As It Was In The Days Of Noah! Where are the Noah’s?
There has never been an hour like the hour we live in now. The evil seems to be abounding and just getting worse. An increase in all manner of crime and at the same time there seems to be a ‘winking of the eye’, in turning away from some of the worst, most heinous sins. Mass abortion, human trafficking of all kinds, theft and burglary, murder, all on the increase, and there seems to be little punishment or no outcry. Not to mention sins of homosexuality, beastiality, pedophilia, among others. Yes, the times we live in are dangerous if you don’t know and understand them according to the word of God!
What am I talking about? Matthew 24:37-39 tells us that (37) ‘For the coming of the Son of Man shall be just like the days of Noah’. (38) For as in those days just before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.’ We all can recall the story of Noah’s Ark, and the flood. Genesis 6: 5-6 tells us that ‘the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’ Verse 6: ‘and the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth and He was grieved in His heart.’
We know that evil abounded everywhere to the point that God had to cleanse the earth and that cleansing came in the form of a flood of water that covered the entire surface of the earth. V. 11 of Genesis tells us that ‘the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and was filled with violence.’ We certainly can see that the earth is full of evil and violence in this day. I doubt anyone can question how bad it is and that certainly the hour is pointing to what Christ was talking about in Matthew 24:37-39.
If it is supposed to be like the days of Noah, and there is evil continually, what else must be going on? It says people were marrying, eating, and drinking right on up until the ark was closed up and the rain began to fall. In other words, life will continue to go on in every normal aspect of daily life. People will continue to work and ‘just do life’. We won’t just quit eating or doing ‘normal life’. What it is really pointing out is many will just go on doing their own thing oblivious to what is going on. It will be irrelevant that we need to be prepared for Christ’s return.
We see today many are going about thinking they are alright. This is more common in the church where people are going about thinking “I’m ok,” and “all is well.” We often take the attitude that the violence or war or whatever is going on in another part of the world or our country doesn’t affect us. We act as if because that is over there so I don’t need to be concerned. We take the old ostrich with the head buried in the sand attitude.
So, we see evil abounding and people not stepping up to the plate to stop it or atleast cry out. If we keep silent then we are as guilty as those who or going around acting unrighteous. I don’t mean we need to physically confront everyone, but rather we need to pray, lift our voices, or do whatever the Lord prompts us to.
2 Peter 2:5 says, “if God did not spare the ancient world but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others when He brought the flood on the world of the ungodly.’ In 2 Peter 3:7 we see that God will destroy this earth with a flood of fire. That will take place after Christ returns and sets up the ‘Millennium kingdom.’ But my overall point is if we are in the last days and these days are like the days of Noah, and there is coming a flood of fire, then we need to prepare.
Peter described Noah as a preacher of righteousness. My original question was where are the Noah’s? In other words where are the preachers of righteousness in these last days. It is the same message of John the Baptist or Elijah or any of the prophets.It’s the gospel of the kingdom. Repent, for the kingdom is at hand. The message has not changed. We have tried watering it down, or using gimmicks, tricks, and all of the things of the world. We may get some decent results for awhile or we may build huge buildings and ministry’s. But will it last?
Where are those who will stand up and cry out for righteousness to return to the Church, the true body of Christ. Where are the Noah’s who will prepare the people in the earth before the ‘things coming’ are finally here. Noah didn’t wait until the rain started and then say it’s going to flood. There is a fire coming to cleanse the earth and we must prepare the people. Preaching holiness is not in vogue. It is seen as Old Testament, legalistic, and not for today. God never changed His message but in the New Covenant, we have Jesus to lead us and be our example and the one who paid the price. Jesus actually makes it easier to live holy and righteous.
What do I mean by righteousness? Basically it means being right with God which means we can’t be without Jesus. So, we have to be right with Jesus to be right with Father. That is a simplified definition but it is not a difficult thing. It means we obey God’s word, without fail and because we love Him. It also has to do with being ‘just’ as in ‘just’ scales. He set boundaries for us to protect us not to be legalistic. Being in the world and yet separate.
So again I ask, will the Noah’s of the end times stand up and cry out for a return to God’s standard of righteousness. Where are those to prepare for the days ahead? In their book, The Elijah Task, John and Paula Sandford describe one of the tasks of Elijah prophets in the end-times as ‘to prepare men for fire.’ One aspect of that is in preparing the way for Christ’s return by preparing men and women for Christ’s return. It entails not just living right, but being cleansed and living pure and holy in an impure and unholy world until Jesus comes to take His bride away and we rule and reign with Him.