Summary: We are living in the Last Days and Jesus described it.
This sermon was composed from several resources but inspired by the Holy Spirit
Lu 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Lu 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Today I want to talk about escaping judgment and looking at what scripture says about the Days of Noah.
We are not going to talk about the loosing our freedom to preach the Gospel, the Homosexual agenda, the threat of Muslim uprising and attacks all over the world or the training of Priest in Israel for Temple Service. I do not want to talk about the Moral decline of these days, Socialism beginning to take over the US, the threat of North Korea and atomic weapons, or the decline and fall of the US Dollar.
Today I do want to look at the stories that Jesus was speaking of in Lu. 17. We can see from scripture that these events have already taken place and we can learn some valuable lessons from it.
Jesus said And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Mankind had become so vile that God decided to destroy them.
Judgment from a Holy, Righteous, Powerful, God was on its way. There was time to Escape over and over and over, but they were too busy to pay attention. They were doing just normal activities, after all nothing like that had ever happened before.
In the middle of this vile, ungodly, morally corrupt, sexually explicit world God had a Family who had not caved into all the pressures of the day.
I. Integrity of Noah
Ge 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
In ALL OF THE WORLD God saw ONE RIGHTEOUS FAMILY.
Though only one family served God, it was enough for God’s love to save them all when judgment came.
While Noah was a member of the society around him, and while it was evil, he and his family maintained their walk with God.
It is possible to serve the Lord even in a wicked world!
We’re told three things:
(1) He was a righteous man.
(2) He was a man of integrity who was influential in his generation.
(3) He walked with God.
If you are SAVED, it means you are going to have to be DIFFERENT from the world you live in.
No one can participate in everything that’s true of the contemporary culture and follow Christ at the same time.
We have to determine that our lives will be HIS and will not belong to the world.
Noah is a good example of that, and we have a lot to learn from him.
(1): He was a righteous man. What does that mean? It isn’t saying he had righteous moments. It’s also not a statement about his popularity.
IT MEANS HE WAS IN A RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD
Righteousness is not what you put on or what you take off.
Righteousness is to be right with God 24 hours a day 3651/2 days a year.
(2) Noah lived a blameless life in the midst of his generation. He didn’t hide away from people like a hermit so he wouldn’t have to deal with all their corruption. He also didn’t compromise himself when he was in public by going along with the crowd, becoming indistinguishable from them.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
We have 5 senses through which they can receive information.
Scriptures talk about a Christian’s influence on other people.
(1) Jesus said we are the light of the world, and others will see Christ as they see us.
(2) He said that we are salt that should remain salty to the taste, so that our lives have the "taste" of the reality of God.
(3) Paul described us as an aroma or fragrance of Christ among those who believe and those who don’t believe.