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Judgment of the Flood (3 of 3)
Jesus also pointed to the time of Noah as our example to recognize the eminent return of Christ. Look at Matthew 24:36-39 (read passage)
The clearest example of God calling out His people before judgment is revealed through the Ark. If we look at the time of Noah, the world had complete morally bankruptcy. Genesis 6 explains:
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.... 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
God will never allow mankind to completely self-destruct. For four generations, Noah and his forefathers preached to the world and God was rejected. Mankind was only one generation away from having no godliness at all. Therefore, God intervened and used Noah to begin with a fresh start. When mankind descended to the point to where the only thoughts that passed through the minds of the men of his generation were wicked and every action was sinful and filled the earth with violence, God called Noah and his family out, and then judged the world.
The ark is a picture of Christ and the rapture. Noah entered into the door of the ark and he was taken out of the world. Once God's people were taken out of the world, judgment fell. The ark rose above the judgment and returned to the new life God prepared for His people. This is exactly what the Bible teaches about the rapture. We who are in Christ abide in Him. He takes us out of the world and we are in heaven above and out of the judgment below. Once God has poured out His wrath, we return to the earth with Christ in the new kingdom. Scripture does not reveal what kind of persecution Noah endured while working toward God's deliverance. We know that the world was wicked and violent and he had to endure t ...
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