“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:37-42
For 120 years Noah warned all of civilization of the Lord’s coming judgment. Jesus described seemingly normal activities; eating, drinking, marriage and doing what they do. Why did they not respond to Noah? What was their real “normal” about? Why did they eat and drink while Noah warned of their doom?
In Genesis 6 God says the, “wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ” He then went on to say He was sorry He made mankind and He was going to wipe them out.
Scripture says, “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.””
The people in the days of Noah were violent and they were wicked. They could not be corrected. These are traits, sins, that God hates. They are not from Him. They were evil. People today do not like us saying anyone is evil. But these traits are evil. These people were evil. “Wickedness” is the word evil. This was their normal. They were bad and violent and continued to do what it is they do…evil. Much like today. But every age has these traits. Would today be seen as different?
We have a secular government today that is an absolute kakistocracy, run by gangsters and thugs. Only the gangsters, kleptocrats, make out well. And they make out very well. And they use violence, lies and deceptions to dispose of their opponents. They have no love for the truth. They have no concern what the truth is. They don’t care if there is truth or not. But still, is this different from the past horrific governments?
Paul says in 2 Thessalonians that a major apostasy will come first before the Lord returns. He said He won’t return until the, “man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” “The one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”
There have always been apostasies. Today the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins has gone out into all of the world. But the apostasy from the Biblical Scripture is so rank most churches are falling over backwards to see who can make the bigger fools of themselves. They have no connection to the Scripture, most are heretics. Some churches may have minor errors in their doctrines. But there are only a few of them. Most are simply deplorable, heretical. And most people just don’t care.
I think Paul is describing something big in this passage. A one time, last time event, not the standard comings and goings from churches. But what is taught and affirmed from the top down is on his mind. Today they affirm sin and drive out of the churches the orthodox faithful believers. Clearly it should be the opposite. Not many seem to care what is taught. This was not the case in the Apostles’ day. They went to some pretty heinous deaths for the Name of Christ and His pure, undefiled Word.
If this is our normal today, we should beware, be on the alert, should the Lord come while we’re despising His Word. A famously misunderstood part of Christ’s warning is Matthew 24:40-41. “At that time there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.” Many think this is part of the Dispensational view of the rapture. But it’s the opposite of what they teach. The Greek implies, that the one taken, is taken away to prison, the one left, is left to enjoy life. Just as in the days of Noah, all of those that rejected Noah’s message, incurred the Lord’s wrath against their violence, their unbelief. They were taken away to eternal prison, eternal death. Noah and his family were spared and lived to repopulate the earth. The flood was a foreshadowing of the final day of judgment. It’s coming.
Paul said God would send the apostates a “deluding influence so they would believe what is false.” It’s very apparent in the secular world, but Paul is speaking to believers. The churches have so many deluding influences it’s hard to know where to start. The Roman Catholic Church is apparent with their popery and the worship of saints. And they all believe they must earn their salvation. This is such an affront to Christ and His work. “It is finished” must mean nothing to them. The followers of this sect are tormented and go to their graves without assurance that Christ paid for their sins. Too many continue to pray for the dead as if it has an effect on them.
It’s not that much different in any other denomination. Most terrorize the people with some form of works to earn their salvation. Another common thread most believe today, is that Jesus died to make them rich, positive, successful and/or happy. Sin is okay in most churches. There are women ministers, homosexual ministers, and lots of playtime clubs. Most are not too fussy about what Scripture says or doesn’t say. From “Your Best Life Now” to “Purpose Driven Church” to the restored prophets and apostles, these people teach falsely, they’re suffering under strong delusions. Why? Because they do NOT love the truth. They do love power and glory and making a lot of money.
Today our government is a complete kakistocracy for sure and they are the extreme violent ones, not those that they target. They have violent marauders that they pay to harm the law-abiding citizens. Joe Biden just threatened our lives again, because we disagree with him. We’ve never had a president in this Republic that threaten to kill us. He hates more than half of the citizens of this country.
And our churches violate the faithful, they viciously attack the Word of Christ and substitute words that kill. They threaten to excommunicate any that question their heresies. They do their best to steal from the people what Christ gave them; peace with God. Our sin is paid for. The warfare with God is over, it was finished by God Himself for us. He did all that we can not do. He is our righteousness. Too many churches hate that message.
Most churches have fallen years ago. We are in a great apostasy. Whether it’s the last one remains to be seen.
Referenced: NASB Matthew 24:36-44, Genesis 6:5-8, 11-13, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 6-12