Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Cast: Abraham, The Host


One day while Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent, what appeared to be three dusty, tired and hungry men showed up.  The Bible tells us that one of them was Jehovah, the Lord, (Adonay; this is the proper name for Jehovah.  James Strong H136) and two of them were angels.  The angels had come, with the Lord, to do the actual manual work.  

The very facts that Abraham offered them food to eat, shade to sit in and water to wash their feet, and the fact that they accepted these gracious gifts, indicate that they, including the Lord, Jehovah, are physical; they needed material refreshing.  

And he, Abraham, stood by them under the tree, and they ate. Genesis 18:8.  

Why burden this picture with theological weights just because we refuse to believe what the Bible says about Jehovah?

The pleas of Abraham, for the saving of Sodom and Gomorrah, were made directly to the Lord.  While Abraham was detaining the Lord with his pleadings, the angels went on ahead to Sodom. Gen.18:22.

We have been taught that the Lord is omniscient, which means that he knows everything.  It is interesting to note the words that the Lord spoke to Abraham.  Words that contradict the teaching that the Lord knows everything.  Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me: and if not, I will know. Gen. 18:20.

Did the all-knowing God need to investigate in order to ascertain the truth?  He said, after I investigate, I will know.  Maybe this “Lord” is a less profoundly, glorious God than we commonly hold Him to be.  Still, He is a being of superior development that came from space and appeared to Abraham to be a God.  He is the one who deserves our worship.

Lot and His Family

The angels spent the night in Lot’s house in Sodom; they told him that the Lord had sent them to warn him that the Lord would destroy the city because of the gross sins of the people.  Lot and his family were not eager to leave the city.  The Bible says, and he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters...and they brought him forth and set him outside the city. Gen.19:16. 

The words, set him outside the city, gives one the impression that the angels, carrying Lot and his family, went through the air, and once they were outside the city walls the angels landed and set them down.  

That is the last we read of the angels in this connection.  In the next scene, we find Lot speaking with the Lord.  The Lord said to him, Flee for your life; do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley, (where atomic radiation can reach you, but) flee to the hills, lest ye be consumed. Gen. 19:17.

The Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. Gen. 19:24 in our scientific day might well have been written like this, and the Lord dropped an atomic bomb on these cities. For not only were the people of the city killed but also that which grew on the ground was destroyed. Gen.19:25.  

When Abraham looked toward all the land of the valley, ...the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of the furnace. Gen.19:28. This statement can easily create the picture, in our minds, of the smoke of an atomic blast rising like the smoke of a furnace.

The angels directed Lot and his family to save their lives by running to the mountain.  Mountains or rocks can protect a person from a nuclear blast.  The cities were consumed with brimstone and fire.  This is a perfect description of a nuking.  A mushroom cloud moving vertically could be the meaning of went up as the smoke of a furnace.  

Lot’s wife did not make it; not because she took a quick peek at her former home, but because she lingered behind the rest of her family.  A primitive seeing an atomic explosion would be more than stunned; they would tend to stop in their tracks.  Not looking back is good advice to those running for their lives.  The ‘pillar of salt’ could have come from finding her body later and discovering the effects of radiation.  Finally, hiding in a ‘cave’ because of the fall-out until the land was ready for habitation is very logical. 
Copyright 2002-2012 by Doug Yurchey

Is it really too far-fetched to believe that atomic bombs existed in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah?  The Mausolam Prava, one of the ancient sacred writings of India, speaks of a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes whole armies and caused the hair and nails of the survivors to fall out. ...After a few hours all foodstuffs were poisoned...The world scorched by the heat of the weapon, seemed to be in a fever...Another passage compares the detonation with the flare-up of ten thousand suns. 
Andrew Thomas in, We Are Not The First

Also, wars of the gods occurred. Nuclear warfare was not beyond the capability of the angels. Robert Oppenheimer, creator of modern atomics and a student of early books of India, knew that nuclear wars happened in the Old World. The deserts of today are the result of ancient, atomic wars. 
Copyright 2002-2012 by Doug Yurchey

With these previous quotations in mind, let us look at a few statements made by Mr Segraves in Sons of God Return.  Why then do advocates of UFOlogy insist on making claims that require reinterpretations of the Bible.  He says that there is a great supply of natural gas in the Great Rift valley (where Sodom and Gomorrah used to be) and that the Lord caused an earthquake, thereby disturbing the natural gas which ignited with the salt, sulfur, and bitumen to cause complete destruction of these cities.

And he accuses us of reinterpreting the Bible!  
  • First, concerning the destruction of these two cities, the Bible says nothing about an earthquake, 
  • and secondly, the Bible specifically says, The Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire...out of heaven. Genesis 19:24.  Rain does not come out of the ground as a natural gas fire would!  
Unless, we reinterpret the Bible, which Mr Segraves does and accuses us of doing, and unless we force the Bible to say something that is not written there, it is hard to image the fire that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah as coming out of the ground.

Mr Segraves also says that The use of an atomic explosion seems strange in the light of the message today where men are warned constantly, by the beings from spacecrafts, to lay aside nuclear weapons, to stop our experiments with atomic energy because the saucerians have long ago learned that this is the wrong type of power...does it not seem inconsistent that we are told on the one hand that the saucerians levelled the atomic explosion and on the other that we should have nothing to do with atomic power?” 
Sons of God Return, Kelly L. Segraves (Fleming H Revell, New Jersey)

To this contention I reply that it does not seem at all inconsistent for either, or both, of two reasons; 
  • the saucerians want to have sole control of atomic energy so as to be one step ahead of humans. 
  • or they have long ago (maybe at Sodom and Gomorrah) learned that it is not the right kind of power to use, and so they are discouraging humans, by their repeated messages, from using it.

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