Monday, February 8, 2016

The Days of Noah

The early church expected the return of Jesus any
minute and Paul addresses this in his letters to the
Thessalonians, who were experiencing great
persecution. Paul wrote this letter about 50AD,
long before John received the Revelation from Christ.
Throughout the church age each generation has
looked for the coming of the Lord, but the imminent 
return of Christ before the tribulation fell out of favor
from about 300AD to the 1800's when John Darby
began to teach and write about the rapture of the
church. People started setting specific dates. Then,
'No man can know the day or the hour,' became the
by-word, the mantra, that has merged into a complete
lack of attention to end time events. (If you can't
know the day or hour, then why bother looking into
prophecy?) The church, on the whole, is no longer
watching, and frankly, not interested. Life is full,
meaningful, busy. The cares of this world capture our
attention with every headline. BUT, is it possible to to
know the season in which Christ will return? Yes. I
believe that the scripture itself testifies to this. I will
cover one sign mentioned by Jesus today and another
sign in the next blog.

...Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in
the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and
drinking and marrying and being given in marriage,
until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the
flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as
it was in the days of Lot--they were eating and
drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,
but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire
and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them
all--so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is
revealed. (Luke 17:26-30)

Things are fairly normal these days, however, if you
peak into the sixth chapter of Revelation, life for the
whole world changes and billions die. At least one
quarter of the population dies in the first few months
of the Tribulation. Those seven years will not be a time
of planting, eating, drinking, selling, buying, building. It
will not look like the days of Noah.

Reader, are you ready, alert, watching, eager for the
return of your Lord? We are almost out of time.

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