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Text:: “In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife.” - Luke 17:31, 32.

Comment: Unlike the devil who kills people indiscriminately, God Almighty warns before He acts. Those who will be spared are those who heed the warning and place themselves on the Lord's side of favour. Lot and his family foreshadowed those persons of goodwill who hear the warning which is now being given to all nations, concerning the destruction that awaits the earth. The “mountains” they fled to symbolize God's Kingdom Organization where those who love the praise of God flee to for refuge and eventual salvation. (Matthew 24:15,16; Psalm 3:8) Lot's wife signifies those who after hearing the warning, are unable to remain steadfast to the end due to faithlessness and carnality unlike Lot and his two daughters who received the warning and heeded to it, represent the “Other Sheep”. So focused were they that the demise of Lot's wife did not deter their onward march.

Salvation is an individual matter. Even family members cannot help one another. God declared through Ezekiel the Prophet, “Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD...” - Ezekiel 14:13,14,16,18; See also Philippians 2:12, Isaiah 26:21.

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