July 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
While reading about the flood and the events leading up to it, I couldn’t help but notice that the situation surrounding the flood is the same one surrounding Christ’s Second Coming. Matthew and Paul also tells of this parallelism:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39)
“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 3:3-7)
The situation then is the same as it is now before Christ comes back; the world will increase in evil, there will be scoffers and skeptics, and there will seem to be a delay.
During the time of Noah, mankind had succumbed to sin, “and…every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5). With their thoughts always on evil, one can only imagine what sorts of things were happening at that time (however, don’t forget that there were followers of God at this time as well). Humans were able to use the full capacity of their minds and bodies for centuries. Seeing the evil on Earth, God said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3). Today we live to be about 70-80 years old with a minority living past 100. And even then, we humans become feeble once we reach old age. These men and women during Noah’s time were spry multi-centennials, and “they sought only to gratify the desires of their own proud hearts…[reveling] in scenes of pleasure and wickedness.” (PP 91). Man’s wickedness was so bad that God repented making humans and wanted to destroy His creation, “but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8). The prevalence of wickedness and the dwindling of God’s followers will be, and is, the same before Christ returns. As I’m sure you can see, the world is becoming more selfish, more evil, more corrupt, and this degeneration is seen everywhere, through the media, next door, on the other side of the world. And the corruption will continue to increase until Christ comes. But there will be a remnant, a minority, of people who believe in God and who follow Him wholeheartedly just as Noah and his family did.
When Noah was telling everyone about the coming of the flood, they initially believed him or at least kept his words in their minds. Mankind was not totally separated from the Earth’s first week and first humans. Stories had been passed down orally through the generations, so even if there were skepticism, there was enough knowledge of God and His power. They had never seen rain before; the ground was watered with dew and mist. But since the flood seemed to be delayed, they believed Noah less and less until they all began to scoff at him and ridicule him. They continued in their revelry and put Noah’s warnings from God out of their mind. Even when they saw the animals orderly going into the ark, they had put Noah’s warnings so far from their minds that it didn’t have an impact. Again, before Christ comes, there will be scoffers just the same as it was in Noah’s day. We are even further removed from Eden, and many are denying God’s existence and Christ’s second coming. As His coming nears and as there is further evidence that He will come (as seen in scripture), the skepticism will grow.
For 120 years, Noah warned everyone about the Earth’s destruction. As I said before, some may have initially believed in what Noah was saying. But as time went on and the sky remained cloudless, they ignored his warnings and carried on with their wickedness. They had never seen rain, they couldn’t imagine the entire world being destroyed by water, and this flood was taking forever to manifest itself. Christ’s second coming will also seem to tarry. Even though it may seem that it will never happen and that evil will win, Christ will come at the appointed time and “at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44). But God keeps His word and when He says something will happen, it will happen.
After the flood, the Earth was cleansed and as a covenant with humanity, God placed a rainbow in the sky, reminding us that He will never destroy the Earth by water again. Of course, sin still reigned on Earth, for Noah and his family were still a part of a sinful generation. The Earth continued its downward spiral in sin; through the generations, humans decreased in mental capacity, strength, and size, nature decayed, animals were made to fear humans, etc. However, after Christ comes and after the Earth is cleansed by fire, the Earth will no longer be under the control of sin. It will be made completely new with “no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).