Hi everyone! I am glad to have you back and I pray that this blog will pull all the blogs together and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be convinced that we are in the final days of this Earth’s history. I am convinced that Jesus’ return is just around the corner. Today, I want to talk about Matthew 24:37-48. In verse 37, Jesus says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Are we living through an experience equal to that of humankind just before the flood water came?
Before we get started I would like to pray with all of you again. It is vitally important to invite the Holy Spirit to interpret the Bible for us. Let’s pray – Father, we come before You, asking forgiveness for our sins. We ask that You clear our minds of all the chaos around us and help us focus on what You need us to know. We ask for the abiding presence of Jesus in our lives and invite the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so that we have Your truth concerning the topic I am about to cover. Thank you for hearing our prayer and giving us what we need at this time so that we can honor You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
So far, we have talked about wars, famines, earthquakes, lawlessness, rioting in America’s streets, worldwide rioting, our witness, and the way in which Jesus will return. The historical records definitely demonstrate significant increase, in all of these area, over the last 100 or so years. If you go back and review what has already been posted, you might notice a pattern – Much of the last day disasters seemed to drop off from around 1980 – 2013. Records show that the more dramatic increase began again around 2014, with 2020 increasing off the charts. But is this what Jesus is speaking about in Matthew 24:37-42?
I believe all these things were happening back in Noah’s time but I think Jesus is saying something very specific – something we need to understand. Before I get to that, I want to cover the obvious correlation between Noah’s time and ours. I would like to share a few points by Ted NC Wilson in his article “Welcome to the ‘Days of Noah.’ “
- Social and cultural norms disappearing fast
- Immoral sexuality widely accepted
- Economic and political instability
- Christians surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule
- Violent self-centeredness
- Majority of people’s thoughts were evil continually
- Scoffers tried to discourage Noah, disbelieving his message – know any scoffers?
- Majority of people wander after the beast of Revelation 13
These were the major “politically acceptable” activities of the people during Noah’s time. Sound familiar, can you see why Jesus said what he said, “as it was in the days of Noah…”? Notice that Jesus didn’t review last days events this time. Instead, He focuses on what the people were doing, how they were responding to Noah’s preaching for 110 years. Why?
In Matthew 24:38 Jesus says. “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.” Then, in Matthew 24:39 He says, “and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” They heard Noah, they just didn’t listen and lost out on Jesus saving grace. 1 Corinthians 2:14 reads. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” Jesus goes on to say that the same will happen in our day. Many people read our Christ centered tweets and post, they hear us witnessing, but they don’t listen, they don’t call on Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help them discern the truth.
I want to jump back up to the Matthew 24:39 because there are a couple important bits of information in the last part of this text. First, we know that the people did not listen to Noah’s message. Second, Jesus wants us to see the correlation between the two events. So this leads to a couple important questions.
- The flood took them away – where/how? Only Noah’s family of 8 went into the ark with the animals.
- Matthew 24:40 Jesus tells us it will be the same at His 2nd Coming. “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” Left where/how?
My prayerful search to find the answers to these questions led me to a different understanding and purpose for Jesus words. Ask yourself, what did happen to the people that didn’t enter the ark? I think we can all conclude that they all drowned. The flood came and they were all sweep away to their deaths. So if Jesus is comparing Noah’s time with our, should we be looking at Matthew 24:40 with the same understanding? Two men – one is taken the other left, two women – one is taken the other left will also play out at the time of the 2nd Coming. Like Noah’s family of 8, Jesus’ people will be the only ones taken up into the clouds of glory to meet Jesus. So, if we apply the same understanding of Noah’s time to our time, it stand to reason they are left in our time in the same fashion they were left in Noah’s time. They all died, and yes they were left in the field, at the mill, in their home, etc. Traditionally, we have accepted that they go on living. But that doesn’t fit into the message Jesus has given us in these few texts.
This is contrary to what we have been told for so many years. The false truth has been put in play to deceive us into thinking that we all have a second chance if we blow it and Jesus first “2nd Coming” leaves us behind. God’s word does not support this idea. God is talking in literal terms when He tells us about Jesus’ two comings. The Bible Gospels describe His first coming and Revelation describes His second coming. There are only two comings talked about in the Bible. If there was a secret coming when only select saints are taken, God would have told us. This may be hard for some to accept after years of thinking differently, so I ask that you earnestly pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all understanding concerning this message. We should always do our own research and trust what God shares with us.
Until my next blog, may God lead us into all truth and may the Holy Spirit guide our understanding. John 16:13