I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
Our current course of study is entitled, “The Days of Noah.” When we started this series, I said the study would have two main parts or divisions. In the first section, we looked at the days of Noah, the conditions on the earth in the time before the flood. Widespread evil and perversion covered the earth like a spiritual cancer to the point God said He actually regretted making man in the first place. God told Noah to prepare an ark for the saving of he and his family, and the animals who would board the ark, as God was going to destroy all life on the earth that had become totally corrupt. Judgment was coming, and Noah stood as a, “preacher of righteousness” ( 2 Peter 2:5) in his generation to warn people of that which was coming. Then as now, the people ignored the warnings. In fact, Jesus described Noah’s generation in Matthew 24:38, 39;
“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.” [Matt. 24:38, 39 KJV]
In other words, people were so involved with the, “cares of the world”, and their day to day lives, that they were totally oblivious to the times in which they lived. They were on a crash course with judgment, eternity, and their appointment with the God of the universe. I like how the Lexham English Bible translates verse 39, “And they did not know anything until the deluge came and swept them all away. So also the coming of the Son of Man will be.” [Matt. 24:39 LEB] As people were oblivious to the hour in which they lived, and of that which was coming then, so it will be in the time of the coming of the Son of Man. This describes the present generation to the proverbial, “tee.” Consider,
- A recent study done by Summit Ministries, in cooperation with the Barna Group, found that only 17% of American Christians hold to a Christian or biblical worldview.
- One mega-church Pastor recently told his congregation to, “lay down their swords”, and that they were studying the Bible too much. See articles on this here and, here.
- Pastor Rick Warren is on the record as stating that Jesus doesn’t really want Christians reading and studying Bible prophecy. See the article here quoting Warren’s best-selling, “The Purpose Driven Life.”
Among all Christian groups, according to the Pew Research Center Survey, only 27% of American Christians believe Jesus will definitely return. (Although when you narrow it down to those who identify themselves as, “Evangelical”, that number does increase quite a bit, to about 58%).
What do we see happening? I submit to you it is the very thing Jesus warned about in His, “Parable of the Soils”, “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”[Mark 4:18, 19 KJV] “Unfruitful” translates the Greek, akarpos, which is used metaphorically to describe something not yielding what it ought to yield. When we are so burdened down with our everyday lives, if we are not very careful, it will “choke” the Word so that it does not produce what it ought to in our lives. Many in the modern church are so, “earthly minded, they are no heavenly good.” I know that is a little twist on the well-known expression, but it certainly is true. The vast majority of people who attend churches, at least in the western world, are completely clueless concerning what is coming on the earth in these last of the Last Days, and frankly they don’t care. Many ministers refuse to preach the prophetic Word. That is what we see in the modern church.
Certainly we know the unbelieving world has no regard for God or the Bible. All holy things they ridicule and mock. Recently, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “They won’t be laughing much longer.” It is true beloved, judgment is coming.
I am convinced however that there is a remnant of people being raised up in this hour, a remnant church, who know God, take Him at His Word, and will walk with Him and do what He says in this hour. This is the Church Jesus is coming for! This is the “Bride” who will make herself ready to meet the bridegroom, and who will be without spot or wrinkle. They will stand out in their generation, just like Noah did in his. This gives us another layer of application to Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:37,
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” [Matt. 24:37 NKJV] As in the days of Noah, there will be a people who will hear God, will receive the grace of God, and will do the will of God no matter the cost. Lets see a view things about Noah as revealed in the book of beginnings, Genesis.
Look at Genesis 5:28, 29, “Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”
Right away here we can see that Noah’s father, Lamech, saw something different in his son, Noah. First, his name in Hebrew is, noach, which is from the root, nuach, or “rest.” This son, Noah, would give people rest. In this way, he was a type of Christ. What is that Noah did that gave the people in his day “rest”? Well, we know it was connected with the curse on the earth. Look at Genesis 8. Beginning with verse 20 we read,
“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” [Genesis 8:20 – 22 ESV]
It is interesting to note that the very first thing Noah did upon exiting the ark was to build an altar. Noah gave priority to worshiping God. We must as well in these last days. Remember that we said that Noah was a type of Christ? Notice he made a sacrifice that when God smelled the, “pleasing aroma”, it removed the curse of judgment from the earth, and God promised He would never again destroy the earth with a flood. In this sense, what Noah did stood as a representation for all of mankind. Noah’s sacrifice removed the curse from the earth, just as Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself, redeemed us from the, “curse of the Law” (Gal. 3:13). Noah was a type of Christ, and his sons were the new “Adams” who through they and their descendants would replenish the earth.
What are some characteristics that we can observe in Noah’s life in the book of Genesis, that we as the Last Days remnant should emulate? Please notice with me three things:
- NOAH RECEIVED THE GRACE OF GOD: Genesis 6:8
Genesis 6:8 says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” The Bible says that Noah found grace in his generation. Normally, when we think of finding something, it is something we are looking for. For example, if you misplace your keys or the TV remote, you look and look until you find them. When you find them, you would say you found what you were looking for. This is not the case however with Noah finding grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is “found” in the abstract sense, meaning Noah found something he wasn’t looking for. In all of the morass of wickedness that covered the earth, God looked at Noah and found a man who was trying to live for God the best that he could in the midst of all of it. And to him God extended His goodness. Grace is the goodness of God extended to undeserving man. Noah no more deserved God’s grace than we do, yet God extended it to him. Grace not only saved Noah, but his entire family.
There is another thought contained in the Hebrew in this word translated, “found.” It also means that Noah received and embraced God’s goodness when it was extended to him. In a time when the vast majority had no regard for God and His ways whatsoever, Noah received God’s goodness when it was extended to him. There was something in Noah that was not following the crowd, and had not been corrupted. 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 18 says,
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” [2 Cor. 6:14 – 18 KJV]
I would like to call your attention to two words or phrases in this passage. 1) “Come out” – This is from the Greek, exerchomai, and it means to depart, leave, or come out of a place. 2) “Be ye separate” – This is the Greek word, aphorizo, and it means to mark off by boundaries or limits. In other words, a separated believer will live their life understanding that if they are going to live in a manner well-pleasing to God, there are going to be places we do not go, things we do not do or participate in, and things we do not say. I know in this day of extreme grace and loose living Christians such a notion is not at all popular. However, the remnant will receive it and order their lives accordingly. End-time remnant believers are going to have some clearly defined boundaries from the world. Did Noah do this? I believe that he did. There is an interesting passage in the book of 1 Enoch that seems to hint at this.
“1 Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel [an angel] to the son of Lamech, 2 and said to him: ‘Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3 upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape.” [1 Enoch 10:1 – 3 R.H. Charles translation]
It would seem that Noah came out of the world of his day and separated himself, and “hid” himself from the wickedness around him. We are called to do that too.
The Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” [John 1:12 KJV emphasis added] Grace for the new birth, or eternal life must be received. The price that Jesus paid at Calvary was for the sin of the whole world, but it must be received. A person must repent, turn from their sin and receive Him, Jesus. You see however, there is grace for more than remission of sins. We need the grace of God to live the Christian life. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live holy, to live right, to live in a manner well-pleasing to God. Noah received the grace extended to him, and lived for God in the midst of a wicked age. In these last of the Last Days, we must receive the grace of God like Noah did.
- NOAH WALKED WITH GOD: Genesis 6:9
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” [Genesis 6:9 KJV]
I want you to notice two words here in verse 9, 1) Just – This is the Hebrew, tsaddiyq – morally upright, virtuous, or loyal. You could say Noah was not a phony. He was the, “real deal.” He walked in a morally upright manner, which made him really stand out in the wicked age in which he lived. It will make us stand out too. In the OT, “just” meant to be genuine and sincere. In the NT it means to be right with God. In both cases, Noah qualified! 2) Perfect – This translates the Hebrew, taymim, which is whole or unblemished. This hints at Noah being whole or unblemished in a genetic sense.
The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith” [see Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11]. Hebrews 11:7 tells us, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” [Heb. 11:7 KJV] Noah walked with God, and did what he did by faith. Beloved, in these last of the Last Days, the remnant church must walk by faith. We must walk by trusting God, and taking Him at His Word.
Noah walked with God, which means he went with God, walked with God, and behaved himself in a manner pleasing to God. We are called to do that as well.
There is another man we read about in Genesis who, “walked with God”. The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” [Genesis 5:24 KJV] “Took” translates the Hebrew, laqach, which is, “to accept, bring, carry away, fetch, receive, seize, and take up.” God came and received to Himself a man who walked with Him. Guess what? Jesus said He would come and receive His people, so that where He is we would be also (John 14:3). I wonder, do we really believe this? Do we believe that there will come a day when Jesus will come in the clouds to receive us? He said He would. The Bible says that if we really believe this, it will affect how we live. The Word says,
“Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).” [1 John 3:2, 3 The Amplified Bible]
He is coming my friends, for a people expecting Him, and walking with Him in a holy manner. Not only that, He is coming for a people who are looking for Him, and who love His appearing. Consider,
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” [Hebrews 9:28 KJV emphasis added] “Look for” here is from the Greek, apekdechomai – “to expect fully, or wait for”. The remnant believers are looking for, and fully expecting, eagerly looking for, and hopefully waiting for the appearing of Jesus in the clouds to receive us! There is another element of this beloved. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:8,
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” [2 Tim. 4:8 KJV emphasis added] Notice the word love in this verse. This is the Greek, agapao. This is to love in a social or moral sense. When you look at the root words associated with agapao, you find that this is to love much, to love deeply, to be passionate about. A person who truly loves the appearing of the Lord, as we said earlier will order their lives around the expectation of His appearing. Notice secondly the word, appearing. This is the Greek, epiphaneia – literally an epiphany or, “a shining forth.” In this context this word suggests the appearing of Jesus in the clouds to receive His Church at the rapture.
In this hour of impending judgment, we need to be looking up! We must walk with God in this hour. There will come a day when the Lord will call us aboard the ark. There will come a day as we are walking with God that like Enoch, we will be not for God will have taken us to be with Him! Glory to God!
- NOAH DID WHAT GOD SAID: Genesis 6:14 – 22
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 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. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” [Genesis 6:14 – 22 KJV]
Noah lived in a world where the majority of society had no regard for God whatsoever. We live in a world like that. The world ignored God’s Word, as they do today. Most of the world regards God’s Word as a myth. Noah was a different breed, if you will. He wasn’t following the crowd and ignoring what God said. He obeyed what the Lord told him to do. I wonder, did the people living during Noah’s time ridicule and mock him for this massive building project he was working on? Well, the Bible doesn’t really say. If people were like they are today, you can rest assured they probably did. We do know that no one heeded the warnings Noah gave for one-hundred years while the ark was being prepared. In fact, all Noah had to show for one-hundred years of preparation were eight souls (he and his family), and a boat load of animals!
And yet, Noah obeyed God. Do you suppose Noah ever grew weary? Do you think perhaps he ever got discouraged? I’m sure he did. But yet, he persevered by faith. That is what we as end-time believers are going to have to do. Think of what a step of faith all of this was for Noah. Many scholars believe that prior to the flood it had never rained on the earth. This is based on what we read in both Genesis 2:5, 6 and Genesis 9:12, 13. You will have to read those two passages and draw your own conclusions, but we certainly know that there had never been a world-wide flood, destroying all life on earth before. Yet, that is what God said, and Noah was instructed to prepare for it by building an ark, and that is what he did. He did what God said.
Noah listened to God. We are going to have to learn to listen to. As New Covenant believers we are to be led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14, 16) One of the things that Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do for believers is found in John 16:13,
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” [John 16:13 KJV]
You can depend on the leading of the Spirit, because He always leads in accordance to truth, because He is the Spirit of Truth. Secondly, if we will listen He will show us things to come. Shew in the KJV is from the Greek, anangello, and it means, “to announce in detail, show, rehearse, or speak.” What will He announce in detail, show, rehearse, and speak? Things to come. This is the Greek, erchomai. Its meaning and definition gets real technical, but to state it simply, it means He will show us things to come regarding the Coming of Messiah Jesus. We need to be listening to the Holy Spirit, and then act on what He says.
Beloved, I believe we are the generation, that has been privileged to see the culmination of things past generations have desired to see. Lets be people, like Noah, to receive the grace of God, walk with God, and do what He says.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson