As the days of Noah were...


--our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

2/16/2011

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matthew 24:37-39

Jesus is coming soon. That is a fact. With events in the Middle East, the dependence between world governments, the universal acceptance of sin and many other factors, we can see that the coming of our Lord is drawing near. For the child of God, this is a time to rejoice.

The verse before us illustrates a time very similar to our generation. Folks are not looking for the coming of Christ. Just as the people before the flood were doing, so our generation is carrying on with normal life without any thought that Jesus could return today. Sadly, many of our friends and loved ones will be caught unaware when the Lord returns.

What are a few signs of the coming of Christ? First, “..scoffers will come in the last days, walking in their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming’” (II Peter 3:3). This is a description of this day and age. Everywhere you look, people are “walking in their own lusts.” Few people today have any concern for God. Most today never consider that they will stand before a Thrice Holy God and be judged. So many have dismissed any thought that Jesus will return. This is our generation. We are in the last days.

Secondly, Timothy speaks of the “last days” and describes them as a time that will be consumed with sins including covetousness, pride, boastfulness, and blasphemy (II Timothy 3:1-4). He says men will lack self control as it relates to sin. He says many will have a “form of godliness”, but, it would not be real Christianity. We are in the last days.

Timothy also describes this time by saying, “they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4). The most common brand of “Christianity” today doesn’t know a God Who saves and a depraved man that needs saving. Most of what we see today is merely “a form of godliness” without any real root of faith. We are in the last days.

Child of God be encouraged. Your Lord and Savior is soon to return to this Earth. He has promised that He went away to prepare a place for us and that He would return again for us (John 14:2-3). Be watching and waiting for His coming. Be working as well – telling those that are lost that the Day of Judgment is approaching. Tell them that the only way to escape God’s wrath is to flee by faith to Jesus Christ. There is no other hope for mankind.

--Watering the Tulips is brought to you by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. For more information, please visit www.sovereigngrace.net.

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