Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Noah and Today

I have recently seen articles circulating the social media sites concerning the Nephilim, alien encounters and the days of Noah as they relate to the end times.  The claim is that these Nephilim were fallen angels that were on earth before and after the great flood of Noah’s day. Other accounts suppose that they appear as aliens. The connection being made is that as in the days of Noah, there are once again appearances of the Nephilim that are supposedly marking the end times.

 

Perhaps the best place to begin is with the biblical verses in question. Let’s begin with the words of Jesus Christ and then take a look at what Genesis has to say.

Matthew 24:36-39

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Luke 17:25-29

“But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is not getting into all of the side stories of the day. The context is clear. Jesus of Nazareth is prophesying to the people of His day and to us through Holy Scripture that the people who are alive at the time of His return will be living their lives unaware that judgment is upon them. The people will be going through their normal routine when judgment will come suddenly. The only warning that the people will have of the wrath that is about to befall them is this same prophecy. As we see in the passage in the Gospel According to Luke, not only did Jesus Christ refer to the days of Noah, but He reiterates the point by referring to the days of Lot. The attitude of the people was the same for both instances. Strikes one and two? Are we watching strike three going past us?

The Nephilim are indeed mentioned in the first few verses of chapter six of the book of Genesis. The topic of the Nephilim is not the focus of the story of Noah. The point to be made is that all flesh was corrupt and that Noah alone was seen as righteous in the sight of God and he and his family were the only ones allowed into the ark which God commanded Noah to construct.

Genesis 6:11-13

Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.”

Genesis 7:1

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.”

Do not be side tracked by all the other items that are sensationalized. The world is now, as it was then, a wicked and evil place. The people now, as they did then, are in disbelief that judgment will take place. Even among those who declare themselves to be Christian, there is much false teaching to plant doubt and lead people away from the truth which is the Word of God.

Some will use sources such as the Book of Enoch. It sounds Biblical enough, especially to the biblically illiterate of this nation. The book is not part of the canon of Scripture. Do not treat it as the Word of God. Do not be deceived that there are other books that ought to be considered Scripture that were left out. The Mormons and others do that already and we should not participate in such deception.

One final plea: do not be part of the people of this generation that dismiss the idea of the coming judgment. Do not be a mocker or a scoffer.

2 Peter 3:3-7

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

 

The job of the Christian is to preach the good news of the Gospel until the day the Lord calls us home. Do not allow yourself to be sidetracked by the popular teaching of the day. Lift up your head because your redemption is drawing near.