Days of Noah
November 2, 2019
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Many have heard this scripture over and over, basically stating that everyone would be doing things ‘as usual’ up until the point that Christ shows up, and that’s correct, however there are some key things missing that people often overlook as to what Jesus was saying in this statement; other than saying just that. If you refer back to Genesis 7, there are some significant clues about the days of Noah (which will be EXACTLY like that, as in those days):
- First, God said to Noah to take his whole family, along with him into the ark because He found Noah to be righteous (Gen. 7:1; Gen. 6:9). This shows that God did find one to be righteous, among all the wicked. One might use the argument in Romans 3 that no one is righteous, but that isn’t what Paul is saying (Romans 3:1-20). Paul is arguing actually that there is a difference between people that follow the Lord by the Scriptures, but WITHOUT THE SPIRIT of God, or God Himself leading them on how to follow the scriptures correctly. Being truly led by His Spirit is actually God’s faithfulness acting out through you, not you in your own doing with carnal motives. He’s saying people just following the scriptures like an instructional manual with no true revelation by the Spirit of God on how to do it, does not nullify God’s faithfulness. God in His Power, His Spirit can do it better. He goes on further to explain this in Romans 3:21-31.
So, in the time of the coming of the Son of Man, there will be some that are considered righteous and they will be able to bring others into that ‘ark’ or place of refuge during the coming judgment (Isa. 4:6).
- Remember, the flood was judgment by God on the corruption and violence of men (Gen. 6:11-13). So, this shows at the coming of the Son of Man, there will be judgment as a result of all the corruption in people that have filled the earth with violence.
Corruption is: dishonest or fraudulent conduct by people in power; often involving bribery
God is clear not to take a bribe (Ex. 23:8; Prov. 19:6). The reason for this is it twists the words of the innocent. Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert and he tried to bribe Him, but Jesus knew it would change the way He would worship God the Father, or how He would obey Him. It would cause Jesus to hear God’s ‘innocent or perfect or pure’ words as false. Therefore He wouldn’t want to follow in innocence, but it would cause Him to follow into being guilty or under condemnation.
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
- In the time of the coming of the Son of man, as in the days of Noah, there will be immense corruption, or bribery, which has led to violence. This is because of idolatry in peoples’ hearts. Even though this scripture below is referring to a time during Micah’s prophesy, it still stands today because that ‘house of Jacob’ is considered people that are still under the Law and not living under the Spirit of the Lord’s leading.
9 Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
10 who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lean on the Lord and say,
“Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
- In Matthew 24:39 it says that, the people did not know until the flood came…This is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Who were these people? The people were the unrighteous ones, the ones that were not led by God and were not considered blameless among the people at their time, by God. There will be people that will be considered to ‘blame’ in the coming of the Son of Man. Why? To be blamed is: to be responsible for a fault or wrong. In other words, the people that will be found in the ‘floods’ of judgment coming, will be the people that were at fault or wrong. In order to be at fault or wrong, you would have had to been told the truth about something or told the right thing at some point. Another term is to ‘be mistaken.’ Just like in the days of the Noah, Noah built the ark as a sign in obedience to the Lord before many people’s eyes. Who knows, as they watched him, what people had thought about what he was doing as he obeyed God.
But the key thing here is, a righteous man, obeying God in everything He commanded him, did as he was told for many years before the flood. This was probably in front of many people that not only did what was wrong in God’s eyes, knowingly, but also were probably told what was right before them, and they were tragically mistaken on what they thought was right in their own eyes. Probably because of the idols in their hearts that were results of bribes they had entered into and allowed for them to misconstrue what was innocent. They then became violent.
- So, as in the days of Noah, so will be in the coming of the Son of Man, violent men. God has reached out to them in righteousness through His blameless (innocent) people, people that came in love (in the image of Christ, in innocence), in order to save them from the coming judgment and instead they violently attacked them, or murdered them from their heart that had been bribed by idolatry.
29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!
33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
It’s not just people doing ‘things as usual’ when the coming of the Son of Man happens. There’s much more that is going on, in Noah’s days, it was so bad to the Lord that He destroyed everything and wished He never created man. If He felt that way back then, and it’s supposed to be like that in the coming of His Son, then He will feel the same way again. He promised Noah He would never flood the earth again, however there’s something greater coming in the judgment that’s ahead, and remember, many will not see it till it’s upon them. It won’t be a flood but a fire, when He comes to judge (Isa. 66:16).
The Lord has been bringing up this in the Spirit in response to all this:
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The Lord says,
“The bribery in men’s hearts has increased greatly and mass violence has covered the earth. The rains of My judgment are coming to test the foundations of men. Many will crash as the rains come because their house (or place of worship) is not built on the innocence of My Son. Your home is not able to stand against the rising sea. Instead, you have taken bribes for comfort. But you do not know the tide that is rising in this hour nor are you ready to stand against the idolatry that has settled within you. You are easily moved as a result of this settlement, swayed like the waters of the sea (Eph. 4:14).
Yet I have a few that are righteous among you. They will enter into the place of refuge and as the waters rise and beat against them, they will not open the doors, they will not submit to the strikes, just like My Son endured in the hour of His trial. They too repeatedly beat against Him, but He took the beatings for My glory, and it pleased Me to see Him do it (John 18:22; Matt. 26:67; Luke 22:63; John 18:3; John 19:3; Isa. 53:10). In the end, I glorified Him for His allegiance to Me, for honoring Me over all else even over Himself.
These righteous ones will instead stand. In the court of law, these righteous ones will be able to stand because as stated, “to have a standing, a party must show an injury in their legal interests.” In My courts this will be true of them. Since My righteous has continuously been beaten and bruised for obeying My Word by the leading of the Spirit, and falsely accused by the accuser, they will be able to stand before Me. I will vindicate those that have followed through righteously (Psalm 135:14; Psalm 106:46; Psalm 7:8; Jer. 51:10; Isa. 54:17; 1 Timothy 3:16; Matt.11:19; Isa. 58:8). I will judge righteously.”