The days of Noah
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 24:38-39
If I spend much time with the news and current world events, I can feel a little stressed and concerned about what is going to happen in the world. Even in America, there are many opportunities to wonder about the survival of this nation. I pray often for God to hang on to us and don’t let us fall but pull this nation back close to Him because it is easy to be fearful in the current condition we are in right now.
Then I remember this passage in Matthew 24. Jesus, talking with His disciples about the end of days, told them before He would come back for His people, it will be like it was for Noah before the flood came. He told the disciples that up until He comes back it will be business as usual. People will be living life. They will be eating and drinking (celebrating events) and getting married in the traditional way. As long as we are here in the world, Jesus said life as we know it will continue.
He goes on to tell them that suddenly, things will change. It will not be a gradual decline like we see things going today, but it will like the flood that came suddenly on the earth. It will be a surprise to those who are not watching. However, Noah was expecting it to rain one day, and 7 days before the rain came, God securely separated Noah and his family from the coming devastating events.
God has a similar plan to protect us from the evil days that are coming. He wants us to be ready just as Noah was before the flood. He wants us to be watching and He wants us to let others know to watch too. We can see the days unfolding even now and we are sure it will not be long. Keep your eyes open to His direction and your heart open to His instructions. Make sure you are in step so that you are not taken by surprise with the day of His return does come.
Today I want to encourage you to, first of all, do not worry! Don’t worry about what might happen here in the earth and in America. Yes, pray for our nation and our leaders. Pray for Israel and the events that are happening in that area of the world, but don’t worry. These things are no surprise to God. In fact, He told us all through His Word that these days were coming. It is the most exciting time to be alive on this planet. We are in the final days of the church age, and we are called to be His voice to the lost so that they can enter the “ark” at the appointed time, too.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 24:15-44
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),
16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
29“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!
34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38 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,
39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.