THE DAYS OF NOAH
But as it was in the days ofNoah,so shall it be also in the days of the Son ofman.For as in thedays that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, untilthe day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; soshall also the coming of the Son of man be.
These are the words of Yeshua ha
his way upon the earth/'
acceptably with reverence andchaseed
Mashiyach, as recorded by the apostle effect of seeking first the things of the
-Hebrews 12:28.) BothMatthew (chapter 24:37-39), when He flesh was corruption, even as the apostle the prophet Ezekiel in the Oldspoke to His disciples of what the last Paul wrote,
"For he that soweth to his
Testament, and the apostle Paul in thedays would be like. We don't know a
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
New Testament, made reference togreat deal about all the things people
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of
Noah's righteousness (Ezek. 14:14;were doing in those days, nor
the Spirit reap life everlasting.
(GaL Heb. 11:7). Surely it was the grace ofeverything that transpired before the 6:8) So it is today: most in this society Elohiym that enabled him to withstandflood; but there are several facts of are given over to sowing to the flesh, the corruption of his day.which the reader should be aware that worshipping the body, and seeking tocan be gathered from the Holy perfect their expertise in unright- The fifth fact kihat the world inScriptures. eousness; and the fruit of this endeavor general had no real interest in salvation.is the corruption that we see all about us
lt seems their minds were on other
The first fact is that, according to the
at so many
things. Noah no doubt warned themabove passage, people were heavily into and told them of what Yahveh wasfood and marriage. Of course, neither The third fact is that few were doing, but hardly anyone hearkened.of these is, in and of
an evil thing; saved: only Noah, his wife, his three Yeshua told us that they
"knew not until
the point seems to be that they gave sons, and their wives; a total of eight
the flood came, and took them all
themselves over so to these things, and persons. Even so in this time Yeshua
(Matthew 24:39) They didn'tto the cares of this life, they completely has told us that few will find the narrow know Yahveh's judgment was comingforgot about seeking their Creator. The way that leads to life. Most will fojjow (see Proverbs 28:5); they weren'tsame can be said about this time in the broad way to destructioa
aware of what was going on. If theywhich we live. Indeed, Yeshua told us
in at the strait gate: for wide is thi gate,
had listened to Noah, they would havespecifically that in the end, the
and broad is the way, that leadeth to
known and been prepared. But, again,inhabitants of the world would be
destruction, and many there be which go
they were too caught up in the cares andsnared by surfeiting/overindulgence),
in thereat: because strait is the gate, and
comjouon of their world to pay attentiondrunkenness, and^res of this life:
narrow is the way, which tEtteth unto
"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any life, and few there be that find it.
time your hearts be overcharged with
"Then one said
sixth fact is
surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares unto Him, Adon (Lord), are there few
Noah's time had become violent. In
of this life, and so that day come upon that be saved? And He said unto them,
Genesis 6:11 it tells us,
"The earthyou unawares. For as a snare shall it Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for
corrupt before Elohiym, andcome on all them that dwell on the face many, I say unto you, will seek to enter
tfie earth was
violence"of the whole earth."
in, and shall not be able"
(Luke Evidently their corrupt state led themA quick glance at this "consumer 13:23,24) into this violence. This, of course, issociety" should make us aware of how also true of the time in which we live. Itfully this prophecy is coming to pass The fourth fact is that Noah was a seems that in the beginning of thebefore our eyes. When one considers preacher of righteousness, even though twentieth century, some believed thatthe host of food chain restaurants, ^ world was so corrupt (II Pet 2:5).
modern technology and the human mindsupermarkets, and general fullness of
Noah did not
simply build an ark, but would bring about some sort of Utopia,bread abounding on the one hand, and
years he spoke to the world However, what was actually producedthe multiple accounts of divorce and about what was right. And not only did has been an age of godlessness andremarriage on the other, it becomes clear
preach righteousness, but he lived it
viq)pf&e. Many todaythat this generation is indeed giving as well. In Genesis 6:8 we see that cannot deal with differences withoutitself over unto these very things. A
"Noah found grace in the eyes of
resorting to violenceand/or slanderousmember of our fellowship recently met a
This is the first record we accusations. Ylars ago when manyman whose first marriage lasted five have of someone receiving grace, which children were raised with the Scriptures,years, his second nine years, and whose exactly what one needs to live there was more understanding aboutthird was now in its sixth year. It is righteously in a resha (ungodly) world, using a soft answer, as it says inincreasingly common to find people in
("For the grace of Elohiym that bringeth
"A soft answer
their fourth and fifth marriage.
salvation hath appeared to all men, turneth away wrath: but grievous wordsteaching us that, denying rasha stir up anger"
That sort of thing isThe second fact is that the people of
[ungodliness] and worldly lusts, we
mocked at today.Noah's day were corrupt.
should live soberly, righteously, and
Of course there are those who will6:12 we are told,
"And Elohiym looked chaseed [godly], in this present world"
answer these points by saying that there
upon the earth, and, behold, it was
"...Let us have grace,
has always been evil, and that violence
corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted wherebty we may serve Elohiym
and wrongdoing have only increased(4)