And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. 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 .
We live in the last days in which will see the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the certainty of His return is beyond question. There are three times more Old Testament prophecies relating to the second coming of Jesus than the first, which were all fulfilled!
70% of all New Testament chapters have a reference to the second coming of the Lord and approximately one in ten of all New Testament verses refers in some way to the second coming of the Lord.
In Luke 17, Jesus gives a graphic description of the days when He will return and compares it to the days of Noah.
But not that the activities described are not grossly sinful; rather they simply indicate a culture where no thought at all was given to God or to the consequences of anyone’s activity.
If we read further on in scripture we can see an example of a society (Sodom) that casts off all restraint- yet in the days of Noah we see a world that was simply doing its “own thing”.
Jesus is teaching us the truth that the last days will resemble the days just prior to the flood which destroyed the world in Noah’s day. He tells us this so that we might be able to discern the times and know that the end is near.
If you study Luke 10 you will find the parable of the “good Samaritan”, which people think is a nice little parable about “being a good neighbour”, is in actual fact a parable about Jesus’ OWN neighbourly attitude to mankind. Jesus said in this parable something interesting which could be easily missed – he gave the innkeeper (church) two denarii = 2 days wages (2000 years) and we have scriptural indicators of the parallel between a day and a thousand years in Gods eyes (2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90:4). As followers of Jesus we must be neighbours in all situations, especially when we see the desperate need of salvation.
There are many other indicators in terms of Israel’s rebirth in 1948 relating to the fulfilment of Ezekiel 37, the valley of dry bones and Isaiah 66:8 fulfilled in May 14th 1948 when the nation was literally born in a day! Jerusalem’s establishment in 1967 was fulfilment of Zechariah 12 to 14 in the 6 day war. Ezekiel 38 and 39 the war of Gog and Magog (all are now Muslim nations) and WHEN these armies come they will be wiped out. We simply don’t have time to go into all the indicators that we live in the final days of this world as we know it.
NEVER lose hope, even though outwardly we will waste in this fallen flesh and in this fallen world – be of good cheer – Jesus is coming back for you as he promised in John 14 – he will not leave you.
Today I would like to suggest to you that there are four elements active now that were the same as in the days of Noah. These elements remind us that we are in the last days and that we have a mission to accomplish before we leave this world.
Let’s take a look at the four elements of the days of Noah that mark the last days.
1. AN INCREASING SINFULNESS
Genesis 6:4 – A lack of spiritual separation.
Genesis 6:2 – 4
… that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
God expects total separation from liberalism, false religion and the like – 2 Corinthians 6:17.
I read an article about two well known Brazilian footballers (David Luiz and Kaka ) who were devout believers who insisted they would remain pure until they married – and the shock articles about this was revealing !
Genesis 6:5 – A lack of moral standards.
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.
Mans thoughts were continually evil – no standards at all – In our world anything goes, “if it’s right for you then its right”, “if your not hurting anyone then its fine”. Everyones favourite scripture is “judge not lest ye be judged”!
However, God’s standard for us is one of total holiness and devotion before him – 1 Peter 1:16, Amos 3:3.
Luke 17:26-27 – A Lack of Spiritual Discernment
Luke 17:26-27 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Men are blind to the truth of Scripture, the demands of a holy God and the approaching judgment of God. Though Satan is responsible for a portion of this blindness – 2 Corinthians 4:4, Man is responsible as well. Man always has a choice – Joshua 24:15.
2. AN IMPENDING STORM
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.”
A flood was coming, and people weren’t ready for it. Just as the rapture and the great tribulation are on the horizon and man is still unprepared to meet God – Matthew 24:44.
This world is headed toward judgment and it doesn’t realize the magnitude and force of the storm it faces. There is a storm coming and men must be warned of the terrible calamities of the tribulation period.
Many won’t listen.
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Peter 2:5
…and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
This is the ONLY generation that has the weaponry that can rationally see that we DO live in a time where “no flesh will be saved “(Matthew 24).
Zechariah 14:12 can now be literally fulfilled where “…Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”
This is the function of neutron bomb literally leaving buildings and destroying flesh but thanks be to God that to the backdrop of increasing sinfulness and the impending storm there is that standing offer of salvation.
3. AN IMMEDIATE SALVATION
Genesis 6:5-6 – God was busy in Noah’s day. He was observing and cataloging the activity and condition if the world.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
He still sees everything that happens, in the world and in the mind and heart of man. God was disturbed by what He saw…
In Galatians 6:7 God is still disturbed by sin because He knows that all mankind we will reap what we sow, and that is why in Noah’s day he crafted a way to save who would accept it.
1 Corinthians 1:21 – For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom did not know God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.
There was nothing more foolish in Noah’s day that building a boat on dry land! People would ask – “How’s he going to get it to the sea?” And others would respond – “What is a sea?” By one (Noah) man and through that agency of man he is pleased to save ALL who believe the message that was preached. Noah acted on what God said and made the way to escape.
We have the chance to escape that will function no matter how dodgy it may appear for God is its maker. Noah was careful to build it exactly according to Gods specific design and it worked. The cross is according to Gods specification and it is the only way that we can be saved, by entering in. Just as the boat stood there and was being crafted before their eyes – so was “Christ crucified” before the eyes of all of us. We can see the instrument of our salvation and the choice to get “on board” is ours and ours alone. (2 Peter 2:5, 1 Peter 3:20).
2 Peter 2:5
…and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people , a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
God was working in Noah’s world, and we must always remember that regardless of how bad the world gets, God is always doing His work. He is always on the job! (Psalm 121:3-4).
4. An Itinerant Saviour
Noah warned of the impending judgement but ONLY his family believed him, yet he preached to anyone who would listen UNTIL THE DAY.
Genesis 6:3 tells us that Noah preached the coming judgment for 120 years without a single convert (so I feel I’m in good company!), though no one listened. He faithfully preached on and on and on! (Again I’m in good company here!).
Here is the perfect example of Gods mercy and justice working together that while God must judge evil, His love made the way of escape and called it out to anyone who would listen. God was still reaching out to sinners.
He could have destroyed the world instantly, but instead He gave them 120 years of grace! That’s God!
We are God’s spokesmen in this day. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:15; 1 Peter 3:15). Our duty before the Lord is to be certain that we do our duty before the Lord. We are to go and tell, we are not guaranteed any results, we are just commanded to do it.
When Noah was in the Ark on top of the flood, he could rest with the assurance that he had done what God had commanded him to do. The heart of the Christian gains rest by fulfilling the command of God!). Though none of the people believed Noah and assumed his building project was “foolishness”, his family believed. Never underestimate your loving faithful consistent witness to your family around you. So that while he could have been disappointed none of the public listened to him, on the Ark he could look around him and thank God his preaching wasn’t so ineffective after all! Always bring your children to church with you, always share the gospel with them!
Deuteronomy 6:6 -7 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Conclusion: We surely live in the last days. Look around. Anyone can see that we are there. I am thankful that I am saved, for I will never have to face tribulation, judgment, or Hell – but are YOU sure you are IN the boat and IN CHRIST (Ephesians 1). IF you are in Christ – what about those around you?There is a lost world all around that needs to be told about salvation through Jesus Christ. I ask us all today, in light of the fact that these are the last days, are you doing all that the Master has commanded you to do?