Just Like 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. 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. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect….. …. Matthew 24:37-44
In our previous studies, We have been considering the sign that Jesus gave in relation to His second coming. And We saw that Jesus would be coming immediately after the Great Tribulation of those days. Here, we see Him comparing His coming with 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. : We know what Happened in the days of Noah, people were particularly Evil in the area of Sex and Violence. These were the two predominant area where sin flourish( Gen 6:2,5).And in the Last days before the coming of Christ, it would be exactly like that. There would be open Sexual Evil and an increase in violence. And we see that happening in our age along with other signs that we have considered. We also know that in the days of Noah, there was a Godly remnant of few people headed by Noah. It was not a very Large number, it was just Eight People which Consists of Noah’s immediate Family. And as Far as we know, God gave Noah 120 years to build the Ark and Preach to others. God gave them every opportunity to repent. 2 Peter 2:5 says Noah was a Preacher of Righteousness, and He did not lower that standard of Righteousness. There is a great need in the Last days for People like Noah, who do not Lower the Standard of Righteousness. Noah did not Lower the standard, He kept it where God kept it and the result was that very few people were willing to join that Few remnant that stood for God. And it would be like that in the last day too. The way to Life is Narrow, and only few finds it(Matt 7:13-14). If we proclaim the Narrow Way and difficult way that Jesus says, we will discover that there are very few who will really join us and want to become part of it. This is where the temptation comes for many Preachers to make the gate wider than Jesus made it and to make the way broader than Jesus made it so that many can come in. But this many that comes in will not be people who wants Righteousness. They are people who wants Heaven when they die. Every sensible person will want that. Even Balaam said, “Let me Die the death of the Righteous”, but you have to live the life of the Righteous if you want to die the death of the Righteous. There is a need for people like Noah in our days to stand for the Truth to preach Righteousness and to be content with a small number of people who stand with them. The interesting thing is that the people in the days of Noah saw the animals all queued in pair entering into the Ark, and this should have brought convictions into their heart that there is something true about what Noah had said. But their heart was so hardened that even when they saw that, they just laughed over it. In short, the animals were wiser than men in the days of Noah. And we have to warn people of the coming Judgement against Sin but Like in Noah’s days, most people laughed at Noah’s preaching, they will also laugh at what we say. They would say “it is impossible that God will save only a Few”, well that’s what they told Noah also, but He did not change his message to suit any of their opinion neither should we.
Another thing they were doing in the days of Noah was that they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. There is nothing Sinful in all of these but they became too concerned about it that they forgot everything about God. We must be careful in this last days against Legitimate activities like eating and drinking that seeks to steal our Devotion away from the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord is like that of a Bridegroom who says to His bride, “Wait, I am coming back, as soon as I come back, we would get married”. And a faithful Bride will keep on waiting, waiting waiting and so many other people will want her hands in marriage and she would say, “No, I am waiting for my Bridegroom to come” This is how a True Christian should be waiting, and not allow the things of the world to draw him away from the simple Devotion to class. Those who are unfaithful is like a girl who is engaged to a Man and Yet fooling around with other men called World, entertainment etc. Such lady is not a Bride but a Harlot. This is why we read in Revelation about Babylon the Harlot and Jerusalem the Bride. The difference is this,: In the period between our time here on Earth and the time Jesus comes, there are two attitudes a Believer can have, one is their Devotion to Christ and faithfulness to their absent Bridegroom and the other is, playing the fool with the Lord, living for themselves saying, “The Bridegroom coming is delayed, let’s play around a bit”. Such people will have the greatest shock of their lives when the Lord returns in Glory. Just like the flood came suddenly in the days of Noah, so shall the Son of Man comes also. Let us therefore seek to prepare our hearts just like Noah did.
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. : It is going to be like this at the rapture. Judgement will come on some while the others will be taken up to be with the Lord. Some will be Judged while some will escape Judgement.
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.: What shall we do then after having heard all this things that Jesus had said. Are we to concentrate on finding the exact time that these things we take place? Are we to start drawing a Chart of how all these will happen as some have done? And we to start trying to understand prophecy more accurately? Definitely Not!!! The whole purpose of Jesus telling us about His Coming was to enable us to be ready. Watch therefore!!! For you don’t know the day Your Lord is coming!! So be ready at all times. It is spiritual readiness that saves us and not intellectually understanding of prophetic truths. Understanding the whole process of the second coming of Christ can stimulate our soul and inform our mind but not necessarily build up our Spirit and makes us ready for the coming of the Lord. Remember Satan knows all the Details about the Coming of Christ but yet that would not take him into God’s presence.
If a thief had given advance warning to house saying, “Hey, I am coming to Your house at 2:45am. Be ready!!” The house owner will definitely be ready. But no thief gives warning like that. So the coming of the Lord is likened to the coming of a thief in the night. He is coming like a thief in the Night for Unbelievers and not for Believers. This is very clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-5 which says, ” For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. BUT YOU, BRETHREN, ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, SO THAT THIS DAY SHOULD OVERTAKE YOU AS A THIEF. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness” Any Christian who thinks that Christ is coming like a thief in the Night is definitely Walking in Darkness and not Sons of the Lights. Why should the day of the Lord be like a thief in the night? If You are ready for His coming, why should it be a surprise to You? This is the reason why we must always purify ourselves Just as Christ is pure if we have this hope of being taken up to meet the Lord(1 John 3:3). Remember the day will come suddenly. There will not be time to set things right again. There will not be time to quickly Confess your Sins again. There will not be time to forgive others their Sins against You anymore. They will not be time to return books and money you have borrowed. Now is the heart Time to set things right. Watch therefore!!!
Dear Friend, The Coming of the Lord will be Just like the days of Noah. Will you be among the few that was saved along with Noah? Will You join Men like Noah in building the Church? The Church may not be uncomfortable like the Ark but it is the safest place on Earth.. Detach yourself from every thing that takes away your Devotion to the Lord. Watch and always be spiritually ready lest the coming of the Lord becomes a thief in the night to you. May the Lord give us Grace to stand True like Noah and endure to the End(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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