What did scripture mean when it warned us that when Christ returned, it would be like it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot? What other warnings did Christ give for those that would be alive to see the end of times? As watchmen, we need to know what to be looking for, both for ourselves and so that we can with accuracy of prophecy, sound the alarm.
Luke 17:26-31, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage 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. They did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
Matthew 24:36-39, “But of that day and of that hour knows no man, no, not the angels in heaven but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as was in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and be giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and t6ook them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.”
In both Noah's time and Lot's time, people were continuing life as if they had months, years, and decades to live. They were totally unaware of how close and how imminent that their destruction was. While most of the world lost their lives due to a flood, two cities lost their lives due to fire and brimstone falling from the sky.
If we look back to Genesis 6, we will see that in Noah's time, sons of God (the angels) came down to procreate with the women of men, taking them wives all of whom they chose. Some say that the sons of God were not angels but of the offspring of Seth. That cannot be because this union caused a hybrid. A hybrid is not caused by one specie procreating with the same specie, whose morals are of lower standards. A hybrid is caused when two different species mix.
If we go down to verse 7, “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them”.
In verse 7 of Genesis 6, we read how the earth was filled with corruption and violence. And that all flesh and corrupted his way upon the earth, but Noah, who had found grace in the eyes of God was instructed to build an Ark. For him, his family, and the animals, which God has created.
Noah was instructed to take into the ark of every clean beast, the male and his female, by sevens. And of those that are unclean by two, the male and his female. To simplify this for you, he took in 7 of the clean males with their females, for a total of 14, and 2 of the unclean males with their females, for a total of 4 into the ark.
It is often taught that Noah had warned the people of his time because the fact that 2 Peter 2:5 refers to Noah as having been a preacher, therefore Noah most likely would have preached of the impending doom, which God told him about, but no one heeded to his warning.
Lot was the nephew of Abraham. He lived in the city of Sodom, which like its relative Gomorrah, was filled with all kinds of evil and wickedness. We see how wicked they were from a few verses. First in Genesis 18:20-21, the Lord had visited Abraham and said of the city, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cries of it, which is come to me; and if not, I will know.”
We further see their wickedness, when the angels were at Lot's house, and starting in Genesis 19:4, men of the city came to Lot's house, both the young and the old, and they called out to Lot to bring the men out, so that they can know them. Many of the world today say that these men just wanted to have a conversation with them, but we see all through scripture, this word used many times referring to man knowing his wife right before she was with child. This word is Strong's #H3045 ”yaw-dah”. These men had evil fleshly sexual intentions with these angelic beings. This tells us that such forced interactions among the citizens of these cities was not only the norm, but also likely completely legal. Because these men feared no repercussions from their actions.
In 2 Peter 2:6-7, we read, “Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:”
OVER VIEW OF THE TWO
We see that in Noah's time, the original DNA of man had been corrupted causing a hybrid of giants. The hearts of men were evil, and the bloodshed of man was great upon the face of the earth.
In Lot's time, there were evil conversations that were so wicked that hearing them vexed Lot's soul. There was all kinds of legal sexual immorality, they were so evil that God referred to their sins as “grievous”.
In both Noah and Lot's times, sin was exalted. Those who did not sin or spoke out against sin was probably criminalized, this idea comes from the fact that Lot had offered his virgin daughters as an alternative form of appeasement. The state of morality had deeply declined. Wickedness was unchecked.
Though Christ could have intended some parallel of the actual evil events that were happening in Noah and Lot's times, I think his warning was much deeper . When reading the verses, Christ tells us how they were continuing with life. Those in the days of Noah continued to live, not as if imminent death was upon them, but as if nothing was going to end their party.
The same with those in Lot's time, some probably seen Lot and his family running out of the city and thought nothing of it. Some may have even made some crude jokes about it, laughing it up as if they would all see the sun rise the next day, but their destruction came as a surprise, and it happened in one day. It caught them completely off guard and unaware.
KNOW THE SEASON; WATCH
Matthew 24: 32-34, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when its branch his yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So likewise, when you shall see all of these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Truly, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled.”
Matthew 24 starts off with the disciples asking Christ how they will know that he is about to return. He tells them everything that must come to be. Then he tells of his return, right before giving us this parable. So this generation that he speaks of, is not the generation that he was giving the original message to, but the generation that starts to see all these things come to pass.
Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels in heaven, but my father only.”
Noah knew it was the season of the flood, and it happened in his generation.
Lot knew it was the season of fire and brimstone, and it happened in his generation.
But the rest of the population in their time did not recognize the season. The unrighteous in Noah's time, failed to listen.
Matthew 24:44, “Therefore be ready, for in such an hour that you think not, the Son of man comes.”
2 Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done in it will be exposed.” (Matthew 24:39-41)
In Matthew 25:1-12, we read about the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins. The foolish took no oil in their lamps but the wise virgins took oil in their lamps. Around midnight, there was a cry made because the bridegroom was on his way. So the foolish asked the wise to give them oil for their lamps, the wise refused because there was not enough for both. So while the foolish ran to get more oil, the bridegroom came and took the five wise virgins, and the door was shut.
Afterwards, the five foolish showed up banging on the door, asking that it be opened to them and the bridegroom answers by telling them no, because he does not know them.
Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour when the Son of man comes.”
People who are not watching are the ones who question nothing. They would take the mark of the beast because they will not see it as the mark of the beast. Through their foolishness and sleeping eyes, they pass it off as another thing.
They will see the anti-Christ take his throne, and say, “that is not the anti-Christ.”
Even today we see the beginning of sorrows and people slumber, saying to themselves, that we are not in the beginning of sorrows. They are not watching.
Just as in the days of Noah and Lot, they are planning for a future on earth. Looking forward to everything that this world has to offer them. They are preparing their stay on earth, and not preparing their souls to leave this earth. They are partying, enjoying the devilish desires of the world.
In Matthew 24:15, Christ warns of the anti-Christ who sets in the temple declaring that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4) The abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet. He continues that when we see these things, those in the mountains should flee, those who are on the housetop should not come down to take any of his belongings, he that is in the field should not turn back to grab his clothes.
Luke 17:31-32, “In that day, he that shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”
We know that when Lot's wife turned back, she was destroyed by being turned into a pillar of salt.
Matthew 24:21-22, “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be. And except those days be shortened, there shall no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened.”
THE PARTY IS OVER
I remember an older Christian hymn that was popular in my younger days that said, “Go and tell the world the party is over, get your house in order for the coming of the Son. The good news is that when the party is over for the world, celebration for the saints has just begun.”
It is time to sound the alarm loudly with humbleness and love; without fear of men, without fear of being put on trial for having a phobia to sin. We can see that we are in the season, and this generation will not pass until all is fulfilled.
We need to watch, so that we are not caught off guard as the populations were in Noah and Lot's times. So that that day does not sneak up on us, and catch us unaware like a thief would. You must also consider the fact that it doesn't take Christ's return for you to find yourself standing at the judgment seat. Life is unpredictable and no one lives forever, so choose to live wisely.
There is another hymn that was popular in my younger days called “Plenty of Time”. The words heed a frightful warning that many should hear. I am closing out with the lyrics.
PLENTY OF TIME
I got up on Sunday morning, went to the church at ten,
I listened to the words that I'd heard time and time again.
The preacher spoke of sinful lives, it seemed he spoke of mine,
but I was young, I had plenty of time.
Plenty of time to decide where I'm bound,
to eternal darkness or to a heavenly crown;
I'm just a young man not yet in my prime,
so I'll just wait, I've got plenty of time.
I walked on down life's pathway, living as I wished to live; Out to beat the other fellow, out to get what life could give; Making money is not sinful, having fun is not a crime, So I'll just wait, I've got plenty of time.
Before I knew what had happened life's scenes had passed away, And millions stood before God's throne for it was judgment day; Now eternal darkness beckons, and the name it calls is mine, But I thought I had plenty of time.
Eternity waits, I've got plenty of time, to think of all the days Christ could have been mine; My chance is over, earth's days are left behind, And here am I, I've got plenty of time.