But as the days of Noah were…

01/05/2013 08:59

In His list of signs that Jesus provided His inquiring followers, He cited a reference to the days of Noah and compared conduct then as something for which to as a sign of the end times. Here’s what He said:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 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.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”  Matthew 24:36-42

One of the key points in this message from the Lord is the fact that He is emphasizing the conduct of the people living at this time. We know from Peter that Noah was a preacher with a message. He became a sign to the people of his time and a message to us today. Back then, even as it is now, people desensitize themselves to the warning messages. Peter describes it like this:

“…that you 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 Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,  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 creation.” 2 Peter3:2-4

The warning is dismissed and people conduct their lives as if there were no end to life and no reason to fear. But technically, the warning here isn’t about judgment, the apocalypse, doom or destruction. “They did not know until the flood came and took them all away.” The message here isn’t about the destruction or tribulation that is about to come, it’s about the escape. Noah didn’t imagine it—he just obeyed and built an ark. He never experienced rain, and certainly not a flood, in his lifetime. There was no history of it. He just built a boat because God told him to do so.

That day and hour that no one knows is all about the rapture; another key point. Noah and his family leaving, being elevated above the flood in the ark, is symbolic of the rapture. The flood waters symbolize the flood of deception that will overcome the planet once the church is evacuated. Jesus further illustrates the catching away as he compares two men in the field and two women grinding. They are doing regular life things when suddenly they are separated. One escapes, the other is left to face the tribulation.

Although   God found the sin during Noah’s time reprehensible ,  the life acts of marrying, having families, and living their lives in of itself isn’t sinful unless there is failure to heed warnings. The emphasis here is that they were more focused on temporal life and failed to prepare for eternity. There are signs pointing to the end times all around us. Fulfillment of Biblical prophecy is well demonstrated for even novice students of the Bible.

The Noahs of today are sending the message in many forms and as the days of Noah, people aren’t listening. As the days of Noah, many people will be caught unaware and will therefore miss the ark of the rapture.

We don’t find our salvation in the rapture, but in the ark which represents Christ. Those who have made Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives and carefully live their lives for Him are assured of the great escape. The signs are all around us, and the Noahs of today are preaching. Are you ready?

PD

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