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The Days of Noah

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Amos 5:18-19

Jesus made a clear reference to a very particular time in the Earth, the days of Noah, in order to give His followers some understanding of how things would be at the time of His coming. Matthew recorded Jesus’s words this way:

But just as the days of Noah, so will the coming of The Son of Man be.
For just as they were eating and drinking before the flood, and they were taking wives, and they were taking husbands, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not perceive until the flood came and took them all away, thus will be the coming of The Son of Man.
Then two will be in the field; one will be taken captive, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken captive and one will be left.
Wake up therefore, for you do not know in what hour your Lord will come.
But know this: if the house owner had known in what watch the robber would come, he would have been awake and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Matthew 24:37-43

In addition to the days of Noah, Luke included Jesus’s reference to the days of Lot, Abraham’s nephew, recording His words this way:

And as it came to be in the days of Noah, so also shall it be in the days of the Son of Adam:
They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
And likewise, as it came to be in the days of Lot: They were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building, but on the day Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all.
It shall be the same in the day the Son of Adam is revealed.
In that day, he who shall be on the house-top, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.
I say to you, in that night, two shall be in one bed; one shall be taken captive and the other shall be left.
Two women shall be grinding meal together; one shall be led away captive and the other shall be left.
Two shall be in a field; one shall be taken captive and the other shall be left. Luke 17:26-36

Hint: The “took them away” of Matthew 24 is the “destroyed them all” of Luke 17. Re-read the two passages, above, if you missed that.

The days of Noah and the days of Lot shared something in common, something our LORD Jesus made clear to His disciples when they had asked Him when the world would end (Matthew 24) and the Pharisees had asked Him when the kingdom of God would come (Luke 17). Although we know that every inclination of the reasonings of men’s hearts were evil continuously (days of Noah) and the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was great and their sin was very grave (days of Lot), this was not the focus of Jesus’s message.

The sign of His coming and of the end of the world would not be how sinful men could get but, rather, how everyone would be living as though tomorrow was guaranteed.

Jesus said, quite specifically, that people were eating and drinking, making wedding plans and getting married, buying and selling, planting and building; doing all the things people do who have no idea of the level of sudden destruction that is about to come upon them.

Prior to His return, everyone has plans for the future, and no one is expecting judgement (at least, not for themselves)

So many are deluded in their thinking, wanting to believe a story that reads something like:

…and Noah and his lovely family were having a delightful time living normal, prosperous lives of bliss right up until that blink of an eye event, where the ark floated them all away to eternal safety, luxury and ease… and when Jesus comes – well, not really “comes” – but when Jesus performs his pre-coming blink of an eye event in that last generation, He will snatch away all the Christians right off the face of the Earth, sparing them from any and all hardship. We are sorry to hear about all those Christians of previous generations who suffered extreme hardship, and many were killed, all because of that same faith. But we insist that the last generation, the most adulterous, blasphemous, wicked generation of all time, gets a complete pass.

They have it perfectly backwards. You turn things upside down!

What is actually written is,

…they did not perceive until the flood came and took them…

Who were the they and them Jesus referred to, the ones who didn’t perceive and got taken? They were not the ones in the ark. Noah most certainly did perceive, as he was the one given all the advance warning. The they who did not perceive were the ones the flood took away. They were eating, drinking and getting married and they did not perceive right up to the point Noah entered the ark. Noah was not among the they that were taken away by the flood. Noah was left, they were taken.

As with the they who were eating, drinking and getting married, there will be another they who are in bed together, or laboring in the field, or grinding meal together. One will be taken, the other will remain, just like Noah. The they that will be taken, will be taken just like the they that were taken away by the flood.

In Luke’s account Jesus speaks of yet another they, the inhabitants of Sodom who were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building. On the day Lot left town, fire and sulphur rained down upon Sodom and destroyed them. Only Lot, his wife, and his daughters remained. And Jesus continues the comparison to His own return by reminding His disciples of Lot’s wife who turned to look back upon her home. She was turned into a pillar of salt. You might say she became a permanent resident of the place she didn’t want to leave. Jesus has warned us all regarding our affection for this world and the things that are in it. It does not get any clearer than His words,

He who seeks to save his life shall lose it. Luke 17:33

When that day comes will you remain? Or will you be among those who are taken, just like those who were destroyed at Sodom and those who drowned in the flood.

The disciples asked Him about the they that would be taken when He comes, wondering what would become of them

And they answered and they were saying to him, “To where, Our Lord?” He said to them, “Wherever the bodies are, there the vultures shall be gathered.” Matthew 24:28, Luke 17:37

See if you are among those who perceive:

Vultures feed on carrion. Carrion is a nice word for dead bodies. Dead bodies are the they who will be taken. How are they taken? By death.

Paul wrote to the assembly at Thessalonica:

But this we say to you by the word of Our Lord, that we, those who remain at the coming of Our Lord, we who have life… 1Thessalonians 4:15

Our Lord shall descend from Heaven with a command and with the voice of the Archangel and with the trumpet blast of God, and the dead who are in The Messiah shall rise first; And then we who remain, who have life… 1Thessalonians 16-17

One will be taken, and another will remain… those who remain are those who have life! Noah, his wife, Noah’s sons and their wives all remained – they had life; they were not taken away by the flood. Lot, his wife and daughters remained – they had life; they were not taken by the fire and sulphur.

Jesus will return. Like a thief in the night. Not just unexpectedly, but unknown to those asleep in the house. His winnowing fork will be in His hand. One will be taken just like the flood did its taking in the days of Noah, and just like the fire and sulphur did its taking in the day Lot left Sodom. Please listen to me: you do not want to be among those who are taken.

The days of Noah and the days of Lot were the days of the clueless. History will be repeated at His coming.

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