“Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32).
What an interesting statement for Jesus to make, right in the middle of His answer to the Pharisees question, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Have you ever wondered when our King, the Lord Jesus Christ, will return? Will it happen in our lifetimes? What will the world be like when He does? Let’s take a look at that important teaching Jesus gave in Luke Chapter 17:
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God isn’t ushered in with visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is.’ or ‘It’s over there.’ For the Kingdom of God is among you.” Later he talked again about this with his disciples. “The time is coming when you will long to share in the days of the Son of Man, but you won’t be able to,” he said. “Reports will reach you that the Son of Man has returned and that he is in this place or that. Don’t believe such reports or go out to look for him. For when the Son of Man (Jesus) returns, you will know it beyond all doubt. It will be as evident as the lightning that flashes across the sky. But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation. When the Son of Man returns, the world will be like the people were in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came to destroy them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business – eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building – until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the hour when the Son of Man returns. On that day a person outside the house must not go into the house to pack. A person in the field must not return to town. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife. Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it. That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken away, and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” “Lord, where will this happen?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.” (Luke 17:20-37).
So what does Jesus say will happen when He returns? First of all, He said that everyone will know it, beyond a shadow of a doubt. He’s not returning in secret, but the whole world will see His appearing. Jesus said the world will be just like it was in Noah’s day – everyone was partying and enjoying the pleasures of sin, completely ignorant to the fact that the world was about to be destroyed in a flood. But Noah and his family knew, and God saved them. Jesus said the world would be just like it was in the city of Sodom in Lot’s day – everyone was partying and enjoying the pleasures of sin, completely ignorant to the fact that their city was about to be destroyed by fire and brimstone. But Lot and his family knew, and God saved them.
Well, almost all of them. That’s why Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife.” When the angels were rescuing Lot and his family from Sodom before God rained down judgment upon that wicked city, the angels said, “Run for your lives. Do not stop anywhere in the valley. And don’t look back. Escape to the mountains, or you will die.” (Genesis 19:17). However, Lot’s wife didn’t heed their warning. The Bible says, “But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following along behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26). What an awesome warning to us. God has called us to come out from among the evil system of this world and touch not the unclean thing. If God has called you out of darkness, and adopted you into His family, don’t look back to the sinful pleasures of the world, lest you miss God’s salvation. To read this entire story in the Bible, go to Genesis 19. Let it be a warning to you today.
Pastor Chris Jordan