As in the days of Noah

I know that you know that we are living in the very verge of human history.We know that Jesus is very soon to come again.As we get closer and closer to the day of Jesus’ Second Coming,I am hoping that our relationship with Him are getting stronger and stronger.As a child waiting on his father from a long vacation, so we may also have a spirit of a child that strongly desire to see  his father face to face and be with him forever.

So we know as Christian that this world is only a temporal home.Heaven is our home as Jesus  promised that He will prepare a mansion for us in heaven.We live in this world only for a while.But while we are here on earth,God has given us a mission to fulfill and that is to proclaim the important messages to the world(Revelation 14:6-11).And after that we have preached the gospel into all the world then we know that the end will come(Matthew 24:14).

Unfortunately,God does not tell when will Jesus come but we are very sure that Jesus will come again.Though the day is not known to us except the Father,Jesus had taught us in Matthew  24 the  signs of the time and the  happenings  of the world   at  His Second  coming.So in order for us to  comprehend where we are in the prophecy, we should be attentive to the happenings of  our world today.We should be watchful unto prayer because Jesus will come in an hour we do not expect.

 But as the days of Noah 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.Matthew 24:37-39

As what Jesus told the disciples in the mount of Olives, the situation of the people on earth at Christ Second Coming will be the  same as those in  the days of Noah.The people prior to the great flood were drinking and eating and marrying and giving in marriage,they become “sensual,having not the Spirit who walk after their own ungodly lust”.In order for us to understand the “days of Noah” we should deeply engage ourselves to study the life of the antediluvian world.As what my history teacher often says “we need to understand the past in order for us to understand the present as well as the  future” for history repeat itself.

Let us go back at the time revealed in the book of Genesis.So we know that when our first parents sinned,they were  drove out at the garden of Eden for the reason that they will not  have the chance to eat the tree of life because if they will eat it they will become immortal sinners.So after then,they lived outside the garden.But God in His mercy did not leave them without hope of eternal life. God indeed pronounced to our first parents the hope of  a redeemer  that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head. And that promised seed was fulfilled in  Christ for in His death He defeated the enemy.Yet unknown to Adam and Eve when  the promise seed will come to redeem them from sin but they know that there is a redeemer.So our first parents were so excited to know if their first born son would be the redeemer.Unfortunately , the hope became dimmed when Cain slew his brother Abel. Then our first parents experienced the first sorrow in their life and saw the evilness of sin.Yet God    extended His love toward us that He appointed another seed instead of the righteous Abel.And Seth was born and into him the promised redeemer will come.

In the process of time, a distinction between the two lineage became clearer and clearer.The descendants of Cain became too wicked and instead in fearing God they started to exalt themselves and they put God  no place into their hearts.It was in Lamech, the seventh from Adam through Cain, where polygamy had started.He  married two wives named Adah and Zillah.And one of the astonishing statement that can help us to understand the wickedness on their time is when he said to his wives;

Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. Genesis 4:23-24

When God cursed Cain for the sinned that he committed , Cain responded that he cannot bear the punishment and he is afraid that men will soon to kill him for the sin that he had committed.So God made a promise to Cain;

And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.Genesis 4:15

And Lamech when he murdered two people he boasted that if God will protect Cain sevenfold,he knows that God will protect him also  seventy and seven fold. Can you see  the wickedness of his heart?Instead of sorrowing  the sin that he had committed, he became boastful of it! Contrary to Enoch, the seventh from Adam through Seth, he preserved the knowledge and fear of God.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.Hebrews 11:5,6

Hebrews 11 is a very wonderful chapter of faith. And on verse 5 and 6 exemplified the faithful life  of Enoch that in his life he had this testimony that he pleased God. And as what the verses telling us that in order to please God we must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him.Enoch in his life spent much time in communion with God and the fear of God was in him for it is stated that “he walked with God”.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15 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.

16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. Jude 1:14-16

I am amaze to know that even in the time of Enoch, they know that Jesus will come to execute judgment on earth. They know that God will come to punish those who disobey the Law of God.Yet  the descendants of Cain continue to violate God’s Law.They murder, they commit adultery and do abominable things.They can see the garden of Eden and the testimony of Adam will give them  no place for  skepticism. And yet they do not have the love of truth that they might be saved.
So we can now see the difference between the two descendants;the one who fear God and keep His commandments ,and the other who violate God’s Law.

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.Genesis 6:1,2

The sons of God that is stated here pertains to the descendants of Seth, and the sons of men pertains to Cain.These two descendants lived separate to each other.It was stated in Genesis 4:16 that Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the Land of Nod,east of Eden.Because of the curse that God had pronounced, Cain separated from his parents for the fear that everyone who finds him will kill him Gen.4:14.So when these two lineage began to multiply on the face of the earth  the time had come  that the descendants of Seth saw that the descendants of Cain that they were fair.And they took them wives of all which they chose.The sons of God began to intermarry with unbelievers. And they broke the 7th commandment which the Lord had spoken.See, polygamy does not started in Abraham or David’s time.It  all started in Lamech ,and when God’s people intermarries  with unbelievers, they adapted it,”they took them wives of all they chose”.And the sons of God, who have the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, slowly adapting the “way of the Cain” until it came to a time that there is no difference between the two. The light is mixed with darkness, the truth is mixed with error till holiness became profanity and darkness became light . And God repented that he had made man on earth,and it grieved him at his heart.God told us that we should not be unequally with unbelievers.Friendship with the world is enmity against God.We should be the light of the world.Though we are in this world but we are not of the world.God hates to see his people lukewarm.There is no middle ground between God and Satan.So therefore we should abstain from every form of evil.We should be zealous to keep   our  garments  unspotted by flesh.Let us cleanse ourselves from all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit,perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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.Genesis 4:13

One of the reason why God destroyed the antediluvian world is because of too much violence.Every thought of man’s  heart is continually evil. And the Spirit of God cannot continue to abide with man for he is flesh and those who are after the flesh do the mind of the flesh.Because a carnal mind is enmity against God;for it is not subject to the Law of God,neither indeed can be.So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

So let us go back to the time of Jesus in Matthew 24. So we have learned a lot what was  happening at the time of Noah especially the phrase “when the sons of God saw the  daughters of men that they were fair”.There are an  intermarriages that happen between believers and unbelievers.And when the light is compressed with error, this first divine institution established in Eden will be profaned.The sacredness of marriage will be lost. So when Jesus says that there will be marriage and giving in marriage in the last days,people will make marriage a normal thing that it can be easily put  asunder.I know that in our time divorce is rampant even same sex marriage is allowed by some countries.They lost the knowledge of God and lost the sacredness of marriage. How much more the world will be serious of  the Great Marriage of Christ and His Church?

As Christians we should be serious with our relationship with our  Savior. We should be like the wise virgins always filling our lamps with oil.We need to prepare ourselves for we do not know what  hour the Lord cometh. And when the Lord cometh  we will meet Him in the air. And so we will ever be with the Lord.

“This is the day that all believers should long, and hope, and wait for, as being the accomplishment of all the work of their redemption, and all the desires and endeavors of their souls.” “Hasten, O Lord, this blessed day!”–The Voice of the Church in All Ages, vol. 17, pp. 182, 183. Such was the hope of the apostolic church, of the “church in the wilderness,” and of the Reformers.

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