Jesus’ forewarning of how things will be at the moment of His next catastrophic intervention into the evil affairs of mankind should reverberate within our ears.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:26–30)
God’s prophetic Word speaks to our generation. Jesus’ description of times at the very instant of His coming for believers in the Rapture begins with the “days of Noah” reference.
Things will be like they were then when He is next revealed to the entire world, the Lord is saying—although He doesn’t say that all the world will recognize Him.
How do we know it is the Rapture He is referring to in this passage, and not the Second Coming (Second Advent) as given in Revelation 19:11? Because of the context of His prophecy.
Jesus, after the “days of Noah” reference, says that it will also be like when Lot was taken out of Sodom. The moment Lot was removed, God’s judgment fell upon the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the Second Coming, God’s judgment and wrath will have been deluging planet earth since the confirming of the covenant by “prince that shall come” (Antichrist) as given in Daniel 9:26–27. Jesus, we must conclude, therefore, was likening the time of His next intervention to an earlier time than the Second Advent at the end of the Armageddon conflict.
His coming to remove Lot and his family, whom God considered just, or righteous, because of their belief, was at a time that life—as far as societal and cultural matters, buying, selling, planting, marrying, etc., was concerned—was going on at a normal pace. It is true that there was wickedness in those places probably equal to the wickedness of Noah’s day just prior to the Flood. But society and culture proceeded along that evil-norm-for-the-times trajectory until the angel of God snatched Lot and his family out of Sodom and took them to Zoar.
We can also know that the Lord was speaking of the Rapture because He says (in Matthew chapter 24, just before He mentions the “days of Noah”), that no person or angel knows the exact time this intervention will take place. Only the Heavenly Father knows. We’ve seen before in these commentaries that the exact time of Christ’s Second Coming can be known by counting the days the Bible gives, following the midpoint of the seven-year Tribulation. Jesus certainly must be foretelling the Rapture in these “days of Noah, days of Lot” references.
So let’s look at those days briefly. Here is God reporting what those days were like.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6: 1–4)
The Lord continues the disturbing report.
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. (Genesis 6: 11–12)
The key thing to consider is that the earth had been corrupted. This indicates it had gone far beyond the sin Adam committed, dragging all of his progeny into a direction opposite of the Creator’s plan for mankind. This is saying that the corruption by the outside influence of fallen angels had completely spiritually and physically changed the order of mankind. The Lord, therefore, appears to be sorry for creating man. But I don’t really believe this is what is meant by He “repented” that He had made man. I really don’t think any of us with mere finite ability to cogitate can know all that’s entailed in His words in the matter.
But this description of Noah’s day does make it clear that we are in a similar time. Satan’s attempt to corrupt the very nature—including the physiology—of man is obvious. The “sons of God,” the bene elohim, had mixed their seed with that of mankind. The whole earth, with the exception of Noah and his eight family members, had become corrupt—and that means genetically, it is clear.
In that regard, we see stark evidence that the very genetic structure of the human creation is being assaulted. This time it isn’t by sexual intercourse between fallen angels and human women that is Satan’s tact. The assault comes in the form of science—which, under the guise of purporting to benefit us, is wickedness that attempts to replace the Creator God and produce things that God ultimately will not tolerate.
The following demonstrates this surreptitious act of trying to produce God-like benevolence, which will prove to be, in effect, malevolent wickedness.
Scientists have figured out how to modify CRISPR’s basic architecture to extend its reach beyond the genome and into what’s known as the epigenome—proteins and small molecules that latch onto DNA and control when and where genes are switched on or off.
In a paper published April 9, 2021, in the journal Cell, researchers at UC San Francisco and the Whitehead Institute describe a novel CRISPR-based tool called “CRISPRoff,” which allows scientists to switch off almost any gene in human cells without making a single edit to the genetic code. The researchers also show that once a gene is switched off, it remains inert in the cell’s descendants for hundreds of generations, unless it is switched back on with a complementary tool called CRISPRon, also described in the paper…
When CRISPRoff silences a gene, not only does the gene remain off in the treated cell, it also stays off in the descendants of the cell as it divides, for as many as 450 generations. (“New CRISPR technology offers unrivaled control of epigenetic inheritance,” ScienceDaily, University of California, San Francisco, April 16, 2021, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210416131923.htm)
Despite assurances that man’s basic DNA won’t be changed, we should question genetic engineering. Make no mistake, the devil has not altered his evil intentions. His tactics have changed to some extent it seems. But the corruption and ultimate destruction of mankind continues to be his goal.
This is one reason it can be argued that demands to take a vaccine that is unapproved by significant testing, as have most all previous such vaccines, should be viewed under wary, even highly skeptical examination.
We are, I’m convinced, in “days of Noah” prophesied by the greatest of all prophets. That’s reason enough to be on the lookout for Lucifer’s never-ending evil.