One would have to have their head in the proverbial sand in our day not to see that the world is on a collision course. The most dramatic aspect of this is the speed at which it is happening. One just can’t stay up with it all. If you can, then you are to be congratulated. Trying to sort it all out reminds me of one of those circus people keeping 15 or 20 plates spinning atop an equal number of stands. What a rat race we’re in.
LET’S KEEP OUR PROPHETIC THOUGHTS SIMPLE
But then we as Christians don’t have to fret. We knew it would be this way, didn’t we? Did Christ now say that the end of the age would be as it was in the days of Noah? What was it like in the days of Noah? The best summary is Genesis 6:5:
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Is the world not looking ever-increasingly like this in our day? One sees evil of every sort and depth everywhere he looks. One day you think you’ve seen it all, and the next day proves you were wrong. It gets worse. We are fast approaching the “...only evil continually” stage.
HOW DOES THE LORD FEEL ABOUT THIS?
Can we really know for sure how God is thinking right now as He looks down on the world’s current situation? I think the answer is found where you would expect it to be, right in the next passage after the above verse. Gen. 6:6&7:
”And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’”
Well, we know what happened to the wicked in Noah’s day, don’t we? God saw fit to destroy all wickedness from the face of the earth and start anew. He dispensed a worldwide flood to bury sin.....for a season anyway. Look at 2 Peter 3:3-6:
”...knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to 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 creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.”
BUT WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?
There are many floods occurring in our day. Is another worldwide flood coming? Definitely not. God made a promise to Noah after the flood: Gen 9:11&13:
”Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. ... I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”
BUT, AS I SAID, WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?
The apostle Peter very clearly gives us the answer to this question in the same context as quoted above. Verse 7 says:
”But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
Yes, a great fire of judgement is coming. God will not be mocked by wicked mankind forever. It will end. God will punish the wicked, both in this evil world and in eternity.
BUT DOES THE TRUE BELIEVER IN GOD HAVE A HOPE?
Let’s go back to the Genesis of Noah’s day and look at the parallel Jesus laid before us. The final verse (8) of the “only evil continually” context says this:
”But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
Noah and his family were saved from destruction by the grace of God. God held 8 of them above in the boat from the ravages of the flood waters. In the natural sense, that was the best example of grace ever recorded in history. But what about us? What kind of grace can those who look to God in our day expect to receive? Well, it’s an even better “deal” than Noah obtained. In the same passage of Scripture where Jesus spoke of the end of the age being as it was in the days of Noah, He said relative to those who would trust in Him: (See Matthew 24:45-47:)
”Who then is a faithful and wise servant when his master made ruler over his household, to give them in due season? ‘Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.’”
Are you a servant today? Have you found this kind of “grace” in order to be held by Christ above the fires of judgement the next time God’s wrath is dispensed upon wickedness and wicked mankind? These are the most important questions laid before all mankind. Basically, I am simply asking the question: Are you ready?
I know very well that most prophetic students who read this are ready for the end of the age to come, in the sense of being spiritually redeemed. But we need to constantly survey the condition of our soul life to be sure we are completely ready in our “so doing” in order to be lifted up at Jesus’ coming.
I also know that the teaching in this newsletter is elementary for most of you astute readers. I’m writing these thoughts simply as encouragement to you, realizing that the extreme wickedness growing all around us produces a stifling effect and there is a tendency for our love to grow cold. I would also hope that you might find opportunity to share this simple message with someone you feel could use it.
Blessings in Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Lance Johnson, OD