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Sodom and Gomorrah

Pieter Breughel the elder

1 Disasters can be averted
We will destroy this place because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of
the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it. (Gen. 19:13) We can take this verse to heart.
Have not our sins, crying to heaven, become far worse than those of Gomorrah? Gods
avenging hand lies heavy but the Lord be praised we have a defender in Jesus. Fortunately
too there is a flock of faithful Christians, a small remnant, who offer their efforts and prayers
as a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God and in this way buy time for us. At present we are still
living in a time of mercy. The disasters presented to us in the biblical visions can be averted.
Convert us, Lord, so that we may turn back to You! Great and long-suffering God, take care of
us! The current generation can search their hearts and thus be saved from suffering and
disaster, not just for their own sins but also for those of their fathers. In line with this solution,
the prophets of the Exile (Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah) confessed the sins of their people, each
prophet doing so in the ninth chapter of the respective books and thus these are known as the
999 Prayers. When salvation came, He showed compassion to thousands. Just imagine what it
would be like if all the politicians in the land were to call on us to humble ourselves with the
same words as the 999 Prayers! I know some people who have been praying for years for this
to happen Calamities and the approaching natural disasters are like so many signs for us to
turn back to God. Thus: Convert us, Lord! But then we have to recognise Gods hand in it.

2 The destruction is no figment of the imagination
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible is a lesson for future generations.
And it is not just a story. I realised this recently when I read The Exodus Case, pub-
lished on the threshold of the new millennium. The writer, Dr. Lennart Mller, is daily
involved in highly qualified medical research at the Karolinka Institute. Thus he wrote his
book not out of professional interest but out of passion. Mllers approach is based on the
findings of the American amateur American archaeologist Ronald E. Wyatt, who has gai-
ned his specialist knowledge thanks to more than a hundred expeditions in the Middle

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Although the main theme of the book is Israels escape from the land of Egypt, Lennart
Mller also deals with aspects of the pre-Exodus period. He examines indications that
Sodom and Gomorra can indeed have been destroyed by fire from the heavens. The area
where the cities once stood is scattered with enormous quantities of balls of sulphur that
occur nowhere else in the world in this form. Once cannot escape the impression that the
region was once attacked with a hellish rain of sulphur. It is justified to assume that the
balls of sulphur were encapsulated
in plaster and limestone when they
hit the ground, the fire being ex-
tinguished by lack of oxygen. If
broken open, they can easily burst
into flame again. Even scattered
skeletons have been found, their
shape and chemical composition
pointing to partial cremation at ex-
tremely high temperatures. There
are also indirect indications of hu-
man settlements, indirect because
there cannot have been much left
of the limestone, from which the
houses were made, after the bom-

3 An aversion towards that old time religion
One really did not have to be a genius to interpret the indications. A feeling of indignation
arises when you think of all the time that there has been silence over this. What is it with
the modern archaeologists that they have to look down on anything to do with the Bible?
Are they afraid of accusations of not being scientific and of being refused access to publi-
cation in the scientific literature? Or is there an internal blockage, an aversion towards
that old time religion? Science may well be objective, but scientists do not have to be.
For me it is a certainty that the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah recounts exactly
what happened. It ends with: And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the
plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow.
That is a source of hope. Is that not wonderful?!
Hubert Luns
[Published in Profetisch Perspectief, summer 2005 No. 47]