THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
1. NOAH'S WALK WITH GOD
In our study on Noah as recorded in Genesis Chapter 6, let us keep in mind these words of our Lord Jesus found in Matthew 24:37-39, "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."
Noah's birth is recorded in Genesis 5:29,"And he (Lamech) called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed." It would appear that Noah's father was a man of faith for he believed that his toil came as a result of God's curse upon the ground. Noah's name means rest and Lamech saw in him one who was to bring rest.
Noah was God's man. We are told in Genesis 6:9,"Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
This is very significant when we read of the terrible day in which he lived, "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; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them"(Gen. 6:5-7).
There are many people who tell us that since we are living in the last days we cannot walk with God nor should we expect to see Him work in any miraculous way. I believe we are in the last days preceding the return of our Lord.
There is nothing in the Bible, however, to indicate that God's people must live a compromising, lukewarm, easy-going, Bible neglecting, prayerless, powerless. worldly, pleasure seeking, materialistic, self-centered way of life. I am sure it is God's will that every True and Faithful believer live a victorious, witnessing, warring life for Christ until Jesus comes. And any assembly that is willing to live the life, obediently following God's Word, may see modern miracles, revival power, and the salvation of precious souls.
Yet so few so-called believers are willing to obey God's Word. Surveys reveal that less than five percent of modern-day fundamental, separated, Bible believing people read God's Word daily, and less than seven percent of the best Christian families maintain a family altar. Hardly a home is found that does not cater to the world, the flesh, and the Devil through television and other things of this world.
Christian friend, may I ask you a question, "Are you, like Noah of old, walking in daily fellowship with God?" Be honest! Can you truly say, "Yes, I am walking with God" and still live the powerless, compromising life you are now living? The Holy Spirit is in our midst beseeching you to confess your backsliding to the Lord, to make things right in your life, and to walk with Him.
God was about to make an end of the entire human race until He remembered Noah. Genesis 6:8,"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." This is the first time that the word grace is found in the Bible. What a picture it presents! Without grace we cannot walk with God. Grace is the foundation for and of our salvation which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Noah was what he was because of God's grace.
The grace of God is saving grace. Paul said, "By the grace of God I am what I am" (I Cor. 15:10). We can be saved only through God's grace.
Salvation is not based on a lifetime of "Good Works" or "Religious Rituals", but on what God has done for us in Christ. Romans 11:6, "And if by grace, then is it no more of [Good] works: otherwise grace is no more grace."Ephesians 2:8,"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Notice (in Genesis 6) that this grace was revealed when sin had reached its climax and judgment was about to fall. It is when man sees the sinfulness of his heart and realizes his condition before a Holy God that this grace is manifested from heaven. Paul says in Titus 2:11,12, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
Noah, by God's grace, was able to live for Him. He set his face against the whole current of public opinion and conduct. This same grace will enable any believer to stand today for God no matter what the cost may be. It will enable young people to stand for the Word of God in our universities where agnosticism and evolutionary teachings abound.
God's grace will keep the weakest saint strong, making possible a separated testimony in the midst of the crookedness of this modern age. Grace will enable us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts as revealed on television, in the movies and in the cheap sexy magazines that are being sold in drug stores and book stores all over the nation. Grace will keep the True Christians alert to the things of God and separated from "the course of this world" (Eph. 2:2) which is energized by Satan.
God's grace was certainly manifested in Noah's life. Hebrews 11:7 gives this description, "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
The ground of Noah's faith was the Word of God. He was "warned of God." So much of our faith today is based on our feelings, our emotions, or upon what is popular with the crowd, even the crowd of other believers, but a living faith must always radiate from the living Word. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Luke records the story of how Simon and his partners fished all night in vain. The next day the Lord entered into Simon's ship and said, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." Simon replied, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net" (Luke 5:4,5). On the basis of God's Word they caught more fish than they could handle.
We recall also the account of the apostle Paul's journey to Italy. A great storm came upon them and they all despaired of life. Then we hear Paul's cheering words in Acts 27:25,"Sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as if was told me."
The power of the Word of God brought assurance and victory.
I am aware that many believers are discouraged today. In some assemblies professing Christians have become so backslidden that very little is being done for our Lord. Beloved, this ought not to be. On the basis of God's Word let us launch out into the deep. Let us "attempt great things for God and expect great things from God. " "For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us" (2 Cor. 1:20).
Cling to the Bible, though all else be taken; Lose not its precepts so precious and pure; Souls that are sleeping its tidings awaken; Life from the dead in its promises sure.
We noticed also in Hebrews 1 1:7 that Noah's faith laid hold of things "not seen as yet." In 2 Corinthians 5:7 we read, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." As Noah built the ark the crowd scoffed, the college professors mocked, the doctors of divinity ridiculed, and the religious people turned away for how could anyone believe that God would one day send judgment to the earth by means of water? But Noah walked with God by faith so that the things ahead which could not be seen by men were most visible through the spiritual eye that looked steadfastly at God's Word.
We see here also that Noah "moved with fear." Today there is no fear of judgment or of hell or of the second death because these vital truths are very seldom heard in our sentimental age. It was Spurgeon who said regarding Hell teaching; "He who does not believe that God will punish sin, will not believe that He will pardon it through the atoning blood. He who does not believe that God will cast unbelievers into Hell, will not be sure that He will take believers to Heaven. If we doubt God's Word about one thing, we shall have small confidence in it upon another thing "
We then see that Noah "prepared an ark" Noah's faith was realized and displayed in the building of the ark James says, "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17). Noah had faith. and put it to work.
It was no easy task to build this ark but he launched out by faith. It certainly cost him something in money, time, and effort. I wonder today if your faith is dead or living? What has your faith really cost you in the accomplishment of God's divine purpose?
The result of Noah's faith was that he prepared an ark "to the saving of his house." It pays to honour God for God honours faith. What saith the Bible? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, AND THY HOUSE" (Acts 16:31).
Noah's faith was a witness to all "by which he condemned the world." Any believer who dares to walk with God and exercises a true and living faith in the promises of the Bible will surely stand as a witness and be a rebuke to the world. How sad it is to see believers today living as powerless as the people of the world. We are not seeing the miracles we should see. We are not the witnesses we should be because we know so little of walking with God.
Finally, we see the reward of Noah's faith. He "became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." God blesses those who trust Him. As believers today we are "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" (Rom. 8: 17). We have not yet entered into all the possessions but we are heirs by faith.
How real is your faith today? How much do you know of the wonderful promises of God working in and through your life? God has so much for us if we are willing to launch out in obedience to His Word.
2. BEFORE THE FLOOD
Shall we open our Bibles to Genesis 6:1-2,"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto 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."
In order to understand the reason for the flood we need the background provided in these verses. Let us notice exactly what these verses teach. There has been some difference of opinion as to what this marriage between "the sons of God" and "the daughters of men" represents. Many reliable Bible teachers believe, as I do, that "the sons of God' were the descendants of faithful Seth and "the daughters of men" were from the wicked seed of the murder Cain. Here we have the marriage of these two linesbelievers with unbelieversuntil the line of distinction between God's people and the world was obliterated.
This ungodly union was one of the main reasons for the terrible conditions that developed. Anyone might see that the wickedness of man was great; but God saw that every imagination, or purpose, of the thoughts of man's 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"(Gen. 6: 6).
Over and over again the principle of separation is taught in the Bible, but it is a principle that is little known and much less practiced in our day. The prevailing attitude of our times seems to be that as long as we are winning souls it does not maker whether we are separated from the world or not. And as long as we are doing something for the Lord it does not matter how we do it. But what saith the scriptures?
If the Bible teaches anything at all regarding our True Christian experience it is that the Lord Jesus Christ wants an army of separated and consecrated followers.
The principle of separation was set forth under the Law, "Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy eed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled. Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together. Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together"(Deut. 22:9-11; read also Lev. 19:19).
We know that if we carry out the principles of the Bible we shall be called narrow and bigoted, exclusive and intolerant. Certainly the remnant in Ezra's day must have appeared to be very intolerant when they refused the help of the surrounding people in building the house of God. Let us read Ezra 4:1-3, "Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto Him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither."
What a generous offer was made by these unbelievers and deniers of God's Word! They wanted to join up with God's people in the work of the Lord in order to bring about an great Ecumenical revival in the city!
But because these people, even though they professed to recognize God, were still wicked and stubborn unbelievers, we read in verse 3, "But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us." They would not unite with unbelievers to do the Lord's work even though they lost their popularity in their narrow stand.
The people in Nehemiah's day remained separated unto the Lord. Nehemiah 9:2, "And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers."
Professing believers of modern times hold strongly to the policy of working with deniers of the Word of God because, they say, the end of winning souls justifies every worldly means. But surely we cannot be true to the principles of the Word of God unless both the means and the end line up with truth.
Let us consider the account of Jehoshaphat and how he linked up with Ahab for the most wormy purpose of recovering Ramoth Gilead out of the hand of the enemy. Jehoshaphat must indeed have appeared to be generous and charitable and gracious and lovable and amiable when he replied to Ahab's proposal: "I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war" (2 Chron. 18:3). How did the alliance turn out? Ahab was killed and Jehoshaphat narrowly escaped with his life and lost his testimony. What did God say about this great united Ecumenical campaign?
"Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord" (2 Chron. 19:2).
Of course many will say that this is Old Testament teaching. It must be kept in mind, however, that the principles of the Old Testament do not contradict the teachings of the New Testament. Let us consider some New Testament passages dealing with the matter of separation.
2 John 9-11 says "Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
Christians are not to fellowship with or to give hospitality to any person who denies Christ's virgin birth, His deity, His precious blood, Full Immersion Biblical Baptism, the reality of Hell or any other essential truth. We are not to work with deniers of the Word of God in order to promote the Gospel. We can witness to men, we can show love towards them, but we cannot invite them to participate in the Lord's work until they are born again by the Spirit of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
The Bible clearly teaches that we are not to fellowship with unbelievers who are in spiritual darkness, but we are to come out from among them. Many think that by remaining in fellowship with the unsaved that they will exert their influence for good and for God. But God has commanded us to come out from among them.
Ephesians 5:11 says, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Paul says we are to turn away from so-called Christians who are more taken up with the world than with God, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:5).
There are those who try to avoid this teaching by referring us to Matthew 7:1 which says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Perhaps this is the most misunderstood text in the entire New Testament. What does our Lord mean when He says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged"?
In this same chapter the same Lord says, "Beware of false prophets...ye shall know them by their fruits" Now how can we recognize and be on our guard against false prophets, if we do not judge them by their fruits? Surely our Lord does not contradict Himself when He says in the same chapter, "Judge not" and "Beware of false prophets...ye shall know them by their fruits." 1 Corinthians 2:15 says, "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, ye he himself is judged of no man."
In Matthew 7:1 our Lord is teaching that we are not to judge the motives of others for when He comes He "will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts" (1 Cor. 4:5). But we are to judge the beliefs and the lives of people in the light of God's Word. There are false prophets and we can judge them by their fruits. We are not to fellowship with them but to beware of them for they are as ravening wolves and many careless and disobedient Christians have fallen victim to their prey.
Tragic were the consequences that followed the compromises of Noah's day. Believers joined with unbelievers in marriage and the result is recorded in Genesis 6:4., "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."
The consequences of this union was not immediately seen. But the children born to them drifted farther and farther away from the principles of God's Word until they became, so they thought, self-sufficient. They boasted in their education and in their degrees and in their abilities and in their organizations. They turned away from God.
So the primary cause of the flood was that all the people [except Noah and Family] had turned from God and compromised the principles of His Word. And God, seeing their terrible condition, "repented... that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart." The people of Noah's day were all taken up with the crowds, the giants, the men of renown, the success and popularity of their way of life. What they failed to see was the heart of God which was grieved because of their disobedience.
Surely the heart of God must be grieved with this present generation. We are living in a day of shallow thinking, compromise walking, and emotional acting in the work of the Lord. I believe that the time is short. God wants His True and Faithful people to live and move and act and work in the light of the principles of His Word. May we be willing to "walk with the Lord in the light of His Word."
3. THE FLOOD AND GOD'S PROVISION
In our previous study we saw that God sent the flood upon the earth as a judgment upon the sins of the people. In 1 Peter 3:20 we read of the people of Noah's day, "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah." In other words, God was longsuffering and waited for the people to repent of their sins before sending the flood. His mercy was known by the people but they rejected it. Time and again God told them of the way of salvation in the promised Redeemer.
In Genesis 3:15 we have the first account of God's gracious promise of a Saviour; the woman's seed (Christ) would bruise Satan's head. In Genesis 3:21 we read how God killed animals to make coats of skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. This was a clear picture of salvation which was to be provided for only through the shedding of blood, made possible by means of a substitute.
Genesis 5:24 tells us of a man called Enoch who "walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." The book of Jude enlarges on the record by saying that Enoch was God's servant and that he warned the people of coming judgment. "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, To execute judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him"(vs 14-15). God warned the people of judgment if they did not repent of their sins, and therefore they were without excuse.
We learn from Genesis 6:3 that the ministry of the Holy Spirit was very real in those days, "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man." The Spirit of God strove with men by sending Enoch, Noah, and perhaps others, to preach to them and to stir conviction in their hearts. But they were hardened in their sin and ripened for destruction. God was dealing with the people patiently, but said there would come a time when He would stop. His Spirit would not strive with men always.
It is clear that sufficient warning was given of the coming judgment, and they could have turned to the Lord, but they refused and deliberately kept on in their sinful ways.
God is warning this Final Generation of coming fire judgment upon this earth. 2 Peter 3:7, "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." Yes, judgment is coming and the main reason why God delays is that He is "longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). I think of you today who are not yet saved mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, young people, boys and girls. God is waiting for you to come to Him. He has called you before. One day it will be too late.
"Come", for God says, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).
Despite God's warnings they would not listen. Genesis 6:12,13, "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." This was God's final declaration upon these people because of their sin.
Whenever God's judgment is pronounced, you will find that a way of escape has been provided. The Ark was His first provision for such an escape and it is a marvellous picture of salvation in Christ.
Genesis 6:14, "Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch."
There are several things to notice in this verse:
1. It was God who instructed Noah to build the ark. This was His provision for safety even before the flood took place. So Christ, "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8), is God's provision for a world of lost sinners.
2. The ark was to be built of gopher wood. This wood reminds us of the tree on which Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
3. They were to pitch the ark within and without with pitch. This word "pitch" is translated seventy times elsewhere in the Old Testament as "make atonement." The Hebrew word means "to cover." God has provided an atonement for sin by the blood of Christ which not only covers but cleanses. 1 John 1:7, "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." But this blood, to be effective, must be applied. By faith, His blood can be applied to your sins. Trust Him today as your Saviour and He will be your shelter from the storm of God's wrath which is coming upon this world of Christ-rejecting sinners.
Genesis 6:16, "A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it."
The window which was placed in the top of the ark, hid from Noah and his family the things around them. They could not look down - only upward to the God of all grace. We, too, should have the upward look. Colossians 3:1,2: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
The ark had only one door. There was only one entrance into the tabernacle. And there is only one escape from Hell. Jesus said in John 14:6,"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." And in John 10:9 He said, "I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
The fact that this door was in the side of the ark reminds us of the pierced side of the Lord Jesus. John 19:34,"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." The Cross-work of Christ was the price paid to provide for the salvation of every guilty sinner.
There were three stories in the ark and they speak to us of the fact that in Christ we have a threefold salvation. Provision has been made for the redemption of our spirit, soul, and body. Paul prays in I Thessalonians 5:23: that "your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
They also picture the three tenses of salvation - past, present, and future. We have been saved from the penalty of sin. Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." We are being saved from the power of sin. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). And, praise God, at the coming of our Lord we shall be free from the presence of sin. I John 3:2, "we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."
Noah's ark was the only place of safety from the on-coming flood. Christ, and Christ alone, is the only Saviour of sinners. Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
In Genesis 7:1 we read, "And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark." This is the first time the word "come" is used in the Word of God, but altogether it is used more than five hundred times. God did not order Noah into the ark by saying, "Go." And God does not command us into His salvation.
We are not forced to accept the Lord, but He graciously invites us to receive Him as Saviour (John 1:12). The word "come" indicates that when Noah went into the ark he was not alone for the Lord was there with him. When we come to the Lord Jesus Christ we have His promise that He will be with us even unto the end of this age. The Lord always speaks personally. "Come thou," He said to Noah. Today He invites YOU to come and receive Him as your own personal Saviour.
Salvation is for every home. "Come thou and all thy house into the ark." The Bible says in Acts 16:31; "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." It is God's desire that all our "house" come to Christ and be saved.
Yet, I know there are many divided homes in the land - Mother is saved but Dad has not yet repented and been Biblically baptized, or Dad is saved but Mother is still without the Lord, or Mother and Dad are saved but the children still refuse the Saviour. I think especially of you who have had praying parents - perhaps they are Home now with the Lord - and still you reject the Saviour over their prayers.
Friends, no home is complete without Christ. No woman can be the mother God wants her to be without Jesus. No man can be the dad God wants him to be apart from Christ. I plead today for all family members in each home to bow now before the Lord and receive Him as personal Saviour.
If you have been drawn to God by His True Holy Spirit and want to become a True and Faithful Christian, what should you do? The inspired answer was given by the Apostle Peter on the first New Testament day of Pentecost.
After coming to realize the enormity of their sins, the repentant assembly asked Peter and the rest of the Apostles: "Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:3739).
Think carefully about this fundamental instruction from Gods Word. we are to be BAPTIZED "for the remission of SINS; and [then] you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
4. NOAH'S DAY TODAY
The days of Noah are not only historical but they are prophetical as well in their significance for our day. When the disciples came to Jesus on the Mount of Olives they asked Him this question: "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)?" (Matthew 24:3).
In His answer Jesus mentioned, among other signs, the days of Noah. Verses 36-39, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 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."
Let us consider again the condition of these days as recorded in Gen. 6:5,6, "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."Verses 11 and 12, "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
These same conditions exist today. We are living in violent times. Crime and arrests are continuing to increase throughout the nation. Law enforcement officers are concerned because more and more young people under the age of sixteen are becoming involved in serious offences. But this should not surprise us. Many of these young people have been conditioned from birth to violenceto commit it, to acquiesce in it, and to consider it normal.
Our entire nation is being geared to produce a generation like unto that of the days of Noah. The carefree use of violence on TV, in comics, videos and video games, in movies, and in books is producing - and will continue to produce - a harvest of horror, of immoral sex and sexual deviancy, brutality and crimes of every nature.
I believe with all my heart that if God's people would take their stand against these things and even throw out their TV sets, we could see a turning back to the Lord with revival blessing. This is possible! It is God's desire that each and every believer take his stand for righteousness. Noah did and he remained faithful right up to the time of the flood.
The immoral conduct of that generation became so obnoxious to God that the stench of their evil ways ascended up to heaven and became an offensive odour in His nostrils.
What about our day? An FBI report reveals that lawlessness in the United States has increased ninety-eight percent in the past decade while the population increase during the same period was only eighteen percent. Jesus said, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). Truly we are living as "in the days of Noah" now, and there is no excuse for anyone to claim ignorance of these facts. We are warned that the Lord is coming, and we should be prepared as Noah was when the floods of God's wrath came upon the earth.
Our Lord also said that in the days before the flood the people were "eating and drinking" (Matt. 24:38). The mention of eating has real significance for our generation. We are a nation of heavy eaters. Go into any city and just take note of the number of eating places. Medical statistics prove that we eat too much. For the most part, people are more interested in the physical and material spheres of life than they are in the spiritual.
Some time ago I made a survey of church meetings that were being held in various communities. I found that more meetings were being held where entertainment was provided and food was served, than there were meetings of worship and spiritual nurture. It is easier to get people to go to a church supper or a pot luck banquet rather than to a prayer meeting or Bible study.
The Fast Food industry is booming. More people eat out then even prepare meals at home for their family. In today's modern society more people would rather eat out on the weekend rather then take their family to church. They hold their worldly form of church at the local Macdonald's, instead of feasting on the word of God.
This condition is a sign pointing to the return of our Lord. As to drinking and drugs, more money is being spent on whisky and drugs than on education. Oh, the heavy toll exacted by the liquor industries! Its casualties are seen everywhere - on street corners, in scores of homes, in mental institutions and hospitals, and in the broken lives of people all over the nation. Our governments, our armed forces, our eating places, and the liquor industries, all encourage the consumption of alcohol.
Every now and again I hear the complaint that there are too many churches! Yet, in the United States alone there are 141,733 more drinking outlets than there are churches, synagogues and temples combined. Every month there is an increase of two liquor outlets for every new church that is being built. This is another sign that points to the coming of our Lord.
The marrying and giving in marriage refers to the looseness which abounds in relation to the marriage vows. It also has reference to men and women living together without being married. Divorce and separation are on the increase. It is alarming that in the past forty years divorce has risen from one in forty to one in two marriages. Juvenile delinquency, the result of broken homes, is increasing by leaps and bounds. Sex crimes are sweeping over our communities like a flood. Disobedient Christians are marrying unbelieving partners in outright rejection of God's Word which says, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers"(2 Corinthians 6:14).
What are we as believers to do in the light of this clear teaching from God's Word?
First, let us determine to live for Christ no matter what the cost may be. Noah lived for God, and so can we! Our Lord wants us to be witnesses for Him. He reminds us that we are "the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13); "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14); and Paul exhorts us to be the "sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation"(Phil. 2:15). By God's grace let us mean business and consecrate ourselves unto Him.
Second, let us be more in earnest about winning our lost loved ones, and friends throughout the nation to the Lord. Even as God worked in Noah's day He has promised to work in our day. 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord...is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Third, let us support only Gospel ministries that stand uncompromisingly for the truth of the Word of God. Friends, God's faithful servants are having a great struggle. They need prayer that they might labour in the power of the True Holy Spirit. They need support that the work of the Gospel might be maintained. Jesus said, "And when these things begin to come to pass , then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).
Unsaved friend, unless you repent of your sins and receive Christ as Saviour, there is no hope for you. I Peter 4:18 says, "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" In love I warn you that a day of judgment is coming - just as surely as it came in Noah's day. But there is a way of escape through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our ark of safety. It is only as you are in Him that you will be protected from the ravaging storm of God's wrath. Don't delay but receive Christ today as your Saviour.
Audio Bible Study
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!