Jesus tells us that the End of the World will be so much like the world of Noah’s Day. How much do you really know about the world of Genesis 6-8? This was a world of dinosaurs and cavemen, overrun by demons, infiltrated with monstrous evil–and totally indifferent to God. The parallels to our world are staggering–amazingly illuminating what God has planned for the future.
The fact that the entire World Perished in the Genesis Flood has been scoffed about for thousands of years. Even today there are men and women scientists and educators who systematically deny that there was a Global Flood of Noah as described in the Bible.
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What is it that they are trying to remove? God’s compelling testimony of Global Death through a catastrophic flood. He has placed on every continent, every land, and under every sea the vivid record of a global flood.
So man, left to himself, crashes headlong into sin. In fact, in just 10 generations God records the times of Noah as about the worst times in human history. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Noah could have looked upon such an evil time as a handicap, instead, he saw it as an opportunity to serve the Lord. God called Noah to warn the world. The only difference between Noah and the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood was not the amount they knew about God, it was the response to that knowledge.
A 120-year long sermon left the world with no excuse. But the condition of humanity is much like C.H. Spurgeon said, “He who does not believe God will punish sin will not believe that he will pardon it through atoning blood.”
A God of love is popular, a God who judges is not. Spurgeon went on to say, “I charge you who profess the Lord not to be unbelieving with regard to the terrible threatenings of God to the ungodly. Believe the threat even though it should chill your blood. Believe though nature shrinks from the overwhelming doom. For if you do not believe, disbelieving God at one point will drive you to disbelieve God upon the other points of revealed truth.”
Just as the bright light of Noah’s life stood in start contrast to the sin blackened hearts of the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood, so we are to hold forth the light of Christ.
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37–39).
It will be a moment of sheer terror when unbelievers face a holy God and realize with absolute certainty that they are eternally lost. That must have been the feeling of the people of Noah’s day when they saw the floodwaters rise above their heads and knew the door to the ark was unalterably shut.
We live today in a world not at all unlike Noah’s. We like him see wickedness, immorality, violence, lewdness, vulgarity, profanity, lying, killing, and blasphemy were rampant, as they are today.
Just as Noah was saved through the Flood, so the 144,000 will be preserved through the Tribulation. And just as God drew Enoch out of the world before the Flood, so we who alive and remain will be called up in a moment and in the twinkling of an eye to meet the Lord in the air!
Someone has said, “If God doesn’t destroy our world, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” The judgment that lies ahead of earth-dwellers will not be by a global flood as Noah saw (Gen. 9:15) but by the fire of God’s wrath that Peter saw (2 Pet. 3:10). As Noah learned, so we know the only security is a refuge in God’s ark, Jesus Christ.