THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH
Flames Falling from the Sky...
1713 BCE. A special eyewitness report
According to one eye witness who happened to be grazing his sheep on a hill overlooking the Siddim Valley:
“It happened in an instant. It was a peaceful morning, I was watching the sun rise when I heard a low ominous rumble which in a moment turned into a deafening roar. The sound seemed to be coming from above. I looked up into the sky and suddenly fire began to fall from the heavens. At the same time an earthquake erupted and split the city in half. There was a strong smell of sulphur in the air. Within seconds the entire city was destroyed. It happened so fast that it appeared no one had time to escape. But then I saw two very tall men leading four people out of the city gate and away from the devastation. One of the group, a women I think, turned back like she had forgotten something. I lost sight of her but I did see the man and the other two women run in the direction of the neighboring town of Zoar. I don’t know what happened to the two men who led them out. They just disappeared.
“There wasn’t even time to pack. We got out with just what few belongings we could carry”
A second eyewitness gave this report to one of our staff writers:“By the time I reached Sodom, the destruction was pretty much over. Previously, I was passing by the Oaks of Mamre, near Hebron, and I saw the Hebrew, Abraham, gazing off into the distance. Curious, I looked in the direction Abraham was looking and I could see nothing. I thought perhaps he was just day-dreaming. Then, all of a sudden, I heard a sound like distant thunder and when I looked, I saw smoke rising in the distance. In the direction of Sodom. Strange… but it’s almost as if Abraham was expecting the catastrophe to happen?”What can be described as nothing short of miraculous, one family did survive the destruction of the city. Lot of Sodom and his two daughters escaped by the skin of their teeth.Lot’s wife unfortunately did not make it out of the devastation. One of Lot’s daughters told us that the evening before the destruction, her father was engaged in an argument with some of the local citizens of Sodom. Apparently this was not the first time he has exchanged words with the locals. This time things turned ugly when the mob demanded that Lot’s two guests be brought out to engage in what can only be described as illicit conduct. A tough neighborhood to be sure. When asked about the two guests, Lot’s daughter would only tell us that they met her father at the city gate and he invited them to spend the night under the protection of his roof. She said that during the altercation with the angry mob, the two men warned the family that destruction was on its way and they advised us to get out of the city as quickly as possible. Both of Lot’s daughters were engaged to local men who were lost in the catastrophe.