Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. (Luke 17:26)
The earthly ministry of Jesus was very much welcomed by the masses till the time He was betrayed and crucified on the cross by the chief priests and elders as prophesied and warned by Jesus Himself.
In the prime time of Jesus’ public ministry, multitudes went to hear Him preach, was blessed and healed. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the same crowd rejoiced.
Somewhere along the line, Jesus left us an important warning about the way society will become before His return. Jesus compared human civilization to the days of Noah.
Now according to Old Testament records, we have only a few verses in Genesis 6 which gave us few insights into what life was like in the days of Noah. Although just a few verses but it did reveal to us for what reason God reacted –
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” (Genesis 6:3)
God decreed to shorten the life span of humanity.
According to the law and ordinances of God re-affirmed through Moses much later, it was clearly stated that God rewards with long life those who live in truth and obedience to God’s eternal commandments.
The very fact that the Lord issued a decree to shorten the life span of human was that men and women were living in ways, collectively and on massive scale, against the commandments of God in the days of Noah.
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
In the beginning when God created humanity there was no mention of “wickedness” and “evilness”. It was only after The Fall, humanity departed from God, departed from the light and truth of God and walked in the way of darkness, wickedness and evilness became part of humanity.
As men and women remain lost in darkness without the light and truth of God’s commandments, wickedness and evilness spread far and wide on the earth.
And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. (Genesis 6:6)
God regretted humanity’s decision.
God created humanity for good, but men and women rejected the will and commandments of God for something else. That “something else” is anything which is according to every intentions and thoughts of human heart with no regards for God.
Humanity rejected the identity of goodness which God created us to be.
God regretted people’s choice for darkness.
So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7)
It came a point humanity’s acts of sin became a liability to the whole of creations on earth.
Whatever it was that men and women had done, to incur such a wrath of God, it was on a world-wide scale and getting out of control.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. (Genesis 6:11)
Earth was flooded with violence.
In the atmosphere of wickedness, evilness and corruption, men and women resorted to violence and bloodshed. The earth was flooded with blood, and the earth cried out against humanity for polluting God’s holy creation.
And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. (Genesis 6:12)
Corruption – willful sinning against God’s commandments and continued wickedness, evilness and violence.
Corruption – willful refusal to repent, willful refusal to return to the ways of God.
That was the kind of human civilization in the days of Noah, and God reacted.
In the event when God had to determine such drastic judgement as recorded in Genesis 6, it was a clear indication humanity had went “overboard” against God.
When men and women tried to play God and usurp the final authority of God, and changes eternal laws ordinances and commandments of God, humanity had gone overboard.
Jesus warned – Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
There was something which Jesus pointed out about human society, and is happening right before us today, which corresponded to the days of Noah –
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)
If we are to consider “lawlessness” with references to God’s commandment, then human lawlessness does means “rejecting the commandments of God and making own laws against the laws of God”.
In recent times, the U.S decision on same-sex relation corresponded to the days of Noah when men and women acted in “lawlessness” in rejecting the will and commandments of God.
People rejected the laws and commandments of God, and created their own rules and regulations as according to the imagination of their own hearts on a massive level – state sanctioned legalized lawlessness against the commandments of God.
If that is not enough, redefinition of “sin” by known and established Christian ministers who are to be leaders and examples of faith and truth.
What’s happening in the U.S may not be unprecedented but it will act as catalysis and this lawlessness movement will spread fast across the nations.
These are times of lawlessness against the commandments of God when the faithful and righteous who choose to stand firm with God’s commandments of holiness will be targeted. Like the days of Noah when that man of righteousness was mocked and persecuted for holding on to his faith and truth in God.
Lest we forget, once again God will judge and Jesus have provided us the way out –
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)
We are to hold on to our faith and trust in Jesus, His words and His promises.
God Almighty holds the final authority over life and death and His commandments is our path to truth, life and eternity.
Jesus Christ is God’s appointed mediator between God and Man, and to retain our salvation in God we must not go against the will and words of Jesus.
Truth to be said, no government of any appointment should ever change the eternal commandment of God, no man and no woman should attempt to do so. But in reality as any men and women are given the freedom of choice, humanity have once again taken the path of lawlessness against the commandments of God like the days of Noah as in the case of U.S decision for same-sex issue.
Lest we forget, once again God will judge and Jesus have provided us the way out. While we do have our choices, let’s walk with Jesus faithfully and stand firm.
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