So, how will the end come about upon the return of Jesus Christ? Well, we told you the end is known from the beginning, so if we are going to understand our role in taking down the Antichrist, we will need to understand our impact and the impact of Adam on this world. For it is because of one man the world is in the state it is in today, and it is because of his children born in sin we have the recorded story concerning the first great judgment, the flood story of Noah, and to come the final judgment.
But before we let you know how the end will come about, let me share with you there has been several examples shared with us throughout scripture showing us how the end will come, and not only how the end will come but how we should be living and preparing for that glorious day.
Now, regarding the end, Jesus told us this, again take note he was also looking back at the beginning and what took place in the garden when he judged Adam and his wife, and Lucifer. Jesus said using the past and history of Noah, Mathhew 24:37-39 “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered 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.”
Jesus said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the son of man be” And then he went on to tell us what people were doing in the days of Noah. They were going about their lives as if there was not going to be a reconning for how they were living. However, When Jesus said no man knows the day nor hour, let us keep in mind, Noah knew God was going to send a flood in seven days and that by having this information, he had time to prepare against the judgment.
So, if Jesus was able to use Noah, and the days of Noah as an example of how the end will come, why can’t we use the past to show how the end will come, and to understand the book of Revelation. That is what we have been saying all along, if we are to know the end and how it will be, we need to involve the human element in the story of Genesis for us to see how these things will be.
Now, a picture of the end can be seen in how sudden the judgment came upon Adam and his wife, and the people living during the time of Noah. For Adam and his wife, the judgment seems to have come the moment they ate from the tree. But if we were to step back for a moment and look at what had happened, we will see that it took some time, or a period had passed before God came and judge Adam and his wife.
The scripture told us, Genesis 3:8, “they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” And just looking at this picture, we can see that they were busy in the garden after their rebellion, but one day and suddenly God came, and when they heard him, they were afraid and so hid themselves from God.
Jesus made mention of this in Luke 23:29-31, he said, “behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the Paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”
Did we notice Jesus’ last statement regarding how the end will be, he said, pointing back to what took place in the garden on the day he judged Adam and Eve, “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” And what Jesus was saying is that while we are going about our day, as it was a sudden event in the days of Adam and his wife, and as it was a sudden day in the days of Noah, in like manner it will be a sudden event, but notice this will only be a sudden event against those who are unprepared.
Now, with that said, why is Jesus telling us these things? Is it because he wants to us be afraid, or is it because he wants us to be ready and prepared? We believe it is the latter of the two, Jesus is pointing back to the past and the judgment of the past because he wants us to know how we should be preparing, and we should be ready, but how can we stand ready?
Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonians 5:1-4, But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you.” And why do you believe as Christians we do not have a need or should have a need for Paul to write to us concerning the times and the season? Is it because no man knows the day or the hour, or is it because we should be aware of the times and the season?
Paul went on to say this, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” But is he saying we will not, and should not know when the thief is coming? Let us continue because following that verse, we have Paul saying this. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” And who shall not escape?
Paul then said this to the Church, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” This means we are not to be caught by surprise and should be aware of the coming day, and one of the reasons we should be aware of the coming day, it is because of our role in that day.
Jesus said in agreement with Paul, “know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore, be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh.” And when we look throughout history, we can see for ourselves, God had not kept the secret of his coming from his people.
Noah, God said, Genesis 6:13-14, “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. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”
To Abraham God said, Genesis 18:17-21,” Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.
And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come unto me; and if not, I will know.”
Abraham knew what that meant, and so he began to intercede for Lot and his household, and the people of Sodom. God did not hide from Abraham what he was about to do, and he did not hide from Noah what he was about to do. And when the angels came upon Lot, they did not hide from him what he was about to do, and so the story continues all the way to Joseph and many others who were made aware of God’s coming judgment, and because they were children of the day and not children of the night, they escaped the wrath of God.
The words and warning of Jesus, Matthew 11:21-24 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.”
The judgement is coming and as Christians we do have a role to play and are to be prepared and looking back to the past to the book of Genesis, we can have an understanding how the end will be and how we are to be preparing. Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty