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Great Balls of Fire
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
J.L. Robb

From time-to-time I see reports that Noah’s Ark has been found, again or that the fabled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have been discovered. Something always seems to come along and debunk some of these stories, yet archeological finds of the future often undebunk them. 

When we read about Atlantis, also fabled real estate by those who apparently know, we are to assume that in 360 B.C., Plato decided to write a novel about a mystical place. That could be, but writing was quite expensive and time consuming way back then. However, since there has been no proof of Atlantis discovered thus far, like a Welcome to Atlantis sign, then it must be a legend.

Should these two wonders ever be discovered, I am sure that ISIS or the Islamic radical group du jour will totally destroy them, wiping out history as they like to do, like peaceful religions seem to do. Which takes me back to Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah’s Ark.

Sulfur balls:  Sulfur in pure form is yellow; and the more impure it is, the less yellowish. It burns easily with a cobalt-blue flame and melts into a reddish liquid. When burned, it puts off a gas, sulfur dioxide, that is breath-taking, literally. If the temperature is very extreme, rare sulfur balls are formed. Sulfur balls are sometimes referred to as sulfur stones. Whereas most sulfur found throughout the world is about 40% pure, sulfur balls are in excess of 95% pure. The Bible referred to it as brimstone.

While sulfur balls are found around some volcanos and Deep Ocean vents that are extremely hot, they are quite rare with one exception: the western plains of the Dead Sea in Israel, the site that many archeologists believe was the land of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The exact area is disputed but the evidence leans toward the western side of the Dead Sea. Over the years as more-and-more archeologists searched for the Cities of the Plain, the supposed locations ranged from the southeastern side of the Dead Sea, to the northwestern area and now along the entire western side. So where’s the evidence.

The evidence is in the sulfur and ash. And the sulfur balls which define the violence and heat involved.

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. Genesis 19:24-25 NIV

The story in Genesis 19 is one of the more frightful of the entire Bible and would have been even scarier to have to go through it. According to the Bible, you would not have lived through it; because all were killed and the land was scorched.

God was fed up with the people of the Cities of the Plain of which there were five: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar. All were destined for destruction, and it now appears that the destruction of the five cities resulted in the formation of the Dead Sea. Until this time, what became the Dead Sea was known as the Valley of Siddim.

The story says that God appeared to Abraham one day with two angels in tow. God told Abraham what was about to happen to the five cities because of their evil. Their evil was sexual perversion, men having sex with other men, a strict taboo with the Almighty. Though Roma Downey’s Bible series seems to allude to all sorts of sins except that particular one, that is the way of the politically correct world, not the biblical world.

The two angels go down to Sodom to see if it is really as bad as rumored. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, lives in Sodom, sees the two men who were really angels and invites them in for food and beverage. When he welcomes the two men to spend the night, they say they will spend the night in the town square which was probably a good place to people watch. They would not have liked what they saw however and never made it to the square. They decided to stay with Lot.

The men of the town surrounded Lot’s home and demanded that he send the two men out so they could have sex with them. God referred to this activity as an abomination, which is not good.

The two angels blinded all the men so they could not find the entrance, grabbed Lot and his family (except his sons-in-law who thought Lot was crazy) and headed out of town toward safety.

The Bible is very specific.

Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old­‑surrounded the house.  They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Genesis 19:4-5 NIV

The next morning, Abraham looked across the plain toward Sodom and Gomorrah and worried for his nephew and family. He did not know they had survived, except for Lot’s wife.

He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. Genesis 19:28-29 NIV

Of the five Cities of the Plain, all were destroyed except Zoar. When the two angels told Lot where to seek protection, he explained that he was old and tired and could not make it that far. He asked if they could go to Zoar. The angels approved but told Lot to hurry, because they had work to do. And they did.

Some searchers of the past have been truly obsessed with finding the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and some have twisted a detail or two trying to prove they had discovered the cities. Fudging the facts.

There is one thing certain though. Along the western plains of what is now the Dead Sea the ground is ashen white with a bunch of sulfur balls imbedded. The Valley of Siddim was described as having many tar pits. It now sits at the bottom of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at 2,600 feet below sea level and one of the four saltiest bodies of water in the world.

So where did the fire and brimstone from heaven come from because there did not seem to be any weather aberrations at the time? Maybe the Valley of Siddim?

Some researchers believe that the valley had a major eruption because of the history of seismic activity. It has been relatively quiet for the last two centuries.

The folk in the Cities of the Plain were located well away from the Valley of Siddim and may not have heard the explosions. As the eruptions blew large quantities of sulfur and steam into the air, it had to fall somewhere. It appears that the Bible once again is correct in its history. The western plains of the Dead Sea are covered in ash and sulfur.

You can even buy sulfur balls on ebay; and if you have 18 minutes to watch, this is an interesting video

The sulfur balls could be the Welcome to Sodom sign.

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