THE DAYS OF NOAH
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." — Heb_11:7.
WE DO well to give heed to the description given of the "days of Noah, for our Lord said, that as it was in those days, so shall it be in the days that close the present age (Mat_24:37-39). The world of that time had made great progress in the arts and civilization of life. But, as it has happened repeatedly all through human history, great luxury produced infamous immorality, cruelty, and widespread indifference to the claims of God. Things took place in those olden times which have their counterpart in the great cities of our time. In its feverish atmosphere sin of every kind abounded, and in mercy to the race, there was no alternative than to bring that wicked generation to an end. "They ate, they drank; they married, and were given in marriage, and knew not, till the flood came and carried them all away."
Amidst all this, Noah lived an unblemished and righteous life. He walked in daily converse with God (Gen_6:8-9). His Almighty Friend was able to reveal to him His intentions. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant."
Keep near to God, that you may hear the accents of His still small voice. Our happiest experience is when we walk with Him in unbroken fellowship, and He takes us into covenant with Himself. Through any one individual, whose heart is perfect toward Him, God will save others. We too shall cross the Flood of Death and enter the new life of Resurrection, but we must be quick to detect His voice, and our hands deft to fulfil the revelations of our Divine Teacher and Friend. (Our Daily Walk)
No One Knows That Day and Hour
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of
the Son of man be.
(Excerpt from David Guzik)
Jesus says that His coming will be when the world is as it was in the days of Noah.
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
a. As the days of Noah were: Jesus explained what He meant by the days of Noah. It means life is centered around the normal things: eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. In other words, life will be business as usual; reprobate perhaps, but usual.
i. We should also remember that the days of Noah were also marked by violence and demonic oppression (Gen_6:1-5).
b. And did not know until the flood came and took them all away: Though the people in the days of Noah were warned, judgment eventually came. To those who had ignored the warnings, it came suddenly and unexpectedly.
i. In this, there is a dilemma. How can Jesus come to a “business as usual” world, and a world experiencing the worst calamities ever seen on earth?"
As an average believer watching today-I can see how this paradox can exist, because I'm living in it daily. The rise in violence, brutality, cruelty, barbarianism, is at an all-time high-but everything continues on just as business as usual. Wars and rumors of wars are in the headlines daily-but everything goes on just as business as usual. The vast majority are in an apathetic stupor. If a nuclear bomb went off in the U.S. today- I wonder what the reactions would really be by most. Several generations of watching horror movies, war movies, violent video games, and satire mixed with violence on TV has put many in a state of apathy.
Demonic oppression is right in your face today-everywhere. But, you could not convince many in the population-they will excuse, and explain away everything they see-no matter what the manifestations tell them. Most people won't accept the truth-no matter what. Jesus dealt with the same unbelief-and accused of casting out demons by the spirit of Beelzebub-the prince of demons. Nothing has changed-it's the same today-but on a greater worldwide scale now. The paradox here is-the people who deny demonic oppression/possession-have no problem getting involved with Buddhism, Reiki Yoga, Islam, and other cults-and putting themselves in a trance to channel demon spirits to "guide" them and control them-they reveal their rebellion and hypocrisy. They hate God, and their hearts are revealed by what they choose.
The technologies of today have created "virtual realities", which fool the mind, and the ability to perceive reality from fiction. This is now the age of deceit, and most of what is presented, is a lie. I do wonder if Noah's generation had advanced to this point of technology-what we are living in now, is I believe, beyond what even he experienced. Between this, the rise of demonic manifestations, Satanic rituals, and Satanism being promoted and worshipped by elites, politicians and many in society today-we have called up the worst of the pit of hell, and they are now among us. Those who don't realize this, who are brainwashed by TV and media-it's impossible to reach them.
In Noah's day there were signs of how bad it was in his day-that rings very true in our day:
Gen 6:5 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 continually.
The great wickedness of man in Noah’s day
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
a. Every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually: This says a lot. It means there was no aspect of man’s nature not corrupted by sin.
i. “A more emphatic statement of the wickedness of the human heart is hardly conceivable.” (Vriezen, quoted in Kidner)
ii. Jesus said, “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Mat_24:37). In other words, the conditions of the world before the coming of Jesus will be like the conditions of the world before the flood:
• Exploding population (Gen_6:1)
• Sexual perversion (Gen_6:2)
• Demonic activity (Gen_6:2)
• Constant evil in the heart of man (Gen_6:5)
• Widespread corruption and violence (Gen_6:11)
b. The LORD was sorry that He had made man . . . He was grieved in His heart: God’s sorrow at man, and the grief in His heart, are striking. This does not mean that creation was out of control, nor does it mean that God hoped for something better but was unable to achieve it. God knew all along that this was how things would turn out, but our text tells us loud and clear that as God sees His plan for the ages unfold, it affects Him. God is not unfeeling in the face of human sin and rebellion. (David Guzik)
Moving forward to 2Peter-we are given a description of what God will do the second time He destroys the earth:
The Day of the Lord Will Come
2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
There's plenty of evidence of what Jesus, and Peter describes, in today's world-everything goes on as usual-people are going about their lives, doing business, getting married, the hustle and bustle of life just rolls on. I hear it from many -"We've heard this before", some with a yawn, some with a smirk, mocking- most don't believe it will ever happen. We who do believe, get the same reactions and rejection Noah got in his day. Like him-we have to just keep on doing what we know we're supposed to do, and wait.
God didn't fail Noah, and He won't fail us. Just keep building.
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