Summary: Jesus tells us that no one knows the day of His return, but He did give us a description of what the days will be like when He does return, He describes them as being like THE DAYS OF NOAH were. This message takes a look at Noah's Days
TITLE: THE DAYS OF NOAH - A DESCRIPTION OF THOSE DAYS
TEXT: [Matthew 24:36-37]
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The 2nd Coming of Jesus is a basic and blessed doctrine of the Christian Faith. No one knows the exact Day of Jesus' Return, but Jesus does give us a description of what that time will be like when He does return.
Jesus described those days as like the Days of Noah. We find a detailed record of those days in Genesis 6 & 7.
1. THOSE WERE REAL DAYS [2 PETER 2:3-7]
2 Peter 3:3-7 tells us that in the last days scoffers will come walking after their own lusts and scoffing at the preaching of judgment and the example of Noah's Day.
They will conveniently ignore and deny those days really happened. No doubt it will comfort them to believe if they never took place then they will never take place again.
Self deception is the worse kind of deception. Those were real days.
2. THOSE WERE REVOLUTIONARY DAYS [Genesis 1:24; 6:5]
In Noah's Day we are told that as God looked upon the earth that He had witnessed that a revolutionary change had taken place, it was a people and a world that He no longer recognized. We are told in Genesis 1:24 that at the finish of His acts of creation that He looked upon all that He had created and said; "...it was good", but now He looks down "And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and the imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" [Genesis 6:5].
Now the Scriptures tells us:
"And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them".
We are told that in Noah's Day the whole known world had undergone a great revolution. All the norms had been replaced by the abnormal. All the Laws of God had been cast aside and replaced by the lawlessness of man, All that was once taboo was now in vogue. All the institutions of God had collapsed and all of society was coming unraveled.
It was a long way from looking like the Garden of Eden. It was more like hell on earth.
In my lifetime I've seen Revolutionary Days in America and around the world, so revolutionary that I no longer even recognize the America that I grew up in.
The new normal is to be abnormal (Bruce Jenner, Homosexual Marriage, etc.), the taboos of my childhood are now vogue, a once stable America is now coming apart at the seams, patriotism has been replaced by Anti-Americanism, those institutions we once revered and trusted, we no longer trust, nor respect. Crime and violence was rare and now it's the norm.
The Days of Noah were Revolutionary Days and so are these days.
2 Peter2:5 tells us that in those Revolutionary Days that God raised up a single voice to rebuke and warn that evil generation of the coming consequences for the evil they had and were continuing to commit.
Hebrews 11:7 tells us that Noah, by his preaching and building of the Ark condemned his generation. His preaching and preparing of the Ark was God's rebuke to the wickedness of his generation and left them without excuse for their failure to repent, when the Lord's judgment finally fell upon the earth.
In the Days of Noah the Lord had only a single vessel fit for the masters use, but that lone voice was enough to condemn the world and leave it worthy of the judgment which eventually flooded the earth.
Think of America, just a single nation among many nations in the world. A nation with hundreds of preachers that are still preaching righteousness and warning of the judgment to come. How much sore judgment are we worthy of.
Let every person understand that Jesus still rebukes and condemns the evils of Noah's Day, they are no more acceptable in His sight today than they were in Noah's Day. Jesus still rebukes them and everyone who claims to be a voice for the Lord must rebuke them as well. Let every unrepentant and unregenerate soul within the sound of your voice know that Jesus rebukes them for the wickedness of their Unbelief and commands everyone, everywhere to repent and flee to Jesus at the first sound of that rebuke. God give us some Noah's that in these Days, be preachers of Righteousness.