Monica Broussard

As In the Days of Noah

As in the Days of Noah

 

Discussing the end time events and his second coming Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

The first time around people were oblivious to the impending disaster continuing to live their normal lives.  During those days Noah preached God’s warning for 120 years.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

This time we have had God’s warning for almost 2000 years. As we are able to share our knowledge with each other today through the internet scrutinizing every page of the bible, the disciples asked the same question, “What will be the signs of your coming and the end of the age?” (Mat. 24:3).

The Second Coming of Christ was not imminent in Daniel’s day. The timing for Daniel’s  vision,  was to seal up the vision, for it referred to events 500 years in the future (Dan. 8:26). Much of what was revealed concerned the time of the end and could not transpire until after the First Coming of Jesus when He died on the cross to accomplish redemption. As we see in the book of Daniel 12:4 he foretold, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

 Unlike Daniel, John is not told to seal up the recorded words. No preconditions for the cross remained to be fulfilled when John’s vision was given. The book of Revelation is very heavily dependent upon the book of Daniel which completes the revelation that was originally given to Daniel who was told to seal his book (Dan. 12:4, Dan. 12:8-9) until the time when many of the prophecies would be explained and clarified by later revelation. In the book of Revelation, much of the Book of Daniel has been clarified, expanded, detailed, and explained. Now all prophecy can be understood and its fulfillment can begin at any time.

 Since it is not a sealed book, it is then obvious that it is meant to be understood and not shrouded in undecipherable mystery. For any Christian to rebuke the book of Revelation is negligence. Our Lord Jesus has declared the book open, unsealed, and understandable.

Would our merciful Jesus hang his benedictions so high to be beyond the reach of those to whom they are so graciously proposed? Would he suspend his offered blessings beyond our power? Or bless and reward us with the understanding of the Book, and to believe and treasure its contents equally as we would with any other part of Scripture.  

We are living in "The Information Age" making the Revelation sign seem even more obvious. Even the most skeptical mind must admit that knowledge is exploding in all directions.

The "knowledge increased" is in reference to people understanding the prophecies of the book of Daniel, however, many Bible scholars believe that this prophecy also applies to an increased knowledge of science, medicine, travel, and technology. It is said that 80% percent of the world's total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade. Knowledge doubles every 18 months.

A greater sign is the advancement of the gospel which Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:14 and which He commanded us to proclaim in Matthew 28:19-20. God's goal for mankind isn't to advance as far as we can or to know all we can discover, but rather that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) before the time of the end.

Don’t be left behind.

 

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