“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:37-39.
During the time of Noah, people were involved in the everyday life of marriage, eating and drinking, and partying. That same type of mind set is prevalent today. Many continue in their nay-saying spirit.
Those who lived during the time of Noah were certainly taken by surprise, and it may well be the same way during this generation that we are now living in. Life goes on as usual, and very few note of the impending darkness that is spreading around them.
Many would say, “It has always been this way. There have always been earthquakes, floods, famine, and evil.”
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” 2 Peter 3-4.
The Reason for the Flood
It was the infusion of these strange beings, the Nephilim, into the human predicament that brought on the Flood of Noah. The Flood was preceded by four generations of prophets/preachers warning of the coming judgment: Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.
It would seem that this was part of Satan’s plan to corrupt the line of Adam to prevent the fulfillment of the Messianic redemption. But Noah was apparently unique in that his lineage was still not corrupted.
We even see similar strange events like the flood, which are paralleled in ancient mythologies. The Greek “titans” who were part of this earth, and yet also, part celestial, illustrate this theme.
The Angels that Sinned
Peter refers to some of these strange events in the New Testament.
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment…” 2 Peter 2:4.
Also, in Jude, it mentions them:
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 6-7.
Scripture warns us against meddling with the spirit world. The punishment which overtook the angels that sinned was to emphasize the serious nature of apostasy. These beings were of a higher order than ours, and they have been hurled down into a dark place of confinement where they have remained for thousands of years.
God has not changed His attitude toward them; time has not taken away the seriousness of their sin. False teachers are pre-written into condemnation.
May we not be taken by surprise like those who live during the time of Noah. May we have our lamps filled full of oil, so that we may be like the five wise virgins who were ready. May we be like those of the tribe of Issachar who know the times and seasons that they were living in.
“And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command,” Chronicles 12:32.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?