Unbelievers seeking to condemn God and justify themselves often ask if Noah warned the world about the Flood. The Scriptures plainly resolve this question, but do you think Noah’s generation (or ours) liked the following answers?
“By faith Noah, warned of God of things not seen as of yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by the which he condemned the world…” (Heb. 11:7, emphasis supplied).
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness…” (2 Pet. 2:5).
Noah did not keep silent about the coming judgment, or about the reason why it was coming. We discussed this in our last article in detail. The antediluvians had so filled the world with sin and violence, God could no longer tolerate it. Every thought they had was evil (Gen. 6:5-13). It was to such a wicked generation that Noah was sent to condemn. With holy boldness, Noah testified against their sins and called them to repent and board the Ark. But what sins did Noah preach against?
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9, emphasis supplied).
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man”(Lk. 17:26, emphasis supplied).
Based on these verses, we can see that Noah preached against the same sins that prevail in the world today. He testified against sexual immorality and perversions like pedophilia, homosexuality, adultery, and masturbation. He denounced drunkenness, debauchery, and all manner of social/recreational drug use. He pleaded for men and women not to abuse, maim, deceive, or murder one another. He rebuked idolatry in every form and corruption in high and low places. He called his generation to turn from these works of unrighteousness, lest they be destroyed by them.
But it was not to the unbelieving alone that Noah preached this bold message. The Bible tells us that “the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men and they bare children to them…” (Gen. 6:4). Noah also preached this message to the backslidden generation of God’s people that arose from their marrying persons who committed the very sins they once stood against.
Did Noah preach boldly to condemn the world only? God forbid! Such strong testimony was given in hopes that the people would forsake their sins and board the Ark. The door of this vessel was open to everyone, but Eccl. 1:9 and Lk. 17:26 make it clear that the world rejected Noah’s end-time warnings just like they do now. They ignored them, mocked them, and dismissed them. They claimed he was a doomsday fanatic and/or a hateful bigot that imposed his faith on others. The same attitude towards last-day messages we have now is the same the antediluvians had then and among God’s people, there is but little exception.
Yes, Noah warned others and he did it with holy boldness. He loved God and he loved man. He didn’t preach only because God told him. He did it for the people who needed to hear it. Like us, Noah had friends and family in this wicked generation and he didn’t want to lose them any more than we want to now. So for their sakes, he preached this message with all his might.
End-time preachers and believers must preach this message in symphony and with greater boldness than Noah, for the final crisis is almost here. They must not preach their bold warnings merely to condemn the world. Like Noah, they must preach boldly so that the world (even their loved ones) might turn from their sins and be saved. In so doing, they are doing as their Savior did for them (Jn. 3:17). May the world open their eyes to see and ears to hear these strong messages of warning before that terrible time, lest they reap the same reward as Noah’s wicked generation.
“I must work the works of him that sent men, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (Jn. 9:4).
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of the hearing of the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).