The Angels of Sodom and Gomorrah
In Genesis 18, God came to Abraham with two angels, declaring His intention to pass judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A great “outcry” against these cities had reached God, and He called the sin therein “very grave.”
Before God acted, however, Abraham pleaded that the city be spared so that the righteous might not be slain along with the wicked. God agreed to allow his angels to investigate the city, promising to spare it if He found fifty good people. Abraham pleaded that number down to ten.
Abraham’s nephew, Lot, lived in Sodom, and recognized the angels when they arrived, giving them a place to sleep in his house.
It wasn’t long, however, before Lot’s house was beset by the men of Sodom, who wanted the angels—who they thought were simply male visitors—brought out for their own sexual pleasures. When Lot refused, they broke down his door, and Lot only escaped through the power of his angelic guests.
When they reached safety, the angels asked lot, “Have you anyone else here…bring them out of this place. For we are about to destroy this place…”
So Lot gathered his family and left the angels to their work. These two divine beings rained down “sulfur and fire from the Lord,” reducing the cities to nothing but smoke.
For destroying two entire cities, these angels earned their place amongst the deadliest angels of the Bible.