Summary: Today's Sermon is part of our "End Times Doctrines" series. Today we are looking at about what Jesus meant when He said the end of times will be like the Days of Noah.
End Times Doctrine
“Days of Noah”
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As we look at the deteriorating moral values of our nation, the increasing divorce rate, abortion, pornography, drug addiction, child abuse, along with sexual deviancy in all its various forms, violent crimes and the violence that is filling our streets, we wonder, “What’s this world coming too?”
And Jesus gives us the answer.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37 NKJV)
Now, when we talk about the end times, there are many signs surrounding the Lord’s return, like those mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24, such as earthquakes, famines, natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, false prophets, and believers who fall away from the faith, and these will only increase in frequency and intensity as a woman whose about ready to give birth, Jesus said.
But it is the statement that Jesus makes in Matthew 24:36-39 that has the most significance for our day, and what we see happening within our society and culture. This was actually a part of a much larger response to the question the disciples made of Jesus.
They said, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3 NKJV)
And after quite a lengthy list of what to watch out for, and right before He tells them to watch and pray, because no one the hour of His return, Jesus said,
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:36-39).
Just like the people in Noah’s day, people in the end times will be ignoring the warning messages and rejecting God’s righteous ways.
What does it mean “Days of Noah?”
The Days of Noah can actually be seen in three parts
A. Living As If Nothing Will Happen
The people were doing normal things—“eating and drinking” and “marrying and giving in marriage.” Jesus is telling His audience that life will be going on as usual when He returns.
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)
The people during the time of Noah were living their lives as they always had, and while Noah, a “preacher of righteousness,” had been warning them of God’s upcoming judgment, it would seem as if they were oblivious to the impending disaster.
This leads me into our second point.
B. The World’s Ways Were Corrupt
Look at what it says about what it was like in the days of Noah.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5 NKJV)
“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” (Genesis 6:11-12 NKJV)
Because of this, God said that He was “sorry” that He created mankind (verse 6) and told Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (verse 13).
God’s grieving was not sorrow for making a mistake. God doesn’t make mistakes. God gave His human creation the freedom to choose between right and wrong (Proverbs 1:29-31), but He was grieved to see how far humanity had fallen from what He originally intended.
During the days of Noah, God gave humanity 120 years to repent, to change its evil ways. God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3).
The 120 years of Genesis 6:3 refers to the time God’s long suffering would continue with that generation. But as I have said in the past, that while God may be long suffering, He is not forever suffering.