What really happened to Sodom and Gomorrah?

December 14, 2011

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Note: The following article is part of series of articles/excerpts from “MAN AND HIS PLANET – An Unauthorized History” by James E. Strickling.
More articles of this series will be posted soon.

Sodom and Gomorrah are probably the two most infamous cities that ever existed, the name of one having established itself in the English language in a term evidencing an undying image of wickedness: sodomy. Although their notorious image persists, the cities themselves have been lost for millennia, and only in recent years have their sites been tentatively identified.

The Dead Sea is contained within a sunken block confined by two parallel geological faults, a configuration indicative of a catastrophic origin. The depression was not created by the action of water, and the “sea” is not really a sea but is a landlocked lake. We are told that during the Miocene Epoch (from 7 million to 26 million years ago), upheaval of the Mediterranean Sea bed produced the upfolded structures that caused the fractures forming the Dead Sea depression.

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was probably not an isolated event. Their fate, attested by more than one ancient record, provides one more bit of testimony for the further verification of the belief that Earth has not been the insular, stable planet usually typified and that it has been scarred from above by more than just falling rocks.

The Book of Genesis tells of Abraham’s kinsman Lot electing to dwell near Sodom (Gen. 13:12) and of his escape prior to the destruction of the two cities (Gen. 19:16), and of his wife at that time being transformed into a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:26). The destruction is said to have resulted from fire and brimstone falling from heaven (Gen. 19:24). The fact of the catastrophic destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is sometimes acknowledged by scientists and historians, although the means is considered to have been of a purely geological nature.The biblical description of the destruction is typically regarded as either a misconception or a fabrication.

One Arabic name for the Dead Sea is Sea of Lot (Buhayrat Lut), possibly a remembrance that the depression was formed not eons ago but as a consequence of “fire from heaven” in the time of Lot.* We find an apparent parallel in Scandinavian mythology where it is claimed that terrestrial valleys were dug by Thor’s hammer. An incident in the life of Abraham as preserved in Hebrew legend perhaps suggests as much: “The day whereon God visited him [Abraham] was exceedingly hot, for he had bored a hole in hell, so that its heat might reach as far as the earth . . .”

One presumes that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah would have been attributed by the recorders to a terrestrial upheaval, such as volcanic action or an earthquake, with no recourse to a celestial agent as an explanation for the event, unless there was compelling eyewitness testimony to that effect. What, however, might have been the agent, and what was the nature of the fire?

Immanuel Velikovsky has suggested that Jupiter was once a much closer neighbor than it is today. And this planetary behemoth was not a passive body, but was active to the point of being the progenitor of a number of terrestrial troubles. Once this thought is entertained, Velikovsky’s contention should become an obvious interpretation to any reader of ancient mythology.

Accounts of the exploits of the God of Thunder and Lightning are found in cultures worldwide. Appellations for the god vary, but their contexts offer a common testimony. The less fanciful accounts make clear the fact that the planet Jupiter was the Thunder God. He is frequently described as hurling his bolts to the earth:

Lo, through the clouds the father of the gods scatters red lightnings, then clears the sky after the torrent rain: never before or since did hurtling fires fall thicker
. . . terror filled the hearts of common folk . . . It is possible to expiate the thunderbolt, and the wrath of angry Jove can be averted. . . . The sun had already lifted his full orb above the horizon, and a loud crash rang out from heaven’s vault.  Thrice did the god thunder from a cloudless sky, thrice did he hurl his bolts.

Myth, legend and ancient history all attest that this same Jupiter once dominated our heavens as a brilliant celestial light. Hebrew legend is very specific in regard to Jupiter’s former proximity and brilliance, and it also suggests a chronological context. “Abraham’s [military] victory was possible only because the celestial powers espoused his side,” Louis Ginzberg writes. “The planet Jupiter made the night bright for him and an angel, Lailah [Hebrew: night] by name, fought for him.”

Velikovsky asserted that in the era of Jupiter’s prominence in our skies, Earth witnessed the Thunder God’s propagation of Venus—the ejection of primal planetary matter by a giant of the solar system—Venus being thrust into an orbit intersecting that of Earth. He further claimed that the Greeks came to see this event as the birth of Athene from the head of Zeus.

Whatever the past interrelationships of Jupiter and Venus, these planetary deities constituted a menacing presence in the vault above, ultimately making the Cities of the Plain victims of an unearthly disaster.

According to Velikovsky, “The planet-god Jupiter . . . was pictured with a thunderbolt because of the spectacles witnessed by the inhabitants of the earth—like a discharge that was directed toward Venus when it approached its parental body.” Moreover, “the phenomenon of brimstone (sulphur) falling from the sky . . . in the course of great discharges, as narrated in ancient sources (Old Testament and Homer among them), resulted from smashing two oxygen atoms into one atom of sulphur,”sulfur being a notable constituent of the atmospheres of both Jupiter and Venus.

Sodom and Gomorrah apparently were target zero for one such discharge. The lovely plain was burned, gouged, and jolted—never to be the same again—as the cities and their inhabitants were incinerated in an electrical torrent and carried into their common grave.

Lot’s wife was possibly a victim of the radiation emitted by the stupendous arc, “crystallized” (for lack of a better term at the present) as she watched the annihilation unshielded. The destruction was so widespread and so complete that Lot’s daughters thought themselves and their father to be the last people left alive upon the earth (Genesis 19:31-38).

Jupiter’s ragings were feared elsewhere in the Middle East as well:
. . . Enlil, [Sumerian] god of the air . . . stood for force . . . the thunder and lightning over the Mesopotamian plain was Enlil, and also . . . it was Enlil . . . who destroyed a city.” The author reporting this incident confessed that he was unable to fathom the “true meaning” of the record.

Although the era is uncertain, we find a striking parallel to the biblical record in an account from South America:

“At Pucara, which is forty leagues from Cuzco on the Collao road, fire came down from heaven and burnt a great part of them while those who tried to escape were turned into stone.”—obviously the same fate as that of Lot’s wife.

I suspect that other records of natural electrical destruction in this period of Earth’s history are awaiting recognition or discovery.

Earth history and topography thus bear more than one type of celestial imprint. What additional strange phenomena remain hidden from our knowledge because of our preconceptions and philosophies?

 

Copyright James Strickling. Presented with permission

Above excerpt from MAN AND HIS PLANET – An Unauthorized History by James E. Strickling, Eloquent Books ISBN: 978-1-60693-099-1. Go to www.jimstrickling.com.


* But the present extent and depth of the lake possibly resulted from a later catastrophe.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

span December 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

yeah totally i agree to how to lot’s wife became a pillar of salt. God really do this to Sodom and Gomorrah. why i can accept this one reason is behind this belief that is
God is gracious as well as saint full. so God became his people very holy a father how to make his sons or daughters as perfect as him God do this thing to Sodom and Gomorrah like that way. so always praise God and love him with endless love. thank you

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angel November 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hey ab asaff “READ ALL OF THIS” your wrong so dont be an ass because that was when Jesus was not here to give you a choice between good or evil, SO, why dont YOU read the bible clearly and do some reasearch instead of clinging to half assed superficial assumptions, he was to save your sinful self absorbed generation’s of idiotic monkeys, that you claim there is no evidence of god yet your living in the flesh subconciously knowing one day your going to pass, the reason for this is because everybody has there own course in life and makes it how they want it, noting good and sinful behavior for the better of the world, and its not god causing corrupt systems of faith its MAN, so your “not so perfect society” instead of ‘OH F.M.L” for people of god ITS ABOUT FAITH not religion so just because you dont belieave the truth and you rather belieave in lies dont go spreading your bullsh,t opinion to ears that do not care … you must be that “bad old satan” (in your own words)because that sounds exactly like some smart ass shit he’d say to words of god, if you did not like mannys words you could of at least gave him positive criticism instead of being sarcastic narcissistic ass. and with this I say to you, may god have mercy on you…

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harviele June 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Those who accept the bible account as fact choose to ignore the simple fact that the same thing happened in other places on earth at the same time. If there were a God in control of things, He could care less what small groups of people in two small towns were doing. There are far worse atrocities that have taken place that no God intervened. The truth is that in the beginning of intelligent life, man created God in his own image in order to explain things he did not understand and to justify things that he did such as murder groups of people in the name of this created being. We recognize the Greek gods as being myths but choose to recognize the Arab God as being real. The Arab God was fashioned after the Greek God Zeus. Jesus was fashioned after Hercules, the son of Zeus born to a mortal woman. The Romans melded these two myths together to create Christianity and use it as a justification for slaughtering millions of non believers. Religion, itself, has not caused much trouble. But those using it to control, slaughter and enslave people have committed many inhuman acts against the human race.

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gentris moore December 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

That is critical thought presented in good structure; and after studying humanity I can see myself enlisting the idea of God coming from that implied source? We as human beings, have been moving through history with some strong belief systems governing or existence. I respect all religious dogma and wish not to infringe upon any ones belief system, and feel that it is a good practice in today’s society. All of this could be expanded upon to arguing my position but that might fall into being a great work of art, which has its time and place, so In short; I believe in the all-around beautiful love of humanity…and good job harviele

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joe November 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

Latitude 36 degrees 56′ N
Longitude 109 degrees 0′ W

A great source of fire and brimstone.

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wishbone May 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

i think its when the genetic human experiment done by the alien-creator-gods went badly wrong (in that area) and they decided sterilise the place with nuclear fire, which might account for the pillor of salt thing, i’ll explain; after the americans dropped atom-bombs on “hiroshima” the scientists discovered some interesting stuff, like at a certain distance from the blast a human being is NOT blown to atoms, but could be instantly carbonised and end up a carbon statue were they stood, covered in a white dust, which could be mistaken for a pillor of salt. (if you dont take the time to give it a lick.!)

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Ab Asaff December 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Oh Mannie, Mannie, Oh faithful one. If God did not do it must be that bad old Satan. You think it was God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for carring on with terrible sexual behavior. Men with men, men with little boys, women with women and little girls, men with others wives and vice versa, all sorts of sex orgies, so on. Well then why has God not smitten our modren society where all that still exists. Then there is the infamous Catholic Churches who have a long history of repugnant peverted forced sexual behavior, mostly of the homosexual kind with children in their care along with the other Christian denomenations who endulge albeit in a lesser degree?

Maybe God has died or else he does not care anymore. Go kneel in front of a cross and meditate on that for awhile and let me know what you come away with.

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Orlando López de Victoria September 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

You left out one basic factor. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities built not on a covenant with God, but with false deities that promoted vice which corrupted their souls. God has many ways of destroying countries. One of which is “doing nothing at all”. When the nation of Israel turned away from God for similar reasons shown from Sodom and Gomorrah, God turned away from Israel in their hour of need and delivered them to a nation that knew not of God. Perhaps your looking at things from a human perspective. Why not ask yourself from God’s perspective, why would he do such a thing? Perhaps then you will find a more clear answer. I found that reason. Now i invite you to find the answer.

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angel November 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hey ab asaff “READ ALL OF THIS” your wrong so dont be an ass because that was when Jesus was not here to give you a choice between good or evil, SO, why dont YOU read the bible clearly and do some reasearch instead of clinging to half assed superficial assumptions, he was to save your sinful self absorbed generation’s of idiotic monkeys, that you claim there is no evidence of god yet your living in the flesh subconciously knowing one day your going to pass, the reason for this is because everybody has there own course in life and makes it how they want it, noting good and sinful behavior for the better of the world, and its not god causing corrupt systems of faith its MAN, so your “not so perfect society” instead of ‘OH F.M.L” for people of god ITS ABOUT FAITH not religion so just because you dont belieave the truth and you rather belieave in lies dont go spreading your bullsh,t opinion to ears that do not care … you must be that “bad old satan” (in your own words)because that sounds exactly like some smart ass shit he’d say to words of god, if you did not like mannys words you could of at least gave him positive criticism instead of being sarcastic narcissistic ass. and with this I say to you, may god have mercy on you…

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Mannie December 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Wake up the LORD God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because they were doing detestable things, abominations unto the LORD so He rained Fire and Brimstone and destroyed the two cities.
When the LORD and the two angels went to Lot’s House the men wanted to know them so the angel struck them blind; instructed the family to flee and not to look back….Lot’s wife disobeyed and the LORD God turned her into a pillar of salt.
People would ratrher question the WORD of God which is the TRUTH!
And believe other nonsense, thats of the devil.
It is this simple God is in control and everything He does for a reason. He means what He says and says what He means.
But I forget most people don’t believe in God or don’t want to hear about God they would rather listen to a LIE which Satan does and he is the father of it!

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gentris moore December 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

Did you know before there was a monolithic aerobic God; there was human polytheistic Gods? The enculturation of belief hinders the fact finding truth. Many people never really get to know the truth because they fail to research human history. Answer this question; if you were born in a different place that taught Hindu, Muslim, and our Buddhist would you be practicing that, please I urge you to answer truthfully? Research the Epic of Gilgamesh, notice the familiar story told: This story is much older than the Old Testament. We can be blinded by our religious belief system. Yet if you refuse to study the history with an unbiased opinion, you might not be able to handle the truth.

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Johny March 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

You are correct sir . There was a electrical charge between earth and Jupiter that happened recently .

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