Jesus taught the disciples that His coming would be like the days of Noah and (naturally) He was right (Matt. 24:37). The things that will happen on (and to) the Earth are remarkably like what happened when the world was flooded. So, let’s learn about what’s happened then, what will happen soon, and what can we learn from it now.
While we don’t set dates for it (Matt. 24:36), God has “appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained” (Acts 17:31). By that day, “the gospel…shall be preached in all the world” (Matt. 24:14) and everyone will have decided whether or not to serve the Lord.
In Noah’s time, when God commanded him and his family to board the ark (Gen. 7:1), all his generation had made this final decision. When they did this, their time of probation (the time God gives men to hear the gospel and turn from their sins) was over. The Spirit of God, through Noah and other means, strove to turn the antediluvians from their sins for 120 years. But in the end, only Noah and his family boarded the ship of their salvation.
The righteous in the last days will make the same choice, even in the face of antichristian persecution (Rev. 13:8, 9, 11-18, 14:12). The power of the Holy Spirit and their application of the Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:14-17) will ready them to join the Lord in the clouds, and they will do so at His Second Coming (Matt. 24: 30, 31).
The time of The Flood was not a secret or a silent event. All heaven and earth was shaken on the day of that judgment by water, and it will be shaken again at the final judgment by fire. On that day, the wicked shall be taken, but the righteous shall be left (Matt. 24:39-41).
“…the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven were opened…” (Gen. 7:11).
“…the heavens shall pass away with great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10).
“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Rev. 20:9).
But contrary to popular teaching, it will not be an eternal judgment. The wicked will not eternally not burn any more than Noah’s generation did not eternally drown. The Scriptures make it clear that when it’s over, it’s over.
“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth…and God made a wind to pass over the earth…and after the end…the waters were abated” (Gen. 7:21, 8:1, 3).
“…and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall not leave them neither root nor branch…And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 4:1, 3).
The Scriptures also make it clear that there will be life after judgment, and a better one at that. Noah and the remnant of Creation inherited a world free of the evils that led to its destruction. But the curses upon it were still there (Gen. 3:17-19, 4:11, 12, 8:21). When the final judgment is done and the Lord makes all things new (Rev. 21:1), these curses will be gone.
“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him…” (Rev. 22:3)
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
“…and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them…They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord…” (Isa. 6:9).
The Earth, once cleansed by water, is about to be purified by fire. Before this happens, we, the heirs of righteousness, must warn the world. People take hearing end-time messages like these for granted, but the time is coming when God Himself will end our ministry to them. When He closes the door of our generation’s probation like He closed the door of the Ark, the decree will go forth,
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11).
Your eternal inheritance depends greatly on doing what God has commissioned you to do in this time; warn the world. Share this message, online and off; Christ is coming! Go ye out to meet Him! (Matt. 25:6).