As In The Days Of Noah
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.”
It is written,
“What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun! Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9,10 (New American Bible – Revised edition)
Often times, when we read the book of Genesis we feel that so much history is given in a “cliff notes” version that we come away feeling that we would like to know more. After all, nearly 1600 years of pre-flood history is summed up in a few short chapters.
The truth is, our relationship with God determines the degree of revelation we have of Him. The closer we are to God the better sense we have of what God is like, how He thinks, and how to view the world in relationship to Him. Moreover, as we become closer to God we start to have access to His mind through the Spirit of truth, therefore we begin to know what He knows. This is essentially how prophets operate. The Holy Spirit, which is simply the Spirit of God, not only shows them the future but can also show them the past. I believe this is the spiritual mechanism through which Moses wrote the book of Genesis. Moses had, through the Holy Spirit, access to the memories of God and simply wrote down what God Himself remembered.
We show understand that, because nothing is new under the sun, the story of Noah is reflected everywhere in the scriptures due to the fact that what people did after the flood is essentially the same things they did before the flood. What we see happening today is a rerun of what has happened before.
The book of Genesis was written by pure revelation. God simply revealed to Moses, by giving him access to His mind, all that happened on the other side of the flood. Therefore, because we are filled with that same Spirit, it is theoretically possible for us to know, or at least get a sense of the greater story of the antediluvian world through that same Spirit of Truth.
The reason that this is important is that the things are are happening now, in our current age, is nothing new. All that is taking place now happened, to a large extent, before the flood. The reason that judgement is coming now is that we are doing, by and large, the same things that brought judgement upon the Earth in the days of Noah. God does not change and what brought Him to the point of destroying the earth about 4359 years ago is bringing us to the brink of destruction today.
To me, it is a telling sign that full scale replicas of Arks are being built around the world. Though people may have differing reasons for building these Arks, I believe that they are a reflection of the state of the world which is very much like the state of the world before the flood.
What I am about to write is how “I” understand what may have happened in the days of Noah. I do not claim this is scripture but I do believe that there is an element of Holy Spirit inspiration that perhaps sheds a bit more light on what actually transpired during those last days. I leave it to you to judge.
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Noah was found by God to be perfect in his generation. In a time when men had corrupted themselves beyond measure and their thoughts were continually evil, Noah found grace in the sight of his Lord because he was a righteous man. From the perfection of the Garden mankind had descended into such abominations that God Himself actually repented that he had created the race of Adam in the first place. Through idols, men and women worshiped demons even sacrificing their own children to prototypes of Moloch and Chemosh, atrocities that had never even entered the mind of God. Thus, our Father purposed in His heart to destroy the very creation He had Said was very good.
However, before doing so, God spoke to Noah to build an Ark as a means of salvation for all those who would hear His message of repentance. After Noah received the word of God that the world was about to end, he began to proclaim it to all those who would listen for the scriptures state that grandson of Methuselah was a preacher of righteousness. With a conviction and anointing borne of the Holy Ghost Noah, like John the Baptist, cried aloud against the sins of a people who had fallen from grace and forsaken God.
Some, who believed Noah’s message, repented of their sins and earnestly sought the forgiveness of God. They believed Noah’s warning of impending judgement and it was counted to them as righteousness. With one heart and one soul they joined Noah in his divine mission to save humanity from judgement to come.
To be sure, most of those who heard Noah’s message mocked it saying, “all things continue as they have from the beginning of the world and we need fear nothing this mad man says.” Others said, “We are not so bad as Noah says and, by the way, there is no God and even if their were He has forsaken this world long ago and takes no interest in the affairs of men.” Still others jeered, “Noah, you are a fool and you speak a false vision of your own imagination. You build a boat on dry land far from any water and want us to believe that God has sent you? You are a lunatic.”
Yet, those who believed joined Noah in building the Ark. It was a gigantic undertaking and believers gave freely of their time and money to help realize the vision that God gave His prophet. Building progressed, in difficult times and through much hardship, under the watchful eye and direction of Noah. Soon a frame began to take form and the outline of a mighty ship began to take shape. In fact, in little over 20 years the ark was nearly finished. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of the faithful labored to build the ark believing that the end of the world was near. People, who held Noah’s message to be the word of God, sold lands and houses to provide for the construction of the Ark. Soon, the cult of Noah (as detractors called it) and the ship they built was known and talked about throughout the earth.
There were also those, even though they did not hold with all that Noah taught, who thought that his message had some merit. Some people recognized that there was indeed great evil in the earth. However, most could simply not swallow the tall tale that Noah told of how the end of all flesh was at hand. Building a boat in the middle of nowhere far from water in anticipation of a great flood that would destroy all civilization was a bridge to far for most. It seemed to be the general consensus that the story Noah told was, at best, a delusion of a crazed old man and perhaps, even worse, a scam meant to bilk weak minded individuals out of their time and money. To most, these “Noahites” had no minds of their own and slavishly believed and did whatever Noah told them.
Those who worked upon the Ark generally believed that as soon as the Ark was completed the end of the world would come. Surely, they reasoned, God was holding back His judgement until such time as the His chosen could float to safety. It was assumed by many and those “in the know”, that when the last peg was fastened and the hull completely pitched within and without, the flood would surely come, drowning all unbelievers while at the same time lifting up the faithful to safety. As the Ark neared completed the sense of expectancy grew and people worked even harder. A boat, bigger than any ever attempted, stood as a silent witness to all the world that God was about to judge the sin.
The day came when everything was completed. Everyone praised and thanked God that they had been counted worthy to take part in such a great and holy salvation. The faithful gathered their belongings and made preparations to enter the ark before the end of the world came. Faith rose to a fever pitch. Expectation of of divine wrath was so thick a sense of foreboding permeated everyone in the movement. A great feast was called and people gathered together to celebrate the completion of the vision of God and to receive word from Noah when they should board the Ark ahead of the great flood.
After the feast, people gathered to hear the words of Noah. Noah stood and gave a dramatic message of about the sins of the world and how mankind had grieved God. God’s prophet thundered that YHWH would visit His judgement upon the unjust and recompense them for their iniquity. Those present hung upon Noah’s words as if they were the oracles of God. Then someone asked, “when will all these things be?” Noah replied, “No man knows the day or hour of His judgement but I can tell you that the time is short and we must all remain steadfast and believe to the end.” That is not quite the message that the people had expected, but many had worked on the ark for 20 years and so waiting a few more days did seem unreasonable. The important thing was that, when judgement did come, they would all be safe.
The work was completed. An ark, of magnificent proportions, sat on flat earthen plain. Some in the outside world, who had heard the stories and who saw the Ark wondered inwardly, “what if what they say is true?” Days, then weeks, then months passed with no sign of judgement. People began asking Noah more and more when the vision that He saw would come to pass. Always Noah would reply, “ours is not to know the times and seasons of God but to wait patiently until His word is fulfilled.” After that Noah, invariably, would speak about the sins of the world and the need for repentance but, as time wore on, his followers patience began to wear thin. In time, some began to openly say that perhaps the patience of God and the preaching of repentance had forestalled the coming judgement altogether. Perhaps building the ark was only meant to be “symbolic” of a “potential” judgement. However, Noah’s message about the depravity of mankind and the judgment to come never wavered and his insistence that their would be an literal flood never changed.
One year passed then two. Some, who had only joined near the end of the project, began to leave being relieved that the judgement Noah spoke about did not come to pass. Truth be told, they had only joined because they were fearful for their own lives and thought that it was better be safe than sorry. When the calamity did not seem imminent they simply melted away and went about their previous occupations.
Most stayed with Noah, reasoning that the judgement of God was going to come and that God must be giving others more time to repent. They spoke of God’s mercy and compassion and that even though the Ark was finished, still God, in his infinite love, held back His wrath giving more people time to repent and join them in the Ark.
Then the first decade passed; still no judgement. The Ark became a byword in the land and was nicknamed “Noah’s Folly.” Many mocked and jeered the little group of “end of the worlder’s” who camped around that monstrosity they called a boat. True to form, Noah never wavered from his message or his faith and that helped steel those who followed him. However, as the years marched on people started to leave the group in ever increasing numbers. There were many excuses; some had to help family members with their crops, others had to go bury their dead relatives and simply never returned after the funerals. In fact, the cares and worries of peoples lives seemed to grow in importance as the fear of imminent disaster waned. Some even tried to talk to Noah into softening his position on worldwide destruction suggesting that perhaps God was just going to do a “localized” flood. The more time passed without judgement the more people invented alternative explanations of what God’s message really meant. Noah would hear none of what he termed “unbelief” and chided those who wanted to water down his message for their small faith in the face of such a great God. Nevertheless, people started to suggest that Noah was getting a bit senile in his old age for, after all, he was over 500 years of age.
People lived a long time before the flood and they had a lot of patience, but, after 50 years of no judgement their confidence in what God spoke to Noah started to run out. Whereas there had, at times, been thousands who believed in the Ark, now there were only a few dozen left besides Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives. The outside world had even ceased to care about those “crazies” who had built a huge boat on dry ground. It was clearly so last centuries news.
Noah, to the consternation of his followers, remained married to his doctrine of what God was about to do and would not hear of or entertain any alternate theories or explanations of what God meant. People began to say that Noah was inflexible, unteachable, and stubborn. Obviously, some thought, while Noah’s message may have symbolic relevance, it was not literally going to happen. Some who left the group even started to speak ill of Noah and made all types of accusations against him and his family. Rumors circulated about mismanagement of funds and the faith of the those that still believed began to grow cold.
It had been nearly 85 years since the first ax felled the first gopher tree when the last of Noah’s followers left. They did not say goodbye, or thank him, of give a reason, but simply picked up what little they had and quietly slipped away during the night. The remnant of a once great and dynamic movement camped out beside an enormous boat built on dry land was only 8 souls.
These were difficult days for Noah. He still felt the message that God had given him so many years ago was absolutely true. However, he felt he had failed in his mission for none of those who had initially believed God’s word, except his family, still remained. All that he knew to do now was maintain the ark as best he could and wait. Noah felt badly that his sons and their wives had to endue the ridicule that people hurled against them every time they went to market. Of all the days since that night when God spoke to him about the coming judgement he had never felt so badly as when even some who had worked with him for years mocked and ridiculed his sons for following their crazed father.
Though Noah felt the presence of God his Lord had not spoken to him for many years. Even when He did speak it was always the same message of judgement. Noah had even given up looking for signs that might tell him when God was going to fulfill His word. Noah simply resigned himself to waiting, if necessary, for the rest of his life.
Ninety nine years went by and then something peculiar began to take place. It was not a voice from heaven but more of a “knowing.” Noah found himself starting to gather supplies in great abundance and he and his sons began to clean the ark and go over it inch by inch to make sure it was properly pitched within and without. Noah began to store his grain and other food stuffs inside the Ark and he and his family actually, at one point, moved most of their belongings into the top most part of the boat. No one said much, they simply went about their daily business as if moved by some invisible hand which impelled them to work at a feverish pace. People in the world had long since ceased to pay attention to anything the old man did or said and so all these preparations went unnoticed by the general populace.
Then one day it happened. Animals of every kind, both clean and unclean, started showing up at the ark. First a few creatures, great and small came, then many. They, of their will started to board the ark two by two. None were scared of Noah or his family but simply started to file, male and female, into the cavernous hull of the boat. When a few turned into hundreds, then thousands, Noah and his family knew that this was the hand of God.
Suddenly, one day, no more animals came. God spoke to Noah once again and said, “it is time, the end of all flesh has come before me. enter thou into the Ark.” Noah, as if moving in a dream, took his family and entered the ark and as the last person stepped inside, the huge door, lifted as if by the hand of God Himself, closed behind them with a thud. Noah looked first as his wife then at his sons and daughter-in-laws but, for once, found no words to say. After a hundred long years the day time of judgement had arrived. Noah assumed from the beginning that he had built to save those who repented, however, now the Ark was filled to the brim with animals of every kind and just his family.
Throughout all the ark no animal made a sound. When Noah walked through the hull he found that every animal, large or small, was in a deep and peaceful sleep. Noah even tried to wake a sheep but the animal, though still breathing, would not stir. Noah’s wife made dinner that night and they all ate in a similar silence as a great stillness, as the hush before a storm, settled upon the whole Earth.
For seven days Noah prayed and waited in the ark. Pacing on the deck and looking towards heaven Noah asked God what he should do now and the answer came back, “peace be still.” On the third day something strange seemed to be happening in the sky. Since the days of Noah’s youth, the sky had always been the same, a light blue unbroken as far as the eye could see. Now, however, the sky seemed to become filled with mist that later turned into dense smoke that drifted from the east towards the Ark. On the 6th day, Noah awoke at his usual time in the morning but the sun did not rise in the east as it had always done. The sky was no longer blue but now had become black as the smoke from a furnace and the sun was dim and blood red. Tremors ran through the ark from time to time shaking the utensils from off the table on to the floor. Wind, something that was very unusual, blew from the east in cold gusts that carried a hint to moisture upon them.
On the seventh day, after God had shut the ark, Noah felt the first rain drop that had ever fallen upon the face of the earth. The first drop hit is head and he immediately put his hand to his brown feeling it’s wetness. He tasted it and sure enough, it was water! He looked around in surprise thinking that someone has splashed him but no one was there. Then another hit and another. As Noah looked up into the sky the deluge began in earnest. Soon water was dancing on the deck around him and in a moment he was drenched to the bone. Noah just stood there as the rain came down. Noah had always assumed that the flood would come from the ocean but coming from the sky? He never expected that!
Coming to his senses Noah staggered into the Ark and closed the door tightly behind him. Wide eyed, every family member looked at the soaking wet patriacrh in astonishment. There were great flashes of light and after few seconds deafening crashes from the heavens broke upon their ears like mighty waves upon the rocks. Noah and his family clung to one another and prayed desperately for God to save them from a world gone completely mad.
Those, who were sometimes disobedient to the word of God, felt the rain too. First a little, then a lot, then a torrential downpour that made them run into their houses and hide. The very Earth seemed to tremble as the drops of water fell like mighty sheets to the ground. Some, who had once believed, even tried to make it to the ark but the few that did found that the ark was shut. They pounded on the hull and cried aloud but no one inside could hear them over the peals of thunder that broke incessantly above their heads. Mortal terror gripped every soul in the world as nature convulsed and groaned in agony. After a hundred years the end of all flesh finally came with a ferocity not born of this world. A few upon the earth gradually realized that perhaps the mad man with a big boat was right all along. However, most were very angry and cursed God. In the space of a few weeks, all those who were sometimes disobedient and those who were unrepentant perished together in a great flood that covered the whole earth.
It is written,
“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
1 Peter 3:16,20
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Finally, it is written,
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”