The Bible described the time of Noah through five sins. These five sins shaped and ultimately destroyed antediluvian society and brought down the judgment of the Flood upon the world. What were they and how can we overcome them before the coming judgment upon the world?
1. “…when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them…God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…” (Gen. 6:4, 5).
Noah lived in a time of great apostasy. Godly men and women were abandoning their faith to marry beautiful, idol-worshipping spouses (The sons of God refer to the godly descendants of Seth. It cannot refer to angels because they cannot procreate or have children, according to Matt. 22:29, 30 and Lk. 20:34-36). These interfaith marriages eventually gave rise to an entire generation that had no fear of God, which led them to transgress His ways and fill the world with evil.
2. “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them…” (Gen. 6:13).
The time of Noah was also filled with great turmoil. The Hebrew translation for the word violence, according to the BDB and Strong’s definitions, tells us that the antediluvian society was filled with “violence, wrong, cruelty, injustice” and “unjust gain.” Armed conflicts, civil unrest, corruption in local and national authority, and cruel acts against men, women, and children were as rampant in Noah’s time as they are in ours. The last-day teaching of Jesus, who saw these things firsthand, was true for this generation long before He shared with His disciples.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12).
3. “…all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Gen. 6:12).
The love in human relationships also waxed cold in antediluvian society. They perverted the institution of marriage and its relations to harmonize with their sinful passions (Gen 1:27, 28, 2:18, 21-24). Consequently, true, godly love was reduced to lustful passions and weak, emotional attachments. This cold love between men and women ultimately corrupted their bodies. The relational decay of antediluvian society teaches us that when man separates himself from the Source of love (1 Jn. 4:8, 16), true love is lost.
4. “…every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5).
The antediluvians developed every means possible in their time to encourage men to entertain evil thoughts. Through them, evil was glorified and good was mocked and disgraced. The minds of young and old alike were gradually diverted from dwelling upon the things of heaven to the very things they professed to revile. So much so, one could not even look at another human being without having evil thoughts towards them. Little did they know that entertaining these wicked feelings were just as wicked as committing the acts themselves (Matt. 5:27, 28).
5. “The earth also was corrupt before God…And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt…” (Gen. 6:11, 12).
The Earth itself couldn’t bear the iniquity of the antediluvian society. Their wars and greed led them to ravage their land and destroy its wildlife. Their pursuit of sensual passion polluted the earth and adversely affected their understanding of their responsibility as its stewards (Gen. 1:28). These five terrible conditions upon the earth and man’s determination to keep doing them grieved the very heart of God (Gen. 6:6) and led him to pass His final judgment upon that generation.
“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Gen. 6:7).
These are the same sins that shape our society today. The wicked will not admit it, but they are completely powerless to turn the tide against these evil conditions. In the time before this generation’s imminent judgment, man must turn to God and break free from these world-destroying sins. The signs are there and before these days come, man must study and apply the experience of Noah. In so doing, they will inherit the righteousness which is by faith (Heb. 11:7) and be gathered to the Ark of our salvation in the last days, Jesus Christ.
“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:31).
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation…” (Heb. 2:3).