As in the Days of Noah

by APC on June 15, 2017

The Fall of Man

In the beginning, God created man with the ability to make his own decisions. God told his creation they could do whatever they wanted and eat anything they wanted. The only thing they couldn’t do was eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16).

Human nature doesn’t like to be told, “No.” We prefer to walk contrary to God and like to abide by the will of the flesh—our carnal nature. We like to govern ourselves and make decisions on what we think is best for us and what we think feels good. But, there is a way that seems right to a man that leads to death (Proverbs 14:12).

The Days of Noah

From the moment Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, mankind grew progressively more wicked and sinful. There came a moment when God saw the wickedness on earth was so great He was grieved. The Lord determined to destroy man from the face of the earth, including all the creeping things and fowls of the air (Genesis 6:5–7). But, in all of the evilness in the world, there was one man, Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).

Noah was faithful—he was honest and obeyed the voice of God. Because of him, his entire family was saved. Salvation, however, came with work. They had to build the ark all the while preach to the world judgment was coming and how salvation was needed. But, those on earth scoffed at Noah and his words. They continued their sinful ways, and continued their “normal” day-to-day activities until judgment day came. The animals gathered, Noah’s family entered the ark, God closed the door, and the rain came.

Judgment Day

The Lord is coming back for His church and a day of judgment is coming in this dispensation of time. It’s an hour that no one knows, but the Lord will return during a time when the earth will be like it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:36–39). We will be going about our day-to-day lives as usual, doing what we’re accustomed to doing—living righteously or sinfully. When the trumpet sounds, a lot of people will be caught unaware.

Jesus taught in the end times there would be wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, pestilences, false prophets, and the like (Matthew 24:6–13). We must endure and stay faithful until the end and we will be saved. When the Lord returns, the dead in Christ shall rise first, and those who are alive and remain will be caught up together to meet with Him in the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:16–17).

Being Ready

Scripture teaches a parable of the 10 virgins—5 wise and 5 foolish (Matthew 25:1–12). Five were wise and took extra oil for their lamps to meet the bridegroom, and 5 did not. When the 5 went out to buy more, the bridegroom came and closed the door. When the 5 returned, the bridegroom said he didn’t know them. We can sit right in the house of God and never know Him. We need to have an intimate relationship with Him and be ready for His coming (Matthew 25:13).

To make it to heaven, we must repent for our sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). And, our journey doesn’t end there—we must continue to live a lifestyle of righteousness and holiness every day of our lives. Our salvation isn’t going to be dependent on anyone else; our judgment will be based on our own relationship with the Lord. We’re living in the end times. They day are as they were in the times of Noah. Let’s get ready.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 14, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Sister Beverly Nave