The apostle Matthew wrote, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 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 24:37-39). Jesus clearly said that the time of “the coming of the Son of Man” would be just like “the days of Noah,” especially “the day that Noah entered the ark.”
At the time of Noah, God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever… yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3). For 120 years Noah warned the world of its coming disaster. During that period, God’s Spirit was striving with the wicked and calling them to forsake their evil ways. The antediluvians made their own decisions and rejected God. So, the Holy Spirit ceased to strive with them and withdrew from the whole world.
After Noah and his sons built the ark, “Noah entered the ark,” the door closed, “and the Lord shut him in” (Genesis 7:16). All people were either saved or lost. Those that chose not to get into the Ark lost their only chance at salvation. Yet, the flood didn’t come right away. There were “seven more days” (Genesis 7:4) until the rain fell. Let’s examine the steps:
- The world was wicked and violent (Genesis 6:5,11-13).
- The Lord allotted humans 120 years to accept or reject Him.
- During that period, God’s Spirit strove with people (Genesis 6:4).
- At the end of that period, every person made his last decision.
- Noah got into the ark, the door was shut, and God’s Spirit stopped striving with the wicked.
- Seven days passed before the rain started to fall (Genesis 7:4).
- The flood came and “all flesh died” (Genesis 7:21), who were outside of the ark.
The Second Coming
Christ said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Let’s examine the steps:
- Our modern world is wicked and violent (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
- The Lord is offering people time to accept or reject Him (2 Corinthians 6:2).
- The Holy Spirit is still striving with every man to repent (2 Peter 3:9).
- At the end, every person on the planet will have made a final decision (Revelation 13:16-17).
- Heaven’s door will shut (Revelation 22:10-12) and the Holy Spirit will stop striving with the wicked.
- And the “seven last plagues” will fall (Revelation 16; 22:18), which is “the time of trouble” (Daniel 12:1).
- At the Second Coming (Revelation 19:11-16) all “the nations” (Revelation 19:15) and “all people” (Revelation 19:17-18) who reject Christ, will be destroyed (Luke 17:26-30; Revelation 16:17-21).
The Day of Salvation
The Lord says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). By His love, His Word, and His Providences, the Lord knocks at the door of your heart and conscience. He is ready to enter in and bless you with His forgiveness and peace (Matthew 24:33; Luke 12:36; James 5:9). Therefore, soften your heart today and invite Him in (Hebrews 3:15).
In His service,