Summary: As it was in the days of Noah, so it seems to be in our day. Unbelievers need to get into the safety of God’s ark before it’s too late.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
As Christians we must understand that this life we are in is like a race. It’s not a "rat race" but the "Christian race." We must also understand that we don’t compete against each other, but against the evil obstacles that hinder us, both physically and spiritually.
And as we look at the spiritual condition of our world, it is obvious - brothers and sisters - that “The finish line is before us,” and as the great baseball pitcher Satchel Paige once said, "Never look back because someone might be gaining on you."
When we consider this Christian race, our eyes must be fixed upon Jesus because He is the Captain and Completer of our faith. So many today are lost because they have not found refuge in the safety of Jesus.
The saddest part about is that they don’t see their end coming. They have become comfortable in sin. They don’t see the signs of the times, because their vision is clouded by the world. But I’ve come to tell you today that “It’s Noah’s Time All Over Again, You’d Better Get In The Ark.”
Now, if you’ve studied your Bible, you know that thousands of years ago a preacher Noah named lived among sinful people. Noah preacher preached for more than one hundred years to wicked folk about the coming punishment by God. Yet, not one person in the whole world besides this preacher’s family was obedient to God.
As a preacher, I can imagine Noah’s frustration. It’s frustrating to preach over and over, week after week, Sunday after Sunday, about the wages of sin:
... About loving one another as God loves them...
... About being committed and dedicated to kingdom building...
... About the need to lay aside hatred and jealousy and disobedience. Yet see the same behavior continue in some people. It’s almost like what the preacher says goes in one ear and comes out the other.
No doubt Brother Noah was very sad and for sure, God was greatly displeased. But a real preacher will not stop preaching just because some folk don’t listen. That’s the difference between those who are sent and those who just got up and went!
For 120 years preacher Noah preached and at the the command of God, with the help of his family, built a large boat as God had instructed him. Sinners laughed at Noah and his family because of what he preached, because of the godly way his family lived, and because of the ark they built. But someone has said, “He who laughs last, laughs best!” For we know from the bible record that God flooded all the earth and drowned every person except this preacher and his family.
It was a terrible time because almost all people on earth died in that flood. Only the preacher and his family survived. Yes, the same flood water which destroyed the ungodly world, saved Noah and his family. These eight souls were separated by that water from the wicked world because they were in the ark!
Well... sadly, today many people still refuse to obey God. Preachers of righteousness are laughed at and God is greatly displeased. But I want you to know that God’s punishment is coming again, although this time God it won’t be water, it’ll be fire!
The bible - in 2 Peter 3, beginning at verse 9 - says,"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.