A Flood of Warnings
Does God care about this world? What is God’s reaction to all that is happening in our world today? Does God get disgusted at what He sees? Is God concerned? Is He angry? Is He involved at all? Is He a loving God who cares about mankind? Will He ever interfere in our world? And, if so, when?
When you observe today’s news, do you react immediately with disgust, concern, disdain, and feel that you need to do something about it? Or, like millions of others in the world, have you become tired of hearing the endless stream of bad news and would just as soon curl up on the sofa, watch a full length cartoon movie, and drift away into slumberous apathy and completely ignore what is happening in the world?
Wars that continually plague the Middle East never calm our concerns as nation after nation seem to have unexplainable determination to fight with one another. The news from Iraq never ceases to capture our fears that another nineteen-year old soldier was killed by a cowardly roadside bomb. Afghanistan has fallen behind in the headlines but still haunts the families who have young men and women in harm’s way. Terrorist plots and the fears of another major attack that could make 9/11 seem insignificant in comparison, have troubled analysts from every corner. The costs have sky-rocketed into the millions of dollars for security upgrades to all facets of business. An example of this is obviously the airline industry that has put in place security measures that have made an impact on airline ticket prices, travel time, delays, all of which cost consumers in ways that are incalculable. And do they really keep a would-be terrorist from his demoniacal plot?
On the horizon looms the continued fear of an attack on Iran by Israel or the United States which could involve other nations with commercial ties, such as oil, to Iran. How many hidden contracts are there which restrict these nations from backing Israel and/or the United States against a soon to be nuclear powered terrorist entity? And don’t forget, the two bordering nations of India and Pakistan, both of which possess nuclear weapons, could erupt in war that would immediately affect over one billion people in that region.
China, the sleeping giant that no longer sleeps, is becoming a powerhouse of manufacturing, industrial, technological, and military might that, in their sheer numbers, is unmatched by other nations. They are affecting practically every country of the world by their cheap labor cost and their willingness to dump commodities onto unsuspecting economies.
What about Japan? A former enemy in World War II, no longer a trade partner, but now a trade lover. Americans love the goods that are bought from everyday items on store shelves to the expensive automobiles that are now rivaling major American auto makers like General Motors. How is this possible? Considering the size of General Motors, one can only ask, who’s next? Ford, General Electric, American Airlines, Dow? And what has it cost America in domestic jobs, manufacturing, suppliers, and distributors? Small mom and pop businesses, to huge nationwide chains, have gone bankrupt due to slumping sales and lack of market share. They simply cannot compete with these rolling giants. Markets are being gobbled up by anyone in the world who cares to take it. America is for sale.
Not to be undersold are the homeland problems. Murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, violence, drugs, pornography, and crime of every sort are all but ignored by the media who would rather report on the personal garbage of some “celebrity.” Because, in our insatiable appetites, we need to know. Most citizens are completely unaware of the crime that is present even in the little rural communities which were once home to the strongest resource our country possessed, the family. Today, our country has more prisoners in jail than the entire population of some smaller countries. There aren’t enough columns in our local newspaper to report all the hideous crimes that happen every day and grow on our society like a bulging cancer slowly deteriorating every good and decent characteristic that made our nation the greatest in the world.
There was a time when the earth was not so different than it is today. The world had become so absolutely heinous in its lust and greed for power, money, and pleasures that God Almighty became disgusted with mankind as a whole. He reveals his thoughts in Genesis 6:5-6, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Try to imagine, God Almighty, the supreme immortal being with the universe in His control, the divine Creator of the heavens, earth, sea and every living creature, who is love, who created man, becoming so disgusted that He is ready to completely destroy man from off the face of the earth. Notice verse 7, “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” What a sobering thought. Has our world today reached a similar state of utter disgust and stench in the nostrils of God? Does the bible warn of such a time?
There lived a man during that day who shared some of the same concerns, feelings, disgusts, and condemnations of the society around him. He had the same opportunity, as we have today, to simply bask in his own personal wealth, in his own private world, and simply ignore what was happening to his world around him. He could have gladly faded into the shadows and become intermingled with his society and no one would have noticed him. There was only one problem, he had a calling from God. And that calling required his personal attention. It required his obedience. It called for the spotlight, not the shadows. This calling demanded that he stand up and warn the people of his day, and not to be so concerned with his own life. His name, of course, is Noah.
In Genesis 6:8 we read, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” There could have been millions of people inhabiting the earth by this time and yet only one righteous man found favor in the eyes of God. How unbelievably sad that a whole society, whole nations, the whole world could have rejected God and His great goodness. The fact that the world had become so corrupt that no one, with the exception of one man, was found living a righteous life, is hard to believe. And yet, what of our world today? Do we have whole nations who have rejected God? Are there whole societies who are completely intertwined with paganism and idolatry? Do any countries seek only for themselves by their insatiable lust and greed? What about individual states or counties, neighborhoods or single families, business associates, friends, family members? What about…. you?
Noah found favor in God’s eyes because, verse :9 “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations and Noah walked with God.” What separated Noah from the entire world? He was just. Webster’s dictionary defines “just” as, “acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good.” He was upright. He walked or followed God. And what is God? God is loving, joyful, peaceable, forgiving, kind, gentle, slow to anger, long suffering, patient, and faithful. The list is endless of the characteristics which separate God from the carnal nature of mankind. Noah had these same qualities. He resisted the temptation to follow his own carnal nature as did the rest of the world. He chose to follow God and his ways and that is why God looked upon him with favor. Can man today exhibit these same qualities? By himself, no. By following God and His ways, yes!
The outcome of that society was total destruction by water. Even with the warning for over 120 years from Noah, whom the bible describes as a preacher of righteousness, the people would not listen. The story continues in Genesis 6 and verse 13, “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” God then instructed Noah to build an ark for the survival of himself and his immediate family. Then in verse 17, God states: ”And, behold, I even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” The earth had become so evil that God had no other choice than to destroy every living creature and start anew with Noah and his family. Have we entered a time, once again, when man’s iniquities have become so enormous that God’s wrath will once again be executed upon the earth?
Jesus put forth a parable to the multitudes which He would later expound to his disciples. In Matt 13:24, Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: v.25, But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit then appeared the tares also. v.27, So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? v. 28, He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? v. 29, But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. v.30, Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.” The disciples didn’t understand why He spoke to the multitudes of people in parables and they asked him to declare unto them the parable of the tares of the field. Jesus gave them an astounding analogy and answered them in verse 37, saying, “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; v. 38, The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; v. 39, The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. v .40, As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. v. 41, The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; v. 42, And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. v. 43, Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Jesus is describing a time of separating evil, wicked, offensive children of Satan the devil from the children of God and His kingdom. Those, like Noah, who have followed God and have His characteristics will be saved, but those who refuse to submit to God will be burned up like chaff in a furnace. And when was this to happen? At the end of this world or the end of this age as some translations describe. God is not going to let this world continue on in its evil course forever. When do you suppose this will happen? Will you have advance warning of this time? Will you have time to decide to repent? Or, will it come upon mankind suddenly?
In Luke 17 and verse 26, Jesus further compares this end time with the time of the flood. He states, “And as it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. v. 27, They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. v. 28, Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; v. 29, But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. v. 30, Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
Here again we see Jesus describing His coming as a time of utter destruction which will take place upon the wicked that dwell on this earth. All those who have chosen to ignore God and His ways will be destroyed. All those who hate righteousness and love iniquity will be destroyed. And it happens during a time when human beings are trying to live life as normal as possible, but all the while, rejecting God. Who does this include? Who will be destroyed?
In Revelation 21, John is writing down and recording the things that he saw in vision. And he makes a terrifying statement, which is a direct quotation from a great being that is talking to him. In verse 6, this being describes Himself and says, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. v. 7, He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” This personal quotation can only be a description of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. No one else can claim these titles except the God family. He describes the overcomers as those who will inherit all things. What does God have? What does Jesus Christ have? What will these overcomers have, but all things? But notice His next statement, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” Are there any of these people alive today? How far must you go to find these characteristics? Where must one look to find a liar? What about an unbeliever, or one who is fearful? Are there any sorcerers, those who deal in fortune telling, palm reading, witchcraft and the black arts? What about those who are abominable? In Proverbs 6 and verse 16 it says, “These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him. v. 17, A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, v. 18, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, v.19, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
All of these wicked characteristics are everywhere prevalent in our society today. It is all around us. You can’t venture out of your home without being scratched, banged up, beaten up, or smashing headlong into the evilness of our world today. Our world is full of wickedness. And it tends to weigh heavy upon a Christian life. It tends to drag a person down. One who is trying to walk a righteous life can hardly go on without succumbing to the gutter talk, the filthy appetites, and the absolute garbage of our society. The only escape and the only salvation is by living a life, like Noah, that is in harmony with God. Jesus Christ left us the perfect example.
The good news is that God will not tolerate this state of existence forever. He is going to intervene and He will ultimately destroy the wicked from off the face of this earth. There will be no more time for warning. God is going to destroy the wicked, not by plagues, not with water, but with fire. He will eventually take a personal hand in ruling this world. He will rid it of all the wickedness. Only then will a transformation take place on this earth that is unimaginable. Our world will finally be as God intended. It will be overflowing with beauty, harmony, happiness, prosperity, and peace. And righteousness will reign. If you are not trying to live a righteous life, how will you survive? Who can save you? Shouldn’t you be asking that question now? What excuse will you give? You won’t be able to say “There was no warning.” God has given a flood of warnings.
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