01-As in the Days of Noah
Like the black clouds in the sky, God is warning the people of the earth. Ever since Adam and Eve rebelled in the garden, God has punished rebellious men who refuse and reject His way of reconciliation. It is that sin which will produce the wrath of God upon the earth. It´s hard to understand why most people can see the storms approaching and upon hearing the siren seek protection. But when it comes to the approaching judgments and wrath of God upon a sin-sick society, very few hear the warning sirens. It´s not that the people don´t see the black clouds of destruction, they just don´t seem to care. They see the clouds, but ignore the sirens. Jesus spoke of this spiritual condition as indifference. Noah faced the same thing prior to the flood of judgment. They were totally indifferent to God´s voice that was calling them to Godly sorrow and repentance. They rejected His mercy and grace.
26)”And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27)They did eat, 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.”
Jesus discloses that the same spiritual conditions would permeate society up until His coming, that filled Noah´s generation. People were so busy in their daily affairs and cares of living; they didn´t give heed to Noah´s warnings. Noah spent many years warning the people that unless they repent and turn from their sins, God would destroy them. But like the world today, things went on “business as usual,” even in the midst of chaos, violence and perversion. Here was Noah, building an ark, trusting God, as the world slipped deeper into sin. The Bible is very clear that Noah was totally rejected, for only his immediate family was spared from the wrath of God.
Like Noah, we face a world which is becoming more materialistic and self-centered. We see growing indifference to the things of God, even in the house of God. Jesus cautioned us about being caught up in the cares and pleasures of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches. Please take heed, for He is warning those who call themselves Christians.
“And take heed unto yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
When does everyday living pose as a threat to your salvation? If you are indifferent to or have delayed in your mind (mid or post rapture teaching) the return of the Lord, you are as Jesus said, overcharged and overcome by the cares of this life. Jesus is not your Lord, you are. The Bible teaches that He must be the Lord of your life. When He controls your daily living, you are walking in His footsteps.
The trouble is that Christians have difficulty in allowing Jesus to be their Lord. They want to have some control because they really don´t trust Him. I write these things not to condemn and I speak from experience for most of us, at some point or another, in our Christian walk have been rebellious. The key is, have we repented? Not trusting Jesus is always accompanied by an inner selfishness, which then makes the everyday affairs of this life priority issues. This chokes God´s word out of the heart. We cannot separate Jesus by desiring Him as Savior, and rejecting Him as Lord. If He is not our Lord and Master, he is not our Savior. We are denying His love and power.
It is the people with only an outer from of Godliness, who still are their own lord, who scoff and snicker at the warnings of prophets like Noah. God is today raising up and sending prophets to a people who hearken not to the commandments of Jesus Christ. God warns before He sends His wrath. For the people are listening to the smooth, seductive false teachers and prophets, who promise them peace and plenty, at a time when divine judgment is at the door. They cause the people to stay in their worldly sin and error, while promising them life.
When the antichrist from America establishes peace in the Middle East, the Bible says that most people will be deceived and caught up in the cares of this life. It will be like a calm before the storm, when in fact, the peace covenant is a warning from God to seek cover, to seek the shelter that He provides in His Son, Jesus. As in Noah´s day, the masses today prefer to believe in lies, thinking they are the truth. They reject the grace and Lordship of Jesus Christ.