LUKE 17:20-27 NKJV
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.
25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
The full story of the days of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis chapter 6 to chapter 9.
In those days, the Lord felt very bad because human were filled with corruption and wickedness (Gen 6:5-6 nkjv 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. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.), so God made up His mind to destroy human and beasts, even the birds of the air but the family of Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The questions now are "did Noah warn the world about the coming flood?" Or "how long did Noah preach before the Flood?". The bible did not give an account of how many years Noah preached to the world but 2 PETER 2:5 described Noah as a preacher of righteousness.
Let us look at it this way, during the time of Noah, people have forgotten God, they were filled with corruption and wickedness but Noah was a righteous man. In those day, people will be aware of his righteousness because He and His family are not like them.
When the Lord asked Him to make the Ark, the world must have heard about it because the Ark is great (the size of Noah's Ark can be found in GENESIS 6:15-16 nkjv And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.). Noah must have preached to people during the time He was building the Ark because there will be a lot of questions about the big Ark
"this is purely my imagination:
NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: brother Noah, what is this thing you are building?
NOAH: it is an Ark, the Lord asked me to build it.
NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: why?
NOAH: the Lord told me the wickedness of the world is unbearable for Him any more, so He want to destroy the World with Rain and Flood.
NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: what about the Ark
NOAH: I will put all the animals (male and female) in the Ark to according to their types and species. Them me, my family and anybody who wished not to be destroyed will enter and we will all be preserved throughout the period of the flood.
Then Noah's immediate neighbours will laugh and tell more people of the strange things happening in their neighborhood. And many people far and near will come to Noah to ask similar questions and He will tell them about God's plan. But they saw it all as foolishness (1 Cor 1:23), therefore, they went about partying and making merry until the day the day the flood came, that time there was no chance again because Noah had already entered the Ark seven days before the flood and has shut the door."
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Just like it was in the time of Noah, the wickedness of people are on the increase (we hear in the NEWS ABOUT ISIS) and the corruption of the people are also on the increase, We hear about legalisation of samesex marriage, sex with animals exist and the love of money which the bible called the root of all evil is also there is also predominant in this age.
The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will only caught the Nonchalant ones unawares (Matthew 24:14 nkjv And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come). So do not be like the people described in Luke 17:26-27. You have heard about the Gospel, what is required of you is just to believe and to follow Jesus and the coming destructions will not affect you. From the moment you believe, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21)
If the people didn't believe Noah when He was building the Ark, at least, they should have believed him when the animals were entering the Ark with him. Even the wild beasts believed the Gospel preached and they humbled themselves and followed Noah to the Ark. The goat termed as a stubborn animal also put away its stubbornness and it was save. But people refused and they were destroyed.
Now unto You and I, we have heard about the gospel and about the second coming of Christ. The Year, the month, the week, the day, the hour, the minute or the second He's coming is not known to anyone (Matthew 24.36 nkjv “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only)
Jesus said "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (MATTHEW 24:43-44 nkjv)
Now that we have known that the Son of God is coming back again, let us watch and pray, let us guard our heart. Do not let us be carried away with what we see or experience around us. Just like, it was impossible to open the Ark for any other soul during the flood, it will also be impossible to repent when the Christ is already here.
Dear Lord, we humbly beseech you to help us prepare ourselves for the second coming of Jesus. Teach us to watch and pray. And by the time Christ shall appear let us be ready to dwell in your heavenly kingdom.
In Jesus name we pray.
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