SODOM & GOMORRAH
The Lost Cities Destroyed by Fire and Brimstone
THERE IS NOTHING LEFT BUT ASHES AND BRIMSTONE!
Unlike the historical sites found in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, you can easily visit the ruins of the “five cities of the plain.” The ashen ruins of Gomorrah is the best preserved site and is located right next to Masada, the well known mountain top fortress of King Herod where nearly 1,000 Jewish patriots took their own lives rather than submit to the tyranny of Rome.
I visited Masada in 2005 with a large tour group and wondered what the strange looking white area was that we had driven through on the way to the mountain fortress. I even asked our guide – “Where is Sodom and Gomorrah?” The response was – “We don’t really know. Some think it is under the Dead Sea.”
Later, I learned that archeological researcher Ron Wyatt had spent considerable time in the area and documented all five of the cities destroyed by fire and brimstone in the days of Abraham and Lot. That prompted my desire to return to the notorious cities and see if there was reason to be they were the remnants of the cities destroyed by fire. I became convinced really soon after my arrival!
As you drive into Masada from the main road that goes along the Dead Sea, you will notice a large parking lot on the right hand side. The sign says it is for overnight parking and camping. Not that anyone would want to camp there. There is no water, nothing grows there, and there is a noticeable absence of all wild life. Even bugs can’t be found crawling on the ground. The entire place is nothing but ashes.
It is an easy walk going to the north to the most striking ruin that stands high above the rest of the city. A large man-made sphinx was apparently set up near the city gates for protection from their enemies. Now it stands there, its ashen remains giving testimony that the pagan idol was powerless against the destructive fires that descended upon the huge community.
I was quite surprised, when I visited the site, that a pocket knife could easily penetrate the layers of white ash. The material is easily broken off and crumbles in your fingers. As it is rubbed between your fingers, it turns into a fine talc-like powder.
One cannot help but wonder what kind of fire it would take to turn solid rock into crumbling ash?
In some areas of the ancient city there are numerous golf ball sized sulfur pellets. Some of them are encased in a thin, crust-like shell which was the result of burning. The sulfur pellets were tested by Wyatt and consist of 98% pure sulfur and a trace of magnesium. These brimstone balls would have burned extremely hot!
It is interesting that sulfur found in its natural form is only between 40% and 45% pure. This sulfur is extremely high grade.
Some of the pellets I found were inside rock-like slag that apparently formed when there was nothing remaining to burn and the inferno was beginning to cool off. One “rock” that I broke open had the sulfur pellet still inside!
The samples I collected would burst into an immediate toxic flame when touched with a match.
If you visit the site just after a rain storm you will find the brimstone pellets on the flat tops of the ruins. It was obvious to me that a literal rainstorm of burning sulfur fell upon these ancient cities.
I am amazed that tour groups do not visit the sites although I must admit, it was a sobering experience to visit a place where thousands of people perished in the storm of God’s wrath as described in the Book of Genesis.
The author, Chuck
Anderson, at the large sphinx at the ruins of Gomorrah.
Note the brown hills in the background. The whole
city is nothing but white ashes!
"There is nothing left but ashes and brimstone! The ashen ruins of Gomorrah is the best preserved site and is located right next to Masada near the Dead Sea." Sodom and Gomorrah sites have been discovered along the shore of the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem. One can still pick up sulfur pellets which are the remnants of what the Bible calls brimstone. The brimstone or sulfur pellets are composed of 99% pure sulfur. Such pure concentrations of sulfur have not been found anywhere else in the world.
The Scripture declares that God rained fire and brimstone upon the cities of the plain because of their immorality and perversion. Is this a warning to modern day nations who flaunt their open immorality and perversion before the world?
Will judgment ever all upon modern day nations for their sin? The Bible declares that the remnants of Sodom and Gomorrah are a reminder to other nations that walk in perversion.
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