“And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”
We know from Biblical history that God destroyed ALL of mankind (except for Noah and his family, who escaped in the Ark) during the Great Flood spoken of in the Book of Genesis. Was this punishment a precursor of what an unrepentant world has to look forward to in these End Times? Will those alive on earth at the end of the coming 7 year Tribulation period be drowned to death in Gods wrath for their sinful ways?
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continuously. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
This was the very same God that only 4 chapters earlier in Genesis 1:31 said, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was VERY good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.” How could it be God made the earth; night and day; the trees and plants; the fish, birds and animals; and mankind, and now repented that he had ever made MAN? What changed? Obviously, God created man and put him into a then perfect world. Everything was good! But, he also gave man, in His likeness, the ability to make free choices. When Adam and Eve succumbed to the deceit and lies of Satan in the Garden of Eden, that was THEIR free choice to go against the Will of God. He had warned them NOT to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil but they decided to go ahead and eat the fruit anyway. That act brought sin into the world. But more than that, it brought sin in at an increasingly accelerated pace that eventually caused all of mankind to grow incrementally in their sinful ways in such a manner that God was then sorry He had ever made man! Fortunately, however, for our sake:
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
God saw in Noah the basis of mankind, that while sinful and flawed, still favored a close relationship with God. So, God caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights and eradicated all those not previously sealed up in the Ark (including the birds and animals that were taken with Noah to populate the earth after God’s judgement was complete). It was a new start for man, but as quoted above, does that mean in the coming morally declining days prior to the Son of man’s appearance, God will once again find someone to build an Ark, gather his family and all the birds and animals, and then cause it to rain again for 40 days and 40 nights? No! God specifically said in Genesis 8:21-22:
“And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing living, as I have done.”
There are two interesting things said here. First, God promises he will not again “smite” (destroy) the land because of what man has done. Secondly, and very applicable today, God says “…the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” In essence, God is saying that even though He saved Noah and his family, mankind is still sinful and evil. This gets to the very basis of this post when God said in Luke 17:26, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” There is absolutely NO difference today in what brought God’s wrath on the world then and what is coming soon!
What was so bad in the world BEFORE the flood to make God decide to destroy mankind? “The earth was corrupt before God, and the world was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” – Genesis 6:11-12. If that was bad enough for God to bring the flood to destroy all at that time, what will the world be like when the Son of man is sent to the earth at His Second Coming?
“This know also, that in the LAST DAYS (capitals mine) perilous times shall come. For men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
We are living in times today EVERY bit as bad as it was in the days of Noah when God was sorry He had ever created man! Can any of us actually say this is not the exact state of the world we are living in today? Yes, of course we have always had bits and pieces of this in our society to a smaller degree but to anyone over 50 years of age, the increase in these sins with the majority of people is simply astounding! And they are accepted! Most of these things were once rebuffed by a Christian society, but not anymore! The increased moral decay, correctly recognized by Christ’s followers but also glorified and approved by those that follow Satan, is repeatedly accepted with increased frequency. Times are getting worse, not better, EXACTLY as the Bible said they would in the LAST DAYS! Notice the last line above. We are told to “turn away” from those kind of people, which as you probably have seen causes us to then be vilified by them as religious, intolerant fanatics! But, do not participate in their evil ways. Stay away from them! As stated in 2 Chronicles 36:16, “But they mocked the messengers of God and despised his words, and misused his prophets, UNTIL the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” I can and probably will be made fun of and maybe even threatened eventually for repeating God’s Word but I do this knowing that “He who is in me is stronger than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4.
One of the reasons I turn to the Bible in these perilous times is not so much to see what will happen next but for comfort in knowing God has told us exactly what to expect! If we know what is soon coming, we can 1). get our act together with God by faithfully asking for forgiveness of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, and 2.) be comforted to know we will have an eternal life in Heaven with Him. The Bible clearly states in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3:
“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME (capitals mine) except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST (capitals mine), and that man of sin be revealed (the anti-christ), the son of perdition.”
There is a falling away TODAY! A recent poll in the U.S. of over 6,000 people showed only 9% of people believe the Bible to be the Word of God and only 17% of those proclaiming to be “Christians” believe the Word of God is infallible. In other words, they will believe what man (potentially lying) tells them about the Bible, but NOT what God actually says in the Bible. As horrible as this is, I take comfort in knowing my God is 100% accurate in ALL He says. The Bible is clear we are to take what God says and be comforted in our pre-knowledge of the end time events. We should not be afraid of it but should also take comfort and, “…therefore, comfort one another with these words.” I sincerely hope you feel the same way I do and pass this along by liking and sharing it with your friends and connections on LinkedIn and/or Facebook. Also, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom. That way you will get an email directly from me and not rely on social media “algorithms” that may or may not allow it to show up on your social page. The day may very well soon come where this kind of a post may be blocked from social media. Until then, I will continue…
May God Bless You!!!