Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Days of Noah Today

And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 
It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;  but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 
It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.

The days of Noah, and the activities people performed, don't have anything to do with the rapture: it has to do with the sudden destruction that comes upon them (Luke 17:26-37).

The point of the allegory is not about the rapture; it is about these three things:

  1. The signs of the times and what they point towards (sudden destruction);
  2. The failure of people to recognize those signs; and
  3. A failure to prepare one's self into the position of protection.
    • e.g., blood on the doorposts and staying inside (Egypt & plagues);
    • Being in the Ark, not swimming in the flood;
    • Leaving Soddom towards safety; etc.
    • All of which happened during judgment, all of which are examples of God protecting His own during an outpouring of judgment.  

Of the 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom, all were eagerly waiting - they understood something about the signs presented - but only 5 were prepared.

Of the three slaves who received talents, only two were rewarded; the third was thrown into outer darkness where he wept bitterly (Luke 25:29) While the parables certainly have a message of warning for readiness towards eternal life, we must remember that the conversation started in Matthew 24 doesn't end until the last verse of Matthew 25, and there are dual meanings found in the parables of Matthew 25.

Looking Backwards, or Looking Forwards?

It is one thing to have a backward view of one's life, suggesting to oneself that you've done your best, and you're ready to meet the Lord - just as you are.

It is quite another thing to think that perhaps the Lord returns only once, at the 7th trumpet sounding (as seen in Revelation), and now one must be prepared to live life, during the tribulation, in a level of faith and preparedness not experienced up to this point in one's life: testifying, ministering and relying upon God for food, shelter, and necessities while the Beast makes war with the Saints.