Sodom and Gomorrah
by Tony Alamo
Near Jericho in Israel is a place called Sodom and Gomorrah.1 If you see it, you will know without a doubt that GOD is a GOD of judgment!2 You can pick up yellow pieces of sulfur, and they burn when you light them. It is the most frightening sight you will ever see. The mountains look as though GOD had judo-chopped the tops of the mountains into huge slices, then, with HIS giant fist, smashed everything into a sunken heap, buried it in salt, sulfur (brimstone), and fire. Take home a yellow piece of sulfur (brimstone) as a souvenir. Take an extra piece with you to put in the voter’s ballot box when the public says, “Let’s vote to see if same-sex marriage is okay.” Never say with the crowd that GOD’S WORD isn’t true! We are not able to know right, wrong, good, or evil without GOD’S WORD!3
This entire area is hotter than any other place in the Holy Land. It’s also the most lifeless area. There are large mountains of salt nearby.4 It does not matter how much the Jordan River flows and pours its fresh water into the Dead Sea, the water of the Dead Sea is extremely salty, and it will never sustain life, produce fish. The collapsing of the mountains made the area very desolate, and there is a huge crater in the ground near the hotels. The area is called Engedi, which means “the eye of sheep.” There are three big hotels there, and ten smaller ones, all with swimming pools. The big crater and the actual destruction are located on the back road going from Engedi to Beersheba. When you stand on the edge of the top of the crater, you can clearly see the destruction, the collapsed mountain area of Sodom and Gomorrah. Behind the crater, there are mountains with clouds and fog covering them. The quietness and the desolation make you nervous. It’s almost impossible to see the bottom of the crater, and it’s very wide.
How many huge craters in the ground are there—holes so big the earth split—which led to the destruction and the burying of Sodom and Gomorrah? Jericho must be included, too, because Sodom is just a district in Jericho. As you are going down the mountain road from Jerusalem to Jericho, your ears pop, as if you were landing in an airplane. Jericho is far below sea level, the lowest place on the whole earth. That’s because GOD smashed the whole area down. HE made this the lowest point on earth for the sin they committed.5
Jericho, except for the city, is almost empty, and there is hardly any life there, as the land has been cursed. It makes you feel sad. The landscape is very harsh. It does not matter how many times people try to develop the land, to bring some kind of life and fun to it; the land beats them back, and it does not prosper. You can actually see the different caves and houses there which have been destroyed. The people who live there are few, and they are mostly shepherds. Their lifestyle is very harsh and cruel, as the land is so cruel, and their faces look as hard as rock.
People still, to this day, pick up the sulfur rocks, brimstones, that GOD showered the area with. They take souvenirs and try to light the sulfur rocks with matches. Grave robbers and archaeologists frequent these areas for coffins and graves. The robbers dig at night, searching for bodies, jars, cups, jewelry, and furniture they can sell before the archaeologists find them. They also try to dig out the destroyed caves and houses from the rocks, brimstones, the sulfur.
Anyone who looks at the magnitude of the destruction in this area will have no doubt that this is actually GOD’s destruction and punishment on the area, as the entire land of Israel is green and flourishing, except for the area of Sodom and the surrounding villages. GOD shall soon bring HIS destruction on this earth again and on the entire world.6
In the U.S., we have never experienced an earthquake higher than a 9.2 on the Richter scale. It’s easy to see that if GOD’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah had been judged on today’s Richter scale, it would have been 25.0 or higher. This is not even taking into account the fire and the brimstone raining down hard on the people because of their vile sex practices, such as homosexuality and fornication.7
This entire area should be a testimony of GOD to all people, especially those perverts who practice homosexuality and lesbianism. After observing all this, you will know that GOD is not a kidder. HE really means what HE says.8 It is the end of time, so don’t be a kidder either when you say this prayer to GOD:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
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If you want the world saved, as JESUS commands, then don’t rob GOD of HIS tithes and offerings. GOD said, “Will a man rob GOD? Yet ye have robbed ME. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed THEE? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed ME, even this whole nation [and this whole world]. Bring ye all the tithes [a ‘tithe’ is 10% of your gross income] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [Spiritual food] in MINE house [souls saved], and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of HOSTS, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of HOSTS. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of HOSTS” (Malachi 3:8-12).
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(Image of sulfur (brimstones) in Sodom & Gomorrah
The heat caused changes in the mineral, and these can be seen as brown rings in the mineral around the sulphur ball
Sodom and Gomorrah’s Location
Genesis 19:27-28 states, “And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”
In the early 1980s, archaeological explorer of Biblical sites, Ron Wyatt, noticed the strange appearance of some “formations” as he passed along the shores of the Dead Sea. They looked to him like city walls and buildings, only whitish in color. For many years he did nothing about his suspicions, but in 1989, Ron discovered something that convinced him that these whitish colored formations weren’t just geological formations.
More than Geological Layers
Ron found a road that had been cut through some of the whitish material and the freshly exposed interior of the material displayed a layering effect which swirled in such a manner as to make it obvious that these were more than geological layers.
In searching the Bible for clues to their locations, Ron and his wife Mary Nell found scripture references that mention four of the cities as forming part of the boundaries of the Canaanites:
“And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha” (Genesis 10:19).
It would be strange for Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim to each be listed as boundary markers if they were all in the same general location, at the south end of the Dead Sea. It is logical that the cities would be located at some distance from each other in order for it to be necessary to include each of them as boundary markers.
Ron’s location of the sites he had found were, indeed, scattered over a distance of over fifty or more miles. One of them was located north of Jericho which was in perfect accord with scripture which indicates that Zeboim would be located north of the Dead Sea.
“And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash. And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual: And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness” (1 Samuel 13:16-18).
Later in 1989, Ron and Mary Nell Wyatt visited the site just below Masada and took samples of the whitish material which broke right off in their hands and disintegrated into particles the consistency of talcum powder. At that time, Mary Nell actually found one of the brimstone capsules imbedded in a piece of compacted ash; however, no conclusion was drawn, at that time, as to what it was.
In October of 1990, Ron Wyatt and Richard Rives returned to the area. As they examined the area below Masada, they discovered that it had just rained. As they wandered through the area, Richard saw what looked like an open room or cave at some distance and as they approached the vicinity of the cave they came upon a very large chunk of ash that had just recently fallen from a high section—probably because of the recent rain. As Ron stopped to view this, he saw numerous yellowish balls inside this broken ash, all surrounded by a reddish-black, crusty ring. Prying one out, he recognized it as sulfur. On closer examination, now knowing what to look for, it was found that all through the ashen remains were round balls of encapsulated sulfur (brimstone).
After the discovery of the brimstone, Wyatt Archaeological Research began a study to see if brimstone was found in this form anywhere else. Ron and Mary Nell Wyatt along with Richard Rives went to the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C. and examined their display of sulfur in its various forms, none being rounded balls of powdered sulfur. In addition, none of them were encapsulated. A request was granted by the Smithsonian that specimens other than those on display be examined. This collection of sulfur from around the world, consisted of over fifty specimens. None of them displayed the characteristics of the brimstone sulfur found in the vicinity of the “cities of the plain.”
Ron Wyatt was not the first person to discover brimstone near the Dead Sea. When William Albright and Melvin Kyle set out to find the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in 1924, they, too, found these pieces of brimstone at the southern end of the Dead Sea.
“...a region on which brimstone was rained will show brimstone. Well, it does; we picked up pure sulfur, in pieces as big as the end of my thumb. It is mixed with the marl of the mountains on the west side of the sea, and now is to be found scattered along the shore of the sea even on the east side, some four or five miles distant from the ledge that contains the stratum. It has somehow scattered far and wide over this plain.” (Explorations at Sodom by Dr. Melvin Kyle, 1928, pp. 52-53)
Neither was Melvin Kyle the first to observe the ashen remains. The other record of these cities comes from Josephus in his Wars of the Jews, Book IV, Chapter VIII:
“Now this country is then so sadly burnt up, that nobody cares to come at it;... It was of old a most happy land, both for the fruits it bore and the riches of its cities, although it be now all burnt up. It is related how, for the impiety of its inhabitants, it was burnt by lightning; in consequence of which there are still the remainders of that divine fire; and the traces (or shadows) of the five cities are still to be seen...”
Josephus’ description perfectly describes what can be seen at these ashen sites:
“...It be now all burnt up.”
The account of destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and “all the plain” was not a fairy tale. It was an historical event that occurred exactly as the Biblical account presented it.
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Sodom and Gomorrah footnotes:
2. Gen. chaps. 6-7, Num. 11:1, Deut. 4:24, 10:17, 32:4, 15-16, 19-26, 35:43, Psa. 2:1-5, 12, 7:11-12, 11:5-6, 21:8-9, Isa. 30:1-3, 30, 33, 66:15-16, 24, Jer. 7:20, 10:10, 21:11-14, Lam. 4:11, Nah. 1:2-8, Matt. 25:31-46, 2 Cor. 5:10-11, Heb. 10:30-31, 2 Pet. 2:4-9, Jude 7, Rev. 14:9-11, 20:11-15 return
6. Isa. 13:3-13, 24:1-21, 34:1-10, Ezek. 22:25-31, 24:6-14, chap. 38, Joel 1:13-15, Zeph. 3:8, Mal. 4:1, Matt. 24:3-7, 21-22, 29-34, Luke 17:24-30, 2 Thes. 1:7-10, 2 Pet. 3:3-12, Rev. 6:15-17, 8:7-13, 9:1-19, 11:18, 16:1-11, 17-21, 19:11-21 return
7. Gen. 19:4-13, Lev. 18:20, 22, 20:13, Deut. 22:5, 23:17-18, Judg. 19:22-28, 1 Kings 14:22-24, Rom. 1:18, 24-32, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 18, 10:8, 2 Cor. 12:21, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:3-6, Col. 3:5-7, 1 Thes. 4:3, 1 Tim. 1:9-10, Heb. 13:4, Jude 7, Rev. 2:21, 9:21, 22:15 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
12. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5, Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:10-12 return
13. Deut. 4:29, 13:4, 26:16, Josh. 1:8, 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, James 1:22-25, Rev. 3:18 return