AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
What does the Bible really mean when referencing, "as in the days of Noah" as Jesus was talking about the time preceding the Rapture? Even if you have read these verses many times before; please slow down and read them fresh again today. What is the essence of what is being 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."
Are these verses about "the way they were living" or "timing"?
"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."
This is a harvest of the "righteous ones" being taken, and "the unrighteous ones" being left for judgment.
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods."
"But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
The ones left, who had been of the Master's house, who then chose the way of the world, will have their portion with the hypocrites and with a weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is about timing, that no one knew the day or hour but the Father.... And staying true to God. Living worthy and in expectation. Were any of these verses simply about how evil people were? Or are they about being right with God, because a person does not know when He is coming, and He wants us to make it?
Now the account as it is in Luke:
"Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."
"Then He said to the disciples, "The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Look here!' or 'Look there!' Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day."
This is about God's people longing for the day, but will have to wait and in the meantime, and to not be fooled. And that when the day comes, it will be suddenly like lightning and we know that in His glory and power, He will shine from one end of the heavens to the other!
"But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation."
"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. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built"
In neither case of Noah or Lot, did the Lord "elaborate on the evilness" of them but that life was going on: eating, drinking, planting, marrying, building etc. (not that they were not evil but He is making a point).
"but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
"In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot's wife."
This shows the deliverance of the righteous and judgment on the wicked. Unfortunately for Mrs. Lot, she looked back, directly disobeying the Lord. Something back in Sodom had Mrs. Lot's heart. We must be faithful to the Lord. Nothing in this world is worth losing our future over. Noah, Lot and families had to leave it all behind.
According the book of Revelation, many of the body of Christ will have to be faithful unto death. It says they "overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11). The Lord really wants us to get this next verse deep in our hearts.
"Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left."
Once again, this is a harvest as the righteous are removed and spared. And the ones left have to face the judgment and wrath of God.
"And they answered and said to Him, "Where, Lord?" So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
The Lord is referring here to buzzards. When the Lord was here in the flesh and when the New Testament was written, "eagle" was a term that included buzzards as birds of prey. Both then and now, we know that dead animals and even people, attract buzzards. This verse alludes to the Two Witnesses who will be killed and their bodies left to lie in the street while the whole lost world will rejoices and makes merry. But at the end of 3 ½ days, to the total surprise of the wicked, the Two Witnesses will be resurrected and when a voice from heaven says, “Come up here.” Not only will “the Two Witnesses” rise, but those who are “still alive” will rise to meet the Lord also and the graves will open and the bodies of those who previously died in the Lord, their bodies will rise and be changed in the twinkling of an eye and all go to be with the Lord forever.
Notice that the Lord followed with this:
"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' "Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said."
"And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
He spoke a parable to them, "that men always ought to pray and not lose heart" and follows saying that God will avenge those His elect who cried out to Him day and night and that He will avenge them speedily. The Rapture will be deliverance for the righteous and will follow with judgment for the wicked.
Questions and Consideration:
Is the Lord saying merely that "people will be evil" as before the Flood and in the days of Lot - before the coming of the Lord?
Is it merely, that "life will be going on as usual" when “the Day” comes?
Might it be that, "no one knew the day or hour" as in those days and it was important to keep God first and be obedient?
Could it also be showing that "a Harvest happens" - like with Noah & family / Lot and family, where righteous people were saved from the judgment that came on the unrighteous and it will happen again?
Noah (and family) and Lot (and family) were remnants to say the least. We also know that they were righteous people surrounded by evil.
Also, in 2 Peter 2:5, Peter said Noah was “a preacher of righteousness.” People were warned but did not take heed.
Peter in the next 2 verses said that Lot “was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds).
Both Noah and Lot, lived through a terrible time of apostasy, with Noah's being on a much broader scale.
And in closing, look at the heart of Jesus when He said: "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
Will there still be preachers of righteousness? Will there still be righteous people left to be oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked and tormented by seeing and hearing of the day's lawless deeds?
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