Yeah, for me I’m just going to add on to what’s already been said in that God uses the natural to reveal spiritual truth. The power is not in the natural stories but in spiritual. I “used” to be a futurist but not so much anymore.
As precious as life is on this earth, it’s really not the final destination for anyone or anything. This is merely the playing field where God’s plan is unfolding according to the influence of time. When it “appears” God destroys “people”, for me, he’s merely removing them from the playing field. But everything is for the purpose of magnifying his name and nature. Not because he is egocentrical, but because he is love and in “our” eyes, we think because someone died that they were judged for some evil thing they did are whathaveyou but it may be that God’s plan no longer includes or calls for them to be a part of it.
Sodom and Gomorah had become a blemish on the face of Israel, so . . .as any parent would, God washed Israel’s face by removing the blemish. The old covenant (testament) consisted of men literally acting out God’s laws. The New Testament/covenant consists of those same laws changing venues from outward to inward. Now, the laws that they had to follow have already been fulfilled so we don’t have to follow them, we merely live “in” them because they’re now written inwardly in each of us.
As to the fire and brimstone in Revelation, the “symbolism” was the same, but the form in which it manifested on earth was different. In the old testament, it was literally fire and brimstone that was released. After the cross, it was stll fire and brimstone that was poured out on Israel, for the same purposes, for cleansing and purging, to remove the blemish of the old covenant . . .but the form in which it manifested was different in that it was the Roman armies during the uprooting of the entire religious system in A.D. 79 that God utilized as the spiritual weapon of choice. The outcome was still the same. Israel had been purged of the blemish.
But the theater on the natural level changed drastacally in that instead of a literal Jewish nation being God’s chosen people, now it’s a spiritual Jewish nation . . .a spiritual New Jerusalem . . . and only those with spiritual eyes can see it and spiritual ears can hear it. On the surface, it’s all mystic symbols and patterns . . .underneath the surface, it’s a message of resurrection life, truth and freedom. The message is no longer approached by way of works, but now, it’s approached by way of grace “through” faith. Two of the most powerful attributes of Christ, but neither can be seen by the naked eye/mind.