A Walk-Up Call
“But as in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:37,38).
The Lord, in these verses, just prior to his crucifixion, tells us how things will be in this world just prior to His Second Coming. Those living at the time of Noah paid no attention to Noah’s warnings regarding the coming flood. It will be the same just prior to the Lord’s Second Coming. People will be going about their normal lives with no regard for the prophecies the Lord has given us about his soon return. In Genesis, the Lord said the following regarding the condition of the world just prior to the flood:
“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” (Genesis 6:5).
These are very strong words from the Lord. Sin grieves the Lord and it will be dealt with at the Lord’s return. We have a choice to make today. Do we heed the prophecies regarding His soon return and the judgment that will come upon this world? the right choice is to turn to Him In repentance and faith in His answer for the sin problem in the world. He came and died on the cross that all those that believe in Him and the great price he paid might be saved. Saved from the wrath of God that’s coming as judgment on a rebellious and sinful world. The Lord tells us that the time of the end will be very similar to the times of Noah:
“And (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:39).
We also have a very similar account of what happened in the days of Lot and the Lord’s warning regarding the coming time of that judgment:
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day the son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).
Judgment is coming and there will be no warning prior to His coming outside of the many prophecies that the Lord in His mercy has provided. Notice that in each of these examples of what is to come, both with Noah and with Lot; the righteous were taken out, or rescued, prior to the judgment falling. The Lord has promised all those that are His that he will come for us prior to the Great Tribulation that is soon coming on this world. He said:
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world (the Great Tribulation), to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10).
Some might say that everything goes on as it has for thousands of years. Why should we be concerned about some prophecies from 2000 years ago? The Apostle Peter addresses this in the following verse:
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking in their own lusts (going their own way; not God’s way), and saying, Where is the Promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation” (2 Peter 3:3,4).
These forget that the Lord did bring judgment at the time of Noah and all those alive a the time outside of Noah’s family perished. The Lord created the world by speaking His Word and the Bible tells us that the earth as we know it has been reserved for judgment by the Word of God.
“But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved for judgment and perdition of ungodly men“ ( 2 Peter 3:7).
The Apostle Peter goes on to say regarding the Promise of God and His timing of events:
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
The Lord has warned all those that dwell on the earth that there is a day of judgment coming. It is my sincere hope that this would be a wake-up call to all those that do not know the Lord. He paid the price at the cross that whosoever will come to Him and be saved from the coming judgment. If you do not know the Lord, you have an opportunity today to make things right with Him. His mercy and longsuffering have delayed the coming judgment, as the Apostle Peter tells us in the following verse:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise (of His coming), as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Today is the day of salvation. We are not promised tomorrow. Just as Noah and his family were saved from the judgment that came upon his generation; we have an ark of safety today. That ark of safety is Christ! The following verse assures us that whosoever will call upon the Lord will be saved from the judgment to come:
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
God Loves You!
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