Tuesday, July 16, 2013

As in the Days of Noe

Matthew 24:38
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Luke 17:26
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Is the Lord talking about giants on the earth when he refers to the days of Noe in Matthew 24 and Luke 17?

I love this question; it’s a fun one.  Is he talking about giants?  He is speaking about things pertaining to the end times; right before his second coming to the earth (Israel) in particular.
For those who might not understand what God is doing today, I want to remind you that today is the dispensation of the grace of God (Eph. 3:2), and he is not fulfilling his prophetic program’s calendar today (for the nation of Israel and the earth).  So he is not fulfilling anything from the books of Genesis thru Acts or Hebrews thru Revelation, which all are part of God’s prophetic program.

Acts 3:19-21

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Let me show you what I see in the two passages you asked about.

Matthew 24:37-42
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming be [the second coming to the earth when Christ will set up his kingdom in Israel] of the Son of man.

The Lord is prophesying about the end times, future from us when the prophetic calendar begins again following the rapture of the church the body of Christ.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe 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.

The context of this passage and the one in Luke 17 tells us what this is about.
Luke 17:26-30
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

This is not the rapture; those who are taken are taken to judgment. [cf. Luke 17:34-37; Revelation 12:14]

Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

So in context the Lord is not talking about giants; he is talking about people going about living everyday lives.

Luke 17:26-30
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage,
These people are not fallen angels or giants [they are ordinary people].

until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot;

He also talks about conditions in the days of Lot.  He is comparing the time period of his return to pre-Flood and post-Flood conditions.  What were they doing in the days of Lot?

they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;         

They were doing normal things and going about their everyday lives:  as if the judgment of God is not going to come

2 Peter 3:2-6
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:   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 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

That is the point he is trying to make.  It is like that today.  We are out there preaching that you are going to hell if you’re not in Christ and haven’t trusted in his shed blood; but people are just going about their daily lives as if God is not going to judge humanity.  They don’t believe that if they die in their sins they will go to hell.  They think that everyone will go to heaven (the “better place”).
The same attitude was common in the days of Noah when he was building the ark and the people were just going about life as usual.  Also righteous Lot (2 Pet. 2:7) was speaking about the God of his uncle Abraham, the God of creation; but the people in Sodom did not believe on the Lord.

But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Just as the earth was flooded, just as Sodom and Gomorrah were bombarded with fire and brimstone from heaven, life will also be the same before the coming of the Lord. 

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

People will be living everyday lives and then, boom!  Judgment will come and there will be nothing they can do.  That is what it will be like at the return of Christ, particularly in the Middle East.

There were giants on the earth in the days of Noah and of Lot. 

Genesis 6:4
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God [fallen angels] came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Genesis 14:5
And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

Numbers 13:33
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Joshua 13:12
All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

I am not saying that giants won’t play a part at that time; but the point the Lord is making is that people will be going about their normal lives and then judgment will come quickly.

Revelation 22:11-12
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

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