As in the Days of Noe

aNNa’S NoTe:  This article was written in 2004.  It has been edited and revised as of 4/23/07, because I no longer subscribe to a Pre-Trib rapture stance.  Changes will be in purple in this post.  Thank you.

The verse I want to mention today is this one:   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.   (Matt 24: 37-42)

‘Noe’ refers to Noah… just translated differently.  The days of Noah were interesting, and I want to talk about them with you.  I think you’d get a kick out of the comparison, to be honest.  But first, let’s look at the verses here.

EATING AND DRINKING.  There are overly-analytical Christians who try to say that this is a reference to drunkeness and gluttony, substance abuse, but there’s really no indication of that here.  This is simple, short-term pleasure.  That’s all.  We eat, we drink, we do it every day.  It requires short-term planning.  So does witnessing, to be honest, but we’re busy whipping up chow and unwinding at the bar with our friends, talking smack instead of working as if the night were coming…

MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE.  Those o-a Christians (see above paragraph) also claim that this is a reference to homosexuality.  Wha….!?!?  Nevermind.  This is simple, long-term planning in example.  While planning a meal or a date to have a drink takes a day, planning a marriage takes months. ((Or a year, if you’re Anna.))  I find this one personally ironic, because my brother is getting married in two-ish weeks.  If the rapture is in September, his bride-to-be is in for a one-month marriage.  ((She follows Christ about as closely as my fish follow world affairs… nose to nose with the PC and totally clueless.))  My sister is pregnant and planning on a baby… and Anna is revising rapture letters and getting things returned and labeled for easier handling after we’re raptured.  Heh.

So what was the deal during Noah’s day?  Let’s take a look:  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose… there were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.  And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.  And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…  (Genesis 6:1-7ish)

NEPHILIM.   There is much written regarding the Nephilim… part demon, part human.  Basically, the ‘Sons of God’ were the fallen angels (aka demons) and the ‘Daughters of Man’ would be human chicks.   I’ve written about them before, so I’m not going there in the blog.  And there’s a movie coming out soon (starring KR) called Constantine regarding these half-breeds… interesting timing.  Anyhow, the verses say that wickedness was great, and the heart was evil continually.  That’s pretty much an overview of the state of things.  So bad that God said He was gonna wipe out mankind.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord… Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  (Genesis 6:8, 12-14)

WALKING MATTERS.  Noah was the only one who found grace with God… and why is that?  Because he was just, he was ‘perfect’, and HE WALKED WITH GOD.   He was spiritually sound.  Note the sharp contrast with everyone else – they were ‘corrupt’, ‘wicked’, ‘evil’… some people have suggested that the reason Noah was stated as ‘perfect’ was because he was the ideal man.  Hardly – Noah wasn’t sinless: a few chapters later he’s drunk off his ass and in a state of disgrace.  Others say that the reason Noah was ‘perfect’ was because he was the only purebred human left… of the world that was mixed with half-breeds.  There’s no grounds for that, either, although it’s an intriguing thought.  Noah was just because he held to God’s law.  He was perfect because he was righteous in the eyes of the Lord… and he walked with his Creator.

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation… For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights.. and Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.  And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of the waters was upon the earth.  (Genesis 7:1, 4-6)

THOU AND THY HOUSE.  My mom’s friend is Reformed, and she believes that her kids will go to Heaven because she is a Christ-follower.  Nevermind that her kids are wanted in several states, bi-sexual, drug-abusers, alcoholics, and all-around nasty.  ((Products of christian school, btw)  And I can see why she believes that way… Noah’s sons were married, and they were saved from destruction.  Lot’s daughters were saved from destruction… but not all of them.  Only the ones who were still at home – all of Lot’s other kids who laughed at him when he came to warn them of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah died there.  Only those *with him* were saved out.  Noah’s sons obviously believed as Noah did – for they built the ark with him… they also did all according to all that the Lord commanded him.  I’ve written a post about children & the rapture… but to be honest, I don’t have an answer on this for you.

FOR YET SEVEN DAYS.  Noah and his family were in the ark SEVEN DAYS before the earth was destroyed.  I used to hold that this was an illustration that the rapture will be before the 7-year Tribulation.  I have changed my stance on this, and at this time, I wonder if it might not have something to do with the signs that began in 2003 (see Astronomy Timeline) and herald the time up to the rapture.  I don’t know for certain, I’m sorry.

NOAH WAS SIX HUNDRED YEARS OLD WHEN THE FLOOD WAS UPON THE EARTH.  I did a blog on the significance of sixes and sevens in Biblical numerology… it’s not chance that Noah was six hundred when the earth was destroyed.  God did that to continue his picture of the future.  I have and continue to contend that the earth is nearing it’s 6000th year, and when we hit the seventh to last year, the rapture WILL happen.  And when the 6000th year comes, so will the end.  The 1000 years after that (7000’s in earth’s time), it will be the millineal reign – the time of rest.  It’s a complete picture.

There is no reason to waiver in our faith.  It’s been sealed from the beginning.  Stated bluntly by Paul, told in parable by Christ, and illustrated in history by God.  And I have no doubt that we are as in the days of Noe… people blindly planning short-term, planning long-term… busy with life and not busy about Kingdom work.  The time is short.  Look at the NoteWorthys.  We’re within a mere decade of the end, if we are to line up the signs with the scriptures.  Let’s not waffle… but be watchful… for although we know not the hour, we have been given the feast, the signs, and the picture… and the numbers.  It is almost time.

 

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