As the Earth continues to turn on it’s axis and time passes, one can not help but pause and look around at the chaos and desolation that man has caused. Time and time again according to Scripture and History, mankind has continued in their wickedness until his Creator became angry and brought judgement. I believe looking back in time can give us insight on what the future will bring.
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth has become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” (From Genesis 6) God looked down and saw the mess that man had begun to make out of His creation. Living for self satisfaction had led to chaos and perversion. Violence was a way of life and it was a dangerous time to live.
The Bible explains that man no longer thought of God and that their thinking was pointless and their hearts were dark with foolishness. Their claims to be wise were put to rest when they traded serving an immortal God for graven images. “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless,ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those that do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:21-32)
In the midst of all of that depravity was Noah, and he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God informed Noah that He was going to put an end to all people and their violence. God gave plans to Noah for an ark. A boat that would be their home until God said it was safe to go ashore. Once the shore was dry enough that is. The scripture says that Noah did exactly as God instructed him. And Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives were safe in the ark when the annihilation of all earths inhabitants began. Often we think of rain falling like we get with a heavy thunderstorm or hurricane, but that is a real lack of understanding. The earth ruptured as massive amounts of underground waters exploded. It was more than likely under so much pressure that when it hit the surface it shot high into the atmosphere. Then the heavens broke forth with a vast flood, one that was not seen before or since. It lasted for 40 days and nights.
Nothing was left across the entire planet except for Noah, his family and the animals that were aboard the ark. God spared their lives because of the trust that Noah put in God.
“The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great; the sin of those cities is immense.” God said to Abraham. He had come in physical form along with two angels to the place where Abraham lived. “I’m going down to see for myself, see if what they’re doing is as bad as it sounds.”(Paraphrased from Genesis 18) The three men turned towards the road to the two cities and Abraham walked in front of the Lord and began to question His intentions. There was a lot of negotiating then that went on in the middle of this story as Abraham began to question God about destroying the righteous along with the wicked. God does agree not to destroy the cities if ten righteous people can be found living there.
Sadly, ten righteous people could not be found from the total populous of the two cities. Yet, God sends two angels to Abraham’s nephew who lives in Sodom. The plan is to take Lot and his family out of the city before God’s destruction began. However, before this could be accomplished a wickedly angry mob began to attempt to harm the angels and were immediately struck blind. Lot’s family was told to vacate the city and not look back and they would be spared. Once destruction rained down in the form of fire and sulfur, Lot’s wife turned and looked back and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt. For all of the sordid details you can read Genesis 19. But it can be seen from the scripture that the sin was so awful with so few righteous inside that God simply could not allow these cities to remain.
Today, life is filled with all kinds of miraculous things. God created man with such wonderful intellect that technology and advances in medicine are just mind blowing. What a wonderful time to be alive! Yet have you watched a news report lately? Someone is attacked in their home and another person car-jacked, a child is missing while another is molested, and then there are terrorists attacks and school shootings. Violence is everywhere. Sexual perversion is rampant. Mankind is a lover of self rather than a lover of God. There is homelessness, and drugs, and alcohol. The list goes on and on. Friend, God has to intervene! He can not continue to allow man to defile himself and everything around him. He has proven in the past that He will put a stop to these abominations, and He will one last time.
In both the story of the fire and the flood, God removed the righteous from the situation right before He “cleaned house.” I also believe He will do it again in the future. I am not sure when but I know that He will take us at just the right time. Key is to be faithful. He saved those who kept their faith in Him. We must prepare our hearts. Get right with God and stay right with God, so we are in that number counted as righteous.
I do not believe that future events should be cause for alarm. I believe we should seek the Lord, and use old fashioned horse sense. If you don’t really understand that, then just use the brains the good Lord gave you. Move in wisdom under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Noah built on that boat for 120 years, while Lot had a matter of minutes to prepare. So I think it is fair to say, stay ready. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8:38-39
So, if you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior and have your trust in Him then you have no reason to fear. Because perfect love removes all fear, and when you look at it that way the future seems brighter!