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"IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY," i.e. the apex of sunlight.

GOOD GROUND: Abraham could see clearly. (Tribulation - seals 1 through 4)

(Gen 18:1,2)  And the LORD [Jehovah] appeared [discern] unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran [rush: speedily] to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself [do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship] toward the ground,

1.       Mamre = Heb: (in the sense of vigor); lusty; an Amorite (descendant of Canaan - "lived in the wilderness regions of what today is western Saudi Arabia and southern Syria... migrated eastward to Babylon (Iraq) in large numbers... settled in the land of Palestine." Kings Sihon and Og) /// to rebel; hence (through the idea of maltreating) to whip, i.e. lash (self with wings, as the ostrich in running):--be filthy, lift up self.

2.       (Eph 5:15,16)  See then that ye walk circumspectly [exactly: diligently, perfectly], not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming [to rescue from loss] the time, because the days are evil.

3.       (Eph 6:13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Amos 3:7)  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants [bondmen] the prophets [inspired men /// to prophesy, i.e. speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse)].  [John 3:27].

(1 Pet 4:17)  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God : and if it first begin at us [i.e. be revealed to us], what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?


(Gen 18:20-26)  And the LORD [Jehovah] said [to Abraham], Because the cry [shriek] of Sodom [doctrine Rev 17] and Gomorrah [works Rev 18] is great, and because their sin [offence] is very grievous; I will go down [descend; 1 Th 4:16] now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence [from Abraham], and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near [How?], and said, Wilt thou also destroy [consume] the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes [Abraham pleaded 50, 45, 40, 30, 20, and 10]. (Gen 18:33)  And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

1.       CULLED FROM DELIVERED MANUSCRIPT: (Ezek 16:49,50)  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride [arrogancy, majesty, pomp,    proud, swelling], fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness [i.e. prosperity] was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty [to soar, be lofty: exalt, be (make) higher, lifted up, be proud, raise up great height], and committed abomination [something disgusting] before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

2.      CULLED FROM DELIVERED MANUSCRIPT: iniquity = Heb: perversity, i.e. moral evil: fault, iniquity, mischief, sin /// to crook: do amiss,  bow down, make crooked, pervert, do perversely, trouble, X turn, do wickedly, do wrong.

3.      James 5:16c)  The effectual fervent [active: powerful] prayer [petition] of a righteous man availeth much [has much force, power, strength]. ["Pray without ceasing." 1 Th 5:17 & Luke 18:1; Eph 6:18].  

"AT EVEN," i.e. the transition period between day and night; 
the close of Day and the beginning of Night.  

 AMONG THE THORNS: things are rapidly getting much darker

(Gen 19:1)  And there came two angels to Sodom at even ['arab; to grow dusky: be darkened]; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself [do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship] with his face toward the ground;

1.       Lot's vision-perception-discernment of spiritual things is more obscured than Abraham's, i.e. Lot sees less clearly, and therefore any communication from God must be more explicit with Lot, i.e. less abstract spiritual and tending more toward the concrete physical. (abstract = Dict: conceived apart from matter). From the light of day to the darkness of night.

2.       Six comparisons: the tent vs. Sodom; door vs. gate; three men vs. two angels; he ran to meet them vs. rose up; And the LORD [Jehovah] appeared unto him vs. "nothing;" his face vs. "nothing."

(Gen 19:2,3)  And he [Lot] said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly [vehemently, exceedingly] [How?]; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread [sweet (i.e. not soured or bittered with yeast)], and they did eat [i.e. accepted the sacrifice]. [Whose house had Lot's house become?]

1.       (Gen 18:6)  And Abraham hastened [to be liquid or flow easily] into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. [Mat 13:33].

"THIS NIGHT," i.e. great darkness prevails. (Great Tribulation - the 5th seal)

(Gen 19:4-9)  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed [surrounded] the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night [a twist (away of the light); fig. adversity]? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [understand them intimately (concrete physically - sexually)]. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him ["to dress it (serve) and to keep it (guard, protect, defend)" Gen 2:15], And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly [the cross depicted]. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man [virgins]; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes [the sacrifice of love - Jesus Christ]: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow [defence] of my roof [covering]. And they said, Stand back [at a distance]. And they said again, This one fellow [Lot] came in to sojourn [lodge with us], and he will needs be a judge [govern: rule]: now will we deal worse with thee [to spoil (lit. by breaking to pieces)], than with them. And they pressed [pressure, i.e. tribulation] sore [vehemently: exceedingly, greatly] upon the man, even Lot [a veil: covering], and came near to break the door.


(Gen 19:10-14)  But the men [angels] put forth [stretched forth] their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them [into great light], and shut to the door ["and the LORD shut him [Noah] in" Gen 7:16]. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness [i.e. great darkness], both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides [thy wife and two daughters]? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out  of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked [to sport: laugh, play] unto his sons in law.

1.       (Mat 14:30,31)  But when he [Peter] saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

2.       (1 Th 4:17)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [to seize: catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force)] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

3.       (Luke 13:25)  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without [outside], and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence [who or what] ye are:

4.       (Rev 18:4)  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers [do not share] of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues [judgments].

            LOT'S WIFE: STONY GROUND ("no root"): CONSEQUENCES

(Gen 19:26)  But his wife looked back [look intently at, regard with pleasure] from behind him, and she became a pillar [statue (monument)] of salt.

(2 Pet 2:18-22)  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity [false prophets, false teachers], they allure [entrap, beguile] through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error [(great) delusion]. While they promise them liberty [freedom], they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn [revert: return] from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned [revert: return] to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed [bathed] to her wallowing in the mire [again].


(Gen 19:15)  And when the morning arose [dawn: day (-spring), light - a new day], then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.