And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all (Luke 17:27).
Sorry, dear reader, this is not going to be a totally feel-good piece today. We have to remember that just as God is a God of love, He is also a God of judgment. This addresses both His love and His judgment.
In the above quote from Luke, Jesus is telling the Pharisees, when He returns to earth, it will be at a time in which people are behaving just as they had back in Noah’s day. At that time, in Noah’s day, everybody was celebrating, having a whole lot a fun, and not even thinking about God.
Then Jesus goes further and compares the time when He would return to the time of Sodom.
Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all (v. 28-29).
During the two time periods Jesus mentions, evil abounded on the earth. Man did not regard the Lord for the most part. Of the days of Noah, we read in Genesis 6:5, “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.” Kind of like today.
In the troubling and record setting days in which we live today, who can we count on but the Lord to tell us the truth? Are those in high places telling us the truth? Is the 6:00 news reporting the truth? Can our minds even receive the truth if we were to hear it?
In the days of Noah as in the days of Sodom, those who listened to God and obeyed His word were saved. Destruction did not come until Noah and his family had safely entered the ark. and it did not come to Sodom until Lot and his family had safely escaped to a nearby city. I believe in a similar way, God will allow His people of today to escape His wrath and judgment.
For those who continually rejected the call of God back in those days, things did not turn out well for them. And so it will be when Jesus returns. I sure don’t want to be part of that crowd. I’m sure you don’t want to be either. Thank God, as Noah and his family were saved, so can anyone who desires salvation today.