Remember the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Most of us are accustomed to the fiery account of their destruction. Does the Bible have anything to say about the last word destiny of those that populated these cities? Are the men, girls, and kids of these cities forever doomed to fiery torture? Or is there hope for them to ultimately be reconciled to God? There are a number of passages that deal with this situation and in most English translations they appear to create some contradictions. Nevertheless, a quick have a look at one particular word in the unique language clears up the confusion.
In preparation for taking a look at the particular phrase, let us first take a look at a passage from the prophet Ezekiel which accommodates essential info about the destruction of those cities. In these verses, as God speaks to Israel He shares some shocking fact. He tells them that the best way they had been residing was worse than the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. Think about that for a second. The sin of Israel was far higher than the sin of the individuals of Sodom.
“As I dwell,” says the Lord God, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have accomplished as you and your daughters have accomplished. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pleasure, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and dedicated abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.” (Ezekiel 16:Forty eight-50 NKJV)
God was saying that the folks of Sodom had not accomplished issues as rotten as what Israel had been doing. But, tells us that in the end “all Israel shall be saved.” Let that marinate in your mind for a moment.
The account of the destruction of Sodom within the Old Testament is usually used together with Jude verse 7 to “show” the reality of eternal conscious torment of the wicked in hell.
In many English variations of the Bible, including the brand new King James, this verse straight forwardly tells us that the fate of the inhabitants of Sodom is eternally suffering in fireplace from God. Nonetheless, a detailed have a look at the unique Greek reveals that translators have been inconsistent within the rendering of 1 essential phrase which we’ll get to in a moment.
With those questions in thoughts, please take time to read all of Ezekiel chapter 16 in your own. For now, please pay particular consideration to the verse under.
“When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, return to their former state, and Samaria and her daughters return to their former state, then you definitely and your daughters will return to your former state.” (Ezekiel sixteen:55)
Please re-learn that verse rigorously? Did you catch what God was saying? Have you ever ever read these phrases earlier than? When was the final time you heard a preacher talk about that?
Do you assume the mercy of God can be so great that He would restore the people of Sodom? May the grace of God be that nice? Do you consider that Christ really is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world? Would Sodom and Gomorrah high quality as being a part of the world?
What in regards to the teaching that God is “just?”
Since God Himself mentioned that during the time of Ezekiel Israel was worse than Sodom, but all Israel will finally be saved, would it’s “just” of God to torture everybody who lived in Sodom perpetually and ever without finish? What in regards to the kids of that city?
Think once more about Jude verse 7.
“As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in an analogous method to those, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after unusual flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal hearth.” (Jude 7)
On this passage we discover the adjective kind the phrase Aion translated as “eternal.”
What does the phrase Aion imply?
In a number of locations in all Bible translations including the King James aion is translated as “age.” It is the same word that is used in verses which seek advice from “the tip of the age” and “this current evil age.” At different occasions this word has translated it a “world” as in “the tip of the world.”
It appears more than unusual to me that when the phrase Aion is used in a passage having to do with judgment or wrath, out of the blue it is translated as eternal or everlasting.
How is it that the identical word could mean a time frame with a starting and an finish and likewise one thing with out end?
As you suppose about the destruction of Sodom, let me ask you a query. How long did fire literally reign down on the cities? If it was really eternal, would not it should nonetheless be burning? How lengthy did the fires actually burn? It burned till it was finished. In other words, it burned for a time.
The people of the town suffered the vengeance of aionios hearth. It was fire from God which burned till town was destroyed completely. When there was nothing left to burn the fire went out. In other phrases, the fire served its goal for a time. For those who go to plain of Sodom today you will see that the hearth is now not burning.
As the fireplace reigned down the people of the cities died. Nevertheless that isn’t the end of their story. I believe that sooner or later they (just such as you) will probably be raised back to life.
As we noticed earlier, the message from God by means of Ezekiel was that at some point in the future Sodom and her sisters could be restored.
I believe they are going to take part in “every knee bowing and every tongue confessing” that Christ Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
I consider they are a part of the all that Paul wrote about when he said, “As in Adam all die, In Christ all shall be made alive.”
I consider that when the Lamb of God took away the sin of the world that included the sin of Sodom.
How might that be? The reply is easy. It is as a result of God is a God of grace.
The final word salvation of the people of Sodom is rather like mine and yours. It is one thing undeserved, but freely given. Some of us imagine sooner. Others will imagine later. Eventually all will consider and all will likely be reconciled to God.
“For it happy the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all issues to Himself, by Him, whether or not things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace by means of the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19)