A lot like Lot
by Pete Garcia–
Like many of you, I have grown increasingly uncomfortable living in a nation where so much evil is blissfully ignored and tolerated on a daily basis. Wickedness, perversity, debauchery, violence, occultism, transgenderism, homosexuality, and all the rest have seemingly become the new normal. Everything is permissible in today’s America, so long as it is not Christian or conservative.
Imagine living on an island near a large, towering, volcano. You may have decided to move there because the scenery was gorgeous, the land was cheap, and the volcano was long thought to be extinct. Years may have passed and aside from the scenery, you never gave much thought to that monstrosity of a mountain on your horizon, nor the potential danger it could present. One day, the once dormant volcano began to show signs of life. At first, it was a series of sporadic gentle rumbles, but then, the rumbling came more frequently and intensely. The next thing you know, there is a smoke plume coming out of the top. It is at this point that you may have begun to think through your life-choices like why you ever decided to buy some land right next to a volcano. That is what it feels like to live in the new pagan United States of America, 2019.
While the island-volcano scenario might seem a bit simplistic given the complexities of our day and age, it is no less accurate in detailing the amount of mortal danger this world is precariously on the threshold of. If you were to trade the words volcano with the wrath of God, you would see that the smoke and rumbling is not coming out of a volcano, but from the very throne of God. While it is true that God is longsuffering, and would that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9-10), He is not indifferent to our plight, nor man’s wickedness. God is also not powerless to act. Just because He has not acted yet, does not mean He will never act. Those who believe otherwise, subscribe to a form of lunacy known as the normalcy bias.
The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. (Source)
Some 1,656 years had passed from the fall of Adam and Eve, until the flood of Noah’s day. During the years leading up to the flood, God had forewarned Noah that he only had 120 years left (Gen. 6:3) before everything would be destroyed. In the meantime, Noah worked on the ark, prepared for the journey, and preached (2 Peter 2:5). In all that 120 years, he did not have single convert (that we know of). Then, God, had them enter the Ark, and He sealed the doors behind them. The deep opened up, the rains began to fall, and soon after, the whole of creation was subjected to a watery grave.
Many Bible scholars and experts believe that prior to the flood, the world had achieved a population level equal to our day today. Along with a massive population was the level of wickedness. The bible states that then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil (Gen. 6:5). Wickedness was worldwide, and all of humanity lived unconstrained doing whatever they wanted.
Several centuries after the Great Flood, a man named Abraham came west from the land of Ur with his nephew Lot and settled in the land of Canaan. Over time, farming and grazing issues began to arise between their herdsmen, and they decided to separate and split the land of Canaan between them. Having the first choice, Lot decided to settle in the cities located on the lush plains of Jordan (Gen. 13:10-12), while Abraham remained on the plains of Mamre.
After some time had passed, the area Lot had chosen had become a hotbed of wickedness. It is at this point; that God intends on making an example of these two cities, and He tells Abraham of His intentions. Remembering that his nephew still dwells there, Abraham begins a series of plea-bargaining with the Lord and ultimately concludes with a very pointed and crucial question;
Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Gen. 18:25
Therefore, before judgment rains down on the two cities, God performs a rescue mission using His angelic messenger to work on Abraham’s behalf. Only Lot, his wife, and two daughters escape with their lives. As in the case with Noah, God would not subject the righteous to His wrath until they were safe; so too, God restrained His fiery judgment until Lot and family were safely away (Gen. 19:22).
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30
During the Noahic Flood, only eight persons survived. During the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, approximately half of that (four) escaped the city, with one being destroyed for her hesitation on the way out (Gen. 19:25-26). The commonality between both events (both global and localized) was that wickedness had reached and then crossed over a certain threshold.
Recently on Jan Markell’s radio program, Jan’s co-host Jill Martin Rische mentioned something that I had not previously considered; Satan has changed tactics. If you go back fifteen years ago and beyond, you would not have seen such an open and overt display of Satanism and occultism as we are seeing now in mainstream pop culture. True, we have always had Satanism in the fringe groups and the like, but it has only been recently that outright Satanism has come out of the closet. We now have satanic groups lobbying to have statues of pentagrams and Baphomet (surrounded by children) put on public display all around the nation.
In the 1960s thru 1990s, Satanism was carefully concealed in things like Eastern Mysticism and Spiritualism, the New Age movement, and subtly in Hollywood and Academia. Now we have mainstream shows on virtually every channel, all trying to out-shock each other. Here is but a small sampling of what passes for entertainment these days,
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Lucifer (Seasons 1 and 2)
American Horror Story
Ghost Adventures (really all the paranormal-chasing reality shows)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Like many of you, I experienced a range of emotions when I found out that New York had just passed a law allowing for abortions up to the end of the third trimester. The jumble of emotions ranged from outrage and disgust to sadness and shame (for our nation). On the heels of this sickening news, the state of Virginia has offered up legislation that would allow for the murder of babies even as they are being born.
The revived interest in unfettered infanticide is simply the latest in a long line of attacks against the Judeo-Christian principles this nation was founded upon. There is a dark and malevolent spirit behind the abortion-mill industry (both in the performance of and in the trafficking of human body parts). Abortion on demand is, essentially, the required satanic sacrificial system that fuels the further deadening of America. The shameless promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, bestiality, and pagan deities are then the symptoms of a nation given over to the spirit of Antichrist. It is this violent and angry new paganism, which is preparing the world for the arrival of their messiah, the Antichrist. And it reeks very much like the old Roman Empire.
The New Paganism utilizes the powers of the State, particularly the law and the courts, in order to change the foundations of a Christianized West and to promote paganism, even barbarism, as the basis of Western society. Barbarism then seeks to use the State to achieve an iron and tyrannous order, beginning with crushing dissenters like Christians, who believe they are to obey God rather than the State… …The Christian Church must respond vigorously or sink into paganism itself, as is already happening in some Main Line churches that are creating liturgies to bless bodily mutilation as spiritually transformative and as a way of attaining self-salvation. The Church must reject the new barbarism and its tyrannous assault on Christianity or find itself overwhelmed by the avid worshippers of the new gods. For when the God of Christianity is rejected, new and far, far worse gods arise to demand worship. As Belloc himself concluded: “Men do not live long without gods; but when the gods of the New Paganism come they will not be merely insufficient, as were the gods of Greece, nor merely false; they will be evil. One might put it in a sentence, and say that the New Paganism, foolishly expecting satisfaction, will fall, before it knows where it is, into Satanism.” (State Enforced Paganism in America)
Even though our nation was founded on Christian principles, Satan still managed to slip in some cracks in our national foundation so that he could later poison the water well. Below is a timeline of some of the more noticeable and egregious acts of paganism, which has plagued our nation since its inception. Of note, what was once esoteric and hidden has now been brought out to the open.
[Caveat: For a more detailed account of this, please see –In the Belly of the Beast]
1832-Skull and Bones Society
1968-The Club of Rome
1990-2001– Wicca: Fastest Growing Religion in the US
2001-2016- Promotion of Islam as a religion of peace
Seeing that the US is the greatest obstacle to globalism and a new world order, it is no wonder why the attacks have become so relentless. At the 70-year mark of Israel’s rebirth and pro-Israel, pro-life, and pro-Christian President, Satan knows his time is running short, and he no longer has the luxury of subtlety. The US is under a full-out assault from the demonic realm (Eph. 6:12) and will continue until the Rapture of the Church (1st Thess. 4:13-18). After which, the demonic/spiritual realm will no longer be restrained and it will literally become hell on earth.
Perhaps this is why Jesus alluded to both the days of Noah and the Days of Lot as being similar to the days just before His return and asked later, would He even find faith upon the earth (Luke 18:8). Just as there were rampant paranormal and malevolent forces acting then (Gen. 6:1-4, Jude 1:6-7), so too are these forces alive and active in our day. As bad is it seems now, it will be multiplied a hundredfold the second after the Rapture of the Church takes place. This is because there has always been a direct correlation between sexual deviancy, bloodshed of the innocent, and the rise of violence. These all attribute too and are results of, the overarching rise of wickedness.
It has been nearly 2,000 years since Christ walked the earth and if historical and biblical patterns remain true to form, then we should be at the very cusp of His return. However, before the wrath of the Lamb is unleashed upon this dark and malevolent earth, Christ will remove the righteous from the wicked. We are truly living in very vexing and troublesome times. If you are not “vexed” as a Christian in 2019 America, then you might want to check your spiritual pulse.
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 2nd Peter 2:4-11
Even so, Maranatha!