Noah Days

Sometimes things come in a flood.

Pandemics

Identity politics

Woke culture ideology

And now you can pre-plan your own exit.

I think I’m on the next ship outta here.

Joking aside, we’re in trouble.

But I guess that depends on how you look at it.

Civilizations ago, there was another flood, you remember the story?

As the narrative goes, things in humanity had become so bad that God himself couldn’t condone any longer the things that were going on. Historians have touted theories about sexuality gone crazy, orgies, the things described in Romans 2 and even the devastating sexualization of children. And that was just one front. Violence. Selfishness on a level unheard of, and most concerning to God as evidenced over and over in his Word, the marginalization of the poor and afflicted.

There was another time in history, on a local level, when God said a people group had become so depraved that there was no going back. Redemption was no longer possible. So he told his King on the ground (Saul) to wipe them (the Amalakites) out. This story has been the source of much debate and derision to the satisfaction of detractors of the faith as they accuse the King of the universe of genocide.

Yet… was there another side to the story? Again, theologians and historians in many cases believe that this people group was so tainted by evil that there was no redemption possible and the only option was annihilation or they would continue to infiltrate and attack Israel’s (God’s missive to bring the Saviour) spiritual, social and security structures repeatedly. And when I say tainted by evil I mean the most heinous things you can imagine (or don’t please).

So… fast forward to Jesus, the Saviour, God’s Child, His real presence amongst us in the form of a man. God on foot. He said “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.” He goes on to describe people eating and drinking and marrying, essentially going about their daily lives, yet I think we must pay attention to the description, “As it was in the days of Noah…”.

What was it like in those days? I’m wondering, that it should be touted as the same conditions for when Jesus Christ will return to earth to take His people home.

Genesis 6:5 tell us this about that time; “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” and this, “Now the earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

And 2 Timothy 3:1-4 describes this… “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…”

Sound familiar?

This could describe a lot of times and ideologies. Yet once again we’re at a place in time where ‘the earth’ is becoming corrupt, not a localized place, but just about the whole globe.

Do you see it?

Matthew 16:2-3 says of Jesus, “He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”

I think many people are aware that something’s amiss today. There’s a homing device inside us that yearns for the kingdom of God. Yet there’s a cosmic battle waging, realer than we know and the enemy is lulling people to sleep with an evil lullaby that says everything’s okay.

But it’s not okay and I can’t imagine anyone thinking deep within themselves that it is. The evidence is there in the skyrocketing mental health crises, suicide rates and confusion as the woke world bludgeons our children with messages to titillate themselves in every imaginable way. Those children are pretty special to Jesus as even He said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42). Them’s fightin’ words!

And the prophet Isaiah cried this long ago, “Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil.” (Isaiah 5:20) We’d do well to heed the warning.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:42-43)

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