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The Day That Christ Incinerated Sodom
One day, the LORD God (who was later born as Jesus Christ - see the Fact Finder question below) and two angels appeared, as men, to Abraham.
"8:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant.
"The LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous"
The purpose of the appearance of the LORD was because He and the two angels were on their way to Sodom - to destroy it if "they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me."
"18:16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way." (Genesis 18:16 KJV)
Abraham then became concerned because his nephew Lot had foolishly become a resident of the city (Genesis 13:10-13). When Abraham persisted with his pleading to spare the city if only a few righteous people could be found there (i.e. Abraham's nephew Lot, and Lot's wife and two daughters), the LORD remained to talk with him, while the two angels left for Sodom.
"18:22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?" (Genesis 18:22-23 KJV)
The attempted assault of the two angels by the men of Sodom is well-known (Genesis 19:1-13), but what is not often realized is that if the LORD had not been delayed by Abraham, the LORD would have also been forced to defend Himself from the assault of the Sodomites ("18:21 I will go down 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" Genesis 18:21 KJV). Nevertheless, after leaving Abraham, and seeing the perversion that the men of the city had tried to do to the two angels, it was Christ, "the LORD God," who rained fire and brimstone down upon Sodom.
"19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." (Genesis 19:24-25 KJV)
Fact Finder: How do we know, from the Word of God, that it was "the LORD God," Who later was born as Jesus Christ, Who destroyed Sodom? How do we know that it was the Christ Who was sent by The Father to do the work from the time of Creation?