The Days of Noah
Vol: 114 Issue: 31 Thursday, March 31, 2011
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37)
To get a look at that distant, future, generation who would witness the return of Christ, Jesus tells us to look to that distant, past generation who witnessed the Great Flood.
First, the ‘sons of God’ – those are men, right? That’s what many would argue today.
During the reign of Alexander the Great, all subjects of the Greek Empire had to learn Koine Greek – including the Jews. That required translating the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek.
Those tasked with the translation were seventy of the greatest Hebrew scholars of the time – the time, remember, being some 300 years before Christ. So those doing the translating were well acquainted with ancient Hebrew and its Greek equivalents.
When the Jewish scholars set about translating Genesis 6:2 they translated “sons of God” as “angels of God.” There are some that quote Matthew 22:30 as evidence that Genesis 6:2 can’t be angels because Jesus said angels cannot marry or procreate.
But Jesus is speaking of obedient angels in heaven. Genesis 6 is speaking of fallen angels in their lost estate.
Whenever angels are seen by men — as in Gen 18:1-19:22, Mark 16:5-7, Luke 24:4-7, Acts 1:10-11 — they are always pictured as male. In the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah the angels were irresistible to the Sodomites. (Genesis 18:1, 19:22)
Another objection to the angels as the sons of God is rooted in John 1:12 which says that:
“as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on His name.”
Does that nail it? Not really. While the Church has the power to become the sons of God by the Power of Christ, Jesus said to look to the “days of Noah”. That must have some relevance.
There are references to the ‘sons of God’ in Romans, Philippians and 1st John as consisting of the Church, the power to BECOME the ‘sons of God’ is unique to the Church Age, and was unknown in Noah’s day.
The ‘daughters of men’ means exactly that — the daughters of men. Making ‘wives’ of them is not figurative, either, as Genesis 6:4 says ‘they bare children to them’ that the Bible says later became the ‘mighty men which were of old’.
In Genesis chapter 2, God promises a Redeemer who would be the ‘seed of a woman’. Clearly, if Satan could pollute the human bloodline, he could break God’s prophecy. Note that 6:8-9 say that Noah ‘found grace in the eyes of the Lord’ and that he was a ‘just man and perfect in his GENERATIONS’.
God chose Noah out of His grace, Noah was not necessarily good or deserving, rather merely ‘a just man’ BUT he was ‘PERFECT in his generations’ — untainted by the polluted bloodline of the angelic intermarriage.
Since Scripture doesn’t say such angelic intermarriage takes place in the last days, most folks see Jesus’ comment about Noah as prefiguring the Rapture.
That’s true, but is lots more there than that. Genesis Chapter 6 describes the most direct and unfettered contact between human beings in general and the spirit world recorded in the entire Bible — apart from those recorded in the Revelation during the Tribulation Period.
Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah . .”
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (6:5)
It can be argued that television is imagination in a box. There, we vicariously live out all our dreams and fantasies. Somewhere on the cable dial, there is something for the imagination of everybody’s heart. . .
So take a look at what is the imagination of the thoughts of THIS generation’s heart. Porno, ‘slasher’ movies, Madonna, Brittany Spears, demon movies, movies about Satan — THAT’S the ‘imagination of our hearts’ continually.
Our culture is inundated with spirit guides, alien encounters, and open satanic worship. It will continue and it will increase.
If you have read anything of those who are allegedly in contact with the ‘aliens’ and ‘spirit guides’ you will notice the same claims coming through that these beings are going to show themselves physically to those on earth soon.
A similar, but seldom noted parallel is the unholy offspring of Genesis 6 and DNA and cloning research.
The corruption of the human race was the main reason for the Flood and we are in the process of corrupting it again.
In Luke 17:28, Jesus says of the last days; “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot.”
The inhabitants of Sodom wanted Lot to turn the angels over to them (Genesis 18:-19:22). The thought behind this is that the men of Sodom thought that sexual union was possible. 2 Pet 2:4-5 and Jude 6-7 also throw some light onto this passage.
Jude tells us that the angels abandoned their proper abode and then contrasts their actions with that of Sodom and Gomorrah, who ‘in the same manner’ went after strange flesh.
The term ‘strange flesh’ means to go after an unnatural sexual union. For the men of Sodom it was each other, but for these fallen angels it was inter-marrying with human women.
In any case, the parallel between Sodom and this generation’s moral code is self-evident.
Jesus also said that in the last days the signs and wonders performed would be so great that ‘even the elect would be deceived if it were possible.’
The Bible warns,
“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?” (2 Peter 3:2-3)
Peter also uses the example of the Flood and the times of Noah to illustrate the importance of understanding the times in which we live.
It is not a stretch to argue that the strong delusion of 2 Thessalonians could be tied to the emergence of an alien spaceship or direct visible contact with aliens (which in reality are demonic encounters).
Maybe it sounds nutty, but it does tie in with the days of Noah, and Hollywood has certainly been getting people used to the idea in the last decade or two.
It would also be a ‘powerful delusion’ strong enough to shake people’s belief to the core. Except that Jesus reminds us that all these things have been prophesied in advance — so that your hope will be firmly rooted in the truth of God’s word.
While other Christians scoff, argue that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s Plan, that they’ve been hearing ‘for ages’ that the Lord is coming back, or that prophecy was all fulfilled back in AD 70, keep this thought in mind:
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)
The ‘days of Noe’ was clearly not intended to be taken symbolically or even figuratively – the Lord intended it to be understood literally.
“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Now, watch how the coming of the Son of Man is described by the Son of Man.
“Then two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
Most prophecy teachers are disinclined to see this as a picture of the Rapture on the grounds that it proposes a fifty-fifty split between those who are taken and those who are left.
But Jesus doesn’t say that every other person will be taken. Jesus gave two illustrations: one of two guys working in the field, and the other of two women working in the mill.
I’ve seen the Rapture depicted dozens of times in movies, documentaries and so forth – I’ve even been involved in producing a couple of recreations myself.
That’s the only way the illustration makes sense – as an illustration.
The pilot disappears, leaving the co-pilot sitting beside him. The mailman disappears as he is handing a lady her mail – his stuff falls to the ground while she stands there staring.
That doesn’t illustrate that only pilots and mailmen will be raptured – the illustration isn’t even those raptured – since they disappeared, what would that illustrate?
The illustration is from the perspective of those who are left behind, not those who are taken. To them, it will look like almost everybody.
If ever there were a time in history that approximates the days of Noah, this is it. Not because we’re eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage – that is a sign appropriate to any generation.
The picture in Noah’s day was of Noah giving the warning and the world, mesmerized by the machinery of evil, rejecting the warning, was taken totally by surprise when the rains came.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 8-9)
Noah was NOT perfect – he was perfect in his generations, meaning his bloodline was unpolluted. Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord’ and Noah walked with God.
Christians are saved by grace, and that not of ourselves, but it is the gift of God. Lest any man should boast [of himself]. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Like Noah, Christians have found grace in the eyes of the Lord (through Christ our King.)
And because of that unmerited grace, there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
We are not perfect, but our bloodline is unpolluted, washed clean and pure by the Blood of the Lamb through the grace of God. And by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we “walk with God.”
The imagination of our hearts (movies, TV, etc) is only evil continually. Our intellect creates the machinery of war, the epitome of evil by design.
The signs are everywhere, and there is no shortage of Noahs out there giving the warning. As it was in the days of Noah, so it is today. Noah and his family were ready.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)
Nobody else was. And then the rains came.