“Then He said to the disciples, “The DAYS will come when you will desire to see one of the DAYS of the Son of Man, and you will not see it… Likewise as it was also in the DAYS of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built” –Luke 17:22, 28
Lot is the second person Jesus mentioned as a Biblical example of a perilous last days lifestyle. Although there are similarities in the lists of things highlighted from both Noah and Lot’s generations, there are also a few interesting differences. In Noah’s day the emphasis was on individual’s overindulgence in personal interests and relationships, in Lot’s day the sin was more commercial in nature. One society was rural, the other urban. One was attached to simple pleasures, the other exotic. Yet they both incurred God’s wrath and received total destruction. The former was Satan’s system developing in the undefined world outside of God’s garden; the latter was an extension of Satan’s more defined pagan Babylon into the boundaries of God’s Promised Land!
Jesus is painting a picture for us of a last generation that will increasingly gratify itself in all of these indulgences! Again, what really stands out about Jesus’ comments regarding both periods is that the activity is not exclusively sinful but worldly in scope. Normal worldly practices will abnormally characterize the very end of the church age.
How caught up are people today in foods, fashion, status, class, commerce, music, jargon, politics, dead or false religion and sensational success? We live in a heightened state of awareness of all these things at the same time!! It is difficult to picture believers anxiously awaiting Jesus’ return when they have been so practically detached from Him in multiple and various facets of their everyday lifestyles.
As appalling as it was in Noah’s day, Lot’s era was worse due to extreme worldliness of the culture in Sodom. This godly but tainted man could barely save only some of his own family…how many last days’ believers will be like Lot’s wife?!