Violence once again has reared its ugly head. It seems more and more that times like Noah’s can be observed in America, supposedly the most civilized nation of the West.
Of course, that perception is only shared by those who look at life around them with Pollyanna-ish delusion. Bless them; they see through eyes affixed on the good old days, not on the days as they are. They choose not to see that society and culture have changed—and not for the better.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “And as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).
He went on to list all the things people will be doing when He next makes His presence known to the whole world. He foretold that mankind will be buying, selling, planting, building, marrying—doing all the things of life. The people alive at the time He next appears will be business as usual, for the most part.
I believe the prophecy indicates that few will pay attention to the true chaos going on when those of that generation are so busy with the daily activities of life.
Genesis 6 (which describes Noah’s day) gives us this prophetic signal Jesus said will be prevalent when He returns at the Rapture and, for that matter, at His Second Advent:
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 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. (Genesis 6:11–13)
So there will be the two Americas at the time—if we consider America will still be a national entity. One side of America will be doing all the things of life—buying, selling, building, marrying, etc. The other side will be filled with violence, debauchery—evil of many sorts, like in Noah’s day.
Violence erupted once again in the streets of one of our larger cities on May 25 when a police officer appeared on video to literally murder a man he had in custody. Three other officers held off a crowd of people who shouted for the policeman to let the man breathe.
The man being held, an African-American who was arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, died of suffocation.
The officer will almost certainly be tried for the man’s death, and all four officers involved were instantly fired when the Minneapolis police chief watched the video.
The incident, as we all know, led to rioters and looters burning up police precinct buildings and stealing merchandise from several stores the looters had broken into.
Across the nation, in other large cities, rioters and professional anarchists like the thugs of Black Lives Matter set fires and damaged vehicles and businesses. It was all reminiscent of similar anarchy like in Ferguson, Missouri, Watts, and other such violent rampages of the distant and recent past.
America, as life is currently unfolding, could be seen as the days of Noah in microcosm.
The evil perpetrated by the rogue police officer, if things turn out to be the murder of his victim, the purveyors of violence such as the rioters and looters—and the terrors inflicted by the paid-for thugs who carryout anarchy to damage the nation, can’t be missed, even by the Pollyanna-ish among us. And, we should consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic, or coronavirus, or Wuhan virus, or whatever you want to call it, might have been allowed to wake this generation to the fact we are in times that signal Christ’s imminent intervention.
This pandemic has brought things to a standstill and made people take time to see, through fear-filled eyes, that carrying on life as usual in the most comfort-filled nation in the world has changed. Perhaps it is a supreme act of love from on high, forewarning that the most momentous event since Christ’s resurrection is on the verge of bringing the promised moment of the Rapture.
Amen brother!! Look up. Our redemption draws nearer each day!!
My husband is one of those that are truly blind and frankly he says he does not care “because what can I do about it”? And of course I am crazy for believing Jesus is coming to get His Bride. “We” can only plant seeds and pray God will use those left behind for glorious things for His kingdom. I love my husband but am so ready to see my King. Even so come Lord Jesus!
I have one of those unsaved husbands who thinks I am a blind fool for believing in Salvation,but Oh how I long for the Rapture. Truly we can only plant seeds for some and pray others will water,cultivate and reap,but after so many years he still is “logical” ,you know…only believing in what he can see. He is 82 and while I have seen small changes,and one day heard him muttering “I’m not ready for that yet”…his time may be much shorter than he thinks.He is blessed with health and active but can’t see it. One day he will get a tremendous wake up call when the Rapture occurs,and I am SO ready to see my Lord!!!
AMEN sweet sister! I have left behind a letter, notes and my King James Bible for him and it’s all I can do. Holy Spirit has laid upon my heart to not say anymore so I just “warn him” I won’t be here much longer and he just tells me I am not going anywhere.
How many were pounding on that ark door after it closed? Just sad.
May God bless you today and like you I will keep on praying until I am no longer here to do so. I trust God’s will fully and totally. Even so come Lord Jesus!
All Glory to God.
I watched Donald Trump walk from the White House across the street to the Church of the Presidents. He has been widely criticized by many for this act but I saw something else. He walked with purpose and stood in front of the church with the Bible held high like a sword. He did not really say much, but I was reminded of Ephesians 6:12-18. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.
We wrestle and he is wrestling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We are to put on the whole armor of God and having done all, to stand. When I went to my Bible and read the whole passage I felt like it was speaking to us. I hope others found hope in his simple act. Verse 18 reminds us to pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…
Concerning the duality you mentioned, Terry, notice that while all the chaos is going on in the streets and people’s lives have been essentially turned upside-down, the stock market it back on the way up. I can’t remember a time when it ever started to recover under such circumstances.
Seems like while for most of us, it is not “business as usual,” for a small percentage of the population, it may end up turning out even better than usual.
What makes rioting and violent protest even worse than it already is, is that often they burn houses, cars or otherwise vandalise property that haven’t even got anything to do with those against whom they are protesting. Perhaps even making life harder fo those whom they are tring to stand up for.
It is understandable (if wrong) for them to target police stations and police cars etc, but rioters and protesters always take things much too far. They ought to take a leaf out of Martin Luther King’s book who I believe managed to improve the ‘system’ without recourse to such dreadful acts.