What does ‘as in the Days of Noah’, Matthew 24:37-39, actually mean? In the Days of Noah people were so preoccupied with their daily lives they disregarded the warnings of God’s impending judgement, just as they do today. People laugh at you in mockery with hardened hearts, when you say that God is about to judge the world. They say, “Who is God? I don’t need Him.” They see themselves as being totally self-sufficient to the point they deny the existence of God.
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, then came the Flood. Noah was 600-years-old when The flood occurred, in the year 1656 after creation.
Noah was tested to the limit. During the long building of the Ark, Noah and his family would have been the centre of mocking entertainment. God closed the door, Genesis 6:16 and those inside the Ark would have heard friends, family and neighbours screaming to be let in. It was too late. What agony and grief the family would have experienced. Did Noah have brothers and sisters?
Noah and his family spent a year in the confines of the Ark. At the end they came out to an entirely different sort of world than the one they had known.
Noah’s day was marked by moral decline and spiritual apathy, with lawlessness abounding. Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually, Genesis 6:5. They saw no need of repentance and the stories of a coming judgement were just a myth to frighten naughty children. The people chose to ignore God’s offer of salvation, through Noah.
God gives the created a free will, with the right to choose between right and wrong, believe in God, or turn away. At the time of the flood, only eight souls chose to believe in God, out of 174 million people.
The Rainbow Promise
God promised the rainbow would be seen in the sky as a reminder of His eternal covenant with man, Genesis 9:16. In the 1970s the Lesion Gay Bisexual Transgender community, LGTB, took the sign of the rainbow as their symbol.
Jesus said, “Just as it happened in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man, Luke: 17:26. Once again, man’s imagination and thoughts of the heart are evil continuously. There is widespread corruption and wickedness. God’s judgement on the earth is once more imminent, according to the signs of the times, Matthew 24:3-31.
Tower of Babel
Following the Flood, God limited man to a one-hundred-and-twenty-year lifespan, Genesis 6:3. Some believe the Tower of Babel took place when Noah was 940 years old—in the year 1996 after creation. Others say it took place only 200 years after the Flood, when Noah would have been 800 years old.
Either way, Noah saw the Tower of Babel incident because he lived 350 years following the Flood, Genesis 9:28. The Tower of Babel proves once again, that man had gained little understanding from the Flood judgement.
Even limiting man to a 120-year lifespan, it has been estimated there were around 920,000 people at the time of the Tower of Babel and they all spoke one language. This allowed man to rise to unbelievable heights of arrogance and foolishness in believing they could reach God. Once again, the created believed he could best the Creator.
One Language Today
Speaking one language is again in full force today, through the power of social media and the Internet, without even entering the Dark Web. Man, again rules by his own will, just as Lucifer thought he could do, Isaiah 14:13,14.
Creation is God’s sole domain, yet man believes he can create anything he wants to and become a god in his own right. God made man in His image, now man makes AIs in man’s image, with no limitations. Many fear the world of artificial intelligence and its propensity for evil, but the genie is out of the bag.
As in the days of Noah, there is no limitation to what man thinks he can achieve. The Babel community was ruled by politics, just as politics rules the world today. Combine that with knowledge doubling every 12 hours and it is indeed perilous times.
Perilous Times as in the Days of Noah
Just as it was in the Days of Noah, we live in perilous times, filled with pleasure-seeking, materialism, immorality, violence, idleness and a rejection of all things godly, 2 Timothy 3:1-5. That was written nearly 2000 years ago, yet it epitomises as in the Days of Noah.
It is estimate that 6,500 people die each hour, or 155,000 per day. Does that include all the wars, gun violence, famine and sickness we see in the world today? Watch the world death clock for just a few minutes. What percentage of the people who die accept what Jesus did at Calvary?
Believers Caught Away
As in the Days of Noah God refused to strive anymore with man. We are back to the same conditions, as in the Days of Noah.
True believers will suddenly be caught away, as promised in the Bible, 1Thessalonians 4:17. Hollywood tried to turn this to commercial advantage, with the 2014 film Left Behind, but it was a box-office flop. The 2023 sequel Left Behind Rise of the Antichrist is coming, making light of such a serious subject. God cannot be mocked, Galatians 6:1.
What percentage of people will be left behind when the Rapture takes place? Yet, multitudes will come to a saving knowledge during the Tribulation, Revelation 7:9. Perhaps they will be the ones who finally acknowledge that what Christians have been saying is for real.
The Antichrist will not be revealed until the true Church has been raptured out and Israel has signed a peace treaty. The Antichrist will permit the Jews to build the third Temple in Jerusalem.
During the Great Tribulation Israel will be called back to its rightful place as the wife of Yahweh. However, it will be at a heavy cost, for only a remnant will survive, Zechariah 14:4. Israel will always hold a special place with God.
Satan will then be bound, Revelation 20: 2 and the Son of Man will set up His 1000-year kingdom on earth, Revelation 20:4.
Only the Father knows that time and hour of all these events, Matthew 24:36. So lift up your head for your redemption draws nigh, Luke 21:28. These are the judgement Days of Noah and a time of great anticipation for the believer.