BEFORE THE DAY THAT THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED – REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE – Luke 17

And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

And they shall say to you, Lo, there! Lo, here! go not away, nor follow after them: for as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day.

But first must he suffer many things and be rejected of this generation.

And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: after the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed.

In that day, he that shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and let him that is in the field likewise not return back.

Remember Lot’s wife.

Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Luke 17:22‭-‬33 ASV

Verse 22
And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

This verse is a reference to the present dispensation, the time that spans between the first and second advents of Christ, a time during which Christians, oppressed by temptations and tribulations, will, like the Pharisees of old, desire to see just such cataclysmic events as they wanted to see, and which they erroneously understood would usher in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus shows here that those great physical, cataclysmic disorders and cosmic signs shall indeed come to pass (at the Second Coming,) but not now.

Like the martyred saints, Christians who find themselves a conscious, hated minority in society, reviled, and set at naught by a hostile secular world, will cry, “How long?” (Revelation 6:10); but the end is not yet.

Verse 23-24
And they shall say to you, Lo there! Lo, here! Go not away, nor follow after them: for as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day.

The word here is clear enough. The Second Coming of Christ will be an event that all men shall see and recognize instantly.

It will in no manner resemble the unostentatious, concealed, unrecognized coming of the Saviour in the First Advent.

Like a stroke of lightning at midnight, saints and sinners alike shall see it; and “all the tribes of the earth shall mourn for him” (Matthew 24:30).

The Second Advent will be bad news for the vast majority of mankind; but it will not be the kind of news any man will be able to ignore.

Verse 25
But first must he suffer many things and be rejected of this generation.

The satanic insinuation that Jesus expected his glory in the final phase of the kingdom to come shortly to pass is here refuted.

The Lord envisaged a time-lapse, measured not in years, but in generations.

There is an abundance of this in the New Testament; but some seem unwilling to see it.

Jesus here clearly predicted that his contemporaries would reject the message he came to deliver.

Jesus in this verse announced that a gloomy state of things would prevail on earth before his Second Advent.

The torch of religious feeling will have waned in that unknown and possibly distant future when Messiah shall reappear, and will be burning with a pale, faint light.

The bulk of mankind will be given up to sensuality …. They will argue that the sun rose yesterday, and on many yesterdays, and of course it will rise again tomorrow, etc.

Some have vainly supposed that Christianity, like some conquering army, will sweep over every land, capturing the whole world for Jesus, binding all the world, and laying it in golden chains at the blessed Redeemer’s feet.

Would to God it could be true.

Jesus, however, did not look forward to any such results. “When he cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). The next few verses tell how it really will be.

Verse 26-29
And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it also be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise, even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Significantly, these were cataclysmic physical disasters.

The Dead Sea today lies on the site of the cities of the plain which were destroyed by the cataclysm mentioned here.

The ravages of the flood were genuine, worldwide, and attested not merely in the word of God, but by the legends of fabled Atlantis and many others.

Moreover, there is hardly a hill on earth that does not show signs of once having been beneath the sea.

The fact that Jesus selected these two great physical phenomena from the Old Testament, making them comparable to the Second Advent, is a clear word that the Second Advent will also be such a physical thing; a cataclysm of unbelievable and unprecedented destruction; and that in the midst of the Great Disaster, the Son of man will appear to redeem the faithful from the earth, who shall be caught up with the “Lord in the air” (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Men either believe this or they don’t; and this writer, striving to read the word of the Lord aright, BELIEVES it, with no pretensions whatever of being able to EXPLAIN it.

We shall not detail all of the incidents relative to Noah and Lot; those Old Testament narratives should be well known to every Christian; and the lesson here is not what happened to those generations, but what is going to happen to all the world and the generation that abides when the Lord shall come.

Verse 30
After the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed.

Both in the case of Noah, and that of Lot, God’s people were taken away from the scene of Judgment before it occurred.

Paul indicated that the same will be the case with Christians when the final Disaster falls (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Other analogies which we are perhaps justified in drawing are:

(1) faith will virtually have ceased on earth;

(2) men will be busy in the same old ways, pursuing their same old interests;

(3) materialism will have won the minds of men;

(4) the utmost security shall be felt by men;

(5) all appeals regarding the worship of God shall be scoffed at;

(6) the Second Coming shall be an instantaneous thing, like lightning;

(7) it shall be worldwide, occurring everywhere simultaneously, and therefore involving the totality of the earth and its enveloping atmosphere;

(8) the Christians shall be caught up out of the “conflagration” and shall suffer no harm from it;

(9) Jesus and his holy angels shall deliver them; they shall ever be with the Lord.

These analogies, some of which are in the text here, and some of which have been imparted into it from the writings of Paul, are all nevertheless true.

Verse 31
In that day, he that shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and let him that is in the field not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.

Jesus used some of this teaching when he gave the combined answers regarding the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world; but here it is their application to the latter event which is in view, the application being, not so much to the prohibiting of anyone’s wishing to turn back AFTER the Great Event has begun to unfold, as it is to the PRIOR temptation to turn back, in their hearts, to secular and material things, even as Lot’s wife did, a temptation that will be unusually strong in the society that shall prevail at the end.

Lot’s wife, having been killed by the fiery and sulfurous vapour with which the air was filled, was afterward encrusted with salt, resembling an actual statue of salt; just as, even now, from the saline exhalation of the Dead Sea, objects near it are quickly covered with a crust of salt.

For ages, there was a specific “pillar of salt” in the area that was designated “Lot’s Wife,” and it continued to exist until the times of Jesus Christ and his personal ministry.

Josephus declared, “I have seen it, and it remains at this day.”

That it still stood in those times is also attested by Clement of Rome and later by Irenaeus.

REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE

(Luke 17:32)

She is a warning to all who are tempted to sacrifice their safety in order to win or keep more of this world’s goods.

If we strive to possess the best of both worlds, we are likely to lose both.

She is a reminder that being “near safety” is not enough.

She is a warning that having begun to follow the Lord’s Word, one may still turn back from the way and be lost.


Verse 33
Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

This is a reiteration of the gospel message to all people.

Those who run their lives as they please shall be lost.

Those who submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ shall be saved.

How can you be saved?

Read Acts 2:28 – Mark 16:16


And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 ASV
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