Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 26, 2012

Noah’s Flood

What is the import of Noah’s Flood?  Consider this:

“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.  Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.  You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband —  the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.  “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,”  says the Lord your Redeemer.

 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.   Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

“Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear.  Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.”  Isaiah 54:1-15

Wow!  How can a barren women have children?  By becoming the bride of Christ, she will have more children by her husband (the Lord) than she could ever have had on earth.  Notice that this birth of hoards of children is like the days of Noah – Noah was commanded to populate the earth after the flood dried up.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”  Matthew 24:37-41

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”  Luke 17:26-27

Many were clueless when the Flood came upon the earth, and so it is when the Son of Man comes back.  But do the other details of Noah’s flood give us even more detail about what will happen once he’s here?  If we allow Noah, his sons, and their wives to represent Christians – notice they are chosen to go into the ark [heaven] and are lifted high above the earth [heaven is above the earth], while the earth is washed clean of bad people.  Then they float back down to earth to repopulate it – the resurrection of all mankind!  And the whole process takes 370 days.  I most bible prophecy a day represents a year.  So from the return of our Lord to the general resurrection of mankind there will be 370 years.  There will also be 370 years of cleansing the earth of evil people and institutions.


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