“…it will be like it was in the days of Noah.” NLT
Intro: When we look at world conditions today, we are prone to ask, “Are we living in the last days before the return of Christ?” In the scriptures, there are three hundred prophecies of the second coming of Christ.
Jesus gave signs of the times before His return. A most intriguing sign is the days of Noah. The purpose of the signs is not to predict His return, for no one knows the day or the hour of that time. (Matt. 24:36). The purpose of prophetic signs is to reassure that God is in control and to be watchful and ready for His return.
What were the days of Noah like? For us to begin to understand we need to go back in time to Genesis 6-9. Noah’s generation was swept away by the great flood. We call them today Antediluvians.
The story goes…
I. The Condition of Humanity (Genesis 6:5, 11-12)
A. They accepted sin as normal: however, God will judge sin. (Rom 6:23: John 16:8-11; Isa 5:20.) B. Violence engulfed the world. Wars and rumors of wars will mark the end. (Matt 24:6) C. They were unwilling to listen to God’s Word. (2 Peter 3:3-14)
II. The heart of God (Genesis 6:6)
A. God’s heart of filled with pain B. God relents to send judgment but delights in salvation (John 3:16) C. God has compassion for His people Micah 7:18-19
III. The Faith of Noah (Genesis 6:8-9)
A. Noah found favor (grace) in the eyes of the Lord. B. Noah walked with God C. Noah witnessed with his life D. Noah won as many people as he could